Studio Landscape Painting with Mike Rada

Wednesday mornings in March – June
Mike Rada

Whether you are just getting started or have painted for many years, this class has much to offer. You will work from your own studies, sketches, drawings, or photos and will learn what it takes to create a successful painting from start to finish. Mike will show examples of his work and give demos, short lectures, and lots of positive encouragement while you work on your own projects and style. The information provided applies to all mediums, so you may work in oils, acrylics, or pastels. Class is limited to 10 students. Students cannot miss the first day of class, as Mike will be giving important lectures and demos. No supplies are needed the first day of class, except paper and pen to take notes.

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Acrylic Painting Explorations

Monday evenings in March & May
Doug Garder

Acrylics are versatile, and you can make them behave like oil paints! Learn how to use gloss and gel mediums to enliven and propel the acrylics into thick and thin layers across the surface of your painting support, whether it be a canvas or on paper. The nice thing is that you can’t make a mistake, because acrylics dry so fast and you can repaint your surface quickly. A variety of subjects, including landscapes, portraits, still-life, and non-objective approaches can be explored. As far as color choices go, you can juxtapose warm against cool, intense and achromatic, and learn how to mix your complements to achieve a wide range of hues, just like the Impressionists did in the 1800’s!

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Painting with Dan Mackerman

Tuesday afternoons in March – June
Dan Mackerman

This is a painting class taught by demonstration. Watch demos (such as brushwork, clean colors, and layering) and work on personal projects. Reference books, field trips, and critiques are applied as needed to release your inner fauve! Solvent-free oil painting dating back to the time of Rembrandt is highlighted but any opaque media such as pastel or acrylic are also welcome. Drawing experience recommended.

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Becoming a Better Painter in Oils or Acrylics

Friday, March 10 (new!), Wednesdays in March – May
Mary Jo Van Dell
You will quickly notice an improvement in your work with the instruction and ideas you receive in this workshop. You will be personally coached and encouraged to develop or better individual skill and style. Come with an open mind and blank canvas to refresh your passion for painting. Subject matter is up to you. Starting a new piece is preferable but you may also bring a piece in progress. This is the perfect workshop to bring that idea that’s been haunting you to life or to start that big canvas you’ve always wanted to do. A small canvas is fine too! Enthusiasm and some experience are required for this class.

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Introduction to Acrylics

2 Tuesdays, March 21 & 28, 9:30-11:45 AM
Susan Hartzell Vannelli

Have fun learning the basics of painting with acrylics on canvas. Enjoy making beautiful brush strokes with this versatile medium. No experience necessary. Pay the instructor for all supplies.

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Whimsical Birds on a Wire

Thursday, March 30, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Sylvia Benson

Using acrylic paint on canvas, draw and paint fanciful birds. Don’t worry about exact shapes, the more “out there”, the better. No experience necessary. This class will be tons of fun for everyone, even if you’ve never painted before!

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Abstract Acrylic Painting

Thursday, April 13, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Lisa Fertig

Using acrylic paints, we will venture into the world of abstraction. Starting with a reference from reality we will then simplify the subject matter into its most basic shapes and colors and other elements of design. All levels of expertise invited to participate.

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Concentrate On Color

Monday, April 24, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Bonnie Cutts

Discover the beauty of clean color mixing with acrylic paints. Learn the difference between mineral (inorganic) and modern pigments (produced in the lab), why some are naturally matte and opaque and result in mixtures with a lower chroma, and others are more transparent and mix to create rich saturated colors. Save yourself time and money by knowing which pigments will give you the mixtures you are looking for. Create small paintings exploring your color mixtures and notice the difference between matte and gloss medium mixtures. Have some fun with iridescent mixtures, and watch the interference paints flicker like a butterfly’s wings before your eyes. Open to all levels of painting experience.

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Introduction to Still Lifes in Acrylic & Oil

4 Mondays, May 1-22, 6:30-9:00 PM
Thomas E. Stewart

The instructor will offer a straightforward approach to painting “what you see”. Students will learn the basics of design, drawing, and painting from a still life. One evening of this painting class will be held outside, weather allowing. This will provide some of the basics for plein air painting. Different painting techniques will be explored to achieve a variety of visual effects. Students will receive individual instruction based on their painting experience. Students are also welcome to bring in work from home, any subject matter, and the instructor will help them further develop their paintings. Pay WBCA for all supplies. If you have materials of your own, feel free to bring them.

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Gelli Plate Printing: Printing Without a Press

Saturday, May 13, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Bonnie Cutts

Explore making monoprints and collage materials using Golden OPEN acrylics with a Gelli Plate and QoR watercolors on a Dura-Lar printing plate. In this fast paced and fun class you will work in multiples and see what fun it can be to build and print your images quickly. Roll out paint, stencil a pattern, lay down shapes, and create images layer upon layer as the day goes by. You will work on prints on printmaking paper as well as create collage materials. We will work quickly and make several prints without the use of a press. Open to all levels of creative experience and anyone ready to dive in and have some fun!

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