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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Intermediate Pastel

Wednesday afternoons in March – May
Christopher Copeland

This indoor class will explore how to add color, depth, and vibrancy to pastel paintings by experimenting with various techniques using a variety of surfaces and textures. Focus will be on composition, light, and color value with individual attention and class demonstrations.

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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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Experience the Beauty of Pastels

3 Tuesdays, April 4-25, 9:30-11:45 AM
Susan Hartzell Vannelli

If you like fresh, pure, vivid colors, you will open your artistic world to new possibilities and creative insights by working with pastels. We will learn about the materials and tools, explore basic pastel techniques, and learn to combine pastels with other mixed media.

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Drawing Pet Portraits in Pastel Pencil

Tuesday, April 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Suzann Beck
Learn the basics of creating fur effects in pastel pencil and create a “head and shoulders” portrait of your pet from one of your own photos. The workshop will feature a demonstration in the morning session with hands-on student work in the afternoon. Students will learn how to draw an initial sketch and transfer it to pastel paper, and how to build fur in a step-by-step process. Attention will be paid to drawing accuracy and rendering light effect. Painting and drawing experience suggested but not required. Class will break for an hour at noon, please bring a lunch.

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Introduction to Pastel Portraiture

Saturday, April 29, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Suzann Beck

Suzann’s approach to portraiture in soft pastels will teach you to build colorful portraits step by step. This forgiving technique will help you gradually build to a luminous finish. The workshop will also include tips on achieving drawing accuracy and light effect. The morning session will feature a demonstration with hands-on student work in the afternoon from a live model. Drawing experience suggested but not required. Class will break for an hour at noon, please bring a lunch. Model fee included.

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