Mentoring for All Mediums

Date/Time: 5 Mondays: October 2-30, 12:45PM – 3:00PM

Date/Time: 4 Mondays: November 6-27, 12:45PM – 3:00PM

Susan Hartzell Vannelli
This class is for those who would like to complete a piece of art, an unfinished painting, pastel, watercolor, drawing, collage, or whatever! This instructor will mentor and help you with a new way of seeing your creative abilities, get you started on a new piece of work, and inspire you to press on and work in a series. Please bring supplies and a project. The instructor will have demonstrations each week for optional projects.

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Urban Sketchers

Date/Time: 3 Thursdays: October 12-26, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

James Nutt
Urban Sketching in White Bear Lake! Urban Sketching happens indoors and out! Join instructor/architect James Nutt in this casual multimedia class in the spirit of the Urban Sketchers movement. Urban Sketchers is a nonprofit group started in 2007 with international and local presence with a goal of seeing the world one sketch at a time. The first class will start at the art center and discuss examples of work, portable mediums, travel kits, tips and tricks, and lessons learned. The subsequent classes will meet at Washington Square in downtown White Bear Lake and surrounding venues. The instructor will help with critique and encouragement. This class is open to all skill levels, sketchers and painters, all portable mediums, and generally done in sketchbook-size media. Class will discuss tools of the trade but at minimum bring a sketchbook and pen/pencil.

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Digital iPad Painting (Without the Mess!)

Date/Time: Thursday, November 2, 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Debra Dresler
If you have ever wanted to try digital painting, this is the class for you. The Art Set Pro app is like having a portable painting set-up. Paint anywhere. No muss no fuss. We will begin with a photograph that you paint over with different tools and mediums, you can later paint free form originals. Included in the app are 7 brush sizes, oil paint, oil pastel sticks, colored pencil crayons, marker, conte crayon, charcoal, eraser, and a variety of pencils. Also included are blending tools like sponge, fabric, thinner, sandpaper, and pastel blenders. The color palette includes 55 colors in different opacities and the ability to mix color. There are 27 papers and canvases to choose from. Some painting is experience helpful, but not needed. Come and try a new way of painting. This class is best on the iPad for its size. Come with the Art Set Pro app loaded – available from the App Store for $6.99.

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Pen & Ink Drawing

Date/Time: 4 Thursdays, October 5-26, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

Date/Time: 4 Wednesdays, November 1-29, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Doug Garder
Do you like fine line work, like Albrecht Durer’s engravings or Rembrandt’s etchings? Explore the nuances of drawing with a variety of steel pen nibs on white paper to create graphically concise images, using stippling & cross-hatching to build your tonal variations. Perhaps add a light wash of watercolor afterwards to perk things up! Bring in some landscape or lizard photos to work from and see what you can do. Many demonstrations will be offered.

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Learning to Draw

Date/Time: 4 Thursdays: October 5-26, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Doug Garder
Beginning with simple geometric forms and maturing to more complex forms, such as the human figure and linear perspective, learn how to see and feel what you are drawing in a variety of drawing media, such as charcoal, graphite, black India ink, black & white conte chalk, and even pastels on various kinds of paper. You will study such basic drawing concepts as contour line, cross contour, negative space, gesture, value (cross-hatch, ink and wash, chiaroscuro), and one- and two-point linear perspective.

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Portrait Drawing

Date/Time: 4 Thursdays, October 5-26, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Julie Erickson
Capturing the emotion, expression, and/or personality of someone is the biggest challenge and biggest reward of portrait drawing. We will learn to draw individual facial features, then will lay out and complete a full portrait from start to
finish. Drawing will be done from photos provided by the instructor.

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Date/Time: 5 Mondays: October 9 – November 6, 1:00PM – 3:30PM

Suzanne Starks

Some people have always wanted to learn how to draw but have been scared because they lack an artistic background or believe one needs to have “inborn talent”. This unique, two-part series will put those fears to rest, using an acclaimed workbook with drawing exercises that have proven to be highly effective. Learn to access the right side of the brain, which is where non-verbal and creative abilities are concentrated. This series is designed to teach complete novices how to draw and those who already draw to deepen their artistic perception. You will learn the foundation of drawing, “seeing” as an artist sees. You will be challenged by exercises both in and outside of class, and your efforts will be rewarded with the gratification of being able to draw better than you would have ever guessed. Handouts outlining the material, a workbook tailored to the subject, and individual critiques will help everyone accomplish their goal of drawing better. Please register at least a week in advance for this class. Please let the office know if you already have the workbook. Students cannot miss the first week of class.

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Still Life Painting in Oil

Date/Time: 4 Thursdays: November 2-30, 6:00PM – 8:30PM

Date/Time: 4 Thursdays: November 2-30, 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Christopher Copeland
This class will work from still lifes or bring the outdoors indoors. Working from sketches and plein air work, students will execute field studies, mixing color to achieve form, value, and color harmony in the landscape. Students will gain the confidence needed to complete a painting quickly and accurately.

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Make Your Own Adult Coloring Book

Date/Time: Saturday, November 4, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Sue Swanson
Coloring is a relaxing and stress reducing activity that is gaining popularity. Why not learn how
to make your own black and white designs to paint or color? We will explore different methods of doodling and drawing including Zentangle inspired art and mandala circles. Create designs using simple repetitive strokes to build patterns
that are combined to make a small work of art. Anyone who can draw a straight line and a curve can learn to tangle. The process is very easy, relaxing and fun. Come and be surprised and delighted by the designs you create. All supplies will be provided for a $7.50 fee.

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Drawing What You See

Date/Time: 4 Mondays: November 6-27, 6:30PM – 9:00PM

Thomas E. Stewart
In this drawing class Tom will present some fundamental steps to drawing still lifes, landscapes, animals, portraits, and people in perspective. This will be an organic approach to drawing in perspective. One evening of class will be held outside. Working outside will introduce you to drawing landscapes in perspective. No drafting tools required. Drawing will be with pencil, charcoal, and paper. This class will be a good stepping stone for Tom’s painting classes.

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