Watercolor Frogs

Date/Time: 2 Fridays, April 20 & 27, 1:00-3:30 PM

Sylvia Benson
Pick from a large variety of frog photos and paint it using different texturing, shadowing, and fading out techniques. Choose a background for your frog and develop the beautiful coloring. All aspects of the painting will be demonstrated and personal assistance as needed.

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Whimsical Birds on a Wire

Date/Time: Saturday, April 28, 10:00 AM – 12:30 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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Introduction to Alla Prima Portraiture

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 1, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Suzann Beck
This workshop will help you learn to paint a realism-style “alla prima” or “all at once” portrait in roughly three hours, using value and color to communicate the light and shadow that gives dimension and drama to a portrait. This workshop will teach you how to draw an under-painting in oil that guides your subsequent color work, how to mix the basic values of skin tone color and build on your under-painting, and the finishing touches that bring life to a painting. In the morning session Suzann will explain her approach to alla prima portraiture and demonstrate painting a full-color portrait from a live model. After an hour lunch break, the afternoon session will feature hands-on practice painting from a live model and one-on-one guidance. Prior drawing and painting experience is suggested. Model fee included. Bring a lunch.

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Intermediate/Advanced Painting with Dan Mackerman

Date/Time: 5 Tuesdays, May 1 – 29, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Date/Time: 5 Tuesdays, May 1 – 29, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Dan Mackerman
This course is designed for intermediate and advanced painting students who wish to broaden their knowledge and experience. Work on your own projects while taking advantage of Dan’s 40+ years of painting. The purpose of this class is to improve upon what you already know, expose you to new possibilities and to make you a better painter. For some that may mean inspiring conversation on topics that relate to your work. For others it may mean tips or demos on materials and tools that fine-tune your technique or improve a specific piece. Dan will regularly give demonstrations, share references from his personal library of over 500 books, lead critiques, and give museum tours when the need arises. 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.

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Building a Better Landscape

Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, May 1 – 22, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Catherine Hearding
Landscape painting can be tough, because there is so much to put into each painting! This class will focus on a 3-step approach to watercolor painting that provides a process for problem solving, no matter what the subject. You will learn how to simplify your subject so that you put in only what is necessary to tell your story. The class will focus on concepts of value, intensity and color temperature along with some basic landscape composition. Color solutions will be explored using structured color schemes that help keep color fresh and vibrant. This process will help to loosen up your technique, while at the same time teaching important painting concepts that apply across all media.

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Still Life Painting in Oil

Date/Time: 4 Thursdays, April 5 – 26,10:00 AM – 12:45 PM

Date/Time: 3 Thursdays, May 3 – 24,10:00 AM – 12:45 PM
*No Class May 10

Christopher Copeland
This class will focus on organizing a still life composition set-up and painting from life. Emphasis will be on drawing and value structure. Finally completing the value study with color and edge-work control.

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Intermediate Pastel

Date/Time: 4 Wednesdays, April 4 – 25, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Date/Time: 4 Wednesdays, May 2 – 23, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

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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Beginning Oils

Date/Time: 3 Thursdays, April 5 – 26, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
*No class April 19

Date/Time: 3 Thursdays, May 3 – 24, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
*No class May 10

Julie Dobson Miner
This ongoing class will take you through the entire process from concept to completion of a painting. Julie gently helps you first paint what you see and eventually when you might let go. Most classes will begin with a demo, small discussion/lecture or sharing to increase your knowledge of all the aspects of art including drawing, value, and color. The instructor will use traditional oil paints, however students can also use water mixable oils or acrylics. Julie promotes learning to mix colors by use of a suggested limited palette (warm and cool primaries) as well as limited use of solvents and safe handling practices. Beginner student projects will be offered and eventually progress to help you find your own artistic voice. Students can use supplies from the instructor for a fee or use the supply list.

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Painting with Encaustic

Date/Time: Friday, May 4, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Date/Time: Saturday, May 5, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Sylvia Benson
Join in on a new endeavor of working with hot beeswax which contains a resin as a hardening agent and pigments of many colors. It is called encaustic, an ancient art form dating back to the Greeks, which was revived by Jasper Johns and has gained popularity since the ‘90s. This medium is exciting because of its flexibility and versatility. Wax can be moved with a hot air gun, textured with tools, embedded with beautiful paper, and turned into a collage. Step-by-step instruction and individual attention will help you develop your painting in this wonderful medium. $20 material fee covers all materials to make one painting; students who wish to make more can buy extra materials for an additional fee. Classes are limited to 6 students. Sign up early!

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Sumi-e in the Spring

Date/Time: Saturday, May 5, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM  *date/time change from catalog

Susan Frame
Spring is here! Put a little spring in your heart by learning to paint apple blossoms and tulips using ink, watercolor, rice paper, and bamboo brushes.  In this class you will learn and refine your skills in a non-intimidating and fun environment.  You’ll also receive lots of encouragement as you develop your own personal approach.  Class includes demonstration plus open painting time.  Beginners through advanced artists welcome – watercolorists and other painters will find this useful.  Bring photos of apple blossoms and tulips for inspiration.  $20 supply fee.  Bring a lunch.

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