Whimsical Dragonflies

CLASS ID: 2W09 This class is full.
Date/Time: Friday, August 17, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CLASS ID: 2W76  This class is full.
Date/Time: Monday, August 20, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sylvia Benson
Using acrylic paint on canvas, draw and paint whimsical dragonflies. 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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Alcohol Ink: Birch Trees & Koi Ponds

Class ID: 2W75 This class is full.
Date/Time: Saturday, August 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sylvia Benson 

Give alcohol ink a try! Paint a beautiful birch forest or a koi pond in this exciting medium. Whether you have experience with alcohol ink or are brand new, this class is for you.

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iPad Painting: Let’s Learn Art Set Pro App

Date/Time: Saturday, August 18, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Debra Dresler
If you have wanted to try digital painting, this is the class for you. The Art Set Pro app is like having a portable painting set up all on your iPad or iPhone. No mess no fuss. We will begin with a photograph that you paint over with different tools and mediums. There are 7 brush sizes. Included in the app are oil paint, oil pastel sticks, colored pencil, crayons, marker, conte crayon, paint markers, charcoal, eraser, and a variety of pencils. 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 colors. A stylus is nice, but not required. Amazon has an inexpensive clear disc one made by Meko. You can choose from 27 papers and canvas to paint on. No experience needed. Come and try some fun painting. This class is best on an iPad for its size. Come with the ArtSetPro loaded. Purchase in the App Store $6.99, IOS (Apple) only, Sorry No Android, Galaxy etc.

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Painting with Dan Mackerman

Date/Time: 2 Tuesdays, August 21 – 28, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Date/Time: 2 Tuesdays, August 21 – 28, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Dan Mackerman
This course is designed for experienced beginner to 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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The Abstracted Landscape

CLASS ID: 5W03 This class is full.
Date/Time: Wednesday – Thursday, August 22 – 23, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Calvin deRuyter
People understand realistic landscape, and non-objective abstract but between those two points are a multitude of points where one can intermingle the concepts from both. In this two-day workshop we will explore the abstracted landscape. We will talk about the concepts of abstraction by looking at other visual artists and how they have abstracted the landscape to meet their specific abstract goals while still maintaining the viewer’s perception that the painting is a landscape. We will discuss color, texture, shapes/forms, and composition(s) with the abstracted landscape in mind. We will work with drawing tools and mixed water media (acrylic and/or watercolor), although you can ultimately apply the principles we discuss to any medium.

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Debra Dresler’s Open Studio

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 22, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Debra Dresler
Join ongoing instruction for students who have taken any of Deb Dresler’s classes for special one-on-one instruction, critique, and support. Bring a problem or project. This class is open to all previous Alcohol Ink and Digital Art students.

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Alcohol Ink Painting for Beginners

Date/Time: Friday, August 24, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Debra Dresler
Come join the fun and bring family and friends for an exciting painting event. This art ink medium can be used to create glowing paintings, gorgeous ceramic tiles, and more. Unpredictable, wildly colorful, vibrant inks are used on non-porous surfaces including metal, plastic, glass, Yupo paper, and tile. The possibilities are endless! The colors are fluid dye mixed with rubbing alcohol that can be used full strength for intense bursts of color or diluted for a subtle look similar to watercolor washes. The colors are intermixable and can be brush painted, dripped, splattered, stamped and air blown. This fun class will introduce you to the medium by crafting 2 ceramic tiles. Framing options will be discussed. No painting experience required. $20 material fee paid to instructor for use of her art supplies, plus tiles and equipment. Or a nice option is to purchase your own Ranger Ink complete kit (including inks, paper, stamps, blender, and more is available at Hobby Lobby so you can continue at home after class.) If you choose this option, the supply fee will be $10 for tiles, and some use of instructor’s colors to expand your palette. Bring an apron or wear old clothes.

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Drawing Pet Portraits in Pastel Pencil

Date/Time: Saturday, August 25, 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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App Sampler: Beginning Painterly Photography

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 28, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Debra Dresler
Get ready to unlock your creativity with painterly apps on your iPad. In this beginning class, we will use three apps that paint your photos digitally. Very easy and mostly automatic with filters, you will use your fingers or stylus to paint. No painting experience needed! Transform your photographs into stunning painterly pictures before your eyes. Watercolor, oil, impressionistic and wild modern looks too. Bring your iPad with these apps downloaded from the App store: Brushstroke, AquarellaHD, and Prisma. IOS (Apple) only. Sorry, no Android, Galaxy, etc.

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Soar! Mixed Media Mentoring

Date/Time: 3 Mondays, August 6 – 20, 9:30 AM – 11:45 AM
*No class August 27

Date/Time: 3 Mondays, September 10 – 24, 9:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Date/Time: 5 Mondays, October 1 – 29, 9:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Date/Time: 4 Mondays, November 5 – 26, 9:30 AM – 11:45 AM

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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