Plein Air Painting in Oils

Date/Time: 3 Thursdays, September 5-26, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
No Class September 12
Tuition: $87 Member/$111 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, Intermediate to Advanced

Christopher Copeland
This class will focus on how to interpret light and shadow effects outdoors. Learn how to simplify, design, and connect larger shapes of the landscape, as well as how to apply a foundation quickly and accurately. Emphasis will be on composition and atmospheric perspective with color and value. We will be painting at various local parks. First class of each month will meet at WBCA.

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Mentoring for All Mediums

Date/Time: 2 Mondays, May 6 & 20, 12:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Susan Hartzell Vannelli
This class is for those who would like to complete a piece of art, work on an unfinished painting, or learn to use 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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Studio Landscape Painting with Mike Rada

Date/Time: 5 Thursdays, May 2 – June 13, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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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Painting Skills for Beginner Painters

Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, April 23 – May 14, 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, May 21 – June 18, 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM or 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM *No class June 4

Dan Mackerman
This is a class for those with either little or no experience or for those with experience that want to pick up tips they might have missed. Learn the skills that are fundamental to painting so that your imagination won’t be restricted later. Drawing techniques for measuring proportion and composing, color mixing tricks, an introduction to the different kinds of brushes and how to use them, and several different easy methods to developing a painting.

This class will be taught in sections, each new topic building upon the last, starting with the most basic skills in the fall and advancing to more exciting levels of painting by the end of spring. Each topic will be demonstrated so you can see how it’s done before you try it yourself.

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Learn Oil Painting

Julie Dobson Miner  Are you interested in learning oil painting? This is the perfect class to introduce you to this exciting medium. This class is designed to give you the very basics of oil painting. Join us to learn the basics of painting with oil. You will love how easy…

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Mini Oil Painting Retreat: Painting with Mary Jo Van Dell

Date/Time: Tuesday-Wednesday, October 8 & 9, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Tuition: $159 Member/ $199 Non-Member 
Age/Level: Adults, Intermediate, Advanced 
Location: Mary Jo’s Studio in Marine on St. Croix

Head up to charming Marine on St Croix for a painting workshop with Mary Jo Van Dell. Walking outside in the scenic St. Croix area, you will learn how to capture the photos you need and then edit them down to make a wonderful painting of the outdoors, inside Mary Jo’s inspirational gallery located above the General Store. You will learn how to make a better composition and transform an idea into a painting. The day will start with coffee and includes a lunch break downstairs at the deli or a restaurant nearby. 

* Visit for a supply list. 

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Oil or Acrylic Painting

Date/Time: 5 Thursdays October 24-November 21, 6:00-8:30 PM
Tuition: $130 Member/$170 Non-Member
Material Fee: $10 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, Teens, All Levels

Holly Stone
If you’re brand new to painting, returning after an absence, or an experienced painter looking for helpful critiques and lots of support in refining your style, this is the class for you! You will be given step by step exercises designed to give you a good grounding in value, color and color mixing, composition, brush handling, palette knife use and more. You will design and complete a painting based on your own photo reference/ image of your choice. Both oil and acrylic paints will be available – we will discuss the pros and cons of each, and you may try them both before deciding on the medium of choice for your painting.
This class offers lots of critiques, tips, playful learning exercises, and support. Instructor has been teaching students of all painting levels for over 20 years. She is committed to helping you develop your own style, and express your voice through art.

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Intermediate/Advanced Painting with Dan Mackerman

Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, September 17-October 8, 1:00-3:30 PM 
Tuition: $105 Member/$135 Non-Member 
Age/Level: Adults, Intermediate to Advanced

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. 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. All media welcome including oil, pastel & acrylic. Solvent-free oil painting, dating back to the time of Rembrandt, will be highlighted.

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Still Life Painting in Oil

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

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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