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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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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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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Studio Landscape Painting with Mike Rada

Date/Time: 5 Wednesdays, April 18 – May 16, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Date/Time: 4 Wednesdays, May 23 – June 13, 9:00 AM – 12:00 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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Becoming a Better Painter in Oils or Acrylics

Date/Time: Friday, May 11, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Mary Jo Van Dell
You will quickly notice an improvement in your work with the instruction and ideas you receive in this workshop. You will be personally coached and encouraged to develop a better individual skill and style. Come with an open mind and blank canvas to refresh your passion for painting. Subject matter is up to you. Starting a new piece is preferable but you may also bring a piece in progress. This is the perfect workshop to bring to life that idea that’s been haunting you, or to start that big canvas you’ve always wanted to do. A small canvas is fine too! Enthusiasm and some experience are required for this class. Bring a lunch.

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Landscape & Light: 3-Day Studio Landscape Workshop for Pastel & Oil

Date/Time: 3 Days, Tuesday – Thursday, August 14 – 16, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Barbara Jaenicke, OPA, AIS, PSA, IAPS/EP
Spend three days in an intensive study on how to train your eyes to “read” light in the landscape, and how to capture a genuine effect of atmospheric light in your studio work. We’ll study a variety of lighting situations and types of landscapes. Barbara will provide photos for students to work from, or students may work from their own photos if they have similar lighting situations. Students can work in pastel or oil. Demos will be in both. Bring a lunch.

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Painting Skills for Beginner Painters

SECTION 8: Finding Ideas: Life, Photos, Other Artists, Imagination, Process
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, April 24 – May 22, 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM
*No class 5/15

SECTION 9: Honing Your Skills: Open Studio
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, May 29 – June 19,  9:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Dan Mackerman
This is a class for those with either little or no experience and for those with experience who want to pick up tips they might have missed. Learn the skills that are fundamental to painting so that your imagination won’t be held back later on. In these courses, we will cover 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 develop a painting. This class will be taught in sections, each topic building on the next, 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. This is the final section of the series.

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