Painting Contemporary Figurative Paintings

CLASS ID: 7A101
Date/Time: Tuesday – Thursday, July 30 – August 1, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Karen Knutson
Learn to loosen up and paint from the heart! We will be drawing more contemporary versions of people, in the loosest fashion possible. Simplicity is the name of the game in this workshop. Many techniques for texture, how to build layers for depth, working with limited colors, and lots of fun tricks done with rubbing alcohol and other tools, are just some of the new skills that you will learn.

One day, we will learn how to do wire drawings, which will help the students to loosen up! (Wire drawings are done with permanent markers and they resemble wire sculptures when completed.) This workshop is geared for all levels of acrylic students. We will also be trying other mixed media for detail work, like caran d’ ache crayons and prismacolor pencils. Karen Knutson is a very sought after instructor who believes that painting should be fun, but also likes to teach good design at the same time! www.karenknutson.com

Continue reading

Mixed Medium May Flowers

CLASS ID: 5ZMC
Date/Time: Monday, May 6, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Susan Hartzell Vannelli
Join us for a fun evening full of spring inspiration. Working from real flowers, you will create a unique painting using pastels, watercolor and collage. Bring a friend!

Continue reading

Portraits in Pastel Pencil Verdaccio Technique

CLASS ID: 5ZPB
Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Suzann Beck
This unusual pastel pencil technique makes portrait drawing seem almost magical. Learn how an “underdrawing” in green values can make your finished skin tones look natural and luminous. The workshop will feature best practices and a demonstration in the morning session with hands-on student work in the afternoon. Students will work from their own photos, learning how to transfer an initial drawing to pastel paper, and how to build skin tones in a step-by-step process. Attention will be paid to drawing accuracy and rendering light effect.

Continue reading

Intermediate Pastel

CLASS ID: 5ZPA
Date/Time: 4 Wednesdays, May 1 – 29, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
No Class May 8

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.

Continue reading

Studio Landscape Painting with Mike Rada

CLASS ID: 5ZOE
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.

Continue reading

Intermediate/Advanced Painting with Dan Mackerman

CLASS ID: 4ZOD
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, April 23 – May 14, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

CLASS ID: 5ZOD
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, May 21 – June 18, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM *No class June 4

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. 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.

Continue reading

Mentoring for All Mediums

CLASS ID: 5ZMB
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.

Continue reading

Soar! Mixed Media Mentoring

CLASS ID: 5ZMA
Date/Time: 2 Mondays, May 6 & 20, 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.

Continue reading

Intermediate Pastel

CLASS ID: 6APA
Date/Time: 3 Wednesdays, June 5-26, 1:30-4:00 PM
No Class June 19
Tuition: $84 Member/$102 Non-Member
CLASS ID: 7APA
Date/Time: 3 Wednesdays, July 10-24, 1:30-4:00 PM
Tuition: $84 Member/$102 Non-Member
CLASS ID: 8APA
Date/Time: 3 Wednesdays, August 7-28, 1:30-4:00 PM
No Class August 14
Tuition: $84 Member/$102 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, Intermediate to Advanced
Location: First week at WBCA
* Sign up for all three classes and save! $242 Member/$296 Non-Member

To the plein air painter, the immediate application of pastels lends itself to capturing the changing light effects of the outdoors. Observe and study nature firsthand. Make quick and direct decisions to produce spontaneous, fresh, and colorful light-filled paintings. Demos, one-on-one guidance, and group critiques are a part of this class. The first class will meet at WBCA; later weeks will meet at various nearby parks.
* Visit www.WhiteBearArts.org for a supply list.

Continue reading