Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature.- Henry Ward Beecher
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with Peter Cusack
This course will offer expressive techniques for painting the figure, landscape, and still-life. Students will strengthen drawing skills, explore color theory, and learn to work with confidence.
with Robert Lenz
The most beautiful and memorable landscape pictures from the past and the present have been constructed with the same fundamental art. We will learn these steps; from composition to detail and how Inness, among other masters taught his students how to SEE! Be prepared to paint small size canvases (9 x 12, 11 x 14, 12 x 16) and bring your usual bag of supplies. Later in the class, if circumstances allow, we will transfer one of your small pictures to a larger canvas. I will send each student a recommended palette once the class is set.
with Edward DeVoe
This class uses portrait and figure models in arranged settings to instruct students in the many ways of painting. No restrictions placed on medium, technique or subject matter. DeVoe teaches individually and his expertise, as an instructor, is in combining traditional painting instruction with the student’s innate abilities.
Beginning students are encouraged to join.
with Edward DeVoe
This class is about taking your artistic skills beyond the normal or physical level. It is an advanced seminar to find your voice and make it transcend personal limits. It is for people who have a sense of direction for their own art.
This is best taken by experienced students who can build subjects on their own. Mr DeVoe will demonstrate individually for students who bring sketch materials. He will give some slide lectures and mini whiteboard demos as subjects present themselves. As paintings move toward completion group critiques will happen. Transcending Nature can mean new subjects--personal subjects. This can mean painting larger than you have ever tried!
Beyond your own relationship with your work, the class addresses how you effectively impart your passion as an artist so the viewer is engaged- that is our challenge. It can be hard work: building, crafting. Not a focus on fast; the focus is on effectiveness. Artists digging down to their primal cause in a highly creative group energy, connected to their essential purpose. Be it empowered or bold or just truth at last. Try a six-foot canvas. Mix your mediums. For example you could start in watercolor, painting with your fingers, then end in oil, painting a life force you sense at the tip of your brush.
with Timothy Bergstrom
This class will attempt to answer what abstraction is, not only in broad historical strokes, but to each individual who takes the class. Designed for all experience levels, classes will center around painting, but will include historical lessons, painting technique demonstrations, individual and group critiques. Whether you want to push paint around like an expressionist, or create a conceptual matrix to produce works, this class will give you a greater understanding of abstraction.
with Ira Barkoff
This class will deal with painting as a means of expression. We will select various artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. We will use these artists as a reference - experiencing what they experienced, gaining knowledge along the way. You will be guided to find your voice while learning how to technically achieve the results you want. There are no rules but lots of principles.
with Patty Fogle
Come join us through a logical, time-tested sequence for building a spirited painting from its inner tonal foundation to its surface of color. Learn essential drawing skills for composing the pictorial space; and how to use color according to its basic principles through the primaries of yellow/red/blue plus white. With solid classical skills, you’ll master any expressive style you wish by way of Still Life, Landscape or Figurative goals.
with Souby Boski
In this class students will learn how to loosen up and apply their paint in a gestural, painterly manner.
Techniques and observations on what it takes to "loosen-up" your paintings. Nearly all of these tips have a common denominator - simplification. The more you simplify what you do, the more it frees your mind to concentrate on staying loose.
Students will practice using bigger brushes, more paint and working faster. We will take color to new unexpected places by working with various colors and departing from realism.
Bring several canvases and reference photos. A suggested materials list will be provide upon registration.
For more information about our classes and to register for a class, you may also telephone us at 860.868.2878 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition must be paid in full one week prior to the first class. Students are guaranteed a place in class only after full payment is received.
Materials are extra for some classes and workshops.
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