Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature.- Henry Ward Beecher
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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 Souby Boski
Students will stretch their imagination while strengthening skills through the process of painting. Various approaches to painting will be encouraged: experimentation of techniques and ideas, trial and error. Students will be challenged to see and interpret in new ways. Personal consultations in each class will cultivate students' vision. Students will gain the confidence to explore the use of color, mark making, surface quality and composition, emphasizing their own pictorial language. Explore where you are and where you wish to go.
with Patty Fogle
Cast the mystery aside and you’ll make a beautiful artwork in oils! Improve your drawing, composition and painting skills through a clear logical process that gives you a solid foundation for mastering oil painting. All levels welcome with a focus on individual goals. Color harmony is achieved quickly and you’ll see your painting fit together like a perfect mosaic of brushstrokes - giving you the freedom to discover your own expression and spirit in paint.
with Karen Simmons
An exploration of still life oil painting through the lens of both modern, contemporary and historical work.
In this class we will explore of the endless potential of still life as a subject.
Still life allows the artist to look carefully, intensively even, and take the time to find the beauty, poetry and meaning in common objects.
Historically, artists have used still life compositions as a vehicle for symbolism and meaning, as a demonstration of skill, and as a spring point for an exploration of color, composition and paint. In this contemporary studio, we will look at all these traditions, learn from them, and reinterpret into our own expression.
At each class, we will start by looking at examples of still lives by other artists, both modern and traditional, and then work on our individual interpretations.There will be pre-set still lives to work from, based on the examples we have just looked at, or you can structure your own.
This class is about what we choose to see and show, and how we can share that through the flexible medium of oil paint. The class is limited to 10 people and there will be plenty of time for individualized conversations and assistance. We will have a supportive discussion/critique at the end of class, with the open possibility of guest critiques.
with Kathleen L’Hommedieu
What you will learn in this beginner painting class: The unique, fear-free method of learning beginner oil painting is geared towards total beginners who have not ever picked up a paintbrush (or it has been many, many years since you have). This beginner oil painting class will be kept small (maximum of 10 students), so that you receive a lot of one-on-one attention!
Explore a wide variety of painting tips and tools, including: color mixing, personal subject matter, composition, building texture through paint, palette knife painting, details with paintbrushes and more.
This class breaks down the fundamentals of oil painting into manageable blocks. Students will receive individual attention at every step along the way.
Each class will offer a lesson based on a chosen artist, a still life or a landscape. The student will use the subject for inspiration but paint their version of the subject. We will complete each class with a relaxed and positive discussion to review the work created in class.
Jump into the excitement of learning something new amongst a community of spirited oil painting beginners.
with Theresa Bates
NEW this semester! This course offers the young artist an opportunity to develop skills in drawing, composition, perspective, painting, color theory and expression. Students will choose their own subject and medium, learning techniques specific to that medium. Teaching is done on an individual basis within the group setting, allowing them to work at their own level. Portfolio Preparation for college applications also available.
with Jack Rosenberg
This is a beginner to advanced course in Portrait/Figure Painting in oil. Students may work from a live model, photo-reference or mirror. Topics covered include proportions, the anatomy and structure of the head and neck, organizing and handling oil paint, discussions and demonstrations of the various artists' materials: paints, supports ( canvas, wood panels), mediums, brushes, solvents, palettes etc, getting the look of three dimensionality and creating realistic skin tones. Each student will receive a complete course syllabus and each class will begin with one or more instructor demonstrations. Students will receive step-by-step guidance and individual feedback. Absolute beginners are especially welcome and encouraged to join in the excitement of oil painting. Advanced artists are very welcome to continue to expand their studio skills too! There is something for everyone in our Saturday morning sessions.
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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