Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature.- Henry Ward Beecher
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with Glenn Kessler
The Art of Painting: In this class we will explore the numerous aspects of painting from stretching the canvas to the final varnishing of a finished work. Along the way techinical skills will be taught enabling students to develope their own individual style. Discussed will be topics such as: What is light?, Why does it matter? In addition, other aspects that will be explored are grounds, dynamic compositions, chiaroscuro and value, atmosphic perspective, alla prima vs layered under painting techniques, controlling focus, color mixing and glazing, impasto, vanishing, and photgraphing your artwork. So come prepared to grow, develope new skills, and have some fun!
with 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
Show up and start the process! Stretch your imagination while strengthening skills through the process of “painting.” Intermediate and advanced oil painters will explore concepts and techniques. Gain the confidence to explore the use of color, mark making, surface quality and composition, emphasizing your own pictorial language.
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 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 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 the endless potential of inanimates as inspiration.
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, or as a spring point for an exploration of color, composition and paint, sometimes all of the above. 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 is a class open to all levels, and goals. It is about what we choose to see and show, and how we can share that through the flexible medium of oil paint. Still life lends itself to both the beginner, as well as experienced painters. 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 crits.
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 Kathleen L’Hommedieu
In this class you will learn the unique, fear-free method of learning oil painting. It is geared towards total beginners who have never picked up a paintbrush. This 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.
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 email@example.com.
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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Registration for any of these events at WAA or sponsored by WAA assumes permission to collect an image of you and/or your artwork and to use those images publicly to promote WAA. You may inform us at the time of registration, or inform the photographer/videographer at the event, that you do not wish to have your image taken.