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 or technique.
“From Giotto to Giacometti” refers to DeVoe’s extensive knowledge of the techniques of Masters from many eras.
He will give eight short lectures, some will be of his choice. Others will be to answer questions from the class. You will be instructed in drawing and painting. You will also study the principles of light, shadow and atmosphere.
DeVoe teaches individually and his expertise, as an instructor, is in combining traditional painting instruction with the student’s innate abilities. There are no restrictions on subject matter in this class.
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 Patty Fogle
During 12 years of teaching at WAA, I’ve had the privilege of guiding many students through a solid grounding in classical drawing and painting skills that allowed them to become Master Artists.
The class gave them a clear process to develop an artwork and confidence with their materials to pursue whatever expressive form matched their feelings and vision. Above all, they learned that making an artwork was less about the subject matter, and far more about how charcoal and paint’s transformative power could surprise and capture the spirit of their emotions. Whether you want to improve your painting and drawing craft for personal pleasure or become a professional artist, you are welcome to join my class.
with Ira Barkoff
CLASS IS FILLED. 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 Timothy Bergstrom
What is abstraction? Matisse approached this question by breaking down the things he saw in the world, at the same time Picasso achieved it through playful invention, and later Jackson Pollock answered by treating paint as a thing of beauty. There is no definitive answer to what abstraction is in art, fortunately for artists, defining it for ourselves is the interesting part...
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, "Abstraction: Then, There, Now" will give you a greater understanding of a question artists are still tackling today. "What is abstraction, and what does it mean to me?"
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
This is an eight week class, starting fall semester 2018 and continuing thematically in the winter semester.
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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