Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature.- Henry Ward Beecher
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with Edward DeVoe
“Creative” in the title applies to artistic creativity inspired by nature. It is found in the tumble of paint in the unrestricted places of paintings. “Realism” is, of course, what we see with a knowing eye and wish to make known to the viewer.
“Creative Realism” is my term to describe the touch of the artist through the diverse traditions and ages of art. It may be chiaroscuro, it may be impressionistic or expressionistic but the thought, the bias of the artist is clear.
I will give eight short lectures. (See materials list for lectures) Some will be of my choice, and others will be to answer questions from the class. Students will be instructed in drawing and painting. They will also learn the principles of light, shadow and atmosphere.
I teach individually and my expertise is in combining the training of traditional painting knowledge with the student’s innate abilities. There are no restrictions on subject matter in this class.
The class is open to all level students, beginners to advanced. I encourage beginners to join and learn from fellow students stepping on the heels of masters.
with Edward DeVoe
This class is about “thinking Big.” It is for people who have a sense of direction for their own art. This happens in students who work at home, or experiment with their own subjects. It is an advanced seminar to finding voice.
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 as subjects present themselves. As paintings move toward completion group critiques will happen.
Thinking Big can mean new subjects--personal subjects. This can mean painting larger than you have ever tried! This can mean challenging your comfort zone. But this class and its Big Idea is not just to help the student find voice. It's not just to find and use some flashy new technique. It's not just to be BIG. No!
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 bigger purpose. Call it empowered or bold or just truth at last. Try a six-foot canvas. Bring your big brushes. Mix your mediums. For example you could start in watercolor, painting with your fingers, then end in oil, painting the thought at the tip of your brush. I’m sure you have a Big Idea. It's time!
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 Edward DeVoe
What if you could paint outdoors and learn how light, shadow and atmosphere affect color? And what of by learning this you could paint beautiful landscapes? But what if you were also learning skills you could apply to any other subjects you painted? Having landscape knowledge makes portrait and still life artists distinctly more effective. this class will meet at the WAA Studio for the spring session.
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 Kathleen L’Hommedieu
THIS CLASS IS FULL. 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.
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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