Sight-size is a method of measuring which makes it easier for the artist to understand the form. It has been used for centuries possibly dating back to Leonardo Di Vinci. It builds observational skills and may be used in other genres such as still life and landscape. In this course students will have the opportunity to draw from a live model holding one three hour standing position. Models will vary week to week.
Summer is a perfect time to get outside to sketch or paint. In this course students will have the opportunity to be outside taking in nature with their pencil or brush in hand. Lessons will cover atmospheric perspective as well as one and two point perspective. The class will meet at various locations in and around the city.
Oil paint is a medium which is rich in history. It has been used for centuries and if applied correctly is long lasting as we see in museums today. The paint is full of body and chroma. It may be used in an impressionistic way or applied with glazes as seen with the Dutch Masters.
This course will cover the traditional methods of oil painting from the French academy under-painting to a finished piece. Students will learn the fundamentals for creating a painting including composition, color, and techniques. Course focus and teacher demonstrations will include different stages of painting. Students may expect to complete 1-2 paintings during the 5 week course. Students may choose from provided subject matter or bring in their own inspirational references.
Unlike any other medium, watercolor offers a bountiful array of wonderful techniques. From glazing to spattering, these unique properties may be found in all successful watercolor paintings. In this class, students will have the opportunity to learn from weekly demonstrations and apply newly learned methods to their work. Subject matter ranging from landscapes, still life, and portraiture will be covered –summer theme. Beginning students are encouraged to practice the techniques. Advanced students may work independently on their own projects with guidance and advice. Students may choose from provided subject matter (emailed ahead of time) or bring in their own inspirational idea.
This workshop will focus on the working methods for capturing the figure in oils. Using the technique of sight-size, learn how to build a solid foundation of gesture, likeness, and light effect. Discussion and demonstration to include the sight-size method, underpainting, mixing skin tones in oils, as well as forays into materials and anatomy. Students will have two consecutive days with the same model in the same pose to fully complete their painting. Students wishing to draw or use other media are welcome.
This course is open to all levels of painting ability. Students will learn basic floral painting techniques, with an emphasis on values and composition. Layering and blending color into soft edges will also be taught. The course will focus on painting from close-up photo references of flowers in an artistic setting. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of the session.
This workshop will focus on the many moods and facets of painting water in the watercolor medium and to learn techniques from rendering a simple reflective puddle to a swift moving mountain stream and everything in between. Foreshortening and the ability to suggest a flat plane will be taught when painting a meandering river or a lake. Water provides the artist with an endless variety of interpretations given its reflective qualities as well as its restlessness. The class will start with a demonstration by the instructor followed by class painting. A critique will be offered at the end of the class. Reference photos will be provided and students are encouraged to bring their own as well. A materials list will be provided upon request.
This 8 week course introduces the technical and creative possibilities of your Digital SLR camera. We will cover all the basics of moving from “Auto” to “Manual” shooting, including Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, Metering, Focusing, White Balance and more. We will also introduce creative advanced techniques such as depth of field, freezing and blurring motion, shooting silhouettes, and panning. The course is intensive and fun, designed to help you take the photos you want. Simple weekly shooting assignments are provided to reinforce the material covered in class. Note: this class is not designed for point and shoot cameras. To learn more about the class, download the PDF syllabus below.
Bargue Drawing is a term used to describe the 18th Century art curriculum designed by artists Jean Gerome and Charles Bargue. Students learn the basic elements of drawing at first by copying master drawings known as Bargue Drawings. The program progresses to cast drawings and then to drawing and painting from life. Even for the professional artists, Bargue drawings can be an eye opening experience. There are many lessons to be learned which include application of medium, shadow shapes, edges and more. These valuable lessons will later carry through to other art forms such as portrait, figure, and still life. To learn more about the class, download the PDF syllabus below.
This class is for the advanced or professional artist, who is comfortable using their media, but is looking for advice and guidance while tackling their own independent project. This is a great opportunity to surround yourself with other artists. Constructive comments and critiques will be given by both the instructor and your peers. Please bring in your projects and chosen media. To learn more about the class, download the PDF syllabus below.
This class is for both beginner and advanced artist wishing to learn about drawing and painting the portrait. The first few classes will focus on positioning the model, general anatomy and defining the planes of the head. Demonstrations will be given. Beginners are encouraged to work in vine charcoal. Advanced students may work in oil or a medium of their choice. There will be a variety of models: male, female, young and old rotating between the first six classes. The last four classes will be devoted to one long pose giving students ample time to study the form. To learn more about the class, download the PDF syllabus below.
This is not a class, but an open forum for artists and students of all skill levels to draw the nude figure as one long pose session. To learn more about the group and cost, please follow the link below to download the PDF file. The cost is $15 per person and you pay at the door!