Our Spring watercolor classes on Monday mornings will be all about creating fun, whimsical imagery. We’re going to be creating eye-popping paintings using a variety of subjects in a playful manner! These little creations will get you mixing and using colors in ways you might not have considered. However, you’ve got to be willing to leave all inhibitions at the door, forget the rules and ready to try painting things in new way. It’ll definitely keep you fresh and loose as you give yourself permission to have a good time with your brushwork.
Yes, you can expect to receive color illustrated class handouts and well-prepared instruction, including demos each week. Everyone will have plenty of time to paint in class and will always receive a great deal of one-on-one attention from the instructor.
Some experience in watercolor is recommended.
This class is designed for novice-to-intermediate painters - but all levels are welcome.
Design is king! We will focus on creating interesting designs from photo references. First, to sketch out some preliminary ideas on arrangement of shapes so that it has interest and composition. Second, to prepare the ground or panel to get us to the end result as quickly as possible. Third, apply the paint in as few marks and meaningful marks as possible. Fourth, finish with light over dark to accent the center of interest.
Learning to See Color is a class for artists and non-artists alike of all ages who want to learn about how color works and to apply their new color skills for practical color use.
Color is the most powerful medium in visual art. Color constantly informs and influences our world in so many ways, physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Learning to See Color introduces students to the principals underlying color interaction and how a practical understanding of how color works will enhance their lives.
Students work with paint and colored paper in simple, straightforward exercises through a systematic process designed to help students discover for themselves how color works and allow them to experiment with their new-found color skills harnessing the power of color for optimum advantage at whatever task they set. 9 a.m. - Noon Room 209
This class is for painters of all levels and mediums. Each class begins with critique and dialogue about current work. The remainder of the class time is spent working on current work with one-to-one guidance from Victoria. Plan to bring current work and painting supplies to each class.
The first half of the course will be a focus on how to abstract elements from realism. The second half of the course will be focused on expressive painting and mark-making to create exciting non-objective abstracts.
For more about Victoria:www.victoriakwasinski.com
Intermediate to Advanced Levels/All Mediums
9 - Noon
In this course, students will the learn the fundamentals and techniques of painting the
portrait in full color! Each week students will be guided through a series of exercises in
learning to perceive shape, gesture, likeness, form, and color, the final weeks being an
opportunity to integrate those concepts into a 2-day portrait. For beginners and
advanced students alike, this course presents a clear, and simple process to take the
complexity of the portrait and break it down into easy parts.
Brushes: 2 #4 and 2 #6 Bristle Filberts. I recommend Silver Brush Grand Prix, Blick
Masterstroke, Princeton, and Grumbacher as good brands.
Canvas: 6 16x20 Canvasses toned neutral gray
-Titanium or Lead White
- Raw Umber
- Burnt Umber
- Burnt Sienna
- Alizarin Crimson
- Permanent Rose
- Cadmium Red
- Cadmium Yellow
- Raw Sienna
- Cadmium Green
- Pthalo Turquoise
- Ultramarine Blue
- Dioxazine Purple
- Ivory Black
Odorless Mineral Spirits
Brush Washing Jar with Lid
This spring our Wednesday afternoon watercolor class will be working with landscape concepts that incorporate painting techniques, compositional arrangements, and unexpected subjects to create heightened drama & mystique! Good painting needs to capture the viewer’s attention. This class will help you learn how to do this. Join us as we learn how to go about designing paintings that have that PIZZAZ!
This class is best suited for painters who want to stretch as well as hone their brush skills. You will be asked to think through your painting before setting brush-to-paper, have a coherent plan for how you intend to design your composition, understand the importance of assigning dominance to one shape, while supporting it with lesser important shapes. We will explore temperature dominance (color palette choices), and how to take the viewer to a specific place within your painting (near, middle, or far). The instructor’s lesson handouts, demos, and one-on-one instruction are all designed to help each painter push past limits to achieve new heights with their painting. Sign up early, this class will fill up fast!
Intermediate level and above
Class limit size: 20
1-4pm Room 205
Come join Jennifer and explore abstract design using new and exciting techniques and materials. This isn’t your typical painting class and you won’t be staring at the same still life or model for weeks at a time. Each week she will introduce you to different techniques or materials, and uncover the possible shapes they can create, adding dimensionality to your work. She will be using everything from joint compound to various papers, and with Jennifer’s hands-on approach, you will understand the full potential of each new material and find a way to make the art “your own.” Nine week class beginning September 19th. Bring your acrylic paints!
“A place where artists can work on their own art among other artists.” It is a good atmosphere working with other artists. Members may choose to draw or paint the still life, or do their own thing. Still life painters volunteer to bring in a still life subject, according to a schedule established at the first class.
Eight weeks beginning Jan. 9th.
Bring your watercolor portraits to life! Using fundamental and intermediate techniques, you will learn how to paint portraits in watercolor and bring out the subject’s personality. We will draw and paint multiple portraits to practice how to accurately represent the figure and bring out their expression. We will also incorporate the background as an additional element to the portrait.
Drawing experience is recommended.
Participants will be introduced to the process of woodcut printmaking, from constructing an effective drawing, preparing the block, transferring the drawing to the woodblock, cutting and gouging the block, to printing the image on suitable paper. In place of a press, we will use the hand-printing processes of a baren, or wooden or Teflon spoon. The goal will be to produce a small edition of beautiful black-and-white woodcut prints. Color woodcuts will be discussed, and accomplished on a limited basis. A
materials fee of $10, which covers the cost of one basswood block (about 5” x 7”), the use of ink,
brayers, and newsprint paper. Students need to purchase an Xacto knife (about $3), gouges (a set of Japanese gouges is about $15), and a wooden spoon (about $1). They may come to the first class without tools, and see specifics of the tools needed.
9am - Noon
This class is for all levels and will cover all elements of painting especially composition, as this is often what determines the success of the painting. We will focus on the beginning stages of the painting though we will carry paintings forward to completion and cover all elements of the painting process. All subject matter is welcome. Students may bring reference photos or still life set-ups to work from. Students are encouraged to start a new painting each week, and are invited to experiment, take risks and enjoy the painting experience! There will be a brief discussion and demo by the instructor, but mostly this will be painting time with individual guidance to help you achieve your painting goals.
Learn how to create beautiful paintings using water and paint! This class is a fun, exciting, and easy atmosphere designed for growing your skills with your watercolor paints to create fresh colorful paintings. Together, we will learn watercolor techniques while painting skies, trees, animals, people and buildings. We put it all together for amazing results in a watercolor painting. To begin each class there will be a discussion and demonstration of our weekly topic. The class will include supportive critiques that help us all learn together.
$10 Materials Fee
This class is open to intermediate- advanced painters.
Limit 22 students
Seven week class