This class takes us through the foundational skills of painting and picture making. With clear instruction from renowned artist, Brooke Alison, students create 3 paintings per class, starting with a 10 minute painting, 30 minute painting and finally a 1 hour painting. With each piece, the handling of paint, design and color gets better until the elements of art and principles of design become second nature. You may work in your choice of acrylic, oil or pastel.
In this workshop students will enhance their watercolor skills by learning to paint "in the style of" the American master Georgia O'Keeffe. This hands-on class will include wet-in-wet, fresh and loose brushwork, and color, inspired by her glorious flowers and landscape. You will enhance your own creativity by "seeing through her eyes." And you'll be inspired to create your own unique variation on her work. Students will also watch a video on the artist's extraordinary life, and how that shaped her painting.
MOVING TO PORTRAITURE IN SIMPLE STEPS
This workshop is designed for pastel artists who are beginners with portraiture as well as for those who wish to improve their skills or find new ways to approach it. Over three days, Gwenneth will show how to apply simple consecutive steps to build a strong portrait. Working with a live model, she’ll teach and demo one step at a time, allowing each student to complete that step before continuing to the next.
Students will paint one live model every morning, and another every afternoon. This will give the opportunity to apply two different approaches to portraiture: in the morning, a classical, tonal and sculptural method on Canson mi-teintes paper. The strategy will be based on contrasting blocks of light and dark (values). In the afternoon, with a different model, we’ll be working on white Clairfontaine’s Pastelmat or Dakota’s Pastel Premier Paper, creating a splashy, colorful diluted underpainting that will be the base for the second, more impressionistic painting. The strategy of contrasting warm and cool colors for maximum effect is the basis for the second method. Each session starts with fun, fast sketches to loosen up.
A $100 non-refundable deposit can be made for this workshop by calling the DFAC at 727-298-3322. Balance must be paid by December 28.
In this messy, experimental class, we’ll explore the fun and very addicting technique of “dirty pours” and “flip cup” acrylic pours. The results look like marble or even planets, when poured onto circular supports. Learn how to create “cells” within your pours.
This class includes a ton of paints, pouring mediums and several supports (canvases, etc.), and you will finish the day with at least 3 small finished pieces. All supplies included!
Learn to capture the night! Nocturne painting has its own set of rules to capture the romance and intrigue hidden in the dark. Meet on site and paint with award-winning nocturne painter Shawn Dell Joyce to learn the tips and tricks of painting at night in public. Class will meet in downtown Dunedin before dark for demo and info session, then paint after dark for 2.5 hours. Instructor will demonstrate in pastel but welcomes all media (watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel). You’ll create a finished piece, a value sketch and a color study. Painting area is near restrooms and very safe.
The instructor is a Registered Teacher in the Michael Wilcox (author of Blue and Yellow Don’t Make Green) School of Color. The Wilcox method saves money on paint and time in finding the color you need! Features introduction to color theory, video presentation and hands on exercises. Discussion will also include lightfastness, color schemes, and literal/interpretive use of color. Color theory applies to all color media. No matter your medium, this class will help you understand how to mix to get the right color with less trial and error. A $10.00 materials fee is paid directly to instructor.
Do you love working in a variety of media? This one-day painting workshop allows you to experiment with multiple mediums and techniques. In addition to using acrylic paint and watercolor, you will learn to add texture with gels and mediums, as well as incorporate inks, pastels, stamps, papers and more to create layers within your piece.
In this workshop, we will be going beyond what we have learned in class and will be approaching painting through physical as well as visual prompts plus collaborative inspiration. Bring whatever supplies you would like to work with, including mixed media. It’s a time for exploration and to let your creativity have free reign.
This is a 4 week class. Want to learn to paint dogs, cats, birds? Week one will focus on picking several subjects from your photographs and working on the pencil drawing…with the emphasis on learning to draw. Week two, we will deal with color theory and how to mix colors from a limited palette. Once we have mastered the basics, we will paint our animal subjects.
Learn how to draw/paint eyes, human or animal from someone who knows eyes...an ophthalmologist (retired)! Come with your paints, your pencils and good photographs of eyes (your photos or cut from magazines). We will learn the anatomy, how to draw an eye, first with pencil, and then put some life into them with color. I will work in watercolor, but you can choose your medium. We will start with a lesson, then a demonstration and finally set to work to improve those faces. Without a beautiful and interesting eye, a portrait suffers. Bring your own painting or drawing equipment of your choice.
After drawing, the most important aspect of your watercolor is value and color. Come to this workshop and get an intensive learning experience in both subjects. We will learn the color wheel, how to mix colors using a limited number of colors, discover the beauty of "grays," and how to translate value into color. We will not be painting any subject matter in this workshop, so just bring your curiosity, desire to produce great art and the items on the materials list.
Tired of paying to have your watercolors matted, framed and put under "glass"? This demonstration will show you how you can avoid that cost and/or the frustration by mounting and protecting your watercolor, giving you a beautiful presentation for your work. As this is a process with time for drying, there will be no hands on work, but only demonstration. You will leave with written instructions and a supply list so you can try it at home.
Learn how to create a unique painting using the monoprint method. We will paint on plexiglass, using watercolor mixed with matte medium an then press a clean sheet of watercolor paper onto the painted plexiglass. A variety of results can be achieved using different techniques. The finished product is a one of a kind original painting. It is a fun technique that combines hand pulled printing and direct painting.
This class is a brief introduction to watercolors for beginners. No experience is necessary but it is helpful to have some drawing skills. In this hands on class, you will learn basic brush techniques, some mixing, and some basic principles of watercolor such as line, balance, value, color and composition. You will have a completed painting (or nearly so) by the end of the class. We'll even supply all the materials so you can try the technique before investing in supplies.
This workshop will explore all the wonderful creative techniques that watercolor offers. Demonstrations, individual attention, and classroom discussions that will help you create loose, impressionistic and expressive watercolors. We will learn how to plan for success by using the elements of design, color theory, and making painting plans. Enjoy the liquidity and spontaneity of watercolor.
This ongoing class will help you strengthen your skills of observation, principles, techniques and use of color no matter what level you are at. You will become confident in articulating your visual voice as you are challenged to explore new approaches, techniques and think about your work in new ways and explore new avenues. Drawing and previous watercolor classes are required.