The mission of this class is to give experienced artists a time and place to work out their own vision with aid from an instructor experienced with a variety of art materials and styles. Student should have experience with their medium of choice.
Learn the simple and serene world of painting Sumi-e (painting with ink) and Japanese Kanji Calligraphy (Shodo). This casual, introductory class is for anyone and covers the basic skills of Japanese brush painting for beginners, as well as more advanced techniques for experienced learners. Get used to Shodo techniques with Japanese brushes. Learn brushstroke control and how to draw Japanese characters, such as "heart" and "moon." The class also focuses on Sumi-e to draw images, such as Bamboo and Koi fish. Learn the historical and cultural background of Shodo and Sumi-e. The lecture will be minimal with focus on plenty of hands-on studio time. Learn how to balance Yin and Yang, using the contrast of ink to create the desired results.
*A $10 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor to cover cost of sumi ink and use of Japanese brushes for session. Instructor will provide a variety of Japanese papers to try in the first class.
This class will teach more advanced techniques basic Japanese brush painting for experienced learners. Master Shodo techniques with Japanese brushes. Learn brushstroke control and how to draw intricate Japanese characters. The class will also focus on Sumi-e images, such as plants, landscapes, fish and animals. Learn the historical and cultural background of Shodo and Sumi-e. The lecture will be minimal with focus on plenty of hands-on studio time. Learn how to balance Yin and Yang, using the contrast of ink to create the desired results. *A $10 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor to cover cost of sumi ink and use of Japanese brushes for session. Instructor will provide a variety of Japanese papers to try in the first class.
This 2000 year old art form is practiced by Zen Masters who adhere to the practice of meditation in preparation for painting. Noriko will start the class with a Zen meditation and serve tea in preparation for Zen Brush techniques. A $10 materials fee will be paid to the instructor for your brush and ink. You will need to bring paper.
Try something new – an intuitive approach to drawing. Have some fun and take a break from perfectionist realism. Learn how the elements and principles of design apply to all visual art, and then explore how to use them to create a non-objective drawing which still has meaning. Open to all drawing media - colored pencil, watercolor pencil, pastel, pen or marker.
Learn to draw anything by learning to see as an artist sees, with emphasis on the perception of contour, negative space, proportion and value. Excellent foundation for beginners, also sharpens experienced drawing skills. Improving your drawing skills is invaluable in all of your other creative pursuits. Based on "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards, this class develops your perceptual skills.
Neat, portable and inexpensive, colored pencils can be used for any style work, from rough sketches to finely detailed realism. Students experiment with color and techniques for a full range of special effects. Emphasis on developing an individual style through personal guidance from instructor and class discussion. Some background in drawing necessary. All new students receive a drawing pad and a special eraser.
Water soluble colored pencils combine the precision and control of pencil drawing with the fluid possibilities of watercolor paint. They’re especially useful for travelers and plein air artists, great for sketchbooks and journals. Come explore the many ways these versatile drawing tools can be used—wet or dry, alone or for mixed media. Derwent, leading makers and innovators in this fine art medium, will provide all the pencils for use in this class. (And you’ll get to keep some too!)
No Instructor/Monitor only
This open studio class is open to intermediate / advanced students and professional artists. Maximum 12 participants. Work in your media of choice on studies of the live model.
Students may pay a drop-in fee the night of class (cash or check only) $12 for members / $15.00 for Non Members. You MUST show your membership card to receive the Member price. You may also register on line and pay in advance.
Figure drawing is timeless and important because it seeks to portray the complex beauty of the human person. In this course, students will be taught how to draw the nude human figure from a live model using charcoal and chalk on paper. Prior drawing experience and some knowledge of basic drawing concepts, such as perspective, is recommended. Lessons will use a structural approach geared towards helping students draw what they see. Primarily, the class will consist of demonstrations, gesture drawings, various quick exercises, and long pose drawings. There will also be individualized help when necessary.
Take your drawing and painting to new heights of expression... bring YOUR TOOLS and we will help you excel to the next level! Learn anatomy, composition, and many facets of art. An open painting and drawing class to work on your own compositions with expert help.
This course introduces beginning students to basic studio and plein-air (outdoor) drawing techniques in charcoal, graphite and ink. Students will learn from direct observation from a variety of still life objects. Exercises will develop the students' skill in creating line, tone, volume and composition. Typical class exercises will include quick sketches or gesture studies and long poses. Vine charcoal (medium) and 18X24" medium weight drawing paper pad are required for the first class.