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!
Want to paint outdoors but not sure how to start, or what equipment you need? Join award-winning plein air artist Shawn Dell Joyce as she shows you the basics of plein air painting. Learn how to make a value sketch, plan your painting, and capture the light in 1 hour. This workshop starts with an introduction to equipment, and a demonstration by the artist in how to translate a value sketch into a finished painting. After a lunch break at the Palm Cafe, students will paint their own plein air painting with one-on-one help. All materials will be supplied. Meet on the lawn by the Dunedin Fine Art Center.
Learn to use pastels to make beautiful and realistic paintings from direct observation. Learn about pastel hardnesses, paper tooth, and substrates. Layer pastel to create your own color wheel from primaries, and how to use a complementary palette. Each class contains exercises and studies building to the last class when we will do a still life from start to finish.
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.
Learn the simple and serene world of painting Sumi-e (painting with ink) and Japanese Kanji Calligraphy (Shodo). Students will learn Shodo techniques with Japanese brushes. Master brushstroke control and drawing Japanese characters, such as "heart" and "moon." There will also be discussion of the historical and cultural background of Shodo and Sumi-e. *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 workshop.
Get ready to spark your imagination! In this workshop, students will participate in a group discussion about famous surrealism paintings and learn what motivated some artists to paint what they did. Learn the process of creating a conceptual painting by utilizing a writing exercise from the book, “The Artist Way” by Julia Cameron. Working with acrylic or oil paints, textures and mediums, students will be painting their own unique surreal world.
*Bring your own paints, canvases, notepad and pencil.
This workshop will teach you how to create vibrant water scenes. Working with acrylic paints, textures and mediums, students will be guided step-by-step through process of creating a water landscape. This workshop also covers the use color and textures, effective compositions, and how to finish a painting. There will be lots of discussion on the creative process throughout the day.
*Bring your own paints, canvases and photos for inspiration.
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.
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.
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 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.