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.
Bring your passion for landscape painting to new heights in this guided, open studio, all media class. Using your own reference materials, learn how to identify and convey the essence of your landscape subjects— respond by interpreting vs. copying. Develop more intuitive, spontaneous ways of seeing. Paint with greater emotion and purpose. Additional topics include composition and design, color exploration, qualities of light and shadow, value contrasts, edge control, aerial perspective. Maximum 10 students, familiar with their chosen medium.
Learn the simple and serene world of painting Sumi-e (painting with ink) and Japanese Kanji Calligraphy (Shodo). This casual class is for anyone and covers the basic skills of Japanese brush painting for beginners, as well as more advanced techniques for experienced learners. Learn Shodo techniques with Japanese brushes. Master brushstroke control 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.
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.
New to watercolor? This class will lead you through everything you need to know to get started in watercolor. We will complete a painting each week that will focus on basic techniques and explore a variety of subject matter. No prior experience needed, just a few supplies and a desire to have FUN!
Enjoy all the wonderful creative techniques that are unique to watercolor: how to control wet-into wet washes and use those creative techniques to express your subject. We will learn how to plan for success by using the elements of design, color theory and painting plans. Emphasis will be on how to loosen up with wet into wet watercolor. There will be daily demonstrations and plenty of individual attention.
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.
Have you always wanted to learn how to paint in Watercolors? Come paint with us in this "no fear" approach to learn this fabulous medium! This course will focus on “how to” lessons featuring a new demo every week. The studies will include the color wheel, values, transparent colors, the mystery of "warm and cool" colors, brushstrokes and various techniques. A variety of subjects will expand your watercolor skills. This class is for all levels – New to watercolors and experienced beginners.
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.
The theme for this class is For the Love of Color! We will be exploring the wonderful world of color - there are so many aspects! Don't just expect an explosion as we will be studying colors that create the biggest impact, from the most vivid to the most intense emotion! Exciting challenges are planned for the six weeks and you are encouraged to paint from your own photos or from the photo references supplied. Every class starts with a critique and there will be many demos in class. There will be plenty of time for painting with individual consultations to help you achieve your personal goals.