Painting outside is like taking a mini vacation. You become immersed in the beauty of nature, sunlight, atmosphere and colors that cannot be reproduced in photographs. In this class we will be painting trees, foliage, grasses, sky, clouds, aerial perspective, etc. After beginning the paintings outside we will use photographs to complete the paintings in the studio.
Animals have their own unique personalities and likenesses, so in this class you will learn how to paint dogs, cats, or wildlife portraits in an expressive and realistic technique using oils or pastels. We will focus on capturing the softness and colors of fur and the animal’s unique facial features. We will be using photos and instruction will be given on composition and lighting for taking your own photos. There will be step-by-step demonstrations from the initial drawing to the completed painting.
In this class, you will learn the fundamental principles of portrait painting from life using direct painting methods. We will concentrate on proper proportion, values, skin tones, and getting a likeness. The instructor will give step by step demonstrations and lots of individual instruction from how to begin the initial drawing through mixing beautiful skin tones and atmospheric backgrounds. We will have two models for three weeks each.
In this intermediate class you will explore several different approaches to perfecting your painting skills in portraiture and still life using pastel, charcoal or oils. You'll learn how to create beautifully accurate portraits from photographs. Students may also opt to paint from a still-life of various objects and learn how to paint flowers and shiny surfaces like brass and silver. We will focus on color mixing, tonal values, edges, and accurate drawing.