Explore your thoughts on identity through self-portraiture and discover the benefits of expressing yourself through art. In this class you will be asked to work expressively and your work will be inspired by your emotions and experiences. These emotions will be used simply to inspire our creative works. Students will create 3 self-portraits over the six-week course, with the final portrait an image of aspiration of a future self. Portraits will be created through a variety of mediums using drawing and painting, and some collage. We will discuss the self-portraits we create for their artistic merit and our sources of inspiration in creating them, but will not delve into the emotions or experiences themselves, in the way that you may with an art therapist.
Mason Gehring has a BFA from The School of Visual Arts and a Master’s degree in Arts in Medicine from the University of Florida. Her work focuses on using the self-portrait as a way to process emotion and share intimate thoughts.
This drawing class aims to give guidance on drawing basics like sketching, gesture drawing, still life, perspective, and figure drawing to develop the students’ skills at everyone’s level. This class also serves as an open studio where students may practice what they want to draw and receive help as needed. We will work to train the eye to learn how to “really see” using blind contour drawing as a technique to improve drawing skills. Students will create a final piece of their own subject matter by using a combination of props, fellow classmates, and models. Materials suggested are an 18 x 24 newsprint/sketch pad, 18 x 24 drawing paper (70 lb.), pencils 2B and 4B, ebony pencil, blending tortillons, pencil sharpener, kneaded eraser, soft vine charcoal, and any other tools you prefer. Note: Materials not supplied. For new and continuing students, ages 11 & up.
This class will focus on creating your own personal sketchbook/journal to use as a creative place to explore your creative process and to instill a practice of creative self-care. We will use a variety of mediums to work in our sketchbooks from drawing, painting, collage, black out poetry, etc. to give different opportunities for expression. We will discuss and explore any technique or medium to work on together or individually. This will also serve as an open studio and safe place so students may practice what they want to draw and receive help as needed. Materials suggested: at least 8” x 10” sketchbook or used book or larger size, favorite magazines/imagery to cut up, preferred drawing tools like markers, pens, pencils etc., any other found materials that could be put into a sketchbook. Note: Some materials like glue, tape, paint, and other drawing materials will be supplied. For new and continuing students, ages 11 & up