Christine Di Staola

Introduction to Printmaking PR105

Instructor: Di Staola, Christine

Day of Week: Thur 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Levels: Beginner

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $180.00

Non-Member: $210.00

Mat'l/Lab Fee:   $10.00

Printmaking is a versatile, easy way to create a work of art. This class will introduce students to monoprinting, which is one of the most basic forms of printing and is an ideal way to extend painting and drawing practices. Students will learn to create distinctive designs and images with ink on plexiglass, then transfer the ink to paper. Explore the delightfully unique marks that only printmaking can provide and practice using different papers and printing inks. No previous experience in printing is required, but ability to draw and/or some painting experience is a plus. The course will start with black and white and progress to color. Ages 17 and up.

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Introductory Oil Painting 1: Mixing and Blending PT220

Instructor: Di Staola, Christine

Day of Week: Mon 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Levels: Beginner

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $180.00

Non-Member: $210.00

Mat'l Fee:   $10.00

For students who are interested in learning from the ground up how to explore the wide-ranging possibilities of oil paint. For complete beginners, the focus of this course it to help you understand value and how to mix and blend paint to replicate local color. In addition, this course will be an opportunity to become friendly with your materials and learn about the various tools available to you. For returning students, this will be a great refresher course and a chance to improve your artistic practice. The course will cover underpainting and under drawing, blocking in values, painting value in black and white and the first steps in learning the magic of mixing and blending paint to replicate the color you see (local color). By completing multiple studies of objects and still lifes, students will learn the essential basics for painting yet at the same time they will also be encouraged to develop their own natural tendencies. Drawing skills not required. Group critique is part of the course and students will be given the opportunity to discuss their work and the work of others.
Ages 17 and up.

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Introductory Oil Painting 2: Learning New Techniques PT221

Instructor: Di Staola, Christine

Day of Week: Mon 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Levels: Beginner

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $180.00

Non-Member: $210.00

Mat'l Fee:   $10.00

For beginning students who are ready to progress from Introductory Oil Painting 1 (blending and mixing oil paint). In this class, students will be introduced to two new image making techniques: wet-on-wet technique that is a thicker, looser and more direct way to paint, and dry-on-dry technique that is worked on in layers and bears a likeness to pastel drawing and shading. The course will focus on the same basics as blending and mixing (underpainting and under drawing, blocking in values and understanding value in black and white) but will require students to use a more expressive paint applications and develop confidence in various ways to mix color on the canvas rather than on the palette. Students will produce multiple studies and will be encouraged to work with different brushes and tools that are consonant with their own natural painting tendencies. Drawing skills not required, but drawing will be an integral part of the course. Group critique is part of the course and students will be given the opportunity to discuss their work and the work of others.
Ages 17 and up.

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Intermediate Oil Painting: Focus on Color PT222

Instructor: Di Staola, Christine

Day of Week: Thur 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Levels: Intermediate,Advanced

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $180.00

Non-Member: $210.00

Mat'l/Lab Fee:   $10.00

In this course, students will learn the first steps to using color to creatively. Moving from the traditional use of color to Modern artistic movements (think Fauves, Impressionists, and Post Impressionists, such as Matisse, Monet or Van Gogh) students will begin to look at color for color’s sake. Intermediate 1 painting exercises are based on color theory (what colors do when they are put together) and understanding of color as value. Students will work with oil paints they already have but will be encouraged to look beyond local color, expand their palette and introduce new hues and combinations to their work. All techniques of painting are encouraged. Group critique and assessment is an integral part of the course. Drawing skills a plus.
PLEASE NOTE: students interested in this course must have taken Introductory Oil painting 1 and 2, or have a very clear understanding of the basics of value and local color.

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