Christine Di Staola

2D Design MM201

Instructor: Di Staola, Christine

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

Levels: All Levels

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $167.00

Non-Member: $197.00

This course looks specifically at the elements and principles of design so that students can use them more purposefully to strengthen their own work. Painting, drawing and collage projects are the main focus of the course through which students work with line, shape, color, space, balance, variation, and unity to learn theory through practice. Part of the course includes looking at various forms of art (including photography, graphic design, 3D installation) and seeing how the artists used these basic foundations in their work. Group critiques provide students with the opportunity to evaluate the work of others and to exchange personal interpretations, challenges, and inspiration they encountered while solving visual challenges.
Projects may differ in the courses throughout the session.
Ages 17 and up.

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Introduction to Monoprint PR105

Instructor: Di Staola, Christine

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

Levels: All Levels

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $167.00

Non-Member: $197.00

Mat'l/Lab Fee:   $10.00

This course introduces one of the most basic forms of printing and is an ideal way to extend painting and drawing practices. Explore the delightfully unique marks that only printmaking can provide, become friends with the “gentle giant” (DFAC’s mighty etching press) and practice using different papers and printing inks. Students will learn various techniques and processes and create one-of-a-kind prints using just a plexiglass plate and a handful of low-tech tools. 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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Beginning Oil Painting PT205

Instructor: Di Staola, Christine

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

Levels: Beginner

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $167.00

Non-Member: $197.00

For students who are interested in learning from the ground up how to explore the wide-ranging possibilities of oil paint. The course is tiered over three sessions: Beginner 1 (learning blending, achromatic value, grisaille and local color) Beginner 2 (expanding local color and intro to new painting technique) and Beginner 3 (introducing non-local color and hybrid technique).
Students will learn the foundations necessary to get started and at the same time will be encouraged to develop their own natural approach. Please note: students interested in Beginner 2 and Beginner 3 MUST have solid knowledge of value, grisaille and local 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: $167.00

Non-Member: $197.00

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: $167.00

Non-Member: $197.00

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 1: 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: $167.00

Non-Member: $197.00

Mat'l 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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Intermediate Oil Painting 2: Using Color Creatively PT223

Instructor: Di Staola, Christine

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

Levels: Intermediate,Advanced

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $167.00

Non-Member: $197.00

Mat'l Fee:   $10.00

In this class students who wish to paint more creatively will apply their knowledge of color learned from previous courses. Students will choose specific subjects and work on building stronger composition. The focus will be on non-local color and will include working on a larger canvas and grappling with a more complex subject. All techniques of painting are encouraged. Group critique and assessment are an integral part of the course. Drawing skills a plus.
PLEASE NOTE: students interested in this course must have taken Introductory Oil Painting and Intermediate Oil Painting 1 or have a very clear understanding of the basics of value, mixing local color and color theory.

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Intermediate Oil Painting: Focus on Color PT431

Instructor: Di Staola, Christine

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

Levels: Intermediate,Advanced

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $167.00

Non-Member: $197.00

Mat'l/Lab Fee:   $10.00

Intermediate students will learn how to creatively mix and apply color to both representational and "gently" abstracted compositions. We will look at some rules of color theory and explore the flatness of the picture plane, but we will also explore various paint application techniques and attempt to personalize the way each student utilizes color. Looking at some of the Modern artistic movements such as the Fauves, Post Impressionists and the California Bay Area painters for inspiration, students will work with oil paints that they already have but will be encouraged to expand their palette by introducing a range of new hues. Please note: students interested in this course must have a clear understanding of value and local color.
Ages 17 and up.

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Independent Study - Oil Painting PT432

Instructor: Di Staola, Christine

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

Levels: Intermediate

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $167.00

Non-Member: $197.00

Open to students who have already completed at least one beginning level course (or higher) in oil painting. (Acrylic and watercolor students considered on a case by case basis by the instructor). This course offers the benefits of working in a group while following your own personal direction in painting. Individualized instruction is counterbalanced with collective interaction. The objective is to help students continue with the techniques and methods they have learned in previous courses and provide instruction on how to progress toward more personalized works. Strong focus on working with the elements and principles of design (color, shape, space, balance, emphasis, etc.). Group critique is an integral part of the course which offers an opportunity for all students to learn/review vocabulary for talking about various painting styles and techniques.
Ages 17 and up.

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Intro to Monoprinting workshop W-PR111

Instructor: Di Staola, Christine

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

Levels: All Levels

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $95.00

Non-Member: $125.00

Mat'l Fee:   $5.00

This course introduces one of the most basic forms of printing. By painting and drawing on a plexiglass plate using oil based inks, students will explore the delightfully unique marks that only printmaking can provide. Using oil based inks, a handful of low tech tools and the “gentle giant” (DFAC’s mighty etching press) students will create one-of-a-kind prints using just a plexiglass plate and a handful of low-tech tools.
Ages 17 and up.

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