An advanced pastel class for the artist who wants to learn how to do the hard things with pastel-create light effects like sunset colors, create atmospheric storms with rain and dark clouds, paint clear glass and shiny metal objects, and capture a human face with life-like skin tones. Each day a different skill and challenge! Class starts with a demo then artists work independently on your own painting. Some classes are still life, some are based on a live model, some are based on photo references (you can bring your own or choose from supplied references). Must have had a beginning pastel class first, a working knowledge of how to use pastel, and a desire to grow your skills.
Take your pastel painting to the next level with new techniques like soft blending to create light effects like sunsets, textural layering like seagrasses and special effects like mist & fog, gleaming light, and iridescent sparkle. Work from my photo to learn the technique, then your own photo to perfect the technique and make it your own. Learn amazing tricks and techniques from a pro! Take home samples of Mount Vision Pastels, and Ampersand Pastelbord. Prerequisite: a beginning pastel class or workshop. Ages 17 and up.
Learn the same way the Old Masters learned, and how they taught their apprentices. Students will start with basic composition skills by working from direct observation. Draw your subject, then paint it. Learn traditional skills like sight-size drawing, color mixing and color theory, color temperatures and values, and study how light falls on objects and people. This class is progressive, starting with basics like shape and form, then brush skills and exercises to learn the purpose of different brushes, and working from limited palette, and grisaille (painting in shades of gray). Practice tonality by painting shapes and blocks then translating that to complex shapes like seashells and still life. Work from Caravaggio’s values and chiaroscuro painting, Rembrandt’s edges and forms, Sorolla’s color temperature, and DaVinci’s proportions. Perfect class for a motivated beginner who wants to learn the skills to paint and develop their own style. Students will be working on easels in this class.
Ages 17 and up.
Want to be a plein air artist and capture that beautiful light? This class covers the basics of plein air painting starting with thumbnail sketches for composition and value, using a viewfinder, sketching in 5 values, and transferring that sketch to paper. Then working up a painting from dark to light, and evaluating for correct value, perspective and proportion.
Learn how to meet the challenges of working in plein air, changing light and quick, alla prima painting by working with a plein air pro. In each class, you will make a few studies (color and value) and a finished painting. This class meets at various offsite locations in Pinellas County. The instructor will contact students in regards to meeting locations. Class includes one additional optional nocturne painting class happening at night in downtown Dunedin.
You may work in the medium of your choice.
Artists work from the still life to hone their skills and to train their eyes to see the subtle shifts in value and color temperature. This class starts with the basics of still life painting; value sketching, sighting or gauging measurements, and color theory, then dives a little deeper with dramatic lighting effects like candlelight and low key painting. Learn how to paint reflective metal and textures like smooth, shiny porcelain, transparent glass, and rough fruit skin. Class is open to any medium, instructor will demonstrate in pastel. Recommended for Intermediate and Advanced.
Learn the basics of drawing including starting with simple forms, seeing and capturing 5 values to shade accurately and create the illusion of realism. Learn how to "sight" to get proper perspective and the illusion of depth. Get your own copies of proportion charts and learn how portrait painters to Renaissance kings and queens were able to get accurate likenesses. Draw from direct observation and create beautiful, dimensional sketches! All materials supplied. Ages 17 and up.
Learn to use pastels to make beautiful and realistic paintings from direct observation. Learn about pastel hardnesses, paper tooth, and substrates. Layer pastel to create your own color wheel from primaries, and how to use a complementary palette. All materials supplied! Ages 17 and up.
Learn to make a pastel portrait from your own photo. This is a great class for those wishing to make a gift portrait for the holidays. Learn the basics of proportion and portraiture, how to create skin tones and life-like values. Lots of individual help and secret technique to help you get started.
Ages 17 and up.
Learn to capture the night! Nocturne painting has its own set of rules to capture the romance and intrigue hidden in the dark. Meet on site and paint with award-winning nocturne painter Shawn Dell Joyce to learn the tips and tricks of painting at night in public. Class will meet in Downtown Dunedin before dark for demo and info session, then paint after dark for 2.5 hours. Instructor will demonstrate in pastel but welcomes all media (watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel). You’ll create a finished piece, a value sketch and a color study. The painting area is near restrooms and very safe. Ages 17 and up.
Learn the basics of painting in oil from direct observation. We will start off with simple exercises to learn how to mix colors from the basic primary colors, make our own color wheel, how to use color temperature, and to see color as values. We will make value sketches and learn ways to draw what we see on canvas, then match the color by mixing three colors to get every color we use. We will make two small studies and a larger finished painting. Perfect beginner course for learning the basics of mixing oils, brushwork, how to paint independently and follow along step-by-step, get individual instruction and group participation. Ages 17 and up.
Learn to see color as value and how to use color to illicit an emotional response from your viewers. Make your own color wheel, and learn how to mix all the colors from the three primaries. Learn about color temperature and how to use warm and cool colors. Learn about complementary palettes and how to neutralize with the complements. This course will change your attitude and use of color forever! Ages 17 and up.