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From Idea to Visual Image
By engaging in the process of creating a painting from idea to finished art work, students will learn about composition, form, proportion, light, space and color and the way emotions play into this. Students will work in a paint medium of their choice and are encouraged to choose from a variety of visual resources for their inspiration. By the end of the course, the students should be able to effectively apply various techniques to realize visual ideas, enrich content, and perhaps even develop a painting portfolio. Bring a soft 2B pencil, drawing eraser and drawing pad to the first class. Also please bring in any photos, drawings, visual or literary material if you already have as a starting point for your exploration. Additional materials will be discussed for subsequent classes.
Still Life Details
This course is designed to introduce you to a world of still life. You will learn not only the interesting symbols of the objects that were used in the 15th and 16th centuries but you will also learn how to beautifully render them in your paintings. In class we will practice everything from laying down the gesso to final glazing techniques. Through class demonstrations, copying the masters and working on your project you will become a skillful painter. Learning about symbols in the still life genre throughout history will generate new and interesting ideas for your own work in the future. Visits to the museum and some research for he subjects in your painting will be encouraged.
Canvas and Brush Strokes in the Abstract World
As adults we form strong opinions about painting. The fear of the unknown, the misunderstanding of abstract images and the existence of the conventional standard in art, all prevent us from taking a big brush and splotching paint on the canvas. In this course, with the help of the instructor, you will be able to paint with no fear and comprehend the reasons behind your work. Painting is self-examination, a therapy that you alone can perform for yourself. While exploring the marvelous new world of abstract art you may find yourself projecting beautiful ideas that separate themselves from you onto your canvas. This is the moment when you can begin to understand and enjoy the enigmatic world of painting. Absolutely no previous painting experience necessary. One prerequisite only: an open mind!
Bring some beautiful sunshine to your Winter days! Watercolor is a translucent medium that sinks into the fiber of a sheet of paper, releasing the light from the surface. Watercolor dries fast, enabling one to work quickly with freshness and spontaneity. Explore the fundamentals of watercolor painting, with an emphasis on exploration and personal expression. Students will work from observation investigating subjects ranging from botanical to landscape. Weather permitting we will venture outside to paint our beautiful lake.