Artist Issues and Career Planning
This class is geared towards artists and designers interested
in working in art-related fields. Common topics confronted by
artists and designers will be discussed, including career direction,
basic artwork protection, creative block, criticism, self-doubt,
time management and working with clients and trade practices in
graphic design. Students will discover their strengths and weaknesses,
and the personal strategies that work for them. Note: a textbook,
Strategic Planning for Designers, is required for this course.
The Art of Portraiture
Still Life Painting in Oils
This is a comprehensive program designed to enable students of
all skill levels to acquire workable techniques for drawing realistic
portraits. Students learn about the structure and proportions
of the head and translate the technical knowledge into compelling
portrait drawings. An additional emphasis is placed on capturing
the "true likeness" of the sitter, and on exploring
the development of portraiture through history.
In this course, students will master realistic still life painting
using oil paint. The emphasis is on developing color perception
and becoming comfortable with oils.
Figure Drawing Basics
This course is designed to familiarize the students with the
human body and enable them to draw convincing, realistic figures.
It deals with basic anatomical structure and proportions of the
figure. The goal is for students to be able to draw figures in
various positions and in action without depending too much on
models or photographs. A secondary goal is to expand the students
perception of the human figure in its historical context. Some
drawing experience is beneficial, but beginners are welcome
Watercolor Basics: Outside and In
This course is designed to introduce the essentials defining the practice of watercolor painting. Basic execution, theory and the history of watercolor will be explored. Watercolor techniques such as brushwork, washes and wet and dry methods are some of the many possibilities of expression we will explore with this versatile medium. A materials list will be presented and discussed on the first day. For the first day, bring what you have on hand, or notify the teacher for a complete materials list.
Discover hand-painted fabric techniques. Using textile paints, resist techniques and cotton and silk, be inspired by art and the beauty of nature to create your own unique patterns for t-shirts and scarves. Learn the basics of color and creating a composition and create your own original hand-painted scarf or t-shirt.
Faux Finishing and Decorative Painting
This course will explore various techniques involved in creating exciting decorative surfaces for furniture, rugs, walls, floors and ceilings. Learn how to make grazes, mix colors, cut stencils, and the basics of sponging, ragging, dragging and marbling. Bring in one small piece of furniture, a box, chest, footstool, etc., to be completed.