|PAINTING IN ACRYLICS
Acrylic paints are a unique and challenging medium for the painter. This course is for beginning to experienced students. Using a limited palette of five colors, learn to develop an initial plan for painting while recognizing how experimentation with the medium can produce welcome results. Emphasis is on pictorial composition, shape, value and color to create harmonious paintings.
Prerequisite: DrawingThe Tuesday class is full.
|PAINTING IN OIL
This course offers a complete approach to oil painting. Using a limited palette of five colors, beginning students will work from a still life, while more advanced students may work from photographs or other reference materials. All will learn techniques and procedures for the successful use of oil paints in personal expression. Emphasis will be on composition, the importance of simple shapes, value, and color to create interesting compositions and harmonious paintings.
Prerequisite: DrawingThe Tuesday class is full.
|TRADITIONAL PAINTING IN OIL OR ACRYLICS
This course is for oil and acrylic painters of all levels looking to learn the basics of painting. This course will emphasize traditional and classical techniques of representational painting. Whether you have never picked up an artists paint brush and are not sure how to start a painting or you are an experienced painter just looking to refine skills and technique, students will receive one on one instruction, while enjoying the energy and excitement of the group classroom setting.
|ABSTRACT PAINTING IN OIL OR ACRYLIC
Abstraction encompasses a wide range of painting styles, from semi-abstract figurative and landscape painting to geometric and organic abstraction, cubism, abstract expressionism, color field, minimalism and everything in between. This course is appropriate for all skill levels, but a basic understanding of drawing and painting is recommended. Beginning students will work with the basic ideas of formalism to gain an understanding of abstraction. An emphasis will be placed on composition, color, balance and the use of ones own intuition in the creative process. Advanced students will be encouraged to explore their own ideas and vision in the realm of abstraction with individual instruction on technique and concept and one on one critiques. Students may work from imagination or may want to use still life or photographic materials as inspiration for the painting process. Students may choose to work from either oil, acrylic or both.
|CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES; TRADITIONAL TO ABSTRACT
Discover and explore the excitement of painting from your imagination. The subject of your paintings will be of your own choosing, and can be purely non-objective, or based on a visual reference you bring in (photograph, reproduction, sketch, still life, landscape, the figure, etc.). Individual and group critiques will encourage each student to improve visual perception and to enhance understanding of abstract language. My focus is to help each student develop and refine their unique voice.
In a non-competitive and relaxed atmosphere, beginners will learn to mix a full range of brilliant color using only 4 hues, and to mix interesting darks and luminous transparent lights, using a "wet into wet" and layered approach.
These skills will be applied to still life and landscape painting projects which will be guided and demonstrated. As new students become comfortable with the medium and brushwork, they will work from subject matter of their own choice, including drawings and photographs.
Intermediate and Advanced students will work from their own subject matter, while continuing to experiment with new ideas, compositions and techniques. They will continue to expand their knowledge and confidence with this ever changing, expressive medium, while pursuing more sophisticated subject matter and methods.
Prerequisite: DrawingBoth watercolor classes are full.
|EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH MIXED MEDIA
This class focuses on expression. Art is a key to the soul. Using drawing and painting to tap into what needs expressing you will be learning about color, line, composition, and the use of positive and negative space, while exploring acrylic paint and mixed media. Art is a tool that allows us to access beauty. Beauty itself is enough to spark the inner imagination to re-ignite the soul. If you have been feeling the need to get moving on your creativity; or if your life has been tumultuous lately, come express yourself in a safe place and get things rolling. Making art is a soul experience.
|NEW MIXED MEDIA AND EXPERIMENTATION
This class will address contemporary issues and new aesthetics in response to the urban environment and the necessity to experiment with new materials, methods and ideas about the creative process.
Students will use stencils, printmaking, silk-screening, wheat pasting and spray painting techniques to create mixed media and collage works.
Students will be encouraged to use new materials such as spray paint, paint markers, various inks, house paints, and acrylics and utilize found and or recycled surfaces to create works of art.
Work with alternative methods of applying paint and other materials. The use of paint rollers, scrapers, painting knives, spray bottles, rags and squeegees will all be considered for experimentation.
Alternative surfaces such as metal, scrap wood, cardboard, papers, fabrics and any combination of these various surfaces and textures will be explored.
This class begins in the Fall/Winter I Session
(September 8 - October 24, 2015)
|GRAFFITI: FUNDAMENTALS, STYLE, TECHNIQUE
Israel "IzzeWST" Serrano
Learn fundamentals of Graffiti Art including sketching and letters basics, color theory and effects, as well as the tools and techniques needed to create your own styles and masterpieces.
|DRAWING AND PAINTING: ART OF NATURE
Artistically explore nature's endless variety! From macro to micro build skills in rendering natural elements such as clouds, plants, trees, rocks, water and animals.
This course will emphasize a playful yet detailed and accurate analysis of actual 3-dimensional objects, and 2-dimensional imagery with several types of dry and wet media. We will break down natural structures and objects to their basic level and ultimately practice skills in placing these objects in believable spaces. Objectives: Learn, Experiment, HAVE FUN!