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You don’t have to be Picasso to enjoy our Drawing and Painting classes. Artists of all levels have the opportunity to create mini-masterpieces in The Arts Center’s drawing, painting, and printmaking courses.

Not sure where to begin? Try Drawing for the Terrified, Intuitive Painting, or any other Beginner-level class.

Bring your sense of adventure as you explore new tools, materials, and mediums in Studio Art classes at The Arts Center.

 

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
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Drawing for the Terrified

October 23, 2014 to November 20, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: David Dowd

This is a course for anyone who has ever said, “I can’t draw” (but wished it were otherwise!). In this introductory drawing course (for new students as well as those looking to build on a little experience), you will develop and refine skills and increase your powers of observation. You will learn at your own pace while following a structured course with emphasis on self-discovery and skill development, as you investigate a broad range of drawing materials. You’ll leave with a greater confidence, and the skill to move on to more drawing or painting classes.

Friday, Oct 24, 2014
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SOLD OUT! Oil Painting for the Terrified

October 24, 2014 to November 21, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM Instructor: Chester Rose

Many people that have a desire to express themselves creatively never try out of fear. Most often this arises from fear of failure. This fear often arises from the incorrect assumption that creative expression requires a talent that one is born with. You have it or you don’t. Some people are born with talents that initially make it easier for them develop the skills but ultimately the ability to paint is a skill, that is acquired through experience.

Methodology: Through carefully setting simple parameters and the number of variables will help you to quickly feel comfortable and create a base of confidence to build on. This class is not about the manner in which to paint (style), nor is it about what to paint (landscape, people, etc.) it is about the process and the craft of painting.

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
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NEW DATE! Botanical Illustration

October 25, 2014 to October 26, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

Fall offers a plentiful assortment of colors and unique forms found in flora: gardens, parks and forests. Bring a scientific approach to art making inspired by the outdoors. We will be focusing on drawing plants and flowers for this weekend intensive. Based on the incredible illustrations by the Blaschka brothers, we will carefully explore and draw the full system of a plant: from roots through stems and leaves and flowers. Students will be given the option of exploring watercolor and colored pencil application to add the incredible colors found in nature to the detailed drawings we will create. Bring plants from your own garden if you’d like! Ages 12 and up welcome. THIS CLASS QUALIFIES FOR OUR CREATIVE FAMILIES PRICING.

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

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Figure Drawing Open Studio

October 25, 2014 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM Instructor: Armando Soto

Preregistration is mandatory for this class. Immerse yourself in an intensive afternoon-long figure drawing experience offered in the “open-studio” tradition. The Arts Center faculty will be available for discussion, but no instruction will be provided unless requested. Draw from live nude models posing for quick, action-oriented gesture drawings, as well as longer poses ranging from 20 minutes to one hour. Improve your figurative drawing skills, build your portfolio, or simply have some fun! This draw-a-thon is open to all levels. Bring your own paper and pencils or other dry media. Drawing boards and easels will be provided. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Students under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian sign a release form.

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014
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Individualized Study in Oil Painting

October 28, 2014 to December 16, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

Learn more advanced techniques in oil painting and work to build upon the skills you already have. The instructor will demonstrate techniques in class and discuss the materials and tools of oil painting. It is recommended that students have some prior experience with oil painting or have taken Principles of Oil Painting at The Arts Center. Students will need to provide their own brushes, palette knives and paints, but canvases will be provided.

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014

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Introduction to Icon Writing

October 28, 2014 to November 25, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Christine S. Hales

This is an introductory course that teaches the ancient art of icon writing using egg tempera on panel with gold leaf gilding. No previous experience necessary! You do not need to be an artist to write icons. Christine Hales is an expert guide through the many different steps including glazing, drawing transfer, and gilding. Icon writing is a process of painting that brings us into a deep and rewarding spiritual experience.

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014

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Drawing Studio Concepts

October 28, 2014 to December 9, 2014 — 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: Armando Soto

This is a next-level class for the ”slightly less terrified” beginner. Students will be guided through some of the basics, and then explore further topics including studies in line, value, composition, trying different mediums, portraits, and more. Great for beginning students wishing to continue their study of drawing. No Class 11/25.

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014
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Beginning Figure Drawing

October 29, 2014 to December 10, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM Instructor: David Dowd

Drawing the human figure is both challenging and rewarding. Through direct observation of a model, you’ll learn methods for simplifying what you see, creating proper proportions and use of light and shadow. Examples, demonstrations and photographs of artists’ figure studies will serve to inspire and inform. This class focuses on drawing a live, nude model. Materials fee covers the cost of the model and basic drawing supplies. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Students under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian sign a release form. No class 11/26.

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014

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Continuing Figure Drawing

October 29, 2014 to December 10, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: David Dowd

Continue your exploration of the human figure. Students of all levels will continue to refine skills in measuring proportion, use line quality to convey depth, and learn methods for building volume. Learn to make your compositions come alive as you develop your skills in rendering the figure through both short and extended poses. Try a variety of drawing mediums while you build confidence in your ability to work from life. Focused time will be given for critique and discussion of students work. Studio fee includes drawing supplies and the cost of an experienced live model. No class 11/26.

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014

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Advanced Oil Painting Techniques

October 29, 2014 to December 10, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: Chester Rose

When learning to paint most students are taught through what is traditionally called Ala Prima or wet into wet. Though very effective as a means to acquire basic skills it will not expose you to many of the advanced techniques available. This class will give you an understanding and direct experience with techniques such as under painting, glazing, scumbling, and advanced methods of blending. Students will be asked to bring in older work, or works in progress that they would like to improve upon with the techniques learned in class. Students are expected to supply all of their own materials.

Each class will be taught within the context that a “finished” painting is not the ultimate goal, but the continuous process which will give you new tools for solving pictorial problems such as color harmony, visual effects related to surface representation and compositional harmony. It will also open new paths for creative exploration and expression. No class 11/26.

Monday, Nov 3, 2014
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Altered Books

November 3, 2014 to December 8, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Instructor: Megan Ingalls Stasi

With the recent uprise in the Kindle, the Nook, the iPad and other e-readers it seems that books are becoming more disposable. Libraries routinely throw away large quantities of print books. There are a wave of artists who take advantage of this free supply and are making exquisite creations. I have developed a series of techniques that turn a book headed into the dumpster into a unique piece of art. This is a very flexible and enjoyable project appropriate for ages 10 through adult, and you will leave with several unique pieces of art! THIS CLASS QUALIFIES FOR OUR CREATIVE FAMILIES PRICING. Megan Ingalls Stasi is an artist, occasional theater designer and aspiring art teacher trying to escape an accidental career in the music industry. She holds a BFA from Hofstra University, a BS in Visual Art Education from SUNY New Paltz, and an MFA in Scenic Design from Northwestern University. She is a NYS certified k-12 teacher in the Visual Arts.

Monday, Nov 3, 2014

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Political Art: Freedom Through Artistic Expression

November 3, 2014 to November 17, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Faheem Haider

In this country, we often take our right to express our opinions for granted, yet this is a valuable freedom not all countries share. The ability to produce art that exhibits a political point of view is a valued freedom in a democracy. This class will introduce political art as a historically grounded practice that both shapes and is shaped by the content of political dissent. Students will begin this short course thinking about politics and art, and then will create artwork by using various materials that may be deemed “political”. Throughout the workshop we will be analyzing and discussing the reason why the work we are making succeeds or fails as political art. After all, good political art must first be good art! All ideas about the political and about art will be made welcome.

Monday, Nov 3, 2014

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Principles of Oil Painting: A Foundations Class

November 3, 2014 to December 8, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

This is a structured oil painting course for the beginning student emphasizing individual instruction and guidance appropriate with each students’ skill level. Returning students new to oils are also welcome, but this class is not suggested for those comfortable with oils. Discussions regarding materials and tools of oil painting will be combined with technique demonstrations for working with oil on canvas. Topics will include color mixing, composition, light, and rendering techniques. All materials will be provided and students will be supplied with some brushes and palette knives to take home. Some basic drawing experience is helpful.

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014
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Principles of Oil Painting: A Foundations Class: LIMITED SPACE Call 273-0552 to register

November 6, 2014 to December 18, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

This is a structured oil painting course for the beginning student emphasizing individual instruction and guidance appropriate with each students’ skill level. Returning students new to oils are also welcome, but this class is not suggested for those comfortable with oils. Discussions regarding materials and tools of oil painting will be combined with technique demonstrations for working with oil on canvas. Topics will include color mixing, composition, light, and rendering techniques. All materials will be provided and students will be supplied with brushes and palette knives to take home. Some basic drawing experience is helpful. No class 11/27.

Friday, Nov 14, 2014
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Introduction to Watercolors

November 14, 2014 to December 12, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: Carol Bollinger Green

Explore the fun of pure color on wet paper! In this class, you’ll discover your own approach to painting with transparent watercolors. Learn how to use the materials, practice different techniques and apply color theory while creating vibrant watercolor paintings of various subject matter. All materials are provided.

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014
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Figure Drawing Open Studio

November 22, 2014 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM Instructor: Armando Soto

Preregistration is mandatory for this class. Immerse yourself in an intensive afternoon-long figure drawing experience offered in the “open-studio” tradition. The Arts Center faculty will be available for discussion, but no instruction will be provided unless requested. Draw from live nude models posing for quick, action-oriented gesture drawings, as well as longer poses ranging from 20 minutes to one hour. Improve your figurative drawing skills, build your portfolio, or simply have some fun! This draw-a-thon is open to all levels. Bring your own paper and pencils or other dry media. Drawing boards and easels will be provided. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Students under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian sign a release form.

Monday, Dec 1, 2014
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Political Art: Cartoons & Cartooning

December 1, 2014 to December 15, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Faheem Haider

Political cartooning is as old and as rich as the first drawing that featured a funny mustache on a political leader. This simple way of understanding one’s view to dissent is powerful, and a small, comical drawing can turn into a powderkeg. In this class you will be introduced to the history of political cartooning and create some of your own. You’ll discuss what makes interesting political cartoons, in newspaper, magazines (think The New Yorker!) and contemporary blogs. Finally, while making these political cartoons, we discuss ways of publishing and hosting these cartoons, whether as Facebook posts, memes, or content ready for publication in magazines and journals.

Saturday, Dec 6, 2014
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Figure Drawing Open Studio: The Figure in Motion

December 6, 2014 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM Instructor: Armando Soto

Preregistration is mandatory for this class. Immerse yourself in an intensive NEW figure drawing experience! The Figure in Motion is an open studio concept using two live, nude models in a figure drawing session. The models will hold short poses in order to capture the continuous movement and flow of the figures interacting with each other. This will allow the student artist to work with the human figure in a spontaneous manner and focus on the flow and continuous process of the drawing. The Arts Center faculty will be available for discussion, but no instruction will be provided unless requested. Improve your figurative drawing skills, build your portfolio, or simply have some fun! This draw-a-thon is open to all levels. Bring your own paper and pencils or other dry media. Drawing boards and easels will be provided. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Students under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian sign a release form.