Drawing

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014
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Figure Drawing Open Studio

August 23, 2014 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM Instructor: Armando Soto

Pre-registration 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.

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014

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Figure Drawing Open Studio

September 20, 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.

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014

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Urban Sketching: Perspective, Proportion & Scale

September 27, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Tony Conner

Get to know the beauty of Troy in this day long intensive. Throughout this workshop you’ll learn how to see and represent proper proportion, scale and perspective by sketching the beautiful downtown Troy cityscape. You’ll develop a thorough understanding of linear perspective, scale and portion, and cover effective light depiction, shade and shadow through the use of color and value. Tony’s paintings are widely exhibited in juried, group and solo exhibits. His work has been included in a number of national juried exhibits including the New England Watercolor Society National Biennial, Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, and the Hudson Valley Art Association Annual National Exhibition.

Monday, Sep 29, 2014
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Keeping a Visual Journal

September 29, 2014 to October 27, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Carol Coogan

ANYONE can learn to draw and be creative, and everyone can begin to do so by keeping a sketchbook, or visual journal. In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of how to use this tool, and come away with a solid base of experience and confidence you can build upon. You will be shown examples of many different kinds of sketchbooks and many different ways to fill them. You will be guided, inspired, and motivated to sketch, draw, paint, collage, and encouraged to express yourself within a relaxed, non-judgmental environment. The result will be a tangible and unique place all your own, within which you can freely express yourself, and hopefully, develop a fun, healthy and positive lifelong habit that will continue into the future. Professional artists, illustrators, designers, naturalists, archaeologists, inventors, architects, and writers, benefit from the practice of regularly keeping a visual journal or sketchbook. No matter who you are or what you do, you can benefit as well. The sketchbook is a place where you can express yourself, develop and improve your artistic skills, experiment, be creative, explore ideas, and make interesting connections.

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014
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Geometry in Nature, Art and Architecture

October 2, 2014 to October 16, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Kurt Przybilla

Discover and explore the geometric patterns found everywhere in the world around us. This hands-on workshop will deepen your understanding and appreciation of the universal patterns found throughout nature, art, and architecture by teaching you classical techniques of drawing with a compass and straight edge. From the sacred geometry of ancient Egypt and Greece and the architecture of the Renaissance, to the works of M.C. Escher and the discoveries of modern science, this course will investigate the geometric patterns and principles that connect everything.

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014
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Figure Drawing for the Terrified

October 7, 2014 to October 21, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

Have you always been intrigued by drawing from a live nude model, but lack a little confidence? This class is for you! We will break down the experience of drawing from a model to the most basic techniques. Learn gesture sketches, contour line drawings, and basic proportions. By the end of this friendly class, you will improve your confidence and will be ready to take on more advanced classes in figure drawing and painting! Materials cover the cost of supplies and a live model.

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014
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Figure Drawing Open Studio: The Figure in Motion

October 11, 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.

Saturday, Oct 18, 2014

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Botanical Illustration

October 18, 2014 to October 19, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

Fall offers a plentiful assortment of colors and unique forms found in fauna: 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.

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.

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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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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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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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.

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.