The Arts Center offers a variety of painting classes in oil, watercolor, and mixed media for painters of all levels.
Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014
The Painted PortraitMarch 19, 2014 to April 23, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Ed Ticson
In this course, students will focus on creating accurate and compelling portraits using a variety of wet media. Working from live models and photo reference materials, students will learn about the head and facial structural proportions that we share, as well as pinpointing that which makes us unique. Students will learn proper facial feature placement through measuring techniques to create a likeness of the model. This class will also look to classic and modern portrait artists for inspiration. All levels welcome. Note: Studio fee covers the cost of a model, but students should plan to bring their own painting supplies, in the medium of their choice. NO CLASS 4/16
Thursday, Mar 20, 2014
Icon Writing with Christine HalesMarch 20, 2014 to May 29, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Christine S. Hales
Learn to gild and paint in the ancient Byzantine tradition using egg tempera, rare natural pigments, and 23 ct gold leaf on a specially prepared wooden panel using the image of Saint Michael the Archangel, or one of your own choosing. In ten classes, taught by Master iconographer, Christine Hales, you will complete an icon of your own which will last for centuries, while learning the history and theology of the icon, and viewing work by modern international iconographers. The steps of transferring a drawing and using the yolk of an egg to paint in layers are demonstrated and individual attention is given to each student. Materials will be supplied. All levels welcome! Christine Hales icons can be found in Albany area churches, as well as private collections both nationally and internationally. NO CLASS 4/17.
Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014
Continuing Abstract PaintingMarch 25, 2014 to May 6, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Armando Soto
Express yourself through line and shape. No need for realism, and you can’t fall back on your brush! In this continuing course, students will work independently as they are guided through investigating the general language of abstract painting. Exploring direct contact with acrylic paint on canvas through different techniques and processes, the instructor will guide the student to develop their work in a manner different from a formal approach in order to understand effective use of color, texture, value, space, and non-representational modes of composition. All levels welcome. NO CLASS 4/15
Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014
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NEW SESSION! Principles of Oil Painting: A Foundations ClassMarch 25, 2014 to April 29, 2014 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 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.
Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014
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Introduction to GouacheApril 1, 2014 to May 13, 2014 — 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM Instructor: Robert Moylan
Students will discover their own approach to painting with gouache (opaque watercolors) with regional landscape artist, Robert Moylan. Students will learn how to use the materials, practice different techniques and apply color theory while creating vibrant gouache paintings of various subject matter. All materials will be provided. NO CLASS 4/15.
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014
Landscape Painting in OilsApril 17, 2014 to May 22, 2014 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 PM Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly
Paint with expression the landscapes you love – in Oils! This class will explore the popular, inspiring genre of landscape, and will enable the painting student to develop an attitude or “landscape sense” that will help build a confident approach to landscape painting. Discussions and demonstrations of developing foreground, mid-ground, and background to successfully enhance your image. Students should bring original photos or sketches of sights they wish to paint. It is recommended that students have prior experience in oil painting, or have taken Principles of Oil Painting at the Arts Center. All materials will be provided.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
NEW START DATE! Individualized Study in Oil PaintingMay 6, 2014 to June 10, 2014 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 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 enrolling have some prior experience with oil painting or have taken Principles of Oil Painting at The Arts Center. Students will need to provide some of their own supplies, but some basics will be provided.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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Introduction to WatercolorsMay 6, 2014 to May 27, 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.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Master Class with Robert Carsten: Creating Dramatic Atmosphere and Light in Landscape PaintingMay 8, 2014 to May 9, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Robert Carsten, PSA-mp, IAPS-mc, CPS
This fun and exciting two day workshop in painting with pastels with Master Pastelist Robert Carsten will explore various ways to correspond the subject of landscape with contemporary artistic concerns. Emphasis will be on methods to establish and organize light effect, and to achieve balanced color and atmosphere to lend depth, strength and beauty to your landscape paintings. Concepts of color, design, and techniques will be presented and demonstrated. Critique, at-easel assistance, and lots of painting time will make this an educational and enjoyable painting experience. All levels are welcome from beginner through advanced. A materials list will be included in your class confirmation letter. Robert Carsten is a much sought-after art workshop instructor, national art exhibition and awards juror, demonstrator, and panelist. An enthusiastic promoter of the pastel medium, he is a master pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and a master circle pastelist (2013) in the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies (IAPS).
Saturday, May 10, 2014
The Rural Landscape: Master Class with Robert MoylanMay 10, 2014 to May 31, 2014 — 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Robert Moylan
In this special master class with Robert Moylan, students will focus on how to simplify the subject to its basic forms, perspective and color mixing. Techniques will be demonstrated with gouache paint but watercolor is also welcome. There will be demos and hands on painting. Rain date on Sunday. Class will meet in Schaghticoke. Exact location will be provided before the class begins. Maps will be provided for future classes. Students should bring their painting supplies (brushes, paint and paper), a board to support the paper, sketch paper, pencils & water. A small folding easel is recommended. Students should also plan to bring water, a hat, bug spray, and other outdoor necessities. This class is recommended for students with some painting experience, but beginners are welcome.