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Acrylic Painting

$55

with Carolyn Wallace-Zani

Calendar Jan 28, 2019 at 6 pm

Explore your creative potential with acrylic painting! This class will teach you how to exploit the versatility and vitality of the acrylic medium with a solid foundation of the basics of acrylic painting. Students will learn about the various properties of acrylic paint, color mixing, painting techniques, applications, various mediums, and choosing brushes.

Through weekly demonstrations and step-by-step instruction, students will be painting a variety of subject matter. Following each class, there will be a group class critique. Out-of-class exercises will be encouraged to give students the opportunity to further explore the medium, practice new skills and grow in artistic expression. No previous experience is necessary. All levels are welcome.

To enroll in enrichment classes, participants must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in school.

Supply List:

Items with an * will be used the first class. 

 

*Cadmium Yellow

*Lemon Yellow

*Cadmium Red

*Alizarin Crimson Red

*Cerulean Blue

*Ultramarine Blue

*White

*Black

*Raw Umber

Payne’s Gray

Yellow Ochre

Raw Umber

Raw Sienna

Phthalo Blue

Viridian Green

Sap Green

Burnt Umber

Burnt Sienna

*#8, *#10 Round Bristle (#6) 

*# 10 Flat Bristle (#6, #8)

#6 Filbert

#8 Bristle Fan Brush

#14 Bright

#14 Angle

#14 Synthetic White Sable Flat Brush

2” Hake Brush (for soft blending, optional)

1½”, 2” Flat Decorator (Liquitex) Palette Wetting Spray Fluid (to be discussed in class) (Liquitex) Slo-Dri Blending Fluid Medium (to be discussed in class)

 

MANY of these brushes can be bought TOGETHER as a “Brush Value Pack” at substantial savings and are also recommended. I also use a generic “Value Pak” of assorted bristle brushes and the “Value Pak” Royal Langnickel RSET 9306 Medium Taklon brush set (less than $10.00). Also, bring what you already own.

  

*Palette Knives:  (Flat, Bent)

*Mixing palette and storage container (a palette/surface to mix your colors on and a sealed, air-tight container to store and transport your wet paints.

*White, 9” paper, plastic, or foam picnic plates (to be used as mixing palettes)

Support (board to lean on, 11” x 14”) 

Canvas Boards or Stretched Canvas or Masonite Board (pre-primed), (11” x 14”)

*140lb. Cold Press Watercolor Paper (for studies/practice) 11” x 14”

*HB Pencil or Stick of Soft Vine Charcoal

*Blue Painter’s Tape

*Misting Bottle (spray bottle for water to keep paints moist)

*(2) Water Containers(to wash/rinse brushes)

*Paper Towels

*Gloss Medium(to be discussed in class)

Flow Enhancer (to be discussed in class)

*Extender (to be discussed in class)

Gesso (to be discussed in class)

Color Wheel 

Ruler

Smock(recommended)

Small table easel (optional)

Sponge(regular 4”x6” kitchen/household)

Drawing Techniques

$55

with Carolyn Wallace-Zani

Calendar Jan 31, 2019 at 6 pm

Are you struggling to make your drawings look more realistic and three-dimensional? This class is ideal for those who want to learn the basics of drawing and good composition. The emphasis in this class will be learning to draw through practice as an ongoing process. The former student will have the opportunity to develop more confidence by perfecting their current skill level, while the more experienced student will explore their personal style.

Students may elect to work in their choice of dry mediums such as graphite pencil, charcoal, or Conte crayon. With step-by-step instruction, students will learn how to transform flat, two-dimensional, basic shapes into three-dimensional forms. Students will learn to use a value scale to achieve dimensionality. Students will learn about design, textures, using a grid and good composition. Demonstrations, group class critiques as well as exercises in and out-of-class will re-enforce drawing techniques and skills. No prior drawing experience is necessary.

Drawing What You See

$55

with Carolyn Wallace-Zani

Calendar Apr 4, 2019 at 6 pm

If you admire the drawings of the masters and aspire to successfully achieve a likeness of your own subjects, unleash your talent and create a masterpiece of your own! Students will learn the skills of handling the graphite medium to create realistic, three-dimensional forms. Learn about design, values, textures, edges and composition by employing the Elements and Principles of Design. Learn how to suggest a different mood for each of your still life drawings in this class.

Step-by-step instruction includes a demonstration at the beginning of class followed by group exercises. Students will bring props from home to incorporate into their arrangements. Students will work at their own pace to develop their individual drawing style. No previous experience is necessary. All skill levels are welcome. Following each class, there will be a group class critique.

To enroll in enrichment classes, participants must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in school.

Supply List:

Items with an * will be used the first class.

 

*Graphite Pencils: 2H, HB, B, 2B, 4B *Erasers: Kneaded, White Plastic Eraser (regular and/or “click-pen” style) Erasing Shield *Rulers: (1) 12” Clear Plastic (will need for first class)

       (1) C-Thru Plastic Ruler (has a grid and numbers on it, available at fabric stores, optional)

Sheet of clear Tracing Paper

Sheet of Transfer Paper (acts as a carbon-type transfer paper) Scissors Single Hole Paper Punch

White mat board: 11” x 14” *Paper: 11” x 14” acid free drawing white paper (smooth finish) Support (a panel or board to lean on while drawing) *Clips (to secure your paper to the board you’re leaning on) *Blending Tools: Tortillion, Stump 1 Clear Plastic Page Protector (Letter Size: 8.5” x 11”) Permanent Black Sharpe Marker (Ultra Fine Point) Sewing Gauge (for measuring), Optional (will be discussed in class) Photographs (your pictures/images from home to be used as a referenced). Specifics will be  discussed in class.

Still Life Props (bring from home to incorporate into students’ work, will be discussed in class). Krylon Workable Spray Fixative (spray at home to prevent smudging)

Pre-Class Homework: begin collecting pictures (magazines and photos) of still lifes and landscapes printed only in black and white (and gray tones) for our tone value discussions in class. Items with an asterisk* will be used the first week.

Impasto Oil Painting

$89

with Michael Vermette

Calendar Feb 28, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Have you ever wanted to paint a thick oil painting that revealed textural expressive strokes that lay down like frosting on a cake? This fun-filled oil painting class takes you beyond the guilty pleasure of painting thick to a place where you will get quality results technically and compositionally. Using the oil painting methods of the Venetian and Italian painters, Michael will show you how to use mediums to make the paint brighter, adding a luster appearance and improving the viscosity of the paint that spreads on the substrate like butter.

For the beginner or experienced artist, alike, participants will learn how to use different sizes and types of palette knives and brushes and how to load them with paint. Michael will demonstrate and put you at ease with his approachable teaching style as he reveals the painters in history who painted using the impasto oil painting method. This course inspires students to participate through in-class painting assignments that are meant to innovate, demystify and clarify the impasto oil processes.

Artists will also be encouraged to participate in out-of-class assignments that give opportunities to reinterpret what was learned in class and apply those skills to personal painting ideas at home. Group critiques will be featured to offer constructive suggestions and provide the artist with a supportive opportunity to develop their powers to represent their work.

Participants may choose instructor resources or their own subjects from drawings, experiences from memory, photographs or from direct observation to develop their own painting themes. The course gives technical insight through visual aid presentations of oil painting movements and artist trends that define modern impasto oil painting today. This course will give the artist a solid base from which to build oil painting experiences upon and will include at least one plein air (paint-out) field trip near the end of the course. Come and experience a new course that develops in you a new appreciation for this versatile medium.

SUGGESTED ART MATERIALS FOR OIL PAINTERS

1. Stretched canvas, boards, Masonite or wood panels, or stretched canvases. Recommended maximum size 8 in. x 10 in. or 11 in. x 14 in., [not much larger for in-class studies] and bring a minimum of 1 substrate surfaces per class and one for out-of-class assignments, mere size is depending on personal preference and goals.

2. Paint Box and/or Pack; preferably large enough to contain your palette as well as paints, brushes etc.

3. Bottle or small pint can of liquin or Black Oil Wax Medium (that you can buy from the instructor) and a bottle of sun thickened linseed oil. If you mostly use Black Oil Wax medium as the Venetian and Italian Masters did, you will essentially be painting solvent free.

4. Oil Paint; at least a warm and cool of each primary color and black and white. You may want to bring small 35ml tubes for compactness Depending on how much paint you use. I use quality paints packed with pigment with only linseed oil as a binder. The brands I use are Willamsburg, Blockx, Old Holand, and Sennelier oils in 35 ml tubes. I recommend the following colors: Cadmium Yellow Light or Aureolin, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Yellow Ochre or Italian Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Deep or Mars Red, Permanent Crimson or Quinacridon Magenta, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Violet Deep or manganese Violet, Manganese Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Prussian or Phthalo Blue, Viridian Green, Indigo, Lamp Black or Ivory Black, Large tube of Titanium/Zinc White

5. Brushes: round, flat or filbert oil painting brushes from sizes no.6 to a no.12. Choose at least three (one small, medium, and large). You might also be able to use a small brush for detail or your signature.

6. Palette Knives. I like to use a very small 1 inch, a medium and large palette knife for small studies and a larger one for bigger sized paintings.

7. Palette (It can be a folding palette or a wooden studio palette, even ¼ inch glass).

8. Rags (one per painting); preferably cotton rags because they soak up paint and cleaner better than polyester. You can also use paper towels.

9. Charcoal, graphite pencils or sticks, or vine charcoal.

10.Wet canvas carrier, clips or foamboard strips. (They can be made of foamboard strips and made into a frame taped around the panel or canvas and then duck taped on to the back of the painting and stacked upon each other with a foamboard divider, stored in a small cardboard mailer box for multiple studies or even larger.

11. Miscellaneous Supplies, including: a roll of 2" duck tape, a foamboard strips 1 inch by 16 ½ inches long, (natural are the best), Sketch book and Camera. 2 cups for holding solvents or Black Oil, ex-acto knife.

Intermediate and Advanced Painting/Drawing

$79

with David Haskins

Calendar Jan 30, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

This course is designed for individuals who have been painting and drawing for two years or more and want to learn more about composition, color mixing, new techniques, and other related art issues. This class will focus on specific art interests and expand knowledge about painting and drawing. Participants will work in the medium of their choice: watercolor, acrylic, pastel or charcoal/graphite. Instruction will be individualized to meet specific needs. A group critique of art work will follow at the end of each class. David Haskins teaches art at Husson University. Before moving to Maine, David was a full-time artist working and teaching in Colorado.

To enroll in enrichment classes, participants must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in school.

Painting in Acrylics

$55

with Carolyn Wallace-Zani

Calendar Apr 1, 2019 at 6 pm

Paint your masterpiece using the versatile medium of acrylics! The emphasis in this class will be on learning and understanding the basics through practice. The former student will have the opportunity to develop more confidence by perfecting their current skill level, while the more experienced student will explore their personal style.

Step-by-step instruction includes toning the canvas, blocking-in, painting techniques, choosing materials, mediums, additives and how to design a successful composition. Demonstrations, group critiques, and independent exercises will further enhance your learning experience. No prior painting experience is necessary.

Students must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in high school to register.

Supply List:

Items with an * will be used the first class. 

 

*Cadmium Yellow

*Lemon Yellow

*Cadmium Red

*Alizarin Crimson Red

*Cerulean Blue

*Ultramarine Blue

*Sap Green

*White

*Black

*Payne’s Gray

*Yellow Ochre

*Raw Umber

*Raw Sienna

*White

*Black

Phthalo Blue

Viridian Green

*Burnt Umber

Burnt Sienna

*#14 Synthetic White Sable Flat Brush

*#8, *#10 Round Bristle (#6) 

*# 10 Flat Bristle (#6, #8)

*#6 Filbert

*#8 Bristle Fan Brush

#14 Bright

#14 Angle

2” Hake Brush (for soft blending)

1½”, 2” Flat Decorator (Liquitex) Palette Wetting Spray Fluid (to be discussed in class) (Liquitex) Slo-Dri Blending Fluid Medium (to be discussed in class)

MANY of these brushes can be bought together as a “Brush Value Pack” at substantial savings and are also recommended. Bring what you already own too. I also use a generic “Value Pak” of assorted bristle brushes and the “Value Pak” Royal Langnickel RSET 9306 Medium Taklon brush set (less than $20.00).

  

Palette Knives:  (Flat, Bent)

*Mixing palette and storage container (a palette/surface to mix your colors on and a sealed, air-tight container to store and transport your wet paints.

Support (board to lean on, 11” x 14” )

*Canvas Boards or Stretched Canvas or Masonite Board (pre-primed), (11” x 14” )

*140lb. Cold Press Watercolor Paper (for studies/practice) 11” x 14”

*HB Pencil or Stick of Soft Vine Charcoal

Sheet of clear Tracing Paper

Sheet of Graphite Transfer Paper (acts as a carbon-type transfer paper)

*Blue Painter’s Tape

*Misting Bottle (spray bottle to keep paints moist)

*(2) Water Containers(to wash/rinse brushes)

*Paper Towels

*Gloss Medium(to be discussed in class)

Color Wheel 

Ruler

Smock(recommended)

Sponge(regular 4”x6” kitchen/household)

 

Painting in Watercolor

$55

with Carolyn Wallace-Zani

Calendar Apr 3, 2019 at 6 pm

Learn how to create beautiful paintings using your imagination and your watercolor palette! This class reinforces sound watercolor techniques and practices while allowing opportunities for personal expression. All skill levels are welcome. The former student will have the opportunity to develop more confidence by perfecting their current skill level, while the more experienced student will explore their personal style.

Class exercises include: color theory, color wheel, color mixing, pigment properties, various watercolor techniques, and choosing materials. Learn how, when, and why in choosing various: watercolor papers, brushes, pigments, and techniques to achieve the results you want in your paintings. Demonstrations, group critiques, and independent exercises will further enhance your learning experience. No previous experience is necessary.

Painting With Oil Sticks

$55

with Michael Vermette

Calendar Feb 27, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Have you ever wanted to paint and draw with your fingers or just avoid using a brush altogether? If so, then this class is for you. Michael will teach you that Pigmented Oil Sticks are direct, highly versatile and offer a quality oil painting experience, with just enough natural wax added to maintain a solid stick form so that it can be used to draw with. He will show you how to safely work with the medium by dipping them into stand oil, linseed oil, alkyd mediums, or resin gels. He will also demonstrate how you can mix them along with tube oils or use them to draw over dried oil paintings.

The class will also explore using blending sticks that are colorless Pigment Oil Sticks that can be worked into a color to increase its transparency or to blend two colors together on the painting. He will demonstrate each week with and particularly show how Pigment Oil Sticks can be manipulated with assorted palette knives until the paint is a buttery consistency, so that it can be brushed or knifed onto the surface. This method can even be used to mix colors on the palette or in the painting.

Students may choose to paint Pigmented Oil Sticks on any substrate suitable for use with traditional tube oil painting, such as canvas, panel or even paper. This course also inspires students to participate through in-class painting assignments that are meant to innovate, demystify and clarify the Pigmented Oil Stick painting processes. Artists will also be encouraged to participate in out-of-class assignments that give opportunities to reinterpret what was learned in class and apply those skills to personal painting ideas at home.

Group critiques will be featured to offer constructive suggestions and provide the artist with a supportive opportunity to develop their powers to represent their work. Participants may choose instructor resources or their own subjects from drawings, experiences from memory, photographs or from direct observation to develop their own painting themes. The course gives technical insight through visual aid presentations of oil stick modern painting movements and artist trends that define mixed media painting today. This course will give the artist a solid base from which to build oil stick painting experiences. Come and experience a new course that develops in you a new appreciation for this very versatile medium.

SUGESTED ART MATERIALS FOR OIL PAINTERS

1. Stretched canvas, boards, Masonite or wood panels, stretched canvases, or Arches 140lb watercolor paper. Recommended maximum size 18 in. x 24 in. and no smaller than 11 x 14 inch. Bring a minimum of 1 substrate surfaces per class and one used for out-of-class assignments.

2. Paint Box and/or Pack; preferably large enough to contain your palette as well as Pigmented Oil Sticks, brushes etc.

3. Bottle of stand oil, linseed oil, alkyd mediums, or resin gels that come in a jar.

4. Pigmented Oil Sticks; at least a warm and cool of each primary color and black and white.

5. Blending Sticks that are colorless Pigment Oil Sticks, The brands I use is Sennelier or Shiva and starting out with a 12 color professional set or the following colors: Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Yellow Ochre Cadmium, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Deep, Permanent Alizarin Crimsonor Quinacridon Magenta, Burnt Sienna, Violet, Ultramarine Blue, Prussian, Viridian Green, Ivory Black and Titanium /Zinc White. 5. Brushes; round, flat or filbert oil painting brushes from sizes no.6 to a no.12. Choose at least three (one small, medium, and large). You might also be able to use a small brush for detail or your signature.

6. Palette Knives. I like to use an assortment of palette knives from a very small 1 inch to medium and large palette knives. You need at least one palette knife.

7. Palette (It can be a folding palette or a wooden studio palette, even ¼ inch glass).

8. Rags (one per painting); preferably cotton rags because they soak up paint and cleaner better than polyester. You can also use paper towels.

9. Powder freevinyl gloves

10.Wet canvas carrier, clips or foamboard strips or if painting on paper a portfolio.

11. Miscellaneous Supplies, including: a roll of 2" masking tape, 2 cups for holding oils and mediums in.





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