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Acrylic Painting for the Beginner and Beyond
with Carolyn Wallace-Zani
Paint your masterpiece using the versatile medium of acrylics! This class is designed for the beginner, who has been working in acrylics for less than five years, with an emphasis on learning 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, and 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 will progress at their own pace with individualized guidance. Carolyn Wallace-Zani owns her own studio. She frequently conducts drawing classes for children and adults. Her teaching style and drawing techniques focus on using basic shapes as the building blocks for constructing familiar three-dimensional objects.
with David Haskins
Students will experiment with mark making skills, working from a gesture, building compositions, value structure and textures for finished drawings or studies for paintings. We will discuss the Elements of Art and students are encouraged to work with their favorite drawing medium or experiment with charcoal, conte, graphite, color pencils, pen and ink or mixed media. Students should have at least one year of experience in painting or drawing.
with Kal Elmore
A collage is an artwork created from a combination or collection of things. Usually two-dimensional, the collaged items are secured to a stiff backing material. Participants in this class will learn a few basic techniques and will explore collage options based on some project themes. Warning: collage can be addicting! Once you get started, it’s hard to stop. Kathy (Kal) Elmore taught art at Bangor High School for over 20 years. Her own personal work focuses on Drawing and Printmaking. She enjoys sharing skills and techniques with others.
Drawing for the Beginner and Beyond
with Carolyn Wallace-Zani
Are you struggling to make your drawings look more realistic and three-dimensional? This class is ideal for the beginner who wants to learn the basics of drawing and good composition. While this class is designed for the beginner who has been drawing for less than five years, the emphasis is on learning 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. Working in dry medium: such as graphite pencil, charcoal, Conte crayon, or pastel, and 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. Students will progress at their own pace with individualized guidance. Class size is limited to ten students. Carolyn Wallace-Zani owns her own studio. She frequently conducts drawing classes for children and adults. Her teaching style and drawing techniques focus on using basic shapes as the building blocks for constructing familiar three-dimensional objects.
Intermediate and Advanced Painting/Drawing
with David Haskins
Knit & Crochet
with Rosemary Pelletier
Learn how to knit or crochet. Learn to read directions, check the gauge or use multiple colors. No experience needed. This class is for the beginner, intermediate or advanced student as instruction is completely individualized. Come and learn to enjoy a new hobby. Please bring knitting or crochet needles and yarn to the first class. Participants must purchase materials for this class.
The Winning Approaches to Oil Painting
with Michael Vermette
This fun-filled oil painting class emphasizes technical and compositional methods for the beginner or experienced artist, at a pace that produces award-winning results. This seven-week course invites students to participate by attending four courses throughout the year that focus on three to four approaches per course that are most often used by famous artists presently and in art history. The instructor will demonstrate each week through in-class assignments that are meant to inspire, demystify and clarify painting processes. Artists will be encouraged to participate through in-class and out-of-class assignments that give opportunities to reinterpret what was learned and apply skills to personal painting ideas. Group critiques will also be featured each week 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 skills. The course gives technical insight through visual aid presentations of oil painting movements and artist trends that define modern oil painting today. This course will give the oil painter a solid base to build their own painting experiences upon. It is a series of courses that is for anyone who wishes to experience oil painting as a matter of restraint and play. Michael E. Vermette is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society and has had over 45 years experience in watercolor painting. He graduated from Maine College of Art with a BFA degree in 1980 and is a Maine certified K-12 art teacher with over 21 years experience. He has won numerous Best-in- shows awards in Maine open juried competitions and is a recent winner of the prestigious Marilyn Sabin award with his work currently on display at the Newport Art Museum, RI. His watercolors have been included in numerous group and one person shows and are in private and corporate collections throughout the country.