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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 5 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. 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. Students will progress at their own pace with individualized guidance. Class size is limited to 10 students. Request the supply list available through the office. Carolyn Wallace-Zani is the owner of Main Street Studio and maintains her studio in Brewer, Maine. She has conducted drawing and painting workshops for children and adults for over 40 years. Her original work and prints are in both private and cooperative collections. She recently completed a course of study in Natural History Illustration in conjunction with the University of New Castle, Australia. Her work has been displayed in Augusta, Maine at the Capitol as part of the Maine Arts Commission’s Art in the Capitol Summer program, is also in the permanent art collection at Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor Maine, the recipient of numerous First Place Awards regionally including the Bangor Art Society’s Member’s Show “Best In Show” Award 2019 for her Plein Air work. DRAWING REALISTICALLY: 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.
Painting with Acrylics
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 5 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, 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.
Students must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in high school to register.
Items with an * will be used the first class.
*Alizarin Crimson Red
*#14 Synthetic White Sable Flat Brush
*#8, *#10 Round Bristle (#6)
*# 10 Flat Bristle (#6, #8)
*#8 Bristle Fan Brush
2” Hake Brush (for soft blending)
1½”, 2” Flat Decorator
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)
*Gloss Medium(to be discussed in class)
Sponge(regular 4”x6” kitchen/household)
Painting with Watercolor
with Carolyn Wallace-Zani
Paint vibrant watercolors with confidence! Designed for the beginner, who has been working in watercolor for less than 5 years, the emphasis is on learning the basics 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. Class exercises include: learning about materials, color mixing, color theory, and watercolor techniques. Demonstrations, group critiques, and independent exercises will further enhance your learning experience. No prior painting experience is necessary.
PAINTING WITH WATERCOLOR: Items with an * will be used the first class.
*#2 graphite pencil (HB-regular type school pencil)
12” ruler (preferably clear)
*140lb. acid free cold-pressed watercolor paper/pad (size 9”x12”)
(1) # 6 Fan Synthetic Blend Watercolor Brush (optional)
(1) ½” Synthetic Blend Watercolor Mop Brush (optional)
(1) #10 Round Synthetic Blend Watercolor Brush
(1) #10 Flat (Wash) Synthetic Blend Watercolor Brush
* Package of assorted watercolor brushes: I use Royal & Langnickel RSET 9306 Medium Gold Taklon. Brushes will be discussed the first class. Also, bring what you already own.
*Palette for mixing colors (12” white paper/plastic picnic plates are fine, plain or divided)
*(2) two containers to hold your water (plastic cups or coffee cans are fine)
Small blow-dryer (to dry your paper before leaving class if necessary) Watercolor palette (optional for storing squeezed out colors, to be discussed later)
*Tube Watercolor Pigments:
*French Ultramarine Blue
*Cobalt Blue or Cerulean Blue
*Burnt Sienna Burnt Umber
*Lemon Yellow Phthalogreen Sap Green (Optional)
*Cadmium Red *Permanent Alizarin Crimson Liquid Masking Fluid
*Board/Support/Painter’s Tape (to secure/tape down your watercolor paper)
Small spritz bottle
Pre-Class Homework: begin collecting pictures, notecards, and paintings of your favorite watercolor artists. Bring these to class for reference and discussion.
This is an opportunity for people to work on their rug braiding projects and learn from each other. Work on your project and see what others are creating. Participants must bring their own materials to class. Prior rug braiding experience is necessary.
To enroll in enrichment classes, participants must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in school.