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Acrylic Painting

$55

with Carolyn Wallace-Zani

Calendar Sep 9, 2019 at 5:45 pm, runs for 8 weeks

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.

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

 

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)

Bold and Free Watercolor Figures

$89

with Michael Vermette

Calendar Sep 11, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Join Michael E. Vermette for a painting journey that explores the human figure using new skills and techniques in watercolor that depict boldly the figure in the landscape. Michael will demonstrate his method of painting in sheer enjoyment of the figure in the landscape and through portraiture; a place, he describes, where you can let yourself go, have fun, yet still be in control of the medium. From painting lost and found edges, to floating washes wildly to create interesting treatment, watercolor is perfectly approachable especially for the beginner. No previous experience is needed for this class and experienced artists will benefit as well with Michael’s friendly and open style of teaching. You will love how much this inspiring course will teach you about painting the active figure in watercolor.

Pastel Painter’s Supply List:

I recommend that you use what you have and add essentials as you can afford. I am more focused on working with you right where you are rather than imposing my personal preferences on you. That is why the following is only what I would suggest you think about purchasing for the workshop. 

  1. Reeves BFK Paper or Arches Hot Press watercolor paper, by sheet 18 x 24 inches or 22 x 30 inches – 7-10 sheets.

2. Soft and hard chalk pastels and pastel pencils, a warm and cool statement of each primary color plus secondary, grays, blacks, white for a minimum of 14-18 colors. I use Schmincke, Rembrandt and Sennelier  soft pastels and Prismacolor NuPastel.       

 Cadmium Yellow Light         Cadmium  Yellow Deep        Cadmium Orange         Yellow Ochre         Cadmium Red Light,                    Alizarin Crimson          Chinese White           Burn Sienna         Viridian Green Hue               Cerulean Blue                     Cobalt Blue         Ultramarine Blue Deep          Manganese Blue        Prussian Blue        Permanent Magenta     Ivory Black        Indigo

 

3. Golden Gel Medium, Fine Pumice Gel 8 0z.

4. Set of Fiber-Castell Pastel Pencil Set

5. Paint board or light-weight plexi-glass or formica board at least 2" larger than your paper.

6. Portfolio, large enough to fit your paper and painting board. (You can make your own out of cardboard)

7. A  roll of 1" maskin tape,

8. Acrylic paint, Yellow Ochre and/or Iron Oxide acrylic paint by Golden.

9.One 2 to-4 inch flat latex house brush brush for painting grounds.

10. Paint Box, to hold all of your pastels in, I use cigar boxes and a backpack with extra pockets to hold miscellaneous supplies.

Drawing Fundamentals

$55

with Carolyn Wallace-Zani

Calendar Sep 12, 2019 at 6 pm

Do you aspire to draw like the masters or have you ever wished you could own an original piece of artwork? Unleash your talent and create your own masterpiece! Students will learn how to handle 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 still life arrangements. Students will work at their own pace to develop their individual drawing style. No previous experience is necessary. Following each class, there will be a group class critique. 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 FUNDAMENTALS: 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 Sep 12, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Have you ever wanted to paint a thick oil painting that revealed textural expressive strokes that laid 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 Vermette will show you how to use mediums to make the paint brighter, adding a luster appearance; and improve 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 size 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.

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

 

 

Intermediate and Advanced Painting/Drawing

$79

with David Haskins

Calendar Sep 9, 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.

Make a Handmade Book

$89

with Kathy (Kal) Elmore

Calendar Sep 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Make a Handmade Book, with illustrations created using Plexiglass Drypoint Printmaking Techniques. Create a beautiful handmade book of your own prints! Participants will learn about plexiglass drypoint printmaking (intaglio printing) and will learn several techniques for adding color to their prints. A set of four images will be created that will be bound into a handmade book. Participants do not need to have any printmaking experience - the process if very direct and requires some drawing and only a few special techniques. Participants should bring : sketchbook, pencil, watercolor paints, apron. Limit: 8 participants.

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

Painting with Acrylics

$55

with Carolyn Wallace-Zani

Calendar Oct 28, 2019 at 5:45 pm

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.

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

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 with Watercolor

$55

with Carolyn Wallace-Zani

Calendar Oct 30, 2019 at 6 pm

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

*Cadmium Yellow

*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)

Old toothbrush

Small spritz bottle

Color Wheel

Pre-Class Homework: begin collecting pictures, notecards, and paintings of your favorite watercolor artists. Bring these to class for reference and discussion.





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