Beginning drawing students start with a study of geometric shapes and
forms and how they relate to various objects. Students generally spend
one hour of class working on fundamental concepts and one hour
applying those things learned to drawing a subject of their choice.
Students work with pencil and charcoal. Skills taught include drawing
geometric shapes and forms, the effects of light and shadow, shading,
introduction to perspective drawing and various drawing techniques.
Students who have had considerable drawing experience or have
completed Beginning Drawing may further perfect their drawing skills with
intermediate to Advanced Drawing. Studies include perspective drawing,
anatomy of human and animal forms, portraits and composition.
Students who have completed a basic drawing course or already have
experience drawing may elect to study pastel painting. Soft (versus oil)
pastels are used for this discipline. Students continue to utilize drawing
skills, learn to develop compositions and create works in a full array of
color. Techniques are taught which help the student achieve the desired
results, and confidence builds as the student learns to portray subject
matter of increasing difficulty.
OILS, ACRYLICS and WATERCOLORS
Classes are taught for beginning to advanced students. Beginning
students work with a limited palette, learning to recognize color
combinations and mix colors. A color wheel and a value chart are
completed before actual painting begins. Drawing skills continue to be
used for pre-painting sketches. Students are taught to use the
implements of painting and how to apply paint to achieve various effects.
Awareness of the effect of light and shadow is stressed throughout all
classes. Different styles are discussed and the student is encouraged to
create a variety of paintings of different subject matter using various
Intermediate to advanced painting instruction is designed to further refine
the skills of the student artist. Added emphasis is placed on individual
creativity and expression. Additional colors are added to the palette, and
more difficult paintings with more complex composition and subject matter
are accomplished. Finding the artist’s style is explored and encouraged.
Additional media may also be offered as qualified teachers join our team
of instructors. Please call to get our schedule of upcoming classes.
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