Courses

We offer courses in a wide variety of concentrations and schedules. Explore our offerings below and click enroll to register.

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CALENDAR 2018 - 2019

 

CATALOG 2018 - 2019

DRAWING

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Drawing: Form and Movement
Henry Finkelstein
Mondays 9am - 12pm
To draw is to express yourself in a special visual language. Learn how the language enables you to render on a flat page the spaces and volumes that you observe around you. As we work from the live model and other subjects, we consult historical examples to see how artists have used shape, plane, and rhythm. Awaken yourself to the sensation of seeing a whole page develop at once. Discover the pleasure of making your drawing move, and express yourself in this particular visual language.
$300

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Drawing: Anatomy and Artistry
Gabriela Dellosso
Mondays 7pm - 9pm
This class will teach essential anatomy for figure drawing. Anatomy will be taught and discussed as a tool to create expressive, interesting figure drawings. Artistry will be emphasized. We will analyze the “magic” of old master drawings. Students will also learn the basic shading techniques, expression of line, building solid planes, portrait construction, and a variety of other topics, through lectures and examples. Working with a live model, poses will range from quick gesture poses to longer poses. Some drawing experience required for this class.
$200

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Drawing: The Figure
Eric Michelson
Fridays 9:30am - 12:30pm
Understanding the basics of drawing the figure allows you to organize light, shade, gesture, and rhythm into a single expressive whole. Working individually with the instructor, you’ll be introduced to varied drawing approaches and techniques, and develop your skills and insights. Open to students of all levels.
$300

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Constructing the Figure
Jenny Carolin
Tuesdays 1pm - 4pm
Learn to construct solid and anatomically correct figure and portrait drawings. Through lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction this course will cover the anatomical, structural and surface forms of the head and figure. With a focus on the gesture as our starting point, we will  identify the line of the body and develop the constitution of the figure through sequentially longer poses. There will be an emphasis on proportion, tone, line quality and light on form. Additionally, we will introduce materials beyond charcoal, including India ink and chalk pastels, to accentuate fluidity and movement. Drawing is the foundation of many forms of visual expression and by concentrating on the foundational principles of drawing the figure, students will expand their knowledge through direct observation of the live model. Open to all levels.
$300

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SPECIAL COURSES

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Advanced Studio
Borinquen Gallo
Tuesdays - Wednesdays 1pm - 4pm
In this intensive, transformative learning experience for artists ready to work at the professional level, we will explore a variety of new media. Lectures, conceptual study, and studio activity will encompass painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation, as well as photography and video. You’ll be encouraged to use any technique and embark on your own individual projects. The instructor will be present Tuesday.
$550

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Working with Paper
Kathryn Cameron
Mondays 9:30am - 12:30pm
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Mondays 9:30am - 4pm

This course offers two sections:
-Morning with lecture and studio practice
-Afternoon studio practice

Learn about the alternative methods of making works with paper. A variety of techniques and materials will be explored including the different types of paper available, unusual fibers, adhesives, pigments, and dyes.  In addition to working studio time, weekly presentations including historical context, techniques in papermaking, mold-making, and casting, and introductions to other artists working in this medium will be offered.  The course will be focused on work in both the two and three-dimensional form, the exploration of a variety of scales and the combination of paper with other materials. All levels of experience are welcomed.
Morning Only $300
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Full Day $550

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Painting and Drawing with Mixed Media
Michele Liebler
Wednesdays 1pm - 4pm
Experiment with a variety of mediums in combination with various type of surfaces. Students can use Graphite, Gouache, Watercolor, Oil paint and Colored Pencils in this class. The surface directly influences mark making whether your style is traditional or contemporary. Many different artists used mixed media such as Degas, Romare Bearden, Jasper John, Jim Dine and Rauschenberg just to name a few. The combinations are endless, but the basic idea is to combine and layer materials to create unique works. Students will be encouraged to work from their choice of subjects such as still life, figure, designs and their own sketches. The point of this class is for students to discover their own visual language. Beginners to advance students are welcomed.
$300

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Collage and Assemblage
Martha Bloom
Thursdays, 4pm - 7pm    
Participants are welcome at any level of experience to attend this supportive class of collage and assemblage. Inventive techniques and the development of one's unique vision in a supportive environment. Students are encouraged to bring their own collections of imagery found objects, mementos, and more while some unusual materials will be provided for enhancement and execution. Bringing hard surfaces of wood stretched canvas and cardboard is suggested to which work can be attached along with scissors, glue, tools and pigments desired and necessary for connecting and enhancement. Individual guidance will be offered to help cultivate personal creative processes and perception. Working with personal collections can help make the process of artmaking more expansive and the artwork more meaningful and genuine.
$300

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PAINTING

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Painting: The Essential Elements
Henry Finkelstein
Mondays 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Explore your potential as you handle the material of oil paint. Learn to stretch canvases, prepare surfaces, and clean brushes correctly. Become acquainted with the language of painting through different approaches to working from life. Historical examples will be presented. While not necessary, the student is encouraged to continue for the 16-week semester. Being a structured 16 week course, in which one exercise leads to another. It runs through the first and second quarters and repeats again through the third and fourth quarters. Students can enter in the second or the fourth quarter as long as they understand that some of the information will have already been covered.
$300

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Figure: Painting the Model in Costume, with a Focus on Portrait
Gabriela Dellosso
Mondays 4pm - 7pm
Paint or draw the human figure in costume, delving into themes such as historical dress, the use of hats, musical instruments, and other evocative or historically significant props. Develop a fuller understanding of light and shadow, warm and cool colors, sculptural strokes, and simple, expressive shapes while using the painting medium of your choice, including oil, pastel, or watercolor. There will be a focus on creating the portrait; it will teach the student to draw and paint facial features more accurately and 3-dimensionally. The instructor will analyze the structure of the eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, chin, and ears. For oil painters, we will provide you with a painting medium that is non-toxic and allows painters to achieve wonderful results without toxic fumes. We will be using a refined non-toxic linseed oil in this class as an oil painting medium. Open to all levels.
$300

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Figure and Portrait Painting
Edmond Rochat
Tuesdays 4pm - 7pm
This class will introduce historically based skills and concepts for figure drawing and oil painting. Each lesson will discuss principles such as proportion or gesture and clearly define and demonstrate a path to improvement. The instructor will start by showing how to simplify the subject into accurate shapes and values which are essential for achieving a likeness of the subject. Later, discussion surrounding light, anatomy, and color will help bring refinement and resolution to the painting or drawing. Students unfamiliar with these concepts will begin by drawing in graphite pencil, and more advanced students may work in oils. The model will assume the same pose for multiple sessions so that each lesson can be thoroughly implemented and understood. 
$300

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Classical Painting: The Techniques
Eric Michelson
Mondays 7pm - 10pm
Focus on traditional oil painting techniques that are rarely taught but incredibly useful for painters of all styles. Experiment with underpainting and grisaille techniques, as well as alla prima exercises to improve your understanding of composition, value, and color. The goal will be to explore the rich variety of painting approaches and methods used since the Renaissance. All levels are welcome.
$300

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Advanced Total Painting
Davide Cantoni
Tuesdays 9:30am - 12:30pm
Explore a variety of media in this intensive, transformative learning experience for artists ready to work at the professional level. Lectures, conceptual study, and studio activity will encompass your painting. You’ll be encouraged to use any technique and embark on your own individual projects.
$300

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Studio Landscape/Cityscape
Bennett Vadnais
Tuesdays 1pm - 4pm
This class, students will learn how to create a completed landscape or cityscape painting from start to finish. Students will learn how to select a subject and refine their ideas using sketches and drawings. Vadnais will explain and demonstrate how to create a useful under painting as a foundation for subsequent layering of color. Finally, Vadnais will guide the class through the process of bringing their picture to a unified finish wil all the desired effects and relevant details. Painting technique, linear and atmospheric perspective, color theory, and art history will be discussed as it relates to individual projects. Open to all levels, some drawing experience is recommended.
$300

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Abstract Painting: The Process
Cathy Choi
Tuesdays 1pm - 4pm
This class emphasizes process in Abstract Painting. Through theme based exercises, the class together creates variations in a particular focus, using primarily acrylic, charcoal, and ink. Develop your own intuitive responses by placing greater emphasis on spontaneity and visual sensation by using repetition, color, line, and lyricism.
$300

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Painting Techniques
Edmond Rochat
Wednesdays 7pm - 10pm
This class introduces traditional oil painting techniques for the art of still-life.  The class will first create a small compositional sketch in oils. At the time color theory will be emphasized along with its practical application to color mixing. Then a line-drawing will be created which will be transferred to canvas or panel. On this foundation, a monochromatic underpainting will be crafted to which layers of semi-transparent color are added.  Concepts pertaining to light, form, composition, and proportion will be cover throughout the class. All levels are welcome.
$300

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Contemporary Figure Painting
Jenny Carolin
Thursdays 9am - 12pm
Learn to create unique and personal paintings while working from a live model. This class engages students in a studio practice that explores the technical and theoretical creation of works of art. There will be a mixed focus on portraiture and nude figure painting throughout the semester. The course will progress from observation and analysis of painting the live model, to the integration of imagination and personal expression into your work. Students will be encouraged to utilize composition, color, cropping, and context to develop their own visual language in their work. Classes will include demonstrations, discussions and individual instruction at the easel. Discussions and handouts will cover the stages to developing a painting, comparative measuring, proportion, and structure, as well as appropriation and the use of photography as reference material. Open to all levels. 
$300

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Abstraction: Development of Language and Imagery
Peter Bonner
Thursdays 9am - 4pm and Fridays 9am - 12pm
We will explore the issues central to abstract painting and the function of drawing in developing one’s own language. This class focuses on developing each artists passion to make abstract art through a range of activities, studying in particular how to explore one’s inspiration and ideas via process and using a language specific to each artist to develop coherent abstract images. Artists are encouraged to work from source material that is personal to them and these will be developed with particular emphasis on drawing and awareness of the visual language while making. It is anticipated that each artist will develop a deeper understanding of their own inclinations and the role they play in their painting. Open to all levels. The instructor will be present on Thursdays.
$750

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Figure Painting
Eric Michelson
Saturdays 9am - 12pm
Explore the rich variety of figure painting methods by looking at the underlying structure of the human form and means of achieving a vivid, varied surface that truly brings the form to life. Explore a rich variety of methods, including brushwork, knife techniques, glazing, and anatomy. Develop a critical eye by deemphasizing distracting details to construct a compelling image. All levels welcome.
$300

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PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

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Museum and Gallery Visits
Karen Lindsay
Explore New York City’s vibrant art scene. Guided visits to a wide range of art galleries, outdoor installations and museums will provide opportunities for discussion and inspiration. We will visit a different neighborhood each week and cover topics from classic to contemporary.

Fall Session Fridays:
Fridays: 10:30am - 12:30pm.  
September 28, October 19, November 9, December 7, January 19
$240

Spring Session Fridays:
Fridays:  10:30am - 12:30pm
February 9, March 9, April 13, May 4
$180


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Online Tools for Artists
Nadia Martinez
Wednesdays 1pm - 3pm
Learn to use technology as a powerful tool for your art career. You will learn how to effectively research opportunities, build an online portfolio, website or blog, and submit artwork to competitions. Using social networking, you’ll learn how to promote yourself and design your own branding to attract traffic to your website. 
$325

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Theory and Professional Practice
Filippo Fossati
Thursdays 11am - 1pm
This class is an intense critique-based course in which a range of theoretical perspectives and diverse ways of thinking, making and talking about art are explored and valued. While the emphasis is on the development of individual studio practice, this course examines essential entrepreneurial skills, from conceptual principles of art making to practical art business and encourages parallel intellectual development in art history and critical theory.  The addition of visits to museums, galleries and artist’s studio supplements and adds further dimension and depth.
$300


NEW MEDIA

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Adobe After Effects Crash Course
Davide Cantoni
Mondays 10am - 12:30pm
One of the most used animation and visual effects packages in the world today. A basic and invaluable tool for any artist, After Effects is increasingly used in the realm of fine art. This workshop will introduce students to the possibilities of AE, students will learn how to get started with the basics of After Effects, building projects and be introduced to the various aspects of working with moving images and creating simple animations. Open to all students. Basic knowledge of photoshop will be a major bonus.
$325

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Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Davide Cantoni
Tuesdays 1pm - 3:30pm
Adobe Photoshop is a complex graphics, image editing software and paint program and it has become an industry standard and an invaluable tool for artists, designers, and photographers, to edit graphics as well as create and manipulate images. Over the duration of this course, we will learn the basics so that you can complete the most essential tasks of image creation and manipulation, but we will also delve into some of the more advanced features so as to get as much out of the program as possible. Open to all students.
$325

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PRINTMAKING

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Printmaking: Intaglio, Monoprint and New Experiences
Kathy Caraccio
Mondays & Tuesdays 9:30am - 12:30pm
This workshop will serve as a guided exploration of combining and creating relief, intaglio, and mono printing and experimenting with a variety of image making in prints. We will carve, incise, transfer images, and learn the secrets of ink on paper. Students will be encouraged to develop individual projects layering plates and creating textural images built from a variety of materials. In the spirit of green printing, the workshop features environmentally-friendly water miscible inks. Printmaking experience in monotype, relief, or lithography is desirable but not mandatory.
$550

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Projects in Printmaking
Taka Maruno
Mondays - Tuesdays 1pm - 4pm
Find freedom of expression through printmaking. Develop individual projects in mediums including etching copper and zinc, color viscosity roller technique, and monotype. Unite technique and imagination in a dynamic expression of your unique vision. The instructor will be present on Mondays.
$780

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Introduction to Collagraph Printmaking
Kathy Caraccio
Mondays 4:30pm - 7:30pm
This hands-on class will introduce basic techniques and tools, encouraging students to develop individual projects featuring silk aquatint, collagraph, carborundum and embossment. We will handle and discuss fine art, Western, and Asian papers including the technique of chine collé. In the spirit of green printing, the workshop features environmentally-friendly water miscible inks. The instructor will be present on both days. Find your technique and get inspired!
$300

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Techniques of Printmaking
Taka Maruno
Wednesdays 4pm - 7pm
Discover the creative potential of printmaking, starting with monotypes and dry-point and moving to more complicated techniques of etching, aquatint, and color viscosity roller techniques. You’ll learn to combine technical skill and expression into works of art. This course is ideal whether you’re a beginner who wants to understand the process of making a print, or someone who wants to improve technique.
$300

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Cyanotypes (FALL)
Karen Lindsay
Thursdays 11am - 3pm
Create images rather than capture them. The cyanotype photographic process has many expressive possibilities for the adventurous image-maker. Dating from 1842, this historic Prussian blue process offers a compelling alternative to modern digital prints. Topics will include the history of photography, photograms, creating negatives, paper, and substrate selection, exposing and developing prints, bleaching, toning and lumen prints. Most materials provided and all levels are welcome.
$350

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Printmaking: Experiences and Self Expression
Martha Bloom
Thursdays 7pm - 10pm
Enhance your sense of wonder through printmaking. Create projects in mixed media and printmaking in a supportive environment of self- expression to produce one of a kind prints. Use inventive problem solving to cultivate a stunning outcome and celebrate your individual artistic qualities. Learn to create exhibits and develop your confidence in the experience of art-making. All levels welcome.
$300

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Large Prints
Taka Maruno
Fridays 10am - 4pm
Create your image on a plate larger than full- size paper (22”x30”) that extends far beyond your imagination. Develop individual projects in mediums including monotype, drypoint, linocut, collagraph, carborundum, and chine colle. Just bring your passion and explore new idea. All levels are welcome. Eight students maximum.
$550

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Monotype: The Painterly Print
Michele Liebler
Saturdays 1pm - 4pm
Learn about the art of Monotype in this weekend class. Monotype is a bridge between painting and printmaking. Artists as diverse as Degas to Jasper Johns used this painterly printmaking technique. The nature of the process allows students to work in a spontaneous manner doing gestural images and textured surfaces. Learn to experiment with blending techniques, additive and reductive methods, collage and creating textures with Gelli plates. Students will also have the option of assembling their monotypes into a gallery ready accordion book. The Instructor is present for each class. Open to all levels.
$300

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Alternative Photographic Processes (SPRING 2019)
Karen Lindsay
Thursdays 11am - 3pm
Create images rather than capture them. Expressive possibilities in historic photographic processes offer a compelling alternative to modern digital prints.
Fine art papers, hand applied archival emulsions, and the mercurial effects of chemistry and changing light provide surprises and opportunities for the adventurous image maker.  Topics will include cyanotypes, Van Dyke brown, bleaching, toning, paper selection, photograms, and the history of photography.  Most materials will be provided. Open to all levels. 
$350

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SCULPTURE

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Sculpture: Portrait
Weixian Jiang
Mondays 4pm - 7pm
In this course, you will learn how to do a realistic human head from start to finish, exploring the anatomy of the face in-depth, proportions, features, and expressions. You’ll learn the principles of building armatures and handling clay. All work in clay from the life model. All levels of experience are welcomed. 
$300

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Sculpture: Principles and Basic Techniques
Ingo Appel
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9:30am - 12:30pm
In this course, students will gain extensive knowledge and familiarity with the technical aspects and methodology of sculpture. All media and processes will be considered, including wood, clay, metal, plaster, and more. Individual needs will be considered and addressed to find the necessary personal solution. 
$550

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Sculpture: The Human Form
Ingo Appel
Tuesdays 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Using a live model as an inspiration, interpret the human form according to your own sensibilities. While working primarily in clay, other mediums such as wax, wood, metal, and plaster will be introduced. The work will focus on creating a three-dimensional form, whether full figure, fragments, or bas-relief. Open to all levels.
$300

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Sculpture: Unconventional Materials
Nadia Martinez
Thursdays & Fridays 1pm - 4pm
Visualize and produce sculptures of different scales using a mix of unconventional and unusual materials. You’ll focus on design principles, repetition, contrast, rhythm, balance, and movement to create sculpture and/ or installations. Students are welcome to work with any kind of materials – whether new or old, purchased, recycled, or found. The instructor will be present on Thursdays.
$490

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Terracotta
Weixian Jiang
Saturdays 10am - 4pm
Learn the basic traditional technique of terracotta sculpture, including clay-work skills, modeling, and handling the process of the clay from wet to dry then baked in a kiln. Through demonstration and individual instruction, you will learn to make a complete sculpture in terracotta. Sculpture in a variety of styles will be encouraged. Open to all levels.
$550

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WATERCOLOR

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Watercolor: The Techniques
Michiyo Fukushima
Mondays & Thursdays 9am -12pm
Gain an understanding of traditional watercolor techniques: wet-into-wet, layering transparent washes and experimenting with various papers. The instructor— classically trained in portrait, figure, cityscape, and landscape—will demonstrate loose and controlled watercolor techniques. Teaching will be individually adapted to your direction and level.
$550

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Water Media
Bennett Vadnais
Tuesdays 4pm - 7pm
This class will introduce the materials and techniques of water media painting including watercolor, gouache and acrylic. Students will gain practical knowledge of water
based paint to achieve a wide range of effects (washes, opaque marks, dry brush, hatching, etc.) Vadnais will demonstrate how to take advantage of the quick drying and layering potential of the media. Students will learn how to properly varnish, store and care for their finished artwork. Besides the environmental and personal health benefits of a solvent-free working environment, water media offers great flexibility to suit one’s artistic vision. This class is suited to all levels. Previous drawing experience is recommended.
$300

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Watercolor: The Perception / Tuesday
Michiyo Fukushima
Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm
Perception as a source for imagery will be explored in this class. Formal elements of painting such as composition, tone, and color will be pursued while maintaining an appreciation for the immediacy and fluidity of watercolor. We will cover basic technique such as wet on wet, dry brush, color mixing by layers and so on. Individual attention demonstrations and group critiques will help each student develop their own voice. All levels are welcome, although prior drawing experience is helpful.
$200

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Watercolor: Composition and Tone
Elizabeth O'Reilly
Thursdays 1pm - 4pm
Work from still life and the model. Emphasis will be on massing in layered, transparent washes initially with a gradual buildup of detail through color and tone. The particular qualities of various pigments will be examined and incorporated to build up areas of transparency and opacity, with emphasis on composition and rhythm.
$300

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Creative Watercolor
Elizabeth O'Reilly
Thursdays 4pm - 7pm
This course will combine loose and controlled watercolor techniques focusing on both still life seasonal motifs which are in bloom and the model. A major focus will be on composition, color, and issues related to the mediums. Students will receive individual attention and instruction, as well as group critiques at the end of each class. There will be a brief demonstration for those who are unfamiliar with the medium.
$300

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Watercolor: The Perception / Saturday
Michiyo Fukushima
Saturdays 1pm - 4pm
Perception as a source for imagery will be explored in this class. Formal elements of painting such as composition, tone, and color will be pursued while maintaining an appreciation for the immediacy and fluidity of watercolor. We will cover basic technique such as wet on wet, dry brush, color mixing by layers and so on. Individual attention demonstrations and group critiques will help each student develop their own voice. All levels are welcome, although prior drawing experience is helpful.
$300

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