Courses

We offer courses in a wide variety of concentrations and schedules. Class dates & times are the same throughout our sessions. Explore our offerings below and click enroll to register.

 

 

CALENDAR 2017 - 2018

 

ALL MEDIA

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Advanced Studio
Maurizio Pellegrin
Mondays - 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 two days of the week.
$900


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
Kristy Gordon
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. Participant will be taken through a range of short and long poses to explore the gesture as well as the creation of highly finished drawings. There will be an emphasis on proportion, tone, structure and light on form. 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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Figure and Composition: Complete Traditional Skills
Edmond Rochat
Mondays - Wednesdays 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. The instructor will be present on Mondays and Wednesdays.
$780


MIXED MEDIA

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Painting and Drawing with Mixed Media
Michele Liebler
Mondays & Tuesdays 9am - 12pm
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.
$550


 

NEW MEDIA

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Visual Storytelling
Hall Powell
Mondays 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Produce videos from concept to completion, editing in Final Cut Pro X software. Previous students who have taken the course include journalists who want to up their game with structured video stories, vloggers and web series creators, filmmakers who want to create work they can submit to film festivals, a Ted Talks producer, academics who are developing new visual curricula, and political activists. We’ll also explore the crossover between fine art videos and commercial filmmaking. Hall Powell has directed, written for film and TV (NY I Love You, Law & Order, half-hour sitcom, TV movies). The course includes production breakdown preparation, editing theory, and a film history overview of directorial composition and innovation that can be applied to your work. Work together or individually to create your visual approach— we’ll cover storyboards, drawings, beat sheets and other structural tools. A final goal is the production of a polished video with a basic understanding of editing for picture with an emphasis on sound. Must have own portable external drive 1-2TB, 7200rpm to use in class and a phone camera or camera of your choice. Mac computers are available for use in class. All levels are welcome.
$375


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 / Wednesday
Eric Michelson
Mondays 7pm - 10pm
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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Advanced Total Painting
Maurizio Pellegrin
Wednesdays 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.
$360


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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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Contemporary Figure Painting
Kristy Gordon
Tuesdays & 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.
$550


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Figure and Composition: Complete Traditional Skills
Edmond Rochat
Mondays - Wednesdays 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. The instructor will be present on Mondays and Wednesdays.
$780


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Classical Painting: The Techniques
Eric Michelson
Wednesdays 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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Abstraction: Development of Language and Imagery
Peter Bonner
Wednesdays - 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 focusses 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 and Fridays.
$750


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Individual Painting: The Studio Practice
Davide Cantoni
Thursdays & Fridays 1pm - 4pm
This class will help you to start or continue the practice and criticism of painting. Open-ended exercises stimulate creative and technical growth, while individual instruction can help you develop your awareness of critical concepts. Students work individually with the instructor and then come together for a group discussion once a month. What does it take to be creative, self- expressive, conceptually sound and an innovator in today’s Art world? You will work to develop your personal project to create work that has both visual and conceptual impact. Please note that this class does not use a model. The instructor will be present on Fridays.
$550


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Abstract Painting: The Process
Cathy Choi
Fridays 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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Figure Painting / Saturday
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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Contemporary Still Life and Portrait for Beginners
Michele Liebler
Saturdays 9am - 12pm
Students in this course will explore and practice painting techniques to create exciting and compelling still lifes and portraits with oil paint. Traditional and contemporary approaches will be discussed while learning the fundamentals of color, form, composition, proportions, and perspective. Develop what it takes to make images happen and make them come alive. Experiment with different techniques step-by- step instruction in glazing, knife painting, dry brush, broken color, and wet-in-wet aint to enhance a personal creative expression. Students will be encouraged to do a series of paintings while elaborating on their own visual language. This course will help beginners and be informative to advance students.
$300


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Abstract Painting: The Essential
Christopher Rose
Saturdays 1pm - 4pm
Through classroom practice and art historical study students will begin to experiment with the How’s and Why’s of abstract painting. Students will research, share and discuss modern and contemporary works of art and discuss their relevance and importance in the ongoing dialogue of art history while developing their own body of work. Students will be introduced to a variety of experimental techniques and practices and be encouraged to work to develop their own methods of painting. Open to all levels.
$300


PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

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Theory and Practice in the Arts
Filippo Fossati
Thursdays 11am - 1pm
Develop the ability to view and critique art, awakening your capacity to understand artwork of different cultures, periods, and styles. In addition, you’ll learn how to develop a portfolio from the point of view of a gallery dealer, including materials, cover letters, content statements, and CDs. Visits to museums and galleries, as well as lectures on the history of art, video, and photography, will immerse you in New York City’s abundance of cultural possibilities.
$300


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The Business of Art
Filippo Fossati
Thursdays 3 - 5pm
In our dynamic art world, many artists are not prepared for the challenge of being the dealers of their own work. This experimental class will cover essential entrepreneurial skills, such as how to archive, promote, exhibit, curate, buy, and sell art. Learn about the various players in the art world, as well as how to prepare a portfolio and organize an exhibition. Tackle all aspects of the art business, ranging from loan agreements to shipping, insuring, storing, and marketing.
$300


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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.

Spring Session Fridays:

February 9th, March 9th, April 13th, May 11th 10:30am - 12:30pm
$290


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Online Tools for Artists
Nadia Martinez
Tuesdays 4:15pm - 6:15pm
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


PRINTMAKING

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Printmaking: Intaglio, Monoprint and New Experiences
Kathy Caraccio
Mondays & Tuesdays 9:30pm - 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 - Wednesdays 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 and Tuesdays.
$780


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Intro to Printmaking
Kathy Caraccio
Mondays & Tuesdays 4:30pm - 7:30pm
This hands-on class will introduce basic techniques and tools, encouraging students to develop individual projects in mediums including drypoint, monotype, chine colle, carborundum, color viscosity, paper lithography, and embossment. We will handle and discuss fine art, Western, and Asian papers. 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!
$550


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Techniques of Printmaking
Taka Maruno
Wednesdays 4 pm - 7 pm
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
Karen Lindsay
Thursdays 12:30pm - 4:30pm
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


SCULPTURE

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Sculpture: Portrait
Weiqing Yuan
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: Remixing the Ordinary
Nadia Martinez
Thursdays & Fridays 9:30am - 12:30pm
Explore the transformative qualities and learn to use inexpensive and even disposable materials to transform the ordinary and familiar into the extraordinary. With an emphasis on “play,” you will work with discarded materials including textiles, vinyl, Styrofoam, cardboard, and a range of industrial remnants while expanding your visual vocabulary and developing a professional art practice. Learn about contemporary artists and processes and experiment to develop a coherent, gallery-ready body of work. The instructor will be present on Thursdays.
$490


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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
Weiqing Yuan
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


WATERCOLOR

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Watercolor: The Techniques
Weiqing Yuan
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


Watercolor: Still Life, Model, Life
Kamilla Talbot
Tuesdays 4pm - 7pm
Making watercolors from observation, we will turn our perception into images. Students will work from the still life and from the model. Formal elements of painting such as composition, tone, and color will be pursued while maintaining an appreciation for the immediacy and fluidity of watercolor. Individual attention 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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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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Watercolor: The Perception / Wednesday
Michiyo Fukushima
Wednesdays 7pm - 10pm
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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Watercolor: The Exploration
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