Calendar 2019 - 2020
Fall Session 1: Sept 16 - Nov 9, 2019
Fall Session 2: Nov 11 - January 25, 2020
Thanksgiving Break: Nov 25 - Nov 30, 2019
Winter Break: Dec 23 - Jan 4, 2019
Spring Session 1: Jan 27 - Mar 21, 2020
Spring Break: Mar 23 - Mar 28, 2020
Spring Session 2: Mar 30 - May 23, 2020
Painting: The Essential Elements
9:30am - 12:30pm
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.
Classical Painting: The Techniques
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.
Advanced Total Painting
9:30am - 12:30pm
Explore a variety of media in this intensive, transformative learning experience for artists ready to work at the professional level. Encouragement of exploration of materials, conceptual study, and studio activity will be the base of your practice with guidance from the instructor. You’ll be encouraged to use any technique to embark and sustain your own individual projects.
Figure: Painting the Model in Costume, with a Focus on Portrait
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. We will be using a refined non-toxic linseed oil in this class as an oil painting medium to achieve the same results as regular toxic painting mediums. We do not allow mineral spirits or toxic mediums like Liquin in the class. Open to all levels.
Abstract Painting: The Process
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.
Figure and Portrait Painting
10am - 1pm
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.
Painting the City
1pm - 4pm
This all-media painting class will meet in Central Park and other outdoor sites to sketch views of the city. The emphasis will be on building a composition quickly, based on the effects of sunlight and the way it reveals the gestures of nature and the urban environment. Basic color mixing and sighting methods will be covered before moving on to dynamic composition and the playing of masses against details. Oil paints, gouache and watercolor are all acceptable media for the class. Please note you’ll need an easel for oil paints, or a stool if you’ll be working seated with watercolor. In case of rain, we’ll work in the studio from still life. Everyone in class will be notified the evening before about our meeting place.
5:30 to 8:30 pm
In 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 with 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.
Tools and Techniques of Contemporary Figure Painting
9:30am - 12:30pm
This course will progress from the observation and analysis of painting the live model, to
the integration of imagination and personal expression into your work. We will analyze and discuss the reappropriation of classical techniques by contemporary masters, and explore the introduction of new techniques to the genre of oil painting. Experimentation in method is married with a focus on developing a solid framework of research, planning, and execution. Class discussions, lectures, demonstrations, and individual feedback guide students through the mastery of foundational techniques to the incorporation of the more inventive, introducing splatter, masking, scraping, stamping, texture, and transfers to contemporary figure painting. Open to all levels.
Combining the Abstract and the Figurative
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Experiment with different techniques throughout this workshop to create an abstract figurative painting. Explore the properties of acrylic paint and various acrylic mediums. Composition, textures, layers, and design will be examined. There will be a drawing practice from a live model to refine your concept
and composition. Basic color mixing skill is required.
Contemporary Figure Painting
9:30am - 12:30pm
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.
Abstraction: Development of Language and Imagery
Thursday 9am - 4pm and Friday 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 these ideas into coherent images. Artists are encouraged to work from source material that is personal to them and to engage in a dialogue with contemporary exhibiting artists whose work is relevant to their own. It is anticipated that each artist will develop a deeper understanding of their own inclinations and the role they play in the creation of their artwork with the ultimate goal of developing a coherent body of work. The class is open to all levels. The instructor will be present on Thursday and Friday mornings.
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 de emphasizing distracting details to construct a compelling image. All levels welcome.