Refine your practice and strengthen your personal style by developing independent painting projects according to your own artistic vision under the close mentorship of Tom Hoffmann.
Using the work of historical and contemporary abstract painters as reference, you will focus on basic issues like composition, color, and technique, as well as more specific topics such as individual painting movements and the influence of other cultural media on abstraction.
Develop an understanding of transparent watercolor that allows you to make conscious choices regarding color, value, wetness, and composition before the brush ever touches the paper.
Work through a series of exercises and complete monochromatic and color paintings using still-life as your motif.
Explore techniques, tips, and special effects for creating deceptively simple expressive watercolor portraits in a relaxed studio environment with step-by-step demonstrations and discussions.
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The Final Josef Albers Color Class – Charles Emerson
Thursday | 1/17-3/21 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Search to find your personal aesthetics, manner, and style of painting as well as passion in this difficult, often confusing, and always challenging class of self-discovery and creativity.
Discover the art and practice of portraiture as you learn to compose from observation, acquire strategies for organizing visual information, and study historic precedents.
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Color For Painters- Kimberly Trowbridge
Friday | 1/18-3/22 | 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Explore rigorous color mixing and palette organization strategies, and how to apply that knowledge to observational studies as well as greatly improve your ability to perceive color relationships and to create equivalent analogies with oil paint.
Studying from a live model, you will focus on head, facial structures, and proportion and emphasize the economy of line.
Learn composition, color-mixing and brush handling while you explore how to paint tranquil water, running water and frothy waves.
Working from the still-life, landscapes and photographs, learn to individualize your painting process, better understand the variables of watercolor painting.
Learn the botanical artist’s classic method of dry-brush watercolor to paint all types of natural subjects, from birds to bones to botanicals.
In a step-by-step process, learn the methods of oil painting while exploring the still-life genre.
Independent mentoring for intermediate and advanced students providing feedback in a supportive and creative environment. The mentored studies group format is designed to provide a supportive peer community of emerging artists.
Explore the Early Flemish technique, which involves rendering the image in two major stages: underpainting and working up.
Develop a foundational knowledge of oil painting material and technique through hands-on exercises designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of oil painting.
There is more than one way to make a portrait painting, which is what this class is all about. You’ll begin making a self-portrait painting, followed by two more portrait paintings from live models.
Applying color theory principles and using specific exercises, learn methods for color mixing and layering.
Learn how to tap into and express your own inspiration and intuition, drawing from life experiences, imagination and memories–making each work unique and original.
There is no hard and fast formula for creating a good abstract composition, but there are guidelines to help you develop critical perception of what works and what doesn’t.
Learn how to work with a systematic and disciplined technique that is uniquely designed to gaining the ability to work quickly, and with precision, is key in your development as a painter.
A limited palette is very dynamic and will refine your understanding of color relationships. Practicing this way will help to sharpen your observation, and take your skill to a new level.
Trompe-l’oeil paintings “fool the eye” and offer the illusion that items painted exist as solid objects in the three-dimensional world: learn aspects of composition that make such illusions possible, and learn painting techniques to help realize them.
Learn magically easy techniques for creating expressive watercolor pet and animal portraits. Paint with loose illustrative strokes or hone in on your brush skills and watercolor techniques while painting your pet.
Discover how to integrate scientific knowledge with art-making fundamentals, techniques, and practices of the French Impressionist painters and move your artwork forward quickly and joyfully.
Explore various portrait painting techniques and approaches to creating an expressive painting with oils.
Work in oil paints and learn how to capture the most essential qualities of a portrait by painting broadly but accurately with the Alla Prima technique.
Find your voice and work directly from a still life set-up and explore various painting techniques and approaches to creating an expressive painting with oil.
Learn to capture the details of nature in watercolor: start with the basic techniques of watercolor starting with tonal sketches in pencil, then using masking fluid and wet-on-dry techniques to create layers of transparent color.
Focus on the creation of a still life with symbolic elements representing a specific person: paint from life from objects you bring and/ or from photos.
Work in oil paints and learn how to capture the most essential qualities of a figure by painting broadly but accurately while seeing the figure as a whole set into an environment.
Learn all the basic skills needed to work with the spontaneous and quick drying medium of acrylic paint successfully and with confidence.
Egg Tempera painting is an exceptionally beautiful and subtle painting medium that is said to date back to ancient Egypt: learn how to make “genuine traditional gesso panels” from scratch using glue and chalk; prepare handmade toned drawing paper for silverpoint drawing; grind and emulsify your own egg tempera paint; practice egg tempera painting techniques; make handmade transfer paper; and paint your first egg tempera painting.
This Winter Quarter build your artistic vocabulary as you work under the tutelage of Juliette Aristides, artist, author and instructor of the Aristides Atelier at Gage. The emphasis will be on skill building through working from life from both a model and a still life.
Working from the actual objects, learn how to incorporate information from other sources to transform what you see into something convincing, and yet invented under the guidance of master artist Clive Smith.
Focus on still life as a vehicle for approaching composition from a more personal perspective and for learning to see more clearly and deeply the tonal and spatial relationships that are the building blocks of painting from direct observation.
Be guided through a series of essential oil painting skills—including composition, how to set up the block-in, value relationships and hierarchy, modeling form in color with a focus on alla-prima and direct painting techniques.