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Sci–Fi + Fantasy Illustration

January 14, 2019

Explore the techniques and principles of creating convincing science fiction and fantasy illustrations. We’ll cover character and costume design as well as inking and acrylic painting techniques. We’ll also discuss the creation and use of photo reference. Students will create at least one black and white character illustration and one color illustration with a background. […]

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Selfies! Mixed Media Exploration (Ages 13–14)- NEW

January 14, 2019

Delve into an exploration of your personal identity using a variety of media, including drawing, collage, acrylic paint and watercolor. We’ll paint a “traditional” self portrait, create a self portrait using torn paper, engage with creative writing. Throughout the class, we’ll focus on expressing personal identity, style, and voice!

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Sketchbooks: Techniques, Philosophies & Lifestyle – NEW

January 14, 2019

Make a simple new sketchbook or bring your own, discuss the philosophy of sketchbooks and learn how to use it to fuel your creativity and form a habit of sketching! Is your sketchbook about getting better at drawing or documenting your everyday life? Is it one long comic, a work of fine art, a place […]

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Stretch Your Own Canvases- NEW!

January 14, 2019

Stop wasting money on pre-stretched canvases and build your own. In this class you’ll learn how to assemble your own stretcher bars and stretch and prime canvases. Because you’re building your own painting surface, you can customize size and experiment with surface.

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The Alchemy of Lettering

January 14, 2019

Hand lettering is more than an art. There’s a science to lettering design. In this weekend workshop, illustrator and self–taught letterer Clara Cline will help you unlock the tips, tricks, tools and techniques of successful lettering style. We’ll cover the fundamentals of the hand lettering process, from the foundations of lettering design and honing your […]

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Understanding Color Through Oil Painting (Ages 15–18)

January 14, 2019

Develop an in–depth understanding of color theory using oil paint, one of the most time–honored art media in the western tradition. We’ll explore the theory and test it out through practical application. Knowledge of color theory is critical for artists working in any medium, so you’ll benefit from this class even if you’re not a […]

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The Traveling Sketchbook

January 14, 2019

Make a personalized sketchbook and explore strategies for using drawing, painting, collage and writing to turn your adventures into the best souvenir of all: a handheld work of art. Short field trips inside and outside VisArts (and a study of other artist’s sketchbooks) will provide source material and inspiration.

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The Portrait in Oil

January 14, 2019

Learn to quickly and powerfully capture an expressive portrait. We’ll paint primarily from photographs, which are great tools to enhance the way you see. We’ll cover setting up your palette, preparing your ground, getting your subject’s facial proportions right, mark making and other techniques. You’ll leave with an understanding of the portrait painting tradition as […]

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The Portrait in Oil

January 14, 2019

Learn to quickly and powerfully capture an expressive portrait. We’ll paint primarily from live models, which will enhance the way you see. We’ll cover setting up your palette, preparing your ground, getting your subject’s facial proportions right, mark making and other techniques. You’ll leave with an understanding of the portrait painting tradition as well as […]

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Visual Journaling

January 14, 2019

Are you a journaler who needs more than words to get your ideas down on paper? In this course, you’ll spend the first two weeks creating your own hand-bound visual journal. The rest of the course will focus on documenting your creativity using painting, drawing, collages, writing and more. Whether you’re new to art or […]

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Abstract Painting

January 14, 2019

Do you want to introduce abstraction to your paintings? Learn new ways to approach composition, color and process while finding new modes of painterly expression. We’ll work on new paintings in a self-directed manner, leaving plenty of time for one-on-one discussion and in-class critiques.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Oil Painting – New!

January 14, 2019

Learn the in’s and out’s of oil painting including palette development and color mixing, as well as how to choose and use a variety of supports. We’ll cover composition development and design, constructing an underpainting, using value and mixing and manipulating medium. You’ll also learn how to use a palette knife and create a variety […]

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Acrylic Collage Workshop

January 14, 2019

Create paintings using collage techniques. We’ll begin by creating a series of small media experiments with acrylic paint. Then we’ll incorporate those experiments into a larger collage on panel.

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Abstract Painting

January 14, 2019

Do you want to introduce abstraction to your paintings? Learn new ways to approach composition, color and process while finding new modes of painterly expression. We’ll work on new paintings in a self–directed manner, leaving plenty of time for one–on–one discussion and in–class critiques.

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Acrylic Collage Workshop

January 14, 2019

Create paintings using collage techniques. We’ll begin by creating a series of small media experiments with acrylic paint. Then we’ll incorporate those experiments into a larger collage on panel.

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Abstract Painting

January 14, 2019

Do you want to introduce abstraction to your paintings? Learn new ways to approach composition, color and process while finding new modes of painterly expression. We’ll work on new paintings in a self-directed manner, leaving plenty of time for one-on-one discussion and in-class critiques.

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Abstract Painting

January 14, 2019

Do you want to introduce abstraction to your paintings? Learn new ways to approach composition, color and process while finding new modes of painterly expression. We’ll work on new paintings in a self-directed manner, leaving plenty of time for one-on-one discussion and in-class critiques.

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Art by Accident (Ages 11–12)– New!

January 14, 2019

Use luck, chance and accidents to make art. We’ll experiment with an assortment of found materials, go on neighborhood walks, build sculptures, make paintings and create mixed media work as well.

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