Fundamentals of Realism I- Evening Series (Studio 119 @ Tannery Arts Center)

Over the course of this class, students will learn fundamental elements of realism drawing, composition and technique. Emphasis will be placed on how to be organized and have flexibility in the drawing process. These skills will translate across media and help students create any type of artwork they choose to in the future. After completing the class, students will have tools to successfully create skillful drawings, ways to make their compositions interesting and effective, and inspiration to go home and make great work on their own.

 

 

Laurel Bushman is a Santa Cruz based artist whose love for drawing began as a teenager when she first encountered figurative realism. As a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Laurel studied painting, drawing and art history. Using her understanding of foundational drawing techniques has allowed Laurel to express her ideas across multiple platforms, including painting, murals and more recently, caricaturing. Laurel’s teaching philosophy is one of openness to innovative ideas. Both she art and her teaching are fueled by inspiration from a broad spectrum of influences, while being fundamentally rooted in the fine art tradition.

 

 

*This class is being held at the Tannery Arts Center in Studio 119, NOT at the Art League*

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Female Golden Age Masters Studies (Studio 119 @ Tannery Arts Center)

Satisfy your vintage taste buds in a tasty concoction of painting techniques, layout tips, color theory, and art history: Recreate the whimsical aesthetic of the Golden Age in luminous watercolor and gouache, and regal ink lines. This series features separate masters study projects by four fabulous female illustrators—Kate Greenaway, Beatrix Potter, C. M. Barker, and Jessie Wilcox Smith! Feel free to wear your snoods and fascinators, park your brushes here, and let the retro art adventures begin!

Detailed syllabus available by clicking the blue “Download Materials List” link below.

 

Hajra Meeks is an Author-Illustrator, fine artist, and Lecturer from the Bay Area. She has a BSc in Physics from the Univ. of San Francisco, an MSc in International History from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and a Picture Book Certificate from the MA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was a Lecturer in Art History, International History, and Calculus at UC Merced for 4 years, and has taught watercolor, gouache, and ink in-person and online for a decade. Her Youtube channel currently has 1.5 million views, her art has been in exhibitions in Union City, Mariposa, Vermont, Santa Clara, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Merced (where it was viewed by First Lady Michelle Obama), and she had a successfully funded online Kickstarter campaign for an environmentalist picture book about the real wolf OR-7. She also collaborates on digital, interactive Data Visualization projects that combine art and information. Currently, she’s teaching at SCAL, SCMNH, and via Patreon. You can learn more about her artwork and instruction at http://hajrameeks.com 

 

*This class is being held at the Tannery Arts Center in Studio 119, NOT at the Art League*

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Pastel Studio (July-Aug)

The perfect way to start the weekend….loosen up and have fun with pastels!  Using expressive marks and color we will paint vibrant landscapes and still life. The essentials of pastel painting will be covered including approaches and methods of application, pastels from hard to soft, surface possibilities, color theory and under painting. Demos, problem solving, and lots of individual instruction are included. This class is appropriate for both beginners in pastel and those who are experienced with the medium. Just bring whatever pastels you may have and explore the possibilities of this versatile medium!

**NO CLASS Friday 7/26/19**

 

 

 

Instructor Joan Hellenthal, BA Fine Art Brown University, MA Fine Art SJSU; CA credentialed art instructor, painter and mixed media artist who exhibits in many private and corporate collections inc. MAH, UCSC and Open Studios. joanhellenthal.com

Loosen Up & Have Fun with Acrylics (Studio 119 @ Tannery Arts Center) (July-Aug)

Painting from the heart and loosening up are fundamentals of this class. We work fast and loose, layering our canvas with color, blocking in shapes, and adding definition to create a beautiful masterpieces. I want to introduce you to the fun of paint, we will use spray bottles and drip, splat, brush,even use our hands to create magic. We work on several canvases at a time, producing much work. The more you make, the better the results. Themes change every session. Many students repeat the class as it gives them a valuable critique of their work, and time and space to commit to a regular art practice.

Members  Instructor: Carrie Clayden is a professional artist and teacher. Carrie graduated from UCSC in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Fine Art in 1995.  www.carrieclayden.com

 

 

 

*This class is being held at the Tannery Arts Center in Studio 119, NOT at the Art League*

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Traditional Figure Drawing (July-Aug)

Drawing can be described as an inquiring investigation into visible appearance, and the learned discipline should never exclude the potential for free and spontaneous input. Intuition, feelings and impulse are essential elements to the personal development of drawing skills. This class offers an opportunity to really look at the form, structure, spaces and surfaces of the nude figure and seek a unique and individual expression of making what we see visible. Increasing our knowledge and extending our ability is an ongoing and continuous process to which everyone is invited! Please join our quest for improvement and ways to make different or better drawings. This class is limited to 14 students per class so sign up today!

Instructor Susie Wilson has a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design (UK), a degree in Illustration and an HNDBTEC degree in Education, also in the UK. She taught Life Drawing at the Norfolk Institute and was a college lecturer in the subject at the Norwich School of Art. Since arriving in America she has taught private and group classes for approximately 20 years, and has participated in Open Studios.

Introduction to Figure Drawing (July-Aug)

This is a small group to begin a study of the human form from a live model. Immerse yourself in an intimate and comprehensive introduction to the art of REALLY seeing. This class is limited to 14 students per class so sign up today!

 

Instructor Susie Wilson has a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design (UK), a degree in Illustration and an HNDBTEC degree in Education, also in the UK. . She taught Life Drawing at the Norfolk Institute and was a college lecturer in the subject at the Norwich School of Art. Since arriving in America she has taught private and group classes for approximately 20 years, and has participated in Open Studios.

Beginning Watercolors-Fridays

This class is aimed at familiarity of  Materials, as well as why to chose them.  In the 6 weeks, we  will endeavor to produce 6 pieces of frame-able art.  Each session will comprise of an instructor demo on which a painting will be based.

*NO CLASS 8/2/19*

Instructor Linda Lord is a self-trained artist and illustrator with over 16 years teaching experience in her studio and via the SC Watercolor Society; an Open Studio artist whose exhibits include Cozumel, Mexico. Linda also publishes with a decorative art publisher.

Watercolor Techniques

Watercolor has the reputation for being difficult. It can cause frustration, defeat, and disappointment, especially for those just starting out. Having a solid understanding in the bedrock basics can instill confidence and, dare we say it, enjoyment! Learn the fundamentals of watercolor in this limited series class with instructor, Cynthia Armstrong. Students will gain a solid understanding of all things watercolor: papers and brushes, watercolor paint properties, color theory, simple and alternative application techniques and more.

 

 

 

Cynthia Armstrong holds a graduate degree from UC Santa Cruz in Science Illustration and a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University.  She has been a freelance illustrator and artists for over 20 years, and a teacher for the past 15 years. Cynthia, as a published illustrator, has traveled and journaled extensively throughout her career. www.cynthiaarmstrongart.com

Draw In, Draw Out

Innovative approaches to seeing and drawing for first time beginners and artists of all levels.
Draw out your creativity and your artist’s voice.
Open your artist eye and develop your drafting skills.
If you have ever said, “I can’t draw“, then this is the place to start!
If you are a practicing artist in a bit of a rut, or feel limited by shortcomings in your drawing ability, this is time to rejuvenate and create.
Starting with your eye before your hand, we will employ techniques to see as an artist sees.
 We work mainly from still life and a few photographs in a wide variety of black-and-white media, including graphite, charcoal, India ink, and more. Through a  range of approaches, including gesture and contour drawing, we will explore line, shape, space, form and tone. You’ll be drawn into new ways of seeing and you’ll create work that will amaze you!
Seana received her MA in Drawing  in London and has been privileged to work with some of the most renowned teachers in England. She  shares their ideas and her own enthusiasm for life drawing  with humor and lots of one-to-one instruction.