Loosen Up & Have Fun with Acrylics (Studio 119 @ The Tannery)

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. Her studio is at 17th Avenue and her work can be found on her website www.carrieclayden.com

Photo from one of Carrie’s Recent Classes

 

 

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

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Creative Approaches to the Human Form – Sunday Afternoons

This 6 week course for artists of all levels who are interested in capturing the gesture, movement and spirit of the elusive and endlessly fascinating human form.
Working with life models, we will make expressive marks with a wide variety of materials, from sticks and sponges to traditional charcoal  and graphite. This course will help you to see and interpret the figure in new and exciting ways.
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.

Make Your Colors Sing! (Studio 119 at the Tannery Location)

Develop your  creative voice through color and abstraction.
 Expand, intensify and enliven your use of color.

Abstract from nature with your own brushstrokes and marks and create your personal color ideas.Combining theory and practice,  for the first two weeks, we’ll explore hue, saturation, tone, and temperature through a series of experiments and small paintings in the water-based medium of your choice. (I will usually demo in acrylic or watercolor.)

After the first two weeks, you will work more independently on the  subjects of your choice, probably working from photographs. We will interpret these through color, tone, shape and space to step into abstraction with a focus on gorgeous color!

Special topics will include the colors of shadow, the colors of white, using complementary colors for bright impact and for mixing nuanced neutrals, choosing backgrounds, working wet-in-wet, glazing, and lots more.

I will provide basic materials on the first day,  but I would like you all to also bring the medium of your choice, probably Watercolor’s or acrylic, as well as your brushes and appropriate paper. A pad of  9″ x12″, 140lb watercolor or acrylic paper would be perfect.

Please note the new location for this class – Studio 119 at The Tannery.

           

Seana Mallen, MA has exhibited her work internationally in the US, England and Bahrain and has an MA in Drawing from Kingston University in the UK.  She has over 25 years experience teaching painting and drawing at university and adult education level and she loves to share her enthusiasm for painting.  To see more of Seana’s work, please visit her website at www.seanamallen.com.

 

 

Loosen Up & Have Fun With Acrylics (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

     Photo from one of Carrie’s recent classes

Introduction to Color Theory – 4 week class

Color is one of the most powerful tools in an artist’s tool kit, but it can also be complex and confusing. This four-week introductory color theory class will convey the fundamentals of working with color to students. Theory and practice will be combined to understand how colors relate to each other, basic terminology, and knowledge of color schemes. Color knowledge is a must for any artist, and the lessons from this course will apply across all mediums.

 

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 idea across multiple platforms, including painting, murals and more recently, caricaturing. Laurel’s teaching philosophy is one of openness to innovative ideas. Both her art and her teaching are fueled by inspiration from a broad spectrum of influences, while being fundamentally rooted in the fine art tradition

The Landscape in Watercolor

This studio course will focus on the materials and techniques of watercolor to explore the wealth of interesting shapes, patterns, textures, and abstractions that can be found in landscapes. Our class will learn how to apply the same aesthetic principles all artists use – shape, value, color, composition, material mastery (in this case, watercolor), to capture the essence of inspiring scenery.

 

 

 

 

 

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 artist for over 20 years, and a teacher for the past 15 years.   As a published illustrator, Cynthia has traveled and journaled extensively throughout her career. Clients include The New York Botanical Garden, The National Park Service, and The California Native Plant Society.

www.cynthiaarmstrongart.com

Pastel Studio 3 Week Series (Sept)

The perfect way to start the weekend….loosen up and have fun with pastels!  This will be a shorter series of 3 weeks. 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!

 

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

Plein Air Painting (Oil or Acrylics)

From the mountains to the sea, from slough to farm, join us painting on location throughout the Central Coast.  In this six-week series class you will learn the basics of using oils/acrylics with regard to, medium, brushwork as well as composition, color and value.  A location list will be provided closer to the class start.

               

Mac returns to the Santa Cruz Art League with over 30 years of teaching experience in a variety of mediums.  In addition to teaching at UCSC , he has also taught Plein Air, Figure/Life Drawing & Portraiture classes in Carmel and Pacific Grove and is part of the Art Faculty at Notre Dame High School in Salinas.  His artwork has been displayed at many galleries and he has been an Open Studios artist for the past 16 years.  Welcome back Mac!  

The Illustrated Journal

Journaling helps us to slow down to really see and appreciate the world around us. This course is designed for those who wish to learn the joy of being artfully present in the moment and wish to record their experiences in the form of an illustrated journal. The basic elements of watercolor, color pencil, pen and ink wash will be covered as well as the fundamentals of page layout and design to create a pleasing page. Drawing theory from Frederick Franck’s “Zen of Seeing,” and Betty Edward’s “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain,” will be presented to encourage us to tame the inner critic, free up creativity, and enjoy both the process and the product as we journal our experiences. 6 consecutive Tuesdays will give us time to explore techniques and build on what we learn. Some classes will be held outdoors, weather permitting, locations to be announced.

        

 

 

 

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 artist 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

 

 

Keeping A Nature Sketchbook

Sketching can be a pleasant and powerful tool for studying nature.  You don’t have to be an experienced scientist or an accomplished artist to be inspired to enjoy sketching and really ‘see’ the world around you.  Through regular recording of observations and your feelings and thoughts in response to them, you will come away with skills that open the door to endless possibilities to learn about the environment and it’s beauty.

 

         

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 artist for over 20 years, and a teacher for the past 15 years.   As a published illustrator, Cynthia has traveled and journaled extensively throughout her career. Clients include The New York Botanical Garden, The National Park Service, and The California Native Plant Society.

www.cynthiaarmstrongart.com