Classes in Progress

(LIVE ONLINE) Essential Acrylic Techniques

Levels: Beginners

Instructor: Wayne Jiang

Offered: 6 Friday Sessions, beginning September 4 10:30am to Noon

Location: LIVE ONLINE

Learn acrylic painting in the comfort of your own home. We’ll use the Zoom videoconferencing system for this online painting class. The online class will have slideshow presentations, painting demos, paint along with Wayne, and critiques. Students will have access to download a video file of the painting demo to refer to later so they can paint along at home at their own pace.

This class is designed for anyone who is a beginner to acrylic. Acrylic is an incredibly versatile medium. It can be used in illustrated journals, textured abstract paintings, or traditional portrait paintings. Learning the essential techniques of acrylic painting can help improve any art project.

Topics and exercises include:

  • Mixing colors
    • Transitioning to acrylic from other mediums
    • Preparing painting surfaces for acrylic painting
    • Blending and brush stroke techniques
    • How to create a focal point using hard and soft edges
    • How to create subtle colors using a limited color palette
    • How to apply simple art theory and composition knowledge to improve your paintings

Students are responsible for knowing how to log into Zoom. Be sure to test logging in before the first class session. Students also need to know how to send email attachments of photos of their painting so they can receive feedback from the instructor.

(LIVE ONLINE) Spontaneous Watercolor Methods

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: 4 Friday sessions, 9/4. 9/11, 9/18, 9/25 2:00-3:30pm

Location: LIVE ONLINE

Fee: 120.00

 

This will be a new on-line workshop experience. The objective of the workshop is to learn many new and exciting ways to paint spontaneous watercolors. We will explore, experiment and nurture the creativity in each person participating. Robert likes to put fun into the process of painting. Along with his enthusiasm, and many new techniques, he will create an atmosphere for creative watercolor painting. Beginning, intermediate and accomplished watercolor painters are welcome!

Each class there will one or more painting exercises. Handout materials and some preparation instructions will be emailed to each student prior to each session. At the beginning of the session you will see examples of that days painting. Then you will watch Robert demonstrate that painting. Some of the days you will paint along with Robert, step by step.  There will be detailed explanations of all the painting exercises. Robert will look at each individuals endeavors and give valuable feedback.

Robert will bring to this class the same enthusiasm and energy you have experienced in his classroom workshops. You will gain from this workshop a new enthusiasm for watercolor painting and many new techniques and knowledge that you can use for a lifetime!

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting easy to learn and fun to practice for 40 years. A California artist and keynote speaker on subjects of creativity, he has authored: Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing, and The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, The Pocket Drawing Book, and articles on drawing and watercolor painting in American Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magazine. He has a bachelors degree in architecture from the University of Illinois and a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

Additional Instructions: New to classes on Zoom? • Each enrolled student will receive a Zoom invitation and password a few days day before the first session. • Please be set up and prepared to draw at the beginning of the class. Please log on early, so that we can begin the class on time. • Students will be able to ask questions in real-time during the class • A video recording of the class session will be posted to Dropbox with a link sent to each student to view at any time afterward.

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(LIVE ONLINE) Portrait Drawing, the Easy Way

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: 4 Thursdays 9/3, 9/10, 9/17. 9/24 2:00-3:30pm

Location: LIVE ONLINE

Fee: 120.00

 

You can easily learn to draw a portrait.  Don’t waste your time trying to learn to draw portraits from a book, or an expensive on-line course, the slow way—practicing bad habits that will frustrate and disappoint you.

If you have always wanted to be able to draw portraits of friends and family, know that your lack of success is not because you don’t have talent or artistic ability, or because you don’t practice enough.  Most people who try to draw faces practice the wrong way.  In this workshop you will learn how to do amazing drawings of faces.  You will surprise your friends and family and most important yourself.

You will learn the basics of portrait drawing—the good habits that will give you hours of fun and increase your ability, every time you draw.  You will learn:

  • easy to remember portrait proportions,
  • how to take advantage of lighting so that your faces don’t look flat,
  • how to place the face on the paper,
  • how to make your drawing quickly without a lot of fuss,
  • where to begin and how to proceed,
  • how to practice to increase your skill
  • a number of different media to use for the best results and much more.

No matter what your skill or background, this workshop will have you drawing faces and loving it.

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák, has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn for 35 years. He presents workshops and lectures on creativity, drawing, and painting.  He has taught right-brain drawing and painting methods for 35 years and is the author of  the  books: Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, Travel  Drawing and  Painting, The Pocket Drawing Book, and The Practice of Drawing as Meditation.

Additional Instructions: New to classes on Zoom? • Each enrolled student will receive a Zoom invitation and password a few days day before the first session. • Please be set up and prepared to draw at the beginning of the class. Please log on early, so that we can begin the class on time. • Students will be able to ask questions in real-time during the class • A video recording of the class session will be posted to Dropbox with a link sent to each student to view at any time afterward.

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(LIVE ONLINE) Watercolor Landscapes Session 2 – Class is Full!

Levels: All levels

Instructor: Cynthia Armstrong

Offered: 6 Friday mornings, beginning 8/28 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location: LIVE ONLINE

Fee: 170

This skill builder course is open to painters of all experience levels looking to better familiarize or advance their application of landscape views with watercolors. Participants will have the opportunity to build on their drawing skills, develop composition planning, and learn principles for simplifying and editing the landscape. Working with fluid color and expressive brushstrokes students will create landscape paintings full of life and energy.

Covered in the course:

  • Working with reference photos to compose a landscape painting
  • Editing using values as your guide
  • Color theory for vibrant colors
  • Using a variety of painting techniques to build a painting
  • Painting expressive skies
  • Painting demonstrations showing how Cynthia paints skies, trees, water
  1. Each enrolled student will receive a Zoom invitation and password the day before each class session.
    2. Students will be able to ask questions in real-time during the lecture and demo.
    3. A video recording of the class session will be posted to Dropbox with a link sent to each student to view at any time afterward in order to do the assignments.
  2. A separate Zoom meeting will be scheduled for Sundays for students to present work for live critique and feedback.

Additional Instructions: New to classes on Zoom? • Each enrolled student will receive a Zoom invitation and password a few days day before the first session. • Please be set up and prepared to draw at the beginning of the class. Please log on early, so that we can begin the class on time. • Students will be able to ask questions in real-time during the class • A video recording of the class session will be posted to Dropbox with a link sent to each student to view at any time afterward.

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