Classes in Progress

(LIVE ONLINE) Portraits in Watercolor

Levels: All

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: Fridays, November 13-December 18 2-3:30pm

Location: LIVE ONLINE

Fee: $150.00

PAINTING PORTRAITS IN WATERCOLOR THE EASY WAY 

You can learn to paint a portrait in watercolor. If you have always wanted to be able to paint portraits in watercolor with success join this workshop!  Most people who try painting portraits don’t know how to begin, and end up practicing the wrong way.  In this workshop you will learn good habits that will give you hours of fun and increase your ability, every time you paint a portrait. Robert will demonstrate:

  • easy to remember portrait proportions,
  • the best approach for painting a watercolor portrait,
  • which colors to apply first, second, etc.
  • what colors to use for different skin tones,
  • how to keep your paintings fresh and glowing,
  • what colors to use for the shade and shadow for the different skin tones.
  • How to paint the eyes and mouth so that they look alive.

No matter what your skill or background, this class will have you painting watercolor portraits with satisfaction in no time.

Materials: 2 HB No. 2 pencils, a kneaded eraser, watercolor paper 140# cold pressed, brushes–#10 or #12. or a Chinese calligraphy brush, a cotton rag. a watercolor palette. Bring to the first workshop at least two color photos to paint.

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák, has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn for 35 years. He s the author of  the  books: Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, Travel  Drawing and  Painting, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation and The Pocket Drawing Book.

Additional Instructions: Zoom videoconferencing system will be used for this online class. You will receive the Zoom link about a week before the first day of class. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with Zoom and test logging in before the first session. Please log in 10-15min in advance to allow the class to start on time. A recording will be emailed to you within 1-2 business days after the end of the class.

(LIVE ONLINE) Mindful Drawing

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Robert Regis Dvorák

Offered: Thursdays, November 12, 19 & December 3,10,17 (except for November 26) 2-3:30pm

Location: LIVE ONLINE

Fee: 150.00

The purpose of this workshop is to learn to become more mindful in our daily life through the relaxing process of making drawings in fun, imaginative and creative ways. You will not only learn to draw well but also learn to practice habits that will help you control your mental focus and to attention.  You will make drawings in a relaxed, conscious, and aware state that is optimum for the drawing experience–a state similar to meditation–a state of restful alertness. Mindful drawing and meditation are mutually beneficial for physical, mental, spiritual and creative growth. You will learn to relax, have fun, and be present as you draw without an agenda for success and the fear of failure. You will find that drawing can become pure enjoyment.  Some of the many benefits of this workshop are:

  • Improved drawing skill
  • New drawing techniques
  • A sense of peace
  • Focused attention-mindfulness
  • Finding your creative voice
  • Seeing with the heart and hand
  • Stillness of being

Through a variety of fascinating methods and subjects you will experience how easy and enjoyable drawing can be in this new and innovative workshop.

 

Materials:  A  12” x 9” drawing pad or 11” x 8.5” #80 paper. Recommend a Big Grip Rollerball Pen .7mm, Pilot Precise V5 pen .5mm, Higgins Non-waterproof India Ink, a B5 Speedball pen point and holder, a watercolor brush #10 or #12 or a Chinese Calligraphy Brush. Black and white handouts will be emailed and students will be required to print them out and have them for each session.

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák, an artist and popular speaker on subjects of creativity in business and education, has been teaching drawing and watercolor painting for 28  years.  He has authored five books on drawing and watercolor painting:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing Without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing, and The Practice of Drawing As Meditation.

 

Additional Instructions: Zoom videoconferencing system will be used for this online class. You will receive the Zoom link about a week before the first day of class. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with Zoom and test logging in before the first session. Please log in 10-15min in advance to allow the class to start on time. A recording will be emailed to you within 1-2 business days after the end of the class.

(LIVE ONLINE) Introduction to Gouache

Levels: Beginners

Instructor: Cynthia Armstrong

Offered: Fridays, November 6 - December 4 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: LIVE ONLINE

Fee: 150.00

Gouache is an under-appreciated watercolor medium that has amazing versatility and can transcend the boundaries of many other mediums. It can wash like watercolor, blend like an opaque oil, and dry brush like acrylic. In this series class, each week Cynthia will provide an- depth look into the nature and versatility of gouache.

Offering a variety of techniques that capitalize on gouache strengths, while mitigating challenges, students will come away with a deepened understanding of gouache handling capabilities. Instruction, demos, in class exercises and homework assignments will explore it’s many strengths, from reintroducing lights (highlights) and delicious velvety matte finish, to intensely rich pigments and luscious handling.

Separate critique sessions to be scheduled for review of homework.

Materials List:

Gouache in tubes:

• Permanent White • Cadmium yellow • Yellow ochre
• Cadmium red

• Alizarin crimson • Spectrum violet • Ultramarine blue • Cerulean blue

• Burnt umber • Burnt sienna

Other colors will be introduced to tempt you…but the above list will get you where you need to go.

Brands suggested: Winsor Newton, M.Graham, Schminke, Holbein (NOT the Acryla Gouache!)

140 lb cold press watercolor block (any size up to 9 x12), Or Cottonwood Arts laminated cold press boards (available online at cottonwoodarts.com)

Watercolor/acrylic brushes: #8 pointed round, 1/2 & 1 inch flats; selection of various size brushes for detail work (will discuss in class first day).

Additional Instructions: Zoom videoconferencing system will be used for this online class. You will receive the Zoom link about a week before the first day of class. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with Zoom and test logging in before the first session. Please log in 10-15min in advance to allow the class to start on time. A recording will be emailed to you within 1-2 business days after the end of the class.

(LIVE ONLINE) Essential Acrylic Techniques

Levels: Beginners

Instructor: Wayne Jiang

Offered: 6 sessions on Fridays - October 23-December 4 (no class 11/27) 10:30am-12:00pm

Location: LIVE ONLINE

Fee: $170.00

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.