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Class Registration is now open!  View The Current Class Schedule HERE

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Painting

It's Only Paper! Watercolor 

Instructor:  Nancy Colby

Advanced: This class is for those students who are generally pleased with their work but need critiques and an occasional direction along the way. Individual attention will be given to each student to help them with their specific needs. Instruction is tailored to fit each student’s needs and to convey direction in a meaningful way to each individual. The class will experience individual and group critiques as well as individual and group demos.

Beginner: Nancy also offers a seperate 'It's Only Paper' class for beginners. Call for details.

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Watercolor, Ink & Colored Pencil
Instructor:  Ron Sanders

Here is the opportunity to mix the power of black line with the energy of watercolors and the richness and texture of colored pencils. From technical linework to expressive forms, we will explore the emotional nuances of ink work, then lay on the color to bring life to our drawings.

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The Graphic Landscape
Instructor:  Ron Sanders

Learn to see and simplify the landscape into bright, bold, graphic shapes of color to create modern translations of our world. By learning how to simplify what we see, we will not only create lean and contemporary works of art, but we will also learn how to better understand shape, form and spacial relationships that will improve our more traditional work. This class is open to all colored media: oil, acrylic, landscape, pastel, marker, etc..

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Watercolor: Beginner & Intermediate
Instructor:  Patt Bacon

Learn about watercolor papers (types and weights), color (wheel and mixing), and brush techniques. Demonstrations are given on each phase of learning. You will also learn how background washes are done and how watercolor paints can be layered and still be translucent. Above all, you can have FUN doing it all!

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Watercolor- The Threee C's
Instructor:  Patt Bacon

Learn the 3 Cs ... Composition, Color and Contrast! Each session begins with a mini-lesson on one of these topics. There is a critique on works in progress or how to improve a completed work. Each person works at his or her own speed. The objective is that all learn and improve while enjoying themselves.  Advanced students.

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Watercolor Basics: All Levels
Instructor:  Jim Beech

Classes will begin with basic art concepts and a review of drawing, color, design and techniques. There will be weekly demonstrations and practice of fundamentals. The final weeks will be a student project of their choice including shortcuts, the use of photos and watercolor techniques revisited.

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Abstract Painting for Beginners
Instructor:  Beverly Yankwitt

In the beginners abstract class students will start with a discussion of the principles of design and composition. They will learn about the different types of media used in abstract art, the techniques that can be used and how to apply paint to paper or canvas to obtain a finished peice of art. Artwork will be critiqued as a learning tool for all students.

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Advanced Abstract Painting
Instructor:  Beverly Yankwitt

In this class, students will work on thier own designs using techniques previously taught. Emphasis in the class will be on composition and design principles. Contemporary and more difficult approaches to abstract art will be discussed. Critique of artwork will be done with class participation welcome. Students will be encouraged to develop thier own style of painting.

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How to Paint Like the Old Masters
Instructor:  Catherine Lucas

This class is designed to guide students through the process of developing a painting using the process of developing a painting using the traditional techniques of indirect painting.  This painting approach will begin with a drawing that is transferrred to the canvas and developed into a fully realized monochromatic under painting.  Next, thin layers of paint and glazes are applied to the under painting to achieve the effects of luminosity and depth of the old masters.  Students will work from their own still life setup with objects of their choosing.

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Egg Tempera Painting
Instructor:  Catherine Lucas
 
Egg tempera is beautifully suited for a broad range of painting styles from highly realistic to more decorative and stylized.  The medium dates back to the ancient Egyptians and is becoming increasingly popular with artists today.  The medium is unsurpassed in its luminosity.  It can be worked very broadly in washes or achieve the most minute detail in a painting.  Since egg tempera dries quickly, dozens of glaze layers and scumbles can be applied in a day.  Students will learn both traditional and contemporary approaches and techniques, putting to use the wide variety of effects that can be achieved.  Students will work from their own still life set up or images of their choosing.
 

Open Studio
Instructor:  Ron Sanders

An open studio setting for the exploration of any subjects, style or medium. Bring existing work to complete in class or begin new work or explore new directions. Students are welcome to paint landscape, still life, or portraits. The instructor will be available for critique and guidance as needed.


Acrylics
Instructor:  Ron Sanders

Learn the basic principles of working with acrylics. A fast drying water-soluble paint that becomes waterresistant when dry and combines some of the properties of oil and watercolor. Learn tips, techniques, with demonstrations and critiques.

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It's Only Paper! Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor
Instructor:  Nancy Colby

This class is designed for those students to have experience in watercolor but do not feel they have achieved everything they want to achieve. Individual attention is given to each student to fit their individual need. Each student will receive individual attention, demonstration and critique. The class will be given group critique and group demonstrations.

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Acrylic Painting 
Instructor: Kathleen Kelly

Acrylics class but open to oils and pastels focusing on using correct supplies and various approaches for each medium. Will also learn how to promote art on social media and Internet sale sites to step into the realm of selling multiple items from your work.  Demos and individual attention given.  All skill levels welcome. 
 
 

Portraits: People and Pets
Instructor: Kathleen Kelly

Working in pastels, oils or acrylics, (no watercolors please), create human portraits, pet portraits or animal paintings. Beginning with the breakdown of the human facial features, basic portraiture will be taught in charcoal and progression to the medium of your choice. Demos, along with personalized instruction by instructor well versed in animal portraiture and human portraits.


Oil Painting

Instructor:  Inez Hudson

The goals of this class vary with each student's individual objectives, while helping to eliminate the fear factor.  Whether you seek to improve basic skills or are a beginner, this class will focus on the independent study and refinement of your painting in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.  Instructor demostrations, combined with individual instruction and critique, are directed at improving the way each student "sees" subject, composition, and use of color.  Although some students may complete a painting, the focus is on learning and improving.  Students may bring unfinished pieces to complete or begin a new piece using a subject of their choosing.

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Paint, Paint, Paint- All Media Painting
Instructor:  Diane Mannion

Exercises,experiments, demos and hands on help to guide you on your creative journey no matter what your experience level is.  Join the fun playing with various mediums. All levels welcome! 


Watercolor Basic Concepts & Techniques
Instructor:  Don Melander

Landscape class using watercolor in a simplified manner. Scenes are depicted through identifiable shapes, a strong value system, composition and color. Don paints watercolors in a realistic style. His paintings often contain a building, barn, lighthouse, boat or other common man-made objects with the goal of preserving their individuality. Each session will begin with a demo and discussion on theory. Most of the session will then be devoted to the participants painting with individual help and instruction. Beginners are always welcome; separate classes for beginners and non-beginners.

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Oil Painting in the Neo-Impressionistic Style
Instructor: Margaret Egli Thomson

Learn the easy steps to oil painting in this style. How to create on a flat surface, three dimensions, distance, depth, light, and shadow. Your canvas can become a fascinating  colourful impression.  Let  me show you some hard earned short cuts to painting in oil; some ways to make a catching composition.  How to handle your paints, to mix your own colours, to store them, the art of using the energy between contrasting colours, how to use reflected light to your advantage and much much more. I am not interested to impose my style, rather to enhance yours and enable you to discover talents that can only be realized with painting. One cannot learn to be an artist but one can develop ones talent by painting painting and painting! Beginners and more experienced painters are welcome.  The course will not be just theory and I will give adequate painting demonstrations.

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Pastels

Dry Media Drawing
Instructor:  Robert Pavon

Learn to use dry chalk pastels to produce a portrait through value structure and facial structure. Learn to produce a likeness quickly.


Getting started with Pastels
Instructor:  Rosalie Mack 

Explore pastels, a rich and beautiful medium. Develop skills by layering and blending colors for a variety of looks and textures. Easily adaptable to your own style.

 

 

 

Drawing

Bamboo Pen & Ink Drawing
Instructor:  Linda Benson

Learn pen and ink drawing techniques using a bamboo pen with a focus on texture, balance and design. Bamboo pen and India ink are included.


Dare to Draw

Instructor:  Rosalie Mack

For All Levels. Want to learn to draw better? Develop a sharp eye, learn different drawing techniques, and experiment with a variety of drawing mediums. You will develop an eye for good composition, proportion, color, value, texture, contrast and variety.

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Introduction to Drawing
Instructor:  Rosalie Mack

 

Analyze and dissect shape relationships to draw any subject. Explore 3-dimensional form, primary shapes, positive and negative space, visual measuring for accuracy and perspective. Learn to render value and to simplify for quick sketching.

 


 

Paint & Draw like Famous Artists
Instructor:  Rosalie Mack

Discover how famous artists create amazing, impressive works and apply their ideas to your original concepts. Using your own compositions and the medium of your choice, create an original work in the style of one or more of the four artists studied. New techniques, creative concepts and ideas, mixed with FUN.

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Colored Pencil Drawing
Instructor:  Rosalie Mack

Explore drawing in colored pencil, a rich and beautiful art medium. Emphasis will be on learning to develop your work by layering and blending colors to develop a variety of looks and textures. This medium offers many opportunities for adaptation to your own personal style. 

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Charcoal Drawing
Instructor:  Robert Pavon

If you are new to art or ever wanted to learn how to get started then this is the class for you. Charcoal drawing was the first art form as early man would use it to depict the world around them on cave walls. This class will help the absolute beginner and even those with some experience. It is also the fundamental first step in a painting, or taken to finished stage can be a beautiful work by itself. You will learn in a small class with individual attention with focus on drawing the portrait using varying techniques.

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Figure Drawing
Instructor:  Robert Pavon

If you have an interest in learning how to draw the figure, then this is the class for you.   The human body is likely the most beautiful and most difficult subject to understand.  In this class you will learn the proper proportions and how to depict them.  We will start with gesture drawings as a warm up and move into longer poses as the class progresses.  This class will use pictures instead of live models.  Please note:  this class will show nudity for the work we are doing in class. Students must be 18 years of age or older.

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Right Brain Drawing
Instructor: Kathleen Kelly

Applying discoveries in brain research to the teaching of drawing skills, the student is presented a set of basic exercises to release creative potential and tap into the special abilities of the visual, perceptual right hemisphere of the brain. Basically, it’s a fun class which will show you how to gain the skills you always wanted, enhance creativity and artistic confidence.  

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Introduction to Colored Pencil
Instructor: Ron Sanders

Learn the basic principles of working with colored pencils, including, paper surfaces, types of pencils, sharpeners, erasures, and methods of application and style.

 

 

Art History & Appreciation

Appreciating Art 3-2-1
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nstructor:  Rosalie Mack

Adventure through time in Art. Each session devoted to one specific time period using multi-media presentations, fun-loving discussions and unlimited discovery: 3-Monet to Today; 2-Renaissance to Romance & Realism; 1-Caves to Cathedrals.

 

 

Open Studios

Life Drawing Studio
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nstructor:  No instructor for this studio

X-ercise your artistic muscle on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30! Join your fellow artists for Open Studio Life Drawing in Goff Gallery. Bring your pads, pencils, pastels or paints. Members only; $10 per class for model fee. Studio runs from October to May. Call 941-639-8810 for more information.


Portrait Studio
Instructor:  No instructor for this studio

Work on your portrait skills in your own medium at our weekly portrait studio in Goff Gallery. Studio runs all year. Different face model every week - male and female, young and mature. No pre-registration necessary; no formal instruction. Bring your own supplies.  Easels and stools are supplied. For VAC members only; $5 per class for model fee.