FALL 2017 QUARTER:
SEPTEMBER 5 - NOVEMBER 11, 2017

REGISTRATION TIMELINE

Pre-registration: July 24 - 30 (Open to Summer 2017 students only, with priority registration link)
General registration: July 31 - August 27
Late registration: Begins August 28 (Additional late fee $15 per class and/or workshop)

Please note: All classes are limited to 12 students, unless otherwise noted. Classes are for students 17 and older, unless instructor consent is given. All classes have a recommended list of materials which students are responsible for purchasing. Materials lists can be downloaded here. Lab fees do not include materials.

By registering for a class at Art League Houston, you agree to the Art League School policies. Refunds or credits will only be issued for students that officially withdraw – with filled student drop form – before the first scheduled class meeting. No refunds or credits will be given after the first class meets. Before registering for any class, carefully read the Art League School policies by clicking here.

HOW TO REGISTER

Online:  Register here at www.artleaguehouston.org/classes
Phone: Students may register by calling Art League Houston at 713-523-9530 during regular office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Only credit card payment will be accepted over the phone.
In-Person: Registration can be completed by visiting us at 1953 Montrose Blvd. during office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM.


3d and sculpture
Jewelry Construction: Beginning – Advanced (S-1)

Mary Rogers
All levels
Monday evening, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 11 – November 6
9 weeks
$335 members / $370 non-members

This class covers jewelry construction techniques including: piercing, drilling, soldering, riveting, forging reticulation and roller printing as well as hydraulic forming. Advanced topics may include granulation, jewelry rendering, and blanking. In this class there is a strong emphasis on problem solving which helps students develop a personal design vocabulary. Multi-level classes allow new students to see a variety of advanced techniques and applications. Individualized instruction allows students to progress at their own pace.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

Investigation and Experimentation in Clay (S-2)

Susan Budge
Intermediate / Advanced
Tuesday afternoon, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 5 – November 7
10 weeks
$360 members / $395 non-members

We will work on individual proposals and personal investigation. Depending on the proposals, I will introduce techniques and materials for experimentation. Emphasis will be placed on sculptural techniques and concepts. Projects, demos, and discussion will be directed at students who have previously taken a class with me or have taken basic hand building and are interested in exploring a focused independent goal. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 5 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL


Classical Figure Drawing (D-1)

Polly Liu
Beginner / Intermediate
Monday afternoon, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
September 11 – November 6
9 weeks
$300 members / $335 non-members + additional live model fee

In this class, students are introduced to French Atelier training to draw the human figure. The method of sight size, a fundamental scale system, is used to reproduce the figure accurately. Students work from a live model focusing on outline, proportion, shadow, shape, and value. The model fee is due the first day of class and varies according to class size. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 6 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

Classical Figure Drawing (D-2)

Polly Liu
Beginner / Intermediate
Tuesday morning, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September 5 – November 7
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members + additional live model fee

In this class, students are introduced to French Atelier training to draw the human figure. The method of sight size, a fundamental scale system, is used to reproduce the figure accurately. Students work from a live model focusing on outline, proportion, shadow, shape, and value. The model fee is due the first day of class and varies according to class size. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 6 students.

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Fundamentals of Portraiture (D-3)

Lucinda Cobley
All levels
Tuesday morning, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 5 – November 7
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members + additional live model fee

During the Italian Renaissance artists made drawings on paper using combinations of red, black and white chalk and ink as studies of the human form in preparation for their painting compositions. Sensitivity to proportion, form, line and texture were of great importance. This class will assist in helping to describe the basic anatomical form of the human head, including bone structure, muscles, skin tone and hair by referencing historical techniques. We will study the relationship of the head, neck, and shoulders and also attempt to capture a range of facial expressions in numerous quick sketches and drawings in Conté crayon and ink wash, (plus experiments with graphite and charcoal), on white and toned papers. A life model fee will be required for 8 out of the 10 sessions and will be split equally among participants.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

Drawing What You See: Level 2 (D-4)

Sasha Dela
Intermediate
Tuesday afternoon, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 5 – November 7
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members

This class will allow students to more accurately draw what they see. It is designed as a continuation of the beginning level Drawing What You See. Students will continue to implement the measuring technique and applying it to drawing the figure, landscapes, buildings, and objects. The class will work on site drawing interior and exterior architecture as well as drawing the figure. The course will complete with a creative series of self-directed drawing projects. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

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Drawing What You See (D-5)

Sasha Dela
Beginner / All levels
Tuesday evening, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 5 – November 7
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members

This class will allow students to more accurately draw what they see. Students will learn and implement a specific measuring technique that can be applied to drawing the figure, landscapes, buildings and objects. The first part of the class will be focused on learning technique and adding drawing skills. The class will then use the techniques in a more personal and creative series of self-directed drawing projects. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

Basic Drawing 101 (D-6)

Myke Venable
Beginner
Thursday morning, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 7 – November 9
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members

Using basic materials, students will explore the fundamentals of drawing. Through various hands-on activities and class discussions, this course will touch upon observation, shapes, volume, value, line and texture. This class is intended for students with little or no previous drawing experience or those that want to sharpen their fundamental skills.

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Intermediate Drawing (D-7)

Myke Venable
Intermediate
Thursday evening, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 7 – November 9
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members

Intermediate Drawing is for the student with some knowledge of shape, volume, value, line and texture. We will work from still life objects, portrait photographs and cover basic linear perspective. The materials we will use will range from graphite pencils, charcoal pencils and Prismacolor on paper. The intention of this class is to build a stronger foundation in drawing.

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Basic Drawing 101 (D-8)

Myke Venable
Beginner
Saturday morning, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 9 – November 11
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members

Using basic materials, students will explore the fundamentals of drawing. Through various hands-on activities and class discussions, this course will touch upon observation, shapes, volume, value, line and texture. This class is intended for students with little or no previous drawing experience or those that want to sharpen their fundamental skills.

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Intermediate Drawing (D-9)

Myke Venable
Intermediate
Saturday afternoon, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 9 – November 11
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members

Intermediate Drawing is for the student with some knowledge of shape, volume, value, line and texture. We will work from still life objects, portrait photographs and cover basic linear perspective. The materials we will use will range from graphite pencils, charcoal pencils and Prismacolor on paper. The intention of this class is to build a stronger foundation in drawing.

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Drawing with Silverpoint (D-10)

Laura Spector
Intermediate / Advanced
Saturday afternoon, 1:30 – 4:30 PM
September 23 and 30
2-day workshop
$105 members / $140 non-members

Silverpoint is a permanent mode of mark-making used since the early Renaissance. Some of the earliest examples of silverpoint drawings come from the 14th century when it was commonly used in manuscripts. Artists such as Leonardo DaVinci, Raphael, Rembrandt and Cennini often employed this method of drawing with metal to create highly archival works, many have lasted over 500 years. This 2-day workshop will simplify the silverpoint process. Students will learn the basics of how to prime and tone paper, create various marks using silver tips and explore how contemporary artists are experimenting today with this re-discovered material. The workshop subject matter will be small objects observed from nature.

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Drawing with Metaphysical Concepts (D-11)

Myke Venable
All levels
Monday evening, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Monday, October 23, 30 and November 6
3-day workshop
$130 members / $165 non-members

With the use of basic drawing skills, this workshop will explore metaphysical concepts that relate to color therapy, universal geometry, fractals, mandalas, as well as, other multidimensional subjects.

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Collage / Mixed Media (MM-1)

Sasha Dela
All levels
Monday afternoon, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
September 11 – November 6
9 weeks
$300 members / $335 non-members

Through the exploration of artists’ work in collage as well as hand-on experimentation this class will give students a chance to become familiar with the elements and ideas involved in collage and mixed media works. Collage has a relationship to photography and found object sculpture, as well as painting and drawing. It is a rich medium, full of possibilities. This class will experiment with materials, and construction techniques for working with and creating collage.

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Imaged Spaces: From Collage to Painting (MM-2)

Erin Joyce
All Levels
Monday evening, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
September 11 – October 9
5 weeks
$205 members / $240 non-members

In this course students will cultivate ways to find and combine source material to create imagined spaces. We will utilize the principles of perspective, light sources, and unity to bring separate objects, figures, and spaces together into one painting or drawing. Sources could include (but are not limited to) personal photos, found images, media images, dreams or memories. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

THIS CLASS IS CLOSED

Clothed Figure Drawing in Color and Mixed Media (MM-3)

Lucinda Cobley
All levels
Tuesday evening, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 5 – November 7
10 weeks
$335 members / $370 non-members + additional live model fee

Students will practice drawing from the clothed model using colorful mixed media techniques with color pencil, pastel, and water-based paint. Beginning with basic anatomy of the human form, we will develop shape, structure, and proportion.  Students will use implied drawing methods before exploring how to use color effectively. Details such as texture, folds, pattern, and garment shape in relationship to the human form are frequently discussed. Throughout the course, there are helpful references to historical and contemporary artist’s techniques and approaches. The model poses range in length from under one minute for fast sketches to longer, more studied poses of thirty minutes. This course is suitable for beginners with some drawing experience. The model fee will be split between participants.

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Collage Workshop (MM-4)

Caroline Graham
All Levels
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22
2-day workshop
$170 members / $205 non-members

We will take a look at the history of collage from Braque and Matisse to our own Houston collage artist and designer Jerry Jeanmard and Austin-based artist Lance Letscher. Working through design and color we will produce abstract and representational pieces adding text or paint where needed.

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Serious about Silkscreen (PR-1)

Alexander Squier
All levels
Monday evening, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 11 – November 6
9 weeks
$320 members / $355 non-members

This course will focus on learning and expanding on fundamental techniques, while focusing on developing and executing personal projects. The course will consist of three technical demonstrations: The first will cover photo-emulsion and the use of cut paper, digital transparencies and hand drawn / painted transparencies to create photo stencils. The second will cover reductive printing with screen filler and drawing fluid, and the third will introduce monoprinting techniques. Possibilities for projects are very open, beyond printing and edition, some examples include printing posters, zines or books, textiles, printing on wood, packaging design, foldable prints, etc. The class is open to all levels of experience; the instructor will work one on one with all students to help execute their projects.

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Classical Figure Painting in Oil (P-1)

Polly Liu
Beginner / Intermediate
Monday morning, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September 11 – November 6
9 week
$300 members / $335 non-members + additional live model fee

In this class, students begin painting in grisaille – painting executed entirely around monochrome and usually in shades of gray or brown – to eliminate the problems of color and value and to concentrate on accuracy of drawing and the effects of light. The second part of the class utilizes a limited palette, allowing students to explore and understand the harmony and unity of light. The model fee is due the first day of class and varies according to class size. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 6 students.

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Color Theory for Beginner (P-2)

Cary Reeder
All levels
Monday morning, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 11 – October 30
8 weeks
$280 members / $315 non-members

Through this course, students will gain an understanding of color theory and the practical manipulation of color in paint. The first half of the semester will involve hands-on exercises using acrylics focusing on the concepts of hue, value, and intensity. During the second half of the semester, students will learn additional concepts including color harmony, mood, and color interaction, and translate these concepts, plus those learned during the first half of the course, into simple acrylic paintings.

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How to Start an Oil Painting (P-3)

Hagit Barkai
Beginner / All levels
Tuesday morning, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 5 – November 7
10 week
$330 members / $365 non-members + additional live model fee

Good starts are the core of painting and often the most difficult to master. The way in which the first layer is put down determines whether we will spend the rest of the time making decisions creatively or piling layers in order to correct mistakes, making the painting more and more overworked. This is why this fundamental oil painting course will focus on beginnings, practicing how to hold the essence of what you are interested in from the very first marks and how to make every part of the painting serve that essence. Short poses will be used to arrive at fresh mark-making, and will gradually extend to full day poses as the course progresses. Working from observation with nude models, subtle color and temperature differences across the body will be used as reference for more complex color mixing. Natural light and various spaces will be used to practice tonal and temperature balance of the painting as a whole Photography will be used to further explore moments and compositions that are impossible to achieve in a model sitting - In the last section of the course each student will work on an individual project based on their personal interests and motivations, clarified and planned through regular group and individual feedback during the semester. The course will end with a final critique and a discussion on next steps.

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Classical Portrait Painting in Oil (P-4)

Polly Liu
Beginner / Intermediate
Tuesday afternoon, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
September 5 – November 7
10 week
$330 members / $365 non-members + additional live model fee

In this class, students begin painting in grisaille – painting executed entirely around monochrome and usually in shades of gray or brown – to eliminate the problems of color and value and to concentrate on accuracy of drawing and the effects of light. The second part of the class utilizes a limited palette, allowing students to explore and understand the harmony and unity of light. The model fee is due the first day of class and varies according to class size. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 6 students.

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Toward the Abstract in Landscape (P-5)

Steve Parker
All levels
Tuesday evening, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 5 – November 7
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members

This course is a continuation of "Landscape into Art," but with an emphasis on composing a painting from a non-representational or abstract rather than imitative or purely representational basis. There will be plenty of latitude to continue the methods already undertaken in the previous landscape classes as well. The instructor will demonstrate and discuss these approaches as used by current and past masters. This class is being offered for all levels, however, students are expected basic knowledge of drawing and composition. Among all levels, beginners will be encouraged to draw. The primary medium is oil, however, acrylic and water-based oil paint is accepted. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

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Abstracting from the Real (P-6)

Cary Reeder
All levels
Wednesday morning, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 6 – November 8
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members

In this class, students will learn how to create abstract works by observing the real world of objects, landscapes, people and more. The course will cover different styles of abstraction as well as the basics of composition, color, and space. While this class is for all levels, students should have some experience with drawing and painting, either through classes or independent study. 

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Non-Objective Painting: A Primer on the Possibilities Concerning the Design of a Painting (P-7)

Garland Fielder
Advanced
Wednesday morning, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 6 – November 8
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members

In this course, the student will be exposed to the history of contemporary, non-objective art making, specifically, in the realm of 2D painting. Through an exploration of the various potentials in this field, the student will develop a body of work influenced by the genre. All facets of creating a painting will be addressed—from the deliberation of the form, to the wrapping of the surface, to the application of pigment and finish. Due to time constraints, it is suggested that the student work in acrylic media. However, various strategies and methodologies will be entertained.

THIS CLASS IS CLOSED

Oil Painting: The Modern Method (P-8)

Ruben Coy
All levels
Wednesday afternoon, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 6 – October 25
8 weeks
$280 members / $315 non-members

In this modern method, we use oil over acrylic paint. The painting progresses first in layers of acrylic, followed by layers in oil. The simplicity of this method makes this class ideal for the beginner and a boost for the advanced student. Using this layering technique gives the student the leverage to create fine-tuned paintings. The finished paintings have a unique luminosity and a sense of depth. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

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Toward the Abstract in Landscape (P-9)

Steve Parker
All levels
Wednesday afternoon, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 6 – November 8
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members

This course is a continuation of Landscape into Art, but with an emphasis on composing a painting from a non-representational or abstract rather than imitative or purely representational basis. There will be plenty of latitude to continue the methods already undertaken in the previous landscape classes as well. The instructor will demonstrate and discuss these approaches as used by current and past masters. This class is being offered for all levels, however, beginners will be encouraged to draw. The primary medium is oil, however, acrylic and water-based oil paint is accepted. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

Oil Painting: The Modern Method (P-10)

Ruben Coy
All levels
Wednesday evening, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 6 – October 25
8 weeks
$280 members / $315 non-members

In this modern method, we use oil over acrylic paint. The painting progresses first in layers of acrylic, followed by layers in oil. The simplicity of this method makes this class ideal for the beginner and a boost for the advanced student. Using this layering technique gives the student the leverage to create fine-tuned paintings. The finished paintings have a unique luminosity and a sense of depth. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

Narrative Portrait Drawing & Painting (P-11)

Laura Spector
Intermediate / Advanced
Wednesday evening, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 6 – November 8
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members + additional live model fee

Every portrait has a story to tell. This class will focus on developing narratives within the portrait. We will work from live models in addition to students bringing in reference photos to use while painting. Prior portrait painting experience is required. Homework will be assigned at the end of each class to keep students in practice between classes. We will review and critique completed works of art together as a class to help the advancement of all students. Each student will also be responsible for an informal 5-10 minute presentation on an assigned artist which will happen at the start of each class. This class will be taught in oil and acrylic. If you would like to work in oils, please contact the instructor for a specialized materials list. There will be days when students are asked to bring in charcoal to draw preparatory sketches prior to painting. The model fee varies according to class size.

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Acrylic Still Life Painting for Beginners (P-12)

Lucinda Cobley
Beginner
Thursday morning, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 7 – November 9
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members

This beginner’s course introduces fundamental skills in acrylic painting. Working through a series of exercises with a varied range of still life objects enables exploration of form, tone, color, texture and space. Gain experience in painting in a relaxed atmosphere where individual style and approach is encouraged. As each week progresses a new stage of painting will be discovered including: applying a colored ground, under-painting, modeling light and shade, glazing, applying texture and composition.

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Landscape Painting (P-13)

Steve Parker
Intermediate / Advanced
Thursday afternoon, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 7 – November 9
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members

This class is recommended for intermediate and advanced students and/or as a continuation of "Landscape into Art." The instructor will demonstrate and discuss techniques used in landscape painting in the first class session. Painting and making studies on site is essential in creating a convincing and expressive landscape. This class will paint and/or sketch out on location at the Houston Arboretum at least twice during the quarter. This will be further discussed in class. The primary medium is oil, however, acrylic and water-based oil paint is accepted. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

Acrylic Still Life Painting for All (P-14)

Lucinda Cobley
All levels
Thursday evening, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 7 – November 9
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members

Explore relationships between color, form, texture, space and composition by painting from a series of contemporary still life set-ups. This experimental studio-based class will develop your confidence in acrylic painting by improving skills of immediacy by spontaneously drawing with the brush and blocking in tonal values. Emphasis will be placed on color mixing, color contrast and preparing textures using a variety of everyday tools. We will also explore combining different acrylic mediums, gels and pastes into pure color to investigate glaze application and dimensional surfaces. Class is suitable for beginner and intermediate level.

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Landscape into Art (P-15)

Steve Parker
All levels
Saturday morning, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 9 – November 11
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members

Utilizing memory and personal experience, students are encouraged to render their own impressions of the subject. Individual elements of the landscape are explored and demonstrated. The instructor will offer techniques and specific methods in landscape painting. The class includes informal discussions ranging from painting methods to basic color theory. The primary medium is oil, however, acrylic and water-based oil paint is accepted. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

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Introduction to Acrylic Painting (P-16)

Laura Spector
Beginner
Thursday evening, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 7 and 14
2-day workshop
$105 members / $140 non-members

If you have always wanted to paint but never knew how to start, this workshop is designed especially for you! This acrylic painting workshop is intended to prepare beginning students with the knowledge needed to begin creating their own acrylic paintings, or to move into a more intensive painting class with ease. You will learn the essentials of using acrylic painting materials, color theory basics and how to begin a painting. By the end of the 2nd day, you will have the confidence, skills and vocabulary to move forward into your next painting class or solo artistic adventure.

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Decision-Making for Painting (P-17)

Hagit Barkai
Intermediate / Advanced
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Saturday, November 4 and 11
2-day workshop
$170 members / $205 non-members + additional live model fee

Making a painting from start to finish is very rarely a predictable process. The finish line is never guaranteed. The image we face and looking at the marks we made can never be exactly what we expected. It is a process that can be progressive and linear or include many twists and turns, standstills, revisits, and multiple move-ons. This intensive two-day workshop is intended for those who have painting experience in oil or acrylic and wish to explore this process going through the stages of making a painting from start to finish. The workshop is designed to simulate this process by tracing essential intersections that occur along its way and inserting intentional decision-making to its navigation. Sometimes these intersections are passed by seamlessly resolved and other times they are agonized over with many layers, only to be pronounced solved or dead-ends. This workshop is about the kinds of decisions that move this process along. The workshop will be divided into five sections exploring particular steps or common decisions-making moments: We will use a model with a single setting. Opening the workshop, we will arrive to a consensus on a pose and the set-up, to explore the considerations that go into choosing imagery. Short sketches will be used to map out optional compositions and palettes, and will be used as reference to reflect on the stories that compositions tell and how we decide which story to tell. Exploring the possibilities in a first layer of big spots using Premier Coup will provide insight into the way decisions about materials and movements of the body of the painter create the visual core of the painting and with it, its atmosphere, feel and mood. With a week to dry, we will then dedicate time to the most seductive moments of painting, among them details, edges, layers and textures, strategically planning the areas that will be given localized attention. We will explore the ways in which these moments connect the visual core of the painting with its mood and story. Finally, we will step back and examine the last intersection discussing when there is a need for another mark and when it is time to stop.

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Watercolor (W-1)

Caroline Graham
All levels
Monday afternoon, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 11 – November 6
9 week
$300 members / $335 non-members

Explore the vibrancy and transparency of this medium. The instructor will emphasize color, design, and contrast. Students will learn to layer and control the pigment and rescue the white paper while retaining the spontaneous, fresh-looking result.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

Watercolor (W-2)

Caroline Graham
All levels
Wednesday evening, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 6 – November 8
10 weeks
$330 members / $365 non-members

Explore the vibrancy and transparency of this medium. The instructor will emphasize color, design, and contrast. Students will learn to layer and control the pigment and rescue the white paper while retaining the spontaneous, fresh-looking result.

THIS CLASS IS FULL