- Drawing for Children: Mondays 6-8pm (cost: $130)
Children 8 years old and up will learn a variety of drawing techniques with different mediums. We start with the basic forms and draw them from life in a still life set up. They learn lessons about how to light the subject, how to use the medium of charcoal on newsprint, how to address 'value', and how to 'see' the subject objectively. Next they learn about perspective drawing, to understand how to effectively capture three dimensional form and distance and they do exercises to invent from their imaginations rather than relying on what is before them. Thumbnail studies are next, designed to teach the student about quick-sketch. We get into gesture drawing, proportion drawing, contour drawing, etc.
- Drawing (adults-all levels): Wednesdays 6-8pm (cost: $130)
Beginning students start with the basic form value studies in charcoal on newsprint. Perspective drawing follows with students studying one, two and three point perspective to create city street scenes. Thumbnail sketching then teaches students to draw quickly and to address only big values. This leads to gesture drawing and contour drawing with the model. Grisaille drawing follows and teaches the students to think about negative space. The final drawing makes use of all techniques learned to draw a still life from life. The six-week term ends with critique.
- Exploring Design: Tuesdays 6-8pm (cost $130)
This class focuses on concepts in design and will concentrate more on what to paint and draw rather than on technique.
- Oil Painting (all levels): Wednesdays 9am-12pm and 6-9pm (cost: $165)
Students work at their individual levels with beginning students focusing on still life. Advance students can choose their subjects. For beginners: After creating a color wheel and value scale, students begin by painting still lifes in black and white or umber and white as they study value, mixing technique and brushstroke technique. The next few exercises are done with a limited palette of one set of complimentary colors and white and the student paints simple-subject still lifes. Advanced students will work from the model, painting a head study with only umber or burnt sienna. The final project will incorporate a more complete palette and a still life of the student's choosing. The six-week term ends with the final hour of class devoted to critique with refreshments and students are asked to bring work to share.
- Landscape painting: Fridays 9am-12pm (cost: $165)
Students work sur la motif weather permitting. Outdoor easel and some painting experience necessary. Call for more information.
Call Lisa Towers at (608) 574-7258 to register for a class or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org