Currently my classes are offered at the Artists Workshop Studios on 540 Barracuda Blvd in New Smyrna Beach. They are scheduled as 6-week sessions of 3 hours weekly, either Monday afternoons or Thursday mornings. Cost is $95 per 6-week session, or $110 if you are not a member of the Artists Workshop. Please call me direct for more info or to sign up at 386-451-6857 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Composition and Perspective
Pen and Ink
For this class I will give hands-on demos and explanations of the principles of composition, like:
-what to include from your scene/reference photo
-what to edit out or move around and why
-how to correctly distribute your darks and lights for maximum impact
-how to compose the scene on your canvas/paper
-where to place your elements
show the ins and outs of perspective
and how to incorporate people in your scene, at the correct size!
You can paint/draw in any medium.
I will do all demos on projects from you, the students. The more ideas and reference photos you bring, the better. In one class we went outside on 2 occasions and did lessons "en plein air" (on location). See below, scenes on Riverside in NSB. Everybody really enjoyed that.
The best way to illustrate these principles is on YOUR projects and on as many of them as possible, so you get a lot of samples and ideas. We will have time to do one or two finished paintings if you wish, or you can get a lot of starters as to composition and correct drawing that you can finish at home.
There is really only one item you might have to buy, and it's NOT indispensable for the class. You can make do with a pencil and/or your own mixed grey values. Below are great markers that help with value sketches. The demo above was done with them. Also, the 6-marker set is definitely enough. We will do notan and value sketches with them. Below are the links for purchase, and please don't use expedited shipping to have it in hand for the first week, you won't need it right away.
10-marker set at amazon.https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0044JOS6K/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
6-marker set at guirys.
(Go all the way to the bottom to see the sets)
Other than that, we will do quite a bit of sketching, so bring paper or pad, pencils, markers and medium to large sharpie, plus a ruler. If you intend to paint an actual project after we discussed the elements of perspective and composition, bring your usual painting items.
In this class we will be exploring the exciting small pieces of art we can create with simple tools and materials. Pen and ink, colored with a wash of any water media, will capture sweet little scenes anywhere - and keep you in practice! In addition we will embellish our pieces with text by using simple calligraphy, and if there is interest, I will also introduce you to the wonderful technique of goldleafing to add that extra sparkle to any artwork!
Bring reference photos of what you want to sketch or choose from the assortment I will bring along.
Minimal art supplies needed:
-Pencil and eraser
-Pen, calligraphy pen, ink pen, microliner or similar
-Mixed media paper or sturdy card stock
-Your favorite water media: watercolor, acrylics or gouache
In some classes I incorporate calligraphy and goldleafing. I will provide all goldleafing supplies so you don't have to go to the expense of buying everything just to try it out. Doing the goldleafing will be an extra $10 per student.
If you are interested in the travel kit I use everywhere, here are the links:
Small watercolor paper sketchbook 48 pages
Small tin/enamel container
Faber Castell pens (4)
Faber Castell pens (8)
Calligraphy ink pen with nib Speedball, this one is prone to leaking, but has a nice rich flow of ink
Calligraphy ink pen with nib Manuscript, this one is sparse on ink which can get a bit frustrating, but definitely won't leak
Cheap set of craft brushes with small handles
Synthetic brush with water reservoir can be used instead of the craft brushes above if you are constrained with space
Gouache paint set not necessary, if you prefer and already have watercolors or acrylics
These items are NOT necessary for this class, but are really nice to have when you get into this mode of painting, and want a small kit handy for everyday sketching or traveling. I will show you how I use mine and give you more ideas.
Art Exploration - Beginner's Class
Plein Air Painting
Plein Air painting means painting on location. The Franch impressionists started it about a hundred years ago, as stand-alone pieces of art instead of just color and value studies for later studio work. You have to work fast and determined, as the light and shadows change dramatically in a short amount of time. However it's a lot of fun, especially in a group!
As of now I have no group class, but do offer individual classes, or just call me to join me at a current outing!
I belong to a local Plein Air group that meets Tuesday mornings. Just contact me for the current location and time.