Fall 2018 Adult and Family Art Lessons

UPDATE–9/9/2018–Location is at Dave’s home studio in UHills. Address provided to class registrants.

Visual art of any sort can be distilled down to lines, values (light and dark), colors, and edges (how sharp or blurry the brush strokes are). I base my teaching around these 4 concepts. In this 12-week class, we will spend each session focusing on one or more of these topics. We will cover core concepts, tips, and tricks to help you learn to apply these concepts to your art. While my expertise is in oil painting, if you prefer some other media (watercolor, drawing, etc) you are welcome to do that instead. My techniques can be applied to any media. Some days we will work on specific exercises together and other days you will be working from photo references you bring, or you can use my photo references.

Dates and Times:   Sundays from 1-4pm, from 9/9/2018 to 12/2/2018, skipping 11/25/2018 because it’s the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Location:   Dave’s home studio in UHills (address provided after registration). Limited spaces are available. There’s a possibility we could rent space in the ICHA building if we grow past my limited space. I’m looking into it and will update here if things change.

Price:  The 12-week session rate is $399, or $45 per 3-hour session for drop-ins.  The 12-week session rate represents a $141 savings over the drop-in rate for those 36 hours worth of classes.  Also it encourages you to commit to some “me time” and set aside time each week for painting, which is priceless.  🙂  Course fees do not include materials. See the following section for details.

Materials :  The materials list for the course is here. The good news is I use a simplified color palette, so you’ll only need 4 colors plus white and black. Required materials will include paints, brushes, oil painting medium, and canvases or panels. I will provide table-top easels, but if you would like to buy your own easel, I can make some recommendations there as well. You can either buy your own materials or use mine with a materials fee of $15/class. I highly recommend getting your own materials, though, as it will allow you to practice at home in between classes.

What does “adult and family” mean?:   If I gear a lesson toward younger kids it’s 2 hours long, and adults are 3 hours long.  If your child is comfortable joining us for a 3-hour session once a week then I’d love to have them join us.  I thought about calling it “adult and teen” but I didn’t want to exclude.  I will leave it up to parental judgement.  If they are on the younger side then I’d request that the parent sign up and join us, too, in case they need extra assistance.

How to sign up:

To sign up for the 12-week session…
Optional: Add 12 weeks of materials fees (I’d prefer not to buy the stuff in the materials list).
Alternatively, to sign up for individual weeks on a drop-in basis…
Class Date (mm/dd/yy) Concepts Covered Add Class To Cart Optional Materials Fee
Week 1: Drawing in 3 Dimensions 09/09/18 Line, Value, Edges
Week 2: Color Theory, Color Mixing, Painting in Color 09/16/18 Value, Color
Week 3: Perspective Drawing 09/23/18 Line,Value
Week 4: Atmospheric Perspective 09/30/18 Value, Color
Week 5: Edges & Brushwork 10/07/18 Edges
Week 6: Composition 10/14/18 Line, Value
Week 7: Connect Your Darks 10/21/18 Value, Color
Week 8: Putting It All Together (guided independent projects) 10/28/18 Line, Value, Color, Edges
Week 9: Putting It All Together (guided independent projects) 11/4/18 Line, Value, Color, Edges
Week 10: Putting It All Together (guided independent projects) 11/11/18 Line, Value, Color, Edges
Week 11: Putting It All Together (guided independent projects) 11/18/18 Line, Value, Color, Edges
Week 12: Putting It All Together (guided independent projects) 12/02/18 Line, Value, Color, Edges