- Color Theory for Painters: Mondays 6-9pm (cost: $160)
Students will learn the theory behind color harmony and color schemes through mixing exercises and studies. They will make color charts and will test various color schemes by painting thumbnails of the same subject. Impressionist techniques will also be explored and students will copy a masterwork. Students will be encouraged to explore pastel and watercolor as well as oil.
- Oil Painting (all levels): Mondays 6-9pm (cost: $160)
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. Working from the model, the student will paint 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: Wednesdays 9am-noon (cost: $160)
Students work inside unless weather permits, and use of computers is encouraged for most closely simulating the motif. Small studies and various reference material will lead to larger paintings. Students will recreate a masterwork.
- Drawing (all levels/ages): Wednesdays or Mondays 6-8pm (cost: $125)
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 the final hour of class devoted to critique with refreshments and students are asked to bring work to share.
- Illuminated Manuscript (Part 1 of 2): Thursdays 6-8pm (cost: $140)
Students will learn about the history of the art form and will begin to practice different calligraphic styles focusing on four popular alphabets. Egg tempera painting follows and students learn the technique of mixing yoke with dry pigment. Gold leaf application techniques are taught, first with composition gold leaf, followed by real gold leaf. Students will create a test page on faux parchment and if returning for the second part of the two-part class, will then recreate the final design on real calfskin parchment.
Call Lisa Towers at (608) 574-7258 to register for a class or email her at email@example.com