“Seeing is already a creative operation and that demands an effort.” –Henry Matisse
Are you ready to pick up a paint brush? Painting is as much about how you think as it is the process of putting colors on canvas. This beginning-level course introduces both the skills needed to paint, and how to observe and reflect the world around you like an artist. Learn how to make the mental shift to a different way of seeing to create a "painterly representation" of what you see.
Participants are introduced to composition, color, and value management and the process of visual selection, and experiment with these concepts by painting a series of still-life set ups. They also learn how to develop painting techniques by researching a favorite American painter from the Smithsonian collections.
Basic drawing skills are helpful but not necessary.
A supply list may be downloaded from this page no later than 2 weeks prior to the first session.
Instructor: Shahin Shikhaliyev
8 sessions, 3 hours each (no class Nov. 22)
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)