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Studio Arts: Painting Classes

Studio Arts Workshop
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

Learn how to paint a sun-filled scene with flowing watercolors. Explore positive and negative space, mixing a range of color values, and capturing sunlight with your paintbrush. A tracing and reference photo is provided to help you begin drawing ahead of class time.

Studio Arts Course
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

In this class open to all levels, students discover the versatility and fluidity of working in watercolors while exploring the functional and aesthetic elements of color and design found in plants.

Studio Arts Course
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Build on your botanical painting skills in this next-level class as you create vibrant watercolors inspired by nature. Learn to focus on the texture and detail of botanical subjects including flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Studio Arts Workshop
Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Create a portrait of your favorite animal or pet. Students learn to grasp the essence of an animal then discover how to promote the characteristics of their animal on canvas using primarily acrylic paints.

Studio Arts Course
Sunday, July 11, 2021 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET

Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through demonstration, discussion, and experimentation.

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

There’s no reason to fear a blank canvas. If you’ve ever wanted to paint, here’s a class that offers the perfect introduction to the art—and will have you ready to pick up your brush with confidence.

Studio Arts Workshop
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Discover how to quickly capture a variety of subjects with loose lines and painterly colors using instructor Cindy Briggs’ quick sketch watercolors method. This “go with the flow” technique is perfect for studies, travel journals, and finished fine art.

Studio Arts Workshop
Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

If you venture outside the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, you discover a walkway filled with marble statues of Renaissance masters including Michelangelo, da Vinci, and Ravello. Bring a bit of Italy to your artwork as you learn to capture the likeness of a sunlit sculpture in watercolors.