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Studio Arts: Painting Classes

Studio Arts Course

Exploring Color in Watercolor

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Enhance your knowledge and understanding of color theory in watercolor. Learn practical skills such as identifying and mixing colors correctly to create your own cohesive palette.

Studio Arts Course

Painting Skies, Clouds, Trees, and Mountains in Watercolor

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Using watercolor, gain confidence in painting important natural elements. Demonstrations and exercises introduce techniques in creating flowing landscapes.

Studio Arts Course

Color Stories Journal - In Person

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Explore your relationship to individual colors and how they connect to many facets of your life. Practice simple and playful acrylic painting techniques incorporating all the colors of the spectrum, plus black and white. Then, begin to record personal stories in a journal to use every day.

Studio Arts Course

Beginning Oil Painting - In Person

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

In this course, gain the technical background and experience you need to get started as a painter. Working from still-life arrangements, explore basic painting techniques, including color-mixing, scumbling, and glazing.

Studio Arts Course

Portrait Painting in Oil and Acrylic

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Learn how to paint expressive portraits as you improve your observational skills, the ability to see angles and shapes, and your understanding of color and value. The class emphasizes how to define a subject’s unique features by determining shapes of light and shadow.

Studio Arts Course

Oil Painting Boot Camp - In Person

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Whether you have never picked up a brush or haven’t painted in years, this 2-day workshop provides a solid foundation in the basics of working in oil. By the end of the weekend, you’ll be on your way to painting like a pro.

Studio Arts Course

Continued Watercolor

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

A continued study of watercolor techniques provides the opportunity for greater individual experimentation and expression. Go beyond the basics of paint application, constructing strong, vibrant, personality-filled paintings.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Watercolor

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 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

Techniques in Modernist Painting

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Experiment with a variety of painting styles such as cubism, suprematism, and abstract expressionism to learn practical applications of the concepts and techniques of modernism. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Quick-Sketch Watercolors: A European Tour

Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Capture your virtual travels, from hilltop villages to the sea, drawing and painting a variety of scenes using loose lines and painterly colors.

Studio Arts Course

Watercolor Portrait: A 3/4 View

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Learn to paint a watercolor portrait with a 3/4 view while discovering how to mix skin tones, and use layered values and blending to capture the forms and curves of the face.

Studio Arts Course

Sumi-e Watercolor for Beginners 

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Working with watercolor, employ beautiful and minimal brush strokes to depict the wonders of the natural world in the style of Sumi-e, meant to convey the Ch’i or vital energy of what it depicts.

Studio Arts Course

Drawing Light…and How the Masters Did It - In Color 

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Using watercolor and oil pastels, learn the strategies Delacroix, Turner, Monet, and Cézanne employed to harness light in their images. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch in Watercolors 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Inspired by images of the desert landscape immortalized by painter Georgia O'Keeffe, students capture the colors and shapes of this magical place in their own watercolor painting.

Studio Arts Workshop

Mini Watercolor Painting Workshop

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Students work in miniature—3 in. x 5 in. or smaller—to paint watercolors perfect for framing, or to give as a special card to a friend or loved one.