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Studio Arts: Painting Classes

Studio Arts Course
Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Take the fear out of painting figures as you learn to see the important relationships between shape and color that help to make painting figures a breeze. All levels are welcome.

Studio Arts Course
Sunday, January 23, 2022 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 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
Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 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
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

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 Course
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Paint the sun-drenched beach of your wintertime dreams. Working with watercolors, capture the color and light of the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea—with its cypress trees, Old World architecture, and flowers and vines reaching up toward the sky.

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, February 2, 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
Saturday, February 5, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Artists such as Mary Cassatt, Gary Melcher, Auguste Renoir, and Berthe Morisot are known for capturing the emotional bonds between mothers and children in their paintings. Students put into practice some of these artists’ oil painting techniques, creating their own mother-child-themed works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course
Saturday, March 12, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Discover how to easily 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.