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Studio Arts: Painting Classes

Studio Arts Course

Amaryllis in Watercolor

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Fine-tune a drawing of an amaryllis from a provided tracing, then focus on creating captivating, colorful shapes. As you add details, the rhythmic lines and soft folds of the petals become even more vibrant and lifelike.

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Painting Water with Watercolor

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Learn simple and easy techniques to create landscape and seascape paintings. Special emphasis is given to various watercolor techniques such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, and masking.

Studio Arts Course

Elegant and Whimsical Letters in Watercolor

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Get an introduction to stylized lettering, including altered block letters, botanical borders, and illuminated initials with vines and flourishes. 

Studio Arts Course

Simply Start Painting Watercolors

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

The limitless creative possibilities of watercolor can be a bit intimidating for beginning students. In this series, focus on the basics with methods that narrow parameters. Learn what supplies make all the difference and how to manipulate your brush to create flowing lines.

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Principles of Abstraction

Thursday, January 18, 2024 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Discover the basic elements of abstraction, a very important element of the visual arts, and create your own exciting and innovative works.

Studio Arts Workshop

Seasonal Quick-Sketch for a Day

Saturday, January 20, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Discover how to quickly capture the beauty of any season with loose lines and painterly colors using a quick-sketch watercolors method. Learn how to see like an artist, compose a scene, and draw more organically as you build your confidence.

Studio Arts Course

Introduction to Watercolor

Sunday, January 21, 2024 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET

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

Studio Arts Course

Beginning Oil Painting - In Person

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 - 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 museum masterpieces, still-life arrangements, or your favorite photos, explore basic painting techniques, including color-mixing, scumbling, and glazing.

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Portrait Painting in Oil and Acrylic

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Learn how to paint expressive portraits as you improve your observational skills, ability to see angles and shapes, and 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

Abstract Watercolor for Beginners

Wednesday, January 31, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Learn to embrace and celebrate the unpredictability, versatility, and beauty of watercolor. Class discussions cover supplies; color theory, palettes and pigment control; and various exercises and experiments to achieve different effects.

Studio Arts Course

Poetic Watercolor Skies

Thursday, February 1, 2024 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Discover how to capture the sky’s ever-changing moods in watercolor. Learn techniques for rendering the sky, whether filled with wispy cirrus clouds or dramatic cumulus clouds.

Studio Arts Course

The Mark of van Gogh

Thursday, February 15, 2024 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

This course is an introduction to Vincent van Gogh's accomplishments in drawing, with particular attention to his unique and instantly recognizable touch. Participants investigate how his imaginative mark making forms his images. In-class exercises revolve around drawing studies of his masterworks.

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Drawing Light: How the Masters Did It In Color 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

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

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Painting Birds in Colored Pencils and Watercolors

Thursday, February 22, 2024 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

This class covers all the techniques you need to illustrate common birds. Students use colored pencils and watercolors to depict birds in a natural state. Studying reference photos, learn ways to communicate delicate feathers, glossy eyes, and unique wings and feet.

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Dramatic and Luminous Canyon Lands - In Person

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Capture the dramatic majesty of canyon lands in an original watercolor painting. Review reference photos to discover how the time of day affects the lighting as it creates dynamic shapes and shadows.