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Studio Arts: Painting Classes

Studio Arts
Thursday, December 3 and 10, 2020 – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 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.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, January 19 to March 9, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 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
Wednesday, January 20 to February 24, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 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
Wednesday, January 20 to February 24, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 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
Saturday, January 23 to February 13, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Combine painting techniques with collage to produce pieces with texture and depth. Students work on watercolor paper and canvas as they learn how to use papers, acrylics, inks, and other materials.

Studio Arts
Sunday, January 24 to March 14, 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
Monday, January 25 to March 8, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET (no class Feb. 15)

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
Thursday, February 4 to March 25, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 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
Thursday, February 18, 2021 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Ready to experiment with some novel watercolor techniques? Try your hand at using some fascinating twists to add intriguing textures and nuances to your paintings.

Studio Arts
Saturday, February 20 and 27, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.

Leave your hesitation behind and get ready for a simplified, step-by-step method for creating watercolor portraits. Learn how to diagram a face by following simple spatial relationships; how to mix colors to achieve a range of skin tones; and how to layer watercolors to add dimension to facial features and hair.

Studio Arts
Thursday, February 25 and March 4, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 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.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, March 3 to 24, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Develop your technical skills in painting landscapes that vividly capture the atmosphere and elements of a scene.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, March 3 to 24, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

Develop your technical skills in painting landscapes that vividly capture the atmosphere and elements of a scene.

Studio Arts
Thursday, March 11 and 18, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Learn to capture the likeness of a sunlit sculpture in watercolors. Explore how dramatic sunlight and layered shadows can give a watercolor painting a sense of dimension. This new way of seeing can be your stepping-stone to the world of watercolor portraiture.