“I believe that in art, as in writing, a developed vocabulary and an understanding of grammar are necessary fundamental requirements for self expression. In art the vocabulary could be attributed to the use of the materials, while the grammar may be considered the design and composition of the finished work. My aim as an art instructor is always to devise and present the fundamental vocabulary and grammar of art related skills, (in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking) in ways that make them accessible and easy to understand”.
Cal Poly Classes – Winter – Spring 2018
(Registration is now open for these classes – link below)
DRAWING AND SKETCHING PETS, ANIMALS and BIRDS with Ink and Wash
This six week class will show you how to use a variety of drawing and sketching media to portray animals and birds in their environments. Pencil, pens and various inks with the addition of a little watercolor will be the media that you will be using to explore your choice of subject.
You will learn how to draw the subject first and why it is so important to understand the proportions of each animal or bird that you choose. Simple ways to assess the proportions will be demonstrated along with all the media.
You will also learn how to simplify and depict the fur, feathers, backgrounds and any other details needed to make these drawings and sketches of your chosen subjects.
You will be working mostly from your own photographs, (photos taken with a flash are more difficult to use), or mine if you prefer.
Materials – Pencil, India ink, Eternal Ink, Walnut Ink, dip pen and bamboo pen with the addition of a little watercolor. (Materials list will be supplied)
February 17th, 24th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. Saturday mornings, 9am-12pm, on campus
HOW TO PAINT IN WATERCOLOR – BEGINNING LEVEL
This introduction class for beginners will give you a very broad overview of painting in this wonderfully expressive medium.
You will start by learning some of the main techniques involved in painting with watercolor. Then, using a limited number of colors, you will learn how to mix and use these colors to paint flowers, fruit, glass, skies, water, trees, rocks, landscapes and simple buildings.
Working on small paintings and the step-by-step instruction throughout this class, will ensure that you progress very quickly. First you will watch how to paint each step and then you will paint.
Each week you will take home one or two small completed paintings. In this way you will also learn a lot about how composition works in painting.
Materials list supplied
April 21st, 28th, May 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. Saturday mornings, 9am-12pm, on campus
PAINTING WITH PASTELS
SOFT PASTELS are the purest form of artist color, made almost exclusively from pure pigment with only enough binder to allow them to be formed into useable sticks.
Whether you are a beginner starting your study of art, or an advanced artist looking to explore a different medium, this four week class will provide you with a strong foundation in the creation of paintings using soft pastels. This is a painting medium that is direct and easy to use.
In this class, through weekly demonstrations, you will find out how to paint a landscape, a still life subject with flowers and fruit, a seascape and an animal or bird subject in soft pastel.
Other painting considerations that will be covered include the drawing for painting, choosing color for harmony, color value relationships and the choice and arrangement of the subject matter for painting.
Materials list will be supplied
June 2nd, 9th, (No class June 16th), 23rd and 30th. Saturday mornings, 9am-12pm on campus
Registration is now open for Session II of the watercolor classes. (To register for these classes please contact me).
Watercolor – Beginning.
In this class, you will use a basic palette of 8 colors. This will help you to easily understand how to control and mix all the various colors that you will need for painting any subject. During each session you will find out how to draw and paint a variety of subjects, (both from life and from photographs) to increase and grow your watercolor painting skills. Working on small paintings and the step-by-step instruction throughout this class, will ensure that you progress very quickly. First you will watch how to paint each step and then you will paint. Printed step-by-step instructions to take home will allow you to review and repeat the lesson at home.
Wednesday mornings from 9am -12pm
Session II Class dates – March 14th, 21st, 28th, April 11th
Session III Class dates – May 16th, 23rd, 6th, June 13th
Monday Afternoons from 1pm-4pm
Session II Class dates – March 12th 19th 26th, April 9th
Session III Class dates – May 14th, 21st, June 4th and 11th
Watercolor – Intermediate Level I
In this class you will be encouraged to use the expanded palette that includes more tonal color options and to increase the size of your paintings. You will continue to paint a variety of subjects and new techniques in watercolor with a demonstration of a different paint-along challenge each week. Also in some of these classes, there will be printed step-by-step instructions for you to take home and use to repeat the painting. OR, you are always welcome to bring and paint your own subject matter in any of my classes.
Although the demonstrations each week will be primarily in transparent watercolor, you are welcome to use gouache, watercolor, watercolor crayons/pencils, pen line or a combination of any of these media in these classes.
Tuesday mornings from 9am-12pm and afternoons from 1pm-4pm
Session II Class dates – March 13th, 20th, 27th, April 10th
Session III Class dates – May 15th, 22nd, June 5th and 12th
Watercolor – Intermediate Level II
This class will cover more advanced processes, materials, techniques
and ways to paint in watercolor. You will be encouraged to use the expanded palette that includes more tonal color options. (or change to the more transparent palette of colors).
You will also be working on larger paintings and sometimes these might take more than one afternoon session to finish. The choice of subject matter to paint can be yours, or mine. If you choose my subject matter, I will suggest and provide a topic or subject for each week and then demonstrate how to draw and paint from this subject. (You can explore both choices over the six week session). Some prior planning, mostly in the form of thumbnails and sketches, will be involved for all of your painting choices.
Overall, you will be painting more from life and less from photographs in this class. Using mixed water-based media and different painting surfaces is also encouraged in this class.
Thursday afternoons from 1pm-4pm
Session II Class dates – March 15th, 22nd, 29th, April 12th
Session III Class dates – May 17th, 24th, June 7th and 14th
Watercolor – Advanced Level
This session of the Advanced class will focus on continuing to perfect and apply the various watercolor techniques to your chosen subject matter. You will also be reviewing the fundamental design and composition rules. Each class in the next session will begin with a planning, paint-along sketchbook demo and then further watercolor demonstrations will be used as needed. Using mixed water-based media and different painting surfaces is also encouraged in this class.
Thursday mornings from 9am-12pm
Session II Class dates – March 15th, 22nd, 29th, April 12th
Session III Class dates – May 17th, 24th, June 7th and 14th
Registration is now open for all of the workshops.
ONE DAY and TWO DAY WORKSHOPS in a variety of subjects – run from 9am – 4pm, with a break for lunch.
These workshops are limited to a maximum of 12 people, (minimum 6). To register for any of these workshops please contact me.
- INK LINE and WASH – Architecture and Street Scenes.
In the first morning of this workshop you will be learning many simple ways to understand the necessary perspective of architecture by sketching and drawing a variety of buildings and street scenes, either on watercolor paper or in your watercolor sketchbook. In the afternoon, you will bring these drawings to life by adding some pen line and watercolor washes to your subjects.
You will be continuing on the second day to complete all of these drawn studies with color and figures where necessary.
Even if you are painting in another medium, it is very useful to know how to approach the subject of architecture. By sketching in pencil and ink line with a little watercolor added you will learn how to simplify this sometimes challenging subject matter.
Sunday, February 11th and Monday, February 12th, 9am-4pm each day . THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL
NEW WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY AT AVILA GALLERY (limited to 8 participants)
PAINTING FLOWERS AND FLOWER LANDSCAPES ON YUPO PAPER
Yupo paper is a synthetic paper surface that is very exciting to paint on! The paint stays on the surface of the paper and creates wonderful textures. It is also very forgiving, if you need to change anything on your painting you can easily lift the paint back to the surface with a damp brush. It is a perfect surface for exploring the colors and shapes of flowers. You will be painting loosely and a little abstractly today to capture the essence and movement of a variety of flower compositions. (All paints and paper materials will be supplied). You just have to bring along a size #8 watercolor brush.
Avila Gallery, Thursday February 22nd, 9am-4pm. Lunch is included . THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL
- PAINTING with GOUACHE.
Gouache is a very forgiving form of watercolor. It can be used as an entirely opaque medium (like acrylic or oil) or transparently (like watercolor), or both in the same painting where needed. One of the main advantages of the gouache medium is that you can adjust and lift areas of color at any time, even after the painting is dry. It lends itself to great detail or loose application depending upon what you want to paint and how you would like your painting to appear. You will learn how to use this medium today by painting many small studies of different subjects on a variety of surface.
Sunday, February 25th 9am-4pm. THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL
- PRINTMAKING – RELIEF PRINTS.
Learn how to design, carve and print a block (relief) print. You can make a design for a card or a small print to hang on the wall. Carving is very easy on this soft rubber block and water-based inks will be used in this workshop. Any subject can be adapted to make an interesting print and the choice of subject will be yours. (All necessary materials will be available in the studio for a small materials fee in this workshop).
Sunday March 11th, 9am-4pm THERE ARE 3 SPACES LEFT IN THIS WORKSHOP
- MIXED MEDIA with watercolor, gouache, watercolor pencil and crayon.
This workshop will introduce you to the process and possibilities of mixing up all the watercolor materials together in one painting. You will be using, watercolor, gouache, watercolor crayons and watercolor pencils on a watercolor canvas surface to make your painting today. On the first day you will plan and work with watercolor and gouache on your chosen subjects and the second day will continue and include pencils and crayons. Landscapes, floral subjects, figures, animals and birds would all work really well in this mixed media process.
Saturday April 7th and Sunday April 8th, 9am-4pm each day. THERE ARE 2 SPACES LEFT IN THIS WORKSHOP
- DRAWING and PAINTING PORTRAITS.
In the first day of this workshop you will be learning about the proportions of the face and how to obtain a likeness. You will also find out how to draw the features and depict hair and clothing. You will be making outline drawings of the subjects in your sketch book and then and transferring them to watercolor paper ready to paint tomorrow.
On the second day you will be painting small full color portraits in watercolor. Subjects with good light and shadow will work best for these portraits (be aware that any photos taken with a flash will be very difficult for you to paint). You will learn how to paint all the features, how to mix skin tone colors, shadow colors and how to include the background in the painting.
Sunday May 6th and Monday May 7th, 9am-4pm each day. THERE IS 1 SPACE LEFT IN THIS WORKSHOP
- CLAY SCULPTURE – figures or animals.
This workshop will allow you to make your own figures or animals in terracotta clay. You will learn how to use additive and reductive methods to achieve the shapes and form that you need, where and how to use supports for the clay and how to prepare it, ready for firing in the kiln. You will take your sculptures home after the workshop and dry them out enough to hollow out the form. (How to do this will be demonstrated during the workshop). Then in a few weeks, after they are completely dry, you will return them to me for firing. I will also show you how to finish the surface of the clay after it is fired. (Clay will be supplied for a small materials fee for this workshop).
Monday, June 18th and Tuesday June 19th, 9am-4pm each day THERE ARE 8 SPACES LEFT IN THIS WORKSHOP
HALF-DAY PASTEL WORKSHOPS – run from 1pm-5pm
To register for any of these workshops please contact me.
- Sunday March 25th, from 1-5pm THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL
- Sunday April 15th, from 1-5pm THERE ARE 3 PLACES LEFT IN THIS WORKSHOP
- Sunday June 3rd, from 1-5pm THERE ARE 6 PLACES LEFT IN THIS WORKSHOP
In all of these half day workshops, you will bring your own choice of any subject matter to paint. This could be from a photographic source (no photographs of paintings by other artists please) or perhaps materials for a still life. There are also many items available in the studio to use in a still life set up. My pastel cart is available in these workshops for any colors that you might not have in your collection.
1. Workshop in SAN MIGUEL de ALLENDE in Central Mexico, October 21st – October 28th, 2018
This Watercolor Journaling workshop is now confirmed for October 21st-28th next year. More details coming soon…………..
2. Workshop in CASOLE d’ELSA in Tuscany, Italy, June 1st – June 10th, 2019
This Mixed Media workshop will be held at the Verrocchio Art Center in the beautiful hill town of Casole d’Elsa in Tuscany. The overall dates for this workshop will be June 1st – June 10th, 2019. ( 9 nights )
In this workshop you will be personally interpreting this lovely town and the stunning surroundings in your choice of watercolor, gouache, watercolor pencils and crayons, perhaps also with a little ink and/or charcoal pencil. (Most of these supplies will be shared and shipped to the school ahead of time).
Each day there will be a morning demonstration using these materials and a suggested direction for the day’s work, then you’ll be primarily working in the studio to make your finished paintings. You will also want to spend some time gathering inspiration for these paintings from the town and the surroundings in your sketchbook. After a relaxing lunch and siesta you will continue to paint and sketch. Evenings will include sharing and discussing the day’s work, dinner (always at 8pm), followed by a passeggiata (leisurely stroll) and the nightlife that Casole d’Elsa has to offer.
You will also have the optional opportunity to visit the nearby towns of Volterra, Siena and San Gimignano during the workshop.
More details can be found at the Verrocchio Art Centre web site. http://www.verrocchio.co.uk
Contact me if you would like to be added to the Email list, wait lists or for more information about any of these classes or workshops and future sessions