Classes and Workshops

On teaching……………

“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”.    

Tricia Reichert

 

NEW! Workshop dates for SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE below

 

Cal Poly Classes – Winter – Spring 2018

(Registration is now open for these classes – link below)

 

DRAWING WITH MIXED MEDIA

This six week class will show you how to use charcoal pencil and gouache (gwash) to make painterly drawings of still life subjects or interiors. The still life subjects will be set up and lit from one side for dimension and could be either your choice or mine,  for the interior subjects we will use photographs, again, yours or mine as you wish.

You will be drawing the subjects with pencil, charcoal and china markers on either tinted or white papers and adding accent color and tonal areas with gouache paint. Many layers of line, tone and color can be used for different effects.

Gouache paint is an opaque watercolor paint that is very easy to use and correct. It is available in a wide variety of colors and black and white. You will be choosing a range of color accents to enhance your mostly tonal drawings. The paper choices you make will also add to the color, texture and tonal appearance of the final drawings.

You will learn a lot about proportion, light and shadow and composition in this class. These finished tonal drawings could also be used as studies for paintings in any media.

This is an experimental drawing class where you will be strongly encouraged to express your own personal vision of the subject throughout the process.

Materials – Charcoal pencils and sticks, China markers and Gouache paint on Kraft, Pastel or Watercolor papers. (Materials list will be supplied)

January 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, February 3rd and 10th.  Saturday mornings, 9am-12pm, on campus.

 

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 14th, 21st, 28th, May 5th, 12th and 19th.  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
May 26th, June 2nd, 9th and 16th. Saturday mornings, 9am-12pm on campus

 

 

Click here to link to Cal Poly to register for these classes

 



STUDIO CLASSES

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

Class dates –  November 15th, (break for Thanksgiving) Nov 29th, December 6th, 13th, 20th, (break for the holidays), January 10th.

THIS CLASS IS FULL FOR THE NEXT SESSION

Monday Afternoons  from 1pm-4pm

Class dates – November 13th, (break for Thanksgiving) Nov 27th, December 4th, 11th, 18th, (break for the holidays), January 8th.

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL FOR THE NEXT SESSION

 

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

Class dates – November 14th, (break for Thanksgiving) Nov 28th, December 5th, 12th, 19th, (break for holidays), January 9th.

THESE CLASSES ARE NOW FULL FOR THE NEXT SESSION

 

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

Class dates – November 16th, (break for Thanksgiving) Nov 30th, December 7th, 14th, 21st (break for holidays) January 11th

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL FOR THE NEXT SESSION

 

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

Class dates – November 16th, (break for Thanksgiving) Nov 30th, December 7th, 14th, 21st (break for holidays) January 11th

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL FOR THE NEXT SESSION

 

WORKSHOPS

ONE DAY WORKSHOPS in a variety of subjects – run from 9am – 4pm, with a break for lunch. (Beverages and a light lunch are served in the studio).

To register for any of these workshops please contact me.

 

2. DRAWING AND PAINTING – ARCHITECTURE – Buildings and Street Scenes –  (Watercolor and Line)

Sunday, December 3rd, 9am-4pm

In the 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.

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.

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL

 

3. PAINTING ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACES –  Composition and Painting  – (any water-based media or pastel)

Sunday, December 17th, 9am-4pm

During this workshop you will learn how to make the best painting from your photograph(s). You will see how and why you might want to crop the image and/or what to change, move or leave out of the photo, to make the best painting composition. You will make a few sketches of this final composition in your sketchbook and then you will be ready to paint your favorite place in your medium of choice. You will receive a lot of individual help in all of these areas and this information can then also be used in future paintings.

To finish the painting during the workshop a 9″x12″ approx. size is recommended.

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL

 

HALF-DAY PASTEL WORKSHOPS – run from 1pm-5pm  (Beverages and snacks are served in the studio).

To register for any of these workshops please contact me.

  1.  Sunday November 19th, from 1-5pm     – THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL
  2.  Sunday December 10th, from 1-5pm     – THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL

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.

 

 INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS

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