2018 Adult Art Classes
Wayne County Council for the Arts
** This project is made possible, in part, with public funds from NYSCA’s
Decentralization Program, administered locally by Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants (FLCAG).”
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OIL PAINTING (partially funded by Nelson B. Delavan Foundation Grant)
Working from your own photograph you will create an oil painting of a subject of your choice. All levels of experience but must have basic drawing skills.
WEEKLY CRAFTING CIRCLE: Come to work on a knitting, crochet, embroidery or other needlework project. The goal is to create a warm welcoming environment for new and experienced crafters to learn and collaborate. Includes free knitting lessons, beginner to intermediate. Free pattern and instruction for a knitted hat or scarf.
FIGURE DRAWING (partially funded by Finger Lakes Community Art Grant**)
Students will learn how to draw from a live model, capture gestures and movement, contours, color values, as well as structure and types of drawing techniques (line, shading, perspective).
PAINTING EN PLEIN AIR (partially funded by Finger Lakes Community Art Grant**)
This class will be a series of 4 sessions on Sunday afternoons. Learn to paint in the manner of the 19th century artists who painted En Plein Air (in open air). You will learn to capture the fleeting natural light, composition, getting perspective right quickly and how to get those important darks and shadows into your painting. While I will be using oils to demonstrate plein air painting, students are welcome to use acrylics, pastels or watercolor. Locations will be chosen so that each month a different aspect of painting en plein air will be emphasized. The first session will be on location, but will include a short introduction to plein air history, materials and equipment. We will complete a quick value study that day highlighting the tonal values needed to make a good painting.
PAINTING WITH PASTELS: Florals (partially funded by Finger Lakes Community Art Grant)
Working from photographs student will first learn to sketch their floral design. We will discuss the importance of doing a full value study before going on to the pastel painting. There will be a demo at the beginning of each class session showing various pastel painting techniques, then one on one instruction will be given as the students work on their individual paintings. The goal will be to complete 2-3 paintings.
This class is for all skill levels.
PHOTOGRAPHY - FUNDAMENTALS AND BEYOND - (partially funded by Nelson B. Delavan Foundation Grant)
This enjoyable course will help the inexperienced photographer, those with their 1st interchangeable lens camera, and more experienced photographers who wish to review the basics and learn to take better photographs! Classroom instruction will correlate with independent out-of-class assignments anyone can perform. Expect friendly collaborative reviews of images taken. Exposure, depth of field techniques, composition (seeing creatively – lighting, shapes, leading lines, patterns, textures, etc.), lenses and equipment will be covered. Learn to use your camera to express your creative vision.
EXPRESSIVE ACRYLIC PAINTING (Partially funded by the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation)
Learn basic color mixing and painting techniques using acrylic paints. Students may work from a still life or from photo references. Students of all levels are welcome, but should have some drawing experience.
Teacher: Sharon Woolever
INTRO TO DRAWING (Partially funded by the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation)
Want to learn how to draw but don't know where to start? Have some basic skills you would like to take to another level? This introductory course teaches students how to draw and draw better. This is an excellent starting point for people who simply want to draw well. Great knowledge to have for the basis of many art forms.
INTRO TO WATERCOLORS (Partially funded by the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation)
Truly a class for the beginner, you will learn basic watercolor techniques that will be your building blocks to painting wonderful, luminous watercolors. You will complete a project each week introducing you to a different technique like washes, light and shadows, wet on wet, color mixing and more. The final class in the series will be devoted to completing a painting using the techniques learned.
MIXED MEDIA (partially funded by Finger Lakes Community Art Grant**)
Instruction for this class will center on introducing a variety of mixed media techniques appropriate for a wide variety of surfaces and preparing surfaces for creative expression. In the class the following techniques will be explored: Creating surfaces using gel mediums, gesso, ink, sand, stamps, fabric, bubble wrap, saran wrap, stencils, tissue paper, acrylic and water-based paints and a variety of pastels. We will learn how to do a variety of ink jet and photo transfers. I encourage all to take the time to find interesting surfaces for their pieces. These can include pieces of sturdy illustration board or masonite, heavy drawing or watercolor paper, canvas, old cabinet doors or mirrors, books, interesting wood surfaces…just a few examples. I suggest spending some time at a second hand store and see what you can find. Other good ideas are looking at early work of yours that didn’t quite work. The surfaces we create will be designed so that we can paint or draw on them, or you can end up using collage for the entire image.
MINI PAINTING PARTIES (Partially funded by the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation)
Come have some fun and paint miniature paintings on small canvases and wood rounds. Paint along with the instructor step by step. You will leave each night with a completed mini painting to take home. We will include some holiday themed mini paintings that will be perfect to hang on your tree. All supplies and materials are included in the price. Seating is limited to 15, so register early.
PAINTING WITH PASTELS: STILL LIFE (Partially funded by the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation)
The students will work from a still life that they set up themselves. They will be provided a selection of objects they can choose from. We will discuss ways to create an interesting composition and how to use lighting to to further enhance their still life.
Students will first do sketches and value studies before moving on to their pastel painting. I will demo at the beginning of each class, teaching various pastel painting techniques then one on one instruction will be provided.
This class is for all skill levels.
PRINTMAKING (Partially funded by the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation)
This class covers etching and dry point.