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The Habit of Drawing The Habit of Drawing The Habit of Drawing
Bonnie Hull
June 16 & 23, 2016, Fridays 10 - noon
This class focuses on keeping a drawing book as a tool, a journal, a pleasure. Keeping a sketchbook allows you to record images notationally, imprinting images on the brain's memory. We'll start small with a Moleskine drawing book and a few simple tools, not concentrating on accuracy so much as on using line to capture a moment. In the first class we'll discuss the habit of drawing and how to get started. Your homework for the week will be to spend at least 15 minutes a day drawing in your book. In the second class we'll look at your book, talk about the process and discuss how we can go forward with drawing. You will be encouraged to bring other drawing books you might have for "show and tell." We encourage you to join the Salem Sketchers group on Saturday, July 8th, to "test drive" your new skills. Price of the class includes a Moleskine drawing book. Students will bring their own pencils, pens and other drawing tools. Available at the Art Department for purchase before class is the full range of drawing implements. (My current favorite tools are the Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens which come in black and a variety of colors and sizes including the brush pen and the straight nibs. The ink quality is excellent in these pens and does not leach through the pages of the drawing book.) If you took this class last year think of coming prompts and more fun! Click here to see more of Bonnie's drawings!

CMYK Colored Pencil CreationsCMYK Colored Pencil Creations
Jami Faith
June 19 & 26, 2017, Mondays, 6-8pm
Almost any printed material; paper, box or label in today's world was created with the CMYK color process. By overlapping these four ink colors in various concentrations over white paper, a huge number of other colors can be created. Using colored pencils, we will create incredible pieces with just the printer process colors Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (K). We will first create a chart to use and keep, so that we know which amounts of the 4 pencils produce which colors on the color wheel. We will then practice achieving those colors by drawing fruit. Moving on to the second day of the class to draw gorgeous colorful birds using only these 4 pencils. Picture is student work.Small supply list.

Transparent Watercolor Basics Beginning and Intermediate
Becki Hesedahl
July 18 - August 8, 2017, Tuesdays, 6-8:30 pm
Are you curious about painting in watercolor? Or do you have some experience and want to go deeper into this amazing medium? Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate painter, this two and a half hour class will lead you step by step from the beginning of your painting to the completion of a painting each week. Class time will include demos, instruction, handouts, some homework and lots of encouragement! We will have a new painting subject in each of the four weeks. This class is for those with little or no experience using watercolors and those with more experience wanting to learn more.
Beginners: This is a sampler session for those interested in exploring the medium. In this class you will learn the basics of transparent watercolor and have fun doing it! You will learn to create color wheels using basic pigments, mixing your own colors, learn the basic strokes and techniques and simple composition. Using photographs you will complete a painting each week. Basic drawing experience is helpful but not necessary.
Intermediate: You already know the basics from above. You want to learn more. We will go deeper into properties of various pigments, papers, tools, how to get certain effects, design and composition and what makes a good painting. You will compose your own paintings using subject matter of your choosing. Basic drawing skills are necessary. Supply list.

Beginning Colored Pencil TechniquesBeginning Colored Pencil TechniquesBeginning Colored Pencil Techniques
Jami Faith
July 31 and Aug. 7, 2017, Mondays, 6-8pm
Learn about the huge variety of ways you can use your colored pencils and the various surfaces you might use. Try your hand at an array of techniques and improve your mastery of the colored pencil. We'll see how many brands and types of pencils there are and why quality matters. We'll also play with some different surfaces, and learn at least 7 techniques for using your pencils to create different looks.Then we apply it all and create a wonderful work of art. An easy and fun class for all ages. No previous instruction necessary. Above pictures are student work. Small supply list.

Portrait Drawing From Life WorkshopPortrait Drawing From Life WorkshopPortrait Drawing From Life Workshop
Ulan Moore and Helen Bouchard
August 4th & 5th, 2017, Friday and Saturday
2 Days 10:00am - 4:00pm
Join Ulan Moore and Helen Bouchard in learning the methods used to create a portrait drawing using a live model. Learn how to set up and pose the model, how to capture the character and get a likeness. Other topics include measuring and accuracy, composition and design, as well as, materials and tools. Through the team teaching of Ulan and Helen you will gain knowledge of the artistic anatomy of the human head from start to finish. Class includes instructor’s demonstrations and critiques. Some drawing experience required. Supply list.

Portrait Painting From Life WorkshopPortrait Painting From Life WorkshopPortrait Painting From Life Workshop
Ulan Moore and Helen Bouchard
August 11 & 12, 2017, Friday and Saturday
2 Days 10:00am - 4:00pm
Join Ulan Moore and Helen Bouchard as they take you through the process of creating a portrait study from direct observation using a model. In this class you will learn how to set up and pose the model, how to light the subject and your work. Explore how to prepare your painting surface and how different grounds affect the look of your painting. Learn about measuring and blocking-in the drawing. Compare the different color palettes that create flesh tones as well as gain techniques in achieving accuracy and getting a likeness. Class includes instructor demonstrations and critiques. Some oil painting experience required. Supply list.

Watercolor Pencil JourneyWatercolor Pencil Journey
Jami Faith
August 19, 2017, Saturday, 12:30-4:30
Find out how amazing, fun and versatile watercolor pencils can be! Students will learn about and play with a variety of brands of water soluble pencils. We'll try our hand at a few different kinds of watercolor paper and learn a bunch of techniques to create different looks. After exploring all the methods of this versatile medium, apply your knowledge and new skills to create a beautiful work of art. This fun beginners class is suitable for all ages. Small supply list.

The Creative Line The Creative Line
Julie Jeanseau
September 9, 2017, Saturday, 10:30am - 3pm (½ hr lunch break)
Learning to draw is learning to slow down and really look, to simplify and enjoy line. We will be drawing in both the classroom and in our downtown setting outside the doors of the classroom. We will begin with drawing basics so we feel comfortable, but with a focus on letting our line explore the object that we are describing. Our line then becomes not only descriptive, but alive, and expressive when we lose our fear of inaccuracy. We will learn to be both still and bold, quiet and expressive and hold this paradox of the beauty in drawing. Small supply list.

Working with Colored Pencils on a COLORED SURFACEWorking with Colored Pencils on a COLORED SURFACE
Jami Faith
September 11 & 18, 2017, Mondays, 6-8pm
Ever wonder about working on something besides white? Your colored pencils are very affected by the color surface on which they are placed. We will explore and create using a variety of colors as well as black. We'll see how using a complimentary color for the paper can enhance a piece and bring it to life. No skill is required- just a desire to explore and create beautiful art. Small supply list.

Experimenting with Oil Pastels using Surfaces & MaterialsExperimenting with Oil Pastels using Surfaces & Materials
Jane Aukshunas
November 4 & 5, 2017, Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 3pm
This workshop focuses on the use of oil pastels combined with different paints such as acrylic and watercolor, and how they interact with various substrates, GOLDEN textures and paints. Enjoy playing with the luscious texture and versatility of oil pastel. In this 2-day workshop, we will experiment with grounds and a variety of surfaces to change the way oil pastels behave, and use tools for different effects. We will look into how oil pastel works with media such as watercolor, colored pencils and acrylic paint, and explore responding to arbitrary marks to create imagery that evolves intuitively rather than intentionally. This class is about experimenting and having fun, and is suitable for both beginners and those more experienced. Please bring some of your own ideas for subject matter; other ideas will also be supplied. Supply List.



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Class will be cancelled three business days prior to the first day of the first class IF the student minimum is not met.

REFUND POLICY: If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be given. Withdrawals made more than five days prior to the first class session, will be issued a full refund minus a $10 registration processing fee. Withdrawals made five days or less, prior to the first class session, will NOT be refunded or credited.


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