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PAINTING (WATERCOLORS, Acrylics, Oils, Pastels, and Mixed Media)

SPRING 2024

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D49724 Abstract Painting; Mondays, 9 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Jon Neuse
Skill level: ALL

This course is an exploration of abstract painting in acrylic, oil, or watercolor paints, or oil or soft pastels. The class focuses on the formal principles of art that are vital to balanced compositions. You will expand your knowledge and use of those principles as you develop your personal style. Students work at their own pace on a series of abstract paintings with friendly critiques and individual guidance. New students, please use the materials list on our website.

Enrollment limited to 15
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 2/26/2024 and ending 4/15/2024 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

E49724 Abstract Painting; Mondays, 9 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Jon Neuse
Skill level: ALL

This course is an exploration of abstract painting in acrylic, oil, or watercolor paints, or oil or soft pastels. The class focuses on the formal principles of art that are vital to balanced compositions. You will expand your knowledge and use of those principles as you develop your personal style. Students work at their own pace on a series of abstract paintings with friendly critiques and individual guidance. New students, please use the materials list on our website.

Enrollment limited to 15
Ages 16 and up
Irregular classes scheduled starting 4/22/2024 and ending 6/10/2024 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 268.00 ea.

D41424 Intermediate/Advanced Painting Studio; Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dorothy Odland
Skill level: I, AD

Understand more about the process of making art and developing personal style using oil, acrylic or watercolor. Work at your own pace with individual instruction in this open studio format class. Bring paints, brushes and painting surface to the first class.

Enrollment limited to 15
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 2/27/2024 and ending 4/16/2024 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

E41424 Intermediate/Advanced Painting Studio; Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dorothy Odland
Skill level: I, AD

Understand more about the process of making art and developing personal style using oil, acrylic or watercolor. Work at your own pace with individual instruction in this open studio format class. Bring paints, brushes and painting surface to the first class.

Enrollment limited to 15
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 4/23/2024 and ending 6/11/2024 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

D47524 Pastel Landscape; Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Arthur Weeks
Skill level: AB, I, AD

The focus of this class is to understand pastels and help you find, trust and enrich your own artistic voice through this wonderful medium. Study the techniques of master artists to learn how value, composition, style and color turn into great works of art. Discover the luminosity of this pure pigment and capture the spirit of pastels. Learn how quickly you can lay down a sketch - a major benefit of the pastel medium! A materials list is on our website.

Enrollment limited to 12
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 2/27/2024 and ending 4/16/2024 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

E47524 Pastel Landscape; Tuesdays, 9:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Arthur Weeks
Skill level: AB, I, AD

The focus of this class is to understand pastels and help you find, trust and enrich your own artistic voice through this wonderful medium. Study the techniques of master artists to learn how value, composition, style and color turn into great works of art. Discover the luminosity of this pure pigment and capture the spirit of pastels. Learn how quickly you can lay down a sketch - a major benefit of the pastel medium! A materials list is on our website.

Enrollment limited to 12
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 4/22/2024 and ending 6/11/2024 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

D41524 Beginning/Intermediate Painting Studio; Tuesdays, 1 - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Dorothy Odland
Skill level: B, AB, I

Learn the basics or brush up on rusty skills. Work in oil, acrylic or watercolor to explore color and personal style. Work at your own pace with individual instruction in this open studio format class. Bring paints, brushes and painting surface to the first class.

Enrollment limited to 15
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 2/27/2024 and ending 4/16/2024 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

E41524 Beginning/Intermediate Painting Studio; Tuesdays, 1 - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Dorothy Odland
Skill level: B, AB, I

Learn the basics or brush up on rusty skills. Work in oil, acrylic or watercolor to explore color and personal style. Work at your own pace with individual instruction in this open studio format class. Bring paints, brushes and painting surface to the first class.

Enrollment limited to 15
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 4/23/2024 and ending 6/11/2024 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

D44324 Botanical Art: Tulips; Tuesdays, 1 - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Kathy Creger
Skill level: ALL

Learn to create accurate and artistic representations of the expressive tulip, from tight new buds to sprawling, fully open flowers, using them as your source for inspiration and subject matter. We'll practice the careful observation and rendering of the lines, values, and textures of your subject to bring your painting to life! Bring your drawing and/or watercolor painting materials and hot-pressed paper to work on.

Enrollment limited to 15
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 2/27/2024 and ending 4/2/2024 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 230.00 ea.

E44324 Botanical Art: Spring Bulbs and Ephemerals; Tuesdays, 1 - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Kathy Creger
Skill level: ALL

Learn to create accurate and artistic representations of spring's first arrivals, using them as your source for inspiration and subject matter. We'll practice the careful observation and rendering of the lines, values, and textures of your subject to bring your painting to life! Bring your drawing and/or watercolor painting materials and hot-pressed paper to work on.

Enrollment limited to 15
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 4/23/2024 and ending 5/28/2024 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 230.00 ea.

E49824 Painting Abstract Landscapes; Tuesdays, 6 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Jon Neuse
Skill level: ALL

Learn how to use the beauty of landscape as inspiration for your own original abstract compostions. We'll start by making sketches and small studies offsite, and then use our studies to develop paintings back in the MCFTA studio. Develop your personal artistic style as you expand your knowledge and use of the artistic principles vital to creating successful compositions. Work at your own pace with individual instruction and group discussions to share your results as you learn. See suggested materials list on the website.

Enrollment limited to 15
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 5/7/2024 and ending 6/4/2024 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 192.00 ea.

D47024 Portraiture: Painting in the Classical Tradition; Tuesdays, 6 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Sophia Weisensel
Skill level: AB, I, AD

Add faces and portraits to your repertoire of imagery! Learn to see and interpret the forms that comprise the human face, and put this to work in your paintings. We’ll start by drawing, to build confidence in capturing a likeness, and move on to acrylic and oil painting. Throughout the class we’ll cover composition, anatomy, traditional techniques for color mixing and glazing, as well as creating psychological interest in our work. Bring your oil or acrylic painting materials, and whatever reference photos you'd like to work from - the instructor will provide some images too. See suggested materials list on the website.

Enrollment limited to 12
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 2/27/2024 and ending 4/16/2024 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

E47024 Portraiture: Painting in the Classical Tradition; Tuesdays, 6 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Sophia Weisensel
Skill level: AB, I, AD

Add faces and portraits to your repertoire of imagery! Learn to see and interpret the forms that comprise the human face, and put this to work in your paintings. We’ll start by drawing, to build confidence in capturing a likeness, and move on to acrylic and oil painting. Throughout the class we’ll cover composition, anatomy, traditional techniques for color mixing and glazing, as well as creating psychological interest in our work. Bring your oil or acrylic painting materials, and whatever reference photos you'd like to work from - the instructor will provide some images too. See suggested materials list on the website.

Enrollment limited to 12
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 4/23/2024 and ending 6/11/2024 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

D42524 Watercolor I & II: Working from Photos; Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Sonja Hutchinson
Skill level: AB, I

This class is for watercolor artists who are ready to work on their own subject matter using photographic reference materials. You will work to capture the essence of your subject by clarifying your point of view, working out your compositional design, simplifying elements and planning your lighting. Students will receive individual support and work at their own pace while applying core watercolor skills to create their own body of work. Bring regular watercolor supplies, or use Sonja's general materials list on our website.

Enrollment limited to 15
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 3/27/2024 and ending 4/17/2024 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 153.00 ea.

E42425 Watercolor I & II: Working from Photos; Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Sonja Hutchinson
Skill level: AB, I

This class is for watercolor artists who are ready to work on their own subject matter using photographic reference materials. You will work to capture the essence of your subject by clarifying your point of view, working out your compositional design, simplifying elements and planning your lighting. Students will receive individual support and work at their own pace while applying core watercolor skills to create their own body of work. Bring regular watercolor supplies, or use Sonja's general materials list on our website.

Enrollment limited to 15
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 4/24/2024 and ending 6/12/2024 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

D40324 Painting Refresher Course; Wednesdays, 1 - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Barbara Lidfors
Skill level: AB, I, AD

Looking for a chance to improve your overall approach to acrylic or oil painting? If so, this class may be right for you! Each class begins with a lecture/demonstration, where basic painting concepts will be reviewed. Then you'll apply what you've learned to your individual work. We’ll cover: selecting painting materials, choosing images and personal painting themes, experimenting with compositional sketches, transferring images onto canvas, understanding warm and cool color composition, the value of grouping values, dynamic brushstrokes and edges, and how to know when your painting is finished. Bring your current painting materials and ideas, and use the info from the first class to decide what else to buy.

Enrollment limited to 15
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 2/28/2024 and ending 4/17/2024 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

E40324 Painting Refresher Course; Wednesdays, 1 - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Barbara Lidfors
Skill level: AB, I

Looking for a chance to improve your overall approach to acrylic or oil painting? If so, this class may be right for you! Each class begins with a lecture/demonstration, where basic painting concepts will be reviewed. Then you'll apply what you've learned to your individual work. We’ll cover: selecting painting materials, choosing images and personal painting themes, experimenting with compositional sketches, transferring images onto canvas, understanding warm and cool color composition, the value of grouping values, dynamic brushstrokes and edges, and how to know when your painting is finished. Bring your current painting materials and ideas, and use the info from the first class to decide what else to buy.

Enrollment limited to 15
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 4/24/2024 and ending 6/12/2024 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

E43324 Watercolor Studio: Refining Skills; Wednesdays, 1 - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Sonja Hutchinson
Skill level: AB, I

Continue developing skills and personal expression in a course that encourages exploration while increasing familiarity with watercolor techniques through instructor demonstration. General emphasis will be on individual confidence and growth. Bring watercolor supplies to the first class, or see Sonja's materials list on the website. Prerequisite: an AB level watercolor class or instructor's permission.

Enrollment limited to 15
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 4/24/2024 and ending 6/12/2024 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

D42024 Watercolor Foundations; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Arthur Weeks
Skill level: B, AB

Just starting out with watercolor and want some help finding your way? Curious about the possibilities? Through demonstrations, exercises, and artistic experiments designed to introduce you to this delightful medium, learn fundamental watercolor techniques such as brush handling, color mixing, glazing, wet-into-wet, wet-into-dry, and tonal value studies. Emphasis will be on making discoveries, learning techniques and developing confidence. A materials list is on the website.

Enrollment limited to 14
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 2/29/2024 and ending 4/18/2024 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

E42024 Watercolor Foundations; Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Arthur Weeks
Skill level: B, AB

Just starting out with watercolor and want some help finding your way? Curious about the possibilities? Through demonstrations, exercises, and artistic experiments designed to introduce you to this delightful medium, learn fundamental watercolor techniques such as brush handling, color mixing, glazing, wet-into-wet, wet-into-dry, and tonal value studies. Emphasis will be on making discoveries, learning techniques and developing confidence. A materials list is on the website.

Enrollment limited to 14
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 4/25/2024 and ending 6/13/2024 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

D45924 Beginning Oil Painting; Thursdays, 1 - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Scott Lloyd Anderson
Skill level: B, AB

Oils have a workability unlike other painting mediums. They also feel connected to art history. Learn the basics of the medium: how they work, feel, and react to other colors and substrates; how they can be applied to a surface with brush, knife, or finger (with a glove on!). We won't be painting masterpieces (just yet), but we'll be playing a lot, mixing colors and developing a feeling for how paint comes off your brush, and how you make marks. See materials list on website.

Enrollment limited to 14
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 2/29/2024 and ending 4/18/2024 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

E46224 Plein Air Painting; 1 - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Christopher Copeland
Skill level: AB, I, AD

You're outdoors, you're making art, it's social, and it's challenging enough to get your juices going - there's a reason it's called "The New Golf." Learn simple, time-honored approaches to simplify a scene and capture a sense of the light that day. Most important, this class will teach you that plein air painting is really about learning how to see: seeing space, seeing subtle value relationships, and seeing color. Bring your own painting supplies. Suggested materials list on website. Locations will be close to MCFTA, progressing to spots around the western metro.

Enrollment limited to 14
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 5/23/2024 and ending 6/13/2024 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 153.00 ea.

E44524 Advancing with Oils and Acrylics; Thursdays, 6 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Scott Lloyd Anderson
Skill level: AB, I, AD

Continue your exploration of oil painting with new challenges designed to improve your ability to capture and interpret your subject. We'll build on basic techniques and develop new skills while painting a variety of subjects, working from a variety of source materials - including how to select and interpret photographic references. Bring your own painting supplies, or see the materials list on the website. Oils (or water solubles) preferred, but acrylic painters with some experience will find this class useful too.

Enrollment limited to 15
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 4/25/2024 and ending 6/13/2024 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

D46424 Animal Portraits: Painting from the Heart; Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Maren Harden
Skill level: ALL

Turn your love for a special animal into an acrylic painting that speaks to the animal's spirit and the connection you share. This course will teach you how to paint with love and intention, creating a portrait with depth and character. We will cover techniques to create shape, light and texture, adding fine details, and capturing personality. Instruction will be given in acrylic, however oil may be used by those with prior experience. Bring a clear, well-lit photo of your subject. See the suggested materials list on the website.

Enrollment limited to 10
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 3/9/2024 and ending 3/30/2024 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 153.00 ea.

E46424 Animal Portraits: Painting from the Heart; Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Maren Harden
Skill level: ALL

Turn your love for a special animal into an acrylic painting that speaks to the animal's spirit and the connection you share. This course will teach you how to paint with love and intention, creating a portrait with depth and character. We will cover techniques to create shape, light and texture, adding fine details, and capturing personality. Instruction will be given in acrylic, however oil may be used by those with prior experience. Bring a clear, well-lit photo of your subject. See the suggested materials list on the website.

Enrollment limited to 10
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 4/27/2024 and ending 5/18/2024 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 153.00 ea.

D49024 Principles of Oil Painting; Fridays, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dan Petrov
Skill level: ALL

Have fun working in oils using the all prima method (at first attempt or wet-on-wet) with relative measurements. You'll be introduced to four major elements of successful painting and finish an oil painting in three to four sittings. You'll learn to limit the color palette at the opening and expand the palette for finishing; how to use mediums, when, and why, and how to increase the speed of your decisions on the canvas. Use Dan's general materials list on the website.

Enrollment limited to 10
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Friday starting 3/1/2024 and ending 4/19/2024 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

D44024 Mixing it Up with Watercolor; Fridays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Anwesha Guha
Skill level: B, AB, I

Whether you prefer landscape, still life, or animal imagery, learn to push your watercolors further by adding other media: collage, tissue paper, wax resist, textured mediums, pen and ink, etc. The instructor will demonstrate a variety of materials and techniques to add depth and interest to watercolor paintings, and demonstrate wet-on-wet, dry-brushing, lifting, glazing and layering techniques as well! Bring images for inspiration and your painting supplies, and see the suggested materials list on the website for additional suggestions.

Enrollment limited to 12
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Friday starting 3/8/2024 and ending 4/5/2024 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 192.00 ea.

E41324 Traditional Oil Painting Method; Fridays, 9 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Dan Petrov
Skill level: ALL

Learn a method of layering paint that Flemish and Renaissance masters used. Layer by layer you'll develop the form, distinctive values, gradation of edges and the development of half-tones and highlights. Great for both beginners and intermediate to advanced students who would like to learn this traditional process for creating artwork that has both depth and complexity. A materials list is on the website.

Enrollment limited to 10
Ages 16 and up
Classes scheduled every week on Friday starting 4/26/2024 and ending 6/14/2024 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 306.00 ea.

E44024 Mixing it Up with Watercolor; Fridays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Anwesha Guha
Skill level: B, AB, I

Whether you prefer landscape, still life, or animal imagery, learn to push your watercolors further by adding other media: collage, tissue paper, wax resist, textured mediums, pen and ink, etc. The instructor will demonstrate a variety of materials and techniques to add depth and interest to watercolor paintings, and demonstrate wet-on-wet, dry-brushing, lifting, glazing and layering techniques as well! Bring images for inspiration and your painting supplies, and see the suggested materials list on the website for additional suggestions.

Enrollment limited to 12
Ages 16 and up
Irregular classes scheduled starting 5/3/2024 and ending 6/7/2024 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 192.00 ea.

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Tuesday         9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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(mid-June through August, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Sunday            closed


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