PAINTING AND DRAWING

Our painting studio offers classes in all types of painting: watercolors, acrylics, oils, pastels and more.  Learn to paint in the styles of various painters.

In addition a variety of Sketching and Drawing classes using pen, ink, charcoal and watercolors are offered.

Registration is required three days before the start of a class or workshop.

You are not registered unless paid in full.

Questions about our programming?
Please contact Marjorie Luke, Program Coordinator, at marjorieluke@explorearts.org

 

 

PAINTING

 

December

ACRYLIC - Acrylics for the Fun of It! with Holly Hannon  REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Wednesdays – December 5, 12, 19
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Explore the fast and versatile medium of acrylic painting. Working large, create the painting of your choice with personalized direction. A great opportunity to paint that masterpiece whether traditionally styled or contemporary.                                                                                                                                                             $100

January

WATERCOLORS - Beginning Watercolors with Vickie Bagwell

Thursdays, 10 am - 12 pm

January 10, 14, 24, 31

Enjoy the world of watercolors by learning to choose paper, paints, brushes and use various techniques. You'll learn to mix colors, paint wet on wet, wet on dry, washes and shading and create a simple landscape picture to take home!

$100

ACRYLIC - Introduction to Acrylic with Jackie Roux

Fridays, 10:30 - Noon

January 11, 18, 25 and February 1

No experience is needed confidently mix and create custom colors, plan and execute painting from observation and reference and take home two finished pieces of art! You will make your own black and white value scales as well as a color wheel. Starting on value sketch and moving to canvas, color mixing and brushwork, we will work from still life and photographic reference. You’ll begin by creating a basic still life in black and white, learn how to apply paint to canvas and create a pleasing design. Next you’ll focus on color mixing and then on to paint a simple landscape from a photograph.

$80

PASTELS - A Pastel Workshop with Olga Reukova

Saturday, January 26

10 am -2 pm

Spend a Saturday learning the process of using soft pastels to create a beautiful pastel painting to take home! This workshop is for beginning as well as experienced artists. Bring a brown bag lunch.

$60

February

WATERCOLORS - Beginning Watercolors with Holly Hannon

Mondays,  February 4, 11, 18 25

6 -9 pm

This class is designed for students new to the art world who want to learn about watercolors. We will explore watercolors and create many small paintings.

$140

PORTRAITS - Painting People in the Landscape with Holly Hannon (mornings)

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26

10 am - 1 pm

Working from personal photographs, learn how to incorporate figures into your paintings. Choose watercolors or oils as your medium and paint your family, vacation pictures and memorable figures in your life with new confidence.
We will look at traditional and modern ways of painting to achieve the look you want. This class differs from Portrait Painting as the emphasis here is on the addition of figures not the exclusivity. For example, a family at the beach or a street scene. Some prior painting experience is helpful but not necessary.

$140

PORTRAITS - Painting People in the Landscape with Holly Hannon (evenings)

Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27

6 pm - 9 pm

Working from personal photographs, learn how to incorporate figures into your paintings. Choose watercolors or oils as your medium and paint your family, vacation pictures and memorable figures in your life with new confidence. We will look at traditional and modern ways of painting to achieve the look you want. This class differs from Portrait Painting as the emphasis here is on the addition of figures not the exclusivity. For example, a family at the beach or a street scene. Some prior painting experience is helpful but not necessary.

$140

ACRYLIC - Acrylic Master Techniques with Jackie Roux

Fridays, February 15, 22, March 1 , 8

10:30 am – 12 pm

Continue to build your confidence and experience as an acrylic painter, while learning and studying some of the great artists, and creating your own beautiful works of art. We will focus on different painting masters famous for their unique techniques, and apply these techniques to our own masterpieces – painting from a photograph reference of your choice. Pointillism, Impressionism, and Fauvism will be explored. This is an intermediate level class and an excellent follow up to the Introduction to Acrylic Class.

$80

March

OILS -Georgia O'Keefe Flower Painting with Holly Hannon

Mondays, 6 pm - 9pm

March 4, 11, 18, 25

Paint flowers from photographs in the iconic style of Georgia O'Keefe and learn the secrets to the large, bold, smooth oil painting styles.

$140

OILS -  Oil Masterpieces for Beginners and Intermediates with Holly Hannon

Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm

March 5, 12, 19 , 26

Based on your experience level you will either learn classic oil painting techniques or refine your skills while painting subjects of your choice. If weather permits, one class will be held outdoors to paint the garden.

$140

ACRYLIC - Acrylic Masterpieces for the Beginner with Holly Hannon

Wednesdays 6 pm -9 pm

March 6, 13, 20, 27

Acrylics are fast and immediate and we will create large, multi-layered paintings similar to what you might see at Pier One…contemporary art that is perfect for your mantel! The subject matter is your choice and whether you recreate a favorite painting or make a new one, this class always pleases. No art experience necessary for this class of splashing, scraping and throwing of paint!

$140

April

PASTELS - Exploring the World of Pastels with Jackie Roux

Wednesdays, 10:30 am - 12 pm

April 3, 17, 17, 24

In this introduction to the medium of pastels, you'll use both hard and soft pastels on a variety of papers. We will explore composition, color and blending techniques using both still life and reference photos. Beginning with basics of color, blending, application and composition, each week will focus on a new study of observation. You'll create a new painting each week from either still life observation or photographic reference.

$80

PORTRAITS - Beginning Portrait Painting with Holly Hannon

Wednesdays, 6 pm – 9 pm

April 3, 10, 17, 24

Working from your photographs and also live models, learn how to paint classic human portraits and also funky, contemporary ones using either oils or acrylics.
This class will delve into human anatomy study as well the artistic side of portraiture. Some prior painting experience helpful but not necessary.

$160

May

PORTRAITS - Painting Animals: Pet Portraits and More  with Holly Hannon (evenings)

Wednesdays , 6 pm – 9 pm

May 1, 8, 15, 22

Explore the world of fur and feathers, whether creating your version of a duck stamp or a crazy pet portrait, the projects in this class will create art with animals as the focus. Contemporary or classically styled, animals have unique elements that will be examined in depth here. Some prior painting experience helpful but not necessary.

$140

PORTRAITS - Painting Animals: Pet Portraits and More with Holly Hannon (mornings)

Tuesdays , 10 am – 1 pm

May 7, 14, 21, 28

Explore the world of fur and feathers, whether creating your version of a duck stamp or a crazy pet portrait, the projects in this class will create art with animals as the focus. Contemporary or classically styled, animals have unique elements that will be examined in depth here. Some prior painting experience helpful but not necessary.

$140

 

SKETCHING & DRAWING

 

December

SKETCHING - Sketching in Pen and Ink with Watercolors with Holly Hannon

Tuesdays – December 4, 11, 18

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Create pen and ink drawings from personal photos and layer with watercolors for a vintage charm and feel. No experience necessary and beginners are welcome.

$100

January

DRAWING - How to Draw Anything with Holly Hannon (mornings)

Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29

10 am - 1 pm

In this class you'll learn how to draw what you see while drawing still-life and human figures. Understanding composition, value, perspective, line, movement and mood will bring your drawings to new levels while working in charcoal, pencil, pen & ink and pastels. Beginners welcome.

$140

DRAWING - How to Draw Anything with Holly Hannon (evenings)

Wednesdays,  January 9, 16, 23, 30

6 pm - 9 pm

In this class you'll learn how to draw what you see while drawing still-life and human figures. Understanding composition, value, perspective, line, movement and mood will bring your drawings to new levels while working in charcoal, pencil, pen & ink and pastels. Beginners welcome.

$140

March

DRAWING - Beginning Figure Drawing with Lindsey Groomes

Mondays, 6 pm - 9 pm

March 5, 12, 19, 26

This class is a perfect introduction to figure drawing and for beginning artists. We will explore how the body works as a shape and how those shapes interact with each other through movement and lines. By putting all of these elements together, you will see how the human form comes alive on your paper. 

$160

April

SKETCHING - Sketching with Watercolors with Holly Hannon

Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm

April 2, 9, 16, 23

As weather permits, we will do quick outdoor sketching with watercolors to create beautiful and charming vignettes of floral and fauna. Otherwise, studio sketching with the addition of pen and ink. All levels welcome!

$140

May

SKETCHING - The Art of Sketching for Beginners with Lindsey Groomes

Mondays,  May 6, 13, 20 June 3 (no class May 27)

6 pm - 9-pm

If you've ever wanted to illustrate a book, draw a vacation spot or pet or remember a moment visually, this class is for you. Sketching, an informal way of drawing, is vital to paintings and more finished art and has a beauty of its own. In this class we will capture our surroundings and our imagination while exploring different techniques and how-tos. Weather permitting, some outdoor sketching.

$140