ADULT FINE ART CLASSES

Explore and develop your art skills in our oil and acrylic painting, watercolor, plein air, drawing, sculpture, textile, mixed media, print making, photography and digital media classes. Adult art classes and workshops are available to students 16 years and older with the exception of Life Drawing (18 and up). Some art classes have a materials list (see description). Click on the link to download file, or pick up list in our main office.


 

Monday AM Art Classes

Drawing and Painting Basics 

Drawing and Painting Basics with Rhona Candeloro

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Limit: 8 students
Instructor: Rhona Candeloro
Length: 8 weeks
Mondays, Sept.23 – Nov. 11
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $215 Member, $235 Non-member

The emphasis of the Drawing and Painting Basics class will be learning to draw and paint through the exploration of basic classical techniques. As you work in pencil pastels, oil or acrylics, you are drawing and composing in tonal values as well as colors. In this class, you will learn how to train your eyes to see values by studying how light defines shape and color, allowing form to emerge. We will use these concepts to achieve your particular goals. There is no experience necessary. Everyone works at their own pace and level. Material list is provided.

MATERIALS LIST (pdf)  REGISTER NOW

 

 


 

Monday PM Art Classes

Notan Watercolor

Watercolor by Thomas O’Brien.

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Limit: 8 students
Instructor: Thomas O’Brien
Length: 5 weeks
Mon., Oct.14-Nov.11
Time: 2 – 5 pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $125 Member, $145 Non-member

Enjoy the beauty of Historic Yellow Springs as you learn watercolor techniques used in the ancient Japanese art of Notan. A Japanese word meaning ” dark-light,” Notan as it relates to art, is defined as the interaction between positive and negative space. Build a solid foundation in your painting through the use of shape and form. Learn to capture the essence of the surface by addressing the view, lighting, background and composition.

Students learn to : 

  • Improve observation skills
  • Develop color and value relationships
  • Build harmony through design and composition

The theory behind Notan is that positive and negative areas should complement one another. They must coexist without one dominating the other. All levels of experience welcomed. Materials list provided.

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Monday PM Art Classes

Open Sculpture
with George McMonigle

"Open Sculpture" class at Chester Springs Studio

“Open Sculpture” class at Chester Springs Studio

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Limit: 10 students
Instructor: George McMonigle
Length: 5 weeks
Date: Mondays, Sept.30 – Oct. 28, 2019
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $125 Member, $145 Non-member
Act 48 Credits

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced sculptor, you will expand your skills and talents in this workshop. As the Director of sculpture for the Franklin Mint, George McMonigle has worked with award winning sculptors around the world to perfect their skills and talents. You will be working in clay on a subject of your

"Open Sculpture Class" with George McMonigle

“Open Sculpture Class” with George McMonigle

choosing. Do you want to explore a particular subject like birds, animals or a portrait? Bring your ideas to the first class, and you will be walked through the design and composition stage and on to the execution of your sculpture in the round. If you would like to work on a relief or plaque, that would be great! The goal will be to enjoy the process of creating sculpture while learning in a manner that you can apply to your future works.

 

MATERIALS LIST (pdf)  REGISTER NOW

 

 


 


Tuesday AM Art Classes

Beginning Drawing

Beginning Drawing Class at Chester Springs Studio, Chester County, Chester Springs

“Beginning Drawing” with Martin Pieczonka

Level: All levels
Limit 10 students
Instructor: Martin Pieczonka
Length: 5 weeks
Fall Registration:
Date 1: Tuesdays, Sept. 10 – Oct. 8
Date 2: Tuesdays, Oct. 15 – Nov. 12 CLOSED
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $125 Member, $145 Non-member

Draw what you see by learning to see what you draw. This class will introduce you to visual techniques that make drawing rewarding and fun. Discover ways to express form by establishing the underlying structure from a variety of simple still life objects. We will focus on drawing a new, uncluttered still life each week using graphite, charcoal, or the drawing material of your choice. You will receive individual encouragement and support of your achievements as you progress at your pace. Instructor demonstrations will help you to understand techniques and materials. This is a great class for young students to develop skills for creating a portfolio. A materials list is provided.

MATERIALS LIST (pdf) CLOSED

 

 

 

 


 

 

Tuesday PM Art Classes

Plein Air Landscape Painting

“Plein Air Landscape Painting” with Martin Pieczonka

Level: All levels
Limit 10 students
Instructor: Martin Pieczonka
Length: 5 weeks
Fall Registration:
Tues., Oct. 15 – Nov. 12 CLOSED
Time: 1 – 4pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $125 Member, $145 Non-member

 

Enjoy the beauty of Fall in Chester Springs as we explore and express the landscape in oil paint. In this class, learn visual skills enabling you to compose a strong composition and mix colors. Drawing with the brush will be emphasized to develop brushwork skills. Demonstrations will be conducted in simplifying and blocking in the painting with bold brush strokes and direct color mixing. A materials list is provided.

MATERIALS LIST (pdf) CLOSED

 

 

 


 

 

Wednesday AM Art Classes

Ikebana—the Japanese Art of Arranging Flowers

Ikebana arrangement by José Juico. Pottery by Nell Hazinski.

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Limit: 8 students
Instructor: José Juico
Length: 5 weeks
Wednesdays, Oct.16 – Nov,13, 2019
Time: 10 – 1 pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $125 Member, $145 Non-member

 

Learn the art of Ikebana—the ancient Japanese art form of floral arrangement. The translation of the word “ikebana” means “Living Flowers” or “Making Flowers Came Alive.” Ikebana is learned by practicing a set of principles that determine stem placement, scale and choice of container. The result is a stunning and distinct style of floral arrangement. Classes include demonstrations, vocabulary, and hands-on participation. Students learn how to prepare and condition materials, develop compositions, the mechanics of assembling components, and the fine art of showing the beauty of the flower, branch and leaf without any one element competing with the others. Each week students will bring home an ikebana arrangement of their own creation. When floral composition and arranging follows the principles of ikebana the resulting arrangement is one of sculpted elegance.

Material list is provided.

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Wednesday PM Art Classes

Contemporary Painting Techniques

"Contemporary Painting Techniques" with Claire Haik

“Contemporary Painting Techniques” with Claire Haik

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Limit: 10 students
Instructor: Claire Haik
Length: 5 weeks
Wednesdays, Oct. 2 – 30

Time: 2 – 5pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $140Member, $160 Non-member

Examine the techniques of contemporary painters and see how their methods can be used in your work. Together we will examine the approaches, esthetics, and problem-solving techniques today’s artists use and see how to keep our paintings fresh and our minds engaged. Class discussions will hone your technical skills and intuitive eye. We will make lots of fast paintings in this class using large brushes and really explore what paint can do! Students are welcome to work from their preferred subject matter.

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Wednesday PM Art Classes

Painting Basics: Evening Class

Painting classes, Chester County, Chester Springs, Chester Springs Studio

“Painting Basics” with Rhona Candeloro

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Limit: 8 students
Instructor: Rhona Candeloro
Length: 8 weeks
Wednesdays, Sept.25 – Nov. 13
Time: 7 -9 pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $185 Member, $205 Non-Member

The emphasis of this 2-hour Painting Basics class will be learning to draw and paint through the exploration of basic techniques. As you work in either pencil, oil, acrylic or pastel, you are drawing and composing in value and colors. In this art class, we will learn how to use these concepts to achieve your particular goals or ideas by studying how light defines shape and color, allowing form to emerge. There is no experience necessary. Everyone works at their own pace and level.

MATERIALS LIST (pdf) REGISTER NOW

 

 


 

 

Thursday PM Art Classes

Landscape Painting en Plein Air

Plein Air Painting by Martin Pieczonka

Level: All levels
Limit 10 students
Instructor: Martin Pieczonka
Length: 5 weeks
Fall Registration:
Date 1: Thurs., Sept. 12 – Oct. 10
Date 2: Thurs., Oct. 17 – Nov. 14

Time: 12 – 3 pm
Location: Fine Art Studio

Tuition: $125 Member, $145 Non-member

 

Enjoy the beauty of Fall in Chester Springs as we explore and express the landscape in oil paint. In this class, learn visual skills enabling you to compose a strong composition and mix colors. Drawing with the brush will be emphasized to develop brushwork skills. Demonstrations will be conducted in simplifying and blocking in the painting with bold brush strokes and direct color mixing. A materials list is provided.

MATERIALS LIST (pdf)  REGISTER NOW

 

 


 

Thursday PM Art Classes

Life Drawing, Painting and Sculpture

Life Drawing and Painting at Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, Chester County

“Life Drawing and Painting” at Chester Springs Studio

Level: All levels
Limit 12 students
Class Monitor: Martin Pieczonka
Thursdays, Sept.12 – Nov.14
Time: 6:45 – 9:45pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition:
10-week card: $135 Member, $155 Non-Member

5-week card: $95 Member, $105 Non-Member

This class presents the opportunity to draw, paint or sculpt from the human figure without formal instruction. Students may pre-register for a 5 or 10-week class card. Drop-ins are welcome at $20 member and $25 non-member per class and must pay the monitor at the beginning of each class.

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Friday AM Art Classes

Painting Techniques:
Grisaille and Glazing

Painting Techniques – Grisaille and Glazing by Adrian Martinez at Chester Springs Stuidio, Chester Springs. Art classes in Chester County.

“Afternoon Claret” oil painting by Adrian Martinez

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Limit: 8 students
Instructor: Adrian Martinez

Length: 5 weeks
Fridays, Oct. 18 – Nov. 15
Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $245 Member, $265 Non-Member

Gain new insights into the Renaissance masters and how they achieved their color magic! Adrian Martinez offers each artist (beginners to professionals) five weeks of technical analysis along with real-time demonstrations vividly explaining the three essential stages of Renaissance oil painting. Beginning with a classic still life set up, each artist will complete a basic drawing and then move, when satisfied, to a grey toned under-painting in oil. After finishing this “grisaille”, many transparent and colorful oil glazes are added.

Adrian will guide your progress, taking into account each artist’s personal background and individual taste.

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Friday PM Art Classes

Textile Printing Techniques

Silk scarf with textile printing by Jean Marie Baldwin.

Textile printing with Jean Marie Baldwin

Level: All levels
Limit 10 students
Instructor: Jean-Marie Baldwin
Length: 5 weeks
Fall Class: Fridays, Sept.20 – Oct.18
Time: 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $125 Member, $145 Non-member
Material Fee: $50 (payable to instructor at first class)

Silk scarf with textile printing by Jean Marie Baldwin.

Silk scarf by Jean Marie Baldwin

In the Textile Printing Techniques five-week class we will work with several ancient and modern print techniques on textiles. Techniques include block printing, stenciling, silk screen and gyotoko (a Japanese fish print technique). Students will combine these techniques to create one-of-a-kind designs for clothing or wall pieces. Instruction and demos will be provided. Materials are provided by instructor, and a materials fee of $50 paid to instructor on first day of class. All levels of experience are welcomed.

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