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.


Guache painting classes

Gouache painting by Emily Hirtle

ONLINE CLASS

The Art of Gouache and Watercolor Painting

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Instructor: Emily Hirtle
4-week Online Class

Mondays, April 26–May 17
Time: 10am to 12pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
Medium: Gouache or Watercolor
Tuition: $75 Member, $100 Non-member

Learn the fundamentals of painting in the versatile medium of gouache. Water-based and quick drying, gouache may be applied in thin layers such as in watercolor or applied in thick opaque strokes as with acrylics. Explore the variety of styles possible with gouache as you develop skills and discover essential techniques used with this aqueous medium. This class examines various brands of gouache products and painting surfaces, such as Mylar, toned papers, grounds and brushes. Learn how to overlay and blend colors, the correct paint consistency for each painting surface and mark making styles with a variety of brushes. Gain confidence in individual artistic decisions such as: color, temperature, tone, line, mark making, form, shape, placement, scale, composition, brush calligraphy and the application of the material.

You must register online for the class. Then you will be sent a link to the class on Zoom. Please be sure you have Zoom installed on your computer prior to the class.

Material Supply List: 

      • Cold pressed watercolor paper in a watercolor block 9″x12″ (Arches or Fabriano)
      • Gouache or Watercolor tube paints
      • Colors: Ivory black, alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, raw sienna, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, terre verde, burnt umber, and raw umber
      • Brushes: watercolor brushes in variety of sizes (flats and rounds)
      • Graphite (pencil)
      • Kneaded eraser
      • Masking tape
      • Butter knife
      • Watercolor palette
      • Two cups (for water)
      • Masonite board or a drawing board
      • Paper towel or a piece of cloth

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Soft pastel painting by Emily Hirtle.


ONLINE CLASS

Painting with Soft Pastels

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Instructor: Emily Hirtle
4-week Online Class
Mondays, April 26–May 17
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
Medium: Soft Pastels
Tuition: $75 Member, $100 Non-member

Learn to paint with soft pastel. The subject will be what you want to paint.

In this online class, you will learn to draw and paint what you see. Emphasis will be placed on color, temperature, value, light and application of soft pastel. You will learn to paint in different lighting situations such as natural and artificial light. Student’s may work from life or photo reference. Pre-recorded demos and slide presentations will be provided and individual critiques too.

You must register online for the class. Then you will be sent a link to the class on Zoom. Please be sure you have Zoom installed on your computer prior to the class.

Material Supply List:

      • Sennelier Soft  pastel
      • Nu Pastel
      • Soft Vine charcoal
      • 3 sheets of Ingres toned paper your chose in any color (except for white)
      • 1 sheet of Art Spectrum soft pastel paper
      • Drawing board
      • Masking tape (cream colored)

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ONLINE CLASS

Animal Drawing and Painting

Animal Drawing and Painting with Emily Hirtle

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Instructor: Emily Hirtle
4-week Online Class
Mondays, April 26–May 17
Time: 3:15pm – 5:15pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
Medium: Watercolor and Gouache
Tuition: $75 Member, $100 Non-member

The animal and the bird are our subject. We will be drawing from life, using photo reference, examining master copies and working from memory as well. You will delve into a range of dry and wet media.  You will learn various drawing approaches as you explore a variety of media and material. We will focus on technical accuracy with an emphasis on your calligraphy and brush strokes.

Material Supply List:

Supplies:

      • Animal Painting Supply list:
      • Arches Cold-pressed watercolor block or Hot-pressed watercolor block
        (11” x 14” or 11” x 17”)
      • Graphite (Pencil)
      • Kneaded eraser
      • Walnut ink
      • Watercolor Windsor and Newton or Hohlbein
      • Colors: Ivory black, Terra Verde,Raw sienna, Burnt sienna,Yellow Ochre, UltraMarine Blue, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, alizarin Crimson
      • Hohlbein: White Gouache
      • Round plastic palette for ink and a large rectangular palette for Watercolor and Gouache
        (both are at Blick or Artist and Craftsman)
      • Masking tape (Artist tape)
      • Two cups for water
      • Paper towel or Cloth
      • Watercolor Brushes: rounds and flats in variety of sizes
      • Designate some watercolor brushes for ink only (Variety of sizes, rounds and flats)

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ONLINE CLASS

Drawing by Adrian Martinez

Drawing with Adrian Martinez

Level: All levels
Limit 8 students
Instructor: Adrian Martinez
Length: 5 weeks
Tuesdays, May 25 – June 22
Time: 10am – 12pm
Location: Online
Tuition: $200 Member, $225 Non-member

Experimental introduction to five classic drawing techniques. Class initiates with demonstration by Adrian Martinez who will illustrate the variety of character and fluidity of line possible with simple drawing tools. Class will draw from still life as subject. Material list is provided.

Material Supply List:

Drawing by Adrian Martinez

      • Graphite Pencils: 2H, 2B, 6B
      • White Conte Drawing Pencil
      • Charcoal (optional)
      • White Rubber Eraser
      • Painter’s Tape
      • Drawing Board

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ONLINE CLASS

Designing Your Garden

Fountain courtyard garden at Historic Yellow Springs.

Detail from Fountain Courtyard Garden at Historic Yellow Springs designed by Nancy Bartley.

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Instructor: Nancy Bartley
4-week Online Class
Thursdays, March 4 – 25, 2021
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
Tuition: $75 Member,
$100 Non-member

 

What do you envision for your garden?

Landscape design is all about creating enjoyable outdoor spaces. The goal for this course is to organize the features of your yard into an aesthetic, functional and sustainable landscape.

By considering your desires, the environmental conditions and principles of design, this class will help you to develop an achievable landscape plan. We will gain inspiration from classic landscapes, as well as design ideas gleaned from local gardeners.

Learn about:
• Garden design
• Styles of gardens
• All season interest
• Attracting wildlife
• Bird and pollinator gardens
• Deer resistant plants
• Native plants

Learning the skills to put a plan on paper is an essential step to creating a successful design.
Whether you are interested in attracting wildlife, birds and pollinators; utilizing native plants (or both!); or creatively solving problem areas of your garden, planning will help you save time and money and provide a useful frame of reference for future decisions.

Material Supply List:

      • Paper: Vellum or other lightweight paper, size optional

      • Tracing Paper

      • Lead Pencil

      • Eraser

      • Compass (for drawing arcs and circles)

      • Scale: Ordinary ruler or an architect’s scale

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Monday AM Art Classes

Beginning Oil Painting

Oil painting by Martin Pieczonka.

Level: Beginner
Limit: 8 students
Instructor: Martin Pieczonka
Length: 4 weeks
Date 1: Mon. Jan.11-Feb.1
Date 2: Mon. Feb.8-Mar.1

Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $125 Member, $145 Non-member

Do you want to try oil painting but feel intimidated by the tools and materials? This class is for you. We’ll focus on the basics while working on small paintings from a new still life each week. Learn very helpful tips on the behavior of paint and mediums, palette preparation, color mixing and brush work. The goal is to achieve results
with basic materials while painting from an uncluttered still life featuring a fruit or vegetable. A basic level of experience in drawing is required. A materials list is provided.

MATERIALS LIST (pdf)  REGISTER NOW

 


 

Monday PM Art Classes

Beginning Drawing

“Flowering Dogwood” drawing by Martin Pieczonka.

Level: Beginner
Limit: 8 students
Instructor: Martin Pieczonka
Length: 4 weeks
Date 1: Mon. Jan.11-Feb.1
Date 2: Mon. Feb.8-Mar.1

Time: 1:30 – 4:30pm
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 to visual techniques that make drawing rewarding and fun. Discover ways to draw establishing the underling structure from a variety of 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 required pace. Instructor demonstrations will help you to understand techniques and materials. A materials list is provided.

MATERIALS LIST (pdf)  REGISTER NOW

 

 


 

Tuesday AM Art Classes

Drawing by Adrian Martinez

Drawing with Adrian Martinez

Level: All levels
Limit 8 students
Instructor: Adrian Martinez
Length: 5 weeks
Tuesdays, Feb.2–Mar.2
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $245 Member, $265 Non-member

Experimental introduction to five classic drawing techniques. Class initiates with demonstration by Adrian Martinez who will illustrate the variety of character and fluidity of line possible with simple drawing tools. Class will draw from still life as subject. Material list is provided.

Material Supply List:

Drawing by Adrian Martinez

      • Graphite Pencils: 2H, 2B, 6B
      • White Conte Drawing Pencil
      • Charcoal (optional)
      • White Rubber Eraser
      • Painter’s Tape
      • Drawing Board

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Thursday AM Art Classes

Landscape Oil Painting in the Studio

“Twilight Time to Dream Awhile, in Veils of Deepening Blue” Oil on Linen, 18″ x 38″ by Martin Pieczonka.

Level: All levels
Limit 8 students
Instructor: Martin Pieczonka
Length: 5 weeks
Date 1: Thurs. Jan.14-Feb.4
Date 2: Thurs. Feb.11-Mar.4
Time: 11 am – 2 pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $125 Member,
$145 Non-member

In this class you will have the opportunity to work from your previous outdoor paintings, sketches and any photographic reference you have. Various subjects will be covered and demonstrated on matters such as color, atmosphere, linear and aerial perspective, and composition. Techniques on brushwork and paint handling and different methods of developing a painting will be presented and demonstrated. Come with your experience level and work at your required pace to achieve desired results and growth in your work. A materials list is provided.

Individual students choose each class if they would like to paint outside plein air or from within the studio. Students may paint scenes viewable from a window or bring a landscape photo to work from. 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

Level: All levels
Limit 8 students
Class Monitor: Martin Pieczonka
Thursdays, Jan.14 – Mar.4
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

“Spice Iris” oil painting by Adrian Martinez.

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

Length: 5 weeks
Date 1: Fridays, Feb.5–Mar.5
Date 2: Fridays, April 9–May 7

Time: 10 am-1 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

“Longwood Garden” landscape oil painting by Adrian Martinez.

Classic Landscape Painting Techniques

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

Length: 5 weeks
Date 1: Fridays, Feb.5–Mar.5
Date 2: Fridays, April 9–May 7
Time: 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $245 Member, $265 Non-Member

From Caravaggio to Corot, painters have had different opinions on how an oil painted landscape should look. Pick a master painting, or a style of interest to you, and instructor Adrian Martinez  will work with you to analyze that technique while you complete your own painting—applying your own vision in this five-week course. As in his usual practice, Adrian will also paint his version of a particular style as a demonstration in class along with students.

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