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.

 

 


 

ONLINE CLASS

The Art of Gouache Painting

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Instructor: Emily Hirtle
5-week Online Class
Tuesdays, Oct.27–Dec.1 (No class Nov.24)
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
Medium: Gouache

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 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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Portrait painting class by Emily Hirtle

ONLINE CLASS

Portrait Painting

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Instructor: Emily Hirtle
5-week Online Class
Mondays, Nov.23 – Dec.21, 2020
Time: 1 to 3pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
Medium: Water-based Paints

In this online class, you will explore the art of portraiture with water-based media. Paint from life via your self portrait, from personal photographs, and from master copies. Learn about anatomical structure, proportion, materiality of the medium and a variety of surfaces to apply use with water-based media. I will provide brief demos prior to each new topic. At the end of every class session we will have a group critique. Instructor will work with students at their individual level.

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:

Portrait painting class with water-based paints

      • Cold pressed watercolor paper in a watercolor block 9″x12″ (Arches or Fabriano
      • Watercolor, gouache, or acrylic 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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Monday PM Art Classes

Open Sculpture
with George McMonigle

"Open Sculpture" class at Chester Springs Studio

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Limit: 8 students
Instructor: George McMonigle
Length: 5 weeks
Mondays, Oct.12 – Nov.9, 2020

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

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

Drawing by Adrian Martinez

Drawing with Adrian Martinez

Level: All levels
Limit 8 students
Instructor: Adrian Martinez
Length: 5 weeks
Tuesdays, Oct.13 –  Nov.10
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
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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Tuesday PM Art Classes

Silk Painting

Level: All levels
Limit 8 students
Instructor: Jean-Marie Baldwin
Length: 5 weeks
Tuesdays, Oct.13 – Nov.10
Time: 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $125 Member, $145 Non-member

In the Silk Painting five-week class we will work with a unique process of painting on silk with thickened dyes allowing more control in a painterly effect, producing landscapes, florals, abstracts or any matter of desired design. In this course, we will create a wall piece and a silk scarf. All levels of experience are welcome and all materials are providing by instructor. Materials fee of $30 paid to instructor on day of first class. All levels of experience are welcomed.

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Wednesday PM Art Classes

Ikebana—the Japanese Art of Arranging Flowers

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Limit: 8 students
Instructor: José Juico
Length: 5 weeks
Wednesdays, Oct.14 – Nov.11
Time: 12:30 – 3:30 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.

MATERIALS LIST (pdf)  REGISTER NOW

 


 

Thursday AM Art Classes

Landscape Painting en Plein Air

Level: All levels
Limit 8 students
Instructor: Martin Pieczonka
Length: 5 weeks
Summer Semester: Thursdays, Aug.13 – Sept.10
Date 1: Thurs., Sept.24-Oct.22
Date 2: Thurs., Oct.29-Dec.3 (no class Nov.26)
Time: 11 am – 2 pm
Location: Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $125 Member, $145 Non-member


Enjoy the beauty of fall in the vicinity of Chester Springs as we explore and express the landscape in oil paint. In this class, learn visual skills to compose a strong composition to create space and mix colors. Sky, clouds and atmosphere and their effect on the landscape will be the core of the class. Drawing with the brush will be emphasized to develop brushwork techniques and skills. If the temperature cools or rains class will continue inside the studio. 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 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, Oct.1 – Dec.3 (No class Nov.26)
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.

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

Length: 5 weeks
Fridays, Oct.16 –  Nov.13
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.

MATERIALS LIST (pdf) REGISTER NOW

 

 


 

Friday PM Art Classes

Classic  Landscape Painting Techniques

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

Length: 5 weeks
Fridays, Oct.16 –  Nov.13
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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