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 Painting

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Instructor: Emily Hirtle
4-week Online Class
Mondays, Feb.15 – March 8, 2021
Time: 1 to 3pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
Medium: Gouache
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 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
4-week Online Class
Tuesdays, Feb. 9 – March 2, 2021
Time: 2 to 4pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
Medium: Water-based Paints
Tuition: $75 Member, $100 Non-member

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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ONLINE CLASS

Oil or Acrylic Painterly Sketching

Painterly sketch by instructor Emily Hirtle.

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Instructor: Emily Hirtle
4-week Online Class
Mondays, Feb.15 – March 8, 2021
Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
Medium: Oil or Acrylic Paint
Tuition: $75 Member, $100 Non-member

Learn how to make oil or acrylic painterly sketches and feel comfortable in the process of learning it. We will copy from historical and contemporary Master Artists’ oil sketches and for optional homework (during the week) you will work from your own composed reference photography. You will learn how to apply oil paint transparently and opaquely and apply paint planarly and linearly. You will learn how to structure your palette and how to make thorough color mixtures with a palette knife. After each project is completed, we will have a group critique before going into our next assignment. I will provide pre-recorded demos and feedback on your work as we go along in the course.

Material Supply List:

Oil Painting Supplies:

      • Arches Oil Paper pad 9”x12” (Blick or Artist and Craftsman)
      • Gamblin Artists Oil Introductory set with panel or you may buy the colors separately (Blick)
      • Weber odorless turpenoid for oil 118 ml. (3.25) oz. bottle (Blick)
      • Gamblin Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits 125ml (4.2oz) (Blick)
      • Gamblin refined linseed oil 125 ml. (4.20z.)
      • 3 small glass jars with lids
      • Martenson palette for oil, blue lid (Blick)
      • Oil brushes: only philberts and rounds in variety of sizes (small, medium and large)
      • Blick Palette Knives by RGM: small and medium sized palette knife triangular head

Acrylic Painting Supplies:

      • Strathmore 400 series Acrylic pad of paper 9”x12” (Blick)
      • Blick Studio set of 12 Acrylics (Blick)
      • Blick retarder for Acrylic (Blick)
      • 3 small glass jars with lids
      • Martenson palette for acrylic, red lid (Blick)
      • Acrylic brushes: only philberts and rounds in variety of sizes (small, medium and large)
      • Blick Palette Knives by RGM: small and medium sized palette knife triangular head

 

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ONLINE CLASS

Open Figure Drawing, Painting and Critique

“Roxanne” by Emily Hirtle.

Level: Beginner to Advanced
Instructor: Emily Hirtle
4-week Online Class
Saturdays, Jan.16 – Feb.6, 2021
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
Medium: Open
Tuition: $75 Member, $100 Non-member

In Open Figure Drawing, Painting and Critique, the class and critique are two-hours each week. We will work from a croquis images over Zoom, and begin with an hour of quick gestural poses that range from 2 to 10 minutes to warm up. After the first hour we will go into a longer pose. It is open dry and wet media so you may choose to draw with graphite, charcoal sticks, charcoal pencils, soft pastel or conte crayons, or paint with liquid graphite, watercolor, gouache oil, acrylics, inks, caran d’ Ache or other wet media you would like to explore and develop skills with.

You will learn about:

      • gesture
      • proportion
      • placement
      • line
      • value
      • drawing
      • color
      • temperature

The class includes individual critiques as well as feedback provided via email.

For those who would like to accelerate their learning process, there will be optional compositions to do during the week. These will focus on copying works by master artists.

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: 

      • Any dry or wet media you would like to explore

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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 Adrian Martinez.

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
Fridays, Feb.5–Mar.5
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
Fridays, Feb.5–Mar.5
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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