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The Evolution of Painting (Online): IMPRESSIONISM VERSUS MODERNISM IN PHILADELPHIA

Instructor:
Paul DuSold
Price:
$60/6 sessions, $120/12 sessions
Day:
Wednesdays - Meets 12 times
Date Range:
January 6 - March 24, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Medium:
N/A
Level:
All levels

These classes are designed for both students of painting and those who simply enjoy looking at paintings. Artist Paul DuSold will explore the world of Philadelphia painting in the first half of the 20th century by focusing on the paintings of Daniel Garber and Arthur B. Carles. He will demonstrate and describe every step of the painting process by creating copies of works by these artists.

Garber was a Pennsylvania Impressionist and Carles was one of the first important artists in America to explore Modernism through abstract painting. Both artists attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and both studied in Paris. They were in many ways similar and fundamentally opposed! It’s a fascinating story of one artistic revolution being replaced by another. Watching Paul paint and copy paintings by both Garber and Carles provides viewers with a much greater understanding of the painting process and these artists' aesthetic intentions. Participants are able to ask questions at the end of each session.

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3B | Drawing and Painting I and II (Online)

Instructor:
Linda Freedman
Price:
$235 ($205 members)
Day:
Mondays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
February 22 - March 29, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Enjoy painting, drawing or a combination of both. Beginners will be taught how to “see” and not just look. Questions like “where do I start?” will be answered. You will learn what makes an interesting composition, how to shade, and how to give your pictures character and depth. Beginning painters will learn color theory and mixing, how to handle paint, composition and basic techniques. More advanced students will continue to hone their skills through a combination of painting from real life as well as the classic method of artistic learning: copying from other artworks (including paintings and photography).  Demonstrations and individual instruction will be given to each student. You will progress at your own pace in a relaxed atmosphere.

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If you are drawing

12” x 16” drawing pad (approximate Size)  NOT  Newsprint

4 pencils:  2B,  4B,  6B,  HB

Kneaded eraser

For Painting:

Disposable palette pad

Canvas pad (approximately 12 x 15”), OR two small canvases: Make sure the canvas pad says " REAL " canvas

Paper Towels (Bounty is good)

1 Can (for water or turpenoid)

1 Can turpenoid only. NOT Turpentine.

Brushes – sizes 4, 6, 8 to begin

Oil Paint Colors:  White, Black, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow, French Ultramarine Blue, Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna.

 

 

4B | Intro to Oil Painting and Beyond (Online)

Price:
$235 ($205 members)
Day:
Mondays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
February 22 - March 29, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

In this class, students can use a variety of sources, such as still life, photographs or landscape, to organize and create a painting. Designed to help students execute a painting of their own subject matter, the class focuses on composition, perspective, color mixing, and painting techniques. Students may devote all classes to one piece or work on multiple pieces. Individual instruction is given during each session.

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Oil Colors

Yellow: cadmium yellow pale or indian yellow

Blue: cerulean blue, ultramarine

Red: cadmium red light, alizarin crimson

Green: sap green, viridian

Earth: raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre or transparent yellow oxide

White: titanium

Brushes: flat brushes in a variety of sizes; include a few soft, synthetic or sable, a few rounds and at least one 2" or larger soft, flat brush for glazing. Make sure these are not watercolor brushes.

Palette knife - flexible, cranked shaft at least 3in long.

Palette, wood or paper (toned gray paper is preferable)

Linseed oil

Turpenoid or odorless paint thinner - NOT TURPENOID NATURAL!

Containers for linseed oil and turpenoid

Stretched canvas/gessoed panel

Paper towels/painting rags

If using photos for source material, Students must provide their own photos.

 

 

 

5B | Exploring Abstraction (Online)

Instructor:
Val Rossman
Price:
$235 ($205 members)
Day:
Tuesdays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
February 23 - March 30, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Develop your artistic skills and creativity by exploring abstraction in this virtual studio environment. This class offers a combination of instruction, studio practice and supportive individual and group critiques to encourage growth and future exploration. Instruction will be given on basic color theory, learning how to create strong compositions, and developing technical and critical thinking skills. The first class will consist of a slide presentation and discussion highlighting a variety of abstract techniques using examples from contemporary and modern artists, There will be ongoing instruction throughout the sessions culminating  in a final group critique. The choice of medium is up to each individual. Students will be given specific assignments to foster the development of personal styles.

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The choice of medium is up to each individual student.  You may use pastels, acrylics, or oils.

Pastels: Assorted colors of soft pastels - instructor prefers Schmeinke and Sennelier, However, it is up to the student to choose. Rembrandt are moderately priced and are good for beginners

Paper – instructor prefers Arches 140 lb. cold pressed

Old toothbrush

Acrylics and Oils

Painting surface – student’s choice –canvas, board, metal, paper

Paints, assorted colors

Palette – paper, glass, plexiglass, paper plate, etc.

Brushes, palette knife, and any other implements of student’s choice

Painting Mediums – for acrylics, instructor prefers Acrylic Glazing Liquid by Golden; for oils, instructor prefers Windsor Newton Painting Medium; any others can be added depending on desired effect

 

 

 

6B | Blending Abstraction and Representation (Online)

Price:
$215 ($175 members)
Day:
Wednesdays - Meets 5 times
Date Range:
February 24 - March 24, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

Whether you’re drawn to representation or abstraction, this class will demonstrate the interconnection between both. We will explore the expressive qualities of a variety of materials, focusing on color and light, drawing, brushwork, texture, and composition. You can work in the medium of your choice. E.g. acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, drawing mediums. Demonstrations with traditional and experimental techniques will encourage students to examine subject matter in a new way. There will be plenty of time to create. The class includes group & individual critiques.

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Please have ideas for the paintings you want to make. E.g.

  • Sketch book
  • Photographs
  • Still life setups in your studio

Supplies:

All students may want a notebook to record ideas/thoughts from demonstrations and discussions.

Experienced students can utilize the medium and materials you typically use.

Beginning students may want to work in watercolor or drawing materials:

For Watercolor

  • Brushes.  Some student grade round (size 2, 4, and/or 6) and flat (one stroke, size 1/4, 1/2 or 3/4”) watercolor brushes are a good way to start. Usually synthetic. Winsor & Newton Cotman brushes are one brand that works well.  Filberts and other brushes/sizes can be added as needed.
  • Paper. Canson Watercolor Pads Cold Press work well. 11X15 or 7X10” and 9X12” wire bound.
  • Paint.
    • Tube paint Winsor & Newton Cotman student grade are economical. Cotman has a set of 6 tubes of varying colors or tubes can be purchased individually. Artist grade paints are more expensive but have more pigment and intensity. Winsor & Newton, Sennelier, Schmincke Horadam are  good brands.
    • Pan paint. Crayola Educational watercolor pans work suprising well and are very economical. Winsor & Newton, Sennelier are both good brands. Cotman is the student grade brand of Winsor & Newton.
    • Palette or freezer paper to layout paint.

- Plastic or tin containers for water.  Old butter, yogurt, or tuna fish cans work well.

  • Board to mount paper. Foam core board or hardboard panels work well. Good sizes include 11X14” or 14X18” depending on your paper.
  • Pencil and kneaded eraser.
  • Paper towel
  • Artist tape to adhere paper to your board.

-Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons (make sure they are the water-soluble not wax crayons) These are fun but not necessary.

For Drawing

  • Pencils  (various hardnesses HB, 2B,4B,6B)
  • Colored pencils can be fun. Watercolor pencils add a new dimension.
  • Pens. Micron is one type that makes an interesting line.
  • Kneaded eraser.
  • Paper. Any paper with a weight greater than 90 lb works.  (watercolor, drawing ) 140 lb is a good weight if you plan on using water based medium.
  • Board to mount paper. Foam core board works well.
  • Artist tape to adhere paper to your board.
  • Sketchbooks are a nice alternative and don’t require a board or tape to mount paper.

-Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons (make sure they are the water-soluble not wax crayons) These are fun but not necessary.

Supplies can be purchased from:

www.dickblick.com

www.jerryartarama.com

 

7B | Portrait Drawing and Painting (Online)

Instructor:
Paul DuSold
Price:
$170 ($140 members)
Day:
Thursdays - Meets 6 times
Date Range:
February 25 - April 1, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Medium:
Painting and Drawing
Level:
All levels

This class will guide students in a process of learning how to achieve a likeness in a portrait drawing and painting.  The instructor will provide weekly demonstrations recreating Old Master portrait drawings, paintings and photographs of models.  Students will spend time every week on basic exercises to develop fundamental skills and learn how likeness is created through head structure and the relationship of features.  Understanding of light and shadow will be emphasized as well as achieving illusions of different textures such as hair, skin and fabrics. Time will be given during class for individual instruction to help students develop their drawings or paintings in class and as homework assignments (homework is optional).

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Pencils, #’s HB, 2B, 4B and 8B

Vine Charcoal, Soft

Kneaded Eraser

Drawing Pad, 12” x 16”  or 14” x 18”  or equivalent size

 

 

 

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