The teaching applications of both our drawing and painting classes stand on the belief that every student has something to gain through exercising their individual creativity.

Students work independently in a self-accelerated program. The one-on-one instruction model allows the instructor to work with each student’s uniqueness and skill level which provides for a “no pressure” environment for learning.

Each student is given the opportunity to explore and learn various mediums within a structured process while gaining greater insight through each instructors’ lens of knowledge and expertise.

Students are encouraged to grow outside their comfort zone away from rigid formats that can limit artistic development to a refined place of creating art from a place of authenticity.

Whether a student is experienced in art or has never drawn before, our classes provide the tools, techniques and insight to explore and expand each individual’s artistic creativity.

Classes run generally two hours

Class Descriptions

Instruction in Drawing

Hand Eye Coordination: Using simple drawings and caricatures to follow, students learn the basic tools of coordination by reproducing images on paper. Through a hands-on process with demonstrations, the student learns proportions and drawing techniques to accurately translate images. This medium is pencil, eraser, and brush to clear away eraser debris.

Drawing Fundamentals: Students start by learning how to shade with pencil. By practicing how it is best to hold a pencil, the student learns about values of shades and blending. This process is an exercise of grading values by blending from darkest to lightest values with the pencil. The student learns how to apply these basic tools to drawing a series of linear shapes. A linear square turns into a box. A circle turns into a ball, etc. When this level is mastered, we go on to a simple pre-drawn landscape and use the same shading tools to make a linear sketch into a three dimensional drawing.

Drawing Your Own Picture: Next, the student gets to choose their favorite photograph to both draw and paint. This image can be a landscape, a still life, portrait of a person or animal,
etc. The student can either bring their own printed color photo or give us the file to print for a minimal fee. The photo is revised into black and white image (at no charge) to see the values easier. This image is studied by using the grid method where students learn to transfer important information to a sketch board. The grid is vital in helping the student learn proportions and pencil techniques are learned to avoid lines being engraved into the sketch board. After sketch is complete, grid is erasedand the shading process begins. Art language is introduced to help students with composition. Students will learn art terminology such as background, mid-ground, fore-ground, including theunderstanding of values and horizons and how these can be seen in a composition.

Instruction in Painting

Preparing Canvas for Painting: The student will learn how to prime a canvas using a gray shade of acrylic paint. The grid method is then used on the canvas with the medium of yellow ochre or burnt umber paint. The student refers to the color image of the photograph that was brought into class. The grid is blocked into a copy of that image. By using the yellow ochre or burnt umber wash, student blocks out the basic forms and values into the grid on the canvas. The artist will learn how to enlarge the image by following the grid.

Palette Preparation and Brush Technique: Students learn how to lay out their palette with colored paint and learn proper paint brush selection for certain application techniques. Step by step instructions are given on how to both use the various paint brushes and apply various skills and techniques as demonstrated by the instructor. Students will learn how to take care of their brushes, set up their easel, and place color on their palette; colors are always in the same place on the palette.

Composition and Color Values: Students are encouraged to explore different subjects to paint to increase their knowledge of composition and to build and strengthen their skills with color values and application. With practice, students master how to mix colors, choose the best paint brushes for their project, and define color values. Students will learn what primary and secondary are and will know the difference between warm and cool colors through the language of art terminology.

The Process: These programs use a hands on learning process. Students will grow at their own pace.There is no competition of growth. They will advance at their own levels through practicing. We give encouragement at all levels of experience. Everyone is treated as an equal. Photographs are taken of their achievements and advancements, showing a progress record. Students have an online gallery to exhibit their art work. This encourages our students to grow in confidence as they flourish in creativity as growing artists.

Other Mediums Available: We offer a variety of mediums to work in such as oil paints, oil pastels, chalk pastels, acrylic paint, graphite, ink, etc. Each medium needs different techniques to master.