We will pack into 2 days as much as we can about the basics of watercolor. This class is perfect for those who’ve never painted watercolor or have only played with it a little. There will be lots of demos and time for you to paint with one on one help. This class will be limited to 12 people. We will go over the fundamental techniques to teach you how to control watercolor. Supply list online.
May 19 and 20
Friday and Saturday
10 AM – 5 PM
Students will select a scene to paint each week and assistance will be provided regarding the plein air process, how to identify correct values, setting up the composition, color choices, and achieving 3-dimensional qualities in the painting. The instructor will provide optional quick demonstrations to illustrate particular points. We will explore strategies to make plein air painting simple and manageable, with a particular focus on creating atmosphere and perspective in the landscape. Strategies explored will include relative values and colors as they come forward and recede and linear perspective.
3 days: 10 AM – 4 PM
Thursday – Saturday
April 20 – 22
Learn how to paint our beautiful North Georgia Mountains in radiant fall color. In Joan’s classes you will simply follow her follow-the-leader method of teaching. There is a wealth of techniques, tips and tricks in this painting. You will work on an acrylic primed canvas. Techniques you can expect to learn: Sky, clouds, mountains, atmosphere, foliage, trees, grasses, barns, fencing, road etc. You will have access to a simple line drawing to trace on your canvas if you have limited drawing skills.
6 Tuesdays: Apr 18 – May 23
9 – 11:30am
$150 Members – $175 Non-Members
In the morning we will begin with Sergio discussing the aesthetic issues and techniques of art as he demonstrates and completes a field study, encouraging the fellow artists to observe. “Sometimes you learn more by observing and memorizing than actually painting. While I strongly encourage the students to observe my demonstration, they will have to option to paint alongside of me.” After the demonstration students will receive individual personal instruction and encouragement while completing their painting “Alla Prima” (in one sitting). The objective of this three day course is to sensitize the class to the aspects of outdoor painting, including:
* Learning how to see nature’s details
* Understanding the interplay of light and shadow
* Knowing how to mix the right colors
* Eliminating the fear of outdoor painting
April 13-15, 2017
Thursday – Saturday
8:30 AM – 3 PM daily
If you feel that you are concentrating too much on small details at the expense of a bolder, more dramatic outcome, this step-by-step workshop will help you to learn what to paint and more importantly, what to leave out. You will practice using bigger brushes and ample paint. We will take color to new unexpected places by working with simplified values. You will learn how to loosen up and apply your paint in a gestural, painterly manner. Join us for targeted instruction and training – this may open the door to an exciting new level of creativity and artistic expression. Supply list available online.
The workshop begins with a full explanation of materials, methods and a step-by-step painting demo.
You will learn and practice:
– how to simplify and see values clearly
– how to create a value sketch as a “roadmap” to a successful painting
– how to translate values into colors
– how to simplify – knowing what detail is important – and what is not
– how to paint with fewer strokes for a bolder look
– how to work with thicker paint and bigger brushes
– how to keep colors clean and bright
– how to get energetic, gestural brushwork
Feb 26 – 28
Sunday – Tuesday
9:30 – 4:30 PM
By popular demand, Joan is once again offering another knife painting of a beautiful street scene in Italy. If you can frost a cake you can do this painting! Join this class and learn how to create this scene with a palette knife. As always, Joan presents her classes in her follow-the-leader method of instruction. It is the best way to learn as she demonstrates every step while you watch, learn and then imitate with her supervised instruction. More advanced artists are encouraged to embellish their painting anyway they wish.
6 Tuesdays: Feb 21 – March 28
9 – 11:30am
$150 Members – $175 Non-Member
Focus on capturing the essentials of painting while developing your skills in drawing, value, color and edges. Learn to create depth and dimension with the use of rich and lively color. Explore the unique nature of flowers, plants, cloth, and metal in paint. Artists at every skill level will learn techniques to create successful, beautiful paintings. The work and knowledge explored in this workshop can be translated to any genre of painting. Personal attention will be given to the different needs of each student.
Feb 21 – 23
Tuesday – Thursday 9 AM – 4 PM
Flowers are one of nature’s great beauties that have inspired artists through the ages. If you want to learn to paint flowers of your choice then consider taking this class. We will be learning about a variety of painting styles and techniques to help you develop your own personal painting style. We will start with a basic sketch of the flower and then dive right into the painting.
6 Tuesdays: Feb 14 – Mar 21
1 PM – 3 PM
$125 members – $150 non-members
This workshop is designed to help artists enhance their skills in painting portraits. All skill levels, from beginning to advanced, are welcomed. While painting from the live model, artists will employ various techniques for developing accurate proportions, and the proper placement of the model on the canvas. Participants will receive instruction on starting the portrait with a solid structural drawing done in monochromatic lines and tones on a stained canvas, and finishing the portrait in stages from darks, to middle tones, to lights. Instruction will be based on demonstrations, discussions, and individual critiques. Participants will work each day from a model in the morning, and a different model in the afternoon. The same morning and afternoon portrait will be worked on each day, for the duration of the workshop.
Tues – Fri
Feb 7 – Demo at 7 PM
Feb 8 – 10
9 AM – 4 PM
In this class we will explore how to get in touch with your feelings and to convey it onto the canvas. With an expressionistic approach, we will use alternative methods and negative space to think outside of the box and paint what speaks to you. For all levels, not a level based class rather a class in exploration. Use your medium of choice and if a beginner; a set of acrylic paints, a water media pad, a set of brushes and palette. We will do warm up exercises so everyone will either need a water media pad or canvas panels.
4 Mondays: 10 AM – 12:30 PM
February 6 – 27
$100 Members – $125 Non-members