1:30 - 5:30 PM
All skill levels
1:30 - 5:30 PM
All skill levels
ABOUT THE PAINTING CLASSES
I LOVE to watch people paint. And most of the time, no matter the skill level of the person doing the demonstration, I learn something—even if it is what NOT to do!
So I’ll be doing a lot of demos of basic techniques—and of some techniques I’ve used that are lesser-known but handy. In addition, we’ll spend time looking at and analyzing paintings so as to understand their underlying structure.
Most of the concepts I will be focusing on are so basic and so vital that they will likely be mentioned at every class. They are ideas that I need to constantly be aware of and sensitive to when doing my own work, and (like most people) I need to be reminded of them constantly.
So we’ll talk about design basics, but we’ll also talk a lot about the more slippery things:
What is art?
What should I paint?
What are my goals as an artist?
What does it mean to be a professional artist?
And we’ll paint. Oh, yes. We will paint a LOT! I’ll be pushing you to have a plan before you start, but also to be ready/willing/eager to FOLLOW THE PAINTING to places you might not have planned. I’ll press you to be FEARLESS. I’ll encourage you to paint fast and to paint a lot. All the talk in the world will not do much to make you a better painter; you have to do the work.
I’ll be encouraging you to
Think deeply about your art, but also to think fast—and sometimes to try not to think at all!
Do thumbnail sketches until you can’t do any more… and then to do more.
Draw every day.
Use words to accurately describe paintings you like.
Be a better artist than you have allowed yourself to be.
I’ll be doing my best to meet everyone’s individual needs, while providing a common lexicon and basic toolkit of ideas and techniques for the class as a whole.
I will provide constructive criticism, and although I may pull some of my punches, I WILL be punching. Else, why bother?😁
I have had professional experience with the following painting styles/genres:
Landscapes (from photos)
Imaginary landscapes (from your mind’s eye)
My favored media:
Acrylics (traditional, heavy body)
Pen and ink
Digital (APPS: Photoshop, Affinity Photo, Painter 11, Procreate, After Effects, and Others) I use an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for serious work, but you can use a laptop or desktop if you wish, with a mouse, trackball, trackpad, or Wacom Tablet.
My favored grounds:
Cotton duck canvas
My Teaching Creds
I received a BFA in Fine Arts (Graphics/Printmaking major) from Northern Arizona University in 1969 and a MA Ed in 1070.
I taught art (and freshman English) at Santa Rita High School.
I transferred to Project M.O.R.E (TUSD’s Alternative High School), where I taught… “students” in about 1975.
My last paid teaching post was at TUSD’s Special Projects for Advanced Study (AKA University High School), where I taught AP Studio Art, AP Art History, and a college level introduction to Philosophy.
In 1979, I left teaching to pursue my career as a full-time professional artist.
In more recent years, I have conducted a number of workshops and done painting demos for both arts groups and local organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson..
No long-term commitment required. Attend until you think you can’t learn anything more that will be useful to your artistic development.
I believe these classes to be an exceptional value at only $40/session.