WATERCOLOR: From Starters to Stronger
Tuesdays 10am -12 noon, Sept. 24 to Oct. 29, 6 weeks , $75 Michael Farrar
Beginning students will develop fundamental knowledge of materials and techniques used in painting with transparent watercolor. Subjects covered include still life and landscape. Newcomers learn basic techniques, use of color, value, & contrast (lost & found edges) and temperature and how establish depth and create an interesting painting. Intermediate students will develop an individual style using traditional and new techniques and tools. A materials list is available upon registration. Basic supplies will be available to use the first day of class. Regular demonstrations and critiques will encourage and help you move ahead no matter what level of expertise.
OIL PAINTING: Basics and Beyond
Tuesdays, 2-4 pm, Sept. 24 to Oct. 29, Tuesdays 6 weeks, $75 Michael Farrar
For beginners, this class will focus on the technical and expressive fundamentals of oil painting. Beginning students will become familiar with oil paints, mediums, and paint handling. Learn how to choose canvas, stretchers, prepare your surface. Explore color and brush selection and different techniques for exciting paintings. Experiment with techniques that will give different effects, and learn how to successfully design a painting. Intermediate and more advanced students can polish their skills and develop their own expressive style, regardless of subject matter. Regular demonstrations and critiques. Bring what you have on hand to first class; some materials will be available. Other materials may be purchased following the first class. A materials list is available upon registration.
NEEDLE-FELTING: WITCH PIN- Oct 6, 10-2 pm bring a brown bag lunch, $35 includes materials time & cost to be determined, Instructor: Karen Shapcott. Ages 16 and up, PLEASE REGISTER BY OCTOBER 2. BEGINNERS WELCOME. Witches have lots of warts, so beginning needle-felters can often make the scariest ones—the more bumps the better! This dry felting method compresses wool fibers together through the use of a barbed needle. It can be used to form small sculpted figures, faces or objects for pins or other items. Students will learn basic needle felting techniques while making a witch pin. Samples can be seen at the Center.
October 21-22 and 24, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9:30am to 12:30pm. Instructor: Robin Poteet.Cost 70.
Please bring regular watercolor supplies, a sketch book and a pencil.If you tend to rush thorough the drawing stage or aren’t confident in your drawing skills, this class is for you! Drawing for watercolor is a bit different than drawing for other mediums . . . our pencil marks are apt to show through the finished piece. Days 1 and 2 are filled with exercises and demos to improve your observation and drawing skills. On day 3 we will draw and complete a watercolor painting. You’ll be amazed how this process fires up your urge to paint!!!
Needle felting produces a fun soft pumpkin out of wool roving, about 3-4 inches in size with a unique face and personality. You can make one in and afternoon and enjoy them through Thanksgiving—in fact it will last for years. Start from scratch—the more bumps the better! This dry felting method compresses wool fibers together using a barbed needle. Students will learn basic needle felting techniques; all materials provided, but you’ll have to contribute on your own! Samples can be seen at the Center.
Saturday October 26, 10:30am-3:30pm, $35 (materials provided), Nancy Smith. Please register by October 21.
Angels abound at the holiday and now you can add to the magic with one of your own. Paint a lovely angel to keep or share to a special friend. Nancy Smith has worked out another wonderful project for us and you’ll just have to come join us. Paint, have lunch leave with a finished project. All materials provided. Great for gifts (but you’ll probably want to keep it!) Bring a brown bag lunch or grab a bite from local restaurants. Min 2 students, max 10.
HOW DO I DRAW THAT?
Sunday afternoon, 4 weeks, Oct 27- Nov-17 1:30—3:30 $55.00 Instructor: Michael Farrar
Good drawing skills are fun for their own sake or as a way to improve painting skills in any medium. We’ll work with pen and ink, pencil( graphite), charcoal and a basic tools to be ensure a solid understanding of line, shape perspective and shading . Learn how to draw buildings, record the landscapes and capture people. Learn about those core shapes from still life. Class will have regular demonstrations and critiques and you’ll be amazed at what you can do in just a short time!
SNOWMEN WITH NANCY SMITH
Sunday November 3, 1:30-4:00pm, $35 (materials provided), Nancy Smith. Please register by October 28.
Paint a wonderful decorative snowman on slate that will make you smile all winter long! Work with Nancy Smith, one of Clifton Forge’s best known decorative painters. Learn how to prepare the slate, paint and have a great time—and still leave with a finished project. All materials provided. Great for gifts (but you’ll probably want to keep it!) Bring a brown bag lunch or grab a bite from local restaurants. Minimum 2, students, maximum 10.
Saturday, November 9, 1-3pm $20.00, Instructor: Debbie Rapp
Make a 7 inch white angel with bendable arms from wool “roving” (a long segment of un-spun wool) using needle felting techniques. This is a beginner level class using felting needles. A minimum age of 16 is required for participants. $20.00 per person includes materials to make two angels. Minimum of 6 students. We will need tables and chairs for each student. 2 hours for class. If students have foam or felting needle holders they like to use, they are welcome to bring them to use. One felting needle, yarn, written instructions and roving for 2 angels are included. Extra roving and felting needles will be available for sale if anyone is interested.
MAT CUTTING SESSION I
Monday November 11, 2013, 4-6:30pm
A properly cut mat – the cardboard piece between the glass and the artwork – can enhance the artwork as well as protect it. In this class students will learn how to cut a beveled mat, mount and back the work properly, and shrink-wrap it in protective film. Those who have successfully completed the mat cutting class may use the Center’s equipment later. Please bring ONE item to mat: a work on paper such as watercolor or print, photograph. No needlework or canvas, please. THIS CLASS FILLS QUICKLY & CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED. $40.00, includes one full sheet mat board and one sheet foam core.
WHITTLING -MAKE IT AND TAKE IT-
Saturday November 23, 10:30am – 3:00pm $45 AGES 18 AND UP
Instructor: Michael Denton
Using just a sharp carving knife, (not power tools!) you will learn the magic of whittling by mastering a few basic techniques. After whittling your project you will finish it and sign it to take home. The class explores woodcarving projects that emerge from a block of basswood, provides finishing tips and techniques for preserving your completed projects. The class requires no previous experience and no power tools. Reinforces the safety and learn techniques to develop a lifetime hobby. Learn tips and tricks to improve other projects and offers other projects to challenge you as you go forward. Includes resources for other projects, tools, wood, and supplies. Instructor will provide wood carving blocks for class project, project instructions, handouts, a resource list, finishing supplies (sealer, paint, brushes) and a Carver’s Goodie Bag. Beginners are encouraged. STUDENTS should bring a sharp carving with a fixed blade (NO exacto or craft knives with break off blades!), a six-inch ruler, Pencils (two #2, sharpened), Band aids, Carvers glove for finger and hand protection (a tightly woven canvas gardening glove or canvas glove with a rubber reinforced palm from the hardware or grocery store will work for the purposes of this class) Strop and sharpening supplies if you have them. STUDENTS MUST BE REGISTERED BY NOVEMBER 19. Min. 3 students; max. 10.
Tuesdays 10-noon November 5- December 31 (no class Thanksgiving or Christmas weeks) $75
Come join the fun in that this challenging medium can provide. The topics and terms covered will ease beginners into the flow and also bring along those who want to “get back into the flow.” More established students are encouraged to refine styles and techniques to achieve the paintings they dream of. Whether you want to paint luscious still lifes, explore the figures or paint landscapes with water, rocks, trees, barns and shadows, there will be plenty of demonstration and individual attention. Supply list available on request.
Tuesdays 2-4 pm, November 4- December 31 (no class Thanksgiving or Christmas weeks) $75
For beginners, basic terms, techniques and color mixing will be covered. For those who want to brush up their skills or expand their skills, the class will focus on the subjects of your choice. For both there will be plenty of demonstrations and individual attention. Oil paint can be wiped, be applied with a brush, but it can also be scratched through, knifed on, scumbled or glazed. It is one of the most forgiving and flexible of the wet media. Supply list available on request.