Figure drawing is a cornerstone of artistic training. The figure presents many technical issues including form, structure, foreshortening and more. Stripped of the cultural baggage of clothing, the nude figure can express every aspect of humanity, from the heroic to the pathetic.
Join us every Wednesday for our life drawing session that focuses on the figure. This uninstructed session is great for students young and old. Starting with shorter poses to warm up your artistic brain, we range from 2 minute poses to 20 minute poses. All mediums are welcome. Easels, benches, and refreshments are provided. Please bring your own paper and drawing materials. Derwent has provided Charcoal, Pastel, Graphite and other drawing pencils for attendees to try out during the session.
We request courtesy, maturity, and respect to the model and other artists. Photography is not allowed. We promote an open atmosphere where artists can interact, view, discuss, and encourage each other. Please note that models are subject to change without notice.
Registration is $15 per person, per session. $45 for four sessions (buy three get one free), $75 for 8 sessions (buy five get three free) valid for Wednesday and Sunday sessions! When you sign up for either pass, stop by Art Supply Warehouse to pick up your pass for entry to the life drawing session. Limited seats are available, sign up today!
Your upcoming models Wednesday afternoon 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.-
Your upcoming models Wednesday evening 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.-
Join us Sunday evenings for long pose sessions. During this session the model will strike one pose for the entire session. This allows the attendee to make an advanced study of the figure or portrait. With a longer pose one can not only study the figure, but focus on color issues as well. Painting from life rather than a picture can achieve more realistic results. This session is designed for painters, pastel artists, and anyone who desires time for a more in depth study, all mediums are welcome. Models will be nude or costumed. Please note that the models are subject to change without notice.
Registration is $15 per person, per session. $45 for four sessions (buy three get one free), $75 for 8 sessions (buy five get three free) valid for Wednesday and Sunday sessions! Seats are limited, sign up today!
Your upcoming models:
Kristen will start each morning with a demonstration and lecture, then give one-on-one help throughout the rest of the day. Each session is open to beginner-advanced level students and painters working in oil, watercolor, acrylic and gouache. Supply and location list will be emailed to you after sign up. Class size for each session is limited.
-Plein Air Orange County-
Wednesday, September 24- November 12, 2014
10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Paint waves, water, sea rocks, plant life, and quaint local scenes with Kristen Olson. During this series, meet at a variety of local Orange County gems to paint "en plein air." Each location will focus on a different lesson. List of locations by date is below-
September 24- Huntington Beach Pier
October 1- Montage Resort, Laguna Beach
October 8- Fullerton Arboretum
October 15- Heisler Park, Laguna Beach
October 22- No Class
October 29- Balboa Island
November 5- Montage Resort, Laguna Beach
November 12- Giracci Vineyards and Farms
Registration is $40 per session or $120 for four sessions. This class is limited to 12 seats per session.
-Mission San Juan Capistrano-
Saturday October 11, 2014
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Throughout history, artists have painted Mission San Juan Capistrano. The mission is an artists paradise with colorful gardens, beautiful trees, koi ponds and historical buildings. Admission to Mission San Juan Capistrano is included for the first 6 students who sign up.
Registration is $115. This class is limited to 12 seats.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday October 20, 21, 22 2014
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Join Kristen Olson in painting Laguna, Corona Del Mar, and Balboa Island. During the three day workshop paint a variety of locations "en plein air." There will be a lesson tailored to each location covering everything from composition, color and how to portray emotion in landscape.
Registration is $345. This class is limited to 12 seats.
Back by popular demand, Judy Lugo will be here to take you step by step through the oil painting process Bob Ross style. During htis class you will finish a 16" x 20" painting. This class once said, "painting is not just for the chosen few -- it is for everyone."
Skill level: All. Ages: 18+.
Registration is $45. All materials provided, brushes, paint, and canvas. This class is limited to 18 seats, sign up today!
Join us for a very informative session about Holbein paint with Holbein artist and educator Matt Hopp. Learn everything you need to know about watercolor, acrylic, oil and acryla gouache. Matt works with artists to educate them not only on the unique physical attributes of Holbein Color, but their functional capabilities as well.
Skill level: All. Ages: 15+.
Registration is $10. This class is limited to 20 seats, sign up today!
During this full day palette knife painting class discover the world of possibilties for mixing colors, scraping, removing mistakes and creating textures. Find out how easy it can be to paint with oils by letting the knife do the painting for you! If you get excited over textures, enjoy icing a cake, or want something that makes applying paint easy- this clas is for you!
Skill level: All, some painting experience encouraged. Ages: 16+.
Registration is $90. All materials provided, palette knife (if you have a 1 1/4" diamond shaped metal knife, please bring yours with you), paint, and canvas. This class is limited to 18 seats, sign up today!
Join artist Pamela Smith Hudson, certified Enkaustikos teacher in exploring the beauty and versatility of the encaustic medium. During this full day intensive class review color mixing, layering, fusing, smooth vs. textured surfaces and a variety of techniques including image transfers, collage, stencils and lots of surprises along the way. The encaustic medium is compatible with other drawing and painting mediums, experiment with exciting products.
Skill level: All. Ages: 16+.
Registration is $125, this includes product for the class and a materials kit. This class is limited to 10 seats, sign up today!
Join us for this enlightening demonstration presented by Gamblin Artists Colors artist Timoth Robert Smith, covering information essential for all oil painters. Timothy will cover color theory, color mixing, pigments, application techniques, mediums and more. This class is great for artists just learning how to paint with oils, as well as artists who have been painting with oils for years. Attendees will receive FREE samples at the end of the session.
Skill level: All. Ages: 14+.
Registration is $10, this includes product for the class and a materials kit. This class is limited to 10 seats, sign up today!
Portrait painting can be intimidating when using watercolor. Work with award winning watercolor artist Fealing Lin, (NWS) to learn how to combine impressionistic strokes and semi-abstract techniques to elicit life and movement in portraiture.
During this three day class, Fealing will teach you how to relax and enjoy the process of portraiture as you discover the spontaneity of watercolor. Learn how light effects dimension, shape, and value, as well as how to use the transparency of watercolor to allow the glow of the paper underneath to shine through.
Skill level: All. Ages: 18+.
Registration is $249. This class is limited to 18 seats, sign up today!
Join Jacki Long and learn how to create large portraits using paper, canvas and gel medium. Jacki will lead you through the class exploring color choices, composition, technique, and how to let loose and enjoy the process. Feel free to bring photo references with you. Paper, a large canvas, and gel medium will be provided.
Skill level: All. Ages: 16+.
Registration is $129, this includes materials. This class is limited to 12 seats, sign up today!
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