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Adult Classes

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    • 09/05/2018
    • 10/24/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 0
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    The objective of this class is to acquaint students with traditional and contemporary techniques painting, that will give them the solid background needed to develop their individual style. 

    Class will progress to the introduction of traditional painting techniques and fundamental principles of design including composition, perspective and color. 

    Classes will begin with a short lecture and demonstration, after which students will explore these techniques working from still life arrangements or their own photographic material. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/05/2018
    • 10/24/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 3
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    Students will learn how to paint in oils using the time tested methods of the masters. 

    Color theory and its application to landscape painting will be a central focus as Waid helps each student develop greater skills of observation. 

    Meeting each artist at their individual level of skill, Waid encourages self-expression and individual interpretation of the subject while incorporating the fundamentals of composition, depth of field and balance in landscape painting. 

    Class size is limited, please sign up early. 

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    • 09/05/2018
    • 10/24/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 3
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    This 8-week painting class will be an examination of some of the infinite possibilities of abstract image making.

    Whether you have experience working non-objectively or not, the class is about the seductive qualities and expressive potential of pigment, oil or acrylic. 

    Linear concerns, color and value, form and surface treatments will be objectively manipulated as well as discussions about intent, atmosphere, narrative directions and or purely formal, pictorial issues.

    Working abstractly is deceptively difficult and amazingly rewarding since every decision that you make is coming from you, the responsibility and excitement of the unknown are yours. Don't fight the feeling, jump into the deep end of the art pool! 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/06/2018
    • 10/25/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 1
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    This class will explore the different ways pastel color can be used. The unique nature of the pastel medium makes it different from wet media because all of the effects are instantaneous, as there is no waiting for pigment or glazing to dry. This characteristic allows for greater flexibility and a deeper understanding for the methods used in exploring color. 

    The class will apply color on various grounds: textured, sanded and toned. Topics include: color notan, color study, color interaction, local color, broken color, color mixing, finished work, and establishing your own palette. Techniques include: texturing, toning, strokes, feathering, layering, scumbling, shading, blending, and underpainting. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 

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    • 09/06/2018
    • 10/25/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 0
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    This class will focus primarily on bridging the gap between creating vibrant, luminous paintings from photographs by developing the skills to solve the shortcomings that photography presents as a source of ideas for paintings.

     Light, distance, perspective, atmospheric effects, composition, color and principles of design will be covered.  

    Students have the choice of working with their favorite medium: oil, pastel, acrylic or watercolor, using their own photographic material as reference. This is a great opportunity for turning joyful travel experiences into successful works of art.  

    Individual guidance and demonstrations will be given by instructor in order to help each student develop their own personal style. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/06/2018
    • 10/25/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 3
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    Where do you want to go with your painting? What areas do you need help with and how can you clarify what it is you want to do? You must ask yourself some of these difficult questions when considering working in independent study. 

    The benefits of this type of class includes more one-on-one attention, a focused investigation in an area of painting that truly interests you, as well as an exploration of your goals as an artist. 

    This class will put much of the responsibility on you, because you are essentially creating your own course of study. 

    You will be determining what you paint with guidance from Cynthia. She is there to help guide you by focusing on your strengths and tackling your weaknesses, all the while supplementing and clarifying your thinking, and keeping you on a more focused path. 

    This class requires painting experience as well as a conversation with the instructor prior to registration. Please contact Buffy at the Art League for the instructor’s contact information. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/07/2018
    • 10/26/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    Good drawing skills are an essential and an excellent starting point for creating successful works of art, regardless of an artist’s chosen medium or style. 

    In this 8-week class we will explore the basics of drawing, using a variety of materials, techniques, and color! Starting out with a fun mixed-media Mandala project, we will then move on to more drawings that work with line, value, composition, and more!

    By the end of this course, students will have a greater appreciation for drawing, as well as a range of skills to better interpret the visual world.

    This class is open to students of all experience and skill levels. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/08/2018
    • 10/27/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio and on location
    • 4
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    Hikers, biologists, birdwatchers, teachers, campers, anyone can learn to sketch in the field. 

    Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced sketcher, this course will enhance your skills in depicting the great outdoors. This class will provide you with the tools you need to learn from your observations of nature as well as to capture what you have seen. 

    We will study rendering techniques, field sketches, composition, color wash, diagraming, and more. We will find patterns, designs and structures present in even the most minuscule particle of natural form. 

    Subjects of our studies will include flowers, trees, animals, sky/clouds, Shakkai (The Hidden Landscape), water and terrain. 

    Class will meet at the BioPark, Mediterranean Conservatory, Sasebo Japanese Garden, Zoo, as well as in the studio. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 

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    • 09/08/2018
    • 10/27/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    Join Denali for an in-depth exploration of drawing animals in pastel. Be inspired to capture the character of an animal or beloved pet through the immediacy and vibrancy of the medium. 

    Students will create preliminary studies of their chosen subject applying Denali’s dynamic gestural approach, and then complete a painting in pastel by the end of the eight-week class. 

    Learn how to most effectively work from photo references, compose a strong portrait space, create a variety of textures, and combine colors that best capture the essence of the animal. 

    Students will advance their knowledge of the elements and principles of design. 

    Artists working at all levels are welcome although some experience in drawing would be helpful. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 

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    • 09/10/2018
    • 10/29/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 0
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    This class is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to paint in watercolor using multiple transparent layers for ultimate depth in their work. 

    Students will learn the basics of handling watercolor paints and brushes, and explore a variety of techniques (glazing, layering, methods for saving the white of the paper, juxtaposition of color, key techniques in creating the perfect neutral color, softening and/or losing a few edges, the importance of incorporating the background color as foreground shadows, and others). 

    Painting subjects will be a few small still lifes created first from an actual still life model and then from a photo. We will also explore the fundamentals of composition, contrast of values, the essentials of a good initial drawing, how to achieve perfect chiaroscuro and working from great vs. bad photo references. 

    Several technical demonstrations will complement your studio work. The goal of this class is to give students the basic tools necessary to begin their own personal work, using transparent layers. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/10/2018
    • 10/29/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    In this fun and inspiring class, students will push the boundaries of acrylic paint, acrylic mediums, various new acrylic products, and mixed media to create experimental and unusual works of art. 

    We will explore projects in collage, image transfer, textural surface experimentation and more! 

    A materials fee of $30 (for specialized materials) should be paid directly to the instructor at the first class meeting. 

    Additional materials list can be found online. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/11/2018
    • 10/30/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 0
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    Take a journey, tell a story and make your paintings more romantic and exciting. Learn simple and effective techniques of how to incorporate a variety of flower forms and buildings into your landscapes. 

    We will be exploring the structure, shape and mass of these elements in the landscape and ways to approach them employing the basics of perspective. Be sure to bring any references or photos you may want to use. 

    Class will include daily exercises and demonstrations on initial drawing, placement, as well as examples of related techniques. Emphasis on design, composition and critique will help students advance in their skill with watercolor. 

    Students will also learn to take their paintings to the point of being finished. Please bring the materials you have and check the list of supplies posted online, Carol has added a few items. Each student will receive a spiral watercolor notebook to practice techniques that are presented. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 

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    • 09/11/2018
    • 10/30/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 3
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    Experience the fun and magic of color mixing as you fine-tune your sense of color by painting a single color subject. 

    The goal of this class is for you to become familiar with the expressive qualities of hue, saturation, value and temperature as they relate to color. 

    Each class begins with a demonstration and lecture in order for the student to grasp how colors really affect one another. With greater understanding, you can compose and use color more freely and meaningfully in your own paintings. 

    So, let’s have some fun with color, instead of being afraid of it! By composing and painting a still life of objects you’ve collected in the same color family, you will gain a greater color awareness as well as confidence. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/11/2018
    • 10/30/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 1
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    Classical Figure Drawing has been a fundamental part of studying drawing for centuries. Artists work from the figure to learn how to construct form in space.

    Classical figure drawing can help anyone to better manage the elements of design in their art; whether they be landscape, portrait, genre, abstract or representational artists. 

    Robin will help you develop an understanding of how human perception of light, as it reflects off of matter (the human form), meets with our ability to render visual phenomenon. This becomes the basis of a fundamental experience in observational drawing. 

    Academic approaches to drawing will be covered, including; developing composition, managing space through the “envelope”, measuring proportion, “triangulating”, constructing form, balancing light and shadow and rendering.  

    This course will include both short and extended-long pose drawing. Brief demonstrations will be followed by short guided practice and sustained development of a long term drawing. 

    This class is designed for all artists who wish to study the figure; from beginner to advanced. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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Hours: 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday - Saturday  505-293-5034

3409 Juan Tabo Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87111     Map It  

Mailing address: P.O. Box 16554, Albuquerque, NM 87191                              

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