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Weekday tuition is $20.00,  Saturday classes are $25.00.

Pre payment is also accepted.

 Weekday ( Friday) classes are held 9:30 AM -12:00 PM, Saturdays are 9:30 am-1:30 PM.

Location: West Henrietta Fire Hall, 774 Erie Station Rd, West Henrietta, behind the firehall.




SATURDAY MARCH 9TH:  Direct Painting, Apples 5 Cents: This painting will be done without drawing first. The brush will shape the objects but you have to make the decisions as to what gets painted first and how the shape might define the edge of the object next to it. That shape may be a shadow or other “non-object”. We will use 1/4 sheet of paper for this painting. If you care to modify the idea, perhaps an apple outside the box or another item, feel free. Remember, NO DRAWING, or pre-planned sketch.

UPDATED: Here’s the direct painting done at the studio with a visiting student. The main “apple” looks a bit odd, thus I would consider beginning the painting there instead of the boxes dark side first. All in all a good attempt. Direct painting is so much fresher, and with the damp paper we have the time to work and concentrate on the job at hand. In this case it may have been easier to start wit the spherical forms and build out from there.


FRIDAY MARCH 15TH: Oranges and an Apple: Still Life, In this painting we will use very loose sketching, overlapping circles and lines to create the drawing. The drawing will be done lightly however loosely. Once constructed, paint the shapes in with a free stroke method without forcing blending and over washing. Limit your touches for a fresher look. This lesson will show you how to see, draw and paint freely. The shadow will be constructed later. I cut this out from a photo I had at home. We will use the boundary construction line method covered in a previous class to get the placement as close as possible.

FRIDAY MARCH 22ND: Morning Sunrise: I took this photo on March 11th around 6:55 am. One good thing resulting from the time change. I felt it would make a good study for buildings and trees in this lighting that you might be able to apply to a painting of your own making sometime. The office building could actually be a barn with a  few lights on, or a house for that fact. There is another part of the building just behind the tree but we can ignore that. It may be a better choice to move that taller tree to the open space on the left. This study will be about the wash of color top to bottom and injecting the clouds without letting them flow away. They could expand in all directions if the timing is too early and the cloud color is too wet. The darks are “on top” of all else. Let’s see how it goes. This image will be emailed in case you can’t pull it from this page.

UPDATED: Here is the result from the class demo on March 22. As you can see there are many changes using the inspiration as the motivation behind the painting. It’s a good practice of a graded wash top to bottom. The clouds on the upper right are too similar in length and the third one on the upper left is about the same size. They should be a bit softer edged as well. There was too much time between the wash and then adding the clouds on top. The dark tree form on the right is a little too dark. I like the handling of the distant trees in the back that are “back lit” by the sun rising. This dark shape is the same value as the building. Leaving the small shapes for windows worked well, allowing the golden wash color to “be the light” in the windows.  The transition from the dark tree line to the foreground was kept soft and gradually the wash changed. The use of horizontal back and forth quick motions creates the “lay of the land” revealing the broken snow. This light snow is revealed when the darker colors are washed on top.

Here’s a detail:

Note the appearance of fan brush use on the trees, but it’s nothing more than a flat wash brush with the water rung out between the fingers, then the leading edge is split across the width with a knife to create a “jagged” edge. This is then lightly dragged into the palette colors and carefully brushed over the pre-painted trees from the outside inward. This is also applied to the tops of the distance tree line but not too heavily. It gives the illusion of the fine twigs at the ends of the branches as they appear father way. Perhaps you could try only this small detail, but move the building or barn off center.

FRIDAY APRIL 12TH: A Family of Pears: I have had requests to paint pears, so here it is but its a family of pears. I grabbed this image from google and thought it will make a good lesson. Drawing will be done lightly and loosely without the single line but using a combination of curved and some straight sketch lines. Be creative with colors and practice getting color gradation a soft transitions wet into wet. For now, only pears on the white paper. Quarter sheet paper. We will use the damp soaked paper. These are heard edged forms so getting the areas dry to get control will be necessary.




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