#A139 Beginning Painting

Instructor: Erica Magnus
Catalog #A139
Adults and teens 16 and older
Friday from 12:30-3:00
8 sessions starting July 24, 31, August 6, 13, 20, 27, September 4, 11

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*Materials List may be altered before class, the final materials list will be updated to this page and emailed to registered participants by September 3rd.

About this class:

Beginners and more experienced painters will both benefit from class exercises and in-class personal instruction as they confidently build a solid understanding of painting fundamentals.

Participants will learn about the properties and the proper care and maintenance of painting tools are addressed early in the course.  Using still-life setups, each of the 8 classes covers step by step the essential elements found in successful paintings including but not limited to: how color and value work together to build forms and how composition, perspective, and scale combine for the best results.

What’s included:

  • table easels, some standing easels to be used during class
  • some containers for oil and acrylic paint
  • some cleanup supplies
  • limited Dairy Barn materials

What to Bring:

Participants will supply the majority of their own materials: If you need some guidance on where to purchase materials, check out www.dickblick.com, or Pat Catan’s in Parkersburg.

About the Instructor:

Erica Magnus majored in Painting, studying at home and abroad to earn her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN.  She spent two years in further study of Painting and Sculpture at Atelier ’63, Stichting Academe, in Haarlem, The Netherlands. She completed her MFA at the School of Art in Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL, where she had first moved to work with Buckminster Fuller’s World Game Workshop.  Her professional careers span multiple applied art freelance work, in publishing, illustration, creature design, and graphic novel development for film and television.  Teaching art classes has always been and continues to be her most enduring source of shared enjoyment.


Covid-19 Procedures: Please see also, our Re-Opening Plan.  The safety and health of our patrons, their families, and our community is our absolute highest priority.  We have been in contact with the health Department, consulted experts, and spent a great deal of staff time going over what the best practices in these unprecedented times are.  For this class, we will enforce the following:

-All participants will be required to wear masks/face coverings while in the building. 

-Participants are required to travel solely to and from their classroom spaces, and restrooms.  — Participants are not permitted to go to other spaces in the Barn such as the gallery unless the staff is notified.  

-During class, participants must be seated no less than 6 feet from one another.

-Participants are not permitted to share tools or materials during class time. 

-All tables and chairs will be sanitized before and after the class by the instructor or Dairy Barn Staff.

-Anyone who has experienced symptoms consistent with Covid-19 within a two week period prior to the start of a class will not be permitted to attend.

While we are satisfied with these measures, we can not absolutely guarantee the safety of all from exposure.  If you have risk factors making you more vulnerable to complications from Covid-19, or have a loved one who could be exposed through you, we do not recommend you attend this class, and we look very forward to seeing you in the near future for more classes!

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