Instructor: Erica Magnus
Friday Afternoons 1:00-3:30
8 Sessions Starting Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15.
Please Note: There will be no class the week of the 11th of October. Classes will resume the following week.
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About this class:
All students interested in beginning or advancing their painting skills are welcome, but this class is especially designed for those who may never have tried painting. Both oil and acrylic mediums will be explained, demonstrated, and explored to help new students discover which of these mediums best suites them.
Using still life setups, each of 8 classes will focus on building one step at a time the basic elements found in painting 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. As needed or requested, individual instruction is available during each class and a group discussion will be included as time allows.
- table easels, some standing easels to be used during class
- some containers for oil and acrylic paint
- some cleanup supplies
- limited Dairy Barn materials
Participants will supply the majority of their own materials: Click HERE for materials list. If you need some guidance on where to purchase materials, check out www.dickblick.com, or Pat Catan’s in Parkersburg.
Week by Week Outline:
All classes will include set up time, brief instructor demos as needed, individual instruction as needed throughout the class, end of class review and discussion with Q & A (time permitting) and clean up time.
Week 1: Introducing oil and acrylic painting mediums, their different properties and behaviors. Clear instructions on how to clean and care for your brushes, preserve paints, and choose painting surfaces, Instructor demonstrations. Class discussion with Q & A.
Week 2: Students bring their own preferred medium supplies based on list provided. Introducing the value scale and the color wheel. Several painting exercises using a still life setup provide practice in applying these two basic elements of painting to composition. .
Week 3: Observing the still life setup, learning to balance color and value to create dimension. How to apply perspective and scale to paintings.
Week 4: Integrating the basic elements introduced in class. Quick focused exercises precede a review of painting elements such as composition, proportion and perspective. Students apply these to a longer sustained painting.
Week 5: Instructor will spend majority of class time working individually with students followed by class discussion of problems encountered, solutions found, painting challenges to experience and pitfalls to avoid. Advancing skills acquired in first four classes to paint still-life setup, students prepare for individual painting projects in final 3 classes.
Weeks 6 & 7: Students choose a painting project based on a choice of set ups. Emphasis is on setting personal goals. Individual instruction throughout the class given with student’s goal the priority.
Weeks 8: Final class will focus on completing works from previous two classes. After early clean-up a final full class review, discussion Q & A ends the session. Final collection of paintings and student materials.
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.