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Painting in Oil with Esther Melton  

Thursday 10am - 12:30pm  Feb 22, 2018

6 weeks

Learn the working methods of establishing a strong design for your paintings. Proper brushwork and understanding the direction of light and reflected light will be covered. Practice mixing the “grays” found in nature, in addition to mixing the bright and subtle colors needed to establish an exciting color palette. Emphasis will be on individual attention and personal instruction.

All levels welcome.

The session fee is $175.00...Sign Me Up

Artist Retreat and Journal Making Kathryn Van Aernum

March 16th & 17th, 2018

9:30 am - 5:00 pm with break for lunch

“We see human thought and feeling best and clearest by seeing it through something solid that our hands have made.” - Eudora Welty

Join me for a weekend “artist retreat” at City Art and create among the galleries. This will be a dive into a contemplative exploration of your creative soul through painting, writing and drawing, with the end product of a hand sewn artist journal to continue your journey after our time together. We will explore with painting with acrylic paste papers, watercolor, sumi and walnut inks, photo transfers and more.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to step outside of time without phones (we will bravely check them at the door) and daily life distractions, and to bridge mindfulness with artistic process. This creative retreat in the heart of the City is open to all levels and disciplines.

Kathryn Van Aernum holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in Visual Arts from Naropa University, the premier educational institution combining contemplative practice with academic rigor.

While primarily known as a photographer, and photo blogger, Kathryn is also an accomplished watercolorist, mixed media and book artist. The Arthur and Meta Jaffe Rare Book Collection at Florida Atlantic University acquired one of her one-of-a-kind artist book on the history of the name Katherine for its permanent collection. Click here to see.

Her work has appeared in juried competitions, group and solo exhibits in Key West, FL; Boulder, CO; Fort Collins, CO; Ann Arbor, MI; and Columbia, Spartanburg and Lake City, SC. and is in many private collections throughout the US.

She also works as a creativity coach and can do great Katherine Hepburn imitation.

2 Day Fee $235 - some supplies included (bookboard, arches wove paper and bookbinding needles and thread and a few other goodies). See supply list at the bottom of the page...Sign Me Up

Painting From Photo Reference: Tips for Working in Charcoal, Pastel or Oil with Michael Story

March 13th, 14th & 15th, 2018

10:00 am - 5:00 pm with break for lunch

Michael: "Join me for 3 days in the City Art Gallery as we explore the possibilities of using photo reference in our paintings. In this workshop, our goal is not to simply copy a photo to paint from, but rather tell a more complete visual story through the use of numerous available photo references. Whether you're painting a historical figure from reference in a book, depicting a different time of day, substituting skies, adding a body of water to your landscape, or combining separate references of people into one scene, learning to utilizing these photo reference tips into the planning of your painting is an invaluable part of the creative process.

In this class, I will show you effective ways to convert your color photo reference into a more dramatic black and white painted image. From black and white photo reference, I'll share with you how to create paintings utilizing various color schemes such as monochromatic, analagous, and complimentary. I'll help you recognize the pitalls of using photo reference and how to correct them before you begin your painting. I'll show you how to use a tracing paper technique that will help you create convincing reflections of skies and objects in water when you have no water reference to work from.

This workshop will be open to artists working in charcoal, pastel or oil, and I will demonstrate my working methods using photo references in all of those mediums. Please bring photo references you would like to work from. Supply lists for the 3 mediums will be available through City Art.

Come join me in March and utilize photo reference better to enhance your finished drawing or painting!"

Click here to view Michael's step-by-step landscape painting process

The workshop fee is $350.00

2 Day workshop fee is $235.00...Sign Me Up

Acrylic Painting from Your Photos with Barbie Mathis

Tuesdays 6:00pm - 8:30pm Feb 6 - Mar 13

6 weeks

If you’ve NEVER painted, or even if you’ve had A FEW classes, but want to explore your own style and subject matter, this class is FOR YOU. Each week, Barbie will demonstrate and simplify how to use various techniques and supplies for starting your own paintings on Canvas, Wood, Pastel board, or Masonite. Acrylic paint options such as Heavy Body or Fluid Acrylics, and Acrylic Mediums will be discussed. And, she will talk about how to compose a painting using your own photos including how to mix colors, creating a focal point, creating textures, etc. Ways to paint Landscapes, Flowers, Water, Skies, Skin Tones and more will be demoed. And, instruction will be given pertaining to your individual paintings and needs. Bring your photo samples on your phone, tablet or photo copies. And, Barbie will have samples of how she interpreted photos to create paintings.

The class fee is $175...Sign Me Up  This Class is Full.


Plein Air Oil Painting for Everyone!

with Mark Conrardy

Saturday afternoon 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Feb 24, Mar 3, 10, 24

Come join me painting on location in and around Columbia, while enjoying the warm late winter afternoon outside. I will be demonstrating and then we will paint together. Learn the basics on perspective and using vibrant harmonious color choices.
All levels welcome.

2:30 setup
3:00 demonstration
3-5:30 work on your paintings
5:30 non-judgemental critique - everyone will be at different levels of experience
(critiques are given to help the whole group learn and to give you something
to think about before next class)

The session fee is $125.00...Sign Me Up 

Before the first class I will contact you to let you know the location of first class.
Depending on how far along you get in your painting will determine when we move to a new location.
If weather is bad we will extend class dates to following saturday as needed.

There will be a bonus day painting with the About Face Plein Air artist on MAR 17 - 8:30 to 11:30am

Beginning/Intermediate Oil Landscape Painting with  Steven Whetstone

Wednesday Nights beginning Feb 7, 2018

 6 weeks

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This is a relaxing class that will tackle painting landscapes from photographs. Learn how to put light, values, and color in your landscape paintings. Beginners with gain basic knowledge of color mixing, perspective and composition. For the well versed artist, we will be learning techniques and concepts to help you advance as a painter.

The session fee is $175.00...Sign Me Up

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