- April 6, 2017 - May 11, 2017
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Here is an opportunity to explore the medium of acrylic and oil painting. This class deals with the beginning stages and foundations of learning about the color palette, mixing, basic brush techniques, and also canvas stretching and other surface preparation for those who need to learn these skills. We will focus on exercises that encourage experimentation and class participation. Class members are encouraged to work from direct observation, imagination, as well from their own photographs. The first week we cover: sketching and underpainting foundations, mark making, line, shape, form, space, and color relationships/theory, in a short series of three exercises. We then move on later to larger (if desired), painting lessons with further emphasis on content, composition, color, and desired personal techniques as the course progresses. Master studies and other more contemporary artists are examined through interpretation and techniques for warm-up exercises/ice breakers. These exercises and others are to be fun and demonstrate observing and interpreting various subject matter, but to understand touch, mark making, color and our own voice. We also will look at nature and our surroundings for inspiration. A relaxed, fun, and comfortable environment with a calm pace will be my objective for this class. A discussion of our needs, interests, and expectations for our time together will start off our first meeting.
April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4 & 11
9:30am – 12:00pm
Members $ 180, Non-members $ 200
Beginner & Intermediate levels
Materials: list will be provided upon registration
About the Instructor Ethan received his BA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his masters in art education from the University of Massachusetts. He has taught art for 16 years at schools and through private lessons and is devoted to the art of teaching as well as painting and drawing.
He supports his students in mastering the foundations of under drawing and painting as he believes these are integral in defining a students’ true expression and passion.
He has shown his art work in the United States as well as Ireland and he continues to work out of his studio in Amesbury, MA.