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Upcoming Classes and Workshops

    • September 02, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 21, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    VIRTUAL - The Quarantine Sketchbook Part II

    Ellen Orseck

    Eight Weeks

    Wednesdays, Sept 2 - Oct 21,

    10:00am-12:30pm Central Time

    $200

    In the time of COVID, artists have become important responders to life and to the creative impulse. During this pandemic we will explore our distractions, entertainments, distant families and our coping mechanisms in a sketchbook which documents the lives we lead in quarantine. Artists will be combining pen, ink and watercolor to capture the world around them in their home and their environments.  This eight-week on-line class is open to all levels.

    Note: Please note that registration will close August 31 at noon central time. Please register early.

    Supply List

    Supply List for The Quarantine Sketchbook II.docx


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    • September 13, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 04, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 12
    Register

    Virtual - Urban Watercolor Sketching at Home 

    Ed Pettitt

    Sundays
    Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4
    1:00 - 4:00 pm
    $100

    Want to see your living room or backyard through new eyes? This online class will allow you to explore your home through the fun and relaxing medium of urban watercolor sketching. Whether you can barely draw stick figures or you have a degree in fine arts, this class is for you! We will begin the class by learning about the rich history of urban watercolor sketching. We will then review the background and basics of ink sketching and watercolor painting and how they combine to form a powerful tool for connecting with and documenting the environment around you. With guidance from your instructor, you will do your sketches and paintings either indoors or in your backyard. We'll cover composition, value, proportion, perspective, basic color theory, texture, shadows, contour drawing, Japanese etegami, documentary reportage, and more!

    Note: Please note that registration will close September 11 at noon Central Time. Please register early.

    Follow the at home Urban Sketching movement too: #uskathome







    Supplies Needed:

    For this virtual class, please use the supplies you have at home, but here are some recommended supplies as a guide:

    • Mixed Media/Watercolor Sketchbook, 5.5" x 8.5" or smaller, any style
    • Pencils (any)
    • Eraser (any)
    • Pens or fineliners with waterproof ink (e.g. Uniball Vision Micro pen or Micron fineliners)
    • Watercolor palette/paints (any brand/quality, smaller travel/pocket size preferred)
    • Brush(es) (small to medium, sizes 2-6, preferred)
    • Small ruler
    • Paper towels/cloth
    • Optional: Pack of 4" x 6" Watercolor Postcards (any brand), folding stool/chair for plein air, smartphone or digital camera for photographs



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    • September 19, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 35
    Registration is closed

    VIRTUAL - Photographing Paintings & Editing Photos on Your Phone 
    Beth Graham

    Saturday, Sept 19

    10:00am-12:00pm Central

    $40


    This class will cover 4 things:

    1. How to take a good photograph of a painting to submit to an online exhibit.

    2. How to use your phone to edit the photograph so it looks like your painting. 

    3. How to save & submit that photo.

    4. How to edit reference photos to help you create beautiful paintings. 

    You will see exactly how to do these things in easy-to-understand demonstrations AND you will have written instructions to refer back to.

    After you register you will be emailed these instructions on how to take good photos, how to save & submit photos at WAS-H, and how to use all the edit tools on your phone. Print them before class as a guide.

    Learn how to see the details in that too-dark photograph. Turn a so-so photograph into something worth painting!

    Instead of investing in complicated photo editing programs, learn to use the tools already on your phone. 

    While the directions are based on an iPhone, the information would still be helpful in using a similar editing tool on an android phone or a simple editing program. Examples shown include images from both Androids and iPhones.

    Registration for this class will close September 17 at noon central time. Please register early.

    • September 23, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • September 30, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 5
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    VIRTUAL - Painting From Photos 

    Carla Gauthier

    Wednesdays, Sept. 23 & 30

    1:00-4:00 Central Time

    $80

    Photos help us remember what we have experienced - and they inspire us to create art that puts us back in that place! But how do we take what we need from a photo, simplify and funnel it down to its essence, so our message is clear, that our inspiration is communicated?

    We need to decide on the focal point, what to exaggerate, what to minimize or discard completely, and ideas that will keep you on track to carry this through to completion. This will be a two week class. A write up, photo and traceable drawing will be sent to you beforehand, so that you can paint along if you wish. During our first class, I will cover the basics of how I work with photos, what I am looking for, where I depart from the reference. I will show a variety of photos, what will work, what I may tweak, what I will edit out, explaining options as we go and the reasons for my choices. Then I will start painting with the photo in mind, making necessary changes, and finishing the painting during this demo. You will be either painting along, or during the week between classes, then uploading your work to a site that allows us all to see what you have been working on. There is both an opportunity for feedback on your work, answers to questions and mini demonstrations that allow for a polished finish to your individual work.

     

    Note: Please note that registration will close Monday, September 21 at noon Central Time. Please register early. Handouts and ZOOM links will be mailed to all participants after registration closes.

    Level: All levels






    • September 25, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • September 27, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 8
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    VIRTUAL - Sketching on your iPad in Procreate: master digital tools to improve your art

    Ksenia Annis

    September 25, 26, 27
    10:00 - 11:30 Central Time

    $80

    Even if you work in traditional media like watercolor or acrylics, developing the initial studies for your artwork is much faster and easier if you are using a digital tool like Procreate app for iPad. This class will give you detailed instructions on how to use Procreate for iPad, but the app itself is not the main focus of this class. We will be learning how to plan your future painting the digital way: without the hassle of printed photos, sketch books and tracing paper. In this class I will explain step-by-step my digital sketching process from creating the initial concept to help me figure out the composition to further developing tonal relationships in the piece and then selecting colors and painting reference sketch in color.

    Note: Please note that registration will close September 23 at noon Central Time. Please register early.

    Level: All levels

    Materials: The requirements for this class are: iPad Air 2 (came out in 2014) or newer (if you can't find Procreate in your App Store, your iPad is too old). The full list of iPad models is below. Apple Pencil or stylus, Procreate app (buy through the AppStore for $9.99).

    Procreate works on: 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation)

    11-inch iPad Pro (1st and 2nd generation)

    10.5-inch iPad Pro

    9.7-inch iPad Pro

    iPad (7th generation)

    iPad (6th generation)

    iPad (5th generation)

    iPad mini (5th generation)

    iPad mini 4

    iPad Air (3rd generation)

    iPad Air 2


    • September 26, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 18
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    VIRTUAL - Your First Show: Photographing, Staging, Pricing, Marketing, and Showing your Work!

    Ed Pettitt


    September 26
    1:00 - 3:00 pm
    $40

    Does the thought of submitting your watercolor paintings to a gallery show give you butterflies in your stomach? Are you unsure of the rules for submitting to a WASH show or afraid that your work might be rejected? Are you at a loss for photographing, pricing, or marketing your work? Or maybe you've submitted to shows before but just haven't had success in selling your work? Then this workshop is for you! We will demystify the process of submitting your work to a gallery show and will give you practical tips to photograph, frame, price, stage, and market your work, with an emphasis on digital tips and tricks for the age of social media! This is a come-as-you-are workshop, but feel free to bring a sample of your work that you'd like to submit to a gallery show.

    Note: Please note that registration will close September 24 at noon Central Time. Please register early.

    Follow the at home Urban Sketching movement too: #uskathome



    Materials:

    This is a come-as-you-are workshop, but feel free to bring a sample of your work that you'd like to submit to a gallery show.


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    • October 07, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 28, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 12
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    VIRTUAL - Colorful Peony with Butterflies

    Peihong Endris

    Wednesdays
    Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
    1:30 - 4:00 pm
    $100
    members/$140 non-members

    In China, the Peony was known as the "king of all Flowers", and it is the epitome of nobility. You will learn the magnificent of peony through with simplicity of brushwork, depicts the ideas that unique perspective to expresses on Oriental rice paper.  Each technique is demonstrated by the instructor. Students receive individual attention adapted to their particular skill level and interests. All levels.

    Note: Please note that registration will close October 5 at noon central time. Please register early.


    Supply list:

    • Two small combination brushes. One large combination brushes. One large hard bristles brush as orchid bamboo, one fine tip brush or happy dot brush.
    • A box of Marine’s Chinses watercolor 12 or 18 tubes https://www.jerrysartarama.com/maries-chinese-watercolor-painting-set
    • A bottle of Sumi ink.
    • Couple of large porcelain dishes as your older dish.
    • A roll of paper towel,
    • 2-4 paper weights,
    • A painting mat.
    • A wash jar.
    • Any kind of absorbent oriental rice paper, as best Shuen or Double Shuen (two ply) 5 sheets of 52” x 18” www.orientalartsupply.cpm or Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/Watercolor-Practice-Japanese-Calligraphy- MEGREZ Chinese Japanese Calligraphy Practice Writing Sumi Drawing Xuan Rice Paper Thickening Without Grids 100 Sheets/ Half Sheng Shu (Half Raw Ripe) (13 inches by 17 inches)
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    • October 11, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • November 01, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 20
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    VIRTUAL - From Urban Sketchbook to Gallery

    Ed Pettitt

    Sundays
    October 11, 18, 25, Nov 1
    1:00 - 3:00 pm
    $100


    Whether you use your sketchbook for urban sketching, nature sketching, brainstorming, or doodling, this class will help you turn those sketches into gallery-quality paintings! This class is for all abilities - the objective is to advance you to YOUR highest potential, not anyone else's. If you're like me, you may look at your just-completed drawing or painting and have the nagging feeling it just isn’t right or that it's not as well-composed or balanced as it could be, but you're not sure what would make it better. This class will give you the tools to identify what's "off" in your sketches and how to make them better, as well as how to make strong drawings/paintings from the beginning. We will cover design dynamics, visual composition and balance, tonal value and contrast, color theory and mixing, as well as tips for still lifes, landscapes, and portraits. We will also go over the steps you need to take to submit your completed paintings to WASH and other gallery shows, as well as how to price and market your work.

    Note: Please note that registration will close October 09 at noon Central Time. Please register early.

    Follow the at home Urban Sketching movement too: #uskathome



    Materials:

    Try to use what you already have at home. We will discuss supplies during the first class so don't worry if you're missing anything. The following are recommended:

    Watercolor set (artist grade tube paints preferred)

    Paintbrushes (flat and round, medium sizes or larger)

    Watercolor pad/paper (at least 8in by 10in or larger)


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    • October 15, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • November 05, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 36
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    VIRTUAL Designing in Acrylics: Unique Methods to Create Abstraction
    Susan Giannantonio

    October 15, 22, 29, November 5

    1:00-3:00pm Central

    $100 members/$140 non-members


    Image: Frenetic Intuition

    We will explore several unique methods of creating non-representational designs that will provide you many ideas for your future paintings. Our goals are to emphasize bold shapes and values, color and texture using multimedia and collage.  You may work on canvas or paper, at least 9 x 12” but preferably larger. Homework will be suggested but not required.  Please see unique supply list for these 4 classes, below.

    Note: Please note that registration will close October 13 at noon central time. Please register early.

    More details:  www.susangiannantonio.com


    Supply List:

    12 to 15 sheets watercolor paper or canvas approx. 9 x 12”

    Newsprint, printer paper and/or tissue paper.  Newsprint may have print on it.

    Tracing paper

    1 to 2” CHEAP hardware brush or paintbrush that will become partially ruined with mat medium

    At least 5 favorite colors acrylic paint.  You may work with acrylics of any kind (inks, fluid, heavy body, etc.)

    White gesso or white acrylic  paint

    Mat Medium (any brand)

    Palette or Styrofoam plates, plastic disposable pan, etc. for paint

    Spray water bottle

    Magazines, sales flyers, catalogues to cut up

    Index cards or Card stock cut to index card size

    Scissors

    Contact paper or masking tape or both

    Water bucket

    Terry towels or paper towels


    Optional:

    Markers, inktense pencils, caran d’ache, oil pastels, any medium you’d like to experiment with  

    Gelli plate, brayer optional

    If you haven’t painted/collaged with acrylics before, you might want to cover your work space and wear clothing so you can a little get messy. That’s part of the fun.

    • October 24, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 25, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 10
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    VIRTUAL - Start Sketching Faces: an introduction to proportions, structure and color

    Ksenia Annis

    October 24 & 25
    10:00 - 12:00 Central Time

    $60

    Human beings are one of the most popular and fun subjects in art, but a lot of artists struggle when working on faces. Sketching faces is not hard with a good understanding of some basic principles. During the first session of this class we will talk about some methods of quickly capturing the basic structure of the human face. We'll discuss each individual feature, and review the general principles of showing light and shadow on a face. The second session will be dedicated to color: the instructor will present several methods of showing skin and hair with watercolors, as well as using mixed media to capture models within the time limits of a quick sketch.

    Each session will start with instructor's demo and then students will have time to practice what they've learned - from stock photos or from their own, with instructor available to give feedback and answer questions.

    Note: Please note that registration will close October 22 at noon Central Time. Please register early.

    Level: All levels

    Materials: Session 1: Sketchbook or loose paper, pencils, Sharpies, fountain pens. Session 2: Watercolor supplies (watercolors, cold press 140 lb watercolor paper, round brushes No. 4, 8, 10, paper towels, 2 water containers). Optional: water soluble pencils, markers, color pencils, oil pastels.





    • November 07, 2020
    • (CST)
    • November 08, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 13
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    VIRTUAL - 4 Unique Chinese brush painting Techniques:  (Salt, Liquid soap, floating rice paper, Leaf print)

    Peihong Endris

    Nov 7/8
    1:00 - 4:00 pm
    $80
    members/$100 non-members

    Chinese brush painting provides a wonderful opportunity to closely observe nature. One key element of this distinctive style is the influence the materials have on form and technique. Each technique will be introduced with step by step instruction. This class we will focus on 4 Unique Chinese brush painting Techniques (Salt, Liquid soap, floating rice paper, Leaf print).

    Note: Please note that registration will close November 5 at noon central time. Please register early.


    Supply list:

    • Brushes: 2 hard brushes, one large and one small. 1 flat brush (1.5-2.5 inches). 2 combination brushes, one large and one small. 1 pointed brush. couple of charcoals.
    • Paper: all kind of oriental absorbent rice paper.  Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/Watercolor-Practice-Japanese-Calligraphy- MEGREZ Chinese Japanese Calligraphy Practice Writing Sumi Drawing Xuan Rice Paper Thickening Without Grids 100 Sheets/ Half Sheng Shu (Half Raw Ripe) (13 inches by 17 inches)
    • A box of Chinese watercolor 12 or 18 tubes https://www.jerrysartarama.com/maries-chinese-watercolor-painting-set .
    • A box of Sumi ink.
    • Couple of large dishes or Pallets.
    • Two painting mat as cotton mat, or table cloths.
    • A wash jar or bowl.
    • A small jar of salt. A jar of liquid soap.  A marbling tray as a large shallow plastic box, or large heavy foil baking pan. A hairdryer.
    • Few of different plants’ leaves. 
    • A roll paper towel.
    • 2-4 paper weights.
    • A Hair dryer
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