Classes

Drawing

Six week course in the basics of drawing

Learn how to draw exactly what you see from direct observation. Shawn Dell Joyce teaches you how to see, identify and draw five values from light to dark. Start with single object studies and move to multiple objects in a still life. Create the illusion of dimensionality through values and sketching. Learn proportion and using simple sighting to create the illusion of depth and perspective in your drawings. Also learn the laws of proportion with human head and how to draw portraits, and finally put it all together and make a drawing based on your own subject. This course is based upon Betty Edward’s book; “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” 

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Classical Training for Artists

Learn the same way the Old Masters learned, and taught their apprentices. Start with basic composition skills by working from direct observation. Draw your subject then paint it. Learn traditional skills like sight-size drawing, color mixing and color theory, color temperatures and values, and study how light falls on objects and people. Class is progressive, starting with basics like shape and form, then brush skills and exercises to learn the purpose of different brushes, and working from limited palette, and grisaille. Practices tonality by painting shapes and blocks then translating that to complex shapes like seashells and still life.  Work from Caravaggio’s values and chiaroscuro painting, Rembrandt’s edges and forms, Sorolla’s color temperature, and DaVinci’s proportions. Perfect class for a motivated beginner who wants to learn the skills to paint and develop their own style.

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Pastel Techniques

Learn how to use pastels; blending and application techniques, pastel hardnesses and paper tooths, and materials, Learn how to use color theory in pastel and blend to make every color in the color wheel! All you need to know to make striking pastel paintings!