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Please note: Registration for Fall 2012 Classes begins in August
All our classes are on hiatus EXCEPT Evening Cast & Saturday Cast & Portrait
otherwise please look at our Summer Workshops

The Painted Sketch Richard Piloco
Two Month Class, Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm
Seven classes each session except Jan/Feb is six classes
$240 ($205 for Jan/Feb)

Registration Open.
Download two month session schedule (pdf)

In this course, painters will draw, make value and color choices , and compose all at once. While daunting at first, this direct approach underscores the harmony between these elements, and invites an intuitive understanding of how to make painting decisions. By managing all of these tasks simultaneously, artists will gain deeper understanding of the possibilities of oil painting -- and avoid over-thinking. Students will work from live models. Students will work in two ways, first, to capture the entire picture in a three hour time frame. And second, on two week poses to learn how to bring paintings to a higher degree of finish. The instructor will do one 3 hour demonstration each 6-8 week session, as well as painting along with students on one two week session showing how to carry a painting forward with a second pass. In watching the instructor solve the same problems students face, they will gain valuable insight on proceeding with their own canvas.

This method requires a strong foundation in drawing and color reading. Students will be expected to make well proportioned lay-ins, quickly. The limited time requires students to draw with the brush using tone rather than line as much as possible. Often the phrase “don’t draw” is misunderstood to mean drawing is not important. In fact, drawing skill (relative proportions, angles, accurate shapes) is fundamental to all good painting. This course focuses on using the skills honed by drawing, to make accurate tonal shapes with a brush. Download Course Description and Materials List

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Figure Drawing and Painting Edward Minoff and Joshua LaRock
Instructed two evenings*
Meets Monday & Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30pm
Tuition: $210/month
The same model/pose is also on Fridays*
* Uninstructed Fridays
6:30-9:30pm for an additional fee:
$25 with advance reservation (4 evenings) or $10/day drop-in for registered students
Open studio for non-registered students of $50 advance (4 evenings) or $15/day drop-in
on a space available basis.
Advance registration & payment due on the first day of the pose.


Registration Open.
Download previous monthly schedule (pdf)

The class will emphasize the fundamentals of drawing and painting; blocking in, working from the inside out, and modeling conceptualized form. This will offer a sort of training ground for the eye where students will learn how far they can push accuracy and resolve towards nature. Working from the figure, through a series of long poses, students will learn to manage relationships creating an analogous balance that describes the three dimensional experience on the flat page. As students gain a fluency with the pencil they will continue to utilize these principles in paint. Preliminary drawings will be transferred to the canvas where students will first work in grissaille. Finally, students showing a proficiency in pencil and grissaille will paint the figure using a color palette. The instructors, Joshua LaRock and Edward Minoff, will teach the class together giving students a very thorough treatment of this critical and vast subject, each offering a unique but complimentary vision. We will share the intensity of the core program, offering an introduction or supplement to the ideas explored there. Download Materials List

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Long Pose Portrait Drawing and Painting Joshua Larock and Scott Waddell
Monthly Class (24 hour pose)
Instructed two evenings
Meets Tuesday & Thursday, 6:00-9:00pm
Tuition: $210

Registration Open.
Download previous monthly schedule (pdf)

In this course, students will draw and paint the portrait from a single pose lasting several weeks. The first several sessions of each pose will consist of drawing on paper to establish accurate shapes, proportions and structure in a linear mode. When the drawing is complete it will be transferred to linen for painting*. The following weeks will progress in a rational way, applying paint incrementally through an understanding of the effect of light on form. This procedure will include lengthy discussions on the physical events that cause particular hue, value and chroma properties. Beginning to advanced artists are welcome. (*Note: If students have little experience painting or wish to remain in a drawing mode they can opt to render fully in graphite on paper.) Download Materials List

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Still Life Painting Tony Curanaj
8 week class April 3 - May 24
Meets Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-9:30pm
Tuition: $420

Registration Full. Waitlist Open.

Still Life Painting is an important genre of art and a proven tool for teaching artists of every skill level the disciplines needed to create successful, beautiful paintings. The class will concentrate on many of the fundamentals of good picture making, from the technical to the conceptual with still life as the subject matter. The class will have lectures and demonstrations focusing on different topics as well as individual critiques while the student paints his or her own still life set up. For those who wish to focus on the simple fundamentals of drawing and painting, there will be a set up consisting of geometric shapes & colors. Some of the principles discussed will be composition, accuracy in drawing, color and color theory, understanding form and modeling, edge control, glazing/scumbling techniques, lighting, materials and good studio practice. Download Materials List

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Museum Copying Mark Tennant
Two Month Class (8 instructed sessions)
Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:30pm
Tuition: $640
March 14, 21 28 • April 4, 11, 18, 25 • May 2
*A prep session at GCA will be confirmed, and
is tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 9, 6-9:30pm

Registration Open.

Rising artists must look to the great masters of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries for guidance and make themselves familiar with the works of every school in order to cultivate their tastes and form their style. Through museum copying, the student learns to look at nature from the point of view of the best art and compare their own efforts with those that have stood the test of time; to aim at the highest. The student will not only try to see how a painter did a certain thing but why. So that as they copy, they will follow the master in the working out of problems and, consequently, make it their problem as well. One painting will be copied over a period of eight days at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Demonstrations and lectures will cover such topics as construction, value relationships (monochrome), warm and cool color. Download Materials List