Art classes and fall start soon

Fall art classes start soon. That is a fact. Fall is here. This might be the most inspirational time for poets and artists, especially these ones who are taken away by color.

My fall art classes usually resume in October. I went to Latvia earlier this year, so, art classes can start sooner and be long enough to learn plenty. It’s going to be October.

I had to think a lot how to arrange art classes this year: I tried 1-day workshops, 2-day workshops, monthly classes and 2 classes on the same subject. I tried everything, I believe. I will have 8 classes in a row this season because it felt as if previous approach did not give enough time for everybody, and I definitely do not like rushing people.

These classes are supposed to give a lot of space and freedom for interpreting subject in a very personal way. We have created wonderful paintings before, and they never looked the same. Every student had used their own view on things, and that is pretty much how art should be: originating in the artist, not in a photo which gets copied onto a paper or canvas. I would love that every class is experience and process and less an attempt to stick to perfection because when we do not get everything perfect we are upset. I encourage everybody to play with shapes, contrasts, colors and try finding the ones that make sense for that particular student personally. We are all similar and very different at the same time: why would we try to create copies of each others work?

We will have new fall art class: a  daytime watercolor and sketching class which will focus on pleasure and excitement that only colors and good mood can provide us with. I was told quite frequently that not everybody can attend the late afternoon class, so, here you go: meditate, relax and enjoy doing these watercolor studies that are suitable for absolutely everybody as long as they are willing to try some brushstrokes. This class does not require a lot of materials, and we will do exactly that: we will get lost in artistic freedom to create whatever we feel like at that moment. I have a pretty good idea how well this will work out, so, it should be a fantastic class if you are looking for a great pastime and if you feel you need to decrease your stresses and forget about problems.

Fall art classes: late afternoon watercolor and acrylic painting class will continue the good tradition of this studio: enjoy the process and learn in a relaxing environment. I have thought about new subjects which will be very suitable for exploration and studies, and I will try to gear students’ attention towards the use of tips and tricks, many different techniques and ways of paint application, as well as watercolorists will get a boost with their drawing skill.

When I am traveling from place to place, there is rarely time to sit down and quietly paint or sketch. As you know, I want my subject to be in front of me, whether that is a still life apple or some flower, or a scene. I quite honestly cannot stand repainting photos, so, I am very happy every time when there is a chance to get something on paper. It’s not much. My subjects had wilted and gotten bad while I was away, but still: that is at least an exercise. I did not have a desk or decent table, and I had to balance everything on my lap or stretch a bit in order to reach to water or paint which is a fun of some sort.

Some sketch and 2 watercolor paintings, that’s all I got done so far while traveling

Rowan berries or ash berries, as well as some sunflower and apples, we will try some nature scenes with still life elements in our fall art classes, too.

Quick sketch: inspiration for fall art classes

 

This really says: fall

 

 

 

I have noticed: if I cannot paint or draw for a longer time, I feel like I am missing something a lot. I hope you have nice plans for your fall season, as well!

Crafted and hand-made is the new luxury 2: nature helps with materials and subjects

I am slightly behind everything because my health was giving me hard times and, secondly, I had many workshops and classes recently. Although, I took quite a lot of pictures, I did not get a chance to post nothing.

Returning to hand-made items and DIY art, I must say we were dealing with pumpkin still lives for quite a while. Therefore, all pictures will show different stages of just started, half-done and almost done fall still lives with pumpkins, apples and leaves which we used very directly, sometimes even placing on canvas and simply drawing around. Lots of fun and it is very easy way to straighten out our composition because leaves are an extremely decorative element, they can be in all imaginable colors and we can place them anywhere filling up all spaces that need some coverage.

Classes provide students with ideas about different techniques, steps, approaches and methods when working on some particular project or theme.

Tips for beginning artists:

Using pre-toned or pre-painted canvas speeds up everything. You can use a mix of gesso with some earthy, brownish-yellowish or greyish-brown shades. Good colors to cover canvas are something medium dark made of yellow ochre plus burnt umber plus white or small amount of light blue, or yellow ochre plus burnt sienna plus white plus raw umber, or the same with small amount of blue. Our goal is to have not very light and not very dark, but attractive medium light shade. Such canvas works much better than pure white canvas, unless your painting involves a lot of white objects or large white spaces. Pre-toned canvas allows seeing and perceiving objects in a more correct manner, therefore, it is much simpler to add shadows, dark values, and highlighted spots.

First layers of paint should be applied using generous amount of not much diluted color. Don’t be afraid because acrylic tolerates quite a lot, and everything can be adjusted and straightened out! Sometimes beginners use paint very sparsely. It dries out extremely fast, does not give a chance for washing out edges and looks streaky. It is also wrong to stop working on some area because of fear to damage this spot. This might take some additional time, but results will be more pleasing.

When in doubt, start with medium dark, however, many objects require starting with deep darks. Medium dark is a good spot to be, because you can lighten it up and add stronger darks, and that is really useful for still life objects and floral painting.

Leave the tiny details and small adjustments for the end stage. There is no need to work out perfectly parts that will be covered with other elements.

It is always important to simplify the scene or image we intend to work on. That means to start with very simple shapes, very simple edges, and basic accents.

It is easier to apply wet acrylic paint over dry surface, especially when we need strong highlight and strong values. That prevents the fresh part from mixing in with the rest, and if applied incorrectly, can be swiped off with wet paper towel. The edge is rubbed off with dry or slightly damp brush. That allows connecting the freshly painted part with the dry part seamlessly.

Fresh acrylic can look much lighter than it will be after it dries. No need to worry that some part looks too light while the painting is wet. Darks are achieved easier; lights sometimes require the use of multiple layers and repetition of steps. Do not be afraid that you need to repeat some steps and paint application sequences. That is a completely normal process.

I hope everybody can follow these simple steps. For more assistance, you will just have to attend some art classes!

We created quite a few of great works for our own decorating needs. Some still need some work.

Pumpkin still life: works in progress

Pumpkin still life: works in progress

Pumpkin still life: works in progress

Pumpkin still life: works in progress 2

Pumpkin still life: works in progress

Pumpkin still life: works in progress 3

Practically finished painting

Pumpkin still life: works in progress: this is practically done

Autumn art painting class for adults 9

Painting loosely can be of great advantage

Art classes for adults: fall still life

Art classes for adults: fall still life

Res MY Pumpkin paint

Art classes for adults: fall still life demo version, still needs some work, but I will probably call it a day