Drawing and Painting

We believe that no matter what their area of emphasis, every emerging artist needs a strong foundation in Drawing and Painting. It is a learned skill that relies heavily upon on hand-eye coordination and which is an ability that, in time, can be mastered by just about everyone. We build upon the basic foundation by further encouraging students to experiment with style, form, and structure.

Materials List

Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.

Class details (meeting times, tuition, etc.) are listed below.

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Drawing & Painting Class Notes

Current Studio Practices: All studio classes will be limited, and enrollment capacity firmly set to allow for the proper distancing between workspaces and students. No outside studio time will be permitted at this time in the drawing and painting studios.

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Drawing Classes - Fall 2022


Course Description

Have you always wanted to draw? Get a step-by-step, hands-on guided tour of line drawing with charcoal and pencil-all supplies provided! Grasp an understanding of observational drawing, translating what the eye sees on to the page, as well as the design and composition principles that lie beneath all art: line, color, texture, and values. Let this non-judgmental introductory class be the steppingstone to future art classes. Includes materials; please bring a bag lunch.

Instructor

Rebecca Burritt

Dates

Sat, Sep 17 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location

Briscoe Studio | Negley Building

Sessions

1

Tuition - Regular

$115

Tuition - Friends

$100


Course Description

Drawing is a learned skill based on hand-eye coordination. Through free-hand drawing, you will develop skills to render three-dimensional objects-using drawing principles of line, shape, value, texture, perspective, and composition. Bring an 18 by 24-inch drawing pad, a selection of graphite pencils, and an eraser; additional materials will be discussed at the first class.

Instructor

  • Section A: Kate Terrell
  • Section B: Kate Terrell
  • Section C: Norman Engel

Dates

  • Section A: Tue, Sep 27 – Nov 15 | 6:30 – 9:00pm
  • Section B: Wed, Sep 28 – Nov 16 | 9:30am – 12:00pm
  • Section C: Sat, Oct 1 – Nov 19 | 10:00am – 12:30pm

Location

Briscoe Studio | Negley Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$235

Tuition - Friends

$220


Course Description

This multi-level class is for beginners with some drawing background or for experienced student-artists who would like to refresh their drawing skills or learn about different drawing styles and materials. Students will move beyond using drawing merely to render objects accurately and will come to view drawing as a challenging vehicle for expression of both form and narrative. Bring a sketchbook or drawing pad (size 11 by 14 or 18 by 24-inches) and a selection of pencils and an eraser; additional materials will be discussed at the first class. Prerequisite: Basic Drawing or equivalent experience.

Instructor

Greg Johnson

Dates

Wed, Sep 21 – Nov 16 | 6:30 – 9:00pm

Location

Briscoe Studio | Negley Building

Sessions

9

Tuition - Regular

$250

Tuition - Friends

$235


Course Description

Every face is unique and individually expressive. Discover the fundamental of portraiture as you expand your observational drawing skills. Learn about facial proportion and structure, and how to draw basic facial features while expanding that skill to capture the personal qualities of each face. Students will receive direct guidance from the instructor as they work from photographs, self-studies, and live models. Previous drawing experience recommended. Please see website for list of suggested supplies.

Instructor

Rebecca Burritt

Dates

Tue, Sep 27 – Nov 15 | 10:00am – 12:30pm

Location

Duncan Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$260

Tuition - Friends

$245


Course Description

Learn the basic elements, or tools, used to create the human figure in an academic procedural approach; that is, a general-to-specific approach, where one element is built upon a previous one (as opposed to a more direct type of drawing where each line is essentially the finished line). Students will explore how to draw the gesture clearly and learn to contain the forms that make up the human body into basic volumes (i.e. spheres, boxes, ellipses and cylinders). Towards the end of the course, students will concentrate on specific landmarks of anatomy and useful facts about the human body, in order to develop a strong systematic approach that frees them creatively, while adding complexity and a new level of believability to their drawings. Students will work from live models and use simple drawing materials. Prerequisite: Previous drawing experience. Model fees are included; please see website for a list of supplies.

Instructor

Andrei Rentería

Dates

Tue, Sep 27 – Nov 15 | 6:30 – 9:00pm

Location

Duncan Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$270

Tuition - Friends

$255


Course Description

Learn the skill of quick gestural drawing for sketching on the go, whether for jotting down travel memories or ideas for later exploration. Quick gestural drawing and the use of perspective will be covered. Class will convene outdoors on SSA’s grounds and the Riverwalk. A variety of media suitable for quick, on-the-go drawing will be explored from ink, markers, gouache, and watercolor pencils. See Website for materials list.

Instructor

Sabra Booth

Dates

Fri, Oct 7 – Nov 18 (No class Oct 28) | 9:00 – 11:30am

Location

Santikos Lobby | Santikos Building

Sessions

6

Tuition - Regular

$175

Tuition - Friends

$160


Course Description

Cartooning, or visual storytelling, is more than just an enjoyable indulgence of the imagination; it speaks to interests such as editorial illustration, children’s book illustration, comic strips, comic books, and storyboarding. Its various forms combine caricature, figure drawing, and illustration through the medium of ink and watercolor on paper. Instruction will focus on character development, illusions of movement, sequential staging, setting management, inking, and coloring―all aimed towards the refinement of narratives and ideas. Bring a 9 by 12-inch sketchbook and a sharpened pencil to the first class. Open to ages 15 and older.

Instructor

Mike Fisher

Dates

Thu, Sep 22 – Nov 17 (No class Nov 3) | 6:30 – 9:00pm

Location

Gen Ed Classroom | Santikos Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$235

Tuition - Friends

$220

Painting Classes - Fall 2022


Course Description

Painting is an ideal class for the beginning student who wants a structured approach to painting with acrylic paints. The class will cover color mixing, paint application, selection and use of brushes, and other painting tools, as well as painting composition. A limited color palette is encouraged to learn how to mix a variety of colors. Intermediate students may sign up and work with the instructor’s guidance. *See SSA website for materials list. There are no prerequisites; however, Basic Drawing is recommended.

Instructor

  • Section A: Sam Velasquez
  • Section B: Norman Engel
  • Section C: Norman Engel

Dates

  • Section A: Wed, Sep 14 – Nov 16 | 6:30 – 9:00pm
  • Section B: Thu, Sep 15 – Nov 17 (No class Nov 3) | 6:30 – 9:00pm
  • Section C: Fri, Sep 16 – Nov 18 | 10:00am – 12:30pm

Location

Duncan Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

  • Section A: 10
  • Section B: 9
  • Section C: 10

Tuition - Regular

  • Section A: $270
  • Section B: $255
  • Section C: $270

Tuition - Friends

  • Section A: $255
  • Section B: $240
  • Section C: $255


Course Description

This class is for both the first-time painter, as well as the student who would like to learn more about the various approaches to painting in this very direct medium. Demonstrations will be given on how to paint wet-on-wet washes, dry-on-wet washes, and with a dry brush. Color theory as it relates to watercolor will be discussed. Intermediate level students, while developing an independent vision, will learn ways to improve their painting skills through advanced demonstration, practice, and critique. See SSA website for materials list.

Instructor

  • Section A: Jeannette MacDougall
  • Section B: Scott Cooper

Dates

  • Section A: Mon, Sep 26 – Nov 14 | 6:00 – 8:30pm
  • Section B: Sat, Oct 1 – Nov 19 | 1:00 – 3:30pm

Location

Duncan Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$250

Tuition - Friends

$235


Course Description

Working from photographs and plein air (outdoor) sketching, learn basic landscape principles. You can explore water-based painting media from watercolor, gouache, and acrylic and study stylistic examples of artists who have worked within these methods. Painting methods and various working approaches will be demonstrated and encouraged. See website for a materials list: additional materials will be discussed the first class. Previous drawing or painting experience recommended, but not required.

Instructor

Jeannette MacDougall

Dates

Mon, Sep 26 – Nov 14 | 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Location

Duncan Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$250

Tuition - Friends

$235


Course Description

In this non-traditional contemporary approach to watercolor painting, students will create work that reflects feelings, experiences, and heavily abstracted symbols drawn from their own personal lives. Students will learn traditional and non-traditional watercolor techniques, as well as fundamental principles of art with an emphasis on compositions, color theory, and supportive creative exploration. Students should be comfortable with the unique nature of watercolor and be willing to let that guide them through visual experiences of self-discovery and self-expression. Jungian concepts regarding symbolism and creativity will be introduced. Some watercolor or visual experience is preferred, but not required. Please see website for materials list.

Instructor

Katie Pace Halleran

Dates

Thu | Sep 29 – Nov 17 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location

Duncan Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$260

Tuition - Friends

$245


Course Description

Oil paints—known for their flexibility, slower drying and working time, opacity as well as transparency, and depth of color—offer the painter a variety of application methods from thin glazes diluted with solvent built-up in layers to thick impasto painting. Investigate the materials and techniques of oil painting as you acquaint yourself with the medium. Emphasis on developing a personal style of painting, as well as working on composition and the principles for completing a well-executed painting will also be covered. Prior drawing and painting experience helpful. See SSA website for a list of materials.

Instructor

Jerry Cabrera

Dates

Sat, Sep 17 – Nov 19 | 10:00am – 12:30pm

Location

Duncan Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$270

Tuition - Friends

$255

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