Saturday, October 5, 2019

Color Mixing Crash Course

Do you mix colors together and get mud? Learn how to mix a wide variety of brilliant, rich & luscious colors in a few easy steps. Discover your own personal palette. This class will be fun as it takes you through the basics of color mixing, warm tones, cool tones and complimentary colors. Create your own color references, paint different color combinations with certain themes in mind and lastly create your very own abstract painting with intuitive color mixing. 

Color Mixing Swatches by Christy Olsen

Meets: (3) Saturday Afternoons 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (3-hour duration)
Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19 in 2019
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Christy Olsen
Format: Lecture, demonstration & practice. Work hands on within a supportive studio environment. Plenty of individual feedback and one-on-one instruction will be provided throughout the class.
Level: All levels welcome! Ideal for absolute beginners with no experience as well as those with any previous experience, who would like to revisit or expand their knowledge on the topic.

Medium: Any painting is welcome, demonstrations will be performed in water based oils, watercolor, opaque watercolor (gouache)
Technique: Color mixing as it applies to oils, acrylics, watercolor, opaque watercolor or gouache
Materials: Link
Syllabus: Link

Mantras in a Box: Art Journaling in Mixed Media

What's your mantra? Express your own unique word or mantra, using art journaling techniques in mixed media. Learn how to size them for a box or bind them together. Demonstration will include, creating monoprints with a gel plate to create backgrounds and texture, embossing for a faux wax finish and using rust to create color and patterns. Add layers, borders, blend and create a focal point for each journal page.

Mantras are instruments of the mind, used to concentrate, meditate, change habits or focus on a specific goal. It's is powerful statement or slogan repeated frequently, which can be thought of as a seed to energize your intentions or used as inspiration to start the day. Don't miss this opportunity to design your own mantra in your unique style!

Art Journaling by Michele Vaughan

Meets: (3) Saturday Mornings 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19 in 2019
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Michele Vaughan
Format: Lecture & demonstration, individual feedback and one-on-one instruction will be provided, during in class exercises or studio practice.
Level: Absolute Beginner to Beginner, all levels are welcome!

Medium: Mixed Media, most all mediums are welcome, demonstrations will be performed in mixed media.
Technique: Specific to Art Journaling
Materials: All materials will be provided. Bring a sketchbook, notebook or something to take notes.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Landscape Features in Watercolor: Mountains & Rocks

Ideal for anyone painting in watercolor, who would like to practice within a studio setting and learn from live demonstrations. Explore new ways to create realistic rocks or mountains by textural layering. Find out how to treat form and cast shadows within distinct geological formations.

Artwork by Stacy Egan

Meets: (2) Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3-hour duration)
Dates: Sep. 21, 28 in 2019
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Stacy Egan
Format: Lecture & demonstration, individual feedback or one-on-one instruction will be provided, during in class exercises or studio practice.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Medium: Watercolor
Technique: Specific to Painting Landscape Features in Watercolor
Materials: Instructor will email materials list prior to the first day of class.

 Syllabus: link


Big Rock Formations
  • Beach
  • Streams
  • Rock Walls in Fields
  • Mountain/Woods
  • Gardens 
  • Houses

Day One Focus

Rock Features Include:
  • Size
  • Shape (2D)
  • Form (3D), i.e. shadows
  • Color
  • Texture (Color & Form)

Color mixing studies from Stacy's notebook.

Earth Yellow Mixtures

Brown and Gray Mixtures

Neutralized (Earth) Oranges

Neutralized (Earth) Yellows

Demo: Warm Up Exercise
(Mixing Brown & Gray)

Demo: Warm Up Exercise
(Mixing Brown & Gray with lighter values)


Demo: Getting Started

Demo:
Double Arch (Arches National Park)

Demo: Under Painting
Double Arch (Arches National Park)

Demo with 2 Brushes

Technique using 2 brushes to soften edges:
  • Brush No. 1 (Loaded with Pigment), apply to the area
  • Brush No. 2 (Clean Brush without Pigment) pull the pigment away from the edge with the clean brush while it is still wet

Close up of demo

Stacy's finished example

Demo:
El Capitan (Yosemite National Park)

Neutralized Greens
Instructor Example
Color Study of Greens

Instructor Example


Class Videos

See below.



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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Landscape Features in Watercolor: Painting Starry Night, Blue or Cloudy Skies

Unearth new techniques in watercolor to make unique and beautiful skies! You may choose to paint the sky true from observation or make it as interesting, dramatic, and awe-inspiring as you can imagine it. Whether day or night, skies dictate the mood of any landscape painting. Discover techniques for painting a variety of skies, including blues skies, cloudy skies, and fantastical starry night skies. Demonstrations will include mixing new and fresh colors with plenty of individual one on one instruction.

Watercolors by Stacy Egan

Meets: (3) Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3-hour duration)
Dates: Apr. 20, 27, May 4 in 2019
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Stacy Egan
Format: Lecture & demonstration, individual feedback or one-on-one instruction will be provided, during in class exercises or studio practice.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Medium: Watercolor
Technique: Specific to Painting Landscape Features in Watercolor
Materials: Instructor will email materials list prior to the first day of class.

In Class Demonstration

Instructor Examples and Demo

Instructor Examples

In Class Demonstration


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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Art, Imagery & Words: Art Journaling

Explore new ideas, express thoughts and practice demonstrated art journaling techniques. Create a one of a kind artist book! Combine & fill the pages with your own artwork, images, text, words, or ephemera under a common theme. Paint, stencil, collage or stamp using variety of materials. All you need are some supplies and a willingness to play. Learn how to create underpaintings, texture or layer using demonstrated mixed media techniques.

Art Journaling by Michele Vaughan and Friends

Meets: (3) Saturdays 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Dates: Mar. 23, 30, Apr. 6 in 2019
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Michele Vaughan
Format: Lecture & demonstration, individual feedback or one-on-one instruction will be provided, during in class exercises or studio practice.
Level: Absolute Beginner to Beginner, all levels are welcome!

Medium: Mixed Media, most all mediums are welcome, demonstrations will be performed in mixed media.
Technique: Specific to Art Journaling
Materials: All materials will be provided. Bring a sketchbook, notebook or something to take notes.

Instructor Example

Instructor Examples

In Class Demonstration

Tools

In Class Exercises

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Drawing the Desert on Location

Ideal for anyone, who would like to explore new drawing techniques, outside on location. Learn approach to drawing from observation, the process and tools needed to work outdoors using natural sunlight. Capture landscapes & the Sonoran desert with appealing compositions that convey a sense of space or depth. Explore new & useful techniques for capturing plants, vegetation, texture & the sky.

Desert Plant Example

Meets: (3) Sunday Afternoons at 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (3-hour duration)
Dates: Mar. 17, 24 & 31 in 2019
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Linda Chappel
Format: Lecture & demonstration. Individual feedback or one-on-one instruction will be provided.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Medium: Graphite or Charcoal
Technique: Plein Air, Sketching & Drawing
Materials: Instructor will email materials list prior to the first day of class.

Class Demonstration

Observing and Drawing from Life

In Class Exercise

In Class Student Work

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Intensive Introduction to Encaustic

Explore the fascinating unbounded medium of encaustic! If you’ve ever been curious, this two day workshop will teach how to create luminous paintings, using heated, pigmented beeswax. Beginner to intermediates are welcome! Learn the process, recipes, equipment and studio set-up needed to practice with encaustic. Discover the history of this ancient medium and learn techniques that date back thousands of years.

Sherrie Posternak with her Encautic Creations

Demonstrations will include texture, substrates, grounds surface techniques, collage, mixed media and 3-D applications with plenty of individual one on one instruction. Use of all equipment, tools and some consumable materials will be included.

Meets: (2) Days on Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (1 hour lunch break each day)
Dates: Mar. 9 & 10 in 2019
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Sherrie Posternak
Format: Lecture & demonstration. Studio practice with individual feedback or one-on-one instruction will be provided. Maximum enrollment is 8.
Level: Absolute Beginner, Beginner or Intermediate, all levels are welcome!

Medium: Encaustic
Technique: Texture, substrates, grounds surface, collage, mixed media and 3-D applications
Materials: Class includes all use of encaustic equipment, tools, & all consumable materials. Bring notepaper, pen or pencil. Several images of your favorite artists’ work, an image of any of your own favorite artwork (to share your artistic sensibility). Wear or bring an apron and closed toed shoes to work in the studio.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Design and Composition: Notan

Whether you are drawing or painting, a strong composition will attract attention, engage the viewer or provide clarity in your message. This class covers some of the basic principles of art, simplification, and the Japanese concept of Nōtan (濃淡), a concept that evolved during the evolution of of woodblock prints using a limited set of dark and light shapes. By the end of this class, you will have a solid understanding of how to simplify your shapes and arrange your values into a pleasing design.

Notan by Christy Olsen

Meets: (2) Saturday Afternoons 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (3-hour duration)
Dates: Feb. 9, 16 in 2019
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Christy Olsen
Format: Lecture & demonstration, individual feedback or one-on-one instruction will be provided, during in class exercises or studio practice.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Medium: Not media specific, demonstrations will be performed in graphite or pen & ink
Technique: Design & Composition
Materials: Instructor will email materials list prior to the first day of class.

In Class Student Work

In Class Student Work

In Class Student Work

In Class Student Work


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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sketching Everyday Objects

Have you ever wanted to get better at sketching or watercolor? There is absolutely no better way than an every day sketchbook practice. Through regular daily practice, you can develop your skills and take them to new heights. In this class, you will discover how the ordinary can become extraordinary!

Everyday Sketch by Stacy Egan

Meets: (2) Saturday Mornings at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3-hour duration)
Dates: Jan. 13, 20 in 2019
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Stacy Egan
Format: Lecture & demonstration, individual feedback or one-on-one instruction will be provided, during in class exercises or studio practice.
Level: Absolute Beginner to Beginner, all levels are welcome!

Medium: Pen & Ink, Watercolor
Technique: Urban Sketching & Painting in Watercolor
Materials: Instructor will email materials list prior to the first day of class.

Everyday Sketchbook Example

Class Homework Brought in for Review

In Class Exercise

In Class Exercise

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Village Art Practice

Do you miss practicing with other artists in a warm, welcoming studio environment? Sometimes it takes a village to find encouragement, support or inspiration! Social learning is also an effective way to develop or hone your skills! Through the exchange of new ideas, sharing tips, ongoing social interactions, enduring relationships, or meaningful connections, it's the glue that makes the knowledge stick.

Village Art Practice Session

Village art practice allows face-to-face contact, the free flow of ideas & place where individuals can cultivate together. Draw or paint in any 2D medium of your choice, working on self-directed projects or bring in a reference photo. A moderator will be present to answer questions, provide individual feedback, or perform short requested demonstrations. You may also bring in any work previously completed for feedback.

Meets: Tuesday Nights 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (3-hour duration)
Dates: Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 in 2019
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Moderator: Christy Olsen
Format: Self-directed or pick your own project.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced

Medium: Draw or paint in any 2D medium.
*Note for oil painters: During each session, please use Gamsol or odorless mineral spirits and dispose of oily or solvent-soaked rags into the red non-flammable marked containers.

Materials: Bring your own supplies. Still life objects are available for use. Access to easels, drop cloths, tables or chairs are provided.

Still Life Setup


Artwork by Christy Olsen