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Start Date: Mar 14, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:40pm - 9:40pm (Wed)

This 10-session class is designed to help students develop a better understanding for the fundamentals of color, composition, value, paint application and atmospheric perspective pertaining to landscape painting. Weekly demonstrations will cover editing and simplification for impact, creating believable natural lighting effects and ways to create more dynamic compositions. Starting with compositional thumbnails students will work up to completing several paintings. Along with demos, plenty of individual instruction and critique will be provided.

Open to all levels. A basic understanding of the materials used in oil, acrylic is recommended.

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Start Date: Mar 17, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

In this two-day workshop, we will learn the basics of color theory and touch on color’s history, its roll in economics, politics, and how it has effected civilization. You will experiment with color in acrylic painting, collage and mixed media, creating artworks that deepen your understanding of the roll color plays in everyday life and society. All levels welcome!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: May 30, 2018 Days: Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Inspired by Restoration Ecology, Maine artist, Patricia Wheeler invites you to paint from your intuitive side to explore and restore your personal center. She will show you how she processes memory – creating small abstract works on paper. Wheeler uses watercolor blocks that are very transportable with acrylics, cold wax, photo transfers, etc. – like a smaller version of her larger works. These completed small paintings can be framed or stored in a small, lidded box to use as studies for larger works. By day 2 we will take our studies and begin to transform our personal vision into large abstract paintings on wooden cradle-panels. As we build, layer, and cut into these paintings, we begin to understand the distressed surfaces of ancient places and how that accumulation of history and visual information can metaphorically reflect ourselves.  Emphasis will be on working in series. Our goal is to create our own vocabulary of symbols and to integrate the things floating around inside of us, releasing whatever is holding us back. We will work on multiple paintings, moving quickly from paper to panels.  Box, panels and grounds and other misc. supplies will be provided.