Sharpening Skills in Watercolor
Let’s build from the basics to practice more complex watercolor painting skills, such as: making value sketches, mixing color in different ways, learning about color comibinations, laying in larger washes, glazing, trying different types of paper, and getting strong lights and darks. We will also explore new techniques. Skills will be learned through weekly lessons and demonstrations. This class will be an introduction for beginners, and a skill-building experience for more experienced painters. Each participant will work at his or her skill level.
Six Wednesdays, January 14- Feb. 19, 10 am to noon
Cost: Members $144, nonmembers $160
Staunton Augusta Art Center. Call to register, 885-2028
Designing Better Paintings with Peg Sheridan
The focus will be on composition, shape planning, line, etc. By learning how to plan a painting, the student can actually paint more freely. Learn how to self-critique a painting and how to resolve problem areas. Learn about discovering and developing one’s own personal style as a painter.
Six Wednesdays, March 12-April 16, 10am-noon
Cost: Members $144/Nonmembers $160
Staunton Augusta Art Center, call to register, 540-885-2028
Saturdays-in-March classes for ages 6-10, a collaboration with Mary Baldwin College students
Through the theme of Tribal Art, participants will learn art techniques with a variety of mediums and will explore relevant cultures and geography. Sign up for just one or all four!
10:30am-Noon at the R. R. Smith Center, 20 S. New Street in historic downtown Staunton
Pre-registration is required by calling 540-885-2028. Cost per class: $15/$13members.
Australia, Aboriginal Art, March 8
Dot painting nature or dreamtime scenes onto rock was one of the earliest art forms. We’ll supply the rocks and the same colors the early Aborigines preferred: yellow (the sun), brown (the soil), red (desert sand), and white (clouds, sky).
India, Mehndi (applying henna), March 15
Long before our modern craze of tattoos, this ancient Indian art incorporated images of the sun to represent one’s inner as well as external light. Our experienced henna artist will guide students in applying traditional images to the hands or feet (or paper, if preferred) with natural, non-toxic henna.
The Arctic, Inuit Shamanic Art, March 22
Animals, always highly respected, were usually the basis for this art and for the stories told by tribal religious leaders. In the Inuit style, paint your own totem on paper and create a corresponding story.
Kenya, Kikuyu Face Masks, March 29
Face painting in this ancient African tribe was a serious matter and was used to beautify oneself or to terrify others in battle. Follow the style of the Kikuyu and create a mask to convey beauty, bravery, boldness….
Reserve these dates on your calendar now for Summer Studio, week-long (10am-Noon, Monday-Friday) art camps for ages 4-5, 6-8, 9-12. Details will be announced soon!