Events in West Hartford, CT

Starts: Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 — 5:00pm
Ends: 8:00pm
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
Class time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm This painting and color class is basic to intermediate and will explore the Autumn color palette. Along with the obvious colors I will be adding in darks that come from both Carravagio and the Pre-Raphaelite Painters like Waterhouse. This class will push you into using saturated brights and deep dark shadow tones and background colors. We will work from many different images. Add fee to cart to register online. After registering, once the date nears, you will receive an email with instructions on how to attend the class.
Registration fee: $45
Starts: Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 — 10:00am
Ends: 1:00pm
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
The Art Of Painting Loose is for people like you that want to learn to loosen up and be cured from the dreaded hyperrealism disease!

Instead of painting between the lines, we will embrace our imperfect brushstrokes and we will repeat the following mantra over and over! "That's what it wanted"!

Learn to break away from superficial details that only lead to creating a boring photorealistic painting. That's what cameras are for!

Develop the mindset (That's what it wanted) and accumulate brushstrokes into your repertoire that will allow you to paint more expressively.

Learn why so many artists can paint loosely with ease and what's stopping you from achieving expressive art.

Build your vocabulary of impressionistic/loose brushstrokes.

Add Fee to cart to sign up for this date of the class (10/28)
Registration fee: $55
Starts: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 — 5:00pm
Ends: 8:00pm
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
Class time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm This is a basic to intermediate level color and painting class focusing on the complementary color pairs of red/green, blue/orange, and yellow/violet. This is exploratory and experimental. You will push these colors together along with black and white to create a huge range of hues that visually vibrate when placed next to each other. Add fee to cart to register online. After registering, once the date nears, you will receive an email with instructions on how to attend the class.
Registration fee: $45
Starts: Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 — 10:00am
Ends: 1:00pm
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
The Art Of Painting Loose is for people like you that want to learn to loosen up and be cured from the dreaded hyperrealism disease!

Instead of painting between the lines, we will embrace our imperfect brushstrokes and we will repeat the following mantra over and over! "That's what it wanted"!

Learn to break away from superficial details that only lead to creating a boring photorealistic painting. That's what cameras are for!

Develop the mindset (That's what it wanted) and accumulate brushstrokes into your repertoire that will allow you to paint more expressively.

Learn why so many artists can paint loosely with ease and what's stopping you from achieving expressive art.

Build your vocabulary of impressionistic/loose brushstrokes.

Add Fee to cart to sign up for this date of the class (11/4)
Registration fee: $55
Starts: Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 — 5:00pm
Ends: 8:00pm
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
Class time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm This class will explore the winter landscape palette. We will look at light and shadow on snow, day and night themes, muted colors, and saturated winter sunsets. This class is intro to intermediate. Add some interesting new colors to your working palette. Add fee to cart to register online. After registering, once the date nears, you will receive an email with instructions on how to attend the class.
Registration fee: $45
Starts: Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 — 6:00pm
Ends: Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 — 9:00pm
Where: Zoom Online Workshop
4 Week Class Wednesdays 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9 from 6-9pm

This Watercolor Workshop, using watercolor inks, is designed for adults with varied artistic abilities, everyone is welcome. Inks are transparent and colors are easy to mix and flow beautifully. Participants preferring to use watercolor in tubes are welcome to use their preferred medium. Each week will have a theme, an inspiration. I will start each class with a demonstration showing specific techniques needed to accomplish completed paintings. Wet on Wet, Wet on Dry, Layering/Glazing and Brush Stroke Techniques are part of building your skills. The classes approach watercolor using graphic illustration with an emphasis on composition and cropping. The first 4 classes are designed as a series, and build skills gradually and in sequence. I start every class with a demo and demo anything needed for participants.

The process of watercolor painting is relaxing, creative and FUN! Before each class I will send pdf’s of the images we will be working on in class. If participants can print these, to reference in class, it will be helpful but not required.

1. DECORATIVE FLOWERS + LEAVES and BERRIES - All the techniques listed in the series descriptions will be used in this class Aside from being fun and turning out a lovely piece of art, this is the perfect class to take as a refresher for the experienced painters or for a beginner or almost beginner.

*Painting fruits and veggies are perfect subjects for artists of all abilities. Potential opportunities are endless, they can be done as a still life or as a poster design including decorative type, which I will demonstrate. I will demo loose expressive techniques as well as tight controlled illustrations with detail, highlights and shading techniques. There is so much to experiment with, I offer these as separate classes.

2. VEGGIES - Most veggies and fruits are simple shapes useful for practicing wet on wet and other f fundamentals of watercolor. I will definitely include eggplants, tomatoes and possibly turnips + carrots in my demos. I never want to rush the class and plan extra illustrations, if time allows.

3. FRUITS - Wet in wet PLUS dry brush will be used to paint a peaches poster and pears on a branch. We may also paint cross-sections of citrus

4. FLOWERS - Painting flowers incorporates all the techniques learned in preceding classes. Participants will practice using wet in wet, so petals have subtle and delicate shading. Using dry brush, details will be added along with veins in the petals, leaves and stems. Experimenting with multiple techniques helps participants find their own hand (style) which can change, depending on the subject matter. Painting both realistic and decorative flowers and leaves will be demonstrated. Preserving white areas and adding veins to leaves and petals will be explored. Tulips will be painted and perhaps, Echinacea.

Click here to learn more about Marika. The artist hosting this event.
Registration fee: $140
Starts: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 — 10:00am
Ends: 1:00pm
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
The Art Of Painting Loose is for people like you that want to learn to loosen up and be cured from the dreaded hyperrealism disease!

Instead of painting between the lines, we will embrace our imperfect brushstrokes and we will repeat the following mantra over and over! "That's what it wanted"!

Learn to break away from superficial details that only lead to creating a boring photorealistic painting. That's what cameras are for!

Develop the mindset (That's what it wanted) and accumulate brushstrokes into your repertoire that will allow you to paint more expressively.

Learn why so many artists can paint loosely with ease and what's stopping you from achieving expressive art.

Build your vocabulary of impressionistic/loose brushstrokes.

Add Fee to cart to sign up for this date of the class (11/18)
Registration fee: $55
Starts: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 — 10:00am
Ends: 1:00pm
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
The Art Of Painting Loose is for people like you that want to learn to loosen up and be cured from the dreaded hyperrealism disease!

Instead of painting between the lines, we will embrace our imperfect brushstrokes and we will repeat the following mantra over and over! "That's what it wanted"!

Learn to break away from superficial details that only lead to creating a boring photorealistic painting. That's what cameras are for!

Develop the mindset (That's what it wanted) and accumulate brushstrokes into your repertoire that will allow you to paint more expressively.

Learn why so many artists can paint loosely with ease and what's stopping you from achieving expressive art.

Build your vocabulary of impressionistic/loose brushstrokes.

Add Fee to cart to sign up for this date of the class (12/4)
Registration fee: $55
Starts: Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 — 10:00am
Ends: 1:00pm
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
The Art Of Painting Loose is for people like you that want to learn to loosen up and be cured from the dreaded hyperrealism disease!

Instead of painting between the lines, we will embrace our imperfect brushstrokes and we will repeat the following mantra over and over! "That's what it wanted"!

Learn to break away from superficial details that only lead to creating a boring photorealistic painting. That's what cameras are for!

Develop the mindset (That's what it wanted) and accumulate brushstrokes into your repertoire that will allow you to paint more expressively.

Learn why so many artists can paint loosely with ease and what's stopping you from achieving expressive art.

Build your vocabulary of impressionistic/loose brushstrokes.

Add Fee to cart to sign up for this date of the class (12/16)
Registration fee: $55
Starts: Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 — 10:00am
Ends: 1:00pm
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
The Art Of Painting Loose is for people like you that want to learn to loosen up and be cured from the dreaded hyperrealism disease!

Instead of painting between the lines, we will embrace our imperfect brushstrokes and we will repeat the following mantra over and over! "That's what it wanted"!

Learn to break away from superficial details that only lead to creating a boring photorealistic painting. That's what cameras are for!

Develop the mindset (That's what it wanted) and accumulate brushstrokes into your repertoire that will allow you to paint more expressively.

Learn why so many artists can paint loosely with ease and what's stopping you from achieving expressive art.

Build your vocabulary of impressionistic/loose brushstrokes.

Add Fee to cart to sign up for this date of the class (12/30)
Registration fee: $55

Past Events

Starts: Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 — 5:00pm
Ends: 8:00pm
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
Class time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm In this fun Halloween inspired class you draw and paint a number of Skulls on paper. We will look to skull decorating from various sources to inspire your own unique designs. There will be time to be experimental and make multiple images. Add fee to cart to register online. After registering, once the date nears, you will receive an email with instructions on how to attend the class.
Starts: Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 — 5:00pm
Ends: 8:00pm
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
Class time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm This observational drawing class will focus on basic human skeletal structures. This class is basic to intermediate. We will use images to draw from using line. Towards the end the underlying universal structure will be compared to various creatures from the Animal Kingdom, along with drawing them. Add fee to cart to register online. After registering, once the date nears, you will receive an email with instructions on how to attend the class.
Starts: Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 — 5:00pm
Ends: 8:00pm
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
Class time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm This is an entry level investigation into Oil Paint and Cold Wax through the concept of Wabi Sabi; a Japanese aesthetic that embraces imperfection, impermanence, and incompleteness. You will work with palette knives and other non-traditional application tools. The underlying theme of this class is Color and Abstract Painting. Add fee to cart to register online. After registering, once the date nears, you will receive an email with instructions on how to attend the class.
Starts: Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 — 5:00pm
Ends: 8:00pm
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
Class time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm This beginner to intermediate class will use basic painting, drawing, and compositional elements to create the illusion of depth in a landscape. Techniques such as layering, overlap, diagonals, meandering paths, contrast, warm and cool colors, detail, blurred edges, as well as atmospheric color will be covered Add fee to cart to register online. After registering, once the date nears, you will receive an email with instructions on how to attend the class.
Starts: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 — 5:00pm
Ends: 8:00pm
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
Class time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm The grid method involves drawing a grid over your reference image, and then drawing a grid of equal ratio on your work surface. Each square is then copied one at a time resulting in the entire image being transferred with relative ease and accuracy. We will copy a Michelangelo Fresco which has bold easy to follow outlines and colors. We will then fill in the colors and values with colored pencil. The work will be completed during the class time. Add fee to cart to register for this online Zoom class. Once registered, when the date nears, you will receive an email with the instructions for how to attend this class.
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