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Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich CT
STUDIO CLASSES


Director's Note:
Welcome to our Fall 2015 Schedule!

The Greenwich Art Society Studio School, as the oldest (and only) visual arts program in Greenwich taught by professional artists, continues its strong tradition of offering the very best in quality instruction.

Our school program is designed to present courses that consistently reinforce the value of training in the core fundamentals of the visual arts. The real study of the craft and processes in the visual arts is not a flash-in- the-pan, results-oriented endeavor.

As much as all of us desire successful results, the value of learning comes from a true understanding of the process and making a commitment to that practice. For as many artistic styles that exist, there are an equal number of various processes worthy of study. To that end, we continue to offer our diverse program as a basis for the core fundamentals in drawing, painting and mixed media upon which to build individual, artistic visions.

See our 2015 Fall Courses schedule below and call the office early at 203-629-1533 to be assured of a place in the course of your choice. Classes begin the week of September 12 with a special Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop by Eddie Nino beginning Friday, September 11.

Good luck in your future studies and thank you for your continued support of the Studio School!

Anna Patalano

FALL TERM    2015

 

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MONDAYS:
INTERMEDIATE PAINTING II with Karen Spring

Individual and group instruction for Intermediate and Advanced. Oil techniques aimed at developing an advanced conceptual vision and solid technical knowledge. New 3-hour format!

Sept. 14–Dec. 14
KS15F1M
13 Mondays 
9:30am -12:30 pm
$495 members
except Oct. 12
$520 non-members
 
THE ART OF NATURE: BOTANICAL AND BEYOND with Lauretta Jones

Explore the beauty of nature—plants, shells, insects, landscapes, etc.—with watercolor, colored pencil or other dry or water-based mediums. Individual guidance based on personal needs and goals in a supportive group envi- ronment makes every class unique. Gain the skills you need to tackle any subject and the inspiration to develop your own style and vision. Students work on individual projects supported by demonstrations that demystify essentials such as foreshortening, light on form, color mixing, composition, brush and pencil technique. Combining the advantages of live subjects with the wise use of reference photographs is addressed. Emphasis is placed on seeing as artists, putting words to intuition and answering the familiar question, “What do I do next?” Suitable for beginners and more experienced artists alike.

Sept. 14–Dec. 14
LJ15F1A
12 Mondays 
1:00-4:00pm
$455 members
except Oct. 5 & 12
$480 non-members
 
TRANSITIONING FROM DRAWING INTO PAINTING with KATHIE MILLIGAN

In this course all the drawing skills needed to transfer what is observed in the three dimensional world onto a sheet of two dimensional paper will be taught. Skills included are Composition, Measurement (Sighting), Positive and Negative Space and Value. The study of Value will cover Painting in Black and White followed by Painting in the Gray Scale. Finally Color will be dis- cussed, namely the qualities of Warm and Cool Colors plus Mixing and Painting with the Three Primaries. Students may work at their individual levels. The subject matter will be still life set- ups. Materials used will be Pencil, Charcoal and Tempera (Poster Paint). Please bring a 9 x 12 sketch pad and HB, 2B and 4B pencils plus an eraser to class. All levels, young adult through adult.

Sept. 14–Dec. 7
KM15F1E
12 Mondays 
6:00-8:30pm
$360 members
except Oct. 12
$385 non-members
TUESDAYS:
NEW COURSE and FACULTY
PAINTING ESSENTIALS and LEARNING TO SEE – BARE BONES BASICS of PAINTING with Sam Morrow

For students who are true beginners and those who want a refresher course in the basic skills of painting. Beginning with structured exercises and then moving into painting from life, our goal in this class is to explore the technical qualities of both oil and water-based oil paints; learning to construct value scales; color mixing and basic color theory. Learning to develop individual visual perception through painting from still life is a key component while applying prerequisite technical skills—the use of paint and respective mediums; the use of different brushes and other tools; and basic ideas on how to begin a painting.

Sept. 15–Dec. 8

SM15F2M
13 Tuesdays
9:00am -12:30pm
$495 members
$520 non-members
THE ART OF NATURE: BOTANICAL AND BEYOND with Lauretta Jones

Explore the beauty of nature—plants, shells, insects, landscapes, etc.—with watercolor, colored pencil or other dry or water-based mediums. Individual guidance based on personal needs and goals in a supportive group envi- ronment makes every class unique. Gain the skills you need to tackle any subject and the inspiration to develop your own style and vision. Students work on individual projects supported by demonstrations that demystify essentials such as foreshortening, light on form, color mixing, composition, brush and pencil technique. Combining the advantages of live subjects with the wise use of reference photographs is addressed. Emphasis is placed on seeing as artists, putting words to intuition and answering the familiar question, “What do I do next?” Suitable for beginners and more experienced artists alike.

Sept. 15–Dec. 15,
LJ15F1A1
12 Tuesdays 
1:00-4:00 pm
$455 members
 
except Sept. 29 & Oct. 6
      $480 non-members
 
COLLAGE AND ASSEMBLAGE USING MIXED MEDIA with CAROL NIPOMNICH DIXON

Put together realistic or non-objective 2- or 3-dimensional collages or assemblages (including box art) using papers, fabrics, photographs, and found objects. Emphasize color, texture, and composition as you juxtapose and transform materials into new visual statements that may range from autobiographical expressions to inter- pretations of our society and imaginary visions. Experiment with the addition of paint and other media to enhance your images. With instructor approval, student can take either the first 6 sessions or the last 6 sessions @ $180m/$205nm.

Sept. 22–Dec. 8
CD15F2A2
12 Tuesdays 
4:30-6:30 pm
$360 members
 
      $385 non-members
WEDNESDAYS:

THE CRAFT OF PAINTING and YOUR PERSONAL VISION-with Anna Patalano Section 1 Mornings

This highly technical course focuses on development of painting techniques in oil, water-based oil, and acrylics while forming your personal vision. We will use your favorite photos as the basis for figurative, landscape, or still life ideas. This is not a class in photo-realism. The class will emphasize fundamental concerns of the craft of painting — understanding color theory and paint mixing, painting tools, surfaces and supports, toned grounds, and the various techniques of impasto, glazing, wet-into-wet, and final varnishes. Basic ideas on how to begin a painting using drawing techniques for transferring the image from the photo to the canvas will be demonstrated. Students should have some basic training in painting as a prerequisite.

Sept. 16–Dec.16,
AP15F3M
12 Wednesdays
10:00-12:30 pm
$395 members
except Nov. 11 & 25
$420 non-members
THE CRAFT OF PAINTING and YOUR PERSONAL VISION-with Anna Patalano Section 2 Afternoons

This highly technical course focuses on development of painting techniques in oil, water-based oil, and acrylics while forming your personal vision. We will use your favorite photos as the basis for figurative, landscape, or still life ideas. This is not a class in photo-realism. The class will emphasize fundamental concerns of the craft of painting — understanding color theory and paint mixing, painting tools, surfaces and supports, toned grounds, and the various techniques of impasto, glazing, wet-into-wet, and final varnishes. Basic ideas on how to begin a painting using drawing techniques for transferring the image from the photo to the canvas will be demonstrated. Students should have some basic training in painting as a prerequisite.

Sept. 16–Dec.16,
AP15F3A
12 Wednesdays  
1:00-3:30 pm
$395 members
except Nov. 11 & 25
$420 non-members
REPRESENTATIONAL PAINTING with KAREN SPRING

This is a painting course to reinforce a students understanding of the fundamentals of painting such as, compositional structure; color mixing; and technical aspects of paint and painting tools. Students can work on a variety of subjects from images of their own. Along with individual instruction geared to each student’s level, there will be demonstrations by the instructor, discussion, and class critiques. All levels of experience are welcome.

Sept. 16–Dec.16,
KS15F3E
12 Wednesdays 
5:15–7:45 pm
$420 members
except Nov. 11 & 25
$445 non-members
 
THURSDAYS:
PORTRAIT & FIGURE -THE COMPLETE DRAWING & PAINTING TOOLBOX with EDDIE NINO

This course is designed for both the beginner and advanced student interested in learning the ins and outs of painting and drawing from life. Short one day portrait poses will keep the student’s chops and fluidity rolling, while long figure poses will concentrate on the student’s ability to calmly
study and observe the model. Every week there will be a mini-lecture on a specific topic such as: value relationships, perspective, color,
composition, likeness, or past or contemporary artists. “It’s all about teaching the student how to see nature so that he or she can then express his
or her inner-self and personal vision. The student will constantly be challenged and therefore think outside the box!”

Sept. 17–Dec. 17,

EN15F4M1
12 Thursdays  
9:00am-12:00
$480 members
except Oct. 1 & Nov. 26
$505 non-members
           
CRITIQUE and COLLABORATION with CAROL DIXON and ANNA PATALANO

This 6-week (meeting every 2 weeks this term), intensive seminar focuses on constructive critiques of students’ 2-dimensional artwork. Team-taught by Carol Nipomnich Dixon and Anna Patalano, the seminar explores the individual artist’s conceptual and technical concerns in a highly per- sonalized, dynamic exchange among students and faculty. The aim of the course is to have each artist best realize what he or she is trying to express visually. Students are asked to bring in two to three of their current works for the first session. Meet in GAS gallery.

Sept. 24, Oct. 8, 22, Nov. 5, 19 and Dec. 3

CA15F4M2
6 Thursdays  
11:00-1:00 pm
$195 members
(Dec. 10 snow date)
$220 non-members
           

PROCESS PAINTING: MASTER CLASS IN CONTEMPORARY ISSUES with Anna Patalano

For advanced painting students with emphasis on individual process. Using ideas of abstract and non-objective painting, students will learn how to deconstruct traditional subjects such as the figure, landscape, and still life to create completely unique and personal visual images. For those who are more adventurous, delving into completely non-objective imagery is also an option based on elements of color, form, and space to structure the
image. Different painting materials, mediums, tools, and techniques will be stressed. Collaborative critique of class work is an integral part of the course as well as trips to major exhibitions in NYC.

Sept. 17–Dec. 17,

AP15F4A
13 Thursdays  
1:00-4:00 pm
$495 members
except Nov. 26
$520 non-members

FIGURE DRAWING: ACTION AND REPOSE with Nomi Silverman

Draw from the live model! Nomi will begin each session with gesture drawings. Then you’ll do warm-up sketches with exercises geared to work on specific areas of life drawing. This quick-sketch section will be followed by longer poses allowing you to observe and build up the anatomical form of the figure. In the process, Nomi will point out the muscle and bone structure and show you how each group interacts. The remaining time will be devoted to longer poses allowing you to study the patterns formed by light and shadows to create a dynamic drawing. Use the mediums of your choice – pencil, charcoal, marker, pen and ink, even pastels. For all levels.

Sept.17–Dec. 17,

NS15F4E
12 Thursdays  
6:00-8:30  pm
$398 members
except Nov. 5 & 26
$423 non-members
 
 
FRIDAYS:
NEW WORKSHOP PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE PAINTING WORKSHOP with EDDIE NINO

This workshop focuses on outdoor landscape as an inspirational and teaching instrument. By working outdoors, beginner to intermediate students will learn key ingredients that will strengthen their painting’s quality and power. In addition, students will be taught how to work efficiently since time is at an essence and taught how to plan and finish their paintings using different painting methods. Common subjects to be addressed are: alla prima painting, color and value studies, color mixtures and harmonies, aerial perspective, brushwork, and com- position. Frequent demonstrations and one on one critiques will be conducted. Location to be announced.

Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 9

EN15F5M
4 Fridays  
9:00am-1:00 pm
$295
           
NEW COURSE CREATIVE ART and MUSIC for 5 YEAR OLDS with Mary Newcomb

In a relaxed and creative atmosphere children will be immersed in the creative process through art, music and movement. Not simply a project-based art class, this multi-sensory approach lets children fully engage with their unique creative impulses as they explore painting, drawing, etc. Well-known names and styles from art history will also be integrated into class time. All materials included.?Maximum of 6 students.

Sept. 18–Oct. 30, except Oct. 2 & 9

MN15F5A
5 Fridays
1:00-2:00 pm
$375 members
 
 
SATURDAYS:
YOUNG ARTISTS IN THE STUDIO with Kathie Milligan

This course will explore new approaches to creativity with children. Using drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture, children will learn new skills and improve on old ones as they experiment with new media and different tech- niques. To reinforce their understanding, they will learn about important artists who are either historically significant or are forerunners in contemporary art. Your children will stretch their imaginations in a relaxed, fun environment. All materials included.

Sept. 12–Dec.5, except Nov. 28
KM15F6M
12 Saturdays  
10:30 am-12:00 pm
Ages 5-7    $415
Sept. 12–Dec.5, except Nov. 28
KM15F6A
12 Saturdays
2:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ages 8-12    $465
 
 
SUNDAYS:
NEW COURSE INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PAINTING with Anna Patalano

This course meets every 2-weeks and is designed for those students who wish to work on independent painting projects. Painting techniques and conceptual development with emphasis on contemporary concerns in reinforcing personal artistic vision. For intermediate and advanced students with instructor approval. Students must be able to continue work at home in between classes.

Sept. 27, Oct. 11, 25, Nov. 8, 22 and Dec. 6

AP15F7A
6 Sundays  
12:30 -3:30 pm
$245 members
          $270 non-members
 

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