Arts, Crafts & Photography
Acrylics are a relatively new type of paint that have become incredibly popular among professional painters and students alike because of their versatility. By using different mediums and techniques, the possibilities are endless! This course will cover a variety of methods and styles to help you create paintings both realistic and abstract. Beginners will learn the basics of acrylic painting, including prepping the canvas, mixing colors, brush techniques, designing compositions, and depicting dimension. Intermediate and advanced painters will review these elements and receive individualized instruction based upon their particular skillset, with a focus on choosing subject matter and conveying meaning. All skill levels are welcome. Materials list distributed and discussed at the first class. Estimated independent purchase cost is $20. Instructor: Kara LaRose
This course is a study of the technical, realistic skills of drawing. It is suitable for beginner to intermediate levels. Upon completing the class, you will be able to center a composition, render objects reasonably in proportion and perspective, and execute the four elements of shading. With still-life as the subject matter and graphite pencils as the media, you will learn how to begin and complete a large finished drawing. The first class is devoted to a detailed lecture, with examples, of the entire drawing process from development to review. A supply list will be provided and discussed as well. Instructor Jennifer Littleton is a graduate of MICA, experienced teacher, founder of the Littleton School of Art, and member of the Charcoal Club of Baltimore. Note: Cost of supplies estimated at $50.
This course will focus on the importance of color theory, including understanding the science of mixing colors and how it specifically benefits realistic watercolor painting. Through discussion, demonstration, and practice in proper mixing techniques, you will learn how to reasonably match colors in your reference image. Anticipate creating test sheets to learn how to make tints and complimentary colors that are in your reference image. Learn how to layer transparent washes to make figures and objects more three dimensional and appear luminescent, and enhance atmospheric perspective. You will also learn the differences between additive and subtractive color theory models. Your instructor, Jennifer Littleton, will present an engaging demonstration in each class. You will apply your new skills to a subject matter of your choice. You should be prepared for class with at least three color images with a strong light source that are at least 8 x10 or larger as well as appropriate supplies. A supply list will be provided prior to the course start date; estimated independent student purchase of materials at $100. Known for delivering serious training in a fun atmosphere, Ms. Littleton looks forward to seeing you in this informative and entertaining course.
Start from the very beginning! Learn digital camera operation, photographic techniques and basic composition principles with instructor Walt Calahan. You will need your digital camera and its manual. Live interactive sessions with the instructor will be held online via Zoom, with additional course content available online through Canvas. Instructor: Walter Calahan. Enroll early. Class size limited to 12.
Jennifer Littleton, founder of the Littleton School of Art, BWS Signature member, international award-winning watercolor artist, exhibitor with the AWS and NWS and MICA graduate, will guide you through an intensive study of realistic watercolor. The first class is devoted to a detailed lecture, with examples, of the entire painting process from development to review. A supply list will be provided and discussed. In the following weeks, through discussion, demonstration and practice, you will learn to render a detailed line drawing, transfer it to watercolor paper, and practice flat washes with flat and round brushes. You will render a monochromatic painting and then be introduced to color theory. You will learn how to mix colors to match their reference image through creating test sheets of tints and compliments. In addition, you will learn how to think through the process of beginning a full colored painting. Materials list will be distributed at the first class.