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Fall 2009 School of the Arts Schedule

 

Letter from the School of the Arts Director:

Welcome to the 2009 Fall Session at the Athenaeum’s School of the Arts!

Fall is a time for new beginnings and exciting art events. The Athenaeum’s School of the Arts follows in this tradition, with a sampling of new art classes and art teachers in both La Jolla and San Diego. Photographer Natalie Fiocre from the Loire Valley in France joins the faculty with a Portrait & Landscape Photography Workshop. Artists Ernest Silva and Doris Bittar, who have both had solo exhibitions at the Athenaeum, offer workshops and insights into the process of art making. We are also happy to present an Encaustic Workshop, a very challenging and demanding technique. From ten-week classes to one-day workshops for beginners to advances students, we hope you will find something that brings out your creativity!    

We look forward to seeing you at the School of the Arts!

Cornelia Feye
School of the Arts and Arts Education Director

 

Classes & Workshops, La Jolla Studio

1. Drawing in Luminous Color Pencil
Irina Gronborg

“Drawing is the necessary beginning of everything (in art) and not having it, one has nothing.” -Giorgio Vasari

Color pencils are neat little packages of pure, waxy pigments that don’t drip, leak, require solvents, fixative, or require cumbersome setups. They can be finely pointed, easily carried outside, worked with intermittently, and are pleasant to use on large paper or in the smallest sketchbook. This course offers the opportunity to carefully draw and quickly sketch a variety of subjects with special attention paid to color. Our goal will be to develop luminous, iridescent colors with both the precision and speed that drawing with pencil makes possible. This course welcomes beginners and advanced students. Each student will receive two beautifully illustrated booklets designed and created by Irina specifically for this class. Each student will be invited to participate in our fourteenth annual by-invitation exhibit at La Vida del Mar in February. 

Mondays, 9 AM–12 noon
Sept. 21–Nov. 9 (8 weeks)
La Jolla Studio
$190/215

Materials: Graphite pencils (4B and 2B), kneaded eraser, plastic eraser, pencil sharpener, a pad of 9” x 11” or 11” x  14” drawing paper. (Strathmore is an excellent brand), and a 48-pencil set of SHARPENED Sanford Prismacolor pencils. 

2. Pen & Ink
Lori Mitchell

We will draw one week and add color the following class. We will be doing small to medium studies and adding color washes. We will keep the watercolor simple and fresh. This is a great technique to learn for travel sketchbooks, greeting cards, or adding a little custom painting to your scrapbook, blog or website. Our subjects: 1) animals, 2) travel, 3) landscape, 4) faces.

You will be able to take home at least one finished painting, if not four or more. All levels from beginning to advanced are welcome. Weather permitting, we may go outdoors for our landscape class.

Mondays, 1–4 PM
Sept. 21–Nov. 9 (8 weeks)
La Jolla Studio
$190/215

Materials: Waterproof Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens, black, sepia or sanguine, or all three. There’s a pack of four that has nib sizes superfine, fine, medium, and brush. One watercolor sketchbook (Moleskine has a nice one). Watercolor: If you have watercolors, just bring what you have. If you want to buy some, you can get the Prang brand, standard sixteen-color set, which comes with a brush. I recommend you get an additional smaller brush and a square wash brush. Feel free to bring any pens or paper you would like to try. If you have a favorite travel, animal or face photo, and it’s a nice big, clear shot, bring it along. If not there will be photos supplied.

3. Four-Week Long Pose I
4. Four-Week Long Pose II
Stephanie Goldman

In two separate four-week sessions (with a week between them), we will explore both a nude and clothed model in your preferred media (oil, pastel, charcoal, or pencil). Having four weeks for a single pose will increase your ability to take a piece further than before or gain new familiarity and dexterity with different media and approaches. Class instruction builds on the foundation of gesture, abstract light and dark shapes, tonal values, color relationships, edge control, paint manipulation, proportions and basic anatomical landmarks,.

Instruction will be individual and the class size is limited, so all levels are welcome. Please call or e-mail me with supply list questions.

Tuesdays, 9:30AM–12:30 PM
Sept. 22–Oct. 13 (4 weeks)
A maximum of 12 students
La Jolla Studio
$160/180 (includes model)

Tuesdays, 9:30AM–12:30 PM
Oct. 27–Nov. 17 (4 weeks)
A maximum of 12 students
La Jolla Studio
$160/180 (includes model)

Materials: Bring your favorite materials OR chosen media from this list: wood or glass palette; canvas—cotton, linen, and/or Masonite are all acceptable up to 16” x 20” and toned in advance with #6 acrylic paint; bristle brush, #2, #4 and #6 filbert and #2 round; medium (Liquin or stand oil/turpentine); container for odorless mineral spirits and medium; palette knife; Viva paper towels. (image:S. Goldman2)

NEW STUDENT OIL COLORS (limited palette): Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Ivory Black, Titanium White. Colors are listed in the order they appear on the palette from left to right. (Please No paper palettes!)

OIL COLORS (full palette): Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson Permanent, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Scarlet, Perylene Red, Cadmium Orange, Raw Sienna, Indian Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Green Pale, Cadmium Green, Viridian, Phthalo Green, Cerulean Blue, Phthalo Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Dioxazine Purple, Quinacridone Magenta, Titanium White, Colors are listed in the order they appear on the palette from left to right. Unless otherwise noted, the following brands are recommended: Winsor & Newton, Gamblin, and Old Holland.

PASTELS: Rembrandt 150 or 225 set, NuPastel set of 76, or any pastel sets you have; vine charcoal sticks; charcoal pencil (medium and soft); single-edge razor blade;, kneaded eraser; toned pastel paper (Canson moonstone, Sennelier La Carte, or other toned paper); drawing board (3/16” foam core board cut one inch larger than paper); clips; stiff bristle brush; chamois.

CHARCOAL DRAWING SUPPLIES: soft, medium or hard vine charcoal; soft, medium and hard charcoal pencils; white chalk (NuPastel 211-P NITRAM, HB 0066 is recommended) or white charcoal pencil; brass chalk holder; 18” x 24” pad of rough newsprint; Canson Mi-Tientes drawing paper in a neutral grey color; drawing Board and clips; single-edge razor blade; kneaded eraser; charcoal blending stump; chamois cloth.

PENCIL DRAWING SUPPLIES: Strathmore 500 charcoal paper; two-ply bristol board with a medium or smooth finish is recommended for pencil drawings. Graphite pencils 6B, 2B, H, and 2H are recommended. Other supplies: pencil sharpener; drawing board (3/16” foam core cut one inch larger than paper); clips to attach paper to the board; kneaded rubber eraser; Viva paper towels.

5. Dance of the Brush—Chinese Brush Painting & Calligraphy
Jean Shen

Enter the land of the ancient art of Chinese brush painting and calligraphy. Enjoy the fascinating and intriguing art form of “dancing” with the bamboo brush in your hand moving across rice paper with Chinese ink and colors. You will learn how to hold the brush in the traditional manner to paint bamboo studies with power as if you are doing martial art. From bamboo studies you will go on to paint a fish swishing its tail in the water, and pine needles on branches so sharp and vigorous. Your paintings will reflect your energy and inner rhythm. Chinese calligraphy will be introduced in the first half hour to help you master the brush. It will be a fun way to learn to speak and write some Chinese words. If you are new to art you will not feel lost as each person will be given individual help in a step-by-step manner. It is exhilarating and fun and well-worth the time invested.

Returning students will continue on the journey to painting of flowers and vegetables, animals, insects, fish, landscape, people, and calligraphy, acquiring more and more “dancing” strokes and expressing their love of nature and art with increasing freedom and confidence. My goal is to help each student discover and cultivate their own unique style of doing Chinese brush painting.


Tuesdays, 1–4 PM
Sept. 22–Oct. 13 (4 weeks)
La Jolla Studio
$130/150

Materials: Chinese art supplies for new students will be available for purchase at the first class meeting (e-mail jbrushwrk@aol.com for more details). Other necessary art supplies: two water containers such as margarine-size plastic containers; a watercolor palette or several plastic or ceramic plates in place of a palette; a pad of newsprint, 12” x 18” or larger; a roll of toilet tissue or paper towels; a piece of inexpensive black felt material, approximately 4’ wide to cover the table where you work (available at fabric stores).

6. Landscape & Portrait Photography Workshop
Natalie Fiocre

This photography workshop will focus on landscape and then portrait photography. The instructor will present the work of master photographers and will study composition, exposure, and the use of the light. Students will then apply those techniques by photographing places close to the library. The students will have a critique of their work, and the instructor will answer questions, technical and other. The class is interactive and fun and teaches how to see one’s environment with a new eye. Techniques learned can be applied while traveling and in everyday life.

Tuesday, 1–4 PM
Oct. 20–Nov. 10 (4 weeks)
La Jolla Studio
$130/150

Materials: Preferably an SLR digital camera, its manual, a tripod, and a flash drive. Good shoes for walking and comfortable clothing.

7. Carol Curtis
Watercolor for Beginners

Learn the basics with your own paint, paper, and brush, or we’ll supply them ($45). Portable and creative, watercolor is FUN. We will identify the basics that will allow you to be successful and then fly! Ready for more? We will explore composition and color! Bring a friend or mom or sister and make this fall the one that you remember forever!
Wednesdays, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
Sept. 23–Nov. 11 (8 weeks)
La Jolla Studio
$190/215 + mat. fee

Materials: You may either purchase your own materials, or we will purchase them for you for $45 per student. Paint (artist quality—Sennelier, Winsor & Newton, or Holbein—tubes not pans): Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Cadmium Lemon, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Viridian, Hookers Green, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Winsor & Newton Violet. Paper: Sennelier block 12” x 12” or 8” x 8”; Arches cold-pressed 140 lb.; Arches sketchbook; two full sheets Arches cold-pressed 140 lb. or two full sheets Arches cold-pressed 300 lb. Misc.: Stabilo HB pencil; kneaded eraser; metal palette that folds, with 16 to 17 wells; one old white rag (100 percent cotton); one table or floor easel. BYOB! (bring your own brush)—the best brush that you want, need, or can afford—one #8 or #10 round Winsor & Newton Series 7 (Rafael) Kolinsky sable, Robert Simmons synthetic, or your favorite with a very good well and point.
(image: Curtis, Apples)

 

8. Finding your Own Style—Painting & Mixed Media
Rivian Bütikofer

“I do not paint to get praise from others, but to play a game of endless joy.” -Artist hero WangYani

Is it time for you and your art to evolve? You too can “play a game of endless joy” if you find your own style and create your own art. You might want to paint a portrait, landscape, or nonobjective piece in a style that reflects “today.” Perhaps you would like to do a combination of photo transfer and paint, or monotype. The sky’s the limit! Whatever the student chooses is just fine. Art is a very personal thing. We will look at artists working today, many who will be new to you. You will have the opportunity to compare contemporary artists to some masters from other times to see how artists have ALWAYS been influenced by other artists. We will also look at what makes masters "masters." You will get so many new ideas with which to experiment that it will excite and motivate you to continue. You will have the opportunity to work in a supportive and joyful environment with a highly experienced artist-teacher to become the artist that you are capable of becoming.

 A comprehensive packet is provided with helpful information pertaining to the masters we will study, and including such points as the benefits of opaque vs. transparent paint, when you should use specific whites, and suggested mediums for oils and/or acrylics. Demonstrations will include various techniques of drawing and painting such as under painting, glazing, texturing, etc., in oil and acrylics. Most of all it will be fun!. Instruction is highly individualized and all levels of experience are welcome.

Wednesdays, 12:30–4:30 PM
Oct. 14–Nov. 18 (6 weeks)
La Jolla Studio
$190/215 (incl. model on 1 day) + $10 mat. fee

Materials: DAY ONE: a few photos or copies of photos that have some relevancy to you; scissors; glue; thin black felt-tip marker;  pencils; 12” x 18” Strathmore Acrylic pad (or comparable sketch pad), or canvases or canvas pad (sizes your choice). Oil pastels, (preferably water soluble, Portfolio brand if possible, can usually be found at Staples. They will also be available for purchase at the first class meeting. (Please e-mail Rivian if you would like to take advantage of this). Acrylic paint: medium primary red (Crimson), a primary blue (Ultramarine Blue or Cobalt), Prussian Blue, a primary magenta, a primary yellow (Cadmium Yellow or Lemon Yellow), Burnt Umber or Raw Umber, unbleached titanium, Yellow Ochre, a violet, green, and orange that appeal to you, and an opaque and transparent white (Titanium White and Zinc or transparent mixing white), black. (You may also buy a sample set of acrylics for beginners if you prefer.) Brushes: at least small,  medium, and large sizes. Misc.: container for water, palette. SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS LIST given out at first class. NOTE: If you are using OIL PAINTS or have further questions, please e-mail Rivian at 4choux@sbcglobal.net.

9. All About Paint
Elizabeth Washburn

This class will focus on the fundamentals of painting with an emphasis on color theory and how to accurately depict the effects of light. We will begin the first few classes with a step-by-step process that covers how to start and finish a painting. As the class progresses, we will move into more advanced oil painting techniques and color theory. Our subject matter will include still life and landscapes, and expressive color will be encouraged. Both beginners and more experienced students are encouraged to sign up; the instructor will accommodate all skill levels.

Wednesdays, 6–9 PM
Sept. 23–Nov. 11 (8 weeks)
La Jolla Studio
$190/215

Materials: Disposable paper palette. Brushes: Get a variety of sizes (i.e., a liner brush, a quarter-inch flat or filbert, a half-inch flat or filbert, one-inch flat or filbert, and whatever else you have). With a less expensive brush, look to see that the bristles are curving toward each other from the outside edges and that when you flick the brush in your hand it has some spring to it. Oil paint: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Light,  Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, Raw Umber, a red-oxide and magenta, Raw Sienna. Misc.: Turpenoid (small can is fine); linseed oil (small jar is fine; make sure it is refined linseed oil and not stand oil); sketchbook; pencils, pens, and/or charcoal; eraser; five canvas boards (11” x 14” is good, and we will expand on painting surfaces later); cotton rags (old T-shirts, etc.); something to store extra Turpenoid in (we want to avoid dumping Turpenoid down the sinks)—yogurt cups with lids or jars with lids (glass is best). NOTE: Questions about materials will be answered the first meeting, but please bring pencils, erasers, Raw Umber, linseed oil, rags, yogurt cups, canvas board, sketchbook, and brushes for the FIRST CLASS because we WILL be painting.

10. Painting alla Prima
Catherine Grawin

Painting alla prima is an exciting wet-on-wet oil painting technique that is rapid and painterly. Loose, colorful, and impressionistic brushwork defines this style, and it is as popular today as in days past. This is a perfect class for the serious beginner and the experienced painter alike, because it revisits classic painting methods while breaking out into bold and loose brushwork that is open to individual creativity and interpretation. Come with an open mind and relaxed attitude to transcend some old ideas and habits about representational painting. The instructor will supply the subject matter and demonstrate it step-by-step while students follow along to create finished alla prima paintings from start to finish.

Thursdays, 9 AM–12 noon
Sept. 24–Nov. 12 (8 weeks)
La Jolla Studio
$190/215

Materials: For the first class bring two 11” x 14” canvases, some extra-soft vine charcoal; one tube of Ultramarine Blue and one tube of Titanium White paint; one #2 round brush, two #6 flat or filbert brushes; a small jar of odorless turpentine; and some paper towels. We will dive right into values and keys of contrast, an essential exercise in the alla prima process. A complete list of supplies will be given on the first day of class or can be requested in advance by e-mailing Catherine at adlib@roadrunner.com, or go to www.catherinegrawin.com (image: Grawin, Blue Hydrangeas)

11. Portraits with a Twist
France-Marie Haeger

To SEE an individual appear, with character and style, out of lines, shadow, contrasts, colors, texture, collage, and original background, right out of paper or canvas, is an exciting experience renewed with each new subject/project. For the beginner, this class will explore the mysterious task of realistic portraiture with classic and creative techniques; for the more experienced, it will be an opportunity to strengthen their skills and “push the portrait” beyond the known with new concepts and media.

We will play with a classic approach and materials as well as with expressive, conceptual, and decorative means, full of surprises, where expression, character, and originality can be your goals regardless of your level of expertise. All will gain new skills, perception, and ideas; develop an eye for the unusual and the courage to break the rules; and create inventive and original artwork with confidence and fun. Photographs, videos, and models will be used.

Thursdays, 1–4 PM
Sept 24–Nov. 12 (8 weeks)
La Jolla Studio
$210/235 (includes model on 4 days)

Materials: Drawing paper, 80 lb., 18” x 24”; same size sketch pad or newsprint; graphite B and 4B pencils; a black and a brown (Sanguine) Conté stick; charcoal (vine and compressed sticks); black ink and artist pen set; chalk pastels; erasers (plastic, kneaded, and gum); black and colored pastel paper; wallpaper; brown bag; glue stick; scissors; metal or electrical wire and cutter; eucalyptus leaves; one or two magazines; scissors.

12. Watercolor Translations—Painting Your Photos, Sketches, and Memories in Watercolor
Elaine Harvey

Did you neglect to take your watercolors along on your summer vacation? It’s not too late to create a watercolor journal, folio, or series of paintings that record your treasured sights and experiences.  If you have sketches or photos, even postcards and memories, this class will help you in selecting, editing, and translating your vacation into a watercolor record. Or, if you wish, you may paint other subjects from your sketches and photos. Either way, you will receive general and individual instruction in watercolor technique, design, and creative approaches. The class will also include demonstrations and critique.

Fridays, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Sept. 25–Oct. 30 (6 weeks)
La Jolla Studio
$160/180

Materials: Bring your usual watercolor materials to include a spectrum of colors in watercolor paint, a covered palette, soft synthetic or natural brushes in several shapes and sizes, two water containers, 140 lb., or equivalent, WATERCOLOR paper as individual sheets or as a bound book; a backing board to support your paper; scratch paper; pencil and eraser; rags; Kleenex or toilet tissue; a spray bottle; an old bath towel; and, of course, your photos, sketches, and notes.  If you wish, you may also use watercolor crayons or pencils, gouache, or acrylic as an enhancement or as a main medium. If in doubt, bring what you have and delay further purchases until after the first class meeting.

14. Mixed Media for Children, 7–12 years
Christina Snell

Did you know that art increases a child’s creative thinking and problem-solving ability while also building their self-esteem? In a supportive atmosphere, students will develop new skills as they learn about the elements of art, the principles of design, and the work of Master artists. FUN art lessons will include sculpture and painting.

Saturdays, 10 AM–4 PM
Oct. 17 and 24 (2 weeks)
La Jolla Studio
$130/150 + $30 mat. fee to be paid at first class meeting.

15. Plein Air Painting on Location
Catherine Grawin

Let’s paint en plein air! Beginning and intermediate painters are welcome. Plein air painting (open air) is a perfect mix of artistic expression and love of nature. The class will meet at the beautiful La Jolla Cove on both days. Students will learn to select a view, develop a composition, identify mass shapes of value and color, find color harmonies, work with aerial perspective, and capture believable light. Emphasis will be on loose, expressive alla prima style brushwork and on supporting each painter’s individual style. Catherine’s easygoing, commonsense approach will encourage and inspire. Each day includes demonstration, lesson handout, guided practice, and critique.
First class: Meet at La Jolla Cove, across the street from the Brockton Villa Restaurant. Be ready to set up at 8:30 AM. Arrive a bit early to secure free three-hour parking near your setup. Bathrooms, a coffee shop, and a restaurant are conveniently nearby. E-mail Catherine at adlib@roadrunner.com with any other questions or concerns.

Sat.–Sun., 8:30 AM–12:30 PM
Oct. 10–11 (2 days)
On Location, La Jolla Cove
$110/125

Materials: Supply List forwarded (along with location map) upon payment of class tuition. They include the following: a portable field easel or Pochade box with a paint palette. Oil or acrylic colors: Cadmium Yellow Pale, Alizarin Crimson, Viridian Green, Cadmium Yellow Orange, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, Cadmium Red Light, Cerulean Blue. Odorless Turpenoid* with a small jar for painting and cleaning up; refined linseed oil* (recommended in dry weather); one medium-size palette knife; paint cups (one for Turpenoid and one for linseed oil); one box of Vines Extra-Soft Charcoal for drawing on canvas. Recommended natural bristle oil/acrylic brushes (purchase new or bring the best you have): one each of #2, #4, #6, and #8 flats; one each of #2, #4, #6, and #8 filberts; one each of #2 and #4 rounds. Canvases: 9” x 12” and 11” x 14” are best for the time limit (2–3 hours, at least two for each day. Misc.: small sketchbook; sharp graphite pencil for thumbnail sketches and notes; paper towels (with plastic shopping bag for disposal); handy shoulder bag or backpack to carry supplies; hat; sunscreen; drinking water; and snack. Optional: camera, folding campstool, Sherpa! *Students working with acrylic paint will substitute water for the Turpenoid and the linseed oil. Please note that Catherine works in oil.

16. Visual Storytelling—Looking for New Approaches
Ernest Silva

This workshop emphasizes an exploration of new visual and literary/narrative resource materials to find ways to link personal perspectives to popular culture, art history, and current events. Projects will focus on collage and found object assemblage and may include painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, digital imaging, and photography. The emphasis is on both conscious and stream of consciousness perception, using intuitive methods to produce new perspectives, methods, and ideas for future work. The use of symbols and metaphors, and factual, fictional, and emotive means will be explored. A slide lecture will present examples and concepts. Studio time will include sketching, constructing projects, critiques, and discussion.


Sat.–Sun., 1–4 PM
Nov. 7–8 (2 days)
La Jolla Studio
$110/125

Materials: 18” x 24” sketch pad, drawing tools (your choice of pencils, charcoal, pastels, and paper); painting tools (your choice of oil, acrylic, watercolor, and surface to paint on); found images (family photos, media images, art historical references).

17. Thanksgiving Harvest Florals
René van Rems

A longtime local master instructor-floral designer, René van Rems will instruct on how to achieve that bountiful autumnal look in order to get ready for the fall and Thanksgiving. This workshop is a hands-on class in which you will learn how to design a large, loose bouquet in glass; a millefleur-inspired centerpiece with seasonal flowers and fruit; and a hand-tied bouquet Tuscan-style container. René will teach you industry secrets to make flowers last and will show you simple steps to Eurostyle design. He will discuss and demonstrate the how-tos to making each arrangement. Upon completion of the workshop, you shall get to take home your creations to show off at your next party! This class does not require prior experience. Space is limited to twenty students. No visitors please. Please bring pruners and a knife, both of which shall also be sold at the class. All materials are included with payment of a fee at registration. 

Saturday, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Nov. 21
La Jolla Studio
$50/60 + $130 mat. fee (to be paid at registration)

18. Botanical Drawing Weekend
Irina Gronborg

 “Hours at a time ... absorbed in rapt concentration on the curves of a daffodil or the colors in an aloe; I can’t think of anything more meditative and transporting.” Alice Lowe, student

We will have enough time in this two-day workshop to develop a full color pencil rendering of a living plant or flower. We will begin with spontaneous studies before turning our attention to a more precise rendering of botanical structure and the development of luminous color and telling detail. Both beginning and advanced students are welcome and will be directed to draw from a variety of plants. There will be demonstrations, individual attention, and examples of Irina’s botanical sketchbooks and formal drawings, and a sampling of the history of botanical drawings. Each student will be given one of Irina’s booklets, designed especially for this workshop. Each student will be invited to participate in our 14th annual invitation exhibit at La Vida del Mar in February.

Sat-Sun, 10 AM–4 PM (1 hour break)
Nov. 14–15 (2 days)
La Jolla Studio
$130/150

Materials: 2B graphite pencil, kneaded eraser, plastic eraser, pencil sharpener, a pad of 9” x 11” or 11” x 14” drawing paper (Strathmore is an excellent brand), a 48-pencil set of sharpened Sanford Prismacolor pencils.

19. Painting & Mixed Media—Freud, Rauschenberg & “The Primitives”
Rivian Bütikofer

Each day we will study various Masters and their styles of making art. We will use CDs, books, and discussions (critiques) to understand the Masters are. What about their work makes them a Master? After looking at these artists and their work, we will paint for four hours EVERY DAY.. This three-day workshop will cover enough art styles to stimulate, motivate and keep you working for a long time to come!

DAY ONE: We will begin with Lucien Freud, the most important portrait painter of the 20th & 21st centuries. Rivian will introduce you to several other contemporary painters also known mostly for portraits, such as Philip Akkerman, Kehinde Wiley, and Beverly McIver.
DAY TWO: Robert Rauschenberg, one of the strongest influences of the 20th century, is the Master you might wish to inspire you. You can learn to use photo transfers along with drawings, photographs, assemblages, and other multimedia. Among other artists we will look at are Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, and Anselm Kiefer.
DAY THREE: No overview of contemporary (or any art period) can be accomplished without looking at the primitives, as they were called. Examples are African and Aboriginal art, as well as that of Oceania. As Picasso, Braque, Matisse, and countless other Masters were, you will be influenced by these marvelous “self-taught” artists!

Fri.–Sun., 10 AM–4 PM (1 hour break)
Dec. 11–13 (3 days)
La Jolla Studio
$160/180 + $10 mat. fee

Materials: You will receive a comprehensive packet with helpful information pertaining to the Masters we will study, and a great deal of other useful material. All levels of experience are welcome! E-mail Rivian if you have questions at 4choux@sbcglobal.net. . A materials list will be mailed to participants upon registration.

20. Acrylic Painting Workshop for Beginners
Pia Stern

This workshop is designed for the beginning student. Working primarily from the observation of still lifes, we will explore a number of principles, including value, color mixing, light logic, volume, and space. Discussions and videos will enhance our understanding of the art and the medium. Art supplies can be left in the studio during the workshop. Appropriate for teens and adults.
Fri.-Mon., 10 AM–4 PM
Dec. 4–7 (4 days)
La Jolla Studio
$180/205

Materials: Acrylic paints:  white (Zinc or Titanium), Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Phthalo Green (or Viridian or Permanent Green Deep), Hansa Yellow (or Azo Yellow or Lemon Yellow), Cadmium Yellow (Medium if available), Cadmium Orange, Phthalo Blue, Cadmium Red (Light, if available), any other colors you would like and can afford! Brushes: Brush sizes differ from brand to brand (the sizes below are based on Robert Simmons or Winsor & Newton). I recommend natural bristle. At least one #2 and/or #5 bright; one #4, #5, #6, or #7 round; one #6, #7, or #8 flat. In addition, two cheap brushes, a one-inch brush and a two-inch brush (about $.79 each). Surfaces:  *one pad of 14” x 17” bristol paper (should be sturdy and thick); two  11” x 14” canvas boards OR stretched canvas; one  12” x 16” canvas board OR stretched canvas; two sheets of white Strathmore Bristol paper **22” x 30” 300 or 400 Series or any other sturdy white paper of the same dimensions. (Blick, S.D. Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Rhino Art all carry single sheets of sturdy paper). Misc.: white or transparent FLAT palette, approximately 9” x 12” or larger, (paper palettes are easiest for cleanup). palette knife; scissors; 12” ruler; 3/4” white artist tape or masking tape; one Staedtler (or other brand) SOFT drawing pencil; small pencil sharpener; one gum, plastic, or Pink Pearl eraser; Master Brush Cleaner soap or Ivory bar soap; 2-3 water containers, along the lines of a cottage cheese container; Viva paper towels; Aleene’s Tacky Glue (or any other SMALL amount of craft glue good for paper or wood). *Save receipts for your purchases in the event we do not use everything listed. **We will not need the two sheets of large 22” x 30” paper until our last day. Please contact Pat if you have any questions through website:  www.piastern.com.

21. Printmaking at Bay Park Press: Letterpress and linoleum prints and monotypes
Sibyl Rubottom

We will learn the basics of hand typesetting and the contemporary practice of letterpress. We will cover the essentials of good presswork and move on to incorporate wood type and letterpress. We will also explore the medium of linocuts from simple patterns to more complex color compositions. Linoleum is a perfect accompaniment to type. Join our Thursday evening exploration of type and image. MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THE $10 MATERIALS FEE DUE AT THE FIRST CLASS MEETING.

Thursdays, 6–9 PM
Sept. 24–Oct. 29 (6 weeks)
On Location, Bay Park Press, 4138 Napier St, San Diego, CA 92110
$160/180 + $10 mat. fee


 

San Diego/Park Blvd. Studio Classes

58. Life Drawing (Long & Short Pose)
No Instruction—Pam Whidden, monitor

This Sunday class is for artists who want to draw or paint from the same life model in a short or long pose. There will be several poses and models throughout the eight weeks. A monitor will be present at each class to arrange the schedule and the model’s poses. Walk-in students are welcome. Bring preferred materials.

Sundays, 11AM–3 PM (4 hours)
Sept. 6–Oct. 4 (5 weeks)
San Diego/ Park Blvd Studio
$90/110; $20/23 per class
($255/310 for all 3 classes, 15 weeks)

59. Life Drawing (Long & Short Pose)
No Instruction—Pam Whidden, monitor

Sundays, 11AM–3 PM (4 hours)
Oct. 11–Nov. 8 (5 weeks)
San Diego/ Park Blvd Studio
$90/110; $20/23 per class
($255/310 for all 3 classes, 15 weeks)

60. Life Drawing (Long & Short Pose)
No Instruction—Pam Whidden, monitor

Sundays, 11AM–3 PM (4 hours)
Nov. 15–Dec. 13 (5 weeks)
San Diego/ Park Blvd Studio
$90/110; $20/23 per class
($255/310 for all 3 classes, 15 weeks)
(image: Life Drawing, Ken Goldman)

61. Mixed Media with Paper & Cloth 
Jane LaFazio

Jane will introduce you to new materials and techniques to create art from paper, cloth, or a combination of the two. We’ll create layered, textured artworks using collage materials, paint, drawings, and thread. Come prepared to learn, explore, and have fun with a new project each week. Class will be inspirational, positive, and fun, with lots of sharing, laughing, and learning from the others in the class. All levels of experience are welcome, and previous students can expect new lessons! Questions: e-mail Jane at PlainJaneStudio@gmail.com.

Mondays, 9 AM–12 noon
Oct. 5–Nov. 16 (7 weeks)
San Diego/ Park Blvd Studio
$180/205 + $25 mat. fee

Materials: FIRST DAY: liquid matte (or gloss) acrylic medium, a foam brush, scissors, collage papers (like rice paper, magazines, sheer tissues, painted papers, maps, book pages), pencils, sketchbook or journal. A materials list for the rest of the class will be discussed—and a $25 materials fee will be collected—at the first class meeting. (image: LaFazio, RED)

62. Painting and Drawing the Human Figure
Ken Goldman

This class will follow a basic approach to painting and drawing the human figure from a life model. Students may use their favorite medium and will be encouraged to experiment with new media. In addition to newsprint or watercolor paper, toned paper may also be used to study dark and light accents in chiaroscuro treatment, in which attention will be given to the creative use of color and value. We will alternate working from both clothed and nude models. Students will have the opportunity to do several two- or three-session sustained paintings. In addition to portraiture, attention will be given to the study of hands, feet, and the head.

Mondays, 1–4 PM
Sept. 21–Nov. 16 (9 weeks)
San Diego/Park Blvd Studio
$240/275 (includes model)

Materials: Pastels: softest vine charcoal; Rembrandt pastels box of 90 or 180 pieces or NuPastel box of 96 pieces; Canson brand pastel paper #429, #426, or #431; foam core drawing board cut one inch larger than your paper, with two clips to hold it. Beginning watercolor: one tube each of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna watercolor for the first session, more colors if you have them (additional colors will be discussed at first meeting); large covered Woods or Pike palette; a #12 pointed and a one-inch flat brush; Arches or other good quality paper (no Strathmore student-grade watercolor paper); 2B, 4B, 6B graphite pencils; kneaded eraser; 18” x 24” drawing pad; Morilla 18” x 24” acid-free or rough newsprint. Charcoal: 4B charcoal pencil; softest vine charcoal. Everyone: paper towels. (image: K. Goldman, Torso)

63. Portraiture
Ken Goldman

Working in pencil, charcoal, watercolor, pastel, or oils, we will paint or draw a clothed portrait for two or three sessions per pose. Through this process we will study composition, the step-by-step process of facial anatomy, and expressive color use. We will also pay special attention to points of connection between model, background, and foreground; negative shapes; and overall use of the picture plane, as well as the massing, shading, and facial anatomy of the head. APPROPRIATE FOR ADULTS AND TEENS.

Mondays, 6:30–9:30PM
Sept. 21–Nov. 16 (9 weeks)
San Diego/Park Blvd Studio
$240/275 (includes model)

Materials: Pastels: Rembrandt pastels box of 90 or 180 pieces or NuPastel box of 96 pieces; Canson brand pastel paper #429, #426, or #431; foam core drawing board cut one inch larger than your paper, with two clips to hold it; paper towels; masking tape. Beginning watercolor: one tube each of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna watercolor for first session; more colors if you have them (additional colors will be discussed at first meeting); large covered Woods or Pike  palette; a #12 pointed and a one-inch flat brush; Arches or other good quality paper (no Strathmore student-grade watercolor paper). Pencil: 2B, 4B, or 6B graphite pencils; kneaded eraser; 18” x 24” drawing pad; Morilla 18” x 24” acid-free or rough newsprint; 3B Conté compressed charcoal; 4B and 6B General charcoal pencil; softest vine charcoal; paper towels.

65. Not Just Another Watercolor Class
James Millard

This series of classes focuses on the design and application of working transparently with acrylics and watercolor. Learn how to make your paintings “glow” in either medium—or in combination! This is a great class for beginners and for more experienced painters to reinforce and explore other approaches, particularly in acrylics.

Tuesdays, 1–4 PM
Sept. 29–Oct. 20 (4 weeks)
San Diego/Park Blvd Studio
$130/150

Materials: Medium body acrylics will not work well to paint transparently. If you are working in watercolors, comparable artist quality tube colors are fine. Paint: suggested minimum colors: Cadmium Yellow Lemon, Cadmium Red Medium, Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone Crimson, Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Viridian Green, Transparent Raw Sienna, Transparent Burnt Sienna. Additional colors (if you choose): Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red-Orange, Quinacridone Blue-Violet, Phthalo Blue, Cobalt Blue, Turquoise, Phthalo Green, Sap Green, Yellow Green, Titanium White. Palette: Any porcelain or hard mixing surface will do. Since acrylics are staining, I use a disposable paper palette. A smock or apron is also suggested. Brushes: Soft inexpensive synthetic or nylon watercolor brushes: one-inch flat, #10,  #16 round. Paper: several full sheets (22” x 30”) 140 lb. “rough” or watercolor block no smaller than 11” x 15”; 9” x 12” bond paper pad; 9” x 12” tracing paper pad. Misc.: kneaded eraser; 2B graphite pencil; backing support board (foam core is fine); water jar; paper towels; bulldog clips or tape; liquid hand soap; Cool Gray broad-tip markers, #4, #6, #8.

66. New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain—Beginning and Intermediate
Thia Nevius

This class is based on the book New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. It is designed for both those who have taken the class before and those who are taking it for the first time. For those taking the class for the first time it will be a revelation to learn how to see in a new way, and one need not be overwhelmed by complex projects. If you have taken this class before, you are aware that it takes practice to grasp the concepts in the book. For those returning to class, we will complete more in-depth assignments and further explore the concepts in a deeper manner, having time between classes to digest the material. We will cover the following concepts: contours; negative space; perspective and relationships; and portraits and shadows.

Wednesdays, 9 AM–12 noon
Sept. 23–Nov. 11 (8 weeks)
San Diego/Park Blvd Studio
$200/225 (includes model on 1 day)

Materials: inexpensive bond typing paper or pad of inexpensive drawing paper; 4B drawing pencil or ordinary 2B pencil; Pink Pearl or white plastic eraser; scissors; 1/16” thick piece of clear plastic, about 8” x 10”; permanent black felt-tip marker; extra-fine nonpermanent black felt-tip marker; masking tape; handheld pencil sharpener; 4B graphite stick (not pencil); two pieces black cardboard, about 8” x 10” (from one cut an opening 4-1/4” x 5-1/4”, from the other, an opening 6” x 7-5/8”); two clips to fasten the plastic sheet to the cardboard; black, white, brown, red Conté crayon; the book New Drawing of the Right Side of the Brain.

67. Green Mixed Media Art
Doris Bittar

Artist Doris Bittar will guide students to create collages, assemblages, and drawings, using both high and low materials—that is, colored papers, textured papers, junk mail, handmade, or inherited paper. Instruction will be both structured and free to allow students to explore the properties of design and color. Color has highly changeable characteristics that can be dynamic, expressive, and subtle in relation to shape and design. We will examine color as an agent that creates realms of space, sensation, and meaning.

Wednesdays, 1–4 PM
Sept. 23–Oct. 28 (6 weeks)
San Diego/Park Blvd Studio$160/180

Materials: Bring found or recycled materials such as those mentioned above.

69. Boxes for Treasures
Sibyl Rubottom

Get ready to immerse yourself in the magnificent world of boxes and create unique objects of beauty. A case, a tray, a lid, and a flap: four simple ingredients with countless ways to combine them. Working with cloth and pattern paper we will make several box structures, beginning with the basic box and lid and moving on to a portfolio box and a hidden compartment box.

Thursdays, 9 AM–12 noon
Sept. 17–Oct. 8 (4 weeks)
San Diego/Park Blvd Studio
$130/150 + $10 mat. fee

Materials: Bone folder, X-acto knife and blades, PVA glue. Binder board and book cloth will be provided; a $10 materials fee is due at first class meeting. Bring postcards, letters, and papers to add a personal touch to your boxes. Making Memory Boxes, by Barbara Mauriello, is the text for this course. (image: Rubottom)

70. Open Studio
No Instructor

Finish or create your own artworks in our spacious studio for the entire week in the company of like-minded students!

Thursdays, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Oct. 15–Nov. 19 (6 weeks)
San Diego/Park Blvd Studio
$60/80

71. Painting Abstract
Reed Cardwell

Break away from painting traditional subject matter. Come and explore abstract ideas that challenge and stimulate your creativity! Learn to draw and paint intuitively using elements of design such as line, shape, form, color, etc. Bring your own ideas about what to paint—i.e., imagination, photos, sketches. You may paint completely nonobjective abstract work, such as shapes and colors, or use your own ideas and images based on reality. We will have a life model pose for one class meeting. Individual instruction and group critiques will guide you in measuring your progress. The longer format of this class will help students maintain continuity.

Thursdays, 1–4 PM
Sept. 17–Nov. 19 (10 weeks)
San Diego/Park Blvd Studio
$225/260 (includes model on one day)

Materials: Bring oil and/or acrylic paints, brushes and painting palette that you already have, or contact the Athenaeum School of the Arts for details. Bring at least two canvases—either stretched or panels to work on, minimum 14” x 17”, maximum 48” x 60” (4’ x 5’). Bring a water container for acrylics, or to hold odorless solvent for oils; one roll paper towels; vine charcoal sticks or chalk pastels; one can spray fixative.

73. Advanced Painting Techniques—Direct Painting
Pat Kelly

This class offers an opportunity to expand your range of techniques and develop a personal style through direct painting. Working from a still life each week we will paint quick sketches, as well as longer studies as the class progresses. We will discuss the direct painting technique as it relates to use of expressive brushwork, treatment of edges, and the process of working wet into wet. There will be individual instruction as well as demonstrations and group critique.

Fridays, 9AM–1 PM
Sept. 18–Nov. 6 (8 weeks)
San Diego/Park Blvd Studio
$225/260 + $5 mat. fee

Materials:  A $5 materials fee is due at the first class. Four 8” x 10” canvas boards; two 20” x 24” canvases; half-dozen brushes, white bristle flat or filbert, #2, #4, #6; one medium-size palette knife; small pointed round brush for detail, #2–4; paper towels; odorless turpentine; cup for turpentine; wooden palette; jar with lid. Oil paints: Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium Cadmium Lemon, Phthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Permalba White, Cadmium orange, Raw Umber.

74. Still-life Oil Painting
Pat Kelly

Paint from a beautiful natural still life each day.  This class will begin with small quick studies and progress to complete full-size paintings. All the elements of still-life painting will be covered with emphasis on color and how to use a limited palette. This is an excellent opportunity for students to study color in depth and to accomplish some serious painting. As the paintings are finished students will discuss creative issues and learn methods of self-critique. Pat especially welcomes beginning students as well as intermediate to advanced.

Saturdays, 9 AM–1 PM
Sept. 19–Nov. 7 (8 weeks)
San Diego/Park Blvd Studio
$225/260 + $5 mat. fee

Materials: A $5 materials fee is due at the first class; EIGHT 8” x 10” canvas boards; two 20” x 24” canvases; half -dozen brushes, white bristle flat or filbert, #2, #4, #6; one medium-size palette knife; small, pointed round brush for detail #2–4; paper towels; odorless turpentine; cup for turpentine; wooden palette; jar with lid. Oil paints: Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium Cadmium Lemon, Phthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Permalba White, Cadmium Orange, Raw Umber.(image: Kelly, Peach Study)

75. The Basics of Oil Pastel
Susan Osborn

Discover the vibrant, inherent beauty and versatile techniques of oil pastels. This two-day workshop includes information on oil pastel brands and demonstrations using them, the how-tos of mixing color, and drawing lessons in landscape, the figure, and still life. Students will have the opportunity try several techniques such as resist, collage, and the use of solvents. Each student can then apply these techniques to their own drawings in a subject matter of choice. 

Fri-Sat, 9:30 AM–1:30 PM
Nov. 13–14 (2 days)
San Diego/Park Blvd Studio
$110/125

Materials: Required: Drawing board with clips  (at least 18” x 24” and can be a sheet of masonite); set of 12 Cray-Pas Expressionist Oil Pastels (or you can buy a box of 50 at Artists & Craftsman Supply (1911 San Diego Avenue); one or more China Markers in various colors, especially black and dark green or blue. Paper: PICK ONE OF YOUR CHOICE: Strathmore pad of 30 sheets—dry media, heavyweight, multipurpose, 11” x 14”; Canson Plate/Smooth Bristol pad of 15 sheets, 11” x 14”; Canson 80 lb. drawing paper pad of 24 sheets—acid free, 14” x 17”. DESIGN drawing pencil or another 5B lead drawing pencil. Artists & Craftsman and Dick Blick offer a student discount. (image: Osborn, Forest Path)

76. Return to Nature Christmas Décor
René van Rems

The Athenaeum’s favorite floral artist helps you get ready for the holidays in Eurostyle in this hands-on workshop, which includes demonstrations, theory, and discussion. Learn how to make a noble fir and California holly berry wreath (which can be used on the door or on a coffee table), embellished with cones and other fun materials, a contemporary table centerpiece. René is known for using just the right mix of material that sets your holiday decor apart from the rest of the commercial traditional designs. You will use natural materials that will last throughout the season, or can be added to for that special party. Some experience is required. All designs become the student’s own for home use or as gifts! Due to space requirements, this class is limited to 20 students—and it always sells out! No visitors please. Please bring pruners and a knife, which are also for sale at the class. All other materials are included in the materials fee paid at registration. 

Saturday, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
December 12
San Diego/Park Blvd Studio
$50/60 + $130 mat. fee (to be paid at registration)

77. Encaustic Workshop
Amber George

This class will introduce the ancient medium of encaustic painting to beginning and experienced artists. The basics will be covered, from how to prepare a panel for painting to how to make your own medium. Additional techniques— such as working with transfers, collage, and stencils, and the 3-D possibilities of working with wax—will be introduced.  Also covered in the class will be tips for setting up a studio space to work with wax along with how to work safely with encaustic paint.

Tue.–Fri., 10 AM–4 PM (1 hour break)
Dec. 1–4 (4 days)
San Diego/Park Blvd Studio
12 students max.
$240/265 + $110 mat. fee (to be paid at registration)

Materials: The $110 materials fee (paid at registration) includes the following: all encaustic paint in a variety of colors, heated griddles, heat guns, torches, three wood boards per student for practice, and a variety of tools for experimentation. OTHER REQUIRED MATERIALS (not included in the materials fee)*: PAINT BRUSHES: natural bristle only, a variety of sizes, Hake brushes are good. Stiff flat brushes are the most useful. Don’t get expensive brushes because you won’t be able to use them for another medium. PAINTING SUBSTRATES: Encaustics are suitable for a variety of surfaces, which must be absorbent and unprimed. Ideal are the birch panels from Artist & Craftsman Supply. Also appropriate for substrates are boards of plain cut wood like birch plywood. Do not plan on using any canvas products or any previously painted or primed surfaces. I will address some alternative surfaces during class, but please stick with the basic raw wood surfaces for this class. Bring a variety of sizes but stay small, 18” x 18” or under.
MARK MAKING TOOLS: Great are dental tools, clay tools, and kitchen hand tools. Bring at least one ceramic loop tool that has a flat edge. A sharp pointed tool is also very versatile for drawing into the wax. Misc.: heavyweight watercolor paper, 300 lb. or more, or white mat board; kitchen spatula; lightweight decorative papers for collage; roll of painters tape, one inch or 1-1/2”; fresh photocopies of any image that you like; scissors; X-acto knife; burnishing tool or bone folder; cotton rags for clean up along with a roll of paper towels. OPTIONAL BUT USEFUL: Oil paint (just bring a tube of any color you like); stencils; textured materials like textured wallpaper, cookie cutters, fabric; any encaustic materials you have on hand such as beeswax, paraffin wax, or encaustic paint.
 *Please order these materials at least one week prior to the first day of class.  Artist & Craftsman Supply carry most of these materials.

78. Winter Life Drawing Workshop
No Instruction (Pam Whidden and Van Medcalf)

Back by popular demand, this workshop offers one narrative setup for both days with Pam and Van in character.

Sat.–Sun., 10 AM–3:30 PM (1/2 hour break)
Dec. 19–20 (2 days)
$75/85; $40/45 per session

Materials: Bring preferred materials.


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