Adult Weekly Classes

 

Weekly Classes

Media Memories

Four Ways to Start a Painting

Instructor: Fran Sutherland


Fran has designed this series of sessions to create a painting based upon photos from a trip, a hike, a garden, or a special place. During this series of classes, she will lead the students through the steps of planning a composition using their photos for inspiration. This will include thumbnail sketches, value studies, enlarging a photo to scale, and four ways to start a painting. Fran will show and demonstrate how photos have inspired or influenced her artwork. She will demonstrate with each piece the relationship between the photos and the media that was chosen for the painting. The participants’ photos would be best painted with a watercolor oil, acrylic oil, resist, or collage painting. Now the fun begins. Students will work on their pieces during the last three weeks of the course. Participants will also learn how to analyze their work and discuss how to apply these experiences.

Fran Sutherland, a native New Yorker, is a classical trained painter and educator who developed an art curriculum that coordinated with global students. She has taught watercolor, acrylic, oils, mixed media, in addition to photography, silk screening, and encaustics. Fran’s creative paintings synthesize both Eastern and Western formats in multi-media works. Her teaching objective is to show how the chosen media and techniques express personal ideas.

An award-winning artist and teacher, Fran Sutherland earned her BS and MS degrees at the State University of New York at New Paltz, NY. She is a member of the Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) Kingston, NY, Woodstock Art Association and Museum (WAAM), Woodstock, NY, Tubac Center of the Arts, and the Santa Rita Art League (SRAL), Green Valley, AZ. View works by Fran at Fran Sutherland.

Dates: Every Wednesday, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, and 12, 2025

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Location: Harry and Ann Paxton Gallery at CPAC

Fee: $270

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Discovering Your Artistic Style

Instructor: Rich Metcalf


After exposure to art classes or workshops, your art style may be largely influenced by the instructors you had. There are differences depending on where you received instruction. If you are older and wish to get back to your love of art, you may want to revisit what you like as far as creating your own focus of creating art, including your own style of which you take ownership. We all hope that folks recognize our art because they know our style and hopefully love it.

In this 4-week class, you will examine the work of several successful noted artists who established their own styles, which may have evolved because they were influenced by earlier artists. Paintings created by artists like Picasso, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Chagall, Kahlo and others will be studied and we shall be reproducing some of their paintings using soft pastels to minimize clean up at the end of each session. Hopefully by examining and recreating their styles, you will appreciate something each artist used, and possibly you may add one or more methods to your own painting style. As you experience these techniques, hopefully your own style will evolve into something you enjoy. Most styles evolve due to various influences, and yours might too.

Normally an artist’s style evolves over a long period of time. These sessions should speed up the process making you a better artist.

Rich is an award-winning artist. He began using pastels at an early age and continues today entering competitions, exhibiting at shows, and teaching the beauty achieved with pastels. He received his formal art instruction from artists at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Cape Cod School of Art, and at the Corcoran Museum School of Art in Washington, DC. His paintings are in collections in France, Canada, and the United States. View more of Rich’s artwork at Rich Metcalf.

Dates: Every Monday, February 3 – 24, 2025

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Location: Harry and Ann Paxton Gallery at CPAC

Fee: $200

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