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Drawing & Painting

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Art, Naturally at Hartley Nature Center:  Nature Sketching and Collage with Susanna Gaunt  

Wednesday June 19, 2019 6-8:30pm 

Immerse yourself in nature and connect with your creative side.  Take in the beautiful surroundings at Hartley Nature Center and become inspired by nature to express yourself through various sketching and collage techniques with local artist, Susanna Gaunt. 

All materials and one beverage included. Class tuition includes a non-refundable $5 registration fee. Made possible by Hartley Nature Center, the Duluth Art Institute and Western Bank.

Landscape Sketching: Learn to sketch in Plein Air with Bill Wise 

Thursdays Aug. 1st, 8th, 15th (3 sessions) 10-1pm Location, TBD   $90 member, $100 non-member

This course will focus on outdoor subjects (buildings/streets/walking figure symbols, trees, parks, etc.). We will start with several gestural techniques to get accurate drawings on the paper. We will learn the classic technique of Sight-Size and review the basic rules of perspective as we progress to translating what you see outdoors onto the paper. Equipment and supplies used in the course may include sketching tablets (like the Canson XL mix media or equal), water soluble pencils and water pens to create monotone washes. This course is useful for people wanting to draw while traveling or exploring your own backyard. (En plein air) It is open to all skill levels.

Acryllic Painting: Barking up the Right Tree with Cheryl Gannaway

$45 Thursday May 30th 6-9 p.m.

Bark: It's not just brown you know!  

Join an exclusive workshop with international, award-winning artist Cheryle Gannaway, coinciding with her exhibition at Tettegouche State Park.  In this class you will work with acrylics on canvas to develop beautiful landscapes exploring the use of color, variations of line and pointillism.  Cheryle's exhibition will run from May 3 to May 31 at Tettegouche State Park.  Class tuition includes a non-refundable $10 registration fee. 



Studio Painting with Alkyd Oils: Bouquets and Brushstrokes with Sandi Pillsbury https://sandipillsbury.com/

Saturdays August 10th, 17th 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at DAI Lincoln Park Building  $100 member $120 non member

The class participants will spend the day exploring the natural beauty of flowers, arranging their own floral arrangement from a variety of locally grown flowers and plants from Duluth Flower Farm; they will use that arrangement as a still life or as inspiration to create a large painting using alkyd oil paints under the guidance of acclaimed artist, Sandi Pillsbury.  The fundamentals of seeing, color mixing and application will be explored.  Each participant will have a bouquet of flowers to take home after the first class and a completed painting after the second class. 

Landscape Oil Painting: Learn to Paint Plein Air with Matt Kania

August 19th, 20th, 21st (3 sessions) 6-9 p.m.   Location TBD  $90 members  $100 non-members

Experience plein air oil painting under the guidance of award winning professional plein air oil painter, Matt Kania.  Learn to paint outdoors on location, known in French as “plein air” oil painting.  The fundamentals of observation, composition, color mixing, and working under variable weather conditions will be taught.  Beginners and experienced painters are welcome.

Grab a Chair and Paint a Chair with Kris Nelson

July 20th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DAI Lincoln Park Building

$80 members  $95 non member

The class will start with a brief History of Chairs and examples of work by the instructor. Students will paint their own chair working from their own ideas and inspiration; bring photos to work from of scenes or animals or paint an abstract design or still life. Guidance will be given throughout the class. Please bring a chair or stool (sanded and primed preferred) to use as your canvas.

Watercolor Painting: Follow Her Lead, Playing with Color with Tara Sweeney

$550 ($600 non-member) Thurs.-Sat., September 19-21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (3 day workshop)

Spontaneity makes for great fun for complete beginners and for experienced painters alike. Get outside your comfort zone. Try something besides photo realism. Make a bravura mark; imagine a story; find a character; follow a visual path. See what emerges when you stop forcing watercolor to do your bidding and play instead. Learn to follow watercolor’s lead with a limited palette to jumpstart creativity, wake up your senses and strengthen technique. Build confidence as you explore compositional possibilities, pigment characteristics, wet-into-wet mingling, transparent layering, intentional lost and found edges, and lively brushwork through daily demos, guided exercises, individualized feedback and plenty of time to paint. Tara shares her philosophy of art and process in this versatile and playful approach to watercolor’s unique possibilities. www.tarasweeneyart.com 

Tara Sweeney is an award-winning artist, illustrator and author based in Saint Paul, Minnesota who creates with watercolor and ink. Her prolific body of work was recently showcased in TPT2 public television’s MN Original https://www.tpt.org/post/artist-tara-sweeney/ and includes studio painting, plein air sketching and book illustration. 

Full payment for this class is due up front no later than August 1st. Tuition includes non-refundable $50 deposit.  Refunds will not be made unless your registration can be filled by someone on the wait-list and will not include the $50 deposit.

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