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People Drawing Skills
Jan
8
10:00 AM10:00

People Drawing Skills

Mondays, 9 week class only due to Holidays, 1/8/18-1/19/18

Please join Ann for a survey course in drawing people. This class will introduce a challenging subject with playful and mindful discipline.   We will explore several ways of drawing humans--field sketching, caricatures, self-portraits, and drawing figure and portrait from a tradition model pose.  Class subjects will include drawing in proportion using angles and negative space, contour vs. core drawing,  mass and line drawing and how they relate to one another, achieving a confident line, and showing gesture and expression in a drawing.  The latter half of the class will explore painting and drawing people in color.   All media are welcome:  pastel, acrylic, oil, watercolor, markers,  watercolor pencils, etc. 

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Assemble your Drawing Toolkit
Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

Assemble your Drawing Toolkit

Please join Ann McMillan and develop your drawing skills quickly by mastering specific techniques in small discrete sections. This class is great for beginners and for experienced artists who want to boost their drawing skills. We will explore the basic foundations of drawing including line, value, color, negative space, perspective, proportion, materials, and composition. Drawing in proportion is a focus in this class, and specific techniques for boosting the accuracy of your drawings will be presented and revisited throughout the course. An emphasis on process, compassion for the self, and mindfulness will be carried throughout the class. At the end of the course, each student will have a shiny new drawing "toolkit" to put to use in their own drawing or painting practice. Please see your receipt for materials list.

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Painting: Beginning and Beyond
Jan
11
7:00 PM19:00

Painting: Beginning and Beyond

 Registration link available in December 

This class meets Thursday nights, from 7 - 10 pm for 10 weeks.

This painting class will introduce basic skills in the handling of oil or acrylic paint. We will explore various approaches to painting including alla primaimpasto, wet-into-wet, and glazing. More advanced students will broaden their technical knowledge as well as develop their own content and voice. Focus early in the class will be on observation and interpretation of still life. Ann will show how to paint from sketches and photos as students are interested. All painterly media are welcome, including soft pastel, oil, acrylic, gouache, and watercolor. Please see your receipt for materials list, or check my materials list on my web site. 

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Figure Drawing Dojo
Feb
4
11:00 AM11:00

Figure Drawing Dojo

Registration available November 30. 

Have you always wanted to draw people, yet been afraid to try?   Come to this one day intensive course in drawing from from the figure.  Ann will offer several different approaches to the figure and work with students on fulfilling their ideas and interests.  This Sunday workshop is designed to teach you important skills and concepts in a short amount of time.   We will work on drawing in proportion, working from contour, then switch modes and base a drawing on core shapes.  Depending on the number of students, the model fee will range from $10-20.   Come and learn to enjoy figure drawing in a relaxed and structured setting.   Materials will be simple-- conte crayon and newsprint or a pad of 18 x 24 drawing paper. 

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Storytelling with Collage
Mar
4
11:00 AM11:00

Storytelling with Collage

Registration Link available November 30. 

Learn about the strength of abstract shapes and forms to tell a story. Join Ann in creating collages that illustration a mood, tale, or concept.  Ann will lecture and demonstrate about visual storytelling.   We will draw inspiration from the collages of Matisse, Eric Carle to create an illustration of a favorite tale.  Each student will go home with one or two finished collages, ready to hang on the wall.  A rich buffet of paper will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their own paper inspirations to incorporate into the artwork.   This class is guided by a non-required textbook, if you want to read ahead:  Picture This!  How pictures work.  All supplies will be provided for a 10. materials fee.

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Drawing Dojo
Oct
1
to Oct 2

Drawing Dojo

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Do you feel as if accurate drawing is just out of reach, but crucial to your art practice?  Come to this one day intensive course in drawing from observation.  This Sunday workshop is designed to teach you important skills and concepts in a short amount of time.  We will explore the main concepts that make drawings look real:  perspective, proportion, negative space, ellipses and use grids, viewfinders and guides to help teach you how to draw from observation. Come be amazed at how quickly your drawing skills can improve!   This class will condense the first three days of my Drawing Toolkit class into one Sunday. 

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Meet the Media: Encaustics
Sep
17
11:00 AM11:00

Meet the Media: Encaustics

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Please join me for a play day of experimenting with encaustic collage and painting. Encaustic painting is a fascinating medium using hot melted beeswax mixed with pigments; it has a lovely satiny finish and vibrant colors. We will focus on making small paintings with inlaid collage elements. The class will cover proper handling of hot wax materials, and work with using a heat gun, and brushes. A variety of collage materials can be added to the wax including pressed leaves and flowers, disassembled books, maps and photographs, and whatever students want to bring in. Check my blog entry at annmcmillanstudio.com for an overview of my hot wax techniques and samples of work. Most supplies included for a $30 materials fee payable to the instructor, if students want to try the media before committing to their own kit.

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Painting from Photographs
Jul
16
10:00 AM10:00

Painting from Photographs

Painting from Photographs

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Do you have a beloved landscape or still life photo you would like to have as a painting?  Come to this workshop and learn how to translate photography into painting.  Please bring a few high-quality printed photos to choose from, or use my photo bank as inspiration.  In this class we will discuss how to create and choose images that translate well into a painting.  Photos work best that are composed well, and lit by one light source. Ann will present and demonstrate how to sketch, compose and adapt to the paint medium.  Not all photos translate gracefully into paint and the class will discuss what characteristics translate well.  Ann will bring a large selection of photographs to the workshop to choose from, if you don't have a favorite vacation picture to choose from.  Students may work in either acrylic or oil paints.  A kit for you use is available from the instructor for a $30 fee. 

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Pastel Intensive
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Pastel Intensive

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This class meets Wednesday nights, from 7 - 10 pm until August 16, 2017
6 classes in summer quarter. 

Pastel Intensive  Join us for six weeks of fun with soft pastels.  Soft pastels are a beginner's dream. They are portable, immediate, do not require toxic additives, and rework and clean up easily. Ann will show you how to make the most of pastel's pure and beautiful colors, and use them to create the luminosity for which pastels are famous. Students will be drawing real subjects either from still-life or landscapes around the Art Center. Please check with Ann individually if you are bringing your own pastels. For more about Ann's teaching methods and materials lists, please visit annmcmillanstudio.com

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Meet the Media: Oil painting
Apr
30
10:00 AM10:00

Meet the Media: Oil painting

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Try out a new media without breaking the art supply budget!
Oil paints are rich and lovely to paint with; oils have a forgiving nature and work well for beginning painters. In this class, we will focus on getting to know the materials including a mix of substrates, tools and mediums (substances used to dilute the paint). Instruction will include information about non-or less-toxic paint alternatives. An exercise in color mixing will be offered, but free play with the medium is also welcome. This class will provide a rich array of supplies for a $20 materials fee; try out the medium without the commitment. You are also welcome to bring your own materials and skip the materials fee. Please check with me individually if you are bringing your own materials since some supplies, especially brands of paint, don't work with the techniques offered. For more about my teaching methods and materials lists, please visit annmcmillanstudio.com

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Meet the Media: Watercolor
Apr
16
10:00 AM10:00

Meet the Media: Watercolor

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Try out a new media without breaking the art supply budget!
Watercolors have a special charm and a quirky personality. Watercolor is the painting medium most like drawing in that it is usually worked light to dark. To honor this we will explore techniques that mix drawing and watercolor painting. This class will provide a rich array of materials for a $20 materials fee, so that you can try out the medium without the commitment. You are also welcome to bring your own materials and skip the materials fee. Ann will show you how to paint rich and saturated watercolors, and to both control and celebrate a challenging medium. Students will be painting either from still-life or landscapes around the Art Center. Please check with me individually if you are bringing your own materials. For more about Ann's teaching methods and materials lists, please visit annmcmillanstudio.com.

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