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.
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.
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.
This class meets Thursday nights, from 7 - 10 pm until September 14- November 16. 2017
This painting class will introduce basic skills in the handling of oil or acrylic paint. We will explore various approaches to painting including alla prima, impasto, 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.
Painting from Photographs
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.
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.
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.
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.