Have you wanted to know the secret to capturing the essence of a subject in a portrait? Or just to be able to draw a portrait of a grandchild, friend or relative that you would be proud to show?
Here is your opportunity to learn. Seema Mahboob, an accomplished Bay Area artist and instructor, offers her expertise on drawing or painting portraits from a live model in a new Friday morning class.
Classes start April 6 and continue through May 11 from 9:00am to noon in RAA Studio Two. The cost for the 6-week series of three-hour classes is $200.
The first class demo will be in charcoal. Students may then work in any medium; pencil, conté, charcoal, pastels, acrylic or watercolor. Oil or solvent-based paints are NOT allowed in Studio Two . Class size is limited to 16 artists so register early.
Mahboob will introduce students to the skills and tools essential for accurate rendering from the model. Learn the important tools to see correctly and to interpret what you see.
Understand the importance of form shadows and cast shadows and what role shadows play in achieving a realistic portrait. Explore negative shapes, angles and comparative measurements and learn ways to see and sense the essence of the person through portraiture.
For details, see http://rossmoorart.com/mahboob.html.
Steve Osborn and the Rossmoor Art Association are offering a new drawing class, Thursday mornings from 9:30am until noon in Studio One. The first series starts March 22 and runs through April 19. The cost is $60 for five classes.
The class is open to beginners as well as veteran artists and is limited to 22 students.
The premise of this new class is to explore how we see objects in our world and then to draw them—and to have FUN while getting good at it. Students will work with pencil, pen and ink, conte crayon, and possibly watercolor, charcoal and pastel.
Osborn will give basic instruction in drawing, as well as introduce fun, unique techniques to bringing out the best of your art and drawing abilities. He will demonstrate contour drawing, sketching, light and shadow, and how to make your drawing sing.
Osborn is an illustrator, graphic designer, painter and award-winning artist. For many years, he taught illustration and graphic design at San Jose State and was a successful freelance illustrator.
He also owned his own design studio in Silicon Valley. His work has been shown in solo and group shows at fairs, exhibitions and galleries in northern California and in Santa Fe. You can see his cartoons on the Opinion Page of the Rossmoor News most weeks.
Osborn not only brings all his talent to the class, but great stories and a priceless sense of humor. So get in on the beginning class, and don’t miss this chance to draw better and join the FUN.
To register, send a check for $60, payable to RAA, to Rossmoor Art Association, 1966 Tice Valley Blvd., Box 278, Walnut Creek, CA 94595. Note “Osborn Drawing Class” in memo line on the check.
You must be a member of RAA to take the class. Residents who are not yet RAA members add annual dues of $10 and include a new member form. Forms and a calendar of RAA activities are available at www.rossmoorart.com or in Art Studio One.
Non- residents may take the class if there is space after Rossmoor residents have registered. They must be sponsored by a Rossmoor resident who is also taking the class. The cost for non-residents is $80.
Bay Area watercolor artist and longtime Rossmoor teacher Ronald Pratt continues his popular watercolor painting class this spring, starting on March 27 and running through May 29. The series, sponsored by the Rossmoor Art Association, is on Tuesday mornings from 9 to 11:30 in Studio One at Gateway. The cost is $125 for 10 classes, and the series is open to students of all levels.
Pratt reminds artists that, “When spring bursts out to warm our hearts, the world is filled with magical scenes to stimulate the observant painter. Splashes of color start to appear on hillsides and in gardens. The cool of winter gives way to the warmth of spring and motivates the creative muses in us to get out the watercolor paints and capture this moment on paper.”
If you are motivated by this change of season, come and join fellow watercolorists Tuesday mornings for some relaxing painting in a creative environment.
For details, see http://rossmoorart.com/pratt.html.
John Hopper is offering his popular “Watercolor Just for the FUN of It” on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm. The spring session, sponsored by the Rossmoor Art Association (RAA), runs from March 7th through April 4th. The cost is $60 for five classes.
This is currently the only evening classes offered through RAA and has been very popular. Sessions fill up fast and now, with the longer days and the daylight savings change, it’s easy to get to class in daylight.
Open to watercolorists of all levels, the goal is to take the mystery out of painting with watercolors and just have FUN. Participants work with wash, wet-on-wet and dry brush techniques, and practice doing landscapes, seascapes, still life and abstracts.
For details, see http://rossmoorart.com/hopper.html.
Anna George invites new, intermediate and advanced painters to join her in Studio One on Tuesday afternoons from 1–4pm; the eight-week series begins March 20th and runs through May 8th.
Learn color mixing and color placement skills; use easily applied principles of composition. Try styles, painting knives, brush types, and new materials. Observe demonstrations and explore with exercises. Whether going abstract or representational, novice painters receive help with fundamentals to develop a personal style. Each implements ideas and techniques as they choose. Students enjoy camaraderie with fellow painters, and all participate with as much or as little structure as desired, appreciating the spirit and joy of painting in springtime!
For details, see http://rossmoorart.com/george.html.
The Rossmoor Art Association (RAA) is pleased to offer a presentation by Bay Area watercolor artist and teacher Stephen Berry on Wednesday, March 7 from 1:00 to 3:00pm in Art Studio One at Gateway.
During the demo, Berry will complete a landscape painting, start to finish. He will begin with a brief pencil sketch as he discusses his approach, and then he will dive into the wet work. He will begin by laying in the lighter colors and then, after the break, go back in with darks.
Berry paints in a loose, expressive manner that approaches realism while simultaneously playing with water, gravity and pigment. Largely self-taught as a painter, his watercolors focus on creating an experience of light and space.
He likes playing with water and seeing what it does. He likes experimenting. And he likes the challenge of control and the freedom that comes from letting go.
‘I like the joy and focus I find in painting. Little discoveries happen along the way, and you must decide how you will respond. It is a relationship and a dance.” Berry’s works include nauticals, florals, landscapes, and figures.
Berry was born and raised in Northern California, and he has a deep love for the rolling woodlands, tawny slopes and stark, bold shorelines the area has to offer. He works out of Vallejo and is a member of the Benecia Plein Air Gallery, where his work is on exhibit. He also teaches workshops across the Bay Area.
His work has most recently been featured at the 2017 and 2018 California Watercolor Association’s Nation Exhibition, the Yosemite Renaissance 32 and 33, the Carmel Art Festival, the 2016 Frank Bette Plein Air Festival, as well as in several California galleries and museums.
All residents of Rossmoor are welcome to this free event, and refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Marcy Wheeler, RAA Program Chair, at 787-9159. To preview Berry’s art, visit his Web site and blog at www.seamlessexpression.com.
Norm Weiner’s next Friday afternoon figure drawing class starts on March 9 and runs through April 20. (There is no class March 30.) Classes are Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. in Art Studio 2 at Gateway. The cost is $107 for 6 classes.
Beginners and advanced artists are welcome. Participants proceed at their own pace and ability.
Students will enjoy learning how to draw the human body in its various shapes and positions through the process of observation and training. Live professional nude female and male models are used in the class.
For details, see http://rossmoorart.com/weiner.html.
The Rossmoor Art Association in pleased to present a show of works in watercolor and alcohol inks by member Nancy Meaden. The show is in Studio One at Gateway and runs into April.
Meaden has been painting in watercolor for about 20 years and is also an accomplished ceramicist and silk painter. Recently, she has added alcohol ink to her repertoire. The paintings she has on display at Gateway include realistic and abstract works.
Meaden was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago. As a young girl, she spent hours drawing and perusing art instruction books at the local stationery store.
Following college, Meaden married and moved to New Mexico, where she raised her children. During her time in New Mexico, her connection with nature was peaked by the wonderful differences she observed between the Midwest and the Southwest. The family spent time outdoors regularly and travelled throughout the parks and mountains of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
Although not yet painting, Meaden found an abundance of other creative outlets, including doing needlework and creating wreathes and arrangements from wild plants and vines collected on hikes and camping trips. She also took photos to capture images of the things and places of which she had become so fond.
When her children were grown, Meaden’s life took on another direction. She moved back to the Chicago suburbs to be close to her parents. She worked in a variety of fields, including travel, real estate, law and accounting, all of which left her yearning for creative outlets.
That is when her love for painting bloomed. She studied under Phyllis Kozloski and Nancy Nordloh. She, her mother and her sister collaborated twice a year on an Art in the Garden show featuring Nancy’s art, her sister’s creative nibbles and her mother’s beautiful garden. Meaden also participated in art shows, such as an annual outdoor event supporting a local historic grist mill which functioned as an educational site, a holiday show at the local art center featuring her notecards with images of local architecture and at the town’s annual July 4th arts and crafts fair.
Years later, Meaden was transplanted once again—this time to northern California to begin another adventure in 2006. She joined the Rossmoor Art Association in 2007, where she became involved with developing the calendar on the bulletin board, assisting and then chairing the exhibits committee, and acting as club president.
Meaden is also a member of the California Watercolor Association and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and she is on the board of the Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek.
Judith Kunzlé, a Bay Area figurative artist, offers a second session of her figure drawing lab in February and March. New students are welcome.
The session runs Saturday, February 17 through Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 to 1:00 in Studio Two. Tuition is $130 for six three-hours sessions with a live model and instruction.
Kunzlé calls her class “Figure Drawing Lab” because the class focuses on drawing the model in short poses, with emphasis on the figure in proportion. Each class has a different focus.
Kunzlé gives an introduction before each class. She also does short demonstrations and gives instruction during the breaks. There is no instruction while the model poses, but Kunzlé draws along with the students, and her drawings are on view as examples of how to approach figure drawing.
For details, see http://rossmoorart.com/kunzleacute.html.
Struggling to get human proportions right? Perplexed by foreshortening? Intimidated by quick gestures drawings? Wishing you could capture the body in motion? Help is here.
Judith Kunzlé, a Bay Area figurative artist, and the Rossmoor Art Association offer a four-part workshop on “Drawing the Human Figure in Proportion.” Back by popular request, the workshop is Wednesday mornings, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, stating on February 14 and running through March 7 in Studio Two.
The cost for four, three-hour sessions is $225 and includes a human proportion chart and moveable paper models to keep for future use, plus the fee for a model in the forth session.
Whether you have never drawn the human figure before or you are a fairly experienced artist, this workshop will give you new tools and confidence to draw from a live model, from photographs and video, or from your imagination.
Kunzlé’s approach to figure drawing is focused on understanding the proportions of the human figure. Students learn to focus on the body as a whole, seeing the overall mass as well as the outlines.
For details, see http://rossmoorart.com/kunzleacute.html.
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