Intro to Portraits from Life with Carol Tarzier

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Bay Area artist Carol Tarzier is offering “Intro to the Portrait from Life.” Class meets on Thursdays September 30th through December 9th in Studio One. Tuition for the ten 3 ½ – hour sessions is $260 for RAA Members, $280 for Guests  Every other class features a demonstration and group discussion; the last class includes a final critique.

“Intro to Portraits” is about using simplifying the structure of the face to create a visually effective portrait.   The series covers color mixing and creating color tones with the Zorn limited palette of Cad Red Light, Yellow Ochre, and Black.     The class begins with setting up the portrait in monochrome, and Carol will demonstrate in charcoal.   We cover facial structure and proportion/ facial anatomy, but most importantly, working with masses and values and loosening up paint handling to create an energetic portrait. There will be a model each class session.

Acrylic instruction is individual. Oil painters please use odorless thinner only.

Carol Tarzier has taught painting for many years at the Academy of Art University.  Her paintings have been represented in national shows and museums, including the Salon International at the Greenhouse Gallery, the Haggin Museum, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition and at the California Art Club’s Gold Medal Show.

The class is limited to 12 students, and pre-enrollment is required.   For questions, email Carol Tarzier at tarzier@tarzier.com.   View examples of Tarzier’s work at www.tarzier.com or https://www.facebook.com/CarolTarzierFineArt.

Carol Tarzier, Instructor

Two classes are offered in Fall 2019: Painting the Landscape from Photographs Costumed Portrait and Figure Class​Please see both descriptions below.Painting the Landscape from Photographs Bay Area artist Carol Tarzier is offering “Landscape from Photographs.” The series starts September 27 and runs through November 22.  Class meets on Fridays from 12 – 4 pm in Studio One.  Tuition for the nine sessions is $180.This series is about using your photographs to create fresh and lively landscapes with the energy and color of plein air work. The series covers color mixing and creating beautiful color tones with two types of limited palette: three primary colors and also a six-color palette with warm and cool primaries.The class will review materials and equipment that make painting fun, and you will learn how to use composition to create depth, how to create space using color and grays, how to create depth using hard and soft edges, and how to use saturation to create the feeling of space, using bright colors in the foreground and creating space and distance with grays.Carol will also cover mixing colors for specific areas, such as in the sky as it moves toward the horizon, on a flat plane to make it recede into the distance, and to create a dynamic foreground.  The class will also cover how to make water look transparent, how to paint waves and how to paint reflections.You will need to bring photos you would like to work from to each class. These can be image files on a tablet or printed photos.Oil and acrylic painters of all levels are welcome. Acrylic instruction is individual. Class demonstrations are in oil. Oil painters please use odorless thinner only.Carol has been teaching painting for many years at the Academy of Art University.  Her paintings have been represented in national shows and museums, including the Salon International at the Greenhouse Gallery, the Haggin Museum, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition and at the California Art Club’s Gold Medal Show.View examples of Tarzier’s work at www.tarzier.com or https://www.facebook.com/CarolTarzierFineArt.The class is limited to 20 students, and pre-enrollment is required. To register, send a check for $180, payable to RAA, to RAA Class Enrollment, 1966 Tice Valley Blvd, #278, Walnut Creek, CA 94595. Note on the check memo line: “Tarzier Landscape class.”Also include your name, address, phone number and email address. Tarzier will send a suggested materials list to everyone who registers.You must be a member of RAA to register. New members add annual dues of $10 to the registration check and include a new member form. Forms and a calendar of activities are available at www.rossmoorart.com or in Art Studio One.Artists who do not live in Rossmoor may take the class if there is a space after residents have registered. The tuition for non-residents is $210, and they must be sponsored by a resident who is enrolled in the class.​For questions, and to see if there is space in the class, email Tarzier at tarzier@tarzier.com.Costumed Portrait and Figure ClassBay Area artist Carol Tarzier is offering “Costumed Portrait and Figure” this Fall at Rossmoor.  The class will paint in oil or acrylic. It meets Saturdays October 5th to November 23rd, from 12 to 4 pm in Studio One.  Tuition for the eight 4-hour sessions is $245.  The tuition covers a Guild/professional model for three hours 12:30-3:30 every session in addition to the instructor’s fee.   Each class begins with a short demo and discussion; the last class includes a final critique.“Costumed Portrait and Figure” covers structure of the head and figure.  We’ll begin with monochrome painting, covering the value structure and proportions and getting the portrait to look three-dimensional.  The session will start with four 5-minute poses, then a long pose for 2 1⁄2 hours.  All poses will feature strong lighting, so that the shadows are easy to see and dramatic.The short demo topics will include the value structure of the head, dimensions of the head, blocking out the forms on the canvas, hard and soft edges, and creating a feeling of space around the portrait.  We will discuss specific facial forms – how to paint the eyes for example.   We will move to color mixing for flesh tones, and color mixing to create light and shadows on the portrait.  Models will be clothed, so we’ll be mixing colors for clothing, hats, and various costumes as well.Oil and acrylic painters of all levels welcome. Class demonstrations are in oil.  Acrylic instruction is individual.  Oil painters please use odorless thinner only.Carol Tarzier has taught painting for many years at the Academy of Art University.  Her paintings have been represented in national shows and museums, including the Salon International at the Greenhouse Gallery, the Haggin Museum, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition and at the California Art Club’s Gold Medal Show. View examples of Tarzier’s work at www.tarzier.com or https://www.facebook.com/CarolTarzierFineArt.The class is limited to 15 students, and pre-enrollment is required. To register, send a check for $245, payable to RAA, to RAA Class Enrollment, 1966 Tice Valley Blvd, #278, Walnut Creek, CA 94595. Note on the check memo line: “Tarzier figure class.”  Please include your name, address, phone number and email address, so that Carol can email you a materials list and class information.You must be a member of RAA to register. To join add annual dues of $10 to the registration check and include a new member form. Forms and a calendar of activities are available at www.rossmoorart.com or in Art Studio 1.For questions or for a materials list, email Carol Tarzier at carol@tarzier.com.
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