2014-2015 Art Classes 

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2014-2015 Program Brochure

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Questions? Contact WCBG Friends: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu or 781-283-3094.

 

Spring and Summer Classes Especially for Beginners

 

Nature Journals—Small & Simple Handmade Books

In this workshop with Suzanne Lee, create a book great for a diary, recipe book, special memories or travel journal. Choose to also make a small notepad or sketchbook holder. Use hand-made papers, beautiful combinations of natural dried leaves, fabric collage, or combinations of old sketches & paintings. Use tiny sketches or natural scraps you’ve collected, but the workshop includes all materials for either project. No previous experience needed.
 
Thursday, April 23 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. WCC 15 051C
Members $85 / Non-Members $100
 
 

Watercolor Landscapes

Susan Swinand teaches adults at all levels of experience to solve those awkward problems of painting on location: changing natural light and cast shadows, elements of atmospheric and linear perspective, color and composition and all the techniques you’ll need for success. Learn to use ordinary elements of nature for expressive purposes. Follow your own interests in the classroom or work on site in the gardens. One-on-one instruction and group critiques further your progress as you explore what makes a painting work.
 
6 Thursdays: April 30; May 7, 14, 21; June 11, 18
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. WCC 15 203
Members $175 / Non-Members $225
 
 

Drawing to See

Carol Govan encourages you to become comfortable with drawing through careful observation of plant forms. Gesture and contour drawing exercises help you discover the best way to draw what you see. Learn tips for the correct proportions of an object, how to create a threedimensional
form, and even add a bit of color too. You will draw enough to enjoy drawing anything.
 
3 Sat.: May 30; June 6, 13 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. BAC 15 040A
3 Wed.: June 3, 10, 17 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. BAC 15 040B
Each 3-week session: Members $115 / Non-Members $145
 
 

Drawing and Painting for the Petrified

Get started painting! All abilities and anxiety levels welcome. In this relaxed, informative seminar with plenty of helpful demonstrations, you will work towards developing your drawing and painting skills. Sarah Roche encourages your observational skills to grow as you experiment with line drawings and the accurate representations of botanical forms. Leap into watercolor painting as Sarah guides you through a series of fun beginning botanical watercolor exercises.
 
4 Thurs.: May 7, 14, 21, 28 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. BAC 15 010
Members $125 / Non-Members $150
 
 

Painting: A Beginner’s Beginning
Do you think: “I want to paint but ...?”

This class is truly a beginner’s beginning for those who have never held a paintbrush, have no idea where to start, or feel confused about art supplies and different media. Lynda Davis Jeha will discuss paints, brushes, paper and more! Experiment with basic painting techniques using various media, including watercolor, acrylic, and oil pastels. Demonstrations followed by exercises will reinforce concepts. There are no rights and no wrongs, just the joy of trying something new in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Bring a note pad to the first class, all other materials are included.
 
4 Wednesday evenings: May 13, 20; June 3, 10
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. WCC 15 120
Members $135 / Non-Members $170

 

Color Theory
for Artists, Designers and Color Enthusiasts

Lynda Davis Jeha introduces color mixing using a limited palette to give you a solid foundation in understanding the complexity of mixing colors. Exercises will cover the color wheel, various color schemes, the four properties of color and more. Learn why some color combinations are more harmonious and pleasing to the eye than others. This course is open to anyone who is interested in understanding the language of color on a deeper level and be able to use color relationships in practical applications. Bring a note pad to the first class, all other materials are included.
 
3 Sunday afternoons: May 17, 31; June 14
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. WCC 15 130
Members $125 / Non-Members $155

 

Seeing Color

Gain confidence in your perception and rendering of color by creating sketches that could be either a finished product or preparation for another piece. Carol Govan leads you in exercises in seeing the range of color. Get comfortable with darks and lights using color. Experiment with the various properties of different color media and grounds to use alone or in combination. Enjoy seeing what you and your classmates might create with color but keeping within the boundaries of accurate observational drawing. Or not!
 
3 Sat.: August 15, 22, 29 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. BAC 16 041
Members $115 / Non-Members $145