Classes

Here are class descriptions for Winter Term 2019 for each age group. You can register by using the link below. Please contact us at info@visualartinstitute.org if you have any questions.

 

Children’s Classes

Introduction to Art

MONDAYS -- 4:30 - 6:00 PM
This is the recommended course for children who have never taken art classes before. Children will learn basic art terminology and practice new techniques with a variety of mediums, including pastels, watercolor, colored pencils, and more. 
Instructor: TBD. Materials included. Price: $271.00. Begins January 7, 2019 - ends April 15

Drawing in Color

TUESDAYS-- 4:30-6:00 PM
Drawing In Color: Pastel and Color Pencil Techniques. This class will focus on greater color awareness and understanding of color concepts. We will mix and layer colors to keep them vibrant and clean instead of muddy. We will draw a variety of subjects. 
Instructor: Bruce Robertson. Materials included. Price: $289.00 Begins January 8, 2019 - ends April 16

Watercolor

WEDNESDAYS -- 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Pull out your brushes and dive into watercolors with us! Children will learn how to blend colors, apply washes, master perspective, learn techniques with miscellaneous materials to work in harmony with watercolors, and so much more.
Instructor: Shelley Young. Materials included. Price: $289.00. Begins January 2, 2019 - ends April 10

Ceramics

THURSDAYS -- 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Kids will learn to hand-build pieces that are both functional and fun, and will be built with wet clay, fired, and glazed. The last day of class will be a party to showcase the students’ accomplishments. 
Instructor: Heidi Somsen. Materials included. Price: $289.00. Begins January 3, 2019 - ends April 11


teens’ classes

Stained Glass

MONDAYS -- 4:30 - 6:30 PM
This class is intended to familiarize beginning students with the techniques and skills required to produce glass projects. Starting with a history of glass art from ancient times to present, students will learn how to cut glass, using copper foil and lead came techniques to assemble glass. 
Instructor: Mike Green. Materials included. Price: $279 Begins January 7, 2019 - ends April 15

Adobe Certification

TUESDAYS -- 4:30 - 6:30 PM
This is an amazing opportunity to learn the tools of digital creativity. This is an individual paced course. All of the tutorials, practice tests, and the final certification tests will be provided. We will start with Photoshop and then move to Illustrator and work our way through the Adobe Suite. Certification certificates will be signed by the president of Adobe. Certification is a great resume asset. We will run this course throughout the year to make sure you can work your way through the suite. Plan to start now. There are limited slots available.

Instructor: Addie Vawdrey. Materials Included. Price: $299.00 Begins January 8, 2019 - ends April 16.

Illustration

WEDNESDAYS -- 4:30 - 6:30 PM
In this class students will explore the fundamentals of painted illustration while we learn to discern and employ artistic elements. We will then explore storytelling through images and examine/deconstruct the artwork that is most resonant and interesting to us. Course-work will cover the techniques and impact of many illustrative qualities, including: line, shape, rhythm, lettering, composition, pattern, color, form, subject, style and symbols. Instructor: David Costa. Materials not included. See supply list. Price: $299.00 Begins January 2, 2019 - ends April 10

Watercolor

THURSDAYS -- 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Come and discover the FUN, spontaneous medium of watercolors! Students will be introduced to different application techniques such as: wet-on-wet washes, drop-in color, gradients, and textures, while learning the properties of paint-to-water ratio. We will also discuss how to achieve different painterly effects with various brushes, liquid misquit, and multiple layers of transparent color called glazing. Students will practice how to make different edges, and create different moods, while also just letting the paint do "its thing". Paint-a-long demonstrations will show each step in bringing a piece up to finish. Timing is involved in mastering watercolors and as the semester progresses, students will be able to pick their own reference and subject matter to paint, once they are proficient in their basic skillsets of handling the medium. We will paint abstracts to learn color compliments and harmonies, landscapes to learn depth perception and atmospheric perspective, still lifes to learn value organization, and finally we will attempt portrait or figures in watercolors! Instructor: Shelley Young. Materials not included. See supply list. Price: $299.00 Begins January 3, 2019 - ends April 11

Anatomical Figure Drawing

SATURDAYS— 9:30 - 12:30 PM

The human form is the most expressive subject. Learning to draw is learning to see, understand, and imagine. Ultimately the artist uses expression to reveal ideas and observations to their audience. This semester we will explore the expressive nature of the figure through gesture, exaggeration, color, and a variety of materials, including: ink, charcoal, graphite, pastel, coffee, and acrylic paint. An additional model fee of $36 applies. Materials not included (see supply list). This class is open to both teens and adults and will last 12 weeks. Instructors: Bruce Robertson and Shelley Young. Price: $335.00. Begins January 5, 2019 - ends March 30.


adult classes

Foundation Drawing

MONDAYS -- 12:30 - 2:30 PM
Come improve your drawing skill set, regardless of your current ability, beginner to advanced. Develop your ability to render through observation, understanding light and shadow, principles of design, and the basics of perspective. The course will include weekly sketchbook assignments. 
Instructor: Bruce Robertson. Materials not included. See supply list here. Price: $279.00 Begins January 7, 2019 - ends April 15

Stained Glass

MONDAYS -- 4:30 - 6:30 PM
This class is intended to familiarize beginning students with the techniques and skills required to produce glass projects. Starting with a history of glass art from ancient times to present, students will learn how to cut glass, using copper foil and lead came techniques to assemble glass. 
Instructor: Mike Green. Materials included. Begins January 7, 2019 - ends April 15

Pottery

TUESDAYS -- 6:30-8:30
Learn the basics of throwing on the wheel in this popular medium, where you will create your own ceramic pieces and fire them in our kiln. Instructor: Heidi Somsen. Materials included, though an initial materials fee of $40 applies, which covers clay and firing. Each additional bag of clay will be $10. Price: $339.00 Begins January 8, 2019 - ends April 16

Watercolor

WEDNESDAYS – 9:30 - 11:30 AM, 12:00-2:00 PM, or 6:30-8:30 PM.
Have you ever wanted to paint with watercolors but thought the medium was too difficult?  Are you looking for tricks to help you paint more creatively?  Do you wish you could just make time to play with paint?  If you have said “yes” to any of these questions, this class is for you.  We will focus on both traditional and non-traditional ways to help you develop your artistic voice. Each class will explore a specific technique. Beginning and intermediate painters are welcome.
Instructor: Barbara Kidd (morning and afternoon)/ Shelley Young (evening). Materials not included. See supply list on website. Price: $299.00. Begins January 2, 2019 - ends April 10.

Please note there are three class options:

Morning: WEDNESDAYS – 9:30 - 11:30 AM — See supply list for this class.

Afternoon: WEDNESDAYS – 12:00 - 2:00 PM — See supply list for this class.

Evening: WEDNESDAYS – 6:30 - 8:30 PM — See supply list for this class.

Oil Painting

THURSDAYS -- 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Join us in this fun and social class! We will delve deep into this traditional medium and have a blast painting landscapes, still lifes, and portraits.  Beginning and intermediate painters are welcome.
Instructor: Shelley Young. Materials not included. See supply list. Price: $299.00 Begins January 3, 2019 - ends April 11.

Anatomical Figure Drawing

SATURDAYS— 9:30 - 12:30 PM

The human form is the most expressive subject. Learning to draw is learning to see, understand, and imagine. Ultimately the artist uses expression to reveal ideas and observations to their audience. This semester we will explore the expressive nature of the figure through gesture, exaggeration, color, and a variety of materials, including: ink, charcoal, graphite, pastel, coffee, and acrylic paint. An additional model fee of $36 applies. Materials not included (see supply list). This class is open to both teens and adults and will last 12 weeks. Instructors: Bruce Robertson and Shelley Young. Price: $335.00. Begins January 5, 2019 - ends March 30.

Flex Pass

This works like a punch card. You can attend any of our adult classes for only $10 an hour with the Flex Pass. This works great for busy schedules or adults interested in trying several classes. Please note that you are responsible for bringing your own supplies. See supply lists here.

Price: $150.00