Classes

Here are class descriptions for Spring 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. 

(note this class will only be 9 weeks because of Memorial Day)

Instructor: Carly Perez. Materials included. Price: $170.00. Begins April 22, 2019 - ends June 24.

Ceramics

TUESDAYS -- 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: $189.00. Begins April 23, 2019 - ends June 25.

Drawing in Color

WEDNESDAYS-- 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: Shelley Young. Materials included. Price: $189.00 Begins April 24, 2019 - ends June 26.

Watercolor

THURSDAYS -- 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Pull out your brushes and dive into watercolors with us! Children will learn how to mix and blend colors, apply washes, learn techniques with miscellaneous materials to work in harmony with watercolors, and so much more.

Instructor: TBD. Materials included. Price: $189.00. Begins April 25, 2019 - ends June 27.


teens’ classes

Pottery

MONDAYS -- 4:30-6:30
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. This class will also cover some hand building skills including slab building, and using stamps for decoration. There are limited spots available. (TEEN/ADULT)

(note this class will only be 9 weeks because of Memorial Day)

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: $220.00. Begins April 22 , 2019 - ends June 24.

Digitally Enhanced Comic Book Illustration

TUESDAYS -- 4:30 - 6:30 PM

This class will focus on the traditional craftsmanship of hand drawing comic pages, inking with pen nibs, scanning and then coloring each drawing in photoshop. The class will not be focused on digital drawing or painting, but will help students to practice basic photoshop skills and show them how to enhance traditional pieces with digital tools. Plan to start now. There are limited slots available.

Instructor: Addie Vawdrey. Materials not included. See supply list. Price: $199.00 Begins April 23, 2019 - ends June 25.

Illustration

WEDNESDAYS — 4:30-6:30 P.M.
In this class students will explore the fundamentals of 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: Addie Vawdrey. Materials not included. See supply list. Price: $199.00 Begins April 24, 2019 - ends June 26.

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: $199.00 Begins April 25, 2019 - ends June 27.

Figure Drawing: A Focus on Anatomy

SATURDAYS— 9:30 - 12:30 PM

Drawing the human form is the benchmark of drawing. This class will focus on the importance of understanding anatomy to decipher what is being drawn. Students will become familiar with anatomical vocabulary and structure. Lessons will give emphasis to different skeletal/muscle groups, but we will not be drawing isolated bones and muscles. Students will be given reference materials each week and should plan to study and practice drawing in their sketchbooks throughout the semester. Students will work primarily in charcoal and NuPastel, please refer to the supply list for exact materials. Materials not included (see supply list). An additional model fee of $36 applies.This class is open to both teens and adults and will last 12 weeks.

Instructors: Bruce Robertson and Shelley Young. Price: $299.00. Begins April 6, 2019 - ends June 29.


adult classes

Foundation Drawing: Portraits

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, and principles of design. This class will focus on portraiture in various drawing media. This class will include weekly sketchbook assignments.

(note this class will only be 9 weeks because of Memorial Day)

Instructor: Bruce Robertson. Materials not included. See supply list here. Price: $180.00 Begins April 22, 2019 - ends June 24.

Pottery

MONDAYS -- 4:30-6:30
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. This class will also cover some hand building skills including slab building, and using stamps for decoration. There are limited spots available. (TEEN/ADULT)

(note this class will only be 9 weeks because of Memorial Day)

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: $220.00. Begins April 22 , 2019 - ends June 24.

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. This class will also cover some hand building skills including slab building, and using stamps for decoration.

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: $239.00 Begins April 23, 2019 - ends June 25.

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: Flex pass only. Call if you have any questions.

Begins April 24, 2019 - ends May 29.

THERE WILL BE NO CLASSES ON MAY 8, 2019

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 for 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: $199.00 Begins April 25, 2019 - ends June 27.

Figure Drawing: A Focus on Anatomy

SATURDAYS— 9:30 - 12:30 PM

Drawing the human form is the benchmark of drawing. This class will focus on the importance of understanding anatomy to decipher what is being drawn. Students will become familiar with anatomical vocabulary and structure. Lessons will give emphasis to different skeletal/muscle groups, but we will not be drawing isolated bones and muscles. Students will be given reference materials each week and should plan to study and practice drawing in their sketchbooks throughout the semester. Students will work primarily in charcoal and NuPastel, please refer to the supply list for exact materials. Materials not included (see supply list). An additional model fee of $36 applies.This class is open to both teens and adults and will last 12 weeks.

Instructors: Bruce Robertson and Shelley Young. Price: $299.00. Begins April 6, 2019 - ends June 29.

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