From Drawing to Painting: Fundamentals of Art for Young Adults

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This 8-week class offers opportunities for students ages 13-18 to acquire and develop skills in drawing and painting. Starting with drawing, students will develop their artistic potential through observation, while exploring techniques and materials. Technical aspects of drawing such as line, light and volume, and perspective will be introduced through class instruction and demonstrations. At their own pace, students will move to painting, becoming comfortable with the fundamentals of mixing color, layering, and brush-handling. As they progress, the option for creating independent, expressive paintings will be presented. Recommended for all levels of experience.

The progression of this class allows for students to work on drawing basics for as long as necessary and the course can be repeated so that students can continue the progression from drawing to painting.

Materials may be purchased from VisArts online and they will be available at the first class. Materials may also be brought at an arts supply store, if desired.

Required Materials List:

PAINTS (Acrylic: Liquitex or Golden heavy-body recommended)

2 ounce tubes Titanium white
2 ounce tubes Mars or ivory black
2 ounce tubes Cadmium red
2 ounce tubes Ultramarine blue
2 ounce tubes Cadmium yellow

BRUSHES (natural or synthetic long-handled brush

#2 filbert
#4 filbert
#8 flat
#12 flat

Masterson Sta-Wet acrylic palette with sta-wet sponge and palette paper

Hard charcoal pencil
3 Soft charcoal pencils
Soft vine charcoal

Newsprint pad, 18 x 24”
Small pencil sharpener(s)
Kneaded eraser(s)


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