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Effective January 1: Masks are Optional in VisArts’ Classrooms and Studios

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In this online series about this prolific Swiss-German artist (1879-1940 ), students will discuss the broad scope of his subject matter, and his styles by grouping some reproductions of examples, including the one shown here. We will discuss his fascination with children’s art, geometric shapes, color, fantasy, and lines. Students can choose either the whole work or a section to interpret, based on the samples seen in the class. Acrylic and Watercolors. Three acrylic paintings on canvas, over the four-class series plus a watercolor study. Our goal will be to explore composition and color awareness and blending, and art history. His work has been described to represent and influence other artists and art movements across the board: Expressionism, and Surrealism, and he has been called one of the first abstract artists. The painting pictured here is entitled Caprice in February.

Recommended Materials: 

  • Three 11” x 14” canvases
  • Drawing paper
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • 1 sheet 9” x 12” or larger, watercolor paper, 140 lb.
  • Micron black ink pens, waterproof, 05 or 08 nib.
  • Watercolor pan
  • Two acrylic brushes small (“round” pointed), medium flat
  • Acrylic paints, the primary color set (plus white and black) by Blick art materials is the best price if you can get it
  • Paper plates, Water cups, and paper towels.

This class is for ages 14 and up.

Instruction will be provided through the Zoom platform. Students will need to have a webcam and the ability to download zoom on their computer, phone, or tablet. Once registered, students will be sent an e-mail with the Zoom URL to log in to the class. Please provide a viable e-mail address when registering as this is how the link will be sent.


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