Monday, November 17, 2008

Winter Projects

Both classes please note: I will be painting from my own photos of my own critters, however, if you have critters of your own that you would rather paint, please feel free to "do your own thing", everything I will do with my paintings can be applied to yours though you will have to do a bit of adjustment of color and shape.

If you are planning to paint an animal different from mine, take this time to research and draw your design. I can't tell you how important this is to your painting, it is like a road map for you to follow.

If you do not have or can not find an animal to paint and want to learn how to paint furry critters please feel free to use the drawings and reference photos I have uploaded to the Winter 08 picture page.

If you are just starting my class, please click on the archives to find a list of supplies.

Acrylic Project - Winter 08

For those of you who want to learn to paint animals, this semester I have slected my dog, Dusty, as our model, though as I stated above, you are free to paint a critter of your choosing, just watch the demos and apply what you see to your own painting. I do the projects so you can learn through example so if you are more comfortable following my design and reference, that is fine with me but don't feel you need to paint what I'm painting, my feelings won't be hurt.

Watercolor Project - Winter 08

My watercolor project this semester will be of my kitty, Tiger, when he was a kitten. You will find a drawing and a reference photo at the above link. You may follow along, paint from your own reference or if you have a kitten in mind, you can use the drawing I worked up and just change the color and/or markings of the kitty to make it your own.

Everyone please be sure to get signed up for classes ASAP so the classes don't close and also talk to family and friends to see if they would like to take classes. I know times are a bit tough, but I would hate to see anything happen to the art program here in Torrance. See you in the New Year.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Class Update

I checked with my supervisor to varify the dates for the class and she said that the class will run thru March 16th to get our 8 weeks in. The Monday classes are in a bit different situation because we have 2 holidays during the schedule so we make that time up at the end.

If I hear anything different, I will let you know here. Thanks to all and see ya soon...

Oh! BTW talk to neighbors and friends and see if they want to take classes we can use all the bodies we can get. Later.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Winter Classes 09

I just got my Seasons catalog and I checked on something that another student brought to my attention that the 8 week class seems to only be 6 weeks according to what is printed in the catalog. I do not know but sent an e-mail my boss to check into this situation and will post here when I find out.

I hope that we will have the full 8 weeks, it is hard to plan for shorter classes and I know that my students are looking at the economic aspects of taking classes that keep getting shortened and more expensive as well.

I will let you know so watch this space.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Last Class

This week will be the last class of the Fall '08 semester. The Winter Semester starts the Week of Jan 11th.

You should be getting your Seasons catalogs after Nov. 10th however, if you are out of the area registration for Torrance residences start on Nov 18th, non-residences can register starting on Dec.2nd.

Please be sure to get registered as soon as you can for the classes you want because if they don't see enough students registered they may close the class the week before classes start, then it will be too late. Register early.

Both classes remember to bring something for critique on Monday. It can be your best work or something you need some help on. Don't be shy, this is were you can learn some valuable lessons.

I hope that everyone had a good semester, I know I did. I do want to wish Kathleen well in her move to Colo, she will be missed.

Check back here occasionally between now and the next semester I will post the projects for the next classes we will be doing animals in both. Have a great holiday and happy New Year.