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Step by Step Acrylic Painting Class

With Anda Styler

This workshop is for all levels of painters, especially the beginner student. Students will be working from reference photos provided by Anda prior to each class. She will discuss and demonstrate value studies of each composition which will become the layout for your painting. Instruction will be given on the importance of light and shadow which creates interesting and emotional drama in your paintings. ** **Students should print the photo reference prior to class.

*Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography.

The fee for the five-week class is $295 and limited to 8 students.

For those students who don’t have supplies, there is a $25 supply fee which includes 2 canvases,”golden” paints and “stay wet” products for use with the Masterson acrylic palettes used in this class. Brushes are available as well as the Masterson palettes. They can be purchases or returned after the five weeks of classes.

If the student wishes to use Princeton Catalyst Brushes, they can be purchased at Jerry’s Artarama or Dick Blick Stores.

Suggested Princeton Catalyst Brushes

SUPPLY LIST
Ultramarine Blue
Thalo Blue/ Green Shade
Raw Umber
Transparent Brown Oxide
Paynes Grey
Cad. Yellow Med
Diarylide Yellow
Raw Sienna 
Yellow Oxide (not Ocher)
Quinacridone Burnt Orange
Cad. Red Light
Cad. Red Med
Titanium White
A Masterson’s Stay-Wet-Palette is strongly recommended – size 12×16 

Anda Styler – Artist/ Instructor Anda lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut and has been painting in oils and acrylics since she was 16. Acrylics, however, remain her favorite medium. Anda graduated from the Parson School of Design and has been devoted to her art ever since. She has many accomplishments in the art world, including interviews with both local and national publications, such as American Art Collector, Who’s Who in America,Country Gardeners Magazine, Victoria Magazine along with numerous awards and recognitions for her work as a painter.
Anda’s paintings and techniques are published in two books by North Light Publications. Her works are currently represented by several galleries in and around New England and to her credit, she has had many one-woman shows with great success. Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago is lucky to have four of her large paintings in their permanent collection.

Link to Anda’s website www.andastylerfineart.com/home

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class. (One time Only) Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card or email us a copy: submissions@artsescape.org prior to class.

Portrait Painting with Jesse Smolover

Wednesdays February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15

*For those who have taken Jesse Smolover’s Beginner Drawing class this 5 week course will begin instruction in portraiture. Students will tackle on of the more challenging aspects of representational art; the human face. Drawing portraits can be intimidating but Jesse will break the process down so that you can approach it will confidence. The class will work directly from live models as an aid for the instructions. Students will learn different techniques from measuring proportions to carving out shadow shapes which help in finding the right approach for your art and the unique face of the model. The skills you learn in this course will help you not just look at faces, but truly see them.

The fee for the 5-week course is $125 which includes pencils and erasers and a model fee.

Students are required to bring an 18 x 24 inch pad of toned paper or an 18 x 24 inch pad with both white and toned paper and a General’s Compressed Pastel, Crayon kit.

The General’s Pastel Crayon kit will be available to purchase at Arts Escape or can be purchased on-line at Amazon.com

***Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography.

Jesse Smolover graduated from RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) in 2004 with a BFA in Illustration. Since then he has worked as a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, and as an on-site illustrator for an archeological dig. For the past fifteen years he has taught traditional and digital art to students of all ages in subjects ranging from beginner drawing, to figure drawing, comic book art, to sculpture.

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class.(One time only) Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.

First Thursday – Open Mic – June

MONTHLY FREE EVENT

Arts Escape invites writers to share their creative work in our monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support, and community. Want to listen only? We welcome you. Reservations are required and participants are limited to 20

In-person and via Zoom

First Thursday – Open Mic – May

MONTHLY FREE EVENT

Arts Escape invites writers to share their creative work in our monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support, and community. Want to listen only? We welcome you. Reservations are required and participants are limited to 20

In-person and via Zoom

First Thursday – Open Mic – April

MONTHLY FREE EVENT

Arts Escape invites writers to share their creative work in our monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support, and community. Want to listen only? We welcome you. Reservations are required and participants are limited to 20

In-person and via Zoom

Ukrainian Egg Workshop

March 28, 2023

Pysanka with Father Paul Luniw

Help Ukraine while honoring their beautiful Easter tradition.

Arts Escape is honored to be working with Father Paul Luniw to offer another Ukrainian egg making workshop. A pysanka is a Ukranian Easter Egg that is decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using wax and dyes. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write” or as the designs are inscribed with beeswax. Father Paul will give a brief lecture about the history of Ukrainian egg making and then will demonstrate the methods that will be used to make the creation.

Father Paul will have Pysanky eggs to sell after the workshop with the proceeds going toward Ukranian relief efforts. Father Paul has been sending help to Ukraine through his church, St. Michael Ukranian Church in Terryville, CT. We will be collecting cash/check donations for that effort.

This class is limited to 24 participants.

CLASS DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

COST: $35 per person plus supply costs up to $30 for painting the pysanka eggs.

LOCATION: Arts Escape, 493 Heritage Road., Suite 4C, Southbury

About the Instructor

Father Paul learned to decorate eggs as a child by watching his Ukrainian mother. He later studied for the priesthood at the Ukrainian Seminary in Rome and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1982. Since 1994, he has lived in the USA as Parish Priest of St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church in Terryville. He has decorated eggs wherever he has lived and has given his eggs to Pope John Paul II and the late Pope Francis.

*Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography.

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class.(One time only) Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.

Ukrainian Egg Workshop April 4

Pysanky with Father Paul

Help Ukraine while honoring their beautiful Easter tradition. Arts Escape is honored to be working with Father Paul Luniw to offer a Ukrainian egg making workshop. A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg that is decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using wax and dyes. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write” or as the designs are inscribed with beeswax. Fr. Paul will give a brief lecture about the history of Ukrainian egg making and then will demonstrate the methods that will be used to make the creation. We will be collecting cash/check donations for the Ukraine on the day of the workshop that Fr. Paul is sending through his church for relief efforts.

This class is limited to 24 participants.

CLASS DATE & TIME: Tuesday, April 4 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

COST: $35 per person plus a supply fee up to $30 for painting the pysanka eggs

LOCATION: Arts Escape, 493 Heritage Rd. Suite 4C, Southbury

About the Instructor

Fr. Paul learned to decorate eggs as a child by watching his Ukrainian mother. He later studied for the priesthood at the Ukrainian Seminary in Rome and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1982. Since 1994, he has lived in the USA as Parish Priest of St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church in Terryville. He has decorated eggs wherever he has lived and has given his eggs to Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis.

*Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class. (One time Only) Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card.

Step by Step Acrylic Painting Class

This workshop is for all levels of painters, especially the beginner student. Students will be working from reference photos provided by Anda prior to each class. She will discuss and demonstrate value studies of each composition which will become the layout for your painting. Instruction will be given on the importance of light and shadow which creates interesting and emotional drama in your paintings. ** **Students should print the photo reference prior to class.

*Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography.

The fee for the five-week class is $295 and limited to 8 students.

For those students who don’t have supplies, there is a $25 supply fee which includes 2 canvases,”golden” paints and “stay wet” products for use with the Masterson acrylic palettes used in this class. Brushes are available as well as the Masterson palettes. They can be purchases or returned after the five weeks of classes.

If the student wishes to use Princeton Catalyst Brushes, they can be purchased at Jerry’s Artarama or Dick Blick Stores.

Suggested Princeton Catalyst Brushes

SUPPLY LIST
Ultramarine Blue
Thalo Blue/ Green Shade
Raw Umber
Transparent Brown Oxide
Paynes Grey
Cad. Yellow Med
Diarylide Yellow
Raw Sienna 
Yellow Oxide (not Ocher)
Quinacridone Burnt Orange
Cad. Red Light
Cad. Red Med
Titanium White
A Masterson’s Stay-Wet-Palette is strongly recommended – size 12×16 

Anda Styler – Artist/ Instructor Anda lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut and has been painting in oils and acrylics since she was 16. Acrylics, however, remain her favorite medium. Anda graduated from the Parson School of Design and has been devoted to her art ever since. She has many accomplishments in the art world, including interviews with both local and national publications, such as American Art Collector, Who’s Who in America,Country Gardeners Magazine, Victoria Magazine along with numerous awards and recognitions for her work as a painter.
Anda’s paintings and techniques are published in two books by North Light Publications. Her works are currently represented by several galleries in and around New England and to her credit, she has had many one-woman shows with great success. Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago is lucky to have four of her large paintings in their permanent collection.

Link to Anda’s website www.andastylerfineart.com/home

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class. (One time Only) Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card or email us a copy: submissions@artsescape.org prior to class.

Adobe Lightroom Photo Software Workshop Series: All Things Adobe Lightroom

Evening Class

Adobe Lightroom Classic is the main photography editing software used by photo hobbyists and professionals. This powerful software is all you need to catalogue, organize, find, edit, print, resize and export your photos.

This will be an open forum to help students with their questions on how to use Lightroom. Each class will be tailored to the students questions and needs. Bring your questions and be prepared to have fun and learn how to get the most out of this essential photography tool.

It is recommended to have Adobe Lightroom Classic installed on your laptop prior to the class.

Each class is a stand-alone class. Students can register for both classes or individual classes. Use the drop-down menu to register.

The fee for both classes is $70.00; individual classes are $35.00.
Class Limit is 12 students.

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.

*Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Writing Programs.

Get to Know and How to Take Better Photos with Your Digital Camera

Learn how to better use your digital camera’s functions and modes to take more creative and compelling images. **Recommended camera is a digital DSLR or mirrorless camera with various modes and functions.   (No Cell phones)

Session 1 Basic camera functions and using Shutter Priority mode for sharper images and creative effects

  1. Going over basic camera buttons including adjusting diopter to fit your vision
  2. Learning the two functions and buttons of shooting images and the playback and reviewing of images.
  3. Understanding exposure triad of ISO, Shutter and Aperture to achieve proper exposure. Call will focus on shutter priority mode and understanding shutter speed for sharp images and as a creative tool for freezing motion and using creative long exposure photography.

Session 2 Using Aperture Priority mode for controlling depth of field in your images

  1. Understanding exposure triad of ISO, Shutter and Aperture to achieve proper exposure. Class will focus on Aperture priority mode to use depth of field as a creative tool.
  2. Using exposure compensation to fine tune exposure of your images.
  3. If time permits, using histogram and blanks to fine tune exposure.

Session 3 Achieving Proper Focus

1. Using single point focus to take control of the auto focus function of your camera.

2. Using various shutter modes including single shot, multi shot for sports, and self timer mode.

3. How to use the stationary focus mode and moving focus mode for proper focus of stationary and moving subjects.

4. Setting up your camera, changing file size and file formats.

5. Understanding white balance and how to adjust

Session 4 Photography in the digital age

The Digital Darkroom – Taking your photos from your camera to your computer. Ways and methods to store and edit your photos.

Using computer software and editing programs to edit, enhance share, resize and reformat your photos for webs, social media, print and email use.  Learning how to transfer your photos from your camera to your computer or mobile device for storage and editing.

The fee for the 4-week class is $90. Class size is limited to 8 students.
Please let us know which type of camera you are using before class starts. Please send to John at:

johnmunnophoto@gmail.com

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class.(One time only) Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.

*Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography.