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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.

Drawing I & II

*For those who have taken Jesse Smolover’s Beginner Drawing class this continuing class will have different exercises and a new syllabus for you to expand and continue your journey.

The fee for the 5-week course is $100 which includes pencils and erasers.

Students are required to bring a 11 X 14 spiral bound sketchbook – not high quality.

***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.

Oil and Cold Wax Mark Making in Small Places

This class will begin with a demonstration of the Oil & Cold Wax Medium on 140 lb paper. The technique of mixing oil paint and cold wax and the use of various tools will be demonstrated. How to incorporate collage paper, the use of charcoal, graphite and other mark-making tools will also be shown. A series of small paintings will be created on 22″ x 30″ paper divided into 12 small paintings incorporating all or some of the above and determined by each artist.

The fee for the class is $140 and is limited to 10 students

There is an additional $20 paid to the instructor at the time of class. ( The fee covers the cold wax, oil paints, 140lb watercolor paper, and all mark making tools and various supplies).

The following items will be supplied by the instructor:

Cold Wax

Oil Paints- both tansparent and opaque

Palette Knife

Messermeister silicone bowl scraper ( messermeister.com)

140 lb. watercolor paper divided into 12 small sections

Freezer wrap to be used as palette/wax paper

Tissue paper, Collage paper, Cheese Cloth, Brayers

Knitting needles, Stencils, Embossing Tools, Stamps

Glitter, Powdered Pigments, Oil Crayons, Graphite, Charcoal

Student Supply List

Paper Towels

1 Garbage Bag

An Apron

A Snack & Drink

*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 POLICYOnly 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.

Diane Brown

Diane Brown is an award-winning mixed media artist, specializing in Oil & Cold Wax. She exhibits in the New England area, Oregon and in NYC.

She is an Elected Artist at the Mystic Museum of Art, an Artist Member of The Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, a member of Maple and Main Gallery, the New Haven Paint & Clay Club, The Newport Museum of Art and the Art League of New Britain, South County Art Association, The Allied Artists of America, an Associate Member of the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Center, Essex Art Association, The Salmagundi Club and Lyme Art Association.

She has been commissioned by The Rose Project in Bethesda, Maryland as well as at Eastern Connecticut State University.

She has produced commissions for individual residences in Georgia, Florida and Connecticut.

*Drawing I & II

*For those who have taken Jesse Smolover’s Beginner Drawing class this one will have different exercises and a new syllabus for you to expand and continue your journey.

The fee for the 5-week course is $100 which includes pencils and erasers.

Students are required to bring a 11 X 14 spiral bound sketchbook – not high quality.

***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.

Drawing I & II with Jesse Smolover

Are you interested in learning how to draw? Or have you taken a drawing class and want to know more?* In this class you will familiarize yourself with the core fundamental aspects of drawing; contour, shape, and value. Through fun and practical drawing assignments you will learn a set of foundational skills that will allow you to explore art on your own.

*For those who have taken Jesse Smolover’s Beginner Drawing class this one will have different exercises and a new syllabus for you to expand and continue your journey.

The fee for the 5-week course is $100 which includes pencils and erasers.

Students are required to bring a 11 X 14 spiral bound sketchbook – not high quality.

***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.

Beginner Drawing

Are you interested in learning how to draw? Has it been years since you practiced and you feel rusty? In this class you will familiarize yourself with the core fundamental aspects of drawing; contour, shape, and value. Through fun and practical drawing assignments you will learn a set of foundational skills that will allow you to explore art on your own.

The fee for the 3-week course is $125 which includes pencils and erasers.

Students are required to bring a 11 X14 spiral bound sketchbook – not high quality.

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.

Floral Design Workshop – Postponed

Michelle Stuart of Stuart Florist in Woodbury will lead a three-hour workshop focusing on the difference between fresh and older flowers, how to care for your flowers and get longevity from your beautiful arrangement, and how to arrange flowers in a glass cube. Each participant will take home a beautiful arrangement designed by their own hand and creativity. There will be a variety of flowers including hydrangea, roses and sunflowers – as well as stock and filler flowers.

The fee for the workshop is $65 and limited to 15 students.

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.

Abstract Collage and Painting

This is a 3-hour abstract collage workshop, in which we will be using vintage and handmade papers, and applying paints in varying ways using different mark-making tools. We will focus on composition and contrast, and how color can be used to bring all the elements together.  This class is geared toward all levels of art experience.  All supplies are included, but students are welcome to bring their own papers and paints if they prefer.

The fee for the one-day workshop is $75. Class is limited to 10 students.

Jessica Tell
Fiber Arts, Fine Art & Photography
 
A native New Yorker and 25-year Connecticut resident, Jessica studied art at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and Paier College of Art in Hamden, CT.  She has
worked most often in oil, watercolor, and ink. Although her past works were primarily done in sharp-focus, Jessica has recently taken a “deep dive” into abstract art, especially collage. She is also an avid art quilter, and has exhibited her works locally as part of a fiber arts group. A combined interest in art and photography led her to become a judge for local photography competitions, and she frequently uses her own photography in her art works; she particularly enjoys using Photoshop and other computer programs to manipulate images for use in both fiber art and collage.

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.