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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.

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.

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.

Independent Acrylic Open Studio Options

The Open Studio Workshop is for all levels of acrylic painters with award-winning artist, Anda Styler. The class is designed for students to work at their own pace with the guidance of the instructor in a warm non-judgmental environment. Acetate overlays will be used during individual instruction. Anda will also supply reference photos prior to class for those students who would prefer to work on the same painting as the instructor. Students are required to bring their own supplies. Paper towels and water containers are provided.

The fee for the five-week session is $295 or students are welcome to register as a drop-in prior to the class at $65 per class. Please use the dropdown menu when registering. Workshops are limited to 10 students.

 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.