Friday, April 30, 2010

Late Spring and Summer Adult Classes

Figure Drawing From Life

Location: Red Door Studios in Downtown KCK
738 Armstrong, Suite 200, Kansas City, KS 66101

May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19 - 12:30 - 3:30 pm
6 - 3 hour sessions
$220 includes all sessions and model fee

In this class, we will cover several different approaches to figure drawing, including gesture drawing and learning various ways to judge and measure proportion. Everything from properly setting up an easel to creating a pleasing and accurate contour will be covered. Anatomy, shading, and composition will also be explored. This is the perfect class for beginners with little to no experience as well as for artists looking to add to their knowledge.

Please email Lacey to sign-up for this class in advance. Students must register and pay in full by May 10th to reserve their spot. All students will also be given a $5 discount on Open Figure Session Attendance for the duration of the 6 weeks.

Realistic Oil Painting

Location: Red Door Studios in Downtown KCK
738 Armstrong, Suite 200, Kansas City, KS 66101

May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20 - 3:00 to 6:00 pm
6 - 3 hour sessions
$250 includes all materials!

Treat yourself to an oil painting class! Lacey Lewis will present various oil painting techniques and lead you step-by-step through the process of painting realistically. We will discuss color theory, sound/archival painting methods, and composition along the way.

Class will meet every Sunday from 3-6pm beginning May 16th. Materials will be provided for you, but please bring an easel if you have one. (Even a table easel will work!) You must sign-up and pay by Sunday, May 9th to reserve your spot.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Typical Day for an Artist

Perhaps every now and then I will outline a "typical" day for me. I use quotes there, because practically every day is different depending on what I need to get done, and what lessons, classes, meetings and family schedules I'm weaving other work around. Here's what I did yesterday:

7am- Wake up after 6 hours of sleep (painted late the night before.) Have breakfast, get the kiddo off to school by 8:20.
9am- Errands: Gas station, 2 different banks, post office.
10am- Head out to private painting lesson.
12pm- Arrive back home after lesson. Get subs with the husband, go to the grocery store.
1pm- Start painting! Work on grants on the computer intermittently during breaks. Receive paperwork from fellow artist.
3:30pm- Very tired, take a nap.
5pm- Respond to email, make lists of tasks to accomplish over the next few days.
6pm- Go to the park and run 2.5 miles. Stretch, little bit of strength training, then dinner.
7pm- Start painting again, while watching Hamlet on PBS. (It was awesome, David Tennant and Patrick Stewart in one show!) Stop once an hour to do some kind of chore: dishes, brushing teeth, laundry check, etc.
11:30- Pack up and clean up after painting, feed the animals and try to get to bed by 12:30!

Today: I should paint at least 4 hours, meeting with a fellow artist to discuss workshop possibilities, teleconference regarding grants in the evening, and I posted a new class on Facebook! Isn't it exciting?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Lucky DeLuxe, A Few Life Drawings

I believe this painting of the *amazing* Lucky DeLuxe is finished. 30" x 24" oil on canvas... Thank you Lucky for posing for me!

Here are some life sketches from the last couple weeks:

This one was not a full 3 hours. I started with a little sketch in colored pencil before I moved on to this one... wish I would have spent more time drawing this model but perhaps I can bring him back in the near future.

Standing poses are really tough on the model! This drawing is a little larger than I usually go when I only have 3 hours, but I still got a decent amount of info down.

This drawing of a back was done during my Saturday figure drawing class... we are in our final 2 weeks now!

Finally, here is a portrait drawing done from life. This gentleman was a great model and kept very still and was very patient... a pleasure to draw.

The funny thing about this post is that I am known for my focus on women, but here I am with drawings of four men! I can't express how much I love drawing from life, and I am so glad that I get to do it at least once a week.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Summer Classes for Kids and Teens

I have created a schedule for summer classes for kids and teens at Red Door Studios in downtown KCK. You can sign up for classes by following this link, or send me an email/give me a call! (Contact info is at the link.) Here are the classes I have listed thus far:

Drawing Session 1 – Ages 8-12
Mondays, 10am – 12pm 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21 (4 Weeks)
$120/student includes all materials
In Drawing 1, we will start learning the basics of how to see shapes and proportion, and use line to express the contours of the subject. Drawing will be done from 2D references and from life.
Registration deadline: 5/14/2010

Drawing Session 1 – Teens
Thursdays, 10am – 12pm 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24 (4 Weeks)
$120/student includes all materials
This course will assume that the student has some drawing experience. We will start by working on good methods to achieve good proportion and interesting lines, and work towards understanding value. Work will be done in graphite, charcoal, and white charcoal working with toned paper in the final projects.
Registration deadline: 5/24/2010

Drawing Session 2 – Ages 8-12
Mondays, 10am – 12pm 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2 (4 Weeks)
$120/student includes all materials
In Drawing 2, students will move from line drawing to shading and value. A strong focus will be on getting correct proportions before moving onto shading, and light logic will be taught as students move into charcoal drawing on toned papers.
Registration deadline: 7/2/2010

Beginning Painting – Teens
Thursdays 10am – 12pm 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5 (6 Weeks)
$250/student includes all materials
Students in this class will start with a simple, monochromatic painting to warm-up to the mechanics of a fluid medium before exploring color theory, color mixing, and color schemes. Early work will be done from photographs provided, while later paintings will be done from arrangements made by the individual students.
Registration deadline: 6/21/2010

Perspective Intensive – Teens
Monday through Friday 1-3pm 6/7 – 6/11
$150/student includes all materials
This class will cover 1, 2, 3, and multiple-point perspective! This is a subject that is challenging to many, but will be presented in a logical, step-by-step manner that is easy to understand. We will create images from our imagination using perspective, but will also see how it is visible in the world around us.
Registration deadline: 5/21/2010

People/Faces Intensive – Teens
Monday through Friday 1-3pm 7/12 – 7/16
$150/student includes all materials
Proportions of the head and face will be covered as we also dive in to the characteristics of the individual features themselves. We will strive to understand the underlying structure of the face and features, and learn how to draw and shade them in a realistic way. We will work from photos, historical drawings, and life.
Registration deadline: 7/2/2010

Drawing from Life Intensive – Teens
Monday through Friday 1-3pm 7/26 – 7/30
$150/student includes all materials
If you can learn how to draw what you are looking at, you can draw anything! This class will focus on how to accurately portray anything that lay before you, from a still life to a landscape to a building to a person.
Registration deadline: 7/16/2010

Crazy Boy Coy, Lucky DeLuxe

Above is the drawing from last week's open session with Crazy Boy Coy! This week we have Kiki Severe coming to pose for us... don't miss it.

I'm also working of a painting of Coy. Stage 1 is above, just a simple 'cartoon' right now. 24" x 18" oil on canvas.

I also have a slightly larger painting of the talented Lucky DeLuxe in the works! The skin areas are the only parts that have moved out of the cartoon stage at this point.

I'm excited about these paintings, and have others I am preparing for, too. Hopefully within the next couple weeks I will also be starting on my next large Sins painting.