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Painting Animals in Casein and Gouache (Online)
with Fred Danziger
Wednesdays, 1 - 4 pm
Cats, dogs, horses, birds, even fantasy animals like dragons have enriched the history of art! Whether done as portraits or as part of your own personal art study, painting animals convincingly adds a rich element to any artist’s vocabulary. Basics, such as composition, color, drawing accuracy and animal anatomy will be part of this course, but rendering textures like fur and feathers, which bring animals to life on the canvas will be a special focus of the course.
Although students can work in any medium, the weekly demonstrations will be done in casein and gouache. Art historical examples and contemporary uses of animal imagery, as well as student discussion of their own work will also be a major part of the sessions.
- Getting the most out of the photo sources you use. Choosing and editing the photo. Composition, lighting, studio set up and special techniques for casein and gouache. Drawing and underpainting. Panel preparation.
- Developing the painting in stages. Shading and transitions with opaque media. Casein emulsion and glazing. Textures.
- Finishing touches. Mid-course critique.
- Combining different photo sources into one painting including different perspectives. Photoshop and free alternatives.
- Surrealism, abstraction and symbolic styles of animal imagery from Lascaux to Picasso, to contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons.
- Final critique and discussion of photographing, preserving and framing casein and gouache.
Register by: May 13
Natural History Illustration (Online)
with Kate Samworth
Thursdays, 3 - 5 pm
Discover the fascinating world of natural history illustration through its greatest contributors from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century. Investigate the unusual lives of those who traveled the globe in search of new specimens and how they contributed to our understanding of nature. Each week’s instruction will focus on a different field of study: botany, entomology, mammalogy, ornithology, marine biology, and cartography. Students will be guided through the process of illustrating specimens from each field using Micron pens, colored pencils, acrylic inks, or other wet or dry media of choice.
Image: Instructor Kate Samworth in her studio
Register by: May 13