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Adult Classes

Adult studio classes are tailored to reinforce museum exhibition themes and/or concepts. Filling a niche in the community, studio classes offer a nurturing creative environment and provide a wonderful opportunity to advance your artistic talents. All classes and workshops are at the Jepson Center unless otherwise noted.

 

The Artistic Journal: Sketching from Daily Life

Adult
Instructor: Marc Taro Holmes
September 23-25, 2016, 9am – 4pm
Members $350/ non-members $375
Class full. Please contact bradleyk@telfair.org to be placed on the wait list.

In conjunction with the exhibition One Hundred Years of Harmony: Paintings by Gari Melchers, Telfair will offer a three-day sketching workshop with Urban Sketchers.org correspondent Marc Taro Holmes.

Taking inspiration from Melchers’ artistic depiction of domestic life, students will work on location at the historic Owens-Thomas House and other nearby landmarks. Through multiple demonstrations and hands-on exercises, we will practice techniques for selecting intriguing subjects and making rapid observational sketches. Students will develop a deeper understanding of composition and color, and receive individual instruction working with mixed media and watercolor in a sketchbook.

Montreal based artist Marc Taro Holmes is a plein-air painter, educator, illustrator, and sketchbook artist working in ink, watercolour, and oils. He is the author of the how-to art book The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location, from North Light Books, four Urban Sketching DVDs and workbooks from ArtistsNetwork.TV, as well as online classes Travel Sketching in Mixed Media and Sketching People in Motion from Craftsy.com. Since 2009, Marc has been a correspondent for the international website of reportage artists urbansketchers.org. He has worked as an Art Director and Concept Artist for video game and motion picture studios such as Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Sega, and Disney. His digital work appears most recently in 2014’s award-winning Dragon Age: Inquisition. Marc’s website citizensketcher.com is an ever growing journal of stories and images from his travels. You’ll find advice on drawing, notes on painting experiments, reviews of new materials, and news about the wide world of location sketching.[/ezcol_3quarter_end]

 

Portrait Drawing & Acrylic Painting

Tuesdays, September 20–November 8, 10:30am–1:30pm
Members $175 / non-members $200
Instructor: Blake Bradley

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In this beginner to intermediate adult class, students will work from a live model and explore fundamental and advanced drawing skills with an introduction to acrylic painting through portraiture. Learn to develop observational abilities through a careful study of proportions as they pertain to the individual nature of the face, with special emphasis on depicting the head through the use of light and shadow, based on a five value system. Students will develop and improve skills necessary to obtain a “likeness” in drawing from life and develop works in acrylic paint.

 

Figure Drawing

Thursdays, September 22–November 10, 10:30am–1:30pm
Members $175 / non-members $200
Instructor: Blake Bradley

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In this class, we explore the fundamental approaches to figure drawing, learning about many different tools and processes. Students are exposed to classic and contemporary methods (the envelope, line of action, block in gesture, and scribble gesture), taking time to play with each and develop a basic understanding of the process. From there, students will choose the process that they enjoy most and complete a finished drawing.

 

Beginning Oil Painting

Mondays, September 19–October 24, 1–4pm
Members $175 / non-members $200
Instructor: Kip Bradley

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This class focuses on the fundamental techniques of painting with oil-based paint. Designed for a broad range of painting experience, both beginning and continuing level students will develop skills using color, composition, and creativity. Students will explore techniques from a basic understanding of color mixing, “fat over lean,” Grisaille, and Alla Prima.

 

Sketchbooking, Observational Painting, and Drawing Foundations

Fridays, September 23–October 28, 1–4pm
Members $95 / non-members $120
Instructor: Kip Bradley

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The more that technology is integrated into our lives, the cooler low-tech activities like sketchbooking become. It’s time to enjoy the simplicity, growth, and delight that comes from sketching. This eight-week class introduces you to keeping a sketchbook and assists in developing your own methods. This class provides a strong introduction to drawing and watercolor techniques, while helping develop the habits of incorporating sketching into everyday life. Artists of all levels are welcome, and materials will be provided.

 

Figure Drawing Boot Camp

Wednesday, October 12, 1–4pm
Members $75 / non-members $95
Instructor: Kip Bradley

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If you can draw the figure, you can draw anything! This intensive figure drawing course is for students who are serious about learning how to draw. Learn tricks and tools with both classical and unusual approaches.

 

Painting Boot Camp

Wednesday, October 19, 1–4pm
Members $75 / non-members $95
Instructor: Kip Bradley

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Do you want to learn the basics of oil painting? This class is designed to build foundational skills and expand knowledge of techniques and materials that can be applied to many painting styles, and to realist or abstract subjects. Students will learn how to use paint, paint mediums and brushes, color mixing, and how to create the illusion of three-dimensional forms with outstanding results.

 

Workshops

 

Tobia Makover, Featured Artist: Mixed Media Photography

Ages: teen to adult
Saturday, November 12, 1–5pm
Members $125 / non-members $150
Some materials required

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In this workshop, students will learn about the artist’s work and explore Tobia’s techniques from beginning to end while gaining hands-on experience incorporating encaustic in their own photography. Tobia will demonstrate techniques and provide advice as students have a chance to experiment with a variety of prepared surfaces. Each student will create their own personalized 6 xy6 inch photographic work based on Tobia’s process.

Tobia Makover is a fine art photographer and mixed media artist whose work creates intrigue through timeless and emotive imagery. Each piece starts with a photograph, the soul of her work. Tobia then encompasses many layers of medium that she paints, carves, torches, and then preserves in wax and resin through an encaustic process that dates back to the 1st Century, BCE. In all bodies of work and in life, Tobia contemplates the physicality of our existence. She questions the importance of our being and the impact of our time here while examining the tension between holding on and the desire to let go. Internationally acclaimed, Tobia has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Les Ateliers de L’Image in St. Remy, France, PH-Neutro in Verona, Italy, the Griffin Museum in Boston, AIPAD in New York, and SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah.

 

Intro to Woodcarving Workshop: Carve Your Own Folk Art Cane

Ages: teen to adult
Saturday, November 5, 1–5pm
Members $125 / non-members $150
Instructor: Matt Toole

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In conjunction with Stick Men, this one-day workshop will provide an introduction to basic woodcarving techniques. In this class, you will have the opportunity to view traditional folk art canes, learn about the various tools and woods available, and gain hands-on experience carving your own folk art cane. Students will also begin to understand how to visualize the finished work and think in three-dimensions. At the end of the session everyone will go home with their own set of carving tools and a good start on your own personalized cane!

Matt Toole grew up around the barrier islands and salt marshes of Savannah, Georgia. He received a BFA from Georgia Southern University in 1994 and an MFA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 2000. Toole has since been a resident artist at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Aberdeenshire, Scotland; The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and Franconia Sculpture Park near Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota. He has traveled throughout the US, UK, Latvia, and Ireland collaborating on cast iron projects and creating performances. Mr. Toole was a professor of Foundation Studies and Sculpture at the Savannah College of Art and Design from 2006 to 2016.

 

Museum Sketch Crawl

Ages: teen to adult
Saturday, October 1, 2:30–5pm
Free (registration required)

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Tour One Hundred Years of Harmony, and take time to find the harmony in the objects and environments of our three museum sites. We will meet at the Jepson Center at 2:30pm to enjoy a leisurely group tour of the exhibition and sketch inside the galleries. Then, we will travel to the Telfair Academy and Owens-Thomas House to explore further ideas of harmony in sketching.