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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. Contact Kip Bradley for more information at bradleyk@telfair.org.

Drawing for All Levels

Tuesdays, 10:30am–1pm
January 7–February 25

Members $235 / non-members $255
Instructor: Mickey Boisvert

You asked for more classes, and we listened! Now expanded to eight weeks, these sessions offer a positive approach for both the beginning and seasoned student. Beginning students will receive lots of personal attention as we explore drawing fundamentals. Intermediate and returning students can look forward to new sketch sessions, and challenging new still-life subjects as we draw from life. Later in the series, all students will be guided through portrait drawing using a proven method that breaks it down to understandable steps. And new this year: one week, we’ll be outside “drawing Savannah” for the plein air experience; and one week we’ll be drawing in Telfair’s indoor Sculpture Gallery. Let’s learn and draw together in a fun and relaxed judgment-free zone. Artists of all levels welcome.

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Early drawing of the Jepson Center from the building's architect, Moshe Safdie
Early drawing of the Jepson Center from the building's architect, Moshe Safdie

Savannah Sketchers Plein Air Group

Fridays, 1–4pm
February 7–May 1
Various locations (no class March 22)

Members $40 / non-members $65
Instructor: Kip Bradley

The tough part of painting isn’t always the “how to” but sometimes just the “when.” Set aside a regular time to meet and ensure time is taken each week to create in a safe and social atmosphere. This non-instructional group will meet each week in a different location to execute paintings in plein air. Work in the media of your choice and have the opportunity to see how others work as well.

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T is For Texture Pastel Workshop with Featured Artist Eve Miller

Saturday–Sunday, March 21–22
9:30am – 4:30pm

Members $195 / non-members $220
Instructor: Eve Miller

This two-day pastel workshop will focus on the three Ts: tools, tips, and techniques for creating striking effects with texture. Topics covered will include how to decide on a good landscape reference photo based on patterns of light and dark; thumbnails for strong composition; underpainting; choosing color schemes; and techniques with various products and mediums to add texture in the landscape. Eve Miller is an award-winning pastel painter. She is a signature member of PSA pastel society as well as Fellow Maxima Cum Laude of the American Artist Professional league.

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Sketch-Booking, Observational Painting, and Drawing Foundations

Thursdays, March 5–April 23
10:30am–1pm

Members $175 / non-members $195
Instructor: Kip Bradley

The more technology is integrated into our lives, the cooler low-tech activities such as sketch-booking become. It’s time to enjoy the simplicity, growth, and delight that comes from sketching. This eight-week class will introduce you to keeping a sketchbook and assist you in developing your own methods. This class will provide a strong introduction to drawing and watercolor techniques while helping you develop the habits of incorporating sketching into your daily routine. Artists of all levels welcome.

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adult art classes at Telfair Museums are located in the Jepson Center studio

Oil Painting Class: Intro to Landscape Painting

Thursdays, 1–4pm
March 26 – April 23rd

Members $175 / non-members $200
Instructor: Kip Bradley

Start with the basic materials, add the right tools and techniques, and let painting become a lifelong passion. Explore painting techniques, composition, color, and creative expression in an upbeat and encouraging atmosphere. Learn brushwork, layering, applying paint to the surface, and color-mixing techniques.

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Impressions of Savannah Plein Air Workshop with Featured Artist John Guernsey

Friday – Sunday, May 1–3, 2020
9:30am – 4:30pm

Members $375 / Non-Members $400
Instructor: John Guernsey

Paint beautiful scenes around Savannah as well-known artist John Guernsey shares strategies for painting en plein air; from selecting a subject to creating paintings with a professional and dynamic look. You will gain unique insights and skills in color mixing, light and shadow theory, and brushwork. Increase your confidence in the painting process and learn ways to handle complex subject matter with great ease and simple gestures. Part lecture, part demonstration, and with an emphasis on painting together with assistance, expect a focused, yet relaxed, atmosphere with lots of fun and camaraderie. Originally from California, Guernsey moved to Georgia in 1993 and began a full-time art career in 2006. He teaches workshops throughout the Southeast and regularly participates in nationally ranked plein air festivals around the country.

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The Still-Life Painting Class

Wednesdays, January 22–February 25, 2020
10:30am–1pm

Members $175 / Non-Members $195
Instructor: Kip Bradley

A painting class for both the beginner and intermediate painter to explore Alla Prima (“all- at-once process”), the elements of color, and how they work together. This class will develop a more confident approach to painting by providing grounding for strong color choices. The first three classes will explore the color palette and elements of color while strengthening basic painting skills. The second three classes will explore the potential within the elements of color by painting in a variety of color schemes.

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PO Box 10081
Savannah, GA 31412
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