Painting

Southwest School of Art offers a wide array of classes, at all skill levels, in oils, acrylics and watercolors. Composition, technique, style and conceptual vigor are typically covered in every class – with creative experimentation encouraged along the way.

Painting Material List

  Materials List

Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.

Registration

Spring 2019 priority registration for Members opens online Tues, December 4th at 9:00am. General registration starts Tues, December 11th.

Painting Course Descriptions

 6029 | Mixed Media Acrylic

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Dinah Coakley
Dates: Tues, 1/22/2019 to 4/2/2019 | 6:00 PM- 8:45 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $315.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $300.00

Acrylics can mimic all paint mediums in a less toxic way. Discover how to layer and develop a painting's surface; since acrylics work equally well together, there are fewer rules regarding how a painting's depth can be built. To get the most from the variety of acrylic mediums, fool-proof and low-tech methods will cover how to simulate encaustic, epoxy, lacquer, and open painting like oil. The class will also include Xerox transfer, collage paint skins and crackle effects. Includes many materials for experimentation; materials will be discussed the first class. No previous painting experience required, but some art experience expected. No class Mar 5. Visit the Printmaking webpage to register.

 6094 | Layers: Encaustic Mixed Media Methods and Materials

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Michelle Belto
Dates: Fri - Sun, 3/15/2019 to 3/17/2019 | 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $325.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $310.00

The versatility of encaustic paint invites the use of mixed media materials and methods, while the natural luminosity and transparency of the paint allows for complex multi-layered work that can speak of time and memory. Going beyond simple collage in wax, this workshop is designed to assist students in creating intricate and personally significant paintings, where mixed media choices as material and application become intuitive. This workshop explores the myriad methods that can be used to create complexity, add interest and texture, and design with mystery and drama. Correct use, and mixing of media with wax, along with tips and suggestions for display and shipping will be discussed. The workshop is co-sponsored by R&F Paints.Visit the Printmaking webpage to register.

 8003 | Introduction to Water-Based Painting

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Jeannette MacDougall
Dates: Sat, 3/23/2019 to 3/23/2019 | 9:30 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Bowers Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $90.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $75.00

Want to start painting but don't know where to start? Get a step-by-step introduction to painting with based water-based mediums of watercolor and gouache through demonstration and hands-on practice. All supplies will be provided or students may bring their own. Let this non-judgmental introductory class jumpstart a new creative direction.

 8010a | Basic Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Sam Velasquez
Dates: Tues, 1/22/2019 to 3/26/2019 | 9:00 AM- 11:45 AM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

Basic Painting is an ideal class for the beginning student who wants a structured approach to painting or for the intermediate student who wants one-on-one instruction. The class will cover color mixing, paint application, selection and use of brushes and other painting tools, as well as painting composition. Students will use a limited color palette in order to learn how to mix a variety of colors. Bring a sketchbook; a materials list will be discussed at the first class. There are no prerequisites; however, Basic Drawing is recommended. Note: Students may work in either oil or acrylic.

 8010b | Basic Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Sam Velasquez
Dates: Thurs, 1/24/2019 to 3/28/2019 | 6:30 PM- 9:15 PM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

Basic Painting is an ideal class for the beginning student who wants a structured approach to painting or for the intermediate student who wants one-on-one instruction. The class will cover color mixing, paint application, selection and use of brushes and other painting tools, as well as painting composition. Students will use a limited color palette in order to learn how to mix a variety of colors. Bring a sketchbook; a materials list will be discussed at the first class. There are no prerequisites; however, Basic Drawing is recommended. Note: Students may work in either oil or acrylic.

 8010c | Basic Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Jerry Cabrera
Dates: Sat, 1/26/2019 to 3/30/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:15 PM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

Basic Painting is an ideal class for the beginning student who wants a structured approach to painting or for the intermediate student who wants one-on-one instruction. The class will cover color mixing, paint application, selection and use of brushes and other painting tools, as well as painting composition. Students will use a limited color palette in order to learn how to mix a variety of colors. Bring a sketchbook; a materials list will be discussed at the first class. There are no prerequisites; however, Basic Drawing is recommended. Note: Students may work in either oil or acrylic.

 8011a | Watercolor Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Ric Dentinger
Dates: Mon, 1/28/2019 to 4/1/2019 | 6:30 PM- 9:15 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

This class is for both the first-time painter, as well as the student who would like to learn more about the various approaches to painting in this very direct medium. Demonstrations will be given each week showing students how to paint wet-on-wet washes, dry-on-wet washes and with a dry brush. Color theory as it relates to watercolor will be discussed. Intermediate level students, while developing an independent vision, will learn ways to improve their painting skills through advanced demonstration, practice and critique. A materials list will be provided at the first class.

 8011b | Watercolor Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Ric Dentinger
Dates: Tues, 1/29/2019 to 4/2/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:15 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

This class is for both the first-time painter, as well as the student who would like to learn more about the various approaches to painting in this very direct medium. Demonstrations will be given each week showing students how to paint wet-on-wet washes, dry-on-wet washes and with a dry brush. Color theory as it relates to watercolor will be discussed. Intermediate level students, while developing an independent vision, will learn ways to improve their painting skills through advanced demonstration, practice and critique. A materials list will be provided at the first class.

 8017 | A Weekend of Drawing & Painting in the Hill Country

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Jeannette MacDougall
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/30/2019 to 3/31/2019 | 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Off Campus | Building: Off Campus
Tuition: $190.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $175.00

Explore various approaches to interpreting the landscape plein air style. Spend the weekend drawing and/or painting (in water-based media) with focus on developing a personal style while improving composition and technique. Various methods of rendering from observation will be covered. Previous drawing or painting experience recommended, but not required. Participants may have the option to spend the weekend in the area as well as pre-ordering a gourmet meal through arrangements with the instructor. Please see SSA website for details and a list of suggested materials.

 8030 | Studio Time

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Mira Hnatyshyn
Dates: Wed, 1/23/2019 to 4/3/2019 | 6:30 PM- 9:15 PM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

This is a course for artists working in all media who want to explore a more self-directed practice. Like an open studio with a classroom environment, artists can finish started projects, start new ones, or push themselves in new directions. Instruction will be tailored to each individual student, with as much feedback as desired. Instruction can help students finish what they've already started, get from idea to completion, bridge skill and concept, (re)discover individual creative interests, or recover from artist's block. Prerequisite: Previous studio experience. Bring images or a sample of finished work and/or a work in progress, as well as supplies you currently are using to the first class; suggestions for additional materials will be discussed at that time. No class Mar 20.

 8032 | Painting Portraits

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Mira Hnatyshyn
Dates: Thurs, 1/24/2019 to 4/4/2019 | 9:00 AM- 11:45 AM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $290.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $275.00

Learn step-by-step techniques for painting portraits from live models in one sitting. Class instruction will include analyzing tonal value and mixing flesh tone colors. Students will produce between three and six portraits. Bring painting supplies you currently use, a sketchbook and pencil to the first class; suggestions for additional materials will be discussed at that time. Includes model fees. Prerequisite: Previous painting experience required. No class Mar 21.

 8062 | Intensified Abstraction

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Sylvia Benitez
Dates: Wed, 1/23/2019 to 3/27/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:15 PM
Studio: Bowers Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $280.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $265.00

This course is geared to empower artists with the many possible creative approaches used in abstract expression. Working with acrylic medium on paper or canvas, as well as mixed media applications, the course will concentrate on color relationships and gradations to provide a foundation for abstract exploration. In addition, compositional resources will be explored through geometric design, texture, pattern, and line. Prerequisite: Prior painting experience required. Please see SSA website for a list of materials.

 8087 | Landscape Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Sylvia Benitez
Dates: Fri, 1/25/2019 to 3/29/2019 | 9:30 AM- 12:15 PM
Studio: Briscoe Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $280.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $265.00

Working from photographs and plein air (outdoor) sketching, students will learn basic landscape principles. Students can explore different grounds and painting media as well as mixed media applications, and study stylistic examples of artists who have worked within these methods. Painting methods and various working approaches will be demonstrated and encouraged. Required materials will be discussed at the first class. Previous drawing or painting experience recommended, but not required.

 
 

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