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.

Painting Course Descriptions

 8003 | Introduction to Water-Based Painting

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Jeannette MacDougall
Dates: Fri, 12/01/2017 to 12/01/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Briscoe Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $75.00 | 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 water-based mediums-watercolor, gauche, and acrylic-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. Please bring a bag lunch.

 8010a | Basic Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Sam Velasquez
Dates: Tues, 9/19/2017 to 11/21/2017 | 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. This 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. No class Nov 25.

 8010b | Basic Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Jerry Cabrera
Dates: Sat, 9/23/2017 to 12/2/2017 | 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. This 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. No class Nov 25.

 8011a | Watercolor Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Ric Dentinger
Dates: Mon, 9/18/2017 to 11/20/2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

This class is for 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 advance demonstration, practice, and critique. A materials list will be provided at the first class.

 8011b | Watercolor Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Brad Braune
Dates: Mon, 9/18/2017 to 11/20/2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

This class is for 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 advance demonstration, practice, and critique. A materials list will be provided at the first class.

 8017 | A Weekend of Drawing & Painting in the Hill

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Jeannette MacDougall
Dates: Sat & Sun, 10/28/2017 to 10/29/2017 | 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 in the Texas Hill Country. 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 order a gourmet box lunch through private arrangements with the instructor. Please see SSA website for details and a list of suggested materials.

 8019 | Intermediate Watercolor Painting

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Ric Dentinger
Dates: Tues, 9/19/2017 to 11/21/2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

This watercolor course will employ a unique approach to intermediate and advanced techniques. Gouache and other materials will be introduced as a minor element. Creative self-expression and a design mindset will be encouraged; color theory and methods for applying paint will be explored, as will gouache and other materials/methods. Step-by-step demos, along with individual and group critiques, will be regular conduits for learning. Students will work from still life, imagination, or photographs. Bring painting supplies currently in use; additional materials will be discussed the first class. Prerequisite: Previous watercolor painting experience required.

 8062 | Intensified Abstraction

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Sylvia Benitez
Dates: Mon, 9/18/2017 to 11/20/2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Briscoe Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

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.

 8080 | Cartooning, Comics, Caricature and Anime

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Mike Fisher
Dates: Thurs, 9/28/2017 to 12/14/2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

Cartooning, or visual storytelling, is more than just an enjoyable indulgence of the imagination; it speaks to interests such as editorial illustration, children's book illustrations, comic strips, comic books, and storyboards. Its various forms combine caricature, figure drawing, and illustration through the medium of ink and watercolor on paper. Instruction will focus on character development, illusions of movement, sequential staging, setting management, inking, and coloring?all aimed towards the refinement of the student's narratives and ideas. Bring a 9 by 12-inch sketchbook and a sharpened pencil to the first class. No class Nov 2 and 23.

 8087 | Landscape Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Sylvia Benitez
Dates: Tues, 9/19/2017 to 11/21/2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Briscoe Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

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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8003 | Introduction to Water-Based Painting
Dates: Fri, 12/01/2017 to 12/01/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Friday starting 12/1/2017 and ending 12/1/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 75.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 75.00 ea.

8010a | Basic Painting
Dates: Tues, 9/19/2017 to 11/21/2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/19/2017 and ending 11/21/2017 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.

8010b | Basic Painting
Dates: Sat, 9/23/2017 to 12/2/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/23/2017 and ending 12/2/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.

8011a | Watercolor Painting (Full)
Dates: Mon, 9/18/2017 to 11/20/2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/18/2017 and ending 11/20/2017 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.

8011b | Watercolor Painting (Full)
Dates: Mon, 9/18/2017 to 11/20/2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/18/2017 and ending 11/20/2017 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.

8017 | A Weekend of Drawing & Painting in the Hill
Dates: Sat & Sun, 10/28/2017 to 10/29/2017 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 10/28/2017 and ending 10/29/2017 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 190.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 175.00 ea.

8019 | Intermediate Watercolor Painting
Dates: Tues, 9/19/2017 to 11/21/2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/19/2017 and ending 11/21/2017 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.

8062 | Intensified Abstraction (Full)
Dates: Mon, 9/18/2017 to 11/20/2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/18/2017 and ending 11/20/2017 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.

8080 | Cartooning, Comics, Caricature and Anime (Full)
Dates: Thurs, 9/28/2017 to 12/14/2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/28/2017 and ending 12/14/2017 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.

8087 | Landscape Painting (Full)
Dates: Tues, 9/19/2017 to 11/21/2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/19/2017 and ending 11/21/2017 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.

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