Summer Classes in the Garden Gallery Open Air Classroom

Summer Classes in the Garden Gallery Open Air Classroom

Cold Brook Lake, Hot Springs, SD and Egyptian Temple, Capital Reef, UT

Beginning Watercolor:
Watercolor is perhaps one of the most popular styles of painting. It’s also relatively inexpensive to get started and is non-toxic compared to oil painting. It is also a favorite for painting outdoors on location.
This class will start with the fundamentals of watercolor, such as mixing and washes. Then guide you with information and examples of color theory, value, and atmospheric perspective etc. With tips for creating depth and details in your watercolor paintings you will come away with a whole new body of work and an appreciation for this well-loved media.
Two 2-hour sessions in the Open-Air classroom will lead us to a field-trip to paint on location, for a total of 6 hours of hands on lessons and exercises.

Two Sessions: Six hours of instruction for $120.00
Classes meet from 9 – Eleven. For the cooler air and the deeper shadows!
Session One, Wednesdays: July 15, 22, 29
Session Two, Thursdays: July 16, 23, 30

Additional Session: Painting from a photograph
This additional 2-hour session will guide you through creating a watercolor from one of your favorite travel photographs
Class: August 5 from 9-11, $40.00

Contact me with questions and a materials list.
DeborahMitchellArtist



Travel Journals:

Although many of our summer travel plans have been canceled or rescheduled you can still learn to “see” and document the beauty of the Black Hills. We will be able to see the world again! With that in mind my travel journal classes are a great way to get out and enjoy our fleeting summer, as well as be prepared for future travels!
These classes will be conducted in the privacy of my Garden Gallery and Open Air Classroom. Alternative locations can be discussed if there's interest.
We will cover the following.

Manual preparedness: Materials, supplies, tools, or the mechanics of making art outside in sometimes less than ideal conditions!

Visual preparedness: Concepts, including ideas, thoughts, observation and knowing things like value, shape, texture, contrast. This also has to do with skill, which can be developed through trial and error!

During class I will go over the variety of possibilities for sketching on location. Bring your own materials from the following list. And you can also try out concepts with my materials as I show you to how to experiment with new techniques.
This materials list is helpful for taking on a trip so that you are self-contained.

Media: watercolor, gouache, ink, color pencil, graphite, pastel.

Support: each of the above require the appropriate paper or “support”.
Gesso on paper (referred to as primed or prepared paper) I will have some ready for you to experiment with. Black pastel or printmaking paper is quite nice to emphasize color pencil.

Tools: erasure, stencil, chamois, sharpener, (if you are in a museum, gallery, or historical site you MUST have a sharpener that will catch the shavings!) Sandpaper, sighting card, ( you can use an old slide,) or view finder.

Equipment: stool, chair, easel, table, ground cover and cushion. Umbrella for sun and rain. Wide brim hat. Long sleeve shirt.
Water jug and reservoir.
Sunscreen and bug repellent.
Paper towels. Snacks.
By taking my class you will be prepared for success before you start your trip!
Don’t wait until you’re on your way out the door!

Classes are Tuesdays from 9 – Noon
Three hours for $60.00
Scheduled for July 21 and 28, with additional classes in the works for August.


Fundamentals of Drawing:

Lessons in my open-air classroom will introduce you to the fundamentals of drawing. Each class we will work on focused exercises and projects such as line, texture, value, and perspective. You will learn concepts, technical skills, and most importantly how to see! Most of the lessons we will be about drawing directly from life, nature, landscape, etc.

Each lesson will build on the last session, but you can drop into the class anywhere along our journey.

The fundamental approach I use separates out elements of art, principals of design, mechanical skills, and conceptual ideas. Each section will focus on specific, attainable goals.

• Session One: Line Quality, variety, contour, cross contour, and texture.

• Session Two: Value, simultaneous contrast, dramatic lighting, high key, low key. Note! This lesson will be helpful for those wanting to learn watercolor!

• Session Three: Perspective: linear, intuitive, 2 and 3-point perspective.

In my classes and private lessons, I encourage personal expression on a foundation of basic technical skills. My goal is to lead individual temperaments to express their natural abilities and find self-motivation and confidence.

Supplies to bring to class:
A good quality 9x12” sketchbook
Drawing Pencils 2B, 4B, and 6B
Erasure and pencil sharpener
Micron Pens 03, 05, 08
“Waterbrush” and Small bottle of India ink

Classes are Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 – 1:00
Session One: Thursday 6/24
Session Two: Tuesday 6/30
Session Three: Thursday 7/2
Three hours for $60.00

August Sessions will be posted in the next week.
Private Lessons for any of the above media are available for $65.00 per hour