Virtual Art Studio | Online classes for adults at Mt. Lebanon Public Library

Sketch books and Visual Diaries: Documenting Experiences and Drawing from Observation | July 8 | 3:00pm-4:30pm | Register

Begin a daily habit of creating and documenting your feelings, experiences and environment with art journaling. Learn to draw from observation and combine doodling, text and multiple drawing methods to create interesting and intimate artwork. Play around with what you have on hand and engage with members of your community for support and inspiration.

Creating a Successful Artwork: Focal Point and Building Interest | July 15 | 3:00pm-4:30pm | Register

Playing with Materials: How to Use What You Have | July 22 | 3:00pm-4:30pm | Register

En Plein Air: Take Your Tablet Outdoors | July 29 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm |Register

Recommended materials: oil or chalk pastels and/or watercolor paints, pencil, paper or sketchbook, clipboard or easel, cardboard with clip or masking tape

Don’t forget to check out the summer children’s programs here !

Charcoal Drawing For Adults

FREE PROGRAM | Mt. Lebanon Public Library

* NEW PROGRAM ALERT! * Join me this March for a free adult art program @ Mt. Lebanon Public Library

Drawing with Charcoal | 3 Mondays | March 9, 16, 23, 10am-12pm

Charcoal is a versatile material with the ability to create amazing three dimensional effects and detail. Learn to maximize the properties of the medium, practice with the corresponding materials and create multiple unique artworks.

Register here!

Fall Classes for Adults

I'll be teaching a number of classes in the South Hills for adults this Fall. 

Drawing from Observation @ Mt. Lebanon Public Library

October 7, 12pm-2pm

Using the natural spaces surrounding the library as subject and inspiration, students will use the gestural drawing method to capture the form and movement of landscape en plein air. 

Drawing Portraits @ Mt. Lebanon Public Library

October 14, 12pm-2pm

Students will learn to construct the human face and form with instruction of anatomy and proportion. Artists will create a specific mood and narrative to each drawing using color and style. 

Mixed Media Drawing @ Mt. Lebanon Public Library

October 21, 12pm-2pm

Students will learn to create a successful composition using a variety of drawing materials. Using experimentation, students will play with solvency, learn the unique qualities of materials, and capture unexpected results.

Watercolor @ The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh

November 10, 1pm-4pm

 During this three-hour class, students will be given instruction on a line-drawing and watercolor artwork. First, gesture and fine line drawing techniques will be discussed. Next, students will add watercolor painting to drawings using automatic painting methods.

Visit my latest blog post to learn more about fall programs for children and families!

Basic Supplies for Acrylic Painting Beginners

I’ve compiled a list of basic supplies for those interested in beginning acrylic painting. We went over this list in the first session of Acrylic Painting for Adults at Mt. Lebanon Public Library. It is not meant to be comprehensive but as a starting point for those new to the medium.

Paints, 2 oz.

Suggested Brands: Liquitex, Utrecht, Golden

Titanium White

Mars Black

Alizarin Crimson

Cadmium Red

Ultramarine Blue

Cerulean Blue

Phthalo Blue

Hookers Green

Phthalocyanine Green

Cadmium Yellow

Burnt Umber

Brushes [ https://www.dickblick.com/info/brushpdf/brushsizing.pdf ]

Round

Flat

Filbert

Painting Surface

Pre-stretched canvas

Wooden board

Watercolor Paper

Matboard or Museum board

Paint Palette

Any impermeable surface such as:

Styrofoam plate

Aluminum foil

Plexiglass or glass sheet

Plastic or glass tray or dish

Other supplies

Acrylic medium (matte or glossy)

Gesso

Easel

Artist & Craftsman Supply, 5603 Hobart Street, Squirrel Hill, 15217

Dick Blick, 5534 Walnut Street, Shadyside, 15232 www.dickblick.com

Watercolor for Adults

Students gathered at Mt. Lebanon Public Library to experiment with loose drawing techniques and watercolor in a class meant to excite and promote creating for personal pleasure because ‘Why else make art if it’s not fun?’

In our first session, I introduced gesture drawing and students practiced with each other and then toy dinosaurs as models. Next, we transitioned into mark making with 02 Micropens, using fine line methods like hatching, cross hatching, stippling and gestural. In the end, after a few quick experiments with liquid watercolor, students used vintage nature cards as reference for a three layered drawing/painting.

In our final session, we capitalized on the warm weather and sketched outdoors in the library’s beautiful courtyard.

After reacquainting students with fine line methods, we conducted a few experiments with water and oil solvent materials and then used music as a way to manipulate the speed of our brushstroke and mood of our composition. We listened to classical, hard rock and pop and the results were drastically different. One student brought along her six year old daughter, who used her whole body while dancing and painting to the music. In the end, students had about 25 minutes to bring all of the elements together for a culminating drawing/painting.

Drawing with Adults

Earlier this spring I taught a two session drawing course for adults at Mt. Lebanon Public Library.

In addition to the adult students, we had one stay-at-home mother with her three year old son. Our youngest student was a joy and completed every single activity, toe to toe with his more experienced counterparts.

In the first session, we focused on fundamentals like gesture drawing, contour drawing and fine line drawing techniques like hatching, cross hatching and stippling.

Students paired up to complete loose armature sketches, capturing the gesture of their subject. Next, they used quick ‘scribbles’ to define shape, size and location. Finally, students moved to the outside line to refine the contour of their subject. After a few timed gesture drawings, students moved onto still life drawings comprised of small dinosaur toys and bouncy balls. In this short amount of time, students practiced with graphite, charcoal and micropens.

In our final session, students jumped right into artmaking with a collaborative ‘automatic’ drawing game. Students experimented with solvencies and created a complete artwork together after group critique and a discussion about focal point.

We finished class with an extended still life study using a wide variety of drawing materials.

Two students from my drawing class, and a few others, joined me today in an Experimental Watercolor course. I’ll post more details after our final session next week.