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Drawing from Life: Develop Daily Sketchbook Practice

Develop drawing skills and cultivate daily creative practice by sketching from life. Learn to loosen your hand, frame your composition, and capture simple moments to create a cohesive body of work (and perhaps a lifelong habit)! We will use simple, durable materials that make it easy to incorporate drawing into your everyday routine. You'll leave with a sketchbook and new practices to explore. This class includes visits to the Fine Arts Center museum galleries and more! Adults

Landscapes in Oil Pastels

Enjoy creating your favorite landscapes with oil pastels. Learn to draw the various elements found in landscapes while discovering the importance of the direction of strokes and blending of colors. Study the concept of background and foreground, as well as light and shadow effects to create vibrant landscapes. Ages 9-12

Create Your Own Tarot Deck

Interested in tarot? Are you a beginner or a seasoned reader? In this class, you will learn about the art history of tarot cards, their various systems of symbolism and interpretation, as well as basic image-making techniques to create your own deck of tarot cards using a medium of your choice. 16-Adult

Let’s Doodle

Let's learn about doodling! You will have the opportunity to create a variety of designs and develop them into exciting patterns, to fill spaces such as landscapes and masks. Learn about the interaction of colors and how to distribute them effectively to make your layouts even more interesting. This class is going to be fun, creative, and engaging! Ages 9-12

Comics!

This class is an introduction to comic fundamentals focusing on the readability and comprehensive storytelling of comics through panel layout, panel flow, and other basic elements of comic storytelling. Participate in various exercises to build the fundamentals of comics, concentrating less on the aesthetic side of comic art and more on readability. Adults

Introduction to Drawing

You will be guided in a new way of seeing how you draw in this fun introductory drawing course. Discover how to bring light sources into your drawings and create a sense of depth. Explore composition, perspective, color theory, and so much more. Create a masterpiece you will be proud of. Ages 9-12

The Natural World

The imagery of the natural world will serve as our inspiration for this class. Think science colliding with art and where this can lead the imagination. The images we will explore include butterfly wings, sea creatures, galaxies, bugs, and more. By looking up close at nature's gifts and using pastels, colored pencils, paint, and gel pens, we will discover how the world around us is full of ideas for making colorful art. Ages 9-12

Introduction to Drawing

You will be guided in a new way of looking at and seeing how you draw in this fun introductory drawing course. Explore how to bring light sources into your drawings and create a sense of depth. Learn about composition, perspective, color theory, and so much more. Create a masterpiece you will be proud of! Ages 6-9

Explore Mandalas

A mandala is not only a spiritual symbol but also seen as a representation of the universe. Creating a mandala can help with concentration and provide a stress-free mind through a union of different lines, curves, forms, and colors. In this class, we will explore the endless possibilities of designs and layouts. Join us to express your happiness and goodwill towards others in a special way. 16-Adult

ArtTrax: Drawing I

Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art but rather on developing a basic skill set through practice and repetition. No prior knowledge or experience in the medium is needed or expected for level I classes. The courses then proceed sequentially, each level building upon what was previously presented. 16-Adult

Drawing Far and Wide: A Course on Perspective

This course is all about perspective. Through indoor and outdoor exercises each week and two unique final projects (like a city block of haunted houses), you will develop the skills to create depth in any piece of art. Students with previous experience are welcome to join and hone their skills. We will cover 1-, 2-, and 3-point perspectives. Ages 12-16

Charcoal Portraits: Beginner Intensive

Learn the basics of value, shape, line, space, and perspective in charcoal by working through a series of portraits. Portraiture is the ultimate combination of these fundamentals, and charcoal is an affordable medium to learn with. There will be extremely light homework every week. Through demonstration, various exercises, and final projects, you will see notable improvement in these basic skills and your art overall! Ages 9-12

Faces: Tips & Tricks

Work on understanding head and face painting and drawing in this two-day workshop. Over the weekend, students will learn proportions of facial anatomy and discover planes and angles of the face and head. Draftsmanship and design of space will also be covered. Learn the tricks for correct portraiture working with drawing the first day, and mixed media the second session. Adults

Introduction to Concept Art

This class is for pre-teens and teenagers who enjoy drawing ideas for fantasy and sci-fi worlds. The course will outline a process for guiding the design of characters, objects, creatures, buildings, or locations drawn right from your imagination. You will start by referencing source material and sketching to arrive at completed drawings. The goal is to visually craft an imaginary world and bring it to life. Ages 12-16

Figure Drawing

Learn how to draw body anatomy, including hands and faces, in this introduction to the basics of figure drawing. We will study proportions, expression, and movement. The focus will be on realistic figures, but we will also cover anime-style drawings. Work will be done in pencil and then finished with colored pencil. Ages 6-9

Seasonal Doodles

Let's doodle the seasons! Students will have the opportunity to create a variety of designs and develop them into exciting patterns to fill in blank seasonal templates. We are also going to learn about the interaction of colors and how to distribute them effectively to make our art even more interesting. This class is going to be fun, creative, and engaging! Ages 9-12

Still Life Sketching

Oil pastels are a remarkably interesting medium for creating a still life with bright colors. Let's learn the basic forms of still life, how to color them effectively using oil pastels, and the techniques to create multiple effects. Understanding the source of light and its effects on objects can look stunning and will bring your art to life with this medium. Ages 12-16

Simply Digital

This class will introduce you to the basics of digital art. Learn how to create art like logos, anime characters, and NFTs. We will be learning how to create pixel art, add layers, use brush tools, blend, and much more. Discover and use multiple free software types to explore today's digital art possibilities. Students will need to bring their own laptop/computer to class. Ages 12-16

ArtTrax: Drawing II

Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art but rather on developing a basic skill set through practice and repetition. No prior knowledge or experience in the medium is needed or expected for level I classes. The courses then proceed sequentially, each level building upon what was previously presented. 16-Adult

Seeing Correctly = Great Drawings

Gain the confidence of knowing YOU can render images accurately and with dramatic realism. For many, the main obstacle to overcome in drawing accurately is seeing correctly instead of generalizing. Break the habit of looking only once. Begin to see things as shapes of dark and light, and the result becomes beautiful artwork. Adults