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VA4 Virtual: Beyond Reality

Are you feeling a little tired of strict realism in your paintings, but just don’t know how to break away? How do we move beyond our training of copying our subjects toward a more expressive interpretation? In this virtual course, Dena will lead you through exercises designed to help you bring more abstraction, excitement, and passion to your work. This course includes live Zoom sessions and prerecorded content.

*Virtual Course Policy: Students registered for virtual courses are expected to conduct themselves as if participating in an on-site Bemis course. As a virtual course registrant, Bemis asks that you please be aware of your surroundings during virtual class sessions. Ensure your Zoom camera background is simple and clear of any foot traffic, including family members moving in and out of view, bright backlighting, or anything else that would be distracting to fellow students and the instructor. If need be, you can choose to turn off your camera in Zoom and turn it back on when you’re ready.

Instructor: Dena Peterson


Class Dates:

March 13 – April 17


1-2:30 p.m. MT

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4 sessions


Bemis Virtual Class

Additional Info




No class 3/20 & 3/27 - Spring Break. | This course includes live Zoom sessions & prerecorded content. **Please see the Virtual Course Policy beneath the course description**

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