Classes at The Art Academy

Fall term starts September 28th

Offering classes and private instruction in drawing and painting for children, teens  and adults

The Art Academy was founded on a simple yet revolutionary philosophy: We believe that with time, encouragement and the proper instruction, anyone can learn to draw and paint exceptionally well.  

Our mission at the Art Academy has always been consistent:  We work to provide excellent traditional art education for beginning to advanced children, teens and adults.

At The Art Academy we always stress practice over talent.  When our unique patented teaching methods are combined with a student’s best efforts an amazing thing happens: a wealth of hidden artistic potential is released.  Students then acquire the skills to become a fully expressive artist.  That is why we see dramatic improvements in the confidence and ability of our students – it comes from our very positive structured program.

visit  http://theartacademy.net/ for details and to register

Screenprinting on Paper and Fabric taught by D. Mort Eicher

2 day class: Saturday, October 17th  1-4pm & Saturday, October 31st  1-4pm

Learn the basics of screenprinting! This workshop will introduce students with no previous experience to the techniques of screenprinting so that students can work on projects at home. Learn how to make stencils by hand and print on paper and fabric with Glow in the Dark Ink.  No previous experience necessary.

Non-toxic water based inks will be used.

This class is brought to you by Speedball Art Products.

About the instructor

Diana-Eicher-Profile-PicMort Eicher is the Printshop and Paper Studio Coordinator at the Minneapolis College of Art and has taught at the University of Hawaii, the Honolulu Printmaking Workshop, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Bloomington Art Center, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Textile Center of Minnesota and the Oxbow School of Art– the summer school of the Art Institute of Chicago.  A portfolio collaboration organized by Eicher was accepted to the permanent collection of the University of the West of England’s Centre for Fine Print Research and was also donated to the Tubman and Bridges to Safety Centers in the Twin Cities. She has exhibited work at Donghua University in Shanghai, China, and the Museum of Printing History in Houston, Texas. Eicher recently received a Surface Design Association grant for personal development. Shortly after, her article “Versatile Stencils,” which described her research on Tyvek as a stencil for screenprinting, was published in the British magazine Printmaking Today. She has her BA from the University of California and an MFA from University of Hawaii. Her website: www.dianaeicher.com

Purchase of classes is subject to Wet Paint cancellation policy. Click here.

Pocket Watercolor Journal: Reinvent/Invent a Journey with Tara Sweeney

This class filled- Thank you!  Please call the store to be added to the wait list 651-698-6431

Tues/Wed June 14 & 15th from 10-5pm with 1 hour break for lunch

Fee: $168

Ever had a really great time traveling but returned home wishing you’d taken the time to sketch and journal along the way? Invent, or reinvent a favorite journey with road-tested materials and a mindset to match. Participants of all levels of ability learn the basics of combining watercolor and ink to mingle art and writing in a portable accordion journal format. You’ll practice keen observation, contour ink drawing, basic watercolor technique, and guided writing prompts to create a postcard-sized keepsake journal. Bring photos, guidebooks, published articles, collected treasures, or anything else that inspires the journal you want to make. You’ll leave with the basics for keeping a watercolor journal on your next adventure.

Materials:

– watercolor accordion-style, postcard-sized blank journal
– professional quality split primary watercolor palette of at least 6 pigments + paynes gray, white gouache. For example: warm yellow=nickel quinacridone gold; cool yellow=hansa yellow; warm red=naphthol red; cool red=quinacridone rose; warm blue=phthalocyanine blue; cool blue=ultramarine blue
– Medium water brush and any other travel watercolor brushes you have
– Staedtler fine liner permanent black ink pen, 0.3
– 2B drawing pencil
– pencil sharpener
– kneaded eraser
– scissors or xacto knife
– gluestick
– moleskine 3 x 5 unlined journal
– paper towels
– reference material from a favorite trip or materials for planning a dream trip: travel essay/article(s), guidebook(s); photos; souvenirs, memorabilia, collected stuff

WetPaint_pocketjournal_headshotInstructor Bio:

Saint Paul teaching artist and writer Tara Sweeney has been creating with watercolor and ink for nearly forty years. “Close to Home: Sketching a Minnesota Year,” is her debut collection of illustrated creative nonfiction featuring her favorite everyday people, places and things. She teaches drawing and painting at Augsburg College.

Water Color Minimalist: Light and Easy Watercolor Sketching featuring Watercolor Pencils taught by Lynne Baur

Friday, September 9th 5:30-7:30pm at Wet Paint and Saturday, September 10th 3-6pm at Como Conservatory

Take your watercolors everywhere! On Friday evening, we’ll meet at Wet Paint to learn about various options for assembling a light, portable and inexpensive watercolor kit to take along hiking, biking, paddling, or even for air travel. Learn how to use watercolor pencils, water-soluble markers or pens to in addition to (or instead of!) a watercolor travel palette.  Learn how to quickly choose supplies to suit the time frame and conditions you’ll have on a given day. Become a “watercolor minimalist” and take your watercolors wherever you go.

On Saturday, we’ll take our watercolor kits out-and-about as we sketch on location at Como Conservatory and Park.  Try out different ways of working and different types of supplies. We’ll also discuss how to choose a manageable subject for your skills, the time available, the supplies you have on hand and the conditions, and how to simplify and focus on capturing just the most important information first.

P.S. Do you ever find you don’t paint as much as you’d like because you have no place to keep your supplies laid out? A “watercolor minimalist” kit that you can pull out in no time can help you paint more at home, too!

Instructor bio:  In 2001, Lynne Baur left her career as a math professor and began painting in watercolor. And she’s never looked back! She paints in watercolor, acrylic and other watermedia, and offers art instruction and creativity coaching in her home studio and at other locations in the Twin Cities area. She is known for paintings filled with vibrant light and color, as well as her broad knowledge of the technical aspects of the watermedia paints, papers and materials. Having started painting in midlife, she understands the challenges (and advantages!) of taking up creative endeavors as an adult, and she has a big bag of tips to share on how to quickly take your painting to the next level of success.   You can see samples of her work online at www.dragonflyspiritstudio.com/gallery.

Purchase of classes is subject to Wet Paint cancellation policy. Click here.

Watercolor Jumpstart with Lynne Baur

6 Wednesdays: September 21st, 28th October 5th,12th,19th, & 26th from 10:30-1pm

Have you always wanted to try watercolor, but been put off by its reputation for difficulty?  Or did you try it and give up in frustration over streaky washes, muddy color or overworked areas?   Watercolor can be tricky if you try to force it to behave, but it’s a generous, magical medium if you let the water work for you.

Six carefully designed projects help you explore and learn to use the natural behavior of paint, paper and brushes. You’ll learn what supplies to buy (and what to leave out at the beginning), the fundamentals of brush handling, laying washes, and wet and dry watercolor effects. We’ll go on to practice the basics of mixing colors, creating soft and hard edges, the sequence of layering washes to create a scene, reserving and recovering light areas, and adding watercolor to pen or pencil drawings (line-and-wash).

Because painting in watercolor  requires drying time, we alternate between work on our projects and exercises in class. To make the most of this class, you will want to reserve at least  2-3 hours per week to practice and work on your projects between classes.

Recommended supply list and instructor contact information for questions will be provided to registrants prior to the course.

Student testimonials:

“Lynne is an excellent, thorough and knowledgeable teacher. I am looking forward to Watercolor Skillbuilder.” 

“The class met my expectations and was very enjoyable. Lynne was an effective teacher. Great class! Great teacher!”

Instructor bio: In 2001, Lynne Baur left her career as a math professor and began painting in watercolor. And she’s never looked back! She paints in watercolor, acrylic and other watermedia, and offers art instruction and creativity coaching in her home studio and at other locations by appointment. She is known for paintings filled with vibrant light and color, as well as her broad knowledge of the technical aspects of the watermedia paints, papers and materials. Having started painting in midlife, she understands the challenges (and advantages!) of taking up creative endeavors as an adult, and she has a big bag of tips to share on how to quickly take your painting to the next level of success. You can see samples of her work online at www.dragonflyspiritstudio.com/gallery.

Purchase of classes is subject to Wet Paint cancellation policy. Click here.

 

Hand lettering Styles for Bullet Journaling, Planners and More! With Jessica Chung

This class has filled – Thank You! Please call the store to be added to the waiting list or to be notified about future class 651-698-6431

Hand lettering and stylized handwriting has become the trend – from DIY wedding signs, to pretty planners, to different forms of journaling, sometimes we want to add some personal flair to a project or our everyday.  This workshop requires nothing more than a few of your favorite pens and a basic ability to do cursive.  Jessica will talk through a variety of possible mediums and supplies, the anatomy of letters, and guide you through several different ways to stylize your lettering, planners, lists, and more.  You will come away with some tangible tips to practice on your own, practice sheets, and a list of resources to continue honing your craft.   Come with your favorite planner, journal, or just a sketchpad and some of your favorite pens if you have them!

If you don’t have favorite pens, Pilot G2 (0.5),  Staedtler Fineliner and Gelly roll are some of Jessica’s favorites.

Jessica Pretty Prints and Paper HeadshotInstructor Bio:

Jessica Chung is a Minneapolis calligrapher/bullet journalist/blogger and face behind Pretty Prints & Paper. On her blog, she combines her passions for teaching and planning to inspire others to cultivate the life they have always imagined through tutorials, ideas, and lessons about lettering and bullet journaling. You might find her in different states and countries, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, art classes of all kinds, a cappella concerts, or at the nearest Americano. Connect with her: Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Periscope

Watercolor Skill-Builder with Lynne Baur

Wednesdays: October 5, 12,19,26, Nov 9,16 from 1:30-4pm

Experience level: Beginner to Intermediate

This class is designed to help students who have taken a beginning watercolor class expand their repertoire of watercolor techniques and learn the process of planning their own watercolor projects from start to finish.  You’ll learn how to select, edit and combine reference information to design your painting, how to decide what to paint first, how to achieve pleasing, harmonious color, how to handle “backgrounds” and how to make adjustments to work in progress. You’ll also work on developing watercolor skills such as negative painting, working wet-into-wet, achieving soft edges, and creating the illusion of texture.

To take this class, you should have taken Watercolor Jumpstart or have similar introductory watercolor experience from a class or self-study. You should have your own supplies and be familiar with basic watercolor terminology. You should have completed some watercolor projects in a class or workshop setting, but you need not have planned or completed any projects on your own.

Because watercolor painting requires drying time, we alternate between work on our projects and skill-building exercises in class. To make the most of this class, you will want to reserve at least  2-3 hours per week to practice and work on your projects between classes.

A recommended supply list and instructor contact information for questions will be provided to registrants prior to the course.

Student testimonials:

“Lynne is an excellent, thorough and knowledgeable teacher. I am looking forward to Watercolor Skillbuilder.” 

“The class met my expectations and was very enjoyable. Lynne was an effective teacher. Great class! Great teacher!”

Instructor bio:  In 2001, Lynne Baur left her career as a math professor and began painting in watercolor. And she’s never looked back! She paints in watercolor, acrylic and other watermedia, and offers art instruction and creativity coaching in her home studio and at other locations in the Twin Cities area. She is known for paintings filled with vibrant light and color, as well as her broad knowledge of the technical aspects of the watermedia paints, papers and materials. Having started painting in midlife, she understands the challenges (and advantages!) of taking up creative endeavors as an adult, and she has a big bag of tips to share on how to quickly take your painting to the next level of success.   You can see samples of her work online at www.dragonflyspiritstudio.com/gallery.

Purchase of classes is subject to Wet Paint cancellation policy. Click here.

Linoleum Block Printing with Diana Eicher

This class has filled- Thank you!  Please call the store to be added to the waiting list or notified about future classes 651-698-6431

Friday, November 4th from 4:30-7:30pm

Learn how to carve linoleum to make your own prints and cards! No previous experience necessary. Techniques will be demonstrated and there will be individual work time for students to work on their own project. Non-toxic waterbased inks will be used.

Brought to you by Speedball Art Products.

About the instructorDiana-Eicher-Profile-Pic

D. Mort Eicher is the Printshop and Paper Studio Coordinator at the Minneapolis College of Art and has taught at the University of Hawaii, the Honolulu Printmaking Workshop, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Bloomington Art Center, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Textile Center of Minnesota and the Oxbow School of Art– the summer school of the Art Institute of Chicago.  A portfolio collaboration organized by Eicher was accepted to the permanent collection of the University of the West of England’s Centre for Fine Print Research and was also donated to the Tubman and Bridges to Safety Centers in the Twin Cities. She has exhibited work at Donghua University in Shanghai, China, and the Museum of Printing History in Houston, Texas. Eicher recently received a Surface Design Association grant for personal development. Shortly after, her article “Versatile Stencils,” which described her research on Tyvek as a stencil for screenprinting, was published in the British magazine Printmaking Today. She has her BA from the University of California and an MFA from University of Hawaii. Her website: www.dianaeicher.com

Purchase of classes is subject to Wet Paint cancellation policy. Click here.

Painting Trees in Watercolor with Lynne Baur

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Wednesday, Nov. 9th 10:30 – 1pm

Should you paint your watercolor trees using brushwork? Wet-in-wet effects? Sponges or other stamping materials? Spattering and spraying?  YES!  This class will introduce a variety of techniques for painting trees in watercolor, and how to combine them and integrate them into your painting so they don’t look gimmicky.  (These are great techniques for foliage in florals, too.)

Bring your usual watercolor supplies and 4 quarter-sheets of watercolor paper (or the equivalent) for practicing techniques.

Family Print Day Taught by Diana Eicher

Sunday, November 13th 2:30-4:30pm

Fee: $36 per adult/child pair

Explore the wonderful worlds of nature and printmaking! This class is open to families of all age levels. Bring your children and bring their grandparents too! Students will learn how to use forms from nature in printmaking and will experiment with mono printing and screenprinting.  No previous experience necessary.

Non-toxic water based inks will be used.