Adult (ages 16+)

Adult Classes

Learn a new skill or expand your artistic practice with these classes designed to engage both the beginning and seasoned artist. *Great opportunity for college-bound high school students looking to add quality work to their art or design admissions portfolios!!!

All classes are for ages 16 and up, unless otherwise specified. Looking for our Figure Study Programs, like Long Pose and Life Drawing? See our Figure Study page.

FOR EDUCATORS: Educators with proper ID can earn renewal credits for all Artspace classes and receive discounts on class pricing. Contact Angela Lombardi, Education and Outreach Coordinator, for more information.

 

July 2017

Urban Sketching for Adults with Scott Renk

Mondays July 10, 17, 24, 31 & August 7
6-9pm 

Ages: 16+
$180 members/$200 non-members

Embark on a hands-on journey into the world of urban sketching. You will gain knowledge of urban sketching techniques and concepts, as well as learn experimental methods to find stories in the places we take for granted. We will sketch on location around the Artspace/Moore Square area using a variety of media such as pen, ink, watercolor, rubbings of gravel and asphalt, etc.

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Scott Renk is a very happy father and husband and artist who teaches at-risk students art. Renk also helps run the CAM Raleigh Urban Sketch Group that meets monthly.

iPhone Photography: Portraits with Christopher Ciccone

Tuesdays July 11, 18, 25, August 1 & 8
6:30-9:30pm 

Ages: 16+
$180 members/$200 non-members

“It’s not the camera, it’s the photographer”– in this fun, low-pressure class we will test the veracity of this aphorism as we explore the portrait and learn about different philosophical and formal approaches to the genre. Topics will include: lighting, composition, creating rapport with subjects, natural versus artificial light, and generally getting the best results with whatever camera you have. There will be weekly thematic assignments and friendly critiques. Participants are asked to bring any kind of digital camera with which they are comfortable using.

Registration CLOSED

Christopher Ciccone is a photographer at the North Carolina Museum of Art, where he photographs the (mostly inanimate) collection. He has professional experience in commercial, editorial, and fine art reproduction photography. His personal work is currently engaged with themes of interpersonal connection in formal portraiture.

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Steal from the Masters with Leslie Pruneau

Wednesdays July 12, 19, 26, August 2 & 9
6:30-9:30pm 

Ages: 16+
$180 members/$200 non-members

Have you ever heard of a “grisaille underpainting”? Or how about using an “alla prima, impasto application”? These styles originated in separate eras of art history, but in this class we will explore them, and even more application techniques of the old Masters.  Of course there will be a twist…we only want to understand them so that we can push our own paintings to the next level…yes, we must rewrite the “rules” in art.

Lively class discussions and demos will focus on creating stronger compositions, use of the 3 properties of color (hue, intensity and value), value contrasts vs. color contrasts, and a variety of application process…bring your “tools” (brushes, palette knives, etc)!   There will also be lectures on art history and master artworks, and individual critiques. So let’s paint!

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Leslie Pruneau grew up in Raleigh and received her BFA from East Carolina University. She is most known for her large scale paintings, as well as plexiglass and mixed-media constructions. The processes can be very varied from piece to piece, but the concepts remain interrelated. Her work is a direct reflection of our fluctuating, media-saturated societies today. Currently, she maintains a studio at her home in Raleigh, teaches classes and workshops, offers critiques both publically and privately, acts as a juror for art competitions, and lectures, by invitation, at universities and various other venues. As a co-founder of “A Pop of Orange Paint” (APOP), she also curates art shows in our area. With over 30 years of experience, her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, with many pieces in public and private collections.

Alla Prima Figure Painting with Alia El-Bermani

Thursdays July 13, 20, 27, August 3 & 10
6:30-9:30pm 

Ages: 16+
$180 members/$200 non-members

Alla Prima describes a painting completed in your first attempt. With this fresh approach, we will paint a different live model each session. Working quickly and directly you will develop a deeper understanding of the human figure as well as how to work in oils wet into wet. Working in this direct manner is an exhilarating practice that will help you become a more confident and efficient painter. Every brushstroke has a purpose. This class will strengthen your drawing and painting ability whether you are an absolute beginner or an advanced student.

CLASS IS FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

Artist, teacher and independent curator, Alia El-Bermani was raised in a small town just south of Boston, where she spent most of her childhood enjoying the outdoors and discovering the natural history of the south shore of Massachusetts. She received her BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design (Laguna Beach, CA). Her paintings and drawings have been showcased in museums including the Palm Springs Desert Museum in California, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in Alaska, the West Valley Art Museum in Arizona, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto and the Greenville Museum of Art in North Carolina. Her painting Paper Wishes was acquired by the Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (MEAM), in Barcelona, Spain for their permanent collection. El-Bermani is a member of the Portrait Society of America as well as a co-founder of the blog Women Painting Women.

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Saturday July 15
10am-6pm 

Ages: 13+
$80 members/$100 non-members

Did you ever wonder how a camera works? Believe it or not, you can make your own camera out of a few things picked out of your recycling bin. Join Artist-In-Residence, David Politzer for a one-day pinhole photography workshop. You will make your own pinhole cameras, use them to make paper negatives then make prints. Students should bring a cardboard oats can or other cardboard box and wear old clothes. We will work inside and outside. (Detail of photo by Mabel Odessey)

Registration is CLOSED

David Politzer is the 2017 Artspace Summer Artist in Residence. He is based in Houston, TX, and received his MFA in Photography from Syracuse University and a BS in Art from Skidmore College. David also studied at the Glasgow School of Art and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Solo exhibition venues include Artspace (CT), Museum of Northern Arizona, Real Art Ways, Roswell Museum and Art Center and Lawndale Art Center. Group show and screening venues include the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New Mexico Museum of Art, the Soap Factory, Southern Exposure, Vox Populi, video_dumbo and Gallery Korea. He was an artist in residence at Djerassi, Yaddo and Roswell Artist in Residence

Politzer also teaches in the Photography and Digital Media Program at the University of Houston.

imgs5Critiquing the Masters, Critiquing Ourselves: An Oil Painting Workshop with Leslie Pruneau

Saturday July 22 & Sunday July 23
10am-6pm Sat
10am-4pm Sun

Ages: 18+
$180 members/$200 non-members

There are two kinds of art critiques; one is using our own critical-eye while examining the works of Master artists, and the second is when we critically edit our own paintings, either from our own levels of growth, or through the feedback from others. Critiques can benefit any artist at any working level; it can can keep you out of the dreaded “comfort zone”, and push you to go “out on a limb”, so to speak…and without a “how to manual” once you get there!

This workshop incorporates both types of critiques.  We will critique Masterworks, as we look at specially selected slide presentations, and have several one-on-one critiques with the individual artists as we paint. There will be live demonstrations throughout, and even livelier discussions throughout the day!  There are only 3 ways to learn how to make art: painting (the best way), reading (or taking a class), and looking…don’t ever forget about “looking”…we can all learn from the Masters!

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Leslie Pruneau grew up in Raleigh and received her BFA from East Carolina University. She is most known for her large scale paintings, as well as plexiglass and mixed-media constructions. The processes can be very varied from piece to piece, but the concepts remain interrelated. Her work is a direct reflection of our fluctuating, media-saturated societies today. Currently, she maintains a studio at her home in Raleigh, teaches classes and workshops, offers critiques both publically and privately, acts as a juror for art competitions, and lectures, by invitation, at universities and various other venues. As a co-founder of “A Pop of Orange Paint” (APOP), she also curates art shows in our area. With over 30 years of experience, her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, with many pieces in public and private collections.

 

September 2017

shiboriThe Allure of Indigo, Shibori & Natural Dyes with Gretchen Morrissey

Saturday September 23 & Sunday September 24
10am-4pm 

Ages: 16+
$180 members/$200 non-members
$20 Materials Fee paid to instructor

This captivating workshop will introduce students to the art of Shibori, Indigo Blue and Natural Dyes. Day one students will be guided through the process of making a natural botanical Indigo vat and learn the techniques of Shibori, a Japanese manual shape resist dyeing technique, which produces beautiful patterns on fabric. Day two students will explore the possibilities of adding the rich natural dyes of madder and weld, creating layers of depth and color to the beautiful shibori cloth. These dyes and techniques embrace the element of chance and the individuality of the maker. Students will complete the workshop with a collection of finished projects on silk.

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MorrisseyDesign is a sustainable design studio set up by textile designer, Gretchen Morrissey.  The capsule collection uses natural dyes and heritage printing techniques to create strong, beautiful heirloom pieces with a minimal impact on our surroundings.  Every piece made in her Durham, North Carolina studio has a direct relationship to the environment through the use of natural materials and considered design.  From sourcing materials & dyes, to each mark of the hand the work endeavors to tell a story.