Our regular May classes are exploring art with metal all month.  

We began our month with a metal tooling project using aluminum foil, tacky glue, and shoe polish; and, we're wrapping up our month with continuous line drawings turned into wire sculptures!  The challenge in working in three-dimensions is that we have to abide by the laws of gravity!  
 
 
So excited to share this project with our budding artists in June!  Check it out:
Wire Wrapped Beaded Bracelets (ages 10 and up)
Monday June 8th and June 15th 
1:00pm—3:00pm
$60.00, all supplies included
Artists will use sterling silver wire in two gauges to shape a bangle bracelet to the correct size.  Once the metal is shaped, we'll use a wire-wrapping and beading technique to fill-in the design.  Each artist will make one bracelet over the period of two classes.  

Tools used: jeweler's pliers, small anvils, and hammers.
 
 
We're gearing up for summer classes and that starts with our instructors making all sorts of examples!  It's a rough job being an Orange Easel Instructor, but someone has to do it.

First up is our Clay Action Figures.  Young artists will design their own action figure and then bring it to life using a polymer clay.  We'll design and sculpt during the first class period, and then apply paint and glossy varnish in the second class.

Clay Action Figures (ages 7 and up)
Monday June 8th and June 15th 
9:30am—11:30am
$50.00, all supplies included

Watch here to see a figure come to life: 

 

Fancy Letters

05/13/2015

 

Traditionally the illuminated letter is the first letter of a word at the start of each paragraph.  

The handwritten books during the Middle Ages included large ornate letters.

As a art form, illuminated letters an stand-alone as individual pieces of art.  They made wonderful decorations for the first page of an art journal or a notebook since they are often personal to the artist.

 
 
Our February classed focused on mixed media.  Below is a just a small sampling of our students' work.  (we need to get better about taking pictures!)
 

Grid Drawing

01/15/2015

 
Our Drawing Fundamentals class has spent the last two weeks focusing on ACCURACY.  Accuracy in rendering a subject, either from a photo or from still-life, is one of the first skills that we work on.  Angles and shapes fit together in the proper scale and proportions.  

Talented artists who can render accurately have amazing EYES.  It's not just the hands that draw.  We would even argue that hands aren't even the most important tool in drawing.  Drawing begins with the eyes and an awareness of how these angles and shapes fit together.  
One of the best ways to train our eyes to SEE these relationships is through drawing on a grid.  

Grids break up the large page into smaller, more-manageable spaces.   They give us a roadmap to follow.  It's easier to plot a point and hit the target if we narrow the playing field!
Below is an example of a simple grid drawing.
The original line drawing is on the left and the artist's rendering is on the right.  Completing this drawing without a grid, is much more difficult! (We know.  We tried!)
Our artists found it easier to work in one square at a time and to "jump" around, instead of working in neighboring squares.

We followed a 1:1 ratio on our grid drawings so that we could check our accuracy after we were done by overlay our drawing over the original.  

We used simple line drawings, but this exercise works with photographs as well.


Click here to download a printable grid and simple line drawing that you can try at home!
(Easter-themed, because we're dreaming of spring!)
 
 
We're spending our January the preschool room by focusing on science and art.  We've got a full line-up of colorful chemical and physical reactions that produce art.  On of our first experiments is making monoprints with bubbles!  The result is a lacy, delicate painting.

HERE'S HOW:

You'll need:
A pie plate, a small bowl, or something similar
Food coloring
A Straw
Water
Dish soap
Paper 
OPTIONAL: We used a cookie sheet under the bowl for all the "runaway" bubbles!  
>> Read more about our uses for cookie sheets here

Combine the food coloring, water, and dish soup in the bowl.  It only takes a couple drops of dish soap to make some really great bubbles.  The amount of food coloring you use will determine how dark or light your print is.


Blow bubbles using a straw.  Our young artists/scientist really liked blowing the bubbles until they overflow the sides of the bowl (hence the cookie sheet).  


Press the paper on top of the bubble-bowl.  Voila!

Video Clip of Bubble Printing

 
 
Our Kindergarten through 5th grade classes are all learning about acrylic paints this month.  We started week one with the basics...how to mix without wasting paint, how to blend colors together on the canvas, how to keep their palettes from drying out, how to apply the paint with intentional brush strokes, how to care for their brushes...

These are all important skills for our budding artists! Next week, we begin our paintings on canvas!
 
 
We've shifted a few class times to make room for new 2015 classes.  Times noted in ORANGE have changed from 1st semester.  Class names noted in ORANGE are new to this semester!

2nd Semester art Class Schedule (2014-15 school year)

MONDAYS
9:00am-10:00am Mommy & Me Art
10:30am-11:30am Lil' Artists 
1:00pm-2:00pm PreK Lil' Artists
5:00pm-6:00pm 2nd/3rd Grade Art
5:30pm-6:30pm Lil' Artists
6:00pm-7:00pm K/1st Grade Art
7:00pm-8:00pm Fundamental Drawing (details below)
8:00pm-9:00pm Open Studio for Fundamental Class
TUESDAYS
9:00am-10:00am Lil' Artists 
10:30am-11:30am Mommy & Me Art
12:00pm-1:00pm PreK Lil' Artists
5:00pm-6:00pm K/1st Grade Art
5:30pm-6:30pm Mommy & Me Art
6:00pm-7:00pm 2nd/3rd Grade Art
7:00pm-8:00pm Fundamental Painting (beginning April 7th)
8:00pm-9:00pm Open Studio for Fundamental Class
WEDNESDAYS
9:00am-10:00am Mommy & Me Art
10:30am-11:30am Lil' Artists
5:00pm-6:00pm 4th/5th Grade Art
6:00pm-7:00pm Middle School Art
7:00pm-9:00pm High School Art
THURSDAYS
9:30am-1:00pm Mom's Morning Out
5:00pm-6:00pm Middle School Art
5:30pm-6:30pm PreK Lil' Artists
6:00pm-7:00pm 4th/5th Grade Art
7:00pm-9:00pm Adult Classes (see below for schedule)
FRIDAYS
9:00am-12:00pm Open Art
6:00pm-9:00pm Adult Evening Workshops (see below for details)
SATURDAYS
10:00am-12:00pm Open Art
1:00pm-6:00pm Available for Private Parties
6:00pm-9:00pm Adult Evening Workshops (see below for details)
SUNDAYS
1:00pm-6:00pm Available for Private Parties
6:00pm-9:00pm Adult Evening Workshops (see below for details)




Fundamentals - Drawing and Painting

ORANGE EASEL is excited to be able to offer these two all-ages, skill-development classes.  These classes will focus on exercises and instruction that will improve your drawing and painting skills.  These classes meet once per week and cost only $20/per month as an add-on class for existing students. 

Classes meet for one hour and then the studio is open for an additional hour for practice and instructor feedback.  The open studio hour is completely optional.

NO COMPLETE ARTWORK will be created.   Drawing Fundamentals is a prerequisite for Painting Fundamentals.

More details about these two Fundamental classes can be found here.


Adult Classes

Shooting in Manual Mode
Thursdays 7:00pm-9:00pm
January 8th through January 29th
$29 for four weeks

Learn how to shoot photos with your DSLR camera WITHOUT using the programmed settings.  You're smarter than your camera!

Stamped Metal Jewelry
Thursdays 7:00pm-9:00pm
February 5th-February 26th
$49 for four weeks

Design and fashion your own jewelry pendents from steel letter stamps and metal washers.  We'll finish our pendents with chain, beads, and clasps.  All materials are provided.  Artists will complete two necklaces and two keychains.  Makes great gifts!

Watercolor 101
Thursdays 7:00pm-9:00pm
March 5th-April 23rd
$89 for eight weeks

Join us for a eight-week beginner's art class that will teach the basics of watercolor painting.  We'll explore  the different types of watercolors, watercolor papers, and watercolor techniques.  All materials are provided.

Evening Workshops

These evening workshops are NEW to the studio in 2015.  These workshops are a time for you to get out of the regular routine and GO MAKE SOMETHING for a few hours.  Gather a group of girlfriends or make a special date night for you and your spouse.  You can even register with your teen for some hands-on bonding time.  

Each workshop costs $35 per participant and includes all fundamental supplies.  Occasionally, there will be supplies that artists will WANT bring to personalize their project.  Couples and parent-teens may share a single project for only $10. ($35 for the first artists + $10 for the second artist)

Workshop projects are announced MONTHLY.  Stay tuned for the first month of projects...ideas for January include: 
  • Handpainted reclaimed wood signs (painting)
  • Winter wreath making (3d craft creation)
  • Hand-stitched valentine cards (handsewing+scrapbooking)
  • Light-up winter canvas art (painting)
  • Antique button jewelry
  • String State Art
 
 
Fundamental classes will work with students to teach principles and methods to achieve a realistic drawings and paintings.
Our 2015 schedule will have a new class for artists who want to hone their art skills.  Fundamental Drawing and Fundamental Paintings will each meet once per week and will focus on skill development, exercises, and instruction.   Fundamental Drawing is a prerequisite to Fundamental Painting.

Although, these are advanced classes, the desire to learn and grow is more important than the current skill level. 

Each Fundamental class will operate on a 12-week curriculum.  We will repeat the lessons and drills every 12 weeks.  (Repetition is a wonderful thing.)

Each class is 60 minutes long; following each class, the studio is open for another 60 minutes for practice and additional feedback.  The second hour is completely optional.

Who should take these classes:

  • Enrolled students who want extra instruction and focus on skill development
  • Adults who have ALWAYS wanted to learn how to draw and paint
  • High School students who are considering an art degree and need to create a portfolio demonstrating skills
Recommended age for this classes is 4th grade and up.  Kindergartner-third grade may participate with the approval of an instructor.  

Drawing FUNDAMENTALS


Media: Pencil

Meets Mondays 7:00pm-8:00pm
OPTIONAL OPEN STUDIO: 8:00pm-9:00pm
Monthly Tuition $60.00

Enrolled students may add-on a Fundamental class for only $20.00/mo

Prerequisite: NONE

Have you always wanted to be better at drawing?  Artists aren't BORN knowing how to draw...we practice hours and hours at our craft.  In this class, we'll be practicing the basic principles of drawing and the different types of drawings.  The emphasis will be on drawing as REAL as possible--not because realistic drawing is better than abstract, but because realistic drawings demonstrate that we have command of our skill!

Our class meets four times per month (any "fifth days" will be taken as a day off).  After these 12 lessons have been taught, we will cycle back through them.  Artists may join at the beginning of any month, regardless of whether we are in Week 1, 5, or 9.

Below is the 12-week outline for our Fundamental Drawing class:
Week 1 - Drawing accuracy lesson 1
Week 2 - Drawing accuracy lesson 2 
Week 3 - One point perspective drawing
Week 4 - Two point perspective drawing
Week 5 - Drawing from photograph (non-moving objects)
Week 6 - Drawing from photograph (moving objects)
Week 7 -  Still life drawing (shading, highlights, textures)
Week 8 - Still life drawing (contour, scale, perspective) 
Week 9 - Figure drawing lesson 1 (from photo)
Week 10 - Figure drawing lesson 2 (life)
Week 11 - Portrait drawing lesson 1 (from photo)
Week 12 - Portrait drawing lesson 2 (life)
This is an all-ages skill-development drawing class.  Students who are currently enrolled in classes may add-on the Fundamental classes for only $20/month.

FUNDAMENTAL Painting


Media: Acrylic Paint

Meets Tuesdays 7:00pm-8:00pm, beginning April 7OPTIONAL OPEN STUDIO: 8:00pm-9:00pm
Monthly Tuition $60.00

Enrolled students may add-on a Fundamental class for only $20.00/mo

Prerequisite: Drawing Fundamentals
Learn how to use your acrylic paints!  In this class, we'll be practicing the basic principles of painting and the different types of paintings.  The emphasis will be on painting as REAL as possible--not because realistic paintings are better than abstract, but because realistic ones demonstrate that we have command of our skill!

Our class meets four times per month (any "fifth days" will be taken as a day off).  After these 12 lessons have been taught, we will cycle back through them.  Artists may join at the beginning on any month, regardless of whether we are in Week 1, 5, or 9.

Below is the 12-week outline for our Fundamental Painting class:
Week 1 - Mixing colors lesson 1
Week 2 - Mixing colors lesson 2
Week 3 - Brushes, brush stokes and applying paint 
Week 4 - Blending lesson 1
Week 5 - Blending lesson 2
Week 6 - Layering paint colors
Week 7 - Importance of contrast (hard and soft shadows)
Week 8 - Painting objects
Week 9 - Painting landscapes lesson 1
Week 10 - Painting landscapes lesson 2
Week 11 - Painting portraits lesson 1
Week 12 - Painting portraits lesson 2
This is an all-ages skill-development painting class.  Students who are currently enrolled in classes may add-on the Fundamental classes for only $20/month.
Before enrolling for Painting Fundamentals,
all artists must complete the full 12 weeks of Drawing Fundamentals
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