Drawing / Painting



Drawing for Beginners

David Kiphuth

For the beginner the act of drawing seems a frightening mystery. But the visual world is simply a series of jigsaw puzzle snapshots. This class will break through your fear and teach you drawing basics through measuring, memorization, and recognition. Once the mystery code is broken a new world is opened for the artistic soul to explore. We will use only basic materials: pencils, ballpoint pens, and a Strathmore drawing paper pad. Be ready to see in a whole new way!

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition: $170
  • Materials: $12
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Sessions:

355-0126    Register Now
      Sat January 26, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun January 27, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Tole Painting: Spring Flowers Tray

Carol Maher

Tole painting is the folk art of decorative painting on tin and wooden utensils, objects, and furniture practiced by the Germans, Scandinavians, and English since the 18th century. You will learn this beautiful art form by creating a Tole-painted tray. Blooming with the wildflowers of spring, this charming Tole-painted wooden tray is perfect as a display piece, but don’t be afraid to use it as it will be protected with two coats of polyurethane. A great piece for your home - and great for giving. No previous painting experience required. All materials supplied. Take home the finished tray, a materials list, and instructions for all the basic strokes.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition: $85
  • Materials: $20
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

289-0310    Register Now      Sun March 10, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Drawing for Craftsmen

Daniel Bennett

In this introductory drawing class, you will learn to “look at what you see” and “see what you are looking at”. You will be taught about the basic shapes that make up every object, as well as shading, perspective, and blind contour drawing. Learn the tricks to making pencil marks into a meaningful drawing. Particularly good for the craft person who wants to make meaningful sketches of his/her work, this class is truly for those who think they cannot draw. Bring pencils and white drawing paper.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition: $45
  • Course Length: 2 Half Days

Sessions:

363-0312    Register Now
      Tue March 12, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      Thu March 14, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

363-1021    Register Now
      Mon October 21, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      Wed October 23, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm




Tole Painting: Pennsylvania Dutch Breadboard

Carol Maher

The Dutch influence in the Adirondacks goes back to the time of Henry Hudson - and the Hudson River is right behind the school. So let's connect to our Dutch roots and celebrate the joys of summer! Come create this lovely breadboard that will bring the colors and symbols of the Pennsylvania Dutch folk-art tradition into your kitchen. Display the Tole-painted design when not in use, then flip it over for use a cutting surface. No previous painting experience required. All materials supplied. Take home the finished breadboard, and a materials list and instructions for all the basic strokes.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition: $85
  • Materials: $20
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

290-0511    Register Now      Sat May 11, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Intro to Drybrush Watercolor

David Kiphuth

This course is a primer in the technique Andrew Wyeth used to achieve his breathtaking 'frozen moment' detailed watercolors. This is not a wet-paint method, but rather a way to paint and weave detail over a light wash. If you love drawing, this is a painting style you must learn! We will also cover color mixing from basic to more advanced. A small piece of board or paper, a couple of brushes, and a small watercolor set are all you need to launch you on a lifelong adventure.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition: $170
  • Materials: $50
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Sessions:

307-0708    Register Now
      Mon July 8, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue July 9, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Adirondack Landscapes in Soft Pastels

Connie Cassavaugh

There is no place on earth like the Adirondacks! Learn how to capture the scenery and spirit of the Adirondacks with this timeless medium. This class teaches you how to approach painting a landscape in pastels. You will learn how to find the right subject for your painting and how to deal with outdoor conditions. Among the concepts you will learn are: perspective, atmospheric perspective, halation effects, basic composition, color, focal points, and the technical advantages and disadvantages of the medium. You will also learn about papers, pigments, and applications methods. Complete a finished pastel painting and learn the different methods of preserving your art. If you do not have your own soft pastels to bring, please purchase a beginner’s soft pastel set. The instructor will be using Marie’s soft pastels, that come in a box of 50 and sell for under $10.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition: $85
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Materials – Students should bring the following: kneaded eraser, General’s pastel pencils - small set that includes white, Art Spectrum Color-fix 9”x12” paper (instructor uses the Blue Haze color; additional paper can be purchased in class), a clipboard to hold the paper, Handy Wipes, a chair or stool, small table, drinking water, and sun protection. Art materials can be purchased at an art supply store or on-line at Jerry’s Artarama, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, or the Art Supply Warehouse.

Sessions:

296-0718    Register Now      Thu July 18, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Tole Painting: Thankful Hearts Plaque

Carol Maher

Autumn colors in the Adirondacks are among the most spectacular found anywhere. Glowing with the colors of autumn and the bounty of nature, this Tole-painted “Thankful Hearts” plaque will warm your heart and home. Hang it on the wall or feature it in a display to inspire the attitude of gratitude. No previous painting experience required. All materials supplied. Take home the finished plaque, and a materials list and instructions for all the basic strokes.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition: $85
  • Materials: $20
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

291-0727    Register Now      Sat July 27, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Drawing the Natural Way

Janelle Beaulieu

This unique class blends nature and art. First, we will take a journey outside to explore nature in the Adirondacks where you will collect natural objects that will be assembled into a three-dimensional collage inspired by no other than Mother Nature herself. After assembling your collage, you will create a beautiful, observational drawing based on your individual collage. Adding value and texture, your drawing will appear to come to life on paper. Students ages 8-12 will love this creative approach to drawing.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition: $45
  • Materials: $10
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

445-0728    Register Now      Sun July 28, 2013 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

445-0822    Register Now      Thu August 22, 2013 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




The Landscape in Watercolor

Betty O'Brien  

Watercolor has long been a medium used for landscape paintings; the Adirondack’s beautiful scenery has inspired many famous artists, including Winslow Homer. In this class you will be given an introduction (or review for those with prior experience) to the basic techniques and characteristics of the watercolor medium. The first day you will prepare backgrounds that can be painted upon in the second session. The next day you will be provided with photos of landscape elements (trees, skies, closeups of plants or bushes, etc.) to use as images to be manipulated with various watercolor techniques. You will learn to move the brush in ways that can open the senses to immediate and fresh responses to what is observed as well as felt. Weather permitting, we will use the outdoor scene by the school as our subject.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition: $170
  • Materials: $40
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Students should bring with them the following items: paper towels, an old towel or a sponge for water control, a soft pencil and eraser, pallet with mixing area or a white plate or plastic coated paper plate to mix paint on. If bringing your own paint, brushes and paper, please include the following: Paints: At least one transparent red, yellow or blue hue. Reds- Permanent rose, dep red rose, Alizarin crimson, Cadmium red medium or Vermillion. Yellows- Aureolin, Gamboge or New gamboge, Hanza, Winsor or Transparent Lemon. Blues- Cobalt, Phthalo, Ultramarine or French Ultramarine, or Prussian. Plus- Phathalo green and Brunt sienne. Brands: Cotman and Grumbacher Academy are good student quality paints. Professional brands include American Journey, Da Vinci, Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith and Holbein. Brushes: If purchasing your own materials, please include a #8 or 10 round and at least a 1/2 inch flat for this workshop. Please make sure that the brushes purchased are for watercolor. Paper: A good quality 140# cold press watercolor paper (11" by 15" or larger). Arches is the most readily available, but any professional brand is fine. Please make sure that sheet paper is purchased rather than a watercolor block. Betty will supply backing boards and clips to provide support and stability for your paper. Plastic containers for water are also available. Basic brush and paint hue kits can be purchased for a materials fee of $40. Paper will be available for purchase at cost as needed.

Sessions:

260-0808    Register Now
      Thu August 8, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri August 9, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Capturing Nature with a Bic Pen

David Kiphuth

This class, spanning three half-days, will take you on a joyful journey into the world of nature art using the simplest of tools: a Bic Crystal Stick and a pad of Strathmore drawing paper. Come experience the world at your fingertips and there for you to draw. Discover how to create beautiful drawings with just pen and paper!

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition: $130
  • Materials: $12
  • Course Length: 3 Half Days

Sessions:

229-0813    Register Now
      Tue August 13, 2013 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
      Wed August 14, 2013 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
      Thu August 15, 2013 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Tole Painting: Holiday Cookie Box

Carol Maher

Adirondack people took everyday objects and made them special. Come make a Tole-painted cookie box that is alive with the colors of the season. You'll bring out this large cookie box year after year to offer your very best baking. Although the design looks complicated, it is not difficult to do. No previous painting experience required. All materials supplied. Take home the finished box, and a materials list and instructions for all the basic strokes.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition: $85
  • Materials: $20
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

292-1012    Register Now      Sat October 12, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Handmade Cards for the Season or Special Occasions

David Kiphuth

Those fancy, seasonal, or special-occasion greeting cards are not that far from everyone's reach, and this crash course will give you the basics of rendering natural objects like pine cones, wreaths, or flowers into those handcrafted-looking cards you've always admired. With pencils or pens, a few crayons, or a basic watercolor set, (if you have one or are used to using watercolors), and Strathmore Bristol Board from a pad, you will be greeting card artists before you know it! We will also be making our own envelopes for cards that don't fit in store-bought envelopes.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition: $85
  • Materials: $12-20
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

356-1130    Register Now      Sat November 30, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm