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 The Art Academy
Adult Fine Arts Classes

The Art Academy offers an extensive selection of fine arts classes to satisfy the artistic needs of adults within our community. All classes focus on improving skills and are taught with thorough explanation and demonstration. We do not assign homework. We welcome both beginning and advanced students in all of our adult courses. Please check the Schedule Pages to find out when a class is held.  All skill levels are welcome; no prerequisites.
The Oil Study: Proper Techniques
for Traditional Painting


Designed to be taken independently or in conjunction with our Renaissance Drawing and Painting Techniques and Beyond course, this class is formatted to teach art students how to paint simply and quickly using traditional methods. While students in Renaissance Drawing and Painting Techniques learn the importance of finish, this class is designed to emphasize the significance of an intelligent and efficient start based on working methods and aesthetic principles established during the 15th through 19th centuries. Initially, systematic painting methods are stressed to build confidence and speed of execution. Concepts of shape, value, color, edge relationships and brush manipulation are approached with concise clarity to help increase the accuracy of intuitive decision-making and to facilitate assured painting. During each painting session the importance of intent is emphasized to help students focus on essentials and use limits of time to their best advantage. The class includes an informed overview of materials, techniques, and ways to increase artistic seeing and thought processes.

James Robinson, Instructor
Oil Demonstration after Harold Speed
from his book, Oil Painting Techniques and Materials
“Art to me is seeing.  I think you have got to use your eyes as well as your emotions, and one without the other just doesn’t work.”
-Andrew Wyeth
1917-2010
James Robinson, Instructor
Oil Painting Demonstration
Mary Klein,
Bistre Underpainting after N.C. Wyeth
Chris Franz, Instructor
Oil Demonstration after J.B. Chardin