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Painting ~ Multi Media, Decorative Finishes (scroll down)


Explore the Mediums or Continue with Your Favorite . . .

Trying to decide which medium is for you? This course is the perfect answer. Students will explore charcoal, pastel, watercolor and oil by spending a two hour class on each medium. No experience is necessary. A $20 fee payable to the instructor at the first class covers all materials and supplies needed. After trying each medium, students may continue in the medium of their choice. Returning students are welcome to attend this class to work on any medium, and individual instruction will be given. Instructor Laura McCormick is a freelance artist specializing in charcoal and pastel portraiture. She has been teaching drawing for many years.

5 Sessions $ 109 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 82)
Mon., 4/23, 30; 5/7, 14 & 21 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)



Painting for Beginners

This course emphasizes hands on work, with extensive demonstration and revision of the work in progress. Acrylics are used because it is easy to revise the work in proress. Working from still life’s and photographs, we will examine all major aspects of painting from initial concept to finished work; focusing upon composition, form, space, color, and light. Paint composition, material handling, and lean-to-fat paint stratum will be discussed. There is time for individual attention to and critique of each students’ work. This course is appropriate for beginning as well as experienced students. Instructor Michael Serao holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and has been a working painter and photographer for over 35 years. He has been teaching Photography, Photoshop, Art History, and Painting at Ridgefield Continuing Education since 1997, and Design at an area university since 2003. No school 4/11.

6 Sessions $ 128 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 96) + $ Mtls.
Wed., 5/9, 23, 30; 6/6 AND Tue., 5/22 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School


SUPPLIES for Michael Serao ’s Class:

* Acrylic tube colors: titanium white, cadmium yellow light, yellow ochre, cadmium red medium, alizarin crimson (or quinacridone crimson), cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, thalo blue, burnt umber, ivory black.
* Assortment of round and filbert shaped bristle brushes (both large and small).
* Disposable paper palette.
* Drop-handle trowel-shaped painting knife for mixing colors.
* Soft pencils and magic rub eraser. 18" x 24" canvas paper pad.
* Coffee can or other water container tall enough to hold long-handled brushes upright.
* Bar of ivory soap.
* Roll of paper towels.
* Folding aluminum tabletop or floor easel (the inexpensive type around $20 or less is fine).


Landscape Painting ~ Outdoors

Painting the Landscape from Life
Painting from life is an especially exciting way of working because you’re responding to the fascinating natural forms you see, and imagining how to put down what you feel about them. The landscape is an easy and inviting way to work from life, because it is made of large passages of color and light, with large objects like trees, bushes, rocks, and fields, which can be rendered simply. And painting outdoors in nice weather just feels good, and is great fun. The first class meets at the Venus Bldg. for a brief lesson and then we go over to nearby Ballard Park to paint. Bring painting supplies (see suggested list above or bring what you have), a portable easel and your camera to take pictures of the scene you’re painting so we can work indoors in the event that it rains on a class day. And don’t forget to bring a jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid to carry water to keep your brushes wet and clean. Instructor Michael Serao holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and has been a working painter and photographer for over 35 years. He has been teaching Photography, Photoshop, Art History, and Painting at Ridgefield Continuing Education since 1997, and Design at an area university since 2003.

4 Sessions $128 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $96) + $ mtls.
Wed., 7/11, 18, 25 & 8/1 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Venus Building (aka old high school) for initial meeting, then Ballard Park.



Decorative Painting


Hand Painted Furniture
No art experience necessary! Learn how to take an old piece of furniture and turn it into a hand done family treasure. Learn how to prepare the surface, develop, create and paint designs using pictures, patterns, lettering, sponging, marbling or feathering. Supply list provided and discussed at first class so bring a notebook. At the end of this class, the student will complete a small piece of furniture (small wall shelf or step stool which can be used as a plant stand) supplied by instructor for a fee of $13-$18 payable at first session.Instructor Shelley Lowell is an award-winning visual artist, illustrator, graphic designer and poet. She earned her BFA in Advertising Design and Visual Communications from Pratt Institute. She taught furniture painting to adults in continuing education departments in many cities including Ridgefield, Baltimore and Asheville.

6 Sessions $128 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $96) + $ mtls.
Mon., 4/23, 30; 5/7, 14, 21 & 6/4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School