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Drawing and Painting

How to Paint Water and Reflections

Reflections are an important part of many landscape, seascape and still life painting compositions. Water, glass, and shiny objects all have their own way of reflecting other adjacent subjects, and learning how to handle and paint these will be the focus of this class. You will discover the fundamentals of how subjects are reflected in the various types of flowing and still water situations and also in shiny or reflective surfaces. You will learn how to approach painting the various reflections in different media, including the color mixtures necessary for painting these effects.

This is a focus class for all levels working in any water-based media and pastel, including watercolor, acrylic, gouache, water-based oils and pastel.

Information and Registration

Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enrollment Deadline Enroll Online
How to Paint Water and Reflections Tricia Reichert 8/5/17-8/26/17 Saturdays
9:00 a.m. - noon
$199 7/20/17 Enroll Now

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Introduction to Painting

Always wanted to paint but didn’t know where to start? Curious about learning a new painting medium but don’t know how to begin?

If you have ever wanted to learn to paint, but don't know where to start, this is the class for you. If you want to try painting in a different medium, without the initial expense of buying all the supplies, then this is also the class for you.

In this 8 week class, you will be following the step-by-step demonstrations each week in order to completely paint a different landscape each time. For the first two sessions you will paint in Pastel, the second two sessions you will paint in Oil, the third two sessions will be in Acrylic and the last two sessions will be in Watercolor.

All painting materials will be supplied – you will only have to bring your own brush for the oil, acrylic and watercolor classes. These will be shown and explained at the first class session.

Information and Registration

Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enrollment Deadline Enroll Online
Introduction to Painting Tricia Reichert 9/23 - 10/7
10/28 - 11/18
9:00 a.m. - noon
189 9/9/17 Enroll Now

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About the Instructor

Tricia Reichert obtained her formal teaching credentials from Battersea College, University of London. Although she had always been keenly interested in art, most of her artistic expressions were made through her chosen major of Home Economics and minor of Textile Art. When more time became available, Tricia developed her true passion for art and for the past twenty seven years has studied and practiced drawing and painting in a wide variety of media. She specializes in the art of portraiture in pastel and watercolor. Her other areas of expertise and interest include many forms of printmaking and figurative sculpture. Tricia also teaches a wide range of classes, workshops and individual students. In teaching, she uses her broad experience and highly developed, natural teaching ability to present all material and explanations in the most accessible way.

“I believe that in art, as in writing, a developed vocabulary and an understanding of grammar are necessary fundamental requirements for self expression. In art the vocabulary could be attributed to the use of the materials, while the grammar may be considered the design and composition of the finished work. My aim as an art teacher is always to devise and present the fundamental vocabulary and grammar of art related skills, (in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking) in ways that make them accessible and easy to understand”.

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Art Materials Resources

Local Sources for Supplies

  • Art Central, Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo
  • Aaron Bros, Higuera Sreet, San Luis Obispo
  • Michaels, Broad Street, San Luis Obispo
  • The Artery, Atascadero

Online Sources for Supplies

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