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Pastel: Landscape Workshop


with Doug Dawson

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 5, 2023 at 9 am

HCAF members use discount code Mem120 for a $25 discount.     Deadline for enrolling is September 8.

 The first day of the workshop I will demonstrate landscape painting with pastel.  In the demonstration, I will illustrate the very principles and techniques that I use in my own art.  These include: how to use a simple palette to establish color harmony and a recipe for exciting color. In the demonstration, I will show how to mass shapes and how to unify techniques in a painting.  I will also illustrate how to use the idea of screens to paint objects that are made up of many small piece, such as winter trees.  I will use the demonstration as an opportunity to introduce three basic types of compositions, as well as, the idea of an organizal shape.  In the afternoon, students will begin work on their own paintings.   

 Each of the following days the class will begin with a short presentation.  I will use these presentations to illustrate other painting principles such as: the use of black and white thumbnails and color thumbnails; different approaches to under-painting with color, how to separate landscape into foreground and background planes, and how to use the edges to suggest texture.   How to find color solutions as you paint. 

Gallery Masters: Art Appreciation for Children


with Teri Valentine

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 7, 2023 at 9:30 am
2 additional sessions through Dec 9, 2023

For ages 6-8, Every Second Saturday, Ages 6-8

In this class students will become familiar with the elements of art and recognizing them in the art they view during class visits either to the HCAF Gallery or through books & videos.

Through age-appropriate activities, students will be given challenges in critical thinking and communication.  Then exercise their individual creativity in completing a project in each class session.

Ages 6 - 8

Starting Oct 7

Then once a month on second Saturday’s

$30 per session

Mosaics for Both Your Outdoor and Indoor Living Spaces


with Stephanie Shroyer

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 21, 2023 at 10 am

October 21, 10am-4pm    October 22, 10am-2pm

Members use code Mem120 for a $25 discount.

In this workshop for new and returning students, we will be working on WEDI board. This is a lightweight concrete board that can easily be cut. And it will with stand outdoor elements – were plywood would not. Students will learn how to treat the edges and attach the special hanging hardware. 

This is a mixed media class, so students will have their choice of working with standard mosaic tile, Stained glass, junk, jewelry, rocks and shells, China dishes, mirror, beads and a lot more! They will learn the various adhesives to use for each application and tessarae.

Students will select from square, circle, and rectangle shapes.  These can be cut down to other shapes if needed.  Wall art, address plaques, wall planters using china cups, tabletops and mirrors are among the things they can create.

Once registered, a questionnaire will be distributed to the students so the instructor can be prepared to facilitate them.

$200 Members, $225 Non-Members

$40 material fee paid to instructor at the time of class.

Watercolor Landscapes and Seascapes with Robert Ruhmann


with Robert Ruhmann

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 3, 2023 at 9 am

HCAF members use discount code Mem120 for a $25 discount. 

In this workshop, the student will first practice the nine different watercolor painting techniques.  They will create a chart that shows these nine different techniques. Then we will talk about other things related to landscape art or seascape art such as painting composition, atmospheric perspective, focal point, and color mixing.  The student will then create their own painting using all the different techniques that were studied during the first part of the workshop.

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