Registration OPEN for “Intro to Acrylics: Painting Middle Grounds”

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Intro to Acrylics: Painting Middle Grounds
with Fred Lisaius
2-Week Class; 4 Video Lessons
Class Dates: April 4 – 13, 2017

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Welcome to the second class in a three-part series! In these classes we will learn how to create the Background, Middle Ground and Foreground. We will also learn many techniques for creating depth and making all three grounds work together.

In this second class we will use our paintings from Part 1 and create two middle grounds: trees and mountains. This class is about the challenge of creating elements in a painting that support, but won’t overpower, foreground elements to come.

Acrylics paints are beautiful. The medium is creamy, colorful, and very versatile. This class is designed to introduce beginners to this beautiful medium and to excite more advanced students with new information and techniques. I look forward to painting with you! — Fred

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Series Schedule:

Backgrounds (instant availability)
Middle Grounds (April 4-15, 2017)
Foregrounds (June 6-16, 2017)

Cost is $95 for all three classes in the series or $40 for each individual class.

Sign up Today!

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Part 1 – Middle Grounds Class Itinerary

Week 1 – Blue Sky, Mountains

Lesson 1 – Picking colors that indicate distance and depth, and roughing in shapes of a distant mountain range.

Lesson 2 – Adding a second layer of paint to the first layer for complete coverage. Adding detail to create a realistic look.

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Week 2 – Sunrise Sunset, Trees

Lesson 3 – Painting tree forms, trunks and branches; working with subtleties color to create the right balance for a middle ground element in a backlit scene.

Lesson 4 – Revisit tree forms. Make adjustments in color transparency, adding additional branches and fine details with a small brush.

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Click HERE for more information and to sign up!

(Note: For those of you who already signed up for the three-class series, there is no need to sign up again. You will receive a welcome email shortly.)

 

 

Registration Now OPEN for Flower Crazy 2!

Flower Crazy 2
with Carla Sonheim
3-Week Class; 8 Video Lessons
Class Dates: March 21 – April 6, 2017

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Hi! It might be cold and rainy in my neck of the woods, but NOT here inside my studio! Here we have imaginary flowers!

In this 8-lesson class we will create 8-10 flower paintings, working with watercolors, chalk markers, Swedish Tracing Paper collage, kneaded rubber eraser stamping, stenciling, white ink, matte media, charcoal, and pencil on watercolor paper.

This follow-up/companion class of one of my first online classes, “Flower Crazy.” (Though each class can be taken independently.)

CLICK HERE for the SUPPLY LIST.

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Cost is $125. Click HERE to learn more and to sign up!

Intro to Acrylics: Backgrounds – NEW Class with Fred Lisaius

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Intro to Acrylics: Backgrounds (Skies)
with Fred Lisaius
2-Week Class; 4 Video Lessons

Class Dates: February 14 – 23, 2017

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Welcome to the first class in a three-part series! In these classes we will learn how to create the Background, Middle Ground and Foreground. We will also learn many techniques for creating depth and making all three grounds work together.

In this first class we will paint skies as our backgrounds: a blue sky with puffy white clouds, and a sunset (or sunrise) sky.

Acrylics paints are beautiful. The medium is creamy, colorful, and very versatile. This class is designed to introduce beginners to this beautiful medium and to excite more advanced students with new information and techniques. I look forward to painting with you! — Fred

CLICK HERE for the SUPPLY LIST.

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Series Schedule:

Backgrounds (February 14-23, 2017)
Middle Grounds (April 4-15, 2017)
Foregrounds (June 6-16, 2017)

 

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Part 1 – Backgrounds Class Itinerary

Week 1 – Blue Sky, Puffy Clouds

Lesson 1 – Mixing colors for the blue sky, building the big shapes, and defining our cloud edges.

Lesson 2 – Determining the color variations within the clouds, adding layers to create contrast and depth, and finishing by creating smooth transitions.

Week 2 – Sunrise Sunset

Lesson 3 – Create a warm color palette, lay down transition layers, and practice techniques for smooth blending.

Lesson 4 – Continue smoothing and refining, and glazing techniques for creating even more subtle tints.

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Sign up Today!
$95 for all three classes; $40 for individual classes.
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND TO SIGN UP!

Mini Interview and “365” Giveaway Opportunity

 

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Hi everyone!

I wanted to let you know that Tamara LaPorte and Gracie Howle have uploaded a short interview with me on the Willowing blog today, and we are giving away three spots to “365”! (If you are already in the class, please head over and enter anyway! I can refund you or give you class credit. Thank you!) See the interview and enter for a chance to win here: http://www.willowing.org/2017/01/19/artist-spotlight-carla-sonheim-a-give-away/

It’s not too late to join “365: Activate Your Art Brain”… please do! Even though class has started, all of the prompts are archived for you and you have forever access as well. And it is structured so that you can just jump in anytime with the current prompt.

Here is some praise about the class so far:

From Lori W.
New day, new prompts. To me the wonderful part of 365 and the book, it magnifies the day, moment by moment. It heightens my creative awareness. Thanks again Carla, for challenging my understanding of what a creative life looks like. Not being so precious about it really keeps my momentum going.

From Lynn L.
What an amazing adventure. Because of your ‘prodding’, I never go to bed without, at the very least, picking up a pen, pencil, paint or scraper. What a joy! and just what I needed to establish a daily art practice to create the work that’s on my to-do list for this year. Thanks again. What a professional looking, well produced, thoughtful program. 

From Debra M.
This is my favorite class of all!

 

 

From Lorraine D.
Thank you Carla! Love the class! It is like a daily Vitamin Pill of JOY…. when I wake up I know there will be another sweet video there… such a great start to the day! — Lorraine D.

From Judith H.
These prompts have become the best part of my day.

From Stefanie H:
I just wanted to give you a small feedback on the 365 class…. I am so thankful about this class, it brings me back to my creativity. Your small every day assignments and this wonderful book is exactly what I needed to get back to my creative life! 

From Eva S.
I was skeptical in the beginning… such a thing: a video every day!!! 
And now: fantastic!
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(Thank you Lori, Lynn, Debra, Lorraine, Judith, Stefanie and Eva!)

 

365 Lions

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Today’s assignment for the 365 class is to draw five lions with our eyes closed. I woke up early and couldn’t wait to draw more lions!

I drew about 15-20 lions on six sheets of larger paper using pencil and charcoal… then I took one of them further with watercolor (or it might be tempera paint, I’m not sure, it was purchased in China!), white gesso, and stenciling. Here is a step-by-step:


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365lion3Step 3: Keep thinking “painterly,” begin to rub some paint back.


365lion4Step 4: Forget “painterly,” rub most of the paint off.


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Step 5: Add stencils to cover a spot where you rub too hard; keep going because you started and need to commit.

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Have a wonderful day!

Only Two Days before “365” Begins!

 

Hi!

If you haven’t signed up yet, there are just two days until “365” begins!

365: Activate Your Art Brain (a Video Every Day) is a year-long online class designed to encourage “that other” part of our brain that helps us grow and learn in all other aspects of life.

Sometimes silly, sometimes more serious (but always fun!), these daily videos share the joy of imagination for students of all ages.

Throughout the year, lessons will include:

* art techniques
* drawing assignments
* creative thought exercises
* writing prompts
* artist studio visits
* music-related prompts
* worksheets
* and more!

Students can also join a private Facebook group to post their work, share ideas, and receive encouragement from artists of all ages around the world.

The class is designed to let the imagination go free, so some of the prompts may inspire a whole body of work while others might just be a good healthy thought to carry throughout the day.

Class starts Sunday, January 1, 2017, and runs through the whole year. Watch the video below for more and click HERE to sign up! (Only $198 for a year’s worth of art!)

Thank you!
Carla