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Art, Naturally
Hartley Nature Center

Nature Sketching and Collage with Susanna Gaunt  

Wednesday June 19, 2019 6-8:30pm 

Immerse yourself in nature and connect with your creative side.  Take in the beautiful surroundings at Hartley Nature Center and become inspired by nature to express yourself through various sketching and collage techniques with local artist, Susanna Gaunt. 

All materials and one beverage included. Class tuition includes a non-refundable $5 registration fee. Made possible by Hartley Nature Center, the Duluth Art Institute and Western Bank.


Portrait Painting in Watercolor
Bill Wise
$100 ($120 non-member)
Thursdays March 7- April 4

Apply basic watercolor techniques to improve your skills in painting portraits, focusing on layering thin washes of color to achieve different skin tones. Gain confidence in producing portraits by employing charcoal drawings to hone the concept of layers. Each class includes a demonstration by Bill Wise as well as time to paint individually. An understanding of basic watercolor washes is recommended for this intermediate/beginner class. Supply list available online.https://www.williamwiseart.com/portrait-dai2019/


Oil Painting: Accordions Alla Prima with Matt Kania

$125($175 non members) Thursdays 6-9pm April 11th-25th (3 sessions)

Enjoy the sounds of the beloved accordion and learn how to paint Alla Prima with acclaimed local artist, Matt Kania.  www.mattkania.com  

In collaboration with The World of Accordions Museum in Superior WI, the first class will feature a live model, local accordion player Ruth Maciejeski.  She will play the accordion while the class focuses on capturing the shapes and movements through oil sketches and photographs.  The following 2 class sessions you will be working from the oil sketches and photographs you captured on the first day to complete a large oil painting alla prima style.  

Painting Alla Prima is an Italian term which means "at first" and is also known as "direct painting" or "wet on wet" oil painting.  Using this technique, you will complete an entire painting without waiting for the paint layers to dry completely; focusing on shapes, color value, paint applications and brush strokes.  Whether you are a beginning or advanced oil painter, this class offers enough space to learn and grow with group and individual tutelage.  Open to all levels.   $10 non refundable registration fee included in tuition.


Express(ive) Evening with Adam Swanson

$45   Thursday May 2nd 6-8:30 p.m. 

Share a beer with local artist Adam Swanson while infusing art into your expressive self. Create a unique work of art under guided instruction that provides structure for the beginning artist yet room to experiment for the more experienced. All supplies and one beverage included.  Class tuition includes a non-refundable $10 registration fee. 

Acryllic Painting: Barking up the Right Tree with Cheryl Gannaway

$45 Thursday May 30th 6-9 p.m.

Bark: It's not just brown you know!  

Join an exclusive workshop with international, award-winning artist Cheryle Gannaway, coinciding with her exhibition at Tettegouche State Park.  In this class you will work with acrylics on canvas to develop beautiful landscapes exploring the use of color, variations of line and pointillism.  Cheryle's exhibition will run from May 3 to May 31 at Tettegouche State Park.  Class tuition includes a non-refundable $10 registration fee. 



Watercolor Painting: Playing with Color with Tara Sweeney

$550 ($600 non-member) Thurs.-Sat., September 19-21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (3 day workshop)

Spontaneity makes for great fun for complete beginners and for experienced painters alike. Get outside your comfort zone. Try something besides photo realism. Make a bravura mark; imagine a story; find a character; follow a visual path. See what emerges when you stop forcing watercolor to do your bidding and play instead. Learn to follow watercolor’s lead with a limited palette to jumpstart creativity, wake up your senses and strengthen technique. Build confidence as you explore compositional possibilities, pigment characteristics, wet-into-wet mingling, transparent layering, intentional lost and found edges, and lively brushwork through daily demos, guidedexercises, individualized feedback and plenty of time to paint. Tara shares her philosophy of art and process in this versatile and playful approach to watercolor’s unique possibilities.www.tarasweeneyart.com 

Tara Sweeney is an award-winning artist, illustrator and author based in Saint Paul, Minnesota who creates with watercolor and ink. Her prolific body of work was recently showcased in TPT2 public television’s MN Original https://www.tpt.org/post/artist-tara-sweeney/ and includes studio painting, plein air sketching and book illustration. 

Full payment for this class is due up front no later than August 1st. Tuition includes non-refundable $50 deposit.  Refunds will not be made unless your registration can be filled by someone on the wait-list and will not include the $50 deposit.

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