*Instruction*

*Instruction*

2019 classes and workshops are scheduled at several locations around the Twin Cities, and more are added regularly. I have been a teaching artist for twenty years, and frequently offer instruction at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts (MCFTA), Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts (BLCA), and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. I also teach classes to older adults and adults living with cognitive changes at Lyngblomsten, and am an artist-in-residence at Hennepin Healthcare, where I facilitate art making at the bedside in the Pediatrics units. I teach drawing and painting to older adults residing at Common Bond apartment communities, and at the City of Minnetonka's Memory Cafè

Examples of my work with older adults may be found on Facebook at Art4Joy

Full class descriptions and registration information may be found by going directly to the host organization's website. I have provided their links on my "links" tab. Feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns.

Check back for updates as new classes are added throughout the year


WINTER 2019 Classes

January 7 - February 18 (Monday) Drawing Basics (9:00 - 12:00) MCFTA

This class is for students who have always wanted to learn to draw but didn’t know where to start. In this beginning class, you will be introduced to basic drawing techniques using charcoal and newsprint, which are easy to draw with and erase. The instructor will take you step by step through a series of drawing exercises that will build your skill level and confidence. This is a great class for students who are interested in any type of media to learn about the fundamentals of art or for students who would like a refresher.

January 7 - February 18 (Monday) Beginning Painting (1:00 - 4:00) MCFTA

This class is for students who have always wanted to learn to paint but didn’t know where to start. In this beginning level class, you will be introduced to basic painting techniques using either acrylic or water-based oil paints. The instructor will take you step by step through a series of painting exercises that will build your skill level and confidence. You will also learn about the fundamentals of color mixing and application. Request a materials list from the Registrar.

Jan 17 - 31 (Thursday, 3 weeks) Drawing Basics (9:30 - 11:30) BLCA

This class is for students who have always wanted to learn to draw but didn’t know where to start. In this beginning class, you will be introduced to basic drawing techniques using charcoal and newsprint, which are easy to draw with and erase. The instructor will take you step by step through a series of drawing exercises that will build your skill level and confidence. This is a great class for students who are interested in any type of media to learn about the fundamentals of art or for students who would like a refresher.


SPRING 2019 Classes

February 25 - March 15 (Monday, 8 weeks) Next Steps in Drawing or Painting: Creating a Sense of Place (9:00 - 12:00) MCFTA

Take your drawing or painting to the next level by learning to create a sense of place. Paying attention to this often neglected element will help you create better compositions that are balanced and unified, create mood, as well as improve your observations skills. By thoughtfully integrating your subject into an environment, the space becomes a meaningful place instead of a generic background. This class will cover concepts of positive/negative space and include examples from art history as well as demonstrations by the instructor. Prerequisite: a basic drawing or painting class. Bring your drawing or painting materials to first class or request a suggested materials list from the registrar.

February 25 - March 15 (Monday, 8 weeks) Beginning Painting (1:00 - 4:00) MCFTA

This class is for students who have always wanted to learn to paint but didn’t know where to start. In this beginning level class, you will be introduced to basic painting techniques using either acrylic or water-based oil paints. The instructor will take you step by step through a series of painting exercises that will build your skill level and confidence. You will also learn about the fundamentals of color mixing and application. Request a materials list from the Registrar.

February 28 & March 7 (Thursday) Introduction to Pastel Drawing (9:30 - 12:30) BLCA

Drawing with beautiful colored pastels is a flexible and rewarding process. In this class you will learn the fundamentals of pastel drawing such as the characteristics of different types of pastels, application, paper preparation, underpainting, light and shadow, composition and basic color theory. Weekly demonstrations and individual instruction will given. By the end of the class you will feel confident to continue exploring this wonderful medium. Returning students may work on independent projects.

March 21 - April 4 (Thursday, 3 weeks) Next Steps in Drawing (9:30 - 11:30) BLCA

This class is designed for those students who have taken Beginning Pastels Drawing, Drawing Basics or another introductory drawing class and would like to continue developing their skills. You may use charcoal and newsprint or soft chalk pastels while exploring additional drawing techniques and more complex subject matter. By the end of the session you will be amazed by your ability to draw with new confidence and understanding.


March 29 - June 10 Next Steps in Drawing or Painting: Inspiration & Process (Mondays, for 6 weeks. No class March 22nd; No class May 27th, Labor Day) (9:00 - 12:00) MCFTA

Discover processes for inspiring your work and productivity, then integrate them into a finished piece of art. We will dig into what inspires us, whether it's collecting intriguing objects, going for walks outdoors, the visuals of film or the mood from a piece of music. Then bring our individual work to the next level by creating studies and process pieces (Georges Seurat made over fifty process pieces for A Sunday on La Grande Jatte) that will result in a final work that is fresh, authentic and personally meaningful. All media welcome (pencils, charcoal, pastels, ink, watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed media, etc.). Request a materials list. Painting and/or drawing experienced required.


March 29 - June 10 Beginning Painting (Mondays for 6 weeks. No class March 22; No class May 27, Labor Day) (1:00 - 4:00) MCFTA

This class is for students who have always wanted to learn to paint but didn’t know where to start. In this beginning level class, you will be introduced to basic painting techniques using either acrylic or water-based oil paints. The instructor will take you step by step through a series of painting exercises that will build your skill level and confidence. You will also learn about the fundamentals of color mixing and application. Request a materials list from the Registrar.

July 19 - August 23 Drawing Basics (Fridays for 5 weeks)(9:30 - 12:30) MCFTA

This class is for students who have always wanted to learn to draw but didn’t know where to start. In this beginning class, you will be introduced to basic drawing techniques using charcoal and newsprint, which are easy to draw with and erase. The instructor will take you step by step through a series of drawing exercises that will build your skill level and confidence. This is a great class for students who are interested in any type of media to learn about the fundamentals of art or for students who would like a refresher.


I will not be teaching at any art centers this fall in order to focus on other projects. Please check back for the Winter session in December.