Throughout the year, expert Studio School instructors present classes and workshops in painting, drawing, printmaking and design for students of all levels. Students work with industry-standard equipment and materials, such as professional painting and drawing easels, lighting and an etching printmaking press.
Early registration: Members at all levels receive early access to registration.
Discounts: Members at all levels will receive a 10 percent discount on Studio School classes and workshops for the named cardholder and teens in their household. If you are not a current member, join today.
Teen registration in adult courses: In addition to offering classes and workshops for teens, Studio School invites high school juniors and seniors to register for select adult courses. If you wish to register your teen in an adult class or workshop, please submit an application here.
SPRING SESSION | March 30 - June 6, 2020
Member registration opens | 10 a.m. Feb. 17, 2020
General registration opens | 10 a.m. Feb. 24, 2020
Registration closes | 11:59 p.m. March 22, 2020
Class | Beginning Drawing | Chris Brizzard | $195
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturdays, April 4 - June 6, 2020
Get a primer in the fundamentals of drawing, including block-in, shape accuracy, proportion, separating light from shadow, establishing values and conveying light on form. Students will start by copying drawings that incorporate these principles and will eventually move into setting up their own still lifes and drawing from life.
Class | Beginning Drawing: Drawing from Within | Calvin Pressley | $195
6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 31 - June 2, 2019
Rather than focusing on the technical skills of drawing, this basic course is more about content and discovering your artistic voice. Students will learn the basic elements of setting up the studio for a successful drawing session and how to engage in respectful dialogue about their ideas and work.
Class | Beginning Figure Drawing | Chris Brizzard | $295
1-4 p.m. Saturdays, April 4 - June 6, 2020
Explore the complexities of representing the human figure in this class. Areas of study include mass conceptions, gesture drawing, life drawing, mass and linear approaches, anatomy and form and value painting. Students will study from classic sources such as Bridgman, Vanderpoel and Richer and seek to apply this knowledge to the live model. Drawing is fundamentally about learning to understand what one sees, and the figure has been the classic tool used to train artists for centuries.
Class | Beginning Oil Painting | Chris Brizzard | $295
6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, March 31 - June 2, 2020
Learn the fundamentals of oil painting! This class will cover basic concepts, including block-in, separating light from shadow, setting up proper value relationships, achieving the light effect, color relationships and more. Students will primarily use still life as a means to practice these concepts, and students will be painting from life regularly.
Class | Beginning Printmaking | Lissie Teehee | $195
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturdays, April 4 - June 6, 2020
The art of printing on paper and other surfaces has fascinated artists for millennia, and it continues to evolve in our contemporary world. This class will explore primary printmaking techniques in relief and intaglio on paper. Students will leave the course with two to four single prints and three series of prints.
Class | Beginning Watercolor Painting | Jenny Elton | $195
6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 1 - June 3, 2020
Explore the basics of watercolor, including materials, processes, composition and techniques. The class will cover a variety of painting styles through experimentation and the works of other watercolor artists. Each class will feature demonstrations, work time and informal group discussions where you’ll have a chance to share your work, ask questions and learn from other students. Whether you’ve dabbled in watercolor or never picked up a brush, this class will provide a solid foundation and safe environment to learn, grow and experiment.
Class | Collage Studio | Danny Joe Rose III | $195
6-8 p.m. Fridays, April 3 - June 5, 2020
Explore the many ways an artist can work with collage! Students can be as traditional or abstract as they like and include a variety of media. They’ll also learn about the rich history behind collage and develop their very own ways of working with the medium. A focus on independent work will allow students to develop individual methods of making.
Class | Color Theory | Danny Joe Rose III | $195
6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 31 - June 2, 2020
In this introduction to the basic principles and theories of color science and its varied applications, students will learn to mix, define and organize color through a variety of studio projects and in class discussions. This class is ideal for students planning to take additional courses in painting, drawing, digital art, etc.
Class | Advanced Painting Critique | Calvin Pressley | $295
6-9 p.m. Fridays, April 3 - June 5, 2020
In this advanced painting class, students will share critical dialogue pertaining to their work, the work of their peers and the connectivity of their work to the community. Together, the instructor and students will engage in a wide variety of topics relating to backgrounds and painting disciplines. This course will encourage all participants to push one another to dig for deeper levels in their work through rigorous constructive criticism.
Class | Advanced Printmaking | Lissie Teehee | $295
6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, March 31 - June 2, 2020
In this course, students with prior experience in printmaking will take their abilities further, making two to four color prints using advanced techniques. Students will learn registration on the press, reduction and multi-plate methods, as well as how to intermix techniques to create stunning colored pieces. Newer forms of printmaking are also introduced.
Workshop | Canvas Building | Gabriel Friedman | $200
12-4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2020
Learn the basics of canvas frame construction and canvas stretching, including proper miter saw and nail gun usage, in this four-hour workshop. Students will construct two frames (one with supports and one without) and then stretch and gesso their canvases.
Workshop | Composition and Notan | Chris Brizzard | $150
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2020
In this workshop, students will seek to simplify compositions using notans, a Japanese term meaning “light and dark.” Together, the class will practice reducing images to two and three values in order to create strong compositional ideas to apply to larger works. Students will also explore the six major types of rectangles commonly used by artists to compose images. In addition, the instructor will also discuss how to use Photoshop as a tool to aid in compositional study.