July 8-Charcoal Drawing
Roberta Nelson explains, “Charcoal is fired willow, vine, or other twigs at high temperatures in air-tight containers and come in three grades; soft, medium, and hard. It is applied using various drawing techniques but is much softer and darker than pencils. Different values are created by using different grades and by the amount of pressure applied.”
July 15- Optical Illusions
Having Fun with Optical Illusions Workshop will delve into the fun of Op Art. Roberta explains how it transforms any subject matter into interesting patterns by use of focal points and/or grids which can create interesting illusions. Participants need to bring regular pencil, eraser, ruler, and fine black and if desired, colored makers. The instructor will provide various papers.
July 22- Florals
Florals in Mixed Media focus on floral compositions. These compositions will be done by combining wet and dry mediums which create interesting textures and atmospheres. The wet medium used will be watercolors and the dry colored pencils or pastels. Attendees need to bring watercolors, brushes, palettes, pencils, erasers, and watercolor paper 140lb. wt., colored pencils or pastels.
July 29- Crayon Batik
Crayon Resist Batik will be the last workshop of the month. Roberta explains, “Designs or pictures are drawn and then colored with various colors of crayons. Some areas are left the color of the background while others are crayoned in using various colors applied in different degrees of pressure. The objects are then painted with watercolor paints. Since water based paints will not adhere to wax, the paint will not adhere to areas with heavy coatings of crayon but will adhere to areas with very light or no coatings. Batik effects are created on paper rather than on fabric.” Participants need to bring drawing paper or pad (9”x12” or larger), pencil, eraser, box of crayons, watercolor paints, brushes, water container, paper towels.
July 6-Aug. 10-Jewelry Basics
July 28-Aug. 21-Colored Pencil Basics
Aug. 5 - Poured Watercolors
Roberta Nelson explains, “Instead of using brushes to apply color, diluted watercolors are poured from small containers over the surface of the paper to create beautiful blends of colors. Shapes are defined by blocking them out with maskit in various stages of the pourings and by building up the values in a layering process. The color/colors of each poured layer, becomes more intense and concentrated than the one preceding it. The number of layers poured, is dependent upon the desired outcome.”
Cost of each workshop is $40. Registration is required for each. Contact the instructor at 315-549-8323 or email email@example.com .
The gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The gallery is staffed by volunteers. If you are making a special trip to visit us, you can call 315-257-0201 to make sure we are staffed. For more information visit our website www.artsinseneca.org.