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To be south Florida's visual arts leader whose primary objective is to educate, encourage and promote artistic growth in our multicultural community.

The Basics 8-installment focused class series

An 8-installment focused class series

Whether you have no formal art training, or just need to freshen up some of your fundamentals, “The basics” breaks it down to the core, so you have a stronger foundation to support your work.

Each 2-hour class in the series is a very specific, focused lesson on each of the following topics:


Composition - November 12th, 1:00-3:00pm
Good composition can be the difference between a good work and a great one. Before you dive into a new work, learn where to position subject matter and supporting elements for greatest visual impact.

  • Layout and Design
  • Symmetry vs. Asymmetry
  • Form & Space
  • Negative Space
  • Balance, variety, direction
  • Rule of Thirds
  • Golden Ratio
  • Storyboarding and Thumbnails
  • Pitfalls

Your Instructor

Janet Onofrey

Janet Onofrey is a 2015 recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual Arts Award for her "Unseen" paintings and has 41 paintings in a solo show at the Palm Beach Gardens City Hall. She completed a 2 week residency on Skopelos, Greece in May and was juried into the Bucks County Plein Air Festival in Pennsylvania in June. Earning her Masters of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Design, she teaches at Broward College and Boca Museum of art as well as private lessons.

 


 

Tools and Materials - December 10th, 1:00-3:00pm
The right tool for the job is essential in achieving your vision. Learn how the right tools with the right materials work together to give you the best result.

  • Making Marks - Pencil lead hardnesses, Charcoals, Pastels, etc.
  • Brush sizes and shapes
  • Papers, canvases, boards - tooth, weight, purpose
  • Erasers & Maskers
  • Easels & Supports

Your Instructor

Tristina Dietz Elmes

Tristina Dietz-Elmes grew up in Asia where she soaked up the oriental culture, developed an appreciation for the arts (ancient art was all around her) and formed an innate sense of balance and color. From her travels to Korea where she learned ink and rice paper paintings, to encouragement from her father (a Metal-smith) to pursue jewelry-making, to discovering Pebeo specialty liquid alkyd oil paints and liquid art panels early in 2014(where Tristina has worked with the company to become their first "Pebeo Mixed Media Product Specialist"), her complex understanding of aligning the right tools and materials for the artistic task at hand is evident. Tristina is currently working on her first project based mixed media painting instruction book while continuing to teach, paint and test new art materials.


Anatomy - January 14 th , 1:00-3:00pm
Everything starts with basic forms combining to create our world. Learn the bare-bones framework you can apply far beyond figurative works.

  • Simplifying complex shapes to identify plane changes
  • Use perspective to place these shapes in space
  • The anatomy of a shadow
  • Basic proportions of the human body
  • The anatomy of the head and core
  • Looking at how Master artists use these ideas

Your Instructor

Elizabeth Reed

Elizabeth Reed's art instruction and absorption started early at The Art Institute of Chicago. She earned her BFA in illustration from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. She continues to study figurative painting and drawing with modern masters. She has taught drawing, life drawing and painting at ArtServe, Coral Springs Museum of Art, The Armory Art Center and the Boca Raton Museum Art School. She exhibits locally, nationally and internationally and regularly draws from life.

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Perspective - February 11 th , 1:00-3:00pm
In a 3-D world, the proper interaction of elements in their environment is key. Learn the basic approaches to apply to your work to keep everything in-line.

  • Vanishing Points
    • One Point Perspective
    • Two Point Perspective
  • Aerial Perspective
  • Mirrors/Reflection
  • Planes and Cylinders
  • Foreshortening

Your Instructor

Janet Onofrey

Janet Onofrey is a 2015 recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual Arts Award for her "Unseen" paintings and has 41 paintings in a solo show at the Palm Beach Gardens City Hall. She completed a 2 week residency on Skopelos, Greece in May and was juried into the Bucks County Plein Air Festival in Pennsylvania in June. Earning her Masters of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Design, she teaches at Broward College and Boca Museum of art as well as private lessons.

 

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Textures - March 11th , 1:00-3:00pm
Learn how to effectively use texture in a composition to create a focal point, balance, variety and unity. Discover how as an artist you can incorporate actual, simulated, or invented textures into your artwork to create a strong and interesting composition. In this workshop we'll explore the various uses of texture by the masters, and how to choose the approach that works best for your own art.

  • Actual, simulated and invented textures as well as rubbings 
  • effective use of texture in a composition to create a focal point, balance, variety and unity. 

    Possible activity:

  • drawing samples of simulated textures 
  • texture rubbings in an abstract composition 
  • invented texture in fantasy or surrealism 
  • actual texture in a collage

Your Instructor

Andrea Huffman

After thirty-one years as an art educator in Broward County Schools, Andrea Huffman left full time teaching in 2011 to pursue her own work as a textile artist. Ms. Huffman’s fiber art has been in juried, group and solo exhibits throughout Florida and the U.S. She has also received several awards and recognitions, including a summer residency at the prestigious Hermitage Artist Retreat in Sarasota, Florida and several Broward County Creative Investment Grants. Her work can be seen at www.andreahuffman.com

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Shadows & Light - April 8th , 1:00-3:00pm
Add depth to your work by learning techniques and approaches to add dimension to seemingly flat works.

  • Direct Lighting
  • Indirect Lighting
  • Direction of Light
  • Natural vs Artificial Light
  • Shading
  • Deep Shadows

Your Instructor

Dr. Timothy Leistner

Dr. Timothy Leistner is a recognized painter, photographer, author, curator and educator who exhibits his artwork throughout the United States and abroad. He has received many awards for his work, inspired by the ocean and light within his environment. He is the recipient of numerous honors and art awards and was selected as the "2008 Artist of the Year for Community Impact" at the Encore Awards and won the "Individual Leadership Award for the Arts" in 2009.

Registration - The Basics: Shadow and Light
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Using Color - May 13th , 1:00-3:00pm
Color interaction plays a vital role in many aspects of art. From driving emotion to helping create depth. Learn how to use color to your advantage and make your work sing.

  • Color Theory
    • Color wheel
    • Complimentary, Analogous, Triadic
    • Color Relativity
    • Tints, Tones and Shades
    • Warm vs Cool
    • Toning Down

    Note; This workshop has a "Hands-On" component. Wear paint clothes.

    Your Instructor

    Eydi Lampasona

    Eydi Lampasona is an interdisciplinary artist working in mixed-media painting, collage/assemblage and printmaking. She received her MFA from Vermont College, Union University a BFA from Florida Atlantic University and has obtained numerous national and international awards. She exhibits in museums and galleries worldwide and conducts art workshops internationally. Eydi has been published in five art books and also has been featured in several national art magazines. Eydi is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, National Collage Society, the International Society of Experimental Artists and the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media. Teaching has become one of her strongest denominators; by helping others reach their expressive freedom. Eydi's work is represented in public, private and corporate collections and is listed in Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who in America.

    Registration - The Basics: Using Color
    Name of Student(s)

    8. Releasing Creative Blocks - June 10th , 1:00-3:00pm
    It happens to artists all the time. You get stuck. Learn some approaches to help move past what is holding you back, and get back on track with clarifying your vision

    • Developing your creativity
    • Mental Blocks
    • Doubts and Roadblocks
    • Breaking through
    • Rules vs. Breaking the Rules

    Note; This workshop has a "Hands-On" component. Wear paint clothes.

    Your Instructor

    Eydi Lampasona

    Eydi Lampasona is an interdisciplinary artist working in mixed-media painting, collage/assemblage and printmaking. She received her MFA from Vermont College, Union University a BFA from Florida Atlantic University and has obtained numerous national and international awards. She exhibits in museums and galleries worldwide and conducts art workshops internationally. Eydi has been published in five art books and also has been featured in several national art magazines. Eydi is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, National Collage Society, the International Society of Experimental Artists and the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media. Teaching has become one of her strongest denominators; by helping others reach their expressive freedom. Eydi's work is represented in public, private and corporate collections and is listed in Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who in America.

    Registration - The Basics: Releasing Creative Blocks
    Name of Student(s)

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