Art For The Masses

Black Canvas

February Classes

Black Canvas is a 3-week beginning oil painting class taught by International award winning artist Beverly Marshall. Students will learn to paint landscapes, mix colors, learn how dark and light color create contrast and bring a scenery to life. Students will learn how to create colors using the primaries to get the desired color needed. Students will learn how to create a bit of realism in their painting by creating contrast and shadows, light and dark spaces. Students will learn how to layer a painting. Different brushes and stroke techniques will be taught. Painting will be done on black canvases and students will learn how color is more vibrant and comes more alive on a black canvas. Focus will be on water falls, misty forest scenes, water reflections and sunsets. Come join us for his exciting new class… Black Canvas.  

Black Canvas will be provided for the classes. Students must have their own brushes and oil paint, required brushes 1-2 inch brush, 1-1/2 inch brush, 1 fan brush, an assortment of smaller brushes and a set of plastic palette knives. 

When: Thursdays, February 13, 20 and 27  6:15 pm  –8:15 pm 

Where: Visual Arts Center

Cost: Members, $100; Non-Members $110

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Drawing Portraits from Photos

Cost: Members – $60; Non-Members – $70

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Cost: Members, $40, Non-Members, $45

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Beginning Painting with Alice

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January Classes

The Art of Coiling – Pine Basket Making Series

 For 21 years artist, Gloria Peters was aboard a 40’ sailboat, traveling the world. Peters had an older sister who took art classes in high school. Fascinated, she tried her hand at it. She’s always loved being creative – whether with paper, fabric or glass.  In the late 60s, Billie Ross, a purse designer on Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue, created fashion that fascinated Peters. She began painting purses for Ross.

Peters has always been a designer at heart; self-taught in several art areas. From creating her own wardrobe when she was young, to Ross’ brand-name purses, while at sea Peters created designs for inlaid wood table tops for boats, specializing in the Compass Rose and special orders. For three or four months, Hurricane season landed Gloria and her husband Mike up the Rio Dulce River in Guatemala, where other cruisers in the marina passed the time making pine needle baskets. Peters creative nature took over. Twenty-one years later, her baskets created for family, friends, and clients are a treasure of Peters’ artistic efforts. 

Peters also does stained-glass, mosaics, and paints watercolor. “Everything I do is related to nature,” Peters said about her work. She claims her process is sometimes not as others do, but it works for her. We are pleased to have Peters with us this First Quarter, beginning with a class on basket making, “The Art of Coiling.”

The Art of Coiling will teach the basics of pine needle basket making, including selection and preparation of materials, four different stitches, embellishment, and finishing. Participants will come away from the class with a beautiful decorative basket, as well as the knowledge that they can use to begin this artform on their own. 

Class Date/Time: Wednesdays, January 15 – February 5, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Place: Visual Art Center, HAL [teal building on Lake Jackson, ample parking in the lot]

Instructor/Artist: Gloria Peters

Cost: $65 – includes all materials for your 8” x 4” basket for members; $70 for non-members.

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Composition and Drawing with Alice

For the artist these two are interchangeable. Composition gives a sense of order; drawing carries it out. Join artist Alice Hansen as she works with new and emerging artists to explore the nuances of composition while delving into the art of drawing as preparation for painting in all mediums. For Hansen, it is the starting point of her award-winning works of art.

“A composition,” Hansen says, “consists of form and shape, objects int he drawing, and the use of negative space. There is a center of interest and the importance of placement of the center.” Artists learn that emphasis on light and dark with the lightest and darkest contained in the center of interest. There should be a flow of the eye, entering and moving around in the composition. Shadows are likewise important and these are placed according to the source of light. Patterns, perspective (for landscapes), portraits, and figure drawings that follow the rules of anatomy will all be studied in this class. Time will be spend stying and analyzing the works of famous artists, as well as putting pencil to paper.

Join us for this month to month class, taught by the unconquerable Alice Hansen.

When: Monday, January 13, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Where: Visual Arts Center

Cost: Members, $35; Non-Members, $40

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Tuesday Afternoon Pastels with Mary Lou

Join artist Mary Lou Herald for an afternoon series of classes that invite artists to delve into the world of pastels. Mary Lou will share her extensive knowledge of color as well as provide you with the technical know-how to create the illusion of reality with pastels. The building blocks of line, tone, color and edge will be discussed extensively to lead you to a better understanding of these important areas.

A gentle step-by-step series of classes by our wonderful Mary Lou.

When: Tuesdays, January 14, 21, and 28, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Visual Art Center

Cost: Members, $65; Non-members, $70

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Portraiture – the Art of Detail with Caleigh Bird

Caleigh Bird is a figurative artist whose blend of contemporary and classical realism serves to depict her modern subjects in true-to-life bold character, while still rendering as carefully as the traditionally trained masters she has spent her life studying in the U.S. and abroad. Join HAL’s Artist-in-Residence for this two session course in portraiture. While primarily an oil painter, Bird is also known for her signature gray-scale portraits in graphite and conte. New and emerging artists will learn tips and skills in creating true-to-life character in the details that make up the human face. Bird holds a Masters degree in Studio Art and has studied in France and Italy. Come be a part of this unique, limited opportunity, learning to create the art of detail in portraiture.

Class Dates/Time: Wednesdays, January 15 and 29, 6 – 8 p.m.

Place: Visual Art Center, HAL

Cost: $60 for members; $70 for non-members

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One-Stroke Painting with Judy Nicewicz

Join artist Judy Nicewitz for a six session class that will teach you the interesting and popular decorative painting technique called One Stroke Painting. In this course double and multi-loading of paint on brushes is used to achieve highlights, shadows and color changes all in one stroke. 

This very simple technique allows for interesting combinations, especially when you have different colors on the brush. Blend, shade, base-coat, and highlight all in one stroke, making your painting quick and easy. It’s a great beginners technique for decorative artists of all skill levels. Sessions build on one another for this six week course, with each week introducing a new surface from wooden frames to clay pots. You won’t want to miss a single one!

Class materials will be included in the class fee, allowing you to take home and practice, as well as owning your own collection of paints and tools after the course has ended to continue to create!

Where: HAL’s Visual Arts Center

When: Thursdays, January 16, 23, 30 and February 6, 13 and 20. 10 a.m. – 12 noon

Cost: HAL Members, $180 (Class plus supplies); Non-Members, $200 (Class plus supplies)

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Michael Grecian – Color Workshop

One Day Only, a special opportunity for Artists – Back by popular demand, color expert Michael Grecian returns to HAL to work with artists in a fabulous Fall color workshop designed to inform, educate, and delight artists who are looking for expert advice, new tools of the trade, and a full day of painting instruction. Grecian will lead artists through a review of primaries, secondaries, and compliments before jumping into color relationships, juxtaposed colors, and an array of exercises designed to emphasize the importance and effect of color relationships in our own and other’s work. Class participants will work on a variety of surfaces to illustrate how the substrates we use can greatly enhance color work. Experienced and emerging artists will meet 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with all materials and supplies, lunch, beverages, and break snacks provided. Just bring your creativity, imagination, and spirit of learning.

Grecian is a well-known regional rep and artist who holds an MFA from the Northern Illinois University and more than 40 years of professional art experience as a gallery manager and commissioned artist. Students take away not only Mike’s knowledge, but in this “bring nothing but yourself” class, you’ll take home a treasure trove of new supplies, included in the cost of the class.

Where: Visual Arts Center

When: Tuesday, January 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: HAL members, $125; Non-members, $135 (includes supplies, lunch and snacks)

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Horses of Course

Running horses and like animals are beautiful, graceful creatures to watch move, but tricky to capture on paper. Join artist Mary Lou Herald as she teaches the basic skills of capturing horses and animals whose movements and poses have much to do with the understanding and study of anatomy and placement and proportion of joints (circles) and bones (lines), adding muscles to give shape, hooves and head.  This simple to  follow 3-hour class will cover the basics, providing examples, demonstration, and one-on-one as well as small group instruction that will allow you to move to the next step in creating realistic drawings from the animal world.

Instructor: Mary Lou Herald

Class Date/Time: 9:00 a.m.—12 noon, Wednesday, October 16

Snacks/Drinks provided

Cost: $35 HAL Members, $40 Non-members

Materials to Bring: #2 lead, mechanical pencil [Paper-mate Sharp Writer is best]; Good paper drawing pad or book – [9 x 12, 12 x 14; no newsprint paper]; Plastic white eraser [Mars brand]; Straight edge ruler

Michael Grecian – Color Workshop

One Day Only, a special opportunity for Artists – Color expert Michael Grecian returns to HAL to work with artists in a fabulous Fall color workshop designed to inform, educate, and delight artists who are looking for expert advice, new tools of the trade, and a full day of painting instruction. Grecian will lead artists through a review of primaries, secondaries, and compliments before jumping into color relationships, juxtaposed colors, and an array of exercises designed to emphasize the importance and effect of color relationships in our own and other’s work. Class participants will work on a variety of surfaces to illustrate how the substrates we use can greatly enhance color work. Experienced and emerging artists will meet 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with all materials and supplies, lunch, beverages, and break snacks provided. Just bring your creativity, imagination, and spirit of learning.

Grecian is a well-known regional rep and artist who holds an MFA from the Northern Illinois University and more than 40 years of professional art experience as a gallery manager and commissioned artist.

Date: October 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $125 [all supplies included] members; $135 non-members

Painting: the basics

Explore your own expressive style through the practice and discipline of painting, while learning the fundamentals of color blending & balance with artist Theresa Roman. Create your own abstract, surreal, or representational painting, as you dabble in acrylics. Class will include lecture, demonstration, examples, and individual instruction., allowing you to wet your appetite for art as you begin to explore your creative self.

This is an introductory class recommended for the novice painter or someone who simply wants to  dabble, learn the basics of acrylics and take the first steps of  creating your own  works of art.

Instructor: Theresa Roman Class Date/Time: 1 – 4 p.m., Tuesday, October 23

Cost: Members, $35; Non-members, $40

Sidewalk Art: Instruction & Competition 

Ready to take your art to the next level? Interested in taking on a different  perspective in creating art—from the ground up? Looking for more practice before embarking on your own festival participation? In this four  session offering, students will be instructed in the steps in creating side walk art, then take to the concrete and create your own work of art at the Sebring Art, Wine and Jazz Festival to vie for a cash prize.  Class registration and participation are required to participate in the contest.

Students will be taught, mentored, brain storm, and design their own creative piece from  concept, development, to laying it out on the side walk, to the creation of a final completed side-walk art piece.  

This class is offered for ages 13 and up. If younger artists would like to participate please contact the HAL as some exceptions will be made according to the abilities and maturity of the artist. Chalk will be supplied, but students will need to acquire Knee pads and their own set of professional chalk (https://www.dickblick.com/products/prang-freart-large-drawing-chalk/).  The first three sessions are held at the Visual Arts Center, 1985 Lakeview Drive, Sebring.

October 17, 24 and 31, 5—6:30 p.m.

November 2, 10 a.m.—completion. Judging @ 3 p.m.

Cost: $140 for all three sessions and participation in the Nov. 2 Festival.           

Painting from Life: Step-by-step Oil Painting Instruction

Join artist Satyabhama Narra as she takes those new or returning to oil painting through an in-depth three class offering touching on those areas that you feel are most helpful to your development as an oil artist. The sessions are offered individually with spacing to allow students to practice between sessions, getting the most out of their time to truly embrace each step and learn best through practice. Please email HAL @ manager@highlandsartleague.org for a detailed description of sessions and supplies list needed for each class.

All Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 noon

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Class One, Canvas Preparation: November 1, 2019

Class Two, Drawing : November 12, 2019

Class Three, Adding Color: November 26, 2019

Cost per session: Members – $40; Non-members $45

The Art of Coiling – Pine Basket Making Series

Cost per session: HAL Members – $40, Non-members – $45

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 For 21 years artist, Gloria Peters was aboard a 40’ sailboat, traveling the world. Peters had an older sister who took art classes in high school. Fascinated, she tried her hand at it. She’s always loved being creative – whether with paper, fabric or glass.  In the late 60s, Billie Ross, a purse designer on Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue, created fashion that fascinated Peters. She began painting purses for Ross.

Peters has always been a designer at heart; self-taught in several art areas. From creating her own wardrobe when she was young, to Ross’ brand-name purses, while at sea Peters created designs for inlaid wood table tops for boats, specializing in the Compass Rose and special orders. For three or four months, Hurricane season landed Gloria and her husband Mike up the Rio Dulce River in Guatemala, where other cruisers in the marina passed the time making pine needle baskets. Peters creative nature took over. Twenty-one years later, her baskets created for family, friends, and clients are a treasure of Peters’ artistic efforts. 

Peters also does stained-glass, mosaics, and paints watercolor. “Everything I do is related to nature,” Peters said about her work. She claims her process is sometimes not as others do, but it works for her. We are pleased to have Peters with us this First Quarter, beginning with a class on basket making, “The Art of Coiling.”

The Art of Coiling will teach the basics of pine needle basket making, including selection and preparation of materials, four different stitches, embellishment, and finishing. Participants will come away from the class with a beautiful decorative basket, as well as the knowledge that they can use to begin this artform on their own. 

Class Date/Time: Saturdays, August 10 – September 7 [no class on August 31], 1 – 4 p.m.

Place: Visual Art Center, HAL [teal building on Lake Jackson, ample parking in the lot]

Instructor/Artist: Gloria Peters

Cost: $65 – includes all materials for your 8” x 4” basket for members; $70 for non-members.

The Art of Animals ~ Sketch your Pet

Animals are one of the hardest things to draw, but they don’t have to be. Artist Mary Lou Herald set out to learn how to draw these precious pets and along the way found a practical approach to not just drawing dogs and cats, but all kinds of mammals. Join her as she passes on her skills and years of accumulating drawing know-how to you.

In this class Herald deconstructs complex animal anatomy and mechanics into basic, understandable components, making drawing your pet your new passion as a beginning art student. The lesson is broken down into these sections:

The Basic Structure of a Mammal

The 4 Main Sections of the Body

Drawing Heads

Drawing Fore Limbs

Drawing Back Limbs

Drawing the Body

Ms. Herald received her art degree from Seton Hill College and previously taught art at Alex Fletcher Memorial Art Center, where she specialized in perspective drawing and pen and ink courses. Herald’s pen and ink drawings have graced exhibits from Pennsylvania to Florida. We are pleased to have her as one of our area artists featured in our August 2019 offerings at HAL.

Class Date/Time: 9:00 – 12 noon., September 11, 2019

Place: Visual Arts Center, HAL (teal building on Lake Jackson, ample parking in the lot)

Instructor/ Mary Lou Herald

Cost $35 for HAL member, $45 for non-member

Snack/Drinks provided.

Materials to Bring:

  • #2 lead, mechanical pencil [Paper-mate Sharp Writer is best]
  • Good paper drawing pad or book – [9 x 12, 12 x 14; no newsprint paper]
  • Plastic white eraser [Mars brand]
  • Straight edge ruler