The Classical Atelier Program

The Atelier program at Wethersfield Academy for the Arts provides the serious artistin- training an opportunity to be coached and mentored by a distinguished faculty member. Our foundational drawing classes encourages drawing practice, a skill that is to be continuously honed in a lifetime and enhances all other efforts of artmaking.

Registrations for classes requires a yearly membership which covers administration costs. You will receive email updates on our latest offerings. General membership is $30. Student and senior memberships are $25. Family memberships are $60. Registrations can be accomplished online with payment button under each class or you can mail in a check with the registration formhere (PDF Registration Form).

7 Jan 2019

Bargue / Cast Drawing

with  Eliza Moser

Begins Mon. Jan. 7, 2019
Afternoons: 1:30pm - 4:30pm and/or
Evenings: 5:30 - 8:30pm
- jump in possible

   

The Bargue drawing courses are based upon the 19th Century French Academic drawing course by Charles Bargue. French academies used these methods with a focus on shapes, form, line, and values. Students begin with graphite pencil on paper. This is sight·size learning is for the beginner to the advanced student to see more accurately and to practice this technique. The curriculum starts with simple projects and moves progressively onto harder, more complex work. Emphasis is on accuracy and training the eye not to be dependent on grids or tracing. This makes it possible to pursue drawing actively and freely in other areas like portraiture and landscape sketching. Students then move onto cast drawing (after the 4th Bargue) using the charcoal medium to draw a choice of dimensional casts. The basics of the “block in” will emphasize on accuracy of shape, proportion, and gesture. The modeling stage, in which the forms of the subject are conceived and rendered in an entirely 3-dimensional way is next. We will discuss the fundamentals of light and how it reacts with form and how to depict these events on a 2-dimensional surface. The goal is to complete the cast drawing with a strongly developed sense of depth and realism. These ongoing classes allow students to progress at their own pace in a supportive environment. The classes are offered in a 3 week (try it), 6 week, or 12 week (most value) sessions in the afternoons or evenings. Membership applies to all classes and workshops.

Fee : 3 Weeks $150. / 6 weeks $280. / 12 weeks $540. with membership
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Eliza Moser - Bargue  Cast Drawing<br>
9 Jan 2019

Portrait Drawing with a Model

with  Eliza Moser

Begins Wed. Jan. 9, 2019
Afternoons 2:00pm - 5:00pm,
6 or 12 weeks
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Fee : 3 weeks $150. / 6 weeks $280. / 12 weeks $540. with membership
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Eliza  Moser  - Portrait Drawing<br>
9 Jan 2019

Intro to Oil Painting

with  Eliza Moser

Begins Wed. Jan. 9, 2019
Evenings: 5:30 - 8:30pm
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Fee : 3 Weeks $150. / 6 weeks $280. / 12 weeks $540. with membership
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Eliza Moser - Intro to Oil Painting<br>
16 Feb. 2019

Anatomy Drawing

with  Eliza Moser

Sat. Feb. 16, Feb. 23, March 2, April 13, 2019
9:30am - 4:30pm

   

This study will be on the traditional focus of building knowledge of the human anatomy. Bones, muscles, origins/insertions, functions, and other aspects of anatomy will be discussed.   The Anatomy Study will focus on parts of the anatomy with a live model, so students can apply the academic knowledge to an actual figure and relate the knowledge to the specific process of drawing. Sessions include lectures, male/female models Subjects include; Feb. 16; the torso, pelvis, Feb. 23; legs and feet, March 2; shoulders, arms and hands, April 13, the head, shoulders, fat/veins/hair.  Offered as 6 hours each Sat.

 

Fee : 4 days $350; 3 days $270; 2 days $186; 1 day $95. Model fee extra with membership
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25 Jan 2019

Landscape Drawing and Painting

with  Paul Batch

Begins Fri. Jan. 25, 2019
Afternoons: 1:30pm - 4:30pm

   

This course will take students through the process of drawing the landscape, developing composition and values and transforming it to a finished painting. One can continue to simply draw in the class or move into oil painting. Students will work alongside the instructor as he explains techniques and materials throughout the creative process.

Class begins with thumbnail drawings from reference photos. Exploration of ideas begin and for those going onto painting, color studies are prepared. Transfer to panel, underpainting and color study demonstrations by instructor. Paul's glazing techniques will also be demonstrated. This class will also continue into the spring and possible plein air opportunities.

Fee : 3 Weeks $150. / 6 weeks $280. / 12 weeks $540. with membership
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Paul Batch - Landscape Painting and Drawing<br>

Youth Arts Programs

Ages 6 and Up 6-week sessions

Saturdays

Youth Drawing & Painting

with  Nick Frasco

Saturdays – 2 hours between 9am to 12pm,
can start anytime  - Ages 6 & up
- 6-week session ongoing

   

This ongoing and very popular course will teach young people the fundamentals of drawing, composition and painting, how to mix and apply paint, and the use of a variety of art materials. Students may bring a project of their own on which to work. The ultimate goal of the Youth Program is to create a work of art that is satisfying
Class fee does not include materials.
Please email us for the materials list. info@wethersfieldarts.org

Fee : 195 with membership
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Youth Painting and Drawing<br>
Tuesdays

Character Development

with  Nick Frasco

Tuesdays, 4 - 6pm can start anytime
Ages 6 & Up - 6-week session ongoing

   

Learn to create your own original Cartoon Character. Students will discover the different characteristics of drawing a dynamic character of your own. Starting by drawing their faces in a “cartoon style”, simplifying them into shapes and paying attention to depth while giving them a 3 dimensional look and drawing them from every imaginable angle. Once you have learned to render, you will be well on your way to creating your own dynamic cartoon character.
Class fee does not include materials.
Please email us for the materials list. info@wethersfieldarts.org

Fee : 180. with membership
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Nick Frasco Character Development<br>

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