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Painting and Drawing

Painting & Drawing

Classes are 8-weeks long unless noted. To see Winter Garden classes, click on link in yellow bar at top.

Registration is ongoing for Spring Session!

See the schedule for Classses and Workshops, below.

Spring 2017
March 27 – May 20

Crealdé's largest department, led by Director Barbara Tiffany, veteran Central Florida artist, employs more than 20 artistic educators and offers a comprehensive curriculum of more than 30 classes, including introductory and intermediate courses in design, printmaking, painting, drawing and basic watercolor, as well as advanced classes for serious art students, such as life drawing, abstract painting and portrait painting.

Figure drawing workshops are held every Sunday, and the two painting studios are regularly available for open afternoon sessions during the week. In addition, weekend Visiting Artist Workshops are offered throughout the year covering still life painting, mixed media collage and portrait painting with nationally and internationally recognized artists.

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Painting & Drawing Workshops

WKP79 Advanced/Independent Problem Solving in Oils & Acrylics
Instructor: Barbara Tiffany  
January 7, Winter
May 27, Spring
Registration deadline one week prior to start of workshop
9 am-5 pm Studio 1A, with a short break for lunch
Spend the day finishing paintings that are already in progress, or receive guidance on starting new projects. The instructor will begin by asking questions about what students hope to achieve, and then will facilitate the process, as well as doing several short demonstrations to address individual problem-solving. By the end of the day, you could have several finished paintings!
Members $100 • Non-members $120
Curator of Exhibitions and Manager of Painting & Drawing at Crealdé, Barbara Tiffany is an experienced artist and educator Her exhibition and award records spans nearly three decades, including numerous solo exhibition in museums and galleries throughout the Southeastern United States. Barbara is a classical painter, whose education includes mentorship during the 1980s by legendary Central Florida painter Maury Hurt. Website:

Open Studios

PD030 Open Studio: Figure
With Studio Monitor
Friday, 1-3:30 pm. Studio 1A
Students work in any medium from a live model who holds one pose the entire session. There is no instruction provided, but monitor is present. No photography allowed. No pre-registration is needed, but a Crealdé membership is encouraged.
Fee: $10 per session

PD031 Open Studio: Life Drawing
With Audrey Zindler
Sunday, 10 am-12:30 pm Studio 1A
Students work from a live model. The session begins with quick gestures, moving to longer poses. No photography allowed. No instruction is provided, but monitor is present. No pre-registration is needed, but a Crealdé membership is encouraged.
Fee: $10 per session

PD033 Open Studio
With Studio Monitor
Monday, 7:45-9:45 pm Studio 1A
Students work in any medium from a live model who holds one pose the entire session. No photography allowed. No instruction is provided, but monitor is present. No pre-registration is needed, but a Crealdé membership is encouraged.
Fee: $10 per session


Painting & Drawing Classes

PD102 Intro to Drawing and Painting
Instructor: Donne Bitner                            Winter/Spring
Monday, 5:30-7:30 pm, Studio 1B
Introduction to the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Sample various drawing and painting techniques using different media, including watercolors, acrylics and oils. Most supplies are provided.
Members $215 • Non-members $235

PD103 Drawing I
Instructor:  Dennis Schmalstig                   Winter/Spring
Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 pm, Studio 1A
Friday, 10 am-Noon, Studio 1B
Develop skills for measuring proportions and angles, drawing tones to show light and volume, perspective and composition. The goal is to learn techniques to draw realistically and develop perceptual awareness.
Members $205 • Non-members $225

PD119 Beginning  Oil Painting
Instructor: Barbara Young                            Winter/Spring
Monday, 7:45-9:45 pm, Studio 1B
Each week beginners, as well as advanced painters will apply specific painting principles, including drawing, values, composition, color theory and mixing, edge work, and brush and paint application. Open to all skill levels.
Members $205 • Non-members $225

PD120 Fundamentals of Color
Instructor: Barbara Young                            Winter/Spring
Tuesday, 1:30-3:30 pm, Studio 1B
This is a recommended course for painters of all levels, including beginners. Working with oil paint, learn to mix any color and improve color perception. Exercises enable students to represent what they see. Knowledge is applicable to all media. Canvas and paints are provided.
Members $215 • Non-members $235

PD143 Exploring Abstract Painting
Instructor: Patricia Byron                             Winter/Spring
Tuesday, 1-3 pm, Studio 1A
This inspiring class offers a fundamental exploration into the beauty of abstract painting. Instruction concentrates on composition, techniques, form, texture and color. Students will develop their own artistic vision, while referencing the works of contemporary painters. Be ready to paint outside the lines.
Members $205 • Non-members $225

PD145 Beginning Watercolor
Instructor: Donne Bitner                              Winter/Spring
Thursday, 5:30-7:30 pm, Studio 1B
Friday, 1-3 pm, Studio 1B
Fear not, watercolor is nontoxic, spontaneous and beautiful. Demonstrations of color mixing, glazing, negative painting and techniques such as Saran Wrap and salt will help students understand the medium. We will cover all the basics - no experience needed.
Members $205 • Non-members $225

PD146 Intro to Watercolor Pencils
Instructor: Ken Austin                                   Winter/Spring
Friday, 1-3 pm, Studio 7
Explore the use of watercolor pencils as a painting medium. Study traditional watercolor techniques such as materials, washes, brush manipulation, color study and mixing colors as applied to watercolor pencils. Apply color using values to create a 3-D image. Although assignments are handed out in class, personal creativity and style (independent study) is encouraged. Drawing skills are not necessary. No prior experience is required. Supplies will be discussed at the first class.
Members $205 • Non-members $225

PD149 Beginning Acrylics
Instructor: David Hunter                              Winter/Spring
Tuesday, 7-9 pm, Studio 1B
Wednesday, 10 am-Noon, Studio 1B
Explore the methods, materials and tools involved with acrylic painting. Learn techniques used to produce a finished acrylic painting, from rough sketch to final finishing touches, including the use of various brushes, palette knives, canvases, clay boards and final coating to protect the finished image. Supplies will be discussed at the first class.
Members $210 • Non-members $230

PD150 Painting with Pastels  
Instructor: Gary Rupp                                    Winter/Spring
Tuesday, 9 am-Noon, Studio 1A, 6 Weeks
Learn to paint with the purest form of color available to artists. Explore how-to's of working with pastels, including the use of various pastel surfaces; becoming familiar with hard and soft pastels; and finding the advantages of underpainting. Open to all levels. Some experience with drawing/painting recommended.
 Members $205 • Non-members $225

PD201 Life Drawing
Instructor: Marie Orban                                Winter/Spring
Tuesday, 7:45-9:45 pm, Studio 1A
Explore figurative drawing through line contour, fast-gesture studies and longer sustained poses. Also covered are compositional and expressive issues involved in drawing the figure. Supply list available.
Members $230 • Non-members $250

PD202 Portrait Drawing
Instructor: Dennis Schmalstig                    Winter/Spring
Thursday, 7:45-9:45pm, Studio 1A
Learn the technical aspects of drawing the human head from a live model and other sources. Working in pencil and charcoal, students also are encouraged to explore the genre’s expressive possibilities. Bring drawing pad and graphite pencil to first class.
Members $230 • Non-members $250

PD228 Challenging Abstraction
Instructor: Donne Bitner                              Winter/Spring
Monday, 7:45-9:45 p.m., Studio 7
Understanding abstraction through painting! Different abstract approaches will develop a  vocabulary and allow for interpretive journeys. Various exercises and projects will encourage individual expression.
Members $215 • Non-members $235

PD229 Experimental Acrylics - NEW
Instructor: Donne Bitner                              Winter/Spring
Tuesday, 10 am-Noon, Studio 1B
Explore nontraditional approaches to acrylic painting by working on wood, glass, illustration board, paper and canvas. Intermediate to advanced students will work with different textures and enrich the surfaces with a variety of mark-making and tools. Push the boundaries of acrylic painting with new ideas and techniques!
Members $210 • Non-members $230

PD232 Finding Ways with Watercolor II
Instructor: Ken Austin                                   Winter/Spring
Thursday, 1-4 pm, Studio 1A, 6 Weeks
Find yourself as an artist. Together we will inspire your originality and deepen your understanding of art through practical approaches to finding your style. Focus will be on composition, color, shape and expression, in a positive learning environment.
Members $245 • Non-members $265

PD249 Advanced Drawing
Instructor: Dennis Schmalstig                    Winter/Spring
Thursday, 5:30-7:30 pm, Studio 1A
Learn to draw like the old masters. Capture lines and tones accurately and develop your ability to capture fine details and transitions in tone using charcoal, pencil cross-hatch and conté crayon techniques. Learn how to make drawings that are works of art.
Members $210 • Non-members $230

PD251 Intro Plein-Air Landscape Painting
Instructor: Robert Ross                                 Winter/Spring
Thursday, 9 am-Noon, Studio 1B, 6 Weeks
Capture your emotional response to a landscape using direct observation, sketches and photographs. Learn to look at a landscape for meaning, make quick decisions and work with a loaded brush. Some class sessions will be split between studio and outdoors. Students will receive personal assistance and critiques. Intermediate painting skills recommended.
Members $240 • Non-members $260

PD254 Capturing the Fun of Old Florida with Acrylics
Instructor: Marc Barrett                                Winter/Spring
Thursday, 9 am-Noon, Studio, 1A, 6 Weeks
Learn to create bold and vibrant paintings from photographs. The goal is to capture in paint the movement and essence of life in Central Florida; subject matter can include old buildings, signs, people, animals, canoes, boats and water. The instructor will use a step-by-step fun approach to teach how to use fluid gloss mediums to develop brilliant impasto. Also covered: color, value and composition. Field trip included. Digital camera recommended. Prerequisite: painting experience.
 Members $245 • Non-members $265

PD255 Advanced/Independent Oil & Acrylics - It's All About the Finish
Instructor: Patti Shistle                                 Winter/Spring
Friday, 9 am-Noon, Studio 1A, 6 Weeks
Bring unfinished paintings to the next level, and then begin a new still life, landscape or portrait. Receive one-on-one attention with demonstrations throughout the term. The study of the contrasts in values, colors, brushwork, and the importance of compositions will be explored and demonstrated. Get your frames ready!
Members $245 • Non-members $265

PD257 Painting Indoor Views
Instructor: Robert Ross                                 Winter/Spring
Wednesday, 6-9 pm, Studio 1B, 6 Weeks
Create compelling paintings of interior rooms and spaces, working from photos supplied by the instructor, with a focus on light, shadows, shapes and drama. Prerequisite: Painting experience.
Members $240 • Non-members $260

PD258 Intermediate Acrylics - NEW
Instructor: David Hunter                              Winter/Spring
Tuesday, 4-6 pm, Studio 1B
Learn new acrylic techniques while working on any subject matter of your choosing: figurative, landscape or abstract. Participants provide their own painting surface (stretched canvas, tempered Masonite panel, canvas pad, or paper), pigments and brushes. Acrylic media (gesso, gels, varnishes, etc.) will be available on a limited basis. Prerequisite: Beginning Acrylics or similar experience.
Members $210 • Non-members $230

PD305 Portrait Painting
Instructor: Don Sondag                                 Winter/Spring
Wednesday, 6:45-9:45 pm, Studio 1A, 6 Weeks
Working directly from the live model, students establish proportions and bone structure, using either oils or acrylics. Students concentrate on drawing, value and color to develop their paintings, with emphasis placed on achieving a likeness. Tuition includes model fees. Prerequisites: Intro to Oils, Fundamentals of Color, Portrait Drawing or similar experience.
Members $265 • Non-members $285

PD321 Watercolor III
Instructor: Ken Austin                                   Winter/Spring
Wednesday, 1-4 pm, Studio 1B, 6 Weeks
Advanced watercolor artists are challenged with specific assignments involving design issues, conceptual ideas, structure, and color. Illustration, direction and critique will be the primary tools for learning. Students work in their own styles, and critiques include class participants input. Prerequisite Watercolor II or similar experience. Bring watercolor supplies you are accustomed to using.
Members $250 • Non-members $270

PD323 Advanced Watercolor Studies
Instructor: Donne Bitner                              Winter/Spring
Thursday, 2-4 pm, Studio 1B
Designed for intermediate to advanced students, this class covers contemporary approaches to the medium. Projects will be proposed to challenge the student and give focus to improving each students' personal vision. Critiques are an important component of this class. Artwork reviews help students improve their work. Prerequisite Watercolor II or similar experience.
Members $225 • Non-members $245

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