How to Get Started

Before registering for your first class at the studio,
we recommend you review this section to help you make your selection.
Everyone who discovers our studio is at a unique place in their artistic journey, and prior art education experience may or may not meet the prerequisites of a given class, so we'll do our best to help guide you to the best place to start at our studio.

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If you've never had formal art instruction previously, or if it's been a while...
If you want to learn how to paint first and skip learning to draw...
If you've had formal instruction recently and want to skip a beginner class...
If you're a self-taught artist looking to improve your skills...
If you're looking for just a casual, one day painting class...

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If you've never had formal art instruction previously, or if it's been a while...
Then you're in the right place.  In fact, most of our adult students fit into this category since many of us haven't had any formal art education after high school with the exception of maybe a college or community class here and there.  But if you've decided its time to nurture your artistic potential and learn how to draw or paint in a structured format, then you'll be right at home in our studio.
Recommended Class: Foundation Drawing I

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If you want to learn how to paint first and skip learning to draw...
Many of our current students also had this notion when they first encountered our studio.  But learning how to draw is in fact a requirement before students can register for our Painting I class.  Through various drawing media including pencil, charcoal, pen & ink and pastels; we lay down the foundations of two-dimensional art which translate directly into painting.  After learning these core techniques and skills, the transition from a drawing medium to paint is seamless, relaxed and enjoyable.  A strong painting has a strong drawing at its core.  Our current painting students who weren't originally interested in drawing have thanked us for implementing the drawing prerequisite and have actually requested more advanced drawing classes after discovering how much they love drawing!
Recommended Class: Foundation Drawing I

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If you've had formal instruction recently and want to skip a beginner class...
Many students come to the studio after completing minors or majors in various Fine Art programs and are also looking for more advanced classes.  The best way for you to satisfy the prerequisites of a non-beginner level class is to submit a portfolio of your previous work that illustrates your understanding of the concepts covered in the required classes.  For example, Painting I requires students to first take Foundation Drawing I and Drawing II.  So want to skip these classes, you should first take look at the drawing class descriptions, so you know what was taught and what the expectations will be of all registered students.  You would then submit examples (email jpegs or email link to portfolio) of your own work that reflect the skills and concepts covered in the prerequisite classes such as a negative space study and a measured still-life value study.

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If you're a self-taught artist looking to improve your skills...
The best place to start may be at the beginning of our curriculum with Foundation Drawing I.  Don't think of this as a class just for beginners, it's a class to begin your instruction.  During a class your may discover an important concept or techniques that you can implement into your current work. Or even better, you may find one that you're currently using but you've never given a name to.  This may seem trivial at first, but just by gaining an artistic vocabulary, you can then enter in a dialogue with other artists where you'll soon discover that you're not alone in your successes or frustations.  Don't worry about the projects in the class being too simple.  If any student wishes for a more complex take on a given project, we can add extra components and options, so that every visit to our studio you'll be able to engage, learn something new, and evolve artistically.
If you still think you should be able to skip any of our beginner classes, please follow the portfolio submission guidelines in the paragraph above in order to satisfy the prerequisites of a given class.

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If you're looking for just a casual, one day painting class...
Then we recommend you take a look at our Painting the Masters program.  This class series is open to all levels of artists from complete beginner to veteran artists who interested in a casual afternoon or evening where an instructor will guide a small group to recreate a masterwork, step-by-step in a Bob Ross-esque format.  These laid-back classes are also referred to as "Paint & Sip" classes because we offer an assortment of craft beers, hard ciders, and gourmet sodas to enjoy during the class (optional).  Usually offered on the weekends, these classes are fun options for a night out, friendly parties and other special occasions.
View the Upcoming Masterworks Calendar

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Still have more questions?
If you haven't already, check out our Adult Program Overview if you're looking to know what to expect at our studio.  You can also look at our Studio FAQ section for answers to questions that other prospective students have asked. Please feel free to Contact Us for any additional information.

 

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