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Abstract Art: Fun Techniques and Tips
Basic Painting
Building Blocks of Drawing
Drawing and Painting the Figure: Portrait, Life and Costume
Drawing and Painting the Portrait from Photos
Drawing and Painting: The Fundamentals
The Architecture of Doylestown Borough
The Lyrical Abstract

Abstract Art: Fun Techniques and Tips

This four-part course explores design and color while experimenting with fun and exciting abstract techniques. We will work on a variety of surfaces with different mediums and tools to create expressive works of art and explore techniques such as layering, textures, collage, structured abstract compositions, mono printing and pouring and staining using acrylics and mixed media. If you always wanted to do an abstract piece but didn’t know how to start, this course will guide you. If you are a representational painter, these techniques will introduce a looseness and spontaneity to your traditional work. All levels welcome!

Course #
ART 181 001

Class Meetings

  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 6-9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 6-9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6-9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 6-9 p.m.

Location
Delaware Valley University, Main Campus, Farm Machine Building

Equipment Needs

An art supply list will be furnished before the start of the course

Cost
$199

Instructor
Emily Thompson

Emily Thompson attended the prestigious High School of Art & Design and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has been recognized both regionally and nationally for her abstract painting and has been the recipient of many awards for her work. She shows us that often the most perfect beauty is found in the simplicity of design and harmony of color. Her paintings are the result of multiple, improvisational phases of creation, from observing her surroundings to the final touches of paint. Her influences include Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko along with many contemporary artists of today. Thompson’s work is part of private collections throughout the United States and has been exhibited at the Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Sketch Club and the Trenton City Museum in New Jersey. Her work has also been part of many group, two person and solo exhibits. View Emily's website and read her blog.

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Basic Painting

This fun introductory course is aimed at students who would like to explore oils for the first time or students with some knowledge of oil painting looking to move to the next level. Subjects include the basic block in, color, value, drawing and composition. We will discuss materials and the best surfaces to paint on and explore a monochromatic and limited color palette. With live demos and plenty of personal attention, we will work on still life, landscape from photos and painting from a live model. I will give you a strong academic foundation and at the same time will stress creativity and personal style.

A list of materials will be supplied upon registration.

Course #
ART166 001

Class Meetings

  • Monday, October 5, 2015, 6-9 p.m.
  • Monday, October 12, 2015, 6-9 p.m.
  • Monday, October 19, 2015, 6-9 p.m.
  • Monday, October 26, 2015, 6-9 p.m.
  • Monday, November 2, 2015, 6-9 p.m.
  • Monday, November 9, 2015, 6-9 p.m.

Location
Delaware Valley University, Main Campus, Farm Machine Building

Cost
$299

Instructor
George Thompson

George Thompson is a nationally recognized award-winning artist. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute and studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League in New York. George served as chairman of drawing at the Society of Illustrators in New York. See George’s work at georgethompsongallery and read his blog.

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Building Blocks of Drawing

This six-week course will take a creative approach to the fundamentals of classical drawing. Students will learn to develop a creative way of seeing so their drawings and paintings will be accurate and at the same time have expression and freedom. The class will focus on still life, landscape, drawing from nature and the figure. We will work in a variety of drawing mediums which will include pencil, charcoal, ink, and watercolor. Geared towards beginners or experienced artists looking to get back to basics and sharpen their drawing skills.

Course #
ART 188 001

Class Meetings

  • Look for another session coming soon! (last offered fall 2014) ,

Location
Delaware Valley University, Main Campus

Cost
$299

Instructor
George Thompson

George Thompson is a nationally recognized award-winning artist. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute and studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League in New York. George served as chairman of drawing at the Society of Illustrators in New York. See George’s work at georgethompsongallery and read his blog.

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Drawing and Painting the Figure: Portrait, Life and Costume

This exciting six-week course will bring you from academic exercises in life drawing to personal and expressive figure and portrait paintings from the live model. In the first three weeks we will sharpen our drawing skills and find what it takes to draw the human figure. We will then tackle the figure in paint and concentrate on color, composition and drapery. This course is for artists who have some knowledge of drawing and painting or those who have completed the Keys To Drawing course with George Thompson. If you are an experienced master I will show you how to push yourself even further. Individual attention, demos and discussions throughout. Live models will be used for all six sessions. May not be suitable for participants under the age of 18.

Course #
ART187 001

Class Meetings

  • Look for another session coming soon! (last offered fall 2014),

Location
Delaware Valley University, Main Campus

Cost
$370

Instructor
George Thompson

George Thompson is a nationally recognized award-winning artist. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute and studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League in New York. George served as chairman of drawing at the Society of Illustrators in New York. See George’s work at georgethompsongallery and read his blog.

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Drawing and Painting the Portrait from Photos

In this intense four-week course we will draw and paint arts greatest subject, the human head. Working from photos, we will start with a drawing to get a clear understanding of the bone structure and the artistic anatomy. We will learn standard units and measurements needed to draw the human head. And will discuss the pros and cons of working from photographs. We will then move on to a painting, starting with a simplified system of blocking out the forms – discussing correct values and finding the right palette for the subject.

Photographs and handouts will be provided, and there will be a small fee of $10 per student. List of materials will be provided upon registration.

Course #
ART166 001

Prerequisites

Although this is a basic workshop, students should have a fundamental understanding of drawing and painting in oils.

Class Meetings

  • Monday, March 7, 2016, 6-9 p.m.
  • Monday, March 14, 2016, 6-9 p.m.
  • Monday, March 21, 2016, 6-9 p.m.
  • Monday, March 28, 2016, 6-9 p.m.

Location
Delaware Valley University, Main Campus

Cost
$199

Instructor
George Thompson

George Thompson is a nationally recognized award-winning artist. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute and studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League in New York. George served as chairman of drawing at the Society of Illustrators in New York. See George’s work at georgethompsongallery and read his blog.

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Drawing and Painting: The Fundamentals

This exciting six-week course will give you the tools you need to reach your goals as an artist. From drawing to painting, we will explore the master techniques to contemporary concepts. Color, composition, figure, portrait, observation and different mediums are some of the things to be explored. We will work from live models, still life and landscape studies from photos. This course will give you a strong foundation to take your work further. All levels welcome. For beginners, this is an excellent way to get started and if you have some experience, then this is a great way to sharpen your skills. List of materials will be provided to registered students prior to the start of the course.

Course #
ART 189 001

Class Meetings

  • Look for another session coming soon! (last offered spring 2015),

Location
Delaware Valley University, Main Campus

Cost
$299

Instructor
George Thompson

George Thompson is a nationally recognized award-winning artist. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute and studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League in New York. George served as chairman of drawing at the Society of Illustrators in New York. See George’s work at georgethompsongallery and read his blog.

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The Architecture of Doylestown Borough

In this three-part course, we will explore the development and architectural history of Doylestown Borough while also learning about the architectural styles and the preservation of the build environment. In addition to two classroom sessions, we will also take a walking tour of Doylestown’s historic district to see first-hand historic buildings associated with the growth and history of the town. If you are interested in architecture, historic preservation of building conservation, this course will get you started.

The two Tuesday evening classes meet at the main campus with the Doylestown walking tour on Saturday.

An optional textbook, "The Visual Dictionary of American Domestic Architecture" by Rachel Carley (ISBN-13: 978-0805045635) is available at the DelVal Student Store.

Course #
PRD 765 001

Class Meetings

  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Location
Delaware Valley University, Main Campus

Cost
$55

Instructor
Jennifer Jarret, Historical Architect

Learn more about Jennifer's work on her website.

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The Lyrical Abstract

In this four-part workshop we will explore design and color while experimenting with fun and exciting abstract techniques. Activities include preparing a variety of surfaces, experimenting with acrylic paint and oils to create lyrical abstracts, exploring layering and textures, moving paint around a surface, and mono printing and collage.

If you always wanted to do an abstract piece but didn’t know how to start, this course will guide you. If you are a representational painter, these techniques will introduce a looseness and spontaneity to your traditional work. All levels welcome. A list of materials will be supplied upon registration.

Course #
ART 190 001

Class Meetings

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 6-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 6-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 6-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 6-9 p.m.

Location
Delaware Valley University Main Campus, Farm Machine Building

Cost
$205

Instructor
Emily Thompson

Emily Thompson attended the prestigious High School of Art & Design and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has been recognized both regionally and nationally for her abstract painting and has been the recipient of many awards for her work. She shows us that often the most perfect beauty is found in the simplicity of design and harmony of color. Her paintings are the result of multiple, improvisational phases of creation, from observing her surroundings to the final touches of paint. Her influences include Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko along with many contemporary artists of today. Thompson’s work is part of private collections throughout the United States and has been exhibited at the Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Sketch Club and the Trenton City Museum in New Jersey. Her work has also been part of many group, two person and solo exhibits. View her website.

Download the Registration Form