classes and workshops

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Exploring Oil Painting
Mondays, 1-4:00 p.m., October 30 – November 27, 2017
Your Home Public Library

$15 one-time fee for supplies, for five 3-hour sessions
Enrollment limited to 10 students.
015Explore the fundamentals of oil painting in a fun and informative setting with artist/instructor Glenda Blake. Together we’ll paint from a still life in the classroom, learning as we go about composition, under-painting, light, shadow, and color mixing. If you’ve always wanted to paint in oils, now is the time! If you have painting experience already, come to learn new techniques and paint with others. If you have a portable standing-height floor easel you like, feel free to bring it — sitting-height easels are provided by the instructor. Please wear a work apron, and/or older clothing to paint in.

You MUST attend the first session, and all sessions thereafter if possible. Lessons are sequential; each builds on the previous session. To sign up, stop by the circulation desk at Your Home Public Library, 107 Main Street, Johnson City, NY or contact Natassia Enright at YHPL, 607 797-4816 / jc.natassia@4cls.org.

Feel free to contact me for information about class content.

PLEASE NOTE: The second-floor class space is beautiful, but due to the historic nature of the building there is no elevator.

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RESCHEDULED!

Painting in Oils from Altered Photographs –
Thursdays, 5-8:00 p.m., September 21 – October 19, 2017

Broome County Public Library

Five 3-hour sessions
Enrollment limited to 10 students.

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Learn about composition and oil painting in a fun and informative setting with artist/instructor Glenda Blake. We’ll explore different ways of altering photos to make suitable references for painting, and then paint from the results, learning as we go about composition, under-painting, light, shadow, and color mixing. Students at all levels of experience are welcome. If you have a portable standing-height floor easel you like, feel free to bring it — sitting-height easels are provided by the instructor. Please wear a work apron, and/or older clothing.

You must attend the first session, and all sessions thereafter if possible. Lessons are sequential; each builds on the previous.

To sign up, contact Sherry Kowalski at the Broome County Public Library — 607-778-6451 / skowalski@co.broome.ny.us

Or contact me with questions or for information about class content.

The Library provides painting supplies;  in addition, please bring the following materials to the first session: Materials to bring

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ENTIRE COURSE CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS
Apologies — will re-schedule soon.

Painting in Oils from Altered Photographs –
Thursdays, 5-8:00 p.m., May 18 – June 15, 2017

Broome County Public Library

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Exploring Oil Painting
Mondays, 1-4:00 p.m., March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 2017
Your Home Public Library

$15 one-time fee for supplies, for five 3-hour sessions
Enrollment limited to 10 students.
wp_20160912_14_50_57_proExplore the fundamentals of oil painting in a fun and informative setting with artist/instructor Glenda Blake. Together we’ll paint from a still life in the classroom, learning as we go about composition, under-painting, light, shadow, and color mixing. If you’ve always wanted to paint in oils, now is the time! If you have painting experience already, come to learn new techniques and paint with others. If you have a portable standing-height floor easel you like, feel free to bring it — sitting-height easels are provided by the instructor. Please wear a work apron, and/or older clothing to paint in.

Please plan to attend the first session, and all sessions thereafter if possible. Lessons are sequential; each builds on the previous session. To sign up, stop by the circulation desk at Your Home Public Library, 107 Main Street, Johnson City, NY or contact Natassia Enright at YHPL, 607 797-4816 / jc.natassia@4cls.org.

Feel free to contact me for information about class content.

PLEASE NOTE: The second-floor class space is beautiful, but due to the historic nature of the building there is no elevator.

Session1 handout              Viewfinder template & instructions        Safety Information

Session2 handout              Color Wheel           Brushes and Their Uses

Session3 handout

Session4 handout

Session5 handout               Cooperative Gallery 213             Fine Arts Society

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Drawing Fundamentals: How to See Like an Artist
Thursdays, 5-8:00 p.m., January 12 through February 9, 2017
Broome County Public Library

Five 3-hour sessions
Enrollment limited to 10 students.

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The focus of this course is on learning to SEE like an artist. Learn exciting skills and techniques for drawing what you actually see, rather than what you know, in a fun and informative setting. Students at all levels of experience are welcome.

Please plan to attend the first session, and all sessions thereafter if possible. Lessons are sequential; each builds on the previous.

To sign up, contact Sherry Kowalski at the Broome County Public Library — 607-778-6451 / skowalski@co.broome.ny.us

Or contact me with questions or for information about class content.

The Library provides drawing materials for this class.

Session 1 slides

Session 2 slides

Session 3 slides                 Pencil grades handout

Session 4 slides                Pencil marks, light and shadow handouts

Session 5 slides                  Resources and Recommendations handout

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Exploring Oil Painting
Mondays, 1-4:00 p.m., September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 17, 2016 (no class October 10)
Your Home Public Library

$15 one-time fee for supplies, for five 3-hour sessions
Enrollment limited to 10 students.

IMG_8375Explore the fundamentals of oil painting in a fun and informative setting with artist/instructor Glenda Blake. Together we’ll paint from a still life in the classroom, learning as we go about composition, under-painting, light, shadow, and color mixing. If you’ve always wanted to paint in oils, now is the time! If you have painting experience already, come to learn new techniques and paint with others. If you have a portable standing-height floor easel you like, feel free to bring it — sitting-height easels are provided by the instructor. Please wear a work apron, and/or older clothing to paint in.

Please plan to attend the first session, and all sessions thereafter if possible. Lessons are sequential; each builds on the previous session. To sign up, stop by the circulation desk at Your Home Public Library, 107 Main Street, Johnson City, NY or contact Natassia Enright at YHPL, 607 797-4816 / jc.natassia@4cls.org.

Feel free to contact me for information about class content.

PLEASE NOTE: The second-floor class space is beautiful, but due to the historic nature of the building there is no elevator.

Session1 handout              Viewfinder template & instructions

Session2 handout              Color Wheel

Session3 handout              Chuck Close on Process

Session4 handout               Brushes and their uses

Session 5 handout

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FASST Workshop:
Using Photos Creatively as Subject References
October 1, 2016, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Vestal Public Library

Many of us use photographs as references and sources for painting and drawing subjects. The trick is to not be a slave to your photo/s, but to make them work for you as guides rather than goals.

We’ll discuss various methods of evaluating and editing photos using paper and scissors, tracing paper, and computer applications such as Photoshop, and get some hands-on practice with the computerless methods.

The instructor will provide sample photos, and you may bring your own photos; please bring 3 or more color photocopies of each (not the original prints), at least 5 x 7” in size.

Please bring drawing paper, a sheet of graph paper, a 12” ruler, scissors, a glue stick, crayons or colored pencils (all available at dollar stores), and tracing paper. Bring a bag lunch as well — we’ll be taking a short lunch break.

These methods are useful for artwork in all media, but we will not be producing finished works of art in the workshop – leave your paints, pastels, etc. at home, then use them to better effect after this learning session.

$30 for members of the Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier, $40 for non-members
Enrollment limited to 10 participants

To register, contact Barb Shope at blshope@stny.rr.com

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Painting in Oils from Altered Photographs
Thursdays, 5-8:00 p.m., June 30 through July 28, 2016: CLASS FILLED
Broome County Public Library

Five 3-hour sessions
Enrollment limited to 10 students.

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Learn about composition and oil painting in a fun and informative setting with artist/instructor Glenda Blake. We’ll explore different ways of altering photos to make suitable references for painting, and then paint from the results, learning as we go about composition, under-painting, light, shadow, and color mixing. Students at all levels of experience are welcome. If you have a portable standing-height floor easel you like, feel free to bring it — sitting-height easels are provided by the instructor. Please wear a work apron, and/or older clothing.

Please plan to attend the first session, and all sessions thereafter if possible. Lessons are sequential; each builds on the previous.

To sign up, contact Sherry Kowalski at the Broome County Public Library — 607-778-6451 / skowalski@co.broome.ny.us

Or contact me with questions or for information about class content.

The Library will provide painting supplies;  in addition, please bring the following materials to the first session: Materials to bring

Session 1 handout                Session 2 handout

Session 3 handout                Color wheel

Use of Brushes

Session 4 handout

Session 5 handout

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Exploring Oil Painting
Mondays, 1-4:00 p.m., April 25 through May 23, 2016
Your Home Public Library

$15 one-time fee for supplies, for five 3-hour sessions
Enrollment limited to 10 students.

YHPL painting studentExplore the fundamentals of oil painting in a fun and informative setting with artist/instructor Glenda Blake. Together we’ll paint from a still life in the classroom, learning as we go about composition, under-painting, light, shadow, and color mixing. If you’ve always wanted to paint in oils, now is the time! If you have painting experience already, come to learn new techniques and paint with others. If you have a portable standing-height floor easel you like, feel free to bring it — sitting-height easels are provided by the instructor. Please wear a work apron, and/or older clothing to paint in.

Classes are on Mondays, April 25 through May 23. Please plan to attend the first session, and all sessions thereafter if possible. Lessons are sequential; each builds on the previous. To sign up, stop by the circulation desk at Your Home Public Library, 107 Main Street, Johnson City, NY.

Contact YHPL — 607 797-4816 / jc.natassia@4cls.org — for sign-up information, or contact me with questions or for information about class content.

The second-floor class space is beautiful, but due to the historic nature of the building there is no elevator.

Session 1 handout              Viewfinder template & instructions

Thumbnail Sheet               Brush Guide

Session 2 handout

Session 3 handout

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Exploring Oil Painting, with Glenda Blake
Mondays, 1-4:00 p.m., October 19 through November 16, 2015
Your Home Public Library

$15 one-time fee for supplies, for five 3-hour sessions
Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Exploring Oil Painting class Explore the fundamentals of oil painting in a casual yet informative setting with artist/instructor Glenda Blake. Together we’ll paint from a still life in the classroom, learning as we go about composition, under-painting, light, shadow, and color mixing. If you’ve always wanted to paint in oils, now is the time! If you have painting experience already, come to learn new techniques and paint with others. If you have a portable standing-height floor easel you like, feel free to bring it — sitting-height easels are provided by the instructor. Please wear a work apron, and/or older clothing to paint in.

Classes are on Mondays, October 19 through November 16. Please plan to attend the first session, and all sessions thereafter if possible. Lessons are sequential; each builds on the previous. To sign up, stop by the circulation desk at Your Home Public Library, 107 Main Street, Johnson City, NY.

Call YHPL at 607 797-4816 for sign-up information, or contact me with questions or for information about class content.

The second-floor class space is beautiful, but due to the historic nature of the building, there is no elevator.

Session1 handout              Viewfinder template & instructions

Session2 handout              Color Wheel

Session3 handout              Chuck Close on Process

Session4 handout               Brushes and their uses

Session 5 handout               Artist Model website

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FASST Workshop:
Using Photos Creatively as Subject References
October 3, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Vestal Public Library

Many of us use photographs as references and sources for painting and drawing subjects. The trick is to not be a slave to your photo/s, but to make them work for you as guides rather than goals.

We’ll discuss various methods of evaluating and editing photos using paper and scissors, tracing paper, and computer applications such as Photoshop, and get some hands-on practice with the computerless methods.

The instructor will provide tracing paper and sample photos.*

Please bring drawing paper, a sheet of graph paper, a 12” ruler, scissors, a glue stick, and crayons (all available at dollar stores). Bring a bag lunch as well.

These methods are useable for artwork in all media, but we will not be producing finished works of art in this workshop – leave your paints at home, then use them to better effect after this learning session.

*If you bring your own photo, please bring 3 or more color photocopies of it (not the original print), at least 5 x 7” in size

For registration information, contact the Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier, (607) 797-1719 or FASST

Handout 1        Handout 2          Thumbnail Sheet

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Exploring Oil Painting, with Glenda Blake
Mondays, 1-4:00 p.m., July 20, 27, August 3, 17, 24, 2015

$15 one-time fee for supplies, for five 3-hour sessions
Enrollment limited to 10 students.

IMG_7166 Explore the fundamentals of oil painting in a casual yet informative setting with artist/instructor Glenda Blake. Together we’ll paint from a still life in the classroom, learning as we go about composition, under-painting, light, shadow, and color mixing. If you’ve always wanted to paint in oils, now is the time! If you have painting experience already, come to learn new techniques and paint with others. If you have a portable standing floor easel you like, please bring it — shorter easels are provided by the instructor. Please wear a work apron, and/or older clothing to paint in.

Classes are on Mondays, July 20, 27, August 3, 17, 24, 2015, 1-4:00 p.m. (No class August 10.) Please plan to attend the first session, and all sessions thereafter if possible. Lessons are sequential; each builds on the previous. To sign up, stop by the circulation desk at Your Home Public Library, 107 Main Street, Johnson City, NY.

Call YHPL at 607 797-4816 for sign-up information, or contact me with questions or for information about class content.

The second-floor class space is beautiful, but, due to the historic nature of the building, there is no elevator.

Session1 handout        Thumbnail Sheet

Session 2 handout        Session 3 handout

Session 4 handout       Session 5 handout

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Exploring Oil Painting, with Glenda Blake

Saturdays, 1-4:00 p.m., March 21 through April 18, 2015

$15 for supplies: five 3-hour sessions

003 Explore the fundamentals of oil painting in a casual and informative setting with artist/instructor Glenda Blake. Together we’ll paint from a still life in the classroom, learning as we go about composition, under-painting, light, shadow, and color mixing. If you’ve always wanted to paint in oils, now is the time! If you have painting experience already, come to learn new techniques and gain confidence – there’s always something more to learn! If you have a portable standing floor easel you like, please bring it — shorter easels are available on loan from the instructor. Please wear a work apron, and/or older clothing to paint in.

Classes are on Saturdays, March 21 through April 18, 2015, 1-4:00 p.m. There is a limit of 10 students per class.  A one-time $15 fee is required to cover the provided supplies. To sign up, stop by the circulation desk at Your Home Public Library, 107 Main Street, Johnson City, NY.

Call YHPL at 607 797-4816 for sign-up information, or contact me with questions or for information about class content.

The class space is beautiful, but, due to the historic nature of the building, unfortunately not handicapped accessible.

Sessions 1-5 handout

Session 1 handout           Session 2 handout           Session 3 handout

Session 4 handout           Session 5 handout

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Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier, Demonstration
Composition: Holding your painting together
Monday, November 24, 2014, 7:30 PM
Vestal Public Library

When making art, as well as when simply looking at art, we’re always tempted to focus our attention only on the content — the subject of the art — and lose sight of the overall scheme of the picture plane. A painting can be, should be, more than simply a picture of something.

Composition is the structure that takes into account all of the elements of a picture and holds them together in one unit, the two-dimensional plan of the canvas. With a few rules of thumb, composition doesn’t have to be complex or difficult, and it can be a major step towards making a “picture of…” into a work of art.

I’ll discuss and demonstrate the “rule of three,” the Golden Mean, the concepts of balance, entrance, and exit, and the importance of values. Planning a composition is like solving a puzzle — it can be a great pleasure!

Workshop Handout

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Exploring Oil Painting, with Glenda Blake

Mondays, 1-4:00 p.m., November 3 through December 1, 2014

$15 for five 3-hour sessions

Exploring Oil Painting Explore the fundamentals of oil painting in a fun and casual setting with artist/instructor Glenda Blake. Together we’ll paint from a still life in the classroom, learning as we go about composition, under-painting, light, shadow, and color. If you’ve always wanted to paint in oils, now is the time! If you have painting experience already, come to learn new techniques and gain confidence – there’s always something more to learn! Please bring a portable floor easel if you have one (available on loan from the instructor, if you don’t) and a work apron, and/or wear older clothing to paint in.

Classes are on Mondays, November 3 through December 1, 1-4:00 p.m. There is a limit of 10 students per class.  A one-time $18 fee is required to cover the provided supplies. To sign up, stop by the circulation desk at Your Home Public Library, 107 Main Street, Johnson City, NY.

Call YHPL at 607 797-4816 for more information, or contact me.

The class space is beautiful, but, due to the historic nature of the building, unfortunately not handicapped accessible.

Exploring Painting class handout

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Introduction to Oil Painting, with Glenda Blake

Mondays, July 28 – August 25, 1 – 4:00 pm, 2014

$15 for five 3-hour sessions

Learn the basics of oil painting in a fun and casual setting with artist Glenda Blake. Together we’ll paint from a still life in the classroom, exploring composition, under-painting, light, shadow, and color mixing. If you’ve been puzzled by books on painting, this is an ideal time and place to ask questions. If you’ve always wanted to paint with oils, now is the time! Please bring a work apron and/or wear older clothing to paint in.

Classes are on Mondays, July 28 – August 25, 1 – 4:00 p.m. There is a limit of 10 students per class.  A one-time $15 fee is required to cover supplies, which are provided.  To sign up, stop by the circulation desk at Your Home Public Library, 107 Main Street, Johnson City, NY.

Call YHPL at 797-4816 for more information, or contact me.

The class space is beautiful, but due to the historic nature of the building, unfortunately not handicapped accessible.

For the last-class handout, click HERE

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Would you like a workshop, class, presentation, or course for your organization? Contact me, and let’s talk about it!

A sampling of courses and workshops I can teach, in addition to the above:

– Making Art with Colored Pencils

– Marketing Your Art online at Etsy.com

– Painting Portraits in Oils, Step by Step

– Working with your Print Shop or Vendor

– Basic Page Design

– Introduction to Western-Style Feng Shui

…and more!

Have a suggestion for a topic not listed? Contact me!

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