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Painting and Drawing for Liars, Cutthroats and Cheapskates: The William Gainsborough Method

  • Beckley Art Center 600 Johnstown Road Beckley, WV 25801 (map)

Art courses designed for anyone with a great love of art but a great deficit or respect for authority, join instructor Patrick Facemire in learning about the mechanics, techniques and the history of art, while also learning to create art that is imbued with meaning. Students will have their pick of lessons throughout the month of August. Some lessons will be straight-forward art courses; others will be lectures and demonstrations on art-historical and theoretical topics. Classes will be taught in an irresponsibly related and laid-back manner, and will probably involve a lot of shouting and the occasional show-tune. Music will be played, and there may be milk and cookies. Any artist of any skill level is welcome to join us for each hour-long class as we stumble and shove our way through the world of art.

Classes will be on a "pay as you go" basis at $10 per class. Any person of any age or skill level is welcome to attend. Necessary supplies will be listed for each class; some supplementary supplies will be provided.

This is NOT a Drop In Class; registration is required by calling 304-253-9226.

AUGUST 8 : The William Gainsborough Method

We can't paint landscapes in the studio, but we can do what Gainsborough did: we can make models. Bring in broccoli, carrots, lettuce and whatever variety of greens you like, and we'll paint it into a landscape while learning about how landscape became a respectable subject for artists.

NEEDED SUPPLIES: Paints (watercolor, oils, acrylics, tempera, or soft pastels) and a surface to paint on (canvas, wood panel, cardboard, canvas paper, etc.) Also, vegetables.

Earlier Event: August 8
COMICS: Art Materials
Later Event: August 9
COMICS: What's Old? What's New?