NPCC has the perfect course for you. Whether you are interested in watercolour, oil, acrylics, drawing, life drawing, or developmental programs offering critiques, we have a class for you.
Adult Spring 2013 Course Calendar
Critique! Studio Course with Steve Rose
Award winning instructor Steve Rose will share his insight and experience through the critique and analysis of students’ art. Bring in any works in progress or dust off those pieces you have given up on. Learn from the mistakes and successes of your peers while finding ways to introduce more of yourself into your work. This course is open to all levels, in any media or style you choose.
Watercolour for Beginners with Martha Bull
Many people are intimidated by watercolour, either because it has a reputation for being difficult to handle or because they have tried it and found it troublesome. This course will get you working in watercolour quickly with beautiful luminous results. Open to absolute beginners and intermediate watercolourists who want to try a new way to work with this exciting medium.
Basics and Beyond with Louise Zych
For beginners, seasoned artists in need of a shake-up and those in between, this course can be tailored to meet your needs and will keep you moving on your creative journey. Painting and drawing in a variety of media will be explored, with emphasis on strong compositions, value design, and colours that sing. Students are free to try any media (except oils, please). Satisfy both sides of the brain by thoughtfully designing your painting, drawing or other artwork without sacrificing spontaneity and life. There will be a brief discussion about an art related topic (theory, materials, history) in each class.
Collagraph Printmaking with Victoria Cowan
Collagraph prints are known for their richness of colour and texture; the plates are built up by gluing materials to a support, so no drawing skill is required, just a sense of play and lots of interesting scraps. Rich colour & texture are created with the simplest methods and materials in collagraph printmaking using non-toxic inks. Explore all the variations of the piece on its own and/or plan to combine it with your painting & drawing practice.
Figurative Art with Kim Lee Kho
Working with a model, we will use the human form to explore a broad range of artistic and technical issues. Beginning with the foundation of drawing -- central to the art of seeing and a simple, versatile medium for exploration -- we will also incorporate other media to broaden our scope, supported by weekly examination and discussion of artworks by historical and contemporary artists.
Push Your Painting with Kal Honey
An artistic adventure! Challenge your preconceptions about what constitutes painting and how it might be done. You will be encouraged to be as adventurous as possible in your media combinations, approach and subject matter. Each week will focus on a different artistic idea, movement, or process. Regardless of our starting point, you’ll always have plenty of creative leeway to take things in your own direction. All levels and abilities are welcome: the only prerequisites are an open mind and an adventurous spirit. All water-based media are acceptable, and will be used on their own and in conjunction with drawing materials.
Painting Studio with Kal Honey
A challenging and supportive environment in which to further your self-directed painting practice. Group discussion and plenty of personal attention will enable you to better understand and develop your artistic vision. Already excited with your current direction? Come develop it – push it further. Stuck? Come get unblocked in a creative, non-threatening environment. Starting out? Come explore the vast array of options and start to find your path, your voice. Each session begins with a brief look at the work of a particular painter or movement as inspiration, and if desired, individual challenges can be set in consultation one-on-one with the instructor.
Drawing: Explorations in Media and Technique with Helen McCusker
For students who have some drawing experience and are looking for ways to expand their drawing repertoire, become more proficient, and learn new ways of seeing. This class will explore the use of Chalk Pastels, Oil Pastels, coloured pencils and Watercolour pencils. We will study colour, composition and technique. Have fun improving your drawing skills in a supportive environment!
Beyond Picasso with Steve Rose
Learn to paint in a free, expressive way. This popular course encourages students to take new creative paths in their work. Learn the difference between abstract and non-objective painting. Apply your knowledge of depth, shape, form and contrast to the exciting technique of non-objective painting to achieve a freer expression of style in all your work.
Life Drawing Studio
No instructor – for independent and/or experienced artists. Life Drawing is a classic study and the Human Figure offers endless opportunities to take your work to the next level. Expand your repertoire and explore the joys of Figure drawing! $100 for ten classes or $15 drop-in fee (if space allows).
Abstract Watercolor with Bianka Guna
The perfect opportunity to get started painting in watercolour or explore new modern techniques. Each class will cover new topics related to water colour materials, basic techniques, colour theory, elements of design and composition, presentation and critique. These non –objective watercolour classes are designed to help any student, beginner or intermediate. Weekly demonstrations will encourage and inspire students, to take the medium to another level!