Monday, April 13, 2015

Loveland Museum Classes Spring/Summer 2015

I have been teaching art classes at the Loveland Museum Gallery since 2003.  Over the years, I have built up a following.  This season I am focusing mostly on adult classes.  New this season (starting in May):  My classes are now 3 hours (instead of 2) long to give you more time to finish!!

All of these classes will give you an introduction to a painting medium doing the same project.  All supplies are included.  This is great way to try out a medium before you buy the supplies. The classes are limited to 6 & generally fill up quite quickly.  You can register through the Loveland Museum Gallery by visiting or calling  (970) 962-2410



 Paint a Moose

Thursday, April 16, 4 – 6 pm
Fee: $40 ($32 for museum members)
Learn a simplified technique to paint an acrylic moose and have fun with thick paint and palette knife swirls.
Impressionistic Gardens
Tuesday & Wednesday, May 5 & 6, 2:30 – 4 pm
Fee: $50 ($40 for museum members)
Using soft pastels, paint beautiful gardens in an impressionistic style reminiscent of Monet. No experience required.

Vertical Landscapes

Tuesday & Wednesday, May 26 & 27, 2:30 – 4 pm
Fee: $50 each ($40 for museum members)
Learn to create depth in your landscapes by graying down your paints. On top of that thin acrylic layer, we’ll use large brushes and palette knives to create a forest in the foreground.

Under the Sea

Tuesday, June 2, 1 – 4 pm
Fee: $45 each ($36 for museum members)
Using transparent watercolor, we’ll layer sea life shapes to make a cool and calming underwater scene. This easy project requires minimal drawing skills.

50 Shades of Gray

Wednesday, June 3, 1 – 4 pm
Fee: $45 each ($36 for museum members)

Make monochromatic but strong compositions with Ansel Adams as our inspiration. Create a vibrant painting with one dark-value watercolor. 

Tropical Escape

Thursday, June 25, 1 – 4 pm
Fee: $45 each ($36 for museum members)
Create vibrant sunsets over the ocean with brilliant colors, then paint dark silhouettes of palm trees when it’s dry. This is an easy project, and you’ll be pleased with the final painting. Instructor: Mary Giacomini

Botanical Watercolor Painting

Tuesday, July 21, 1 – 4 pm
Fee: $45 each ($36 for museum members)
Learn to draw and paint what you see using purple underpainting and transparent watercolor paint. 

Sketchbook Journaling: Fresh from the Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, July 22, 1 – 4 pm
Fee: $45 each ($36 for museum members)
Learn to start your own sketchbook journal with watercolor and ink. Draw inspiration from the fresh color and shapes of the seasonal bounty. 
An example of a watercolor plein air sketch (La Costa Spa)

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

Wednesday, August 26, 1 – 4 pm
Fee: $45 each ($36 for museum members)
Paint big, bold, bright, beautiful sunflowers! Look at some examples of Van Gogh’s art. Then, create your own rendition using a lot of acrylic paint to swirl on the canvas with a palette knife Instructor: Mary Giacomini

For the Birds

Thursday, August 27, 3 – 6 pm
Fee: $45 each ($36 for museum members)
Create sweet little studies of a variety of birds using pastel. Learn how to draw by simplifying. Feel free to bring references of specific birds you’d like to paint.  Instructor: Mary Giacomini