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Watercolor for Absolute Beginners Class
 Basic Drawing Skills Class

 
Class descriptions and dates are below.

You can choose from several 6-week WATERCOLOR classes, several one-day WORKSHOPS, and several 3-week one-topic MINI-CLASSES, which includes an occasional INTRO to DRAWING class, plus Animals, Portraits, Trees, Flowers, etc.
                 
Any questions? Just email me for more details.

Introduction to DRAWING  - for more info, click on the link.
Drawing classes are now a 3-week Mini-Class, and one-day drawing workshops are given two or three times a year. Please email me to be put on my class announcement list.

To JOIN MY EMAIL LIST:
  If you're interested in an upcoming class, a workshop, or a class later on, please
email me now so I can let you know about future classes. If this email link fails to work, just cut and paste this address to reach me:  watercolorclass@gmail.com

Information about One-Day Workshops and Drawing Classes is below.

Each Beginner class runs for 6 weekly sessions, and each costs $270 ($260 if you pay cash).

Workshops are $130 ($120 if you pay cash) and run one day from 11 am until  4 or 4:30 pm.
Mini-classes run 3 weekly Tuesdays, and cost $140 ($130 if you pay cash)
PLEASE NOTE: To REGISTER, all you need to do is email me and tell me three things:  which class and which day you want to sign up for, and whether you want a supplies Kit.
The Beginner's Kit is $55 - description below.

TO PAY:  I much prefer cash at the first session, please.
You can also use the PayPal buttons below.


Private instruction is available at $85 for one hour and forty-five minutes. Details below.

 
Location: All classes meet at  24-32 Union Square East, Studio 509. That address is the same as "Park Avenue South, between 15 and 16 Streets" in New York City. It's the Park South Plaza office building next to the TGI Friday's red-striped awning. Take the left-hand elevators to the fifth floor; Studio 509 is at the end of the hall, just around the corner

Subways: 4, 5, 6, L, N, R, Q, W.

 
CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
CURRENT SCHEDULES
HOW to REGISTER and PAY
ABSOLUTE BEGINNER Basic Class

Wednesday evenings, from 7 till 9:30 pm and 

Saturday afternoons, from 12 noon - 2:30 pm
Planned exercises in all basic techniques. Designed for those who have never painted with watercolor, or who "just made a big mess" when they tried.

Small classes, zero pressure, lots of patient help.

If you prefer, you can buy a "Beginner's Kit," with everything you need, for $55 (about 15% less than shopping for individual items).

- a 12-sheet pad of 9x12” Arches brand top-quality paper;

- half a tube of each of 10 colors, plus refills during class if you need them;

- a portable folding plastic palette;

-  6 high-quality synthetic brushes, in various sizes.

 


The next available
WEDNESDAY class starts  at 7 pm -- date to come.


Week 1:   
Week 2
Week 3:
Week 4:
Week 5:
Week 6:
 

Following Wed. class begins in late January; email me to reserve a spot in either class.. 

 
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The next available SATURDAY Class begins JANUARY 13  at 12 noon.
 
(See also some Sunday 1-Day  Workshops below)
 
Week 1                 Saturdays Jan 13  
BREAK Jan. 20
Week 2 Jan. 27 
Week 3  Feb. 3
Week 4 Feb. 10
2-Week BREAK Feb. 17 and 24
Week 5 March 3
Week 6 March 10
 
Following Saturday class begins in late January; email me to reserve a spot in either class.. 
To register for the 6-week CLASS ONLY with NO KIT: $270.00 via credit card.

Note: The class fee is discounted $10 to $260 when you pay CASH at the first session.

If you prefer to pay $270 with a credit card, for this or ANY 6-week Class   WITHOUT the Beginner's Kit, 
click on the Buy Now button below:


NOTE: TO REGISTER, JUST EMAIL ME and tell me which class and which day you want. Include your cell number, please.

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To register for the 6-week CLASS PLUS the SUPPLIES KIT: $325.00 via credit card.

Again, you get a $10 discount if you pay CASH  at the first session, so the fee is $315.00 for BOTH the Beginner's Kit AND any 6-Week Class. (The Kit is always $55.)

If you prefer to pay $325 using a credit card for both the Class and the Kit, please use the PayPal Buy Now button below.


NOTE: TO REGISTER, JUST EMAIL ME and  tell me which class and which day you want,
and include your cell number, please.

PRIVATE Watercolor INSTRUCTION
is available at $85 for one hour and 45 minutes.  

We can focus on exactly what you want to learn, and work at your own pace.



By appointment; usually late morning or early afternoon.
Please email me for details.   


Bring a friend, and the total fee for one session is $130 ($65 per person per session, a savings of $20 per person).

For three or more people, it's $55 per person per session.
NEW:  
 3-WEEK  MINI-COURSES
in Watercolor

  

These new mini-courses each run for 3 sessions on Tuesday evenings, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. (Note that some classes may have a break, due to travel plans.)

 

If you're interested, please email me to get on my mailing list. You'll be sent annoucements for all future courses.

The fee is $140. Open to those who have already taken the Beginner course.

 

Each course includes a review of the basics, a demo of several useful techniques, exercises, and time for you to work from your own photos or paintings you find online…with individual help, of course.


Dates vary, but are currently on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.

Next mini-courses will start in January 2018.

Just  email me

watercolorclass@gmail.com
to be put on my mailing list. You'll be sent annoucements for all future courses.

Upcoming mini-courses will include
Flowers,
Basic Drawing, ($160)
Portraits,
Trees and Foliage,
Animals,
Underpaintings,   Color/Composition,
Working on Wet Paper.

Open to those who have already taken the Beginner course, or have previous experience in watercolor.


The Mini-Course fee is $140 if you pay with credit card using PayPal; just click on the button below.

Note: There's a $10 discount if you pay $130 CASH  at the first session.



 3-Week MINI-COURSE in DRAWING for Absolute Beginners
 
This 3-week Mini-class is given two or three times a year; there is also a one-day Drawing Workshop given occasionally.

Class covers all the basic drawing skills:
1. Drawing shapes and learning to shade to create values and depth; estimating angles and ratios.
2. Sight drawing, and training your eye to see proportions,  and size in a still life;
3. Perspective basics;  and a bit about portrai basics, if we have time. 

Homework assgts. and exercises are mandatory and given every week. We have limited time to draw in class, so homework needs to be done on youur own time.

You'll also need a small, pocket-sized notebook; part of your homework is to draw in it for at least 5 minutes every day, anything you like.
DRAWING Classes

Tuesday evenings, from 7-9 pm.

Please email me to check   about dates for  the courses, one-day Drawing workshops, or this 3-Week Mini-Courses in Drawing.
      
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Week 1:   

Week 2:   

Week 3:    

 

 
To register, just email me and tell me you want to sign up for the 3-WEEK DRAWING CLASS.
Include your cell number, please

The fee is $160; However, there's a $10 discount if you pay $150 CASH at the first session.

If you prefer to use a credit card, click on the PayPal button below to pay  $160:

SUPPLIES: You already have them: an ordinary pencil and sheets of printer/xerox paper.

It's not necessary, but you're encouraged to use a sketchpad (any paper that appeals to you) and 4B drawing pencils (or charcoal pencils, or pens of any kind). Sketchbook should be at least 9x12", but it can be as large as you like.

You'll also need a small, pocket-sized notebook; part of your homework is to draw in it for at least 5 minutes every day, anything you like.
Open INTERMEDIATE  Drop-in CLASS:
 
Saturday at  3 pm.

This class is currently full, but please email if you'd like to be put on the list to attend in the future.
 
Landscape, portraits, and more...for those who have taken the Absolute Beginner class, and want to refine their skills and paint  their own projects.

Unlike the Beginner class, this class has no structured, formal instruction. Everyone gets individual help with her or his own project.

Occasional demos are given in
- negative-space painting
- semi-abstract landscape
- portraits and people

The Fee is $38 per class.
Ongoing Open Class
$40 per class
 
Currently FULL
Saturday from
3 till 5:30 pm

A weekly "are you in?" email is sent to interested students; class meets when at least 3 people plan to attend (which is virtually always). 

Please EMAIL ME if you plan to drop in, to confirm the class will meet that evening.

PLEASE NOTE that very occasionally I go out of town; so please be sure to check.
Also, email me if you'd like to be put on my weekly email annoucement list.
     No obligation; no need to reply if you don't plan to come.  
     But you'll always be alerted when the drop-in class is being held. 

You can drop in any time for $38 per class (cash only please).


REMEMBER
email me to be sure the Tuesday or Saturday class is on for that week -- occasionaly I'm out of town, or the weather is really bad.

 

1-DAY WORKSHOPS
 
One-Day Workshops run from  11 am to 1:30, a 45-minute break for lunch, and 2:15 to 4:15 pm.

One-Day workshop fee: $130 if paid online; there's a $10 discount if you pay $120 cash at the door.

Full Materials Kit: $55 (folding plastic palette, half-tube of each of 10 colors, 6 brushes, 12-sheet pad of Arches paper)

Mini-Kit: $30 (half the paper and paint, smaller palette, three  brushes)

Materials Fee: $8. This "rental" fee includes all you need to borrow, and you of course keep your paintings.
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Descriptions and dates of the Beginner and Intermediate Workshops are in the next column. Email me for more information.

If you prefer to work on larger paper (11x15" quarter-sheets or 15x22" half-sheets), you can purchase these during the workshop for $2 and $4 each.

Please note: Dates rarely change...but occasionally they do, due to weather, illness, or unforeseen travel. 

So PLEASE email me to re-confirm.


HOLIDAY CARDS
Workshop

Valentine's Day cards: for sweethearts, friends, or family. On a Sunday in late Jan or early Feb., 11 to 4:15 pm

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ABSOLUTE BEGINNER
Workshop

Dates to be announced
11 to 4:15 pm

Introduce yourself to watercolor, or refine your basic skills, in just one day. Basic brushstrokes and color mixing. You'll paint simple flowers, fruits, and a mountain landscape with a stormy sky.


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FLOWERS WORKSHOP

11 to 4:15 pm

For all levels. Blossoms and bouquets on both dry and wet paper. Some basic techniques, plus NEW exercises every time.  

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UNDERPAINTING Workshop
 

11
to 4:15 pm
to be announced

How to create colorful, random underpaintings that will enhance any subject matter. You will have a choice of two images (landscape or floral) to paint over your completed underpainting(s). 

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DRAWING Workshop
To be announced
11
to 4:15 pm

Crash course covering creating and shading of basic shapes, learning to see and judge the 'big shapes' before you begin to draw, basic perspective, and basics of drawing the face. No drawing from live models.

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BREAKING ALL THE RULES of Watercolor - Workshop

Date to come  
11 am
to 4:15 pm

Alternative and non-traditional impressionist techniques, including spattering, spraying with water, and scumbling.

This is an advanced class, open only to those who have already taken the Beginner class or have previous experience.


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TREES and FOLIAGE
WORKSHOP


Date to come 
11 to 4:15 pm 

For all levels. Various techniques for impressionist trees, forests, foliage, and grass.  

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COLOR THEORY and  VALUES/CONTRAST
Workshop

Date to come 

11 to 4:15 pm

Basics of color theory, and how to use water and pigments to create exactly the colors you need. 

Also: learning to see the  difference between  mediocre and good composition, and how to make a value study. Students will bring in color and  B+W printouts of photos they want to paint, and learn to improve composition, values, and cropping. No drawing skill necessary.

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SKIES and/or SEAS Workshop:

Date to come  

11 to 4:15 pm

Beginner and Intermediate levels. Basic techniques for clouds, sunsets, and atmospheric  skies;  and/or  techniques for creating impressionist waves and water reflections.

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HOLIDAY CARDS

Workshop: Nov-Dec

Create your own watercolor cards for the winter holidays...paint each one individually, or create one image (any size) and use it to have cards made with an online printing service.  

Learn how to use table salt and kosher salt to create snow effects.

This workshop will demo at least 5 simple holiday designs and variations (candles, pine trees, winter forest, ornament, wreath, etc) using spatter, subtrac- tive techniques, and 'standard' watercolor.

To REGISTER, just email  me to say that you want to sign up for a particular Workshop. Include your cell number, please.

If you pay cash at the Workshop, there's a $10 discount. That is, the fee is $120 when paid in cash.

If you prefer to use a credit card...
To Sign Up and pay $130 for any 1-Day Workshop WITHOUT the Mini-Kit, click on the Buy Now button below:
 

(If you like, you can pay an $8 cash Materials Fee to borrow everything you need. You'll keep your paintings, of course.)

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The optional Mini-Kit ($30; cash only, please) includes all the supplies you need:
- 3 brushes
- 6 sheets top-quality paper
- 7 colors of paint
- plastic mini-palette

 
PRIVATE INSTRUCTION is available at $85 for one hour and 45 minutes. By appointment; usually late morning or early afternoons. Please email me for details.

 Bring a friend, and the total fee for one session is reduced to $130 ($65 per person per session).

TIM SATERNOW: Alternative Techniques in Watercolor

2-Day Workshop
 
Tim is a master watercolorist whose work has won major awards in top competitions. He is represented in New York by the George Billis Gallery in Chelsea.

Examples of Tim's work are on his website:  http://timsaternow.com/Portfolio.cfm?nK=13276 

Open to Intermediate level students only That is, you need to have already taken the Absolute Beginner 6-week class, OR have other prior experience using watercolor.

Please note: The fee is non-refundable.  If you later cannot attend, and If there is no one on the waiting list who is able to take your place on short notice, I regret that there can be no refund. We will make every effort to maintain a waiting list, of course.

 Please email me for upcoming dates in 2018.

Saturday and Sunday,
10:15 am till 4:30 pm,
with 45 minutes for lunch.

FEE: $275

Please email me if you'd like to be on the alert/waiting list.
To pay $275 for Tim's Workshop, go to Tim's website at www.timsaternow.com

Then click the Buy Now button on Tim's site; your credit card will be charged $275.


Please note: The fee is non-refundable

If you later cannot attend, and If there is no one on the waiting list who is able to take your place on short notice, I regret that there can be no refund. We will make every effort to maintain a waiting list, of course.

"What if I have to miss a class?"

Don't worry -- You can make up a missed class in the next 6-week cycle, or in any future cycle. There's no expiration date.

 
"How do I pay?"

I prefer cash, paid at the first class. No personal checks, please. 

Please NOTE that if you pay cash, there's a $10 discount on the class fee.

You can also pay by credit card via PayPal by clicking on the "Buy Now" buttons above.

The fee is $270 for the 6-week class alone via PayPal; if you pay cash, it's $260. 

The fee is $325 via PayPal for the 6-week class plus the Beginner Kit of materials; $315 if you pay in cash.

The fee is $190 for the 4-week Drawing Class.  ($180 if you pay cash)

The fee is $160 for the 3-week Drawing Class.  ($150 if you pay cash)

The fee is $130 for a 1-Day Workshop. ($120 if you pay cash)

The fee is $140 for a 3-Week Mini-Course ($130 if you pay in cash)

Money orders are also fine; please, no personal checks.
If you don't use PayPal, please bring your cash payment (preferably in any old envelope, even a used one, with your name on it, please)  to the first class or the Workshop.

PayPal is a free and secure on-line service that allows you to pay with MasterCard, VISA, or an electronic check you can authorize your bank to send. You will have to register at www.paypal.com to create a PayPal account if you don't already have one. I've used PayPal for many years, and it's very safe and secure.

REMEMBER: TO REGISTER, you need to tell me four things:
  1. which CLASS you want (Beginner, Mini, Private, or the name of the Workshop)
  2. which DAY you want (Tues, Wed, Sat.) 
  3. whether you need a Beginner's KIT of materials
  4. Your cell number (just in case I might need to cancel a class due to weather, etc).
You can  email me at watercolorclass@gmail.com

Or text me at 917-804-1635 If you call, leave your name and number...twice...slowly and clearly, please.  

Any questions? Just shout.


LOCATION of all classes: 
24-32 Union Square East, STUDIO 509. Take elevators on the LEFT.


That address is the same as "Park Avenue South, between 15 and 16 Streets."
Enter the Park South Plaza office building between the Vitamin Shoppe and the
TGI Friday's striped awning...
two blocks north of the Union Square/14th Street subway station.


Subways: 4, 5, 6, L, N, R, Q, W

Take the NORTH elevators (to the LEFT) to the fifth floor, and go to the end of the hallway; STUDIO 509 is just around the corner.

Please have the address with you; the security guard changes frequently, and he may not know where to send you.

If you get there late and the outside door is locked, call 917-804-1635 and we'll come down and let you in. But it's a busy building, and there's virtually always someone who will open the door to enter or leave within a few minutes.

                                                           
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