Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Florissant Valley | Forest Park | Meramec | Off-Site

Discover, sample and expand your artistic talent with drawing, pottery, or painting classes.

Program Coordinator

Continuing Education

Phone

314-984-7777

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Basic Design Principles

In this class, you will learn the basic skills and principles that no artist should be without! This class is designed for painters and artists who wish to learn the fundamental skills for building better compositions through dynamic design. We will examine successful paintings and explore what makes them memorable. In-class activities and take home projects will focus on the principles and elements of outstanding design.
ARTS:748 | $69 | Age 60+: $45.50
F08 | Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Elizabeth Kern | Nov. 6-20 | MC - CE Classroom

Color Fusion

Train your eye to mix any color on demand! Do you wonder about the difference between hue and tint? Shade and value? Intensity and saturation? Do you wonder why it is so difficult to match a color? We will explore the color wheel and delve deep into the fascinating properties of color. Explore your emotional, colorful side with practical in class exercises and take home projects!
ARTS:748 | $105 | Age 60+: $77.50
F04 | Th 6-8 p.m. | Elizabeth Kern | Sept. 6-Oct. 4 | MC - HE, 124

NEW! Color Theory

In this class, students will work with paint or collage to create a different artwork each week that explores a principle of color theory. This class will help both new and experienced artists further enhance their use of color in their artworks. Topics include color vocabulary, color wheel and color systems, working with grays, and color harmonies.
ARTS:703 | $105 | Age 60+: $61
F01 | M 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Sarah Paulsen | Oct. 22-Nov. 19 | FP - G, 409

Artful Saturdays

Enjoy three Saturday mornings exploring museum collections. Tours will be led by Betsy Solomon and will feature a specific theme each time; see details below. Featured selections are all new, no repeats from last year. Participants must provide their own transportation. Meet in Sculpture Hall inside the main entrance to the Cass Gilbert (original) Saint Louis Art Museum building. October 6, 10 a.m.-noon, More Than Just Stuff: Understanding Symbols in Paintings. October 13, 10 a.m.-noon, A Selection of Portraiture Through the Centuries. October 20, 10 a.m.-noon, Betsy's Picks: Theme TBA.
ARTS:705 | $69 | Age 60+: $47
F01 | Sa 10 a.m.-noon | Elizabeth Solomon | Oct. 6-20 | FP - Off Campus

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All About Framing Artwork

A crash course in what's new, as well as framing design basics. How do you place artwork to beautify and protect the work? You will discover what is important for your needs-how to best prep your work for a show, how to prep art so it will look good for a long time, how and where to hang art (and where it should never be hung.) Some traditional and non-traditional custom framing and DIY ideas will be presented. Bring questions and photos of your rooms and art or bring your art!
ARTS:765 | $29 | Age 60+: $20
F02 | Sa 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Deborah Weltman | Oct. 20 | MC - CE Classroom

Calligraphy

Mastering Calligraphy

Calligraphy is the design and execution of brilliant and beautiful lettering. Join us for an in-depth study of this visual art's most common form: italic. Learn proper pen angle, letter slant, spacing, size for upper and lower case, and numbers. Calligraphy can be applied in everything from invitations to fine art. Supplies discussed at first class.
ARTS:721 | $119 | Age 60+: $70
F03 | M 7-9:30 p.m. | Leslie Barnes | Sept. 10-Oct. 29 | MC - HE, 215

Drawing

Drawing: Traditional Pencil Basics

Discover the fundamentals of an essential art. Use pencil to create line, perspective, value and composition. No experience necessary and individualized instruction included. Supply list sent. This class is for beginners only.
ARTS:709 | $105 | Age 60+: $61
F04 | Sa Noon-3 p.m. | Sean Long | Sept. 8-29 | MC - HE, 125
F05 | Sa Noon-3 p.m. | Sean Long | Oct. 6-27 | MC - HE, 125

Drawing: All Levels

All levels of drawing ability are welcome to this flexible class where we'll cover an array of diverse drawing topics. Fundamental tools of how to approach line, perspective, value and composition are introduced/reinforced. Students will use pencil, conte crayon and charcoal. Supply list sent.
ARTS:709 | $105 | Age 60+: $61
F06 | Th 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Lisa Payne | Oct. 18-Nov. 15 | Nottingham School, 110
NOTE: Start date and beginning time updated.

Drawing: Beginning/Intermediate

Beginning students will learn the tools, materials, and visual and artistic perception needed for this essential art form, as returning students will continue to sharpen their skills through class projects or independent work. Drawing fundamentals such as line, perspective, value and composition will be covered. Students will use pencil, conte crayon and charcoal. Supply list sent.
ARTS:709 | $105 | Age 60+: $61
F01 | Th 6-8:30 p.m. | Lisa Payne | Aug. 30-Oct. 11 | Nottingham School, 110
NOTE: Course extended one week due to instructor illness.
F02 | Tu 9:30 a.m.-noon | Ruth Kolker | Sept. 4-Oct. 9 | MC - CE Classroom
F08 | Tu 9:30 a.m.-noon | Ruth Kolker | Oct. 23-Nov. 27 | MC - CE Classroom

Figure Drawing

Draw with gesture, line, shape and value in relation to a human figure. Sight techniques (measure, take angles, etc.) to determine proportions. Individualized instruction emphasized. Prerequisite: Drawing: Beginning/Intermediate or equivalent experience. Supply list sent. Nude models are used. Classroom only has tables. Bring a tabletop easel if you have one.
ARTS:718 | $155 | Age 60+: $92
F01 | M 6:00-9:30 p.m. | Elizabeth Kern | Sept. 10-Nov. 5 | Clayton HS, 24
NOTE: No class Oct. 15, Oct. 29. Start time moved forward to 6:00 p.m.

Caricature Drawing

The caricature is a time-honored form of illustration. Surprise friends and loved ones by capturing their quirkiness as a cartoon character! This course introduces you to the special art of caricature. Focus on how to draw a portrait of a person involving a degree of graphic exaggeration and distortion of facial and/or body features. Learn how to observe through the eyes of a caricaturist and how to approach the actual drawing of the subject/model. The desired outcome, through practice, is for you to be able to create a recognizable portrait of a subject/model. Supply list sent.
ARTS:721 | $105 | Age 60+: $61
F06 | W 6-9 p.m. | Sean Long | Oct. 3-24 | MC - HE, 125

Drawing Hands and Feet

Do arches, toes, proportions and tendons have you in confusion? When drawing people, do you "hide" hands and feet under clothing or crop out of the picture entirely because they are hard to draw? Join this class to learn to draw the inner workings of hands and feet, such as how to simplify forms, analyze the anatomy of bones and muscles, draw the effects of aging, and study proportions. By the end of this class, you will finally draw hands and feet with confidence! Prerequisite: Drawing: All Levels or equivalent experience.
ARTS:721 | $69 | Age 60+: $45.50
F04 | Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Elizabeth Kern | Sept. 11-25 | FP - G, 409

NEW! Drawing with Color Pastels

Bring the world of color into your drawing by using soft pastels. Develop drawing skills and learn a variety of techniques while exploring the fundamentals of composition and color theory. Previous drawing or painting experience required. Supply list sent. Bring art supplies to first class.
ARTS:721 | $105 | Age 60+: $61
F01 | Tu 6:30-9 p.m. | Brenda Schilling | Sept. 4-Oct. 9 | FV - H, 104

NEW! Portrait Drawing

In this class, we will discuss getting a likeness, the planes of the human head, age differences, proportion, the skull and underlying musculature, and how to properly place the head on the neck. We will also discuss lighting and shading, and how to position the head on the drawing paper for aesthetic appeal. Supply list sent.
ARTS:721 | $69 | Age 60+: $45.50
F07 | W 10 a.m.-noon | Elizabeth Kern | Oct. 10-24 | MC - CE Classroom

Picture Book Illustration

Are you a lover of children's storybooks with a desire to illustrate your own? Join us to plot out a story into a six-page counting book starting with thumbnails, then sketches, making a book dummy, and painting final artwork. You will leave with your book-ready to keep and share on your own, or take the next step and submit to publishers!
ARTS:721 | $105 | Age 60+: $61
F02 | W 6-9 p.m. | Sean Long | Sept. 5-26 | MC - HE, 125

Right Brain Drawing

Learn to tap into the right side of your brain for creative projects! Drawing exercises utilize the more creative, less analytical hemisphere to unleash your potential artist. You'll make the mental shift to a state where drawing is pleasurable, meditative and frees you from anxiety. Instructor has years of experience in assisting students to access their creative mind! Supply list sent. Textbook required bring to first class. "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th ed." ISBN 978-1585429202.
ARTS:721 | $105 | Age 60+: $61
F05 | Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Mary Feagan | Sept. 18-Nov. 13 | Kirkwood Sr. HS, SA1
NOTE: No class Oct. 16.

Travel Drawing

See St. Louis through the eyes of a traveler! Whether a long time resident or a newcomer, this basic drawing class will explore elements of drawing such as sketching, figure gestures, perspective, landscape, value, and composition through on-site drawing experiences at locations around St. Louis City. Drawing materials range from pen, ink, and watercolor to pencil. Students will learn through demos, hands-on experience, and feedback sessions. The instructor will tailor lessons to the level of the students. This class emphasizes building a sense of community. By the end of class, students should have multiple skills that they can use in their own travels in and outside of St. Louis. Supply list and first meeting location will be sent. Supplies and locations discussed at the first class, which will meet at instructor's art studio. Prerequisite: students must be able to walk 15 minutes at a time.
ARTS:721 | $105 | Age 60+: $61
F08 | Sa 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Sarah Paulsen | Oct. 20-Dec. 1 | FP - Off Campus

Botanical Illustration: Colored Pencils

The focus of this class will be the plant kingdom, and the medium will be colored pencil. By learning about antique styles, you will be inspired to create contemporary pieces using modern methods. Join us to delve into drawing, texture, color, and composition using dried plants, fruit, and fresh flowers as models. All levels welcome. Supply list sent.
ARTS:709 | $105 | Age 60+: $61
F03 | Th Noon-3 p.m. | Maureen Brodsky | Sept. 6-Oct. 4 | MC - CE Classroom

Painting

NEW! Sumi-e Watercolor: An Appreciation

Join us for an introductory class on Japanese-style ink and watercolor painting. From grinding our ink to simple strokes to painting on rice paper, we will explore the delicate iconographic painting of Japan. A supply list will be sent with easily obtainable traditional materials and modern substitutes. Wear old clothes as sumi-e ink stains. Supply list sent.
ARTS:735 | $105 | Age 60+: $61
F02 | M Noon-3 p.m. | Maureen Brodsky | Nov. 5-Dec. 3 | MC - CE Classroom

Watercolor: Beginning Techniques

Paint the brilliant color and fluid stroke of watercolor. Explore paint, paper and brush techniques. Course will cover a variety of subject matters in a supportive atmosphere. Supply list sent.
ARTS:735 | $105 | Age 60+: $61
F01 | Tu 1-3:30 p.m. | Maureen Brodsky | Aug. 28-Oct. 9 | MC - CE Classroom
NOTE: No class Sept. 11.

Watercolor: Intermediate/Advanced Techniques

Paint transparent watercolor on a more advanced level. Students must be proficient in drawing with basic watercolor skills. Attempt the more difficult techniques of layered washes, modeling with color, unusual textural accents, and more. Prerequisite: Beginning Watercolor class or equivalent experience.
ARTS:736
15 hours | $105 | Age 60+: $61
F06 | Tu 13:30 p.m. | Maureen Brodsky | Oct. 23-Nov. 27 | MC - CE Classroom
30 hours | $205 | Age 60+: $142
F01 | W 12-2:30 p.m. | Nancy Muschany | Aug. 29-Nov. 14 | St. John's Evangelical UCC
F02 | Th 12:30-3 p.m. | Nancy Muschany | Aug. 30-Nov. 15 | St. John's Evangelical UCC
F03 | F 9 a.m.-Noon | Phyllis Smith Piffel | Aug. 31-Nov. 9 | Ellisville, Bluebird Park
NOTE: No class Oct. 19.
F04 | F 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Phyllis Smith Piffel | Aug. 31-Nov. 9 | Ellisville, Bluebird Park
NOTE: No class 10/19. Course start date moved to Aug. 31.
F05 | M Noon-2:30 p.m. | Nancy Muschany | Sept. 10-Nov. 26 | St. John's Evangelical UCC

Botanical Illustration: Watercolor

The focus of this class will be the plant kingdom, and the medium will be watercolor paints. By learning about antique styles, you will be inspired to create contemporary pieces using modern methods. Join us to delve into drawing, texture, color, and composition using dried plants, fruit, and fresh flowers as models. All levels welcome. Supply list sent.
ARTS:709 | $105 | Age 60+: $61
F07 | Th Noon-3 p.m. | Maureen Brodsky | Oct. 18-Nov. 15 | MC - CE Classroom

Oil or Acrylic Painting: All Levels

Explore oil paint's richness or acrylic's speed in a class that covers color theory, artistic perception, composition, and paint mixing/application. Progress at your own rate with individualized instruction as you learn techniques to enhance painting skills. Recommend beginning students attend first three classes. Supply list sent. Bring supplies to first class. Water-based oils are the only type allowed in the classroom.
ARTS:740
15 hours | $105 | Age 60+: $73.50
F02 | Tu 2-5 p.m. | Michelle Ochonicky | Sept. 11-Oct. 9 | Eureka Community Ctr
F03 | Tu 6-9 p.m. | Michelle Ochonicky | Sept. 11-Oct. 9 | WW, 309
F04 | Tu 2-5 p.m. | Michelle Ochonicky | Oct. 23-Nov. 20 | Eureka Community Ctr
F05 | Tu 6-9 p.m. | Michelle Ochonicky | Oct. 23-Nov. 20 | WW, 309
30 hours | $205 | Age 60+: $142
F01 | Tu 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Lisa Payne | Sept. 4-Nov. 6 | Nottingham School, 110
NOTE: Class start time changed from 5:45 to 5:30.

Oil Or Acrylic: Advanced Painting Techniques

Only for experienced artists who want to paint for fun, relaxation or have a goal of eventually selling paintings. Get some formal instruction in color, technique or composition. Work at your own pace. Bring art supplies to first class. Water-based oil paints will be the only type of oil paint accepted in the classroom.
ARTS:746 | $205 | Age 60+: $142
F01 | W 6-9 p.m. | Brenda Schilling | Sept. 5-Nov. 14 | Clayton HS, 24
NOTE: No class Oct. 17.

Acrylic Impressions: Beginning

In this beginning course, you will learn how to paint like the Impressionists. You'll work in a small size to quickly complete your own vibrant, light-filled piece. Instructor provides prints and photos. Painting board provided. Supply list sent. This class is for beginners only.
ARTS:748 | $85 | Age 60+: $65.50
F10 | F 9-11 a.m. | Phyllis Smith Piffel | Nov. 16-Dec. 14 | MC - CE Classroom
NOTE: No class  Nov. 23.

Acrylic Impressions: Intermediate/Advanced

In this follow up course, you will how to loosen your style to paint like the Impressionists. You'll work in a small size to quickly complete your own vibrant, light-filled piece. Instructor provides prints and photos. Painting board provided. Supply list sent. Prerequisite: Acrylic Impressions-Beginning class.
ARTS:748 | $205 | Age 60+: $142
F02 | Tu 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Phyllis Smith Piffel | Sept. 4-Nov. 13 | Kirkwood Community Ctr
NOTE: No class Oct.  16.
F03 | Tu 6-9 p.m. | Phyllis Smith Piffel | Sept. 4-Nov. 13 | MC - SO, 112
NOTE: No class  Oct. 16.

Acrylic Impressions: Workshop

An accelerated workshop. You'll work in a small size to quickly complete your own vibrant, light-filled piece. Instructor provides prints and photos. Painting board provided. Supply list sent. All levels welcome.
ARTS:748 | $105 | Age 60+: $68.50
F11 | Tu 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Phyllis Smith Piffel | Nov. 20-Dec. 11 | Kirkwood Community Ctr

First Impressions: Monet in a Day-Marine, Pourville

A great way to learn art is by standing on the shoulders of the giants who have gone before us! Learn the basic elements of composition, color, drawing, and much more by copying this masterful painting by Monet: Marine, Pourville. You will be guided step-by-step through the entire process, shown how to mix paint, where to apply it, what kind of brushstroke to use, and how to progress. This is truly a wonderful way to learn the elements of art and end up with a lovely painting in the process! No prerequisite, this class is for those who have never picked up a brush or just enjoys painting. All supplies included in the cost of the class. LAST DAY TO ENROLL OR DROP IS 11/5. NO REFUNDS AFTER THIS DATE.
ARTS:748 | $99 | Age 60+: $81
F09 | Th 5-9 p.m. | Elizabeth Kern | Nov. 15 | Nottingham School, 105

NEW! Monday Mornings with Monet

Got a case of the Meh Mondays? Join us for Monday Mornings with Monet and you will not be disappointed! You will explore the basics of art in a slow-paced, easy-to-follow way while painting Monet's famous masterwork, Red Boats, Argenteuil. Instruction will be step by step. Painting will be demonstrated, and as the instructor paints, you will follow along. Periodic breaks will be given. This is truly a wonderful way to learn the elements of art and end up with a lovely painting in the process! No prerequisite, this class is for those who have never picked up a brush or just enjoy painting. LAST DAY TO ENROLL OR DROP IS THURSDAY, 9/24. NO REFUNDS AFTER THIS DATE.
ARTS:748 | $105 | Age 60+: $77.50
F06 | M 10 a.m.-noon | Elizabeth Kern | Oct. 1-22 | MC - CE Classroom

Painting Plein Air: St. Louis Cityscapes

Paint St. Louis plein air (outside) and explore the language of color. Paint at a variety of locations like Soulard, Lafayette Square, Forest Park and the Central West End. The class will focus on using a limited palette as well as experience the different emotions of color while painting light. All mediums are welcome. Supplies and locations will be discussed at the first class, which will meet at Forest Park campus for one hour. All following sessions are for two hours and meet in different locations around the city. Provide your own transportation.
ARTS:748 | $105 | Age 60+: $61
F01 | W 1-3 p.m. | Maureen Brodsky | Aug. 22-Oct. 10 | FP - G, 409
NOTE: No class  Sept. 19.

NEW! BYOB Painting I

Bring your own favorite beverage to sip as you paint a maybe-masterpiece on stretched canvas in this fun, one-evening class! No previous art experience is needed as a professional artist leads the class through every step to complete a season-right painting of autumn acorns. All art supplies provided. Please bring a paint shirt or apron, sense of humor, and your own beverage-of-choice. This painting will be different than the one offered in BYOB Painting II.
ARTS:748 | $39 | Age 60+: $29
F05 | W 6-9 p.m. | Michelle Ochonicky | Sept. 12 | Kirkwood Community Ctr

NEW! BYOB Painting II

Bring your own favorite beverage to sip as you paint a maybe-masterpiece on stretched canvas in this fun, one-evening class! No previous art experience is needed as a professional artist leads the class through every step to complete a landscape painting. All art supplies provided. Please bring a paint shirt or apron, sense of humor, and your own beverage-of-choice. This painting will be different than the one offered in BYOB Painting I.
ARTS:748 | $39 | Age 60+: $29
F07 | W 6-9 p.m. | Michelle Ochonicky | Oct. 10 | Kirkwood Community Ctr
NOTE: Catalog incorrectly listed that students would complete a painting of autumn acorns.

Pottery

Pottery: All Levels

Explore projects in which skills in hand-building (for beginners) and wheel throwing (for more advanced students) are investigated and improved. All levels of experience are welcome. Fee includes most materials.
ARTS:727 | $139 | Age 60+: $105
F01 | Sa 9:30 a.m.-noon | Sheow Chang | Aug. 18-Sept. 29 | FV - H, 109
NOTE: No class  Sept. 1.
F02 | Tu 7-9:30 p.m. | Carl Behmer | Sept. 4-Oct. 9 | FV - H, 109
F03 | Sa 9:30 a.m.-noon | Sheow Chang | Oct. 6-Nov. 10 | FV - H, 109
F04 | Tu 7-9:30 p.m. | Carl Behmer | Oct. 23-Nov. 27 | FV - H, 109

Vinyl Cutting

NEW! Introduction to Cutting Vinyl

Are you interested in starting your own career in apparel printing or sign making? Are you a hobbyist who loves scrap booking, interior design, or fashion? If so, this is the course for you! You will learn the basics of computer aided design (CAD) vinyl cutting to produce original content that can be used to enhance clothing and vehicles as well as decorate living and office spaces. Please bring a plain t-shirt to class so that you may leave with a design of your own to wear!
ARTS:765 | $119 | Age 60+: $78.50
F01 | Sa 9 a.m.-noon | Shawn Harrell | Sept. 8-29 | FP - G, 409

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