Fine Arts

Personal Enrichment

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Want to take art classes in St Louis? Discover, sample and expand your artistic talent with drawing classes, pottery classes, or painting classes. All of these classes are offered right here in st louis. St. Louis Community college has a fine arts schools right here in St Louis.

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Art Appreciation

Artful Saturdays

Enjoy three Saturday mornings exploring museum collections. Led by art historian Betsy Solomon, explore a specific theme each weekend: Oct. 5: A Selection of Baroque Art; Oct. 12: Isms of the 19th Century; Oct. 19: Betsy’s Picks. Participants must provide their own transportation. Meet in Sculpture Hall inside the main entrance to the Cass Gilbert (original) Saint Louis Art Museum building.
ARTS:705 | 3 sessions | $54 AGE 60+ | $69 REG

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Color Theory

Work with paint or collage to create a different work each week that explores a principle of color theory. Whether you are a new or experienced artist, learn to further enhance the use of color in your artworks. Topics include color vocabulary, color wheel and color systems, working with grays, and color harmonies.
ARTS:703 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

All About Framing Artwork

Join us for a crash course in what’s new in framing as well as framing design basics. Explore 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.) Traditional and non-traditional custom framing and DIY ideas presented. Bring questions and photos of your rooms and art or bring your art!
ARTS:765 | 5 sessions | $21.50 AGE 60+ | $29 REG

Drawing

Drawing: All Levels

All levels of drawing ability are welcome to this flexible class covering an array of diverse drawing topics. The fundamental tools of how to approach line, perspective, value and composition are introduced/reinforced. Students will use pencil, conté crayon, and charcoal. Supply list sent.
ARTS:709 | 6 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

Drawing: Beginning/Intermediate

Beginning students will learn the tools, materials, and visual and artistic perception essential to drawing, as returning students 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, conté crayon and charcoal. Supply list sent. Supply list sent.
ARTS:709 | 6 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

Drawing: Traditional Pencil Basics I

Discover the fundamentals of an essential art using 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 | 4 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

NEW!  Drawing: Traditional Pencil Basics II

Hone the skills you learned in Traditional Pencil Basics I while focusing on the next levels for your drawing. This studio-based course will allow time for you to draw with a mixture of five-, 30- and 60-minute exercises. Prerequisite: Drawing: Traditional Pencil Basics I or equivalent.
ARTS:709 | 4 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

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 | 6 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

Figure Drawing: Beginning

Draw with gesture, line, shape and value in relation to a human figure with emphasis on accurate proportions and finding the rhythmic lines within the human body. Individualized instruction emphasized. Prerequisite: Drawing: Beginning/Intermediate or equivalent experience. Supply list sent. Nude models used. Classroom has tables and stools. Bring a tabletop easel if you wish.
ARTS:718 | 6 sessions | $82 AGE 60+ | $139 REG

Figure Drawing: Intermediate/Advanced

Draw with gesture, line, shape and value in relation to a human figure. Strong anatomical study is practiced, as well as finding the planes of the figure, drawing the skeleton, muscle groups, and light on form. Individualized instruction emphasized. Supply list sent. Nude models used. Classroom has tables and stools. Bring a tabletop easel if you wish.
ARTS:718 | 6 sessions | $82 AGE 60+ | $139 REG

Portrait Drawing

Learn how to achieve 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 | 3 sessions | $65.50 AGE 60+ | $85 REG

Picture Book Illustration

Are you a lover of children’s storybooks with a desire to illustrate your own? Join us to plot your story into a six-page counting book through the creation of thumbnails then sketches, making a book dummy before 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 | 4 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

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Round out your book-creation aspirations with a writing class…we offer a variety!

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 introductory course focuses on how to draw a portrait using degrees 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 | 4 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

Botanical Illustration: Colored Pencils

In this color pencil course focused on the plant kingdom as subject matter, learn about antique styles and finding inspiration 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 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

Perspective Drawing and Still Life

Explore drawing fundamentals of line, perspective, value and composition in a relaxed atmosphere. No experience is necessary and you will receive individualized instruction. Intermediate level students will advance with more sophisticated projects. Supply list discussed at first class. Bring pencil and sketch pad to first class.
ARTS:709 | 6 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

Right Brain Drawing

Learn ways 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 Edition.” ISBN 978-1585429202.
ARTS:721 | 8 sessions. | $70 AGE 60+ | $119 REG

Sketchbook: Doodling with a Purpose

Join us to experiment with your drawing techniques. This class focuses on making marks, drawing the same subject in varying ways, developing compositions and refining drawing styles. We will explore nature and daily life through sketch and nature journaling. We will also incorporate found items and bits of inspiration to develop a daily sketch practice. Supply list sent.
ARTS:721 | 6 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

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. Lessons tailored to the level of students. Course emphasizes building a sense of community. By the end of class, students should have multiple skills they can use in their own travels in and outside of St. Louis. Supplies and locations discussed at the first class, which will meet for an hour at instructor’s art studio. Prerequisite: students must be able to walk 15 minutes at a time.
ARTS:721 | 6 sessions | $70 AGE 60+ | $119 REG

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 welcome. Fee includes most materials.
ARTS:727 | 6 sessions | $102.50 AGE 60+ | $139 REG

Painting

Watercolor: Beginning Techniques

Paint the brilliant color and fluid stroke of watercolor, exploring paint, paper and brush techniques. Course covers a variety of subject matters in a supportive atmosphere. Supply list sent.
ARTS:735 | 6 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

Watercolor: Intermediate/Advanced Techniques

Build your watercolor skills to a more advanced level, exploring more challenging techniques of layered washes, modeling with color, unusual textural accents and more. Students must be proficient in drawing with basic watercolor skills. Prerequisite: Watercolor: Beginning Techniques or equivalent experience.
ARTS:736 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG
ARTS:736
| 10 sessions | $144 AGE 60+ | $205 REG
ARTS:736
| 12 sessions | $144 AGE 60+ | $205 REG

Botanical Illustration: Watercolor

In this watercolor course focusing on the plant kingdom as subject matter, learn about antique styles, finding inspiration 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 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

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. First three classes provide foundational and refresher guidance. Supply list sent. Bring supplies to first class. Water-based oils are the only type allowed in the classroom. No class 10/15. Cost for adults 60 and over $144. Class held at Nottingham High School Room 110.
ARTS:740 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG
ARTS:740
| 10 sessions | $144 AGE 60+ | $205 REG

Oil or Acrylic Painting: Advanced

Offered for experienced artists who want to paint for fun, relaxation or have a goal of eventually selling paintings. Enjoy 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 | 10 sessions | $144 AGE 60+ | $205 REG

Acrylic Impressions: Beginning

In this beginning course, learn how to paint like the Impressionists, working in small-scale 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 | 4 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

Acrylic Impressions: Intermediate/Advanced

In this follow-up course, learn how to loosen your style and paint like the Impressionists, working in small-scale 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 | 10 sessions | $144 AGE 60+ | $205 REG

Acrylic Impressions: Workshop

In this accelerated workshop, work in a small scale to quickly complete your own vibrant, light-filled Impressionist-inspired piece. Instructor provides prints and photos. Painting board provided. Supply list sent. All levels welcome.
ARTS:748 | 4 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

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 focuses on using a limited palette and experiencing 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 for one hour at Forest Park Visitor Center. All following sessions are for two hours and meet in different locations around the city. Provide your own transportation.
ARTS:748 | 6 sessions | $70 AGE 60+ | $119 REG

NEW! House Portraits: Watercolor or Acrylic

Honor the place you call home with a house portrait, learning techniques for correct proportions and perspective. See demonstrations on creating brick, siding, roof tiles, concrete and greenery textures. Bring in reference photos of the house you wish to paint. Work at your own pace to complete one portrait or, if desired, several portraits. All levels welcome. Supply list sent. Bring supplies to first class. 
ARTS:748 | 3 sessions | $65.50 AGE 60+ | $85 REG

NEW! Pet Portraits: Acrylic

Celebrate your pet or the pet of someone else with a unique portrait painting. It can also make a great gift. Learn techniques to achieve proper proportions, animal likeness and realistic textures (e.g. fur, feathers). The instructor will demonstrate how to paint fur (or feather) texture as well. Bring reference photos of the pet you wish to paint. All types of pets are welcome subjects. Work at your own pace to complete on portrait or, if desired, several portraits. All levels are welcome. Supply list sent. Bring supplies to first class.
ARTS:748 | 3 sessions | $65.50 AGE 60+ | $85 REG

NEW! Portrait Painting: Oil or Acrylic

Create a portrait of a friend, family member, celebrity, stranger or yourself, exploring all aspects of portrait painting. Working from mirrors or photos, explore facial proportions and methods for creating a likeness. Realistic treatment of skin tones and hair also covered. All levels welcome, though having a foundation of painting or drawing can be helpful. As the instructor demonstrates some techniques, students work at their own pace. Supply list sent. Bring supplies to first class. Water-based oils are the only type allowed in the classroom.
ARTS:748 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $105 REG

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 your very own painting of an autumn pumpkin. 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 | 1 session | $29 AGE 60+ | $39 REG

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 pine tree landscape. 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 | 1 session | $29 AGE 60+ | $39 REG

 

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