Launching a new ship: Art classes by Lara
My goal in teaching art is not geared towards a one time effort, but for the exploration and sheer science (theory, execution and observation included) and understanding of each medium so the 'student' can expand and create at will. In order to create anything, one must first understand what is available, the limits of the medium of choice, and what instance each will work best for their design. Art supplies and their chemical make up have come a long way in the last 100 years alone, so I will try my very best to help you understand the origins and current alterations for each as we approach them. That may sound like esoteric knowledge to some, but I prefer to work smarter not harder!
Drawing: I believe drawing is the strongest foundation for any artist. This includes learning generic art terms such as Chiaroscuro, use of line, perspective, crosshatching and many more that will provide an excellent basis for all other mediums. Sub-context: charcoal, graphite, lighting, negative and positive space, surface choices, etc.
Watercolor: This medium is not as easy as one would think to manipulate. Admittedly it frustrates me (I like to dive in and move forward quickly, this one requires drying time) but the end results are absolutely beautiful. Sketching a layout can often reinforce watercolor or even masking out certain areas to preserve white from the original paper surface. Sub-context: guache, watercolor sticks or pencils, watercolor pens, resists, salt, masking fluid, dry vs wet, hot press paper vs cold press, paper weight, etc.
Painting: Oil or acrylic...which to choose? For the past 15 years I have used acrylic simply because I have been raising two children and didn't want to follow the trail of one tiny little dab all through my house. That thought aside, oil paint can be used by both children and adults as long as they understand just how messy it can be. Acrylic can be found in a simi-solid state for a thicker application, or a more liquid state for thin layers. Again, my aim is to help you learn to explore your medium of choice so that you can elaborate in your own way. Sub-context: use of thinners or thickeners, layering, oil and water, drying agents, drawing vs painting, linen- canvas- or wood, stretching and priming, etc.
Mixed Media: Oil and water don't mix, so which do I choose? Logic is the basis for exploring mixed media and the sky is the limit. My advice? Try it and see what happens, that way you'll never forget! Sub-context: to paint- draw- or both, metal, sculpture, balance, proportion, layering, wood, paper, canvas, etc.