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Magdalena Segovia’s Classes

Drawing Class

the drawing course will uses a variety of materials from charcoal, color pencil, graphite, ink and pastels. All new students are introduced first to the different ways of translating what they see on paper using pencils. They are taught the different ways to translate what they see on paper, the rendition of light and shadow, line quality and its characteristics, human anatomy, still life, landscape, perspective, cartoon drawing and abstract drawing. From close professional instruction to independent project time, our courses are tailored not only to introduce new students to the medium of drawing, but also provide a valuable progression and continuation of fundamental techniques that are integral to a range of different media.The format of this class is intendent for students over 12 yrs old to adults.

Painting Classes

- These are painting classes for beginner to advanced students. The aim of this class is to help students develop a pictorial reality or style of their own, while also learning the different concepts involved with the different styles of painting.

Acrylics are an important medium to the contemporary painter thus the class is taught mainly with acrylic paint because of the paint’s quick drying time and its relevance.

The use of acrylics gives the student the opportunity for the teacher to correct them within a class period and develop their skills quickly. Nevertheless those who desire to mainly work in oil may, for the use of oil will also be introduced in the course. The mechanics of this class work as follow: each session the teacher will have a studio set up for the students to paint. These studios will be designed with the purpose of teaching the students a new concept in painting. The next session the class will study a particular painter. For those students who already have individual projects the teacher will coach them and give advice on the different concepts and techniques they need to better develop. As a result of the small amount of students per class, every student is insured adequate attention from the teacher, and is allowed to work at their own pace.

Frecuently ask questions-

1.- Why dont you teach drawing for children, shoulnd't drawing be the basis?

Not all good drawing students make good painters and vise versa and yet all are developing/learning artist.

Children are more drawn to color and will be more artistically productive when offered this. Nevertheless at the painting classes they have to draw before they paint. the drawing classes I offer are more technical and I do have some students who after taking some years of painting have join the drawing course as a complementary instruction

2- What is the mechanics of the class, how do you teach the children?

Any "want to be artist" on a two dimensional plane ( painting or drawing) comes to this classes to be instucted on the tools needed to create this illusion. The first time student will be given a flower pot or something similar to be painted from real. since painting ALL the details from a real image is a difficult task even for experimental artist. this will give me an idea on the way they " translate " way the student sees into the two dimensional form in order to comunicate to a viewer. after this I know what they need to learn in order to become a better artist.

3- Do we have to buy the materials on the first day of class and why those especific ones?

yes, if your student likes art, even if she or he doesnt continue those are materials theyll use for other projects. The especific list are colors designed to be able to create all the different shades using the method by Michael Wilcox.




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