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Beginning Painting with Shawn Dell Joyce

Fridays, 6 classes

1pm – 4pm

Offered For:

Winter Session 2 (March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7)

Spring Session (April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26)

Learn the same way the Old Masters learned, and taught their apprentices. Start with basic composition skills by working from direct observation. Draw your subject then paint it. Learn traditional skills like sight-size drawing, color mixing and color theory, color temperatures and values, and study how light falls on objects and people. Class is progressive, starting with basics like shape and form, then brush skills and exercises to learn the purpose of different brushes, and working from limited palette, and grisaille. Practice tonality by painting shapes and blocks, then translating that to complex shapes like seashells and still life. Work from Caravaggio’s values and chiaroscuro painting, Rembrandt’s edges and forms, Sorolla’s color temperature, and DaVinci’s proportions. Perfect class for a motivated beginner who wants to learn the skills to paint and develop their own style.

Class will be on easels in a studio with controlled lighting and simple subjects. You will be painting and drawing from direct observation. You can choose to stand or sit during painting. Class starts with examples of old master’s works in the same topic, then a demonstration by instructor, and individual attention while you paint from direct observation. Some classes will be all studies, some will be working on a single painting.

Supply List:

– 8 Canvas panels 11×14 or 12×16 or canvas pad

– Acrylic or oil paints in a basic set or individual colors:

  • Titanium White
  • Raw Umber (not Burnt Umber)
  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Cadmium Lemon Yellow
  • Cerulean Blue or Cobalt Blue

– Set of three brushes:

  • Filbert or flat 1/2
  • Pointed round #1,2,3, or 4
  • & a round #8
– Palette or painting knife
– If using oils, please bring a jar of linseed oil or odorless mineral spirits
– Dishcloth or rag
– Pencil
– Sketchbook

Non-Members: $210

Members: $160

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For more information or to register over the phone, please call the Morean Arts Center at 727.822.7872

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Instructor Bio:

Shawn Dell Joyce began her career as an artist’s apprentice in NY’s SoHo area in the 1980’s and worked in the studios of many prestigious artists. Her entrepreneurial spirit called her North to the Hudson Valley, where she began teaching a series of plein air painting classes in 2000. Her classes became so popular that she hired other artists, and founded a plein air school with an Arts and Agricultural mission based on the historic Hudson River School.  Almost twenty years later, her nonprofit has grown to encompass a beautiful historic home with 5 classrooms, three galleries, 25 teaching artists and 40 represented artists. Joyce continues to be executive director of the Wallkill River School of Art, a nonprofit arts organization with a mission of preserving agricultural history while creating economic opportunity for local artists. The Wallkill River School brings cultural tourism to the Hudson Valley region through plein air painting workshops and events on local farms, historic sites and open spaces.

Shawn Dell Joyce has won many prestigious awards for including 1st in the Quick Draw at the 2017 Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, and People’s Choice in the International Plein Air Paint Out 2005 in Niagara Falls.  She is a signature member of New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP), and International Plein Air Painters (IPAP), and has been featured in many national newspapers and magazines like the New York Times and Plein Air Magazine. She has participated in many national exhibits and plein air festivals, and is represented by galleries in NY and Florida. She teaches workshops in pastel and plein air techniques across the country. Her work is included in collections in the Georges Pompidou Museum in France and the Museum of Modern Art in NY.