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Classical Training for Artists with Shawn Dell Joyce

Tuesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm


Offered for:

Winter Session 1 (Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8)

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.

Materials list:

  • 8 Canvases 11×14 or 12×16 or canvas pad
  • Oil or acrylic paints: primary colors; red, yellow, blue plus black and white-Actual colors: cadmium red med., cadmium yellow light and medium, cereleun blue and ultramarine blue, plus alizarin crimson, raw umber
  • Filbert or flat brushes size ½, 1 in, and small liner
  • Sketch book, charcoal and pencil

You can order curbside delivery from Michael’s or delivery from Jerry’s Artarama and get all your materials for around $75 or less. Please don’t purchase expensive materials, use what you have.

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.

Members – $153

Non-Members – $203

Sign up for a membership HERE, and receive $50 off
To register by phone, please call the Morean Arts Center at 727.822.7872

About Shawn Dell Joyce

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.