Ongoing Realistic Drawing/Painting Classes
Students in Shane's class work individually at their own pace and on their own projects 90% of the time. This class is ideal for students who have had some previous drawing or painting instruction, and are wanting to improve their skills using oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, or just about any media they choose.
2017 Fall Schedule:
Thursdays, 9:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Sundays, 12 noon - 3 p.m.
Through Sept. 17 — starting again October 1, 2017.
Classes are ongoing except around holidays.
Regular Agenda (click to view more)
While Shane provides instruction, mentoring, easels and small tables in the studio, prospective students are asked to bring their ideas, sketch or photo references, and art materials. Shane will explain and demonstrate exercises and techniques that will allow each student's personal style to come through their work.
Shane begins class by walking from one student to another individually critiquing each student's progress on his or her project. Each person receives instruction in the form of recommendations, encouraging comments, and answers to questions. Sometimes Shane will quickly sketch ideas for students who have trouble visualizing ways to solve artwork problems. If permission is granted by the student, Shane will also demonstrate techniques on the students' work.
It's good to periodically change the working process—and when the class agrees as a group, a mini-workshop is scheduled to enable the mutual benefit of working together step-by-step on a similar project. Group instruction or demonstrations on certain topics pertinent to realistic representation are offered. On some days a portrait or figure model will be hired and students participate the entire session working from the model. A $10 model fee will be requested for figure sessions.
Anyone 13 or older who has previously taken a drawing or painting class with Shane or another instructor is eligible to participate.
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Class Pricing (click to view more)
$120 for any four Art Class dates scheduled above (scroll up for calendar)
You may pay by check made out to Shane McDonald Studios and mail to:
585 Cobb Pkwy S, Studio K1
Marietta, GA 30060
Each additional attended class of the dates above will be $30.
Email email@example.com to reserve your spot starting on a specific date.
$40 Drop-in (Please call in advance)
If you're not new to taking art classes, please start the first day with the materials you already own. Shane will give further instructions based on what you need for your own projects. Most of Shane's students either draw or paint with this general list of supplies with an explanation of their use. For a brief overview, click to reveal more information below:
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The easiest and best way Shane can help you achieve your desired effect in painting is through the use of references.
- Painting ideas on paper: photos that you take yourself, your own sketches, magazine pictures, or reproductions of masterful paintings
- Still-life objects: If space permits, you may bring your own simple objects to paint in a quick still-life setup (which must be taken down at the end of class) or you may use my collection of still-life objects. Please be prepared to light your setup on your own. You may take digital reference images of the still-life at the end of class.
Make it easy on yourself by keeping your supplies together. The use of inexpensive rolling travel bags work well for the transport of supplies.
- Non-painters: any container for storage of pencils, erasers, brushes, straight-edge, sharpener, etc.
- Painters: a tackle box or a small rolling suitcase that holds drawing materials, paints,gesso, brushes, painting medium, brush cleaner, and other small tools is ideal.
Art Discovery with the Masters with instructor Allison Doke
October 12 - November 16
Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
6 week session: $90
Supply Fee: $20
Learn to draw and paint while studying the great masters in art history. From Renaissance to Realism, this class will teach children the fundamentals of art by focusing on a different artist each week. We will work in a variety of mediums and techniques from drawing with charcoal to painting with a palette knife. Children will learn about artists such as da Vinci, Van Gogh, Dali, O’Keeffe, and others. Supply fee will include a small sketchbook for the children to take home and create weekly drawings.
Learn more: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Painting of trees by Charles Scogins
Art class instructed by
Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
October 7 - November 25, 2017
8 Week Session: $150
This is an eight week class in a studio format so that students can work on subjects of their choice and at their own particular skill level from beginner to advanced.
Charles encourages students to work from life, but in this studio class format, using photographic reference is acceptable. Charles does not believe there is much benefit from copying paintings, so students are encouraged to pick subjects that they find exciting and are invested in painting. Such practice gives students a much better chance of coming out with a satisfying experience and result.
- The class is open to a variety of media with exception to
pastels (due to breathing issues with that medium).
- Color, composition, and a variety of approaches to painting will be discussed.
will bring their own supplies but easels are available on site.
- Please have at least the primary and secondary colors available plus white in opaque mediums, (Yellow, Red, Blue, Violet, Green and Orange).
- Flat brushes work best and you need not go out and spend large
amounts of money on them.
- A palette knife would also be useful.
Students of Charles Scogins paint outdoors.
Painting of a student from a class demonstration by Charles Scogins.
Questions? E-mail Charles Scogins (email@example.com)
Life Drawing/Figure Painting Group
Shane McDonald periodically hosts an open figure drawing/painting session at the studio. The meetings are relaxed and friendly. If you're interested in attending for the first time, please give Shane a call: (770) 218-0676 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sundays 4-7 p.m. starting October 1, 2017
Join Shane McDonald's Figure Drawing/Painting Facebook Group for frequent updates on the schedule of models and to share your work.
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$12 - Drop-in (please call (404) 502-6829 if you are new to the group)
$8 - Drop-in (for college students with valid college ID)
$40 - Five consecutive sessions hosted at the studio (BEST DEAL! - paid at the first session)
The group generally starts with 2-minute gesture poses, followed by a single long pose that lasts for the remainder of the evening. Model breaks take place every 25 minutes. This agenda may change on days when a model is scheduled to pose for consecutive sessions enabling artists to complete more elaborate works.
Cameras are allowed, but please respect the model's right not to be photographed. Artists should ask the model individually and discretely if they allow photographic references to be taken. Please do not assume that permission given to one artist is granted to all artists. Please always tip the model if you take photos. (Suggested tip: $2-5.)
Things to bring:
The studio supplies easels for up to 12 people on a first-come first-served basis. Bring your own drawing board, drawing paper and tools. If you want to paint, please use odorless mineral spirits bought from an art store (hardware store brands are not really odorless). Many people bring wine and snacks to share. Music will be played — hopefully for your enjoyment.