Barbara Zanelli

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Basic Drawing

March 28, 2022 1:00 pm

This class is geared for anyone with no previous instruction in drawing, or perhaps you just started taking painting classes and realize you need to brush up on your drawing skills.
You will learn step-by-step instructions on how to begin a drawing, how to sketch from life, how to arrange objects in space, how to draw for accuracy, the basics of perspective and more. We will explore line, shape and shading in a fun way by copying, drawing from life, drawing abstractly, and drawing from imagination. In each class you will build on your skills and begin drawing from life, both single objects and a still life with multiple objects. We will work primarily in pencil with some charcoal later on.

Time: Thursdays 1 – 4pm
Dates: September 16 - Nov 18 (10 sessions)
Location: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA

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Oil Painting With Color at Abington Art Center

April 7, 2022 6:30 pm

The focus of this class is on seeing the whole in harmony with its’ environment. Participants will learn to abstract objects and focus on seeing the larger color and value relationships before rendering details.
Participants will learn to see and paint the effect of light on form and its environment without getting too caught up in details. We will begin with how to start: the lay-in and gesture. After the lay-in, participants will be encouraged to paint the object/s using the largest possible color shapes and simple, strong color relationships between object and environment to express the light condition.
The focus is on getting the color and value relationships as accurately as possible while experimenting with mixing different pigments before moving on to smaller shapes. Classes will include instructor demonstrations, critiques, and individual attention at the easel. The instructor will respond to the needs of each student and address their level of development.
You will have the opportunity to work on individual projects at your own level and pace or teacher driven exercises with different problems to be solved in paint.

Time: Thursdays 6:30 – 9:30pm
Dates: April 7 - Jun 2 (9 sessions)
Location: Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046

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Portrait Painting

February 27, 2022 9:00 am

Join me at Repenning Fine Arts in Audubon, NJ on Saturday mornings from 9am-12 from April 9 - May 28, 2022 to learn to paint the portrait or to sharpen your portrait painting skills. Portrait painting can be approached the same as any other subject matter when viewed as just another way to paint the light effect on form. Participants will be led each step of the way of how to begin a portrait, to how to abstract and see the large shapes in order to paint accurate skin color and lastly painting the features by seeing like a painter rather than drawing or rendering. Portrait, like still life, is an exciting and rewarding way to explore all the facets of oil painting: color, value, composition, edges, brushwork and paint quality. You will get a lot of personal attention in this class as I demo and help direct each person at their easel. Sign up for 4 or 8 classes or ask more questions by calling Jim Repenning or Kristin McCutcheon at: (856) 310-2340

Time: Saturdays 9am – 12pm
Dates: April 9 - May 28 (8 sessions)
Location: Repenning Fine Arts, 35 Kings Highway, Audubon, NJ

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Drawing With Confidence

April 6, 2022 1:00 pm

For students just beginning to draw or for those who already have a grasp of basic drawing techniques, this class takes you deeper into form, structure, and expression. Students will be learning key concepts such as atmospheric perspective, detailed rendering and use of color. Each class features a directed exercise designed to be used for more complex subject matter. This class is intended for those who are looking to take their drawing to their next level.

Time: Wednesdays 1 – 4pm
Dates: Apr 6 - Jun 1 (10 sessions)
Location: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA

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Sketch and Draw at Journey's Way

March 8, 2022 10:00 am

This workshop is for anyone who wants to have FUN drawing, sketching, and painting. We will explore line, shape and shading with various mediums. Project: Week 1 - You will trace a delightful drawing of a camper trailer conceived by artist Nil Rocha in pencil, transfer it to watercolor paper and then draw the outlines in pen and ink and color it in with watercolor. A sample of this painting is on display in the lobby along with student’s artwork from previous classes. Each week there will be a different guided project that you will complete unless you have your own independent project idea. Basic art supplies are provided.
Artwork credit: Copy of artist Nil Rocha's camper drawing tutorial on YouTube

FEES: NOW offering a weekly “drop-in anytime” rate for people who may not want to pay in full for the month. Classic & Premier Members (paid levels) pay only $6.00 per class and Basic/Registered Members (no charge) will pay $8.00 per class. If you choose to pay for the month of classes, you will receive one free class, deducted at time of payment/ registration. This is a special one-time offer. JOIN NOW to Receive Discounts! The 2002 Membership Flyer is available. When attending the Center MASKS & 6 ft. Social Distancing Required.
For More Information Call: 215-487-1750 ext. 1101

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"The Continuum of Western Painting"

An article I wrote for the Villa Rossa Voice, Syracuse University's newsletter in Florence. Read about how my experience studying art history and painting in Florence, Italy in 1998 changed my life.
Click on Fall-Spring 2017, download, and go to page 13. Enjoy! Barbw:Sakiko

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