Classes and Workshops

A Basic Approach to Teaching

My approach to teaching is very casual yet structured at the same time. I encourage students to explore various approaches so their individual style can emerge. I am a firm believer in understanding the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Once one grasps the rules of art and design, it can be  even more fun breaking them. I encourage my students to listen to their inner voice during the art creation process, be spontaneous but also know when step by step planning is needed to achieve the results you are seeking. Most importantly, the process of art should be fun, relaxing and creative!

– Mark Collins

 

Class Registration and Information

Once class locations and times are determined, you may register and pay here online by clicking on class number and date of a specific class. All major credit cards and personal checks are accepted. You may also register by phone with a major credit card. For additional class information, class availability send email to markcollinsdesigns@gmail.com.

 

Class Location(s)

New classes now forming at The Lyceum Hall, Burlington, NJ. Register now!

 

 

Fundamentals of Drawing

Cost: TBD

10 sessions

This 10 week class teaches first time/beginning students the fundamental principles of drawing. Working with pencil and charcoal, students learn to use line, value, shape, and form. Learn to “draw what you see” by developing and understanding how to see as an artist. Learn various drawing techniques, the proper use of various drawing materials and explore using different types of drawing paper. The class works from a variety of still life subjects and photographs.

WINTER 2016

Location and dates to be determined

SPRING 2016

Location and dates to be determined

Acrylic Painting

Cost: $90

10 sessions

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Learn for thyself painting techniques of yore. Opulent skills that have stood the test of time and the rigors of antiquity and modernity. Using your own daguerreotype (photograph) for subject matter, learn to paint in layers using a triadic color palette and a monochromatic underpainting, while incorporating staining and glazing techniques. The basics of color theory and the different types of acrylic paints will be discussed.

WINTER 2016

SPRING 2016

Location and dates to be determined

Mixed Media: Gouache and Pastels

$90

10 sessions

In this 10-week class, learn to use opaque watercolor (gouache) as an underpainting with bold applications of pastels on top to create paintings loaded with color and vitality! Explore endless color possibilities with this approach to art. The matte finish of the two mediums allows for the perfect union and is challenging to the viewer to discern where the gouache ends and the pastel begins.

WINTER 2016

SPRING 2016

Composition Class - The Great Compositional Conundrum

Cost: $90

10 sessions

What to do, what to do?  Your picture doesn’t look quite right to you.  Your picture is just little off and with incredulity you scoff.  What could this grand dilemma be, why it’s most likely composition you see! Join designer and artist Mark Collins and learn the principles and elements of design. The principles of design are the laws for designing anything and the elements of design are the tools that are used to make a great composition. Learn how to analyze why a composition works and how to fix a weak composition when it doesn't.. These concepts will teach you how to make the great composition every time.

 

WINTER 2016

SPRING 2016

Location and dates to be determined

Drop-In Drawing & Painting

Cost: TBD

per session

In this ongoing class, each student works independently from their own photographs in their medium of choice. Subjects can be figurative, still life, animals and landscapes. Your instructor offers constructive feedback throughout class session demonstrating by example and or offering successful approaches in the development of each student’s work. This is a great class to fine tune your existing skills, learn new techniques and be creative. Beginner to advanced artists are welcome.

WINTER 2016

Location and dates to be determined

SPRING 2016

Location and dates to be determined

Portfolio Development Workshop

$195

6 sessions

This class will assist middle and high school students develop a portfolio of work that can be used for college applications or for personal artistic development. Students will learn how to develop portfolio pieces that express their own creative voice and strengthen their fine art skills. This class will review the elements and principles of design and composition, problem solving and conceptual thinking to aid the artist in creating pieces that represent their ideas. Students work in various mediums of their choice resulting in a body of work that demonstrates technical skills, idea development, risk taking and the individual's artistic strengths.  This class is ideal for students who are developing a portfolio with the goal of attending an art college or university.

 

Materials will be determined in consultation with the teacher on an individual basis during the first session to reflect each students choice of media.

WINTER 2016

Location and dates to be determined

SPRING 2016

Location and dates to be determined

Drawing & Painting Studio

$195

6 sessions

It is an open studio style where each student gets personal attention working with their own subject and chosen medium. Fine tune your existing drawing or painting skills in this 6 session class as your instructor offers constructive feed back throughout class sessions demonstrating by example and or offering successful approaches in the development of each student's work. Observation skills and compositional development are emphasized as well as the most effective use of student's chosen medium. These studio sessions are for intermediate to advanced artists where each student’s creativity and personal vision are encouraged.

WINTER 2016

SPRING 2016

Location and dates to be determined

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