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Water Street Studios School of Art


in Summer 2021

How to Paint Portraits in Oil


with Tina Figarelli

Calendar Jun 2, 2021 at 7 pm, runs for 5 weeks

New! Using a variety of live demos, handouts, references, and critiques learn how to complete a traditional portrait oil painting. Working from a photo, paint either a self-portrait or a portrait of a friend or family member. You’re encouraged to introduce elements meaningful to your subject into the portrait. The final painting will be a (11” x 14”) piece of art ready to frame.

Designed for students with some painting and drawing experience, age 16 and above. Course# PNT110.321.01

What you will need for this course: Supply needs can be found at the link. It is not necessary to purchase from Blick, but look for similar items.

 For safety, mask are required until further notice.

Full Course

Watercolor Painting for Beginners - Online


with Kevin Hunter

Calendar Jun 9, 2021 at 7 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Join artist Kevin Hunter on a journey into the beautiful medium of watercolor. Taught online through instructional videos and live Zoom sessions, beginner students will develop their painting skills through exercises and projects that introduce a variety of watercolor techniques. Course#PNT100.321.01

The course includes an instructional video each week. Also included are group Zoom session with the instructor for guidance, helpful critique, and/or questions about your work.

What you will need for the course:

  • One Burnt Sienna (Blick # 00319-8040) - One Winsor Violet (Blick # 00319-6740) - One Winsor Newton Cotman BlueBox Set of 12 half pans (Blick # 00337-1109).  
  • One Arches Watercolor Block (very important that you purchase the block) - cold press, 9”x12”, 20 sheets (Blick item #10020-1003)
  • Three Blick Master Stroke Golden Taklon Watercolor Brushes: (1) one inch flat (Blick item #09017-1001), (2) No. 10 round (Blick item #09015-1010), (3) Script Liner Size 2 (Blick item #09014-1002)

Supplies are available through many online outlets including Dick Blick, Amazon, or Michael’s, and should cost approx. $65.

The course runs June 9 - July 21. Instructional videos are available beginning June 9. Zoom sessions are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. beginning June 16. Final Zoom session is July 21. Links to access instructional videos and Zoom sessions are emailed by the instructor prior to the course start date.

Age 16 and above.

Discover Abstract Art


with Christopher Beaty

Calendar Jun 10, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Think, draw, and paint abstractly in this six-session course taught by Christopher Beaty. Explore a variety of techniques with an emphasis on finding what works for you as an artist. Chris will demonstrate drawing and painting intuitively and review the work of several abstract painters designed to help you understand the core concepts behind non-representational painting (painting without recognizable images).

During the course, you’ll be encouraged to work quickly and to try new things as a way to experience breakthroughs. You'll work on numerous (up to 20) small sketches and three or four paintings.

No experience necessary. This course is designed for anyone age 16 and above who:

  • Wants to explore non-representational painting.
  • Wants to strengthen and develop their own voice as a painter.
  • Is interested in taking risks with their painting.
  • Wants to have more confidence in their own way of painting.

Supply information for the course is included in your email confirmation. For safety, masks are required until further notice. Course# PNT108.321.01

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Oil Painting for Beginners w/Kevin Hunter - Online


with Kevin Hunter

Calendar Jun 10, 2021 at 7 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Explore the enchanting world of oil painting in my new online course from Water Street Studio’s School of Art online.

We will cover a range of topics and techniques that I have developed in my 30 plus years of working in oils. When you complete this course, you will be well versed in:

  • How to make a game plan for every piece that is in accord with techniques developed in the Renaissance.
  • How to mix a huge array of colors from a very small selection (palette) of key colors.
  • How to simplify your subject matter into tonal masses. How to create an under painting.
  • How to create darks that breathe and are lively. How to use and blend darks and lights so that your objects are three dimensional.
  • How to mix effective flesh tones.
  • Understanding the components of an effective composition.

We will begin the course with classic color mixing exercises and creating color charts. From there, you will learn to paint simple geometric objects that appear realistic and three dimensional. Along the way, you will discover various brush techniques and gain an understanding what brushes to use when.

In the last few sessions, apply your knowledge to create a still life, a landscape, and a portrait.

The online format has been a wonderful experience for every course I’ve taught. I am certain that you will really develop your skills during our time together!

Each week, I will provide lesson videos that introduce and demonstrate that week's goals. You will have seven days to complete the work of each lesson in preparation for a one hour Zoom meeting in which we show and discuss what has been done.

The course runs June 10 - July 22. Video lessons are available beginning June 10. The first Zoom session is June 17 at 7 p.m. The final Zoom session is July 22. 

Zoom links and supply list will be emailed upon registration. Supplies are available through many online and retail outlets including Dick Blick, Amazon, or Michael’s. Course# PNT102.321.01. For age 16 and above.

Acrylic Painting for Beginners


with Kelley Cappell

Calendar Jun 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This six-week course led by artist Kelley Cappell will introduce you to the beauty of acrylic painting while you create several finished compositions. A focus on simple subject matter such as animals, florals, landscapes, and still life ensures that you can confidently learn and practice basic acrylic techniques. No previous art experience is required. Course# PNT101.321.01  

Note: Designed for ages 16 and above. All supplies are provided. 9"x12" canvases will be provided. Students may bring in larger canvases if desired. No class on 7/5/21.

For your safety, masks are required until fiurther notice.

Full Course

Plein Air Painting with Kevin Hunter


with Kevin Hunter

Calendar Jun 19, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

Our plein air course is a series of four outings led by artist and plein air painter Kevin Hunter, MFA. Each week you’ll work at a different outdoor location in or around Batavia. Each three-hour session will begin with a demo, followed by a two-hour work session with help as needed. Each participant may choose their own subject matter.

Sites explored will include the island and dam near the Batavia River Gazebo, Fabyan Park, Peck Farm, and one site chosen and voted on by the group.

This course is open to experienced artists working in pencil, charcoal, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, and/or oil. Mr. Hunter will be working in oil and watercolor. Participants are required to bring their own supplies (minimum a drawing board and seating). Examples of useful supplies and meeting locations are included with your registration confirmation. Rain dates will also be provided. No class July 3.

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Introduction to Oil Painting


with Christopher Beaty

Calendar Jul 7, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Learn to paint with oils in this seven-week class with Chris Beaty MFA! While the focus will be on developing your own unique style and creativity, the course also covers basic terms, materials, and techniques. Learn concepts such as color theory, perspective, spatial relationships, and composition.

You will also study still life in various painting styles and art movements in the historical context. Demonstrations as well as group and individual critiques are provided throughout the course. Course#PNT105.321.01

What you will need:

Paint: titanium white, ultramarine blue, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow, ivory black and yellow ochre .

Misc. Supplies: #1/ #3/ #5 round brushes, #4 filbert brush, and 3/8” flat brush; Liquin Original medium; bar of ivory soap and plastic soap container, paper palette, diamond shaped palette knife, old kitchen towel (approx. 12” x 18”), clean baby food jar and lid.

 For safety, masks are required until further notice.

Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor Painting


with Kevin Hunter

Calendar Jul 21, 2021 at 7 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Join Kevin Hunter for this new six-week course covering advanced topics in watercolor painting. Each week, you’ll paint a complete watercolor painting on a new subject: a still life, snowscape, landscape, cityscape, or a portrait, and one of your choosing. Group instruction is provided in the form of weekly demonstration videos followed by weekly Zoom sessions for review, critique, and individualized feedback.

The course runs July 21-Sept. 1. Instructional videos are available beginning July 21. Zoom sessions are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. beginning July 28. Final Zoom session is Sept. 1. Links to access instructional videos and Zoom sessions are emailed by the instructor prior to the course start date.

Supply list is emailed with your registration confirmation. Supplies are available through many online and retail outlets including Dick Blick, Amazon, or Michael’s.

Course# PNT102.321.01. For age 16 and above.


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