Registration Open For Arts Guild’s Winter Workshops

RAHWAY – Registration is now open for one-day winter workshops for adults at Arts Guild New Jersey. The Arts Guild will be offering four options: Drawing the Human Portrait and Dynamic Figure Drawing and Anatomy taught by Julian Tejera, Botanical Art in Watercolor taught by Ruth Tietjen Councell and The Art of Pastels taught by Anne Kullaf. All workshops will take place on Saturdays in the Senior Center Annex studio classroom space at 125 West Milton Avenue on the corner of Esterbrook and Milton avenues in Rahway.

Registration is accepted online, as well as in-person or by mail. To register in person, visit the office at 1670 Irving Street in Rahway, Monday – Thursday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (use the parking lot entrance). Cash and check payments are accepted in person or by mail; credit card payments are accepted online only.

For more information about these workshops, as well as the Arts Guild’s regular eight-week classes, access the online course catalog at (Art Classes page) or call 1-732-381-7511 to request a printed flyer.

Intended for students with some life drawing experience, Dynamic Figure Drawing and Anatomy will push your drawing abilities to the next level. The core objective of the workshop is to see the gesture of the model and accurately place it on the paper. Along the way students will learn to exaggerate and enhance the pose with demos by the instructor illustrating anatomical construction and landmarks. While not an in-depth anatomy class, the subject will be addressed in order to better grasp the mechanics of the human body. This workshop will take place on Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a fee of $95, which includes a live model.

Capturing the likeness of a person is every figurative artist’s greatest and most rewarding challenge. Knowing the structure and proportions of the face not only helps one successfully draw a portrait, but also imbue it with personality. Drawing the Human Portrait will focus on that ability to create a unique interpretation of the sitter, or model that is true to life but also true to the artist’s vision. On March 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a fee of $95, demonstrations and individual attention will give students the tools they need to take their portrait drawing to the next level.

During Botanical Art in Watercolor students will work directly from live plant specimens, participants will hone their drawing skills and learn the secrets of the English watercolor technique from instructor Ruth Tietjen Councell. With a little practice, one can achieve the fine detail and control of the medium that makes for beautiful botanical paintings. Some drawing and watercolor experience are helpful. This workshop will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a fee of $95. Materials list will be provided at registration.

Work with both hard and soft pastels on sanded paper during The Art of Pastels workshop on March 9, from 10 to 2 p.m. for a fee of $95. Instruction will be given on basic techniques for layering color in a manner that is spontaneous and expressive. Emphasis will be placed on form, value, proportion, perspective, and color harmony. Students will work from a set up provided by instructor Anne Kullaf.

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