Learn : Art Classes & Lessons

Interested in learning how to draw better? Perhaps interested in experimenting with paints? Curious about how the journey from realism to abstraction begins? Here’s a sample of some of the classes that are available by request. Contact the artist for schedule and further details

Art classes are available in the following ways:

  • Small Classes for children (ages 5-12), teens (13-19), or adults
  • Private Lessons at your home or at Rachel Brask Artworks studio
  • Community Classes for adults or children at library, community center or other public space
  • Guest Artist: have “Ms. Rachel” visit your school class, homeschool group, summer camp, club or student group for group lessons

Art classes are currently being scheduled for 2016-17, so please contact the artist to discuss your interest in art instruction in further detail.

 

Clay Votive Boxes–Slab Building, Score & Slip

In this class, students learned how to work with clay using slab-building and how to score and slip to create little clay votive boxes to hold candles. After creating each of the slabs, students “roughed up” the edges where the slabs would join, then applied slip to help “glue” the sides together. After the box was all assembled, students could personalize their boxes by using toothpicks to poke holes in the sides through which the luminaries would shine.

Oil Pastel Layering & Subtractive Hatching

Today we used oil pastels to create a double-layered artwork with blended colors, with light colors beneath a dark layer. Then using a subtractive process, the students used hatching and some light carving to create their names and symbols of things that they like to do.

Clay Pinch Pots

Today we took lumps of air-dry clay and turned them into beautiful bowls, mugs and tea cups using the pinch pot technique.

3D Optical Illusions – Hands in Stripes

In today’s class we used markers, pencils and rulers to create an optical illusion that looks like a hand is formed from the stripes on the paper.

Painting

In today’s art class, we learned about color mixing, complimentary colors, secondary colors, and how to mix various hues. We also discussed different techniques of painting to achieve different textures. Students featured a variety of choices for subject matter for their paintings.

Charcoal Drawing

Exploring Cubism

In an adult art class entitled “Beyond Paint Splatters: Experimenting with Abstract Methods” we learned about the process of gradually abstracting from realism to expressionism. In this lesson, we explored cubism by cutting up previously sketched paintings, rearranging and painting the next composition as they observed it.

Abstracting from Realism to Expressionist

During the course of “Beyond Paint Splatters: Experimenting with Abstract Methods” we explored abstracting an image from realism through expressionism. In this example, one can follow this student’s abstraction of a mug paired with the graphic of an Egyptian symbol through to the final image in which the student still tied in some of the […]

Pointilism Paintings

In an adult art class exploring Impressionism and Post-Impressionism art movements, students experimented with pointilism and learned about pioneering artists Seurat and Signac and the application of direct dots of color pigment to achieve more intense color sensation for the mind’s eye to process, according to optics theories at the time of the movement.  

 

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