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  • Artful Watercolor Cards for All (Ages 12 and up)

    Have you ever wanted to learn to paint with watercolor but were too nervous? In this class we are going to take bite-sized pieces of a fabulous art form and create useful cards. Using an array of techniques and methods, you will create art that will start out being abstract as you learn the techniques. Watercolor painting can and will complement a piece of any work – scrapbooking, calligraphy – and make great personalized gifts. Your artist quality paint and paper are included for this class.You will take home completed projects ready to give as gifts or share. The Rourke Art Academy is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund. This program also is funded with support from the FM Area Foundation.
  • Beginning Drawing and Watercolor Workshop

    Join Barbara Benda Nagle, professional artist and instructor, as she provides her unique curriculum for learning how to draw and paint. With more than 35 years of teaching experience, she simplifies complex art concepts so all levels of learners may succeed. In this workshop, you will learn how to execute a variety of drawing and watercolor techniques, make sense of the color wheel and use it to your advantage, use “value” (lights and darks) to make paintings dramatic, design your painting rather than copy photographs, and create strong, dynamic compositions. For this workshop, supplies are extra. Plan on spending approximately $180. A supply list will be available for each participant upon registration
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Illustrating a Story

    This class provides a judgment-free environment for learning how to confidently translate a manuscript into an illustrated work. It’s a great first step for anyone interested in writing a graphic novel or children’s book or just wanting to tell their own story in a visual manner. Beginning with a manuscript, students will learn to sketch their characters and settings, brainstorm how to overcome certain challenges, interpret feedback from other artists, and create an illustrated work that sees their original story transformed. All skill levels welcome. Students should bring a graphite drawing pencil set, sketchpad and kneaded eraser.
  • Get the Most out of Drawing with Color

    Experiment with colored pencils and chalk pastels while exploring the basic elements of design, composition and color theory. Discover your own style and begin to rely on your own approach to rendering powerful figures, rich landscapes and robust ideas. All skill levels welcome. Students should bring a set of colored pencils and chalk pastels, a sketchbook or sketchpad, and kneaded eraser.
  • Horizon Art Camp (Sketchbook)

    The course focuses on printmaking: screen-printing on t-shirts and creating a linocut print. Fee includes supplies. The theme of this class will be about Sketchbook.
  • How to Play Piano by Ear -- Online

    Learn one of music’s deepest mysteries: how to play songs without relying on music. This practical presentation of music theory includes predicting chord progressions, learning from recordings, and transposing — all expressed in everyday language. This is an ideal follow-up to the “Instant Piano” class and is open to anyone who has a basic understanding of chords on any instrument. Expand your musical horizons — free yourself from sheet-music dependence, and be the life of the party! Prior experience with chords recommended. Topics include how to find the starting note, how to determine when chords change, how to predict the chord progression, how chords help you find the correct melody, how the melody helps you find the correct chords, how to learn songs from recordings in all keys, how to transpose, the universal signature, how to use the circle of fifths, and how to recognize the most common chord patterns. This class is completely online. Register at any time. Fee includes the online book and follow-up online instruction.
  • Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People -- Online

    Some music teachers may not want you to know this, but you do not need years of weekly lessons to learn piano. In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. How do we do it? While regular piano lessons teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. You can learn all the chords you will need to play any song through this online course. Any song. Any style. Any key. If you can find middle C and know the meaning of Every Good Boy Does Fine, you already know enough to enroll in this workshop. Topics include: how chords work in a song, how to get more out of sheet music by reading less of it, how to form the three main types of chords, how to handle different keys and time signatures, how to avoid “counting," and how to simplify more than 12,000 complex chords. Students will be guided by a series of videos. This course is self-paced and completely online so enroll at any time. Fee includes an online video and online instruction book.
  • Italic Calligraphy: Take It Up a Stroke

    This intermediate class will focus on the comprehensive study of the elegant italic hand, a style noted for its lithe stems and elegant crossbars. Lessons will comprise of a theory section, forms, practice, review and a project. We will review many topics, including how to use calligraphy and the best pens, inks and papers to use. A calligraphy fountain pen is required for this class, and different models will be available for purchase at the beginning of the class for $12 each. There is a weekly homework component because calligraphy needs practice. Fee includes a basic supply kit.
  • Let's Sketch Birds!

    Learn to sketch birds using a variety of drawing techniques including contour line, basic forms and value shading. No previous art experience is necessary.
  • Perspective Drawing

    In this course students of all levels will learn to see and draw perspective observed in the everyday world. Perspective drawing is a critical element in training for artistic expression. We will review and analyze the evolution of perspective drawing. Over the duration of the course you will learn to practice and acquire skills in perspective drawing; evaluate the perception of depth, scale and proportion; compose observed situations in perspective and apply to a given format; and demonstrate self-critical analysis of your drawing. Learn to draw perspective, and see the world with new eyes. Please bring a sketchbook (8.5" x 11"), F-2B pencil, sharpener, straight-edge ruler and kneaded eraser.
  • Seeing Things Differently Part II: Expanding Your Sketching Skills

    Prerequisite: Seeing Things Differently. This course widens the foundation of Part I by expanding drawing skills in greater detail and introducing lessons in drawing the human face, gesture drawing, and tackling a difficult subject using the grid method. Bring a sketchbook (at least 8.5"x11"), No. 2 (HB) pencil, and a pencil sharpener to class.
  • Seeing Things Differently: The Short Course in Sketching

    This course is designed for the person who says, “I’m not an artist. I can’t draw. I was never very good at art,” or for those who have spent their lives nurturing others and forgot to take time to nourish their own souls with drawing. This course covers the basics of contour drawing, basic form drawing, value shading, and the combination of all techniques. You will discover that sketching is relaxing, liberating, and not as difficult as it may appear. Bring a sketchbook (at least 8.5"x11"), a No. 2 (HB) pencil, a 6B drawing pencil, and a pencil sharpener with you to class.
  • Stop Wasting Time and Start Figure Drawing

    You’ve seen the human figure. Observed its natural beauty and its awesome complexity and grandeur, but you just can’t seem to capture it, or render the human form as convincingly, as representationally, or as figuratively as you would like. This class has arrived in the nick of time to set you on the path toward becoming more adept at drawing people and the way you see them with comfort and ease, regardless of your artistic or creative level of expertise! Please bring a graphite drawing pencil set, a stick of charcoal, sketchbook or sketchpad, and kneaded eraser.
  • Where to Start with Still Life

    This class teaches students the fundamentals of rendering a still life in graphite and charcoal. Learn the basics including how to arrange your objects, how to compellingly and dynamically light them, how to compose your piece, and how to execute a representational depiction of the collection of items that you have chosen to draw. All skill levels welcome. Students should bring a graphite drawing pencil set, a stick of charcoal, sketchbook or sketchpad, and kneaded eraser.
  • Who Wants to Be Successful at Gesture Drawing?

    Do you own a sketchbook? Do you find that you are rarely drawing in it? This class delves into the discipline of gesture drawing. Soon your sketchbook will be overflowing with examples of this technique that can be implemented to capture and study poses for larger, more detailed works. Artistic principles such as line, shape, form and rhythm, and elements such as the human figure, scale, proportion and shading will be discussed. Their application will be demonstrated in graphite and charcoal on paper while sketching individuals and small groups of people. All skill levels welcome. Students should bring a graphite drawing pencil set, a stick of charcoal, a sketchbook or sketchpad, and kneaded eraser.