No Fear Of Drawing
Have you always wanted to draw but don't know how to begin? Are you convinced you can'tn teach absolutely anyone to draw! In this small setting, with no more than four students, the fundamentals of drawing will be taught? Have you been discouraged from learning to draw? Has it been a long time since you last drew? This class is for you, because Paula Gottlieb creates an atmosphere of encouragement, support, and individual attention.
The goals of this class are two-fold. First, you will develop confidence in your ability to learn to draw. Paula's gentle guidance and varied exercises will assure you that this is something you can do.
Secondly, you will develop the foundation needed to draw realistically; this foundation is also invaluable if you desire to paint.
Each class will be focused on a particular component of realistic drawing: composition, value, perspective, detail. You will learn the techniques of blending, of shadows, edges, line and perspective to make recognizable images. You will come to understand that much of drawing is learning to "see." The class is based in part on Betty Edwards' book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.
An added benefit of this class will be relaxation and stress reduction. Although the learning of the skills can be exacting, treating yourself to the time and space to learn this wonderful art, to be nurtured by a caring teacher, is a wonderful gift. Taking this journey together with a friend or family member can add another dimension entirely.
Beginning Watercolor Retreat for Women
Retreats provide days of time and space for you to relax into exploring the possibilities of painting with this luminous, versatile medium. Instruction will alternate with periods of personal time for reflection, walking or resting in the beautiful environs of Paula's studio in a tranquil setting in Cummington, MA.
Through exercises designed to increase visual awareness and technical skill, you will learn to use watercolor paints, paper, brushes and water to express your own vision. Demonstration will be provided to illustrate a range of technical concerns. We will explore methods of applying and moving paint on paper, basic color theory, color mixing, blending, transparent layering, softening sand sharpening of edges, and the process of building a painting. You will experience the process and effects of wet in wet painting and be introduced to a wide array of special effects. Subjects will be still life and landscape.
In an atmosphere of nurturing and support, with a maximum class size of six, you will receive individual attention and help in developing your own "look" and style. The paintings you produce will look different from those of the teacher; the goal is to find your true expression, not reproduce hers. While this approach in some ways demands more of you, it is also liberating and deepening for you as an artist and as a person.
Another important focus of the retreat is the opportunity to slow down, to relax, to take the time to connect or reconnect with the creativity inside you. Some people come on retreat with a friend or family member as a means to share an experience together; some find that coming alone suits them best.
Ask about residential options in this area; Cummington and the surrounding hill towns are gorgeous and welcoming.
Beginning Watercolor One Day Workshop
This one-day workshop serves a primer, an introduction to the basic skills and visual awareness needed to begin to paint with watercolor. You will learn to use paints, brushes, water and paper to work with still life and landscape in this luminous versatile medium.
Through demonstration and exercises we will explore different methods of applying paint to paper to create varied effects. You will learn about basic color theory, blending, color mixing, transparent layering, sharpening and softening of edges. We will also focus on the process of building a painting, and work with "wet in wet applications"
This will be a day full of information, but there is also space for fun as you play with this wonderful medium and explore it as a vehicle for your own unique vision.
The class, limited to six in number, takes place at Paula Gottlieb's comfortable studio in a beautiful tranquil setting in Cummington, MA.
Taking this class with a friend or family member is a great way to spend time together while creating a common interest.
Private lessons in watersoluble oil painting, drawing, or watercolor at any skill level, as well as in creative exploration, are available at Paula's beautiful studio. In a tranquil, inspirational setting, Paula will personalize your instruction. You can take as few or as many private lessons as you wish; they can be from one hour to any length of time that works for you.
Paula has over thirty years of teaching experience, and she brings these to bear in helping you learn what you wish to know. You will develop your own particular style in whatever medium you choose.
Private lessons are also an opportunity for reflection, rest, and relaxation. As you learn about your own artistic process, you make space for your self. The nurturing individual attention you receive is healing and exhilarating.
$65 to $85. Per hour Sliding scale
Painting with Water-Soluble Oil Paints
Imagine washing out a brush filled with oil paint in a container of water. That is only part of what you will learn you can do with these amazing new paints. While the finished painting displays the same beauty, surface and vibrancy of color as a traditional oil painting, the process of making the painting can contain some stumbling blocks. We will work with technical exercises to examine and feel the subtle differences between these paints and non water-soluble oils. You will try out a variety of methods of paint application to canvas and explore methods of blending and layering paint for a variety of surfaces. There will be a demonstration on the technique of glazing, where tints of color are added to the painting medium and layered over dry paint for luminous color transparencies. You will be provided with individualized attention and a group critique will be held at the close of the day. No prior painting is necessary. In a small class, maximum four students, and Paula's gentle approach informed by over thirty years of teaching experience, you will explore the use of this medium as a part of your own individual artistic process Class takes place in Paula's beautiful studio in an inspirational natural setting.These paints have been developed to avoid the fumes and toxicity of turpentine and are therefore excellent for people who are chemically sensitive.
Women's Creativity Group
This small group, with a maximum of four members, meets monthly to support women in exploring their creative process. Each meeting is framed by a theme (roots, inside/outside, transitions, hearts, etc). You will play with a vast array of materials such as fabric, paint, paper, found objects, and through this play, as well as through talk, you will have a chance to relax into and to explore your creative process. Rarely in a busy life is there time to just create, without primary concern for the end product, though very often the works people create are quite beautiful and profound. In this group, the emphasis is on process rather than technique, though Paula as well as other group members can help you at stuck places.
The group takes place in Paula's comfortable studio, where the tranquility and beauty of the natural setting provide inspiration and relaxation.
Landscape Principles for Painters
This class, using primarily drawing materials, will focus on composition and creating the illusion of depth through perspective principles such as the use of edges, planes, sizing, and foreshortening. We will explore sequencing in the creation of a landcape painting by observing layers in space. The day long, intensive format, with a maximum class size of six, allows time for lots of exercises and experimentation, as well as the leisure to really look at the landscape.