IN HUNTERDON Art Classes with Charles David Viera

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Artist, Charles David Viera will be teaching the following three classes, at the Hunterdon Arboretum, located at 1020 Rt 31, Lebanon and two outdoor class at Echo Hill, 42 Lilac Drive, Flemington (908) 782-1158.

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            Drawing in Color: An Introduction to Pastels, six Wednesdays, May 10 – June 14, from 9:30 am-12:00pm, $120 (materials not included) This class offers solid instruction in basic drawing and an introduction to color via the use of pastels.  A variety of studio projects are complemented with group and individual critiques, slide lectures, and historical references.  Elements of contour, value, composition, perspective and color theory are defined as well as the proper use of chalk pastels.  This class offers patient and individual instruction in a supportive environment.  A great place to begin!  Materials: During the first class the instructor will discuss chalk pastel options.  Students should bring only an 18 x 24 inch all-purpose pad, vine charcoal (soft), compressed charcoal (soft), and a hard rubber eraser to the first session.


Painting on Fridays, six Fridays, May 12-June 16, from 9:30am -12:30pm, $140

(materials not included) This session begins with instruction in the basic rules of drawing, which includes information on contour, value, and composition.  This painting class will be a study and use of oils or acrylic paints.  Working from a variety of subject matter, the instructor will offer information on color theory and the proper use of materials via group and individual critiques.  Instruction is catered to the level of your experience; more advanced students will be offered more advanced techniques.  Students should bring only drawing materials to the first class as the instructor will discuss the various materials needed for the rest of the session.

Some six-week sessions may require an approximate $5 model fee that will be collected at the first class.


Portrait Drawing & Painting, six Fridays, May 12 – June 16,1:00 to 3:00pm, $98 (materials not included, plus a $20 model fee collected at the 1st class) The subtleties of contour, value, and color of the human figure have been learning tools and challenges for artists over the centuries.  In this class, students of all levels will receive basic academic instruction as well as more expressionistic options in dealing with the art of portraiture.  Guided by the instructor, students will explore a variety of portrait and figure painting techniques, including creating a likeness, the use of color in representing flesh tones, and understanding elements of anatomy.  Students can work with their favorite medium from figure casts, as well as a variety of portrait models (no nude models).  Students should bring drawing materials (pad, pencils, charcoal, and eraser) to the first class.  The instructor will discuss various color material options for the remaining class dates.  An approximate $20 model fee will be collected during the first class.

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LANDSCAPE PAINTING: Summer Morning Light at Echo Hill Park

Session A: Six Wednesdays, June 28 to August 2

Session B: Six Fridays, June 30 to August 4

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Echo Hill Park, 42 Lilac Drive, Flemington

Ages 15 through adults, $140 (materials not included)

Landscape painters through history such as Monet and Renoir were all inspired by the colors offered by working “Plein Air” from the early morning light.  In this class, artists of all levels will get to experience what those artists enjoyed with a supportive and inspired instructor to assist them.  Working on location at one of the most picturesque sites in Hunterdon County, students will be inspired by various scenic locations at our Echo Hill Park as they improve their skills.  Beginner and advanced instruction in drawing, composition, color theory, and the proper use of materials is offered through group and individual critiques, demonstrations, and historical references.  Open to students of all levels and working in any medium.  Experienced students should bring their favorite medium while beginners should bring drawing materials to the first class, where color materials will be discussed. Light easels and chairs will be provided.


Registration is required, download a form from our website

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