Observation, Memory, and Imagination

Create art via observation, memory and imagination! Students will be guided through thumbnail drawings to a completed painting. Participate in discussions of master artist’s sketches, as they relate to the final artwork; explore creating art through interpreting music and sound; and learn how to expand your creative process to express the world the way you understand it.

All approaches from realistic to abstract are welcomed!

Participants must have a valid Fleisher membership. Please note that our tuition-free classes for adults fill very quickly. If you are considering purchasing a membership in order to register for a tuition-free class, please click “register” to check whether or not the class is full prior to your purchase.

What you will learn in this class:

  • Gain an understanding of visual memory, and how it operates during observational drawing, as well as during imagination

  • Experience using a drawing diary to plan paintings

  • Completion of at least one planned painting, from thumbnail, through crit, to relative completion

  • Developing a sense of how your own drawing in paint leads to ideas

Required supplies for this class:

  • A pocket sketchbook is required, size 4 x 6 inches*

  • Graphite pencils 4B, 2H*

  • Kneadable eraser*

  • Two to four tortillons or stumps*

Supplies for acrylic painters:

  • A container for water

  • Disposable palette*

  • A palette knife*

  • A roll of paper towels

  • Either canvas, canvas board, or canvas paper*

  • Brushes: #10 or #12 flat bristle, #8 flat bristle, #4 round bristle, and a #2 or #4 nylon bristle round*

  • Suggested color palette: Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Chinese white, Lemon Yellow, Permanent Rose, Pthalo Green, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian. (Any basic set of watercolors is also fine, instead of these, to get started.)*

Supplies for oil painters:

  • A metal palette cup (double)*

  • Turpenoid*

  • Linseed oil*

  • Either canvas, canvas board, or canvas paper*

  • Disposable palette*

  • A palette knife*

  • A roll of paper towels

  • Brushes: #10 or #12 flat bristle, #8 flat bristle, #4 round bristle, and a #2 or #4 nylon bristle round*

  • Suggested color palette: Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cobalt Blue Hue, French Ultramarine, Ivory Black, Permanent Green Light, Titanium White, Viridian Hue, Yellow Ochre*

Supplies for watercolor painters:

  • A container for water

  • A pad of watercolor paper*

  • Brushes: one nylon or camel’s hair 1” flat, and one nylon or camel’s hair #8 or #12 round*

  • Suggested color palette: Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber, Chinese white, Lemon Yellow, Permanent Rose, Ultramarine, Viridian*

  • Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount on art supply purchases.

It is possible to buy stronger versions of some of the colors listed above at local art supply stores or online. The advantages of “hues” are low cost, safety, and the ready unity of colors mixed from them. John will recommend an upgrade if he thinks it necessary for what you are trying to do. If you have already been using paints and have a kit with which you are familiar, please work from that.