Observation, Memory, and Imagination

To realize your own inspiration, this course takes you through a study of perception, the history of composition, and drawing and painting exercises fashioned around Rubens’ sketches and Van Gogh’s illustrated letters. Students who have taken this course produce many drawings and paintings they never thought they had in them. To call this an inspirational class would be an understatement because each member becomes your fan and mentor. All approaches, from realistic to abstract, are supported. Come to the first class with a pencil and sketchbook.

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:

  • 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

  • An introductory kit of paints. Either in oil paints or acrylic paints (Golden Open Acrylics brand). Colors: Burnt umber; Burnt sienna; Ultramarine blue; Yellow ochre; Titanium white; Ivory black

  • Brushes: #8, #4 flats, #2 round

  • Canvas board, canvas paper or stretched canvas

  • Odorless turpenoid (if painting with oils)

  • Refined linseed oil (if painting with oils)

  • Container cups for the two above (if painting with oils)

  • A yogurt cup for water (if using acrylics)

  • Paper towels

  • Palette paper

  • Palette knife

  • A basic watercolor kit, acrylic kit, or oil painting kit is also acceptable

  • A metal palette cup (double)

  • Odorless 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