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:

  • 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