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Cast painting
Socrates by Cassandra Ronning

Students begin by drawing a plaster cast in charcoal, developing their ability to render accurate proportions and value relationships. After students finish a charcoal cast drawing, they are introduced to the fundamentals of oil techniques in grisaille, paint handling, and modeling form. Once this has been achieved, students may progress to still-life painting in oil, working on values, color relationships and composition.

Fall & Winter sessions: 14 weeks, $350
Summer session: 10 weeks, $255

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2023

Day Starting Time Instructor
Day Classes
Tue. 9:30pm–12:00pm Cassandra Ronning
Wed. 10:00am–12:30pm Kenneth Schweiger
Wed. 1:00pm–3:30pm Lauri Meyer
Fri. 10:00am–12:30pm Kenneth Schweiger
Sat. 10:00am–12:30pm Cyd Wicker
Evening Classes
Mon. 7:30pm–10:00pm Brian Lewis
Tue. 7:00pm–9:30pm Wade Ardery
Wed. 7:30pm–10:00pm Brian Lewis
Thu. 7:00pm–9:30pm Wade Ardery

Winter/Spring 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Day Classes
Tue. 9:30am–12:00pm Cassandra Ronning
Wed. 10:00am–12:30pm Kenneth Schweiger
Wed. 1:00pm–3:30pm Lauri Meyer
Fri. 10:00am–12:30pm Kenneth Schweiger
Sat. 10:00am–12:30pm Cyd Wicker
Evening Classes
Mon. 7:30pm–10:00pm Brian Lewis
Tue. 7:00pm–9:30pm Wade Ardery
Wed. 7:30pm–10:00pm Brian Lewis
Thu. 7:00pm–9:30pm Wade Ardery

Summer 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Day Classes
Wed. 10:00am–12:30pm Kenneth Schweiger
Wed. 1:00pm–3:30pm Jeff Limke
Fri. 10:00am–12:30pm Kenneth Schweiger
Sat. 10:00am–12:30pm Cyd Wicker and Jeff Limke
Evening Classes
Mon. 7:30pm–10:00pm Brian Lewis and Cyd Wicker
Tue. 7:00pm–9:30pm Wade Ardery
Wed. 7:30pm–10:00pm Brian Lewis and Cyd Wicker
Thu. 7:00pm–9:30pm Wade Ardery

Figure painting
Figure painting by Hannah Wehling

Life drawing is at the core of any serious program of fine arts. In these classes, students draw from the figure in pencil, charcoal, including an option of painting. Each drawing or painting is created over a period of sessions, developing the student's eye for accurate gesture, proportions, and anatomy. With a single sustained pose, students will have the option of either taking one drawing/painting to a high degree of finish or completing several drawings from different positions around the model.

Fall & Winter sessions: 14 weeks, $395
Summer session: 10 weeks, $285

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2023

Day Starting Time Instructor
Day Classes
Sun. 1:30pm–4:00pm Laura Tundel
Wed. 1:30pm–4:00pm Kenneth Schweiger
Thu. 1:30pm–4:00pm Cyd Wicker
Evening Classes
Mon. 7:00pm–9:30pm Jairid Rossow
Wed. 7:00pm–9:30pm Bridget Ertelt and Kenneth Schweiger

Winter/Spring 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Day Classes
Sun. 1:30pm–4:00pm Wade Ardery and Laura Tundel
Wed. 1:00pm–3:30pm Kenneth Schweiger
Thu. 1:30pm–4:00pm Cyd Wicker
Evening Classes
Mon. 7:00pm–9:30pm Jairid Rossow
Wed. 7:00pm–9:30pm Kenneth Schweiger and Bridget Ertelt

Summer 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Day Classes
Wed. 1:30pm–4:00pm Kenneth Schweiger
Thu. 1:30pm–4:00pm Cyd Wicker
Sun. 1:30pm–4:00pm Wade Ardery and Laura Tundel
Evening Classes
Mon. 7:00pm–9:30pm Hannah Wehling
Wed. 7:00pm–9:30pm Kenneth Schweiger

Portrait paintings
Portraits by Laura Tundel

Students will work from a live model in order to produce finished drawings and/or paintings. Students will work in pencil, charcoal, pastels or oils. Capturing a likeness is emphasized. Color and techniques in oil and pastel are covered.

Materials List

Fall & Winter sessions: 14 weeks, $395
Summer session: 10 weeks, $285

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2023

Day Starting Time Instructor
Tue. 7:00pm–9:30pm Jairid Rossow
Thu. 7:00pm–9:30pm Laura Tundel

Winter/Spring 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Tue. 7:00pm–9:30pm Jairid Rossow
Thu. 7:00pm–9:30pm Cyd Wicker and Laura Tundel

Summer 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Tue. 7:00pm–9:30pm Hannah Wehling
Thu. 7:00pm–9:30pm Cyd Wicker and Laura Tundel

Illustration with cat and lion
Protector by Christine Mitzuk

With Christine Mitzuk

Hybrid Class (Students may attend in-person or via Zoom.)

Explore your imagination! In this class you will be coached through the imaginative art-making process used by many artists for personal work and commissions: idea generation, preparatory work (sketches and value design, reference, and color studies), and on to a final picture. Emphasis will be placed on intent and visual narrative. Christine's teaching is tailored to the needs of each student, be it exploring personal themes or creating work for an illustration portfolio. Assignments can be provided or self-generated. You may choose to work in the medium with which you are comfortable (digital or traditional media). The first 4 classes will include lectures on the imaginative art process, composition, and color. During each class, critiques and discussion will be done in a supportive group atmosphere. It is preferred that students submit work for critique through Google Classroom. To use Google Classroom, students will need a Gmail account. This system is for class review of projects only.

Limit 8 students.

Fall & Winter sessions: 14 weeks, $350
Summer session: 10 weeks, $255

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2023

Day Starting Time Instructor
Thu. 7:00pm–9:30pm Christine Mitzuk

Winter/Spring 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Thu. 7:00pm–9:30pm Christine Mitzuk

Summer 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Thu. 7:00pm–9:30pm Christine Mitzuk

Pencil drawing
Bargue copy by Christina Dimeo

The goal of this 10-week course is to sharpen drawing ability and technique. Students will be guided through completing a single drawing from a reproduction in the Charles Bargue Drawing Course. The process will take students from the straight-line block-in to the end stages and subtle finishing. Occasional class exercises will allow students to practice using a variety of tools and techniques. This course is an excellent precursor to sight-size cast drawing and appropriate for all skill levels. Copies will be completed in pencil. Please bring a large 18" x 24" drawing board, HB pencil and kneaded eraser to first class.

All sessions: 10 weeks, $255

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2023

Day Starting Time Instructor
Fri. 1:30pm–3:30pm Kenneth Schweiger

Winter/Spring 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Fri. 1:30pm–3:30pm Kenneth Schweiger

Summer 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Fri. 1:30pm–3:30pm Kenneth Schweiger

Figure drawings
Gesture Studies by Christine Mitzuk

Breathe life into your figure drawings by building a deeper understanding of gesture. This class blends The Atelier and Studio Arts figure study methods. Christine coaches students through a variety of exercises to explore different ways to see, understand, and capture gesture. By understanding gesture we can incorporate a sense of life into our drawings, tell a story through body language, or exaggerate it for effect. We will be studying gesture from the nude figure. Throughout the course, there will be a variety of models and duration of poses. Experimentation of materials will be discussed and encouraged.

Supply List

Fall session: 14 weeks, $375
Summer session: 10 weeks, $285

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2023

Day Starting Time Instructor
Tue. 4:15pm–6:45pm Christine Mitzuk

Summer 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Tue. 4:15pm–6:45pm Christine Mitzuk

Bronze sculpture
Solace by James Shoop

With James Shoop

Working with a model in a single pose, students will be able to sculpt the entire figure. Starting with the model, we will pose your armature to match the model's pose with a focus on weight distribution, proportion, and anatomy. Once the armature is posed to match the model, we will start applying water-based clay. By gradually building up the masses, we will rely on the sight-size method to match the model's contours. Once the volumes are achieved, we will shape the volumes into planes while still focusing on proportion and anatomy. The third stage will focus on surface-modeling techniques and finishing styles. Whether it's academic realism, rough, or refined, bringing emotion and movement to your sculpture is the goal.

Tools: You may borrow tools such as calipers and modeling tools, but bring your own plumb line.

Class meets twice per week for 8 weeks.

8 weeks, $800 (includes 30-inch armature, sculpture knife, and clay)

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Session Start Dates

Summer 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Tue. & Thu. 12:00pm–3:00pm James Shoop

Young student drawing

Ages 9 and up

Start your child drawing at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts where they will learn methods for seeing and drawing with information our adult students learn! This program, specially designed for children, moves them through steps to learn how to draw realistically, starting with cartoon characters and progressing to more complex illustrations. This course can be continued just as our adult classes, with students working at their own pace to improve their skills. The use of markers, colored pencils, and paint will be introduced as well as working from a still life.

Materials: Please bring a sketchpad (printer paper will do), an HB or 2B drawing pencil, and a rectractable mechanical eraser pencil to each class.

Limit 6 children ages 9 and up.

All sessions: 6 weeks, $140

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2023

Day Starting Time Instructor
Sat. 10:00am–12:00pm Lauri Meyer
Sat. * 10:00am–12:00pm Lauri Meyer

* Class meets 11/4, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, and 12/16 (no class 11/11).

Winter/Spring 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Sat. 10:00am–12:00pm Lauri Meyer
Sat. 10:00am–12:00pm Lauri Meyer

Summer 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Sat. 10:00am–12:00pm Lauri Meyer

Portrait painting
Portrait study by Lauri Meyer

Two-week portrait studies

This six-week course will have one model for every two weeks giving students the opportunity to work on studies or alla-prima paintings. Demonstrations by the instructor will show various ways to start a block-in. Topics such as accurate proportions, perspective, values, and capturing a likeness will be addressed. Students can draw or paint. Color and technique in oil will be covered for those who choose to paint. This is appropriate for all skill levels. Beginners can practice, and those who are advanced can create finished alla-prima portraits. This class may be taken by students age 13 and up.

Materials: medium vine charcoal, kneaded eraser, sandpaper block, 11" x 14" charcoal paper, and a drawing board. Painters: we will discuss what is needed, but bring the essentials (Gamsol, paper towels, brushes, palette, etc.) and at the minimum ultramarine blue and a neutral (raw umber, burnt sienna, transparent oxide red or brown). Supplies can be purchased in the school's store.

All sessions: 6 weeks, $160

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2023

Day Starting Time Instructor
Sat. * 1:00pm–3:30pm Lauri Meyer

* Class meets 11/4, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, and 12/16 (no class 11/11).

Winter/Spring 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Sat. 1:00pm–3:30pm Lauri Meyer

Summer 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Sat. 1:00pm–3:30pm Lauri Meyer

Still-life painting
Easter by Christine Mitzuk

With Christine Mitzuk

Hybrid Class (Students may attend in-person or via Zoom.)

Do your pictures fall flat or look jumbled? Do you find it tricky to figure out what to put where? Sounds like you need pictorial composition tools! In this class we'll explore a variety of tools: the elements and principles of picture composition, visual hierarchy, intent, Notan and value design, and color. You'll learn by doing and experimenting with sketches. We'll also analyze pictures to see what tools the artists used and we'll break compositions to see what happens when pictorial elements are altered. And what's the big deal with tangents, anyway? Are they “bad”? There will be recommended homework.

What we'll be doing: In the composition class there will be a lot of sketching. Sometimes we'll use simplified shapes, sometimes we'll be sketching simplified studies of masterworks (i.e., not drawing every detail in 100% accuracy but getting it good enough for exploring the composition). There will be a little bit of painting, again using a masterwork as a guide. They will be very small studies. This could be whatever media a person is comfortable/familiar with (watercolor, gouache, acrylic, oil, or digital). I'm planning that any sketching we do will be around the 5" x 7" range or smaller (possibly all the way down to around 1"-2").

Skill level for the class:

  • I would not recommend the class for someone who is an absolute beginner. One will need to know how to do some sketching and observing and know some basic terminology (line, shape, form, value).
  • Someone who is an advanced beginner will most likely find it challenging in a "stretch and grow" kind of way. I would consider an advanced beginner someone who has done drawing from life, or photos, and maybe some sketching.
  • Someone who is at an intermediate level in their artistic journey, and hasn't done much in the way of studying composition, will likely also find some areas of growth. They'd have more experience sketching, possibly from imagination, and drawing from life/observation.

Summer session: 10 weeks, $255

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Session Start Dates

Summer 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Thu. 4:00pm–6:30pm Christine Mitzuk

Color wheel

Color I Fall Session: Are you confused by color? Do you work hard to mix a color only to get a color you didn't want? My goal is to teach you how to make color mixing less frustrating and help you gain confidence in color mixing. Bring questions and a curious mind. Using the colors of The Atelier's Paxton Palette, students will create color boards (based on the color boards shown in “Alla Prima” by Richard Schmid), as well as some free-form color exploration. Through these projects students will explore color and practice ways to think about what we see when mixing colors. Topics include mixing analogous colors, complements, the color wheel, color space, gamut, the attributes of color (hue, value, chroma), temperature, color bias, why a 50/50 mix does not make a middle color, mixing “mud”, and more. Each class is mostly work time, part presentation and discussion. Most students find they need additional time outside of class to complete the boards. We will work in oil paint.

Color II Winter Session: Deepen your understanding of color and put color theory to practical use. Learn ways to alter chroma, the relative nature of color, color harmony, simultaneous contrast, and more through a combination of presentations, demonstrations, and assignments. Assignments will include color mixing exercises and painting studies from still-life objects and master works. Color I or a basic understanding of hue, value and chroma are strongly recommended. We will be using the Paxton Palette in oil paint.

Class will be in-person at The Atelier.

Supply List for Color I

Supply List for Color II

Fall & Winter sessions: 14 weeks, $350

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2023 (Color I)

Day Starting Time Instructor
Thu. 4:00pm–6:30pm Christine Mitzuk

Winter/Spring 2024 (Color II)

Day Starting Time Instructor
Thu. 4:00pm–6:30pm Christine Mitzuk

Color sketch
Color sketch by Cassandra Ronning

One-day still-life studies

This class will be focused on one-day oil studies of still lifes in color. The student will begin each class with a quick 20-minute sketch of the still life in paint. The remainder of the day will be focused on color mixing, application, and manipulation of paint on the canvas using brushes or palette knives. Each week will be a new still-life setup in order to study new textures, colors and shapes. Studies, especially done in color paint, are the basis of all finished works. This class attempts to give the student more confidence in applying paint to a surface, relieving the fear of making mistakes in paint by making those mistakes and then correcting them. Only through experimentation with application of paint on the canvas do we learn to create different effects. We will also focus on quick adjustments to value, color, and drawing with differing brushes and mixing color on the palette or directly on the canvas. Some experience in drawing is recommended as much of the class will be in paint application and not perfection of drawing skills. All levels are welcome! This class will not be focused on completing a refined, finished piece but for practice, exploration and fun! This class will use only oil paint and not other mediums. Email Cassandra Ronning at cassandra.ronning@gmail.com for questions and suggested supply list.

Fall & Winter sessions: 14 weeks, $350

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2023

Day Starting Time Instructor
Mon. 4:00pm–6:30pm Cassandra Ronning

Winter/Spring 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Mon. 4:00pm–6:30pm Cassandra Ronning

Figure painting
Figure study by Bridget Ertelt

One-day figure studies

Students will paint a new study each week working from the figure. Working from a new pose each week will give students many opportunities to study gesture, anatomy, proportion, value and color! Instructors will guide the student to achieve a complete figure, starting by drawing and progressing to blocking in with paint while striving for accuracy in proportion. All students will begin in black-and-white value for the first two classes progressing to color based on skill level and student preference. Throughout the class topics to be discussed will include value structure/form, some anatomy, color mixing/ relativity, and understanding temperature. Different exercises will be presented throughout the class to focus on these topics.

Supply List

Fall & Winter sessions: 13 weeks, $395

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2023

Day Starting Time Instructor
Wed. 4:00pm–6:45pm Bridget Ertelt and Kenneth Schweiger

Winter/Spring 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Wed. 4:00pm–6:45pm Bridget Ertelt and Kenneth Schweiger

Painting of man holding crown
Leo by Christine Mitzuk

In this class we will explore how to portray clothed figures and different materials. Learn about underlying anatomy, characteristics of fabrics and folds, and how to select folds from nature to serve the picture. The costuming will be a little unrefined to show you a budget-friendly way of how to use what's available to then design and create what you want to see in your drawing or painting. Knowing these things can help you draw and paint clothing and costuming that doesn't actually exist.

This 14-week class will be broken into three segments, each with a different costume and pose. In segment one we'll use one class to draw the nude model to familiarize ourselves with essential anatomical landmarks. Then we will work with the same pose but with the model in costume. For the remaining two segments (4 weeks each), we will start immediately with the clothed model. Using the sight-size method, students will develop a minimum of 3 costumed figure studies. Depending on experience, students are welcome to work in pencil, charcoal, or oil paint.

Winter session: 14 weeks, $395

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Session Start Dates

Winter/Spring 2024

Day Starting Time Instructor
Tue. 4:15pm–6:45pm Christine Mitzuk