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Painting of lilacs
Lilacs by Brian Lewis

Students begin by drawing a plaster cast or still life in charcoal, developing their ability to render accurate proportions and value relationships. As students progress, they are introduced to the fundamentals of oil and/or pastel techniques, composition and color.

Fall session: 14 weeks, $285
Winter session: 14 weeks, $310
Summer session: 10 weeks, $230

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2022

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 Bridget Ertelt
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 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 Bridget Ertelt
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 2022

Day Starting Time Instructor
Day Classes
Tue. 1:30pm–4:00pm Judy Buckvold
Wed. 10:00am–12:30pm Kenneth Schweiger
Fri. 10:00am–12:30pm Kenneth Schweiger
Sat. 10:00am–12:30pm Judy Buckvold
Evening Classes
Mon. 7:30pm–10:00pm Brian Lewis
Tue. 7:00pm–9:30pm Judy Buckvold
Wed. 7:30pm–10:00pm Brian Lewis
Thu. 7:00pm–9:30pm Wade Ardery

Figure painting
Figure painting by Kristine Diehl

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.

Masks required for Sunday class.

Fall session: 14 weeks, $315
Winter session: 14 weeks, $340
Summer session: 10 weeks, $265

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2022

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 Lauri Meyer
Wed. 7:00pm–9:30pm Bridget Ertelt and Cyd Wicker

Winter/Spring 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 Lauri Meyer
Wed. 7:00pm–9:30pm Bridget Ertelt and Cyd Wicker

Summer 2022

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 Laura Tundel
Evening Classes
Mon. 7:00pm–9:30pm Lauri Meyer
Wed. 7:00pm–9:30pm Cyd Wicker

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.

Masks required for Thursday class.

Materials List

Fall session: 14 weeks, $315
Winter session: 14 weeks, $340
Summer session: 10 weeks, $265

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2022

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

Winter/Spring 2023

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

Summer 2022

Day Starting Time Instructor
Tue. 7:00pm–9:30pm Stacy Andrews Inglorion
Thu. 7:00pm–9:30pm Laura Tundel

Figure drawings
Gesture Studies by Christine Mitzuk

Gesture is more than quick drawings, it is integral to the life of a picture. The skills you build through gesture study of the figure can be used in many other types of art, from portraiture, to still life, and landscape. Drawing from live models of different body types, we'll build a practical understanding of gesture by exploring what gesture is, how to see it, and different aspects of gesture including relationships of the parts within the whole, flow, contrasts, and visual narrative through body language. Email cmitzuk@gmail.com with questions and for supply list.

Supply List

Masks required for this class.

Fall session: 14 weeks, $315
Summer session: 10 weeks, $235

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2022

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

Summer 2022

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

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.

Fall session: 14 weeks, $315

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2022

Day Starting Time Instructor
Wed. 4:15pm–6:45pm Bridget Ertelt and Lauri Meyer

Illustration with cat and lion
Protector by Christine Mitzuk

With Christine Mitzuk

Hybrid in-person/online

Explore your imagination! In this class you will be coached through the imaginative art-making process used by many artists for personal and professional commission work: 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. Work will be reviewed in person or through Google Classroom, as needed. To use Google Classroom, students will need a Gmail account. This system is for class review of projects only. Email Christine with questions or concerns: cmitzuk@gmail.com Limit 8 students.

Masks required for this class.

Fall session: 14 weeks, $285
Winter session: 14 weeks, $310
Summer session: 10 weeks, $235

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2022

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

Winter/Spring 2023

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

Summer 2022

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, $225

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2022

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

Winter/Spring 2023

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

Summer 2022

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

Color wheel

Color I Fall Session: This class is packed with information and color mixing. Bring questions and a curious mind. Using the colors of The Atelier's Paxton Palette, students will create color boards and value scales and explore color wheels. Through these projects students will be introduced to color space, gamut, the attributes of color (hue, value, chroma) and temperature, how to mix colors to different color biases, and why a 50/50 mix does not make a middle value or middle color. The presentations will cover the color wheel as it relates to painting with the Paxton Palette, how we see color, mixing “mud,” some color history, demystifying paint tube labels, and more. Each class is mostly work time, part presentation and discussion. Additional time on projects outside of class may be needed (your mileage may vary). Beginners to color welcome. We will work in oil paint. Please contact Christine if you wish to use other media, have other questions, and for the supply list (cmitzuk@gmail.com).

Color II Winter Session: Deepen your understanding of color and expand your painting possibilities. We'll put color theory into practice with exercises, and explore practical use of theory. This class will be a combination of presentations, demonstrations, and assignments. Assignments will include color mixing exercises, working from still life objects, and from copies of master works. Topics include ways to alter chroma, the relative nature of color, color harmony, simultaneous contrast, and more. Color I or a basic understanding of Hue, Value and Chroma are strongly recommended. Some oil-painting experience is strongly recommended. We will be using the Paxton Palette in oil paint.

Class will be in-person at The Atelier.

Masks required for this class.

Fall session (Color I): 14 weeks, $285
Winter session (Color II): 14 weeks, $310

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2022

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

Winter/Spring 2023

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 studies of a still life in color. The student will begin each class with a quick 20-minute sketch of the still life in paint. The rest of the class 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! Email Cassandra Ronning at cassandra.ronning@gmail.com for questions and suggested supply list.

Fall session: 14 weeks, $285

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2022

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

Watercolor painting of young girl
Grilled Cheese and Fries by CeCeile Hartleib

With CeCeile Hartleib

This class, for beginning and continuing students, covers traditional watercolor methods. Both layering of colors and wet-in-wet techniques are taught with emphasis on composition, value, and color mixing. Students learn by doing master copies and then applying the techniques learned to their own works. Lots of instructor demos and critiquing are part of this class. This class will be taught online on Zoom.

Supply List

Fall session: 12 weeks, $245
Winter session: 12 weeks, $265
Summer session: see Plein-Air Watercolor Workshop or Watercolor Indoor Workshop

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2022

Day Starting Time Instructor
Tue. 7:00pm–9:30pm CeCeile Hartleib

Winter/Spring 2022

Day Starting Time Instructor
Tue. 6:30pm–9:00pm CeCeile Hartleib

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 is appropriate for any age above eight and can be continued just as our adult classes, with students working at their own pace to improve their skills. As time allows, the use of markers, colored pencils, and watercolor will be introduced.

Limit 5 children ages 9 and up.

All sessions: 6 weeks, $135

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2022

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

Winter/Spring 2022

Day Starting Time Instructor
Sat. 10:00am–12:00pm Shea Stoner-Day
Sat. 10:00am–12:00pm Shea Stoner-Day

Summer 2022

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

Cast painting
Barye's Lion by Shea Stoner-Day

Ages 13 to 17

This class will be tailored for young artists from age 13 to 17. The students will be taught methods to accurately put down in charcoal or pencil what they see in nature drawing from the plaster cast.

Fall session: 14 weeks, $285
Winter session: 14 weeks, $310
Summer session: 10 weeks, $230

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2022

Day Starting Time Instructor
Wed. 4:00pm–6:00pm Doug Hokemeir-Seim

Winter/Spring 2023

Day Starting Time Instructor
Wed. 4:00pm–6:00pm Doug Hokemeir-Seim

Summer 2022

Day Starting Time Instructor
Wed. 4:00pm–6:00pm Lauri Meyer

Clay anatomical sculpture
Clay anatomical overlay (detail) by James Shoop

Resin skeleton and clay anatomical sculpture
Resin skeleton and clay anatomical overlay

With James Shoop

Using a 21-inch skeletal armature, you will apply clay muscles to match an anatomical cast. Each muscle is applied in the order which is indicated on three lists provided.

List 1: the lower and upper leg.
List 2: the torso, upper arm, lower arm and the hand.
List 3: the neck and head.

The lists were designed to be used in conjunction with the anatomy book Anatomy for Artists by Eliot Goldfinger.

This class is an excellent study for the artist who is inspired by the human form. Each student will apply clay to the bone-tinted armature to gain a complete understanding of the relationship between muscle and bone. You will also learn important skeleton landmarks as well as the origin and insertions of the muscles and tendons. The finished sculpture will look like the clay muscle image.

Resin skeletal armature provided and included in the price of the class.

Additional materials required: Two 2-pound blocks of Chavant NSP Medium brown clay, $26. Chavant clay can be also be purchased online.

Fall session: 6 weeks, $600

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Session Start Dates

Fall 2022

Day Starting Time Instructor
Mon. 4:00pm–7:00pm James Shoop