Scheduled Classes & Demonstrations
by Allen Clapp

Good News, Bad News, and Good News

The good news is that several fellow artists and I launched the Tipping Paint Gallery in June 2012 in downtown Raleigh (428 S. McDowell Street, across from the Convention Center and the Amphitheater). Tough to do in the slow summer, but we grew each month. The bad news is that, while we had hoped that part of the space would be suitable for classes, that did not turn out to be the case. As a result, I had to suspend my class schedule while I searched for the right alternative space. The good news is that I now have a large enough space in the 311 West Martin Street Gallery and Studios that I can hold small classes. I am working on a new Fall 2014 teaching schedule and will announce it soon ( I have to make sure all dates don’t conflict with other activities in the galleries). I get a kick out of watching people learn and grow–and I am anxious to get back in the teaching mode.

So, check back in a few weeks to see if I have it all worked out. Better yet, send me an email and I will alert you when the schedule goes live. I do plan to continue classes as soon as practical. The following information describes some of the classes that I taught under the Jerry’s Artarama START program.

2-hr START (Stop Thinking Art is Really Tough) ART CLASSES

START classes were sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama. T hese art classes were designed for beginners and anyone wishing to pick up a new technique, these 2-hour classes also turned out to be great for personal bonding: dating couples, friends, parent & child, etc. All START classes were $30 (I often scheduled two or three related classes on the same day and offered a $5 discount on the second and third class taken on the same day). All materials were included and you walked away with a painting and/or technique reference cards and instructional references to help you work on your on.

To sign up for these Raleigh art classes (or schedule a class at your location), please call the art instructor Allen Clapp directly at the following numbers: Normal working hours—local (919) 782-7745 or toll free (877) 491-1500; after hours (919) 787-9852 or cell (919) 247-4915–or send an email to Allen@ClappArtStudios.com.  If you call instead of email, PLEASE MENTION to whomever answers the phone that you are CALLING ABOUT ART CLASSES, since I also present classes on engineering and other subjects.

As both an artist and an engineer, I can’t stand not knowing both how things work and why they work as they do. In my art classes, I find that you can better retain the how if you understand why the how works. So, as you learn how to achieve different effects, you will also learn why the techniques that you are learning are so effective. These are short classes, so I use reference materials to help you understand quickly and leave more time for experimentation with the paints. You will receive reference sheets to help you along after the class as you work with your new skills. Sounds serious, doesn’t it? Well, what you learn is serious, but how you experiment and learn in the class is a lot of fun for both of us. I can’t go that long without interjecting a little humor into the process. What is even better is that you will learn how to experiment on your own and increase your skills at your own pace. Many of the classes also include a few tricks on how to correct things that don’t turn out as planned. Sometimes these happy mistakes can absolutely make a painting or drawing.

THE SCHEDULE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING 3-PART SATURDAY WORKSHOPS. If there are others in which you have interest (see the full list on the Artists Handouts page), let me know because I will be planning the rest of the spring and summer shortly. I am also thinking about a painting weekend, with 3 fundamentals classes on Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 and a long painting session on Sunday afternoon 1:00 to 4:30 to create an integrated painting on a larger canvas. Let me know if you are interested.

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! Creating art is addictive!

Come get messy with me–and put some fun in your life

Salt Marshes: a 3-Part Series—Saturday March 17, 2012

Each Part is $30 ($55 for two Parts; $80 for all three Parts)—all materials are included.

  1. Painting distant trees, clouds, and reflections on marsh water with acrylics: 2 hrs. 9:00am to 11:00am. You will learn how to create depth in paintings using distant trees and clouds, as well as reflections off of marsh water. You will create a reference sheet with color and shading combinations to achieve subtle variations in sky, tree, and water elements that you can keep for later use. You will practice laying in distant tree lines over various skies, with appropriate water reflections.
  2. Painting grassy salt marsh islands with acrylics: 2 hrs. 11:30pm to 1:30pm. You will learn how to achieve appropriate colors and visual textures for grassy salt marsh islands. You will learn how to use shading to show depth of view and distant water passages. You will create sample reference sheets for later use and will practice painting sea grasses and marsh islands.
  3.  Painting salt marshes with acrylics: 2 hrs. 2:00pm to 4:00pm. You will learn how to compose a pleasing salt marsh scene using subtle variations in color and value of water, shore vegetation, sand, and shadow elements. You will then paint a salt marsh scene on canvas using acrylic paints.

Mountain Scenes I: a 3-Part Series—Saturday March 31, 2012

  1. Painting skies, clouds, and distant mountains with acrylics: 2 hrs. 9:00am to 11:00am. You will learn how to create various types of clouds and various sky conditions. You will learn how to depict distant mountains to give scale, depth, and perspective to your painting. You will practice these scenic elements and create reference sheets with color combinations to achieve subtle variations in sky, cloud, and mountain elements that you can keep for later use.
  2. Creating trees and meadow grasses with acrylics. 2 hrs. 11:30pm to 1:30pm. You will learn how to create appropriate colors and visual textures for trees and land grasses. You will experiment with various methods of creating these scenic elements and create sample reference sheets for later use. You will learn how to use these elements to give depth and perspective to your scenes.
  3. Painting mountain landscape scenes with acrylics: 2 hrs. 2:00pm to 4:00pm. You will learn the fundamentals of basic compositions for landscape scenes emphasizing mountains, trees, and meadow grasses. You will then paint a landscape on canvas that emphasizes mountains, trees, and meadow grasses. 

Seascapes: a 3-Part Series—Saturday April 14, 2012

Each Part is $30 ($55 for two Parts; $80 for all three Parts)—all materials are included.

  1. Painting clouds with acrylics: 2 hrs. 9:00am to 11:00am. You will learn how to create various types of clouds and various sky conditions. You will create a reference sheet with color combinations to achieve subtle variations in sky and cloud elements that you can keep for later use. Then you will learn to paint flying seagulls and paint a small skyscape with seagulls.
  2. Painting sand dunes and sea grasses with acrylics: 2 hrs. 11:30pm to 1:30pm. You will learn how to achieve appropriate colors and visual textures for sand dunes and sea grasses. You will create sample reference sheets for later use and then create a small landscape that emphasizes sand dunes and sea grasses.
  3. Seascape painting with acrylics: 2 hrs. 2:00pm to 4:00pm. You will create a reference sheet with color combinations to achieve subtle variations in color for water, shore vegetation, sand, and shadow elements. You will then paint a seascape on canvas.

Fundamentals of Abstracts: 3 classes held in one day, Saturday—April 28, 2012

Each Part is $30 ($55 for two Parts; $80 for all three Parts)—all materials are included.

  1. Composition, value, and color relationships: 2 hrs. 9:00am to 11:00am. You will learn how to create effective compositions, using both value changes and color changes. You will study a reference sheet showing commonly used compositions and learn which is most effective for what kind of painting. You will also study abstract paintings of prominent Raleigh artists in both color and grayscale to see how they create effective compositions. You will learn how to create value studies for different compositions using only lead pencil. Then you will learn simplified color mixing techniques to create appropriate value and color differentiations and experiment with compositions. Technical reference sheets are provided.
  2. Creating different edges and lines—soft, sharp, or fuzzy—and creating texture with opaque or transparent acrylics: 2 hrs. 11:30am to 1:30pm. You will learn how to properly mix and apply acrylic paints to create different kinds of edges in paintings. You will learn how to blend or contrast elements in a painting. You will learn how to create texture or the illusion of texture (sometimes you need to keep the painting surface relatively flat, but you need the appearance of texture). You will create reference sheets using these techniques to help you plan and execute future paintings. Technical reference sheets are provided.
  3. 3.       Composing and creating an abstract acrylic painting with compatible colors: 2 hrs. 2:00pm to 4:00pm. You will use primary effective composition styles and will experiment with using relative values and colors to produce various composition forms prior to creating your own abstract painting. You will learn how to choose compatible colors. You will learn how to create a reference sheet with color combinations to achieve subtle variations in color. You will create an abstract painting on canvas using the layout of your choice. We will work with acrylics in this class, but the knowledge is useful for oils or watercolors.

Fundamentals of Layering Transparent Acrylic Glazes, a 3-Part Series—Saturday, May 12, 2012THIS CLASS IS POSTPONED DUE TO MOVING MY STUDIO. NEW CLASSES WILL BE POSTED IN JULY. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.

Each Part is $30 ($55 for two Parts; $80 for all three Parts)—all materials are included.

  1. 1.       Layering Transparent Glazes Part 1 of 3: Preparing backgrounds for transparent glazes: 2 hrs. 9:00am to 11:00am. You will learn how to choose appropriate canvas to produce the desired effect. You will experiment with laying different mediums on the initial surface to change the manner in which the glazes show against the substrate. You will apply a transparent glaze over the dried background to learn the effects achieved by each medium.
  2. 2.       Layering Transparent Glazes Part 2 of 3: Mixing and applying transparent acrylic glazes in abstracts and landscape sunsets: 2 hrs. 11:30am to 1:30pm. You will learn how to apply and blend transparent acrylic glazes to produce the bright parts of sunset skies. You will also learn how to apply uniform, transparent overlays of color in abstract paintings, including required taping methods and correction of runs. You will create reference sheets for use in creating abstract paintings and sunset paintings using transparent acrylics.
  3. 3.       Layering Transparent Glazes Part 3 of 3: Composing and creating an abstract painting using transparent acrylic glazes: 2 hrs. 2:00pm to 4 :00pm. You will learn how to compose and create an effective abstract painting using transparent acrylic glazes on a prepared canvas.

If you go to the Artist Handouts page, you can download my most current list of painting workshops. If you see something you like that is not already on the schedule, send me an email and I will get it on the schedule as soon as practical. Also, let me know of items that you would like to see added to the list.

Recent Classes and Demonstration Presentations

by Allen Clapp

Classes

Rural Pastoral Scenes: a 3-Part Series—Saturday February 25, 2012

  1. Painting clouds with acrylics
  2. Painting earth and land grasses with acrylics
  3. Painting Rural Pastoral Scenes with SOHO Urban Artist acrylics

Fundamentals of Pen and Ink, a 3-Part Series—February 11, 2012

  1. Fundamentals of Pen & Ink Part 1 of 3: Introduction to planning and executing balanced pen & ink drawings; creating form and shadows in still life sketches
  2. Fundamentals of Pen & Ink Part 2 of 3: Using pen and ink to create enticing landscape drawings
  3. Fundamentals of Pen & Ink Part 3 of 3: Combining watercolor with pen and ink to make sketches pop

Fundamentals of Abstracts, a 3-Part Series—Saturday, January 28, 2012

  1. Composition, value, and color relationships
  2. Creating different edges and lines—soft, sharp, or fuzzy—and creating texture with opaque or transparent acrylics
  3. Composing and creating an abstract acrylic painting on canvas with compatible colors

Fundamentals of Layering Transparent Acrylic Glazes, a 3-Part Series—Saturday, January 14, 2012

  1. Preparing backgrounds for transparent glazes
  2. Mixing and applying transparent acrylic glazes in abstracts and landscape sunsets
  3. Composing and creating an abstract painting on canvas using transparent acrylic glazes

Seascapes: a 3-Part Series—Saturday, December 17, 2011; October 8, 2011; February 5, 2011

1. Painting clouds with acrylics
2. Painting sand dunes and sea grasses with acrylics
3. Seascape painting on canvas

Trees & Rocks, a 2-Part Series—Saturday October 15, 2011

1. Painting trees with acrylics
2. Painting rocks with acrylics

Casting Acrylics on Holiday/Vacation Cards: a 2-Part Series—Saturday September 24, 2011

  1. Creating casting stencils and painting backgrounds
  2. Casting acrylic on postcards and note cards

Rural Pastoral Scenes, a 3-Part Series—Saturday September 10, July 9, & April 10, 2011

  1. Painting clouds with acrylics
  2. Painting earth and land grasses with acrylics
  3. Painting Rural Pastoral Scenes with SOHO Urban Artist acrylics

Pen and Ink, a 2-Part Series—Saturday August 13, 2011

  1. Introduction to planning and executing balanced drawings
  2. Combining watercolor with pen and ink

Salt Marshes—Saturday August 6, 2011

  1. Painting distant trees, clouds, and reflections on marsh water with acrylics
  2. Painting grassy salt marsh islands with acrylics
  3. Painting salt marshes with acrylics

Abstract Painting with Transparent Glazes Classes, a 2-Part Series—Saturday May 7, 2011

1. Preparing canvas backgrounds for glazes
2. Applying uniform transparent glazes to canvas

Sunsets & Water, a 2-Part Series—Saturday March 12, 2011

1. Painting sunsets with acrylics
2. Painting water with acrylics

Trees & Rocks, a 2-Part Series—Saturday March 5, 2011

1. Painting trees with acrylics
2. Painting rocks with acrylics

Layering Transparent Acrylic Glazes—Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Creating Hard and Fuzzy Edges with Acrylic Glaze and Structured Acrylic—Thursday, March 4, 2010

Demonstrations

SOHO Acrylic Paints—November 11-13, 2011 at Art of the Carolinas

Casting Acrylics to Make 3-D Holiday Cards—Saturday August 6, 2011 at Jerry’s Artarama

Pen & Ink Drawings—Saturday July 30, 2011 at Jerry’s Artarama

For the March 2011 First Friday Art Walk (March 4 from 6:00 to 9:00pm), I was the featured presenter at the Carter Building Art Center. I worked on two new paintings while demonstrating acrylic glazing techniques.

Layering Transparent Acrylic Glazes—Sunday, December 19, 2010 at Jerry’s Artarama

Pencil Sketches, Erasers, & Tools—November 12-14, 2010 at Art of the Carolinas

Live painting in support of North Carolina Coastal ResourcesSaturday, June 26, 2010 at Jerry’s Artarama

Live painting in Fine Arts League of Cary boothSaturday, April 24, 2010 at Cary Spring Daze

 

3 Comments

  1. michele Devita
    November 12, 2011

    Hello
    DO you have ay classes curretly i ovemeber or December 2011?

    Reply
  2. Deborah
    June 12, 2013

    Do you have classes yet? I live in Oak Park and am very glad to have you in the neighborhood.

    Reply
    • allenclapp
      June 12, 2013

      Not yet. I am looking at potential new space on Friday. I have feelers out to another space and am hopeful one or the other will work out.

      Reply

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