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April 2017 Classes

The Texas State Retired Faculty and Staff Association (RFSA), in partnership with the San Marcos Library and San Marcos Parks and Recreation’s 50+ Program are offering the following courses for the Greater San Marcos Area.


COURSES held at the SAN MARCOS LIBRARY
Free Attendance with Limited Seating:  Registration Requested at

www.sanmarcostx.gov/libraryregistration/ (512) 393-8200

How to Look at and Understand Great Art:  One More Time

Dates:  Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 10
Time:  10:30 to 11:45 AM
Location:   San Marcos Public Library

Learning how to ‘read’ a work of art is what this course is all about. You will learn the vocabulary of art but instead of the ABCs you will be introduced to the elements of art: color, line, shape, perspective and composition, which will enable you to begin to understand how an artist creates an image that provokes a message. You will be empowered by this knowledge and will be able to take this new understanding with you wherever you go. You will see hundreds of examples of art from paintings to sculptures to prints as well as be introduced to new forms of art.

Each class will include a discussion of not only the images you have seen but also of the museums and collections where those works are located. Even if you’ve attended this class before there is always more to see and to learn.  (Based on: “How to Look at and Understand Great Art” produced by The Great Courses).

Presented by Becky Duval Reese, the former director of UT Austin’s Huntington Art Gallery (now the Blanton Museum) and the El Paso Museum of Art. She holds a MA in Art History with a focus on Texas artists.

 

May Lecture Series

Dates:  Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18, and 25
Time:  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location:  San Marcos Public Library

A unique topic will be presented at each session. Topics will soon be listed on the San Marcos website or you may contact the Library for specific details by April 17th.

 

Courses Held Through the
San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department

**Registration Required**

To register, please call the San Marcos Activity Center at (512) 393-8280.
A minimum number of registrants is required for these classes to make.

Colored Pencil Techniques (max.16 participants)

Dates:  Fridays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28
Time:  10:00 AM 1:00 PM
Location:  Cephas House located 215 W. MLK Drive, San Marcos
Cost:  $50.00 (approx. $4/hour)

The class will cover color theory basics, color layering, various techniques, and special affects to create naturalistic representations from both life and photographs. Through a series of demonstrations and guided projects students will build confidence and mastery in creating believable images in colored pencil. Compositional strategies will be introduced and discussed.

Materials List

  • Prisma color pencil set of at least 24 (not Verithin)
  • Colorless blender for Prisma colored pencils
  • Strathmore Colored Pencil Spiral Paper Pad 11"X14"-30 sheets
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Mars/Staedtler vinyl eraser
  • Tracing paper tablet that is at least 10x12 inches in size
  • 2B pencil
  • Drafting tape
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Xacto knife
  • Drawing board or piece of Masonite (hardboard), approx. 18”x24”
  • Blending stump (tortilion)

Presented by Roxana Tuff, a metalsmith and illustrator who holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a MFA in Painting. She has taught in the art studio area at Texas State for 14 years.

Intermediate Watercolor: Painting Reflective and Glass Objects     (max 16 participants)

Dates:  Fridays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28
Time:  2:00 to 5:00 PM
Location:  Cephas House:  located 215 W. MLK Drive, San Marcos
Cost:  $50.00     (approx. $4/hour)

This course continues to build upon the use of basic techniques to create more complex illusions in watercolor. We will review both color theory and overall techniques, and then through a series of demonstrations and guided projects students will learn to depict glass, metal and other reflective objects. Compositional strategies will be introduced and discussed.

Materials List (Hobby Lobby should have most of the supplies)

  • PAPER: Strathmore, Arches or Master’s Touch Watercolor pad 11x15 inches coldpress 12 sheets
  • Staedtler Paint set 24-count watercolor
  • Master’s Touch Golden Taklon brush set of round brushes   (382648)

Other Supplies and Materials

  • Artist’s Palette 6 wells plastic Master’s Touch,
  • 2B pencil,
  • Kneaded eraser,
  • Old toothbrush,
  • Paper towels,
  • Water jar and jar to hold brushes (glass is best)
  • Safe-Release Blue Painter’s tape
  • Drawing board or piece of Masonite (hardboard) approx. 18”x24”
  • Access to a camera and printer.

Presented by Roxana Tuff, a metalsmith and illustrator who holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a MFA in Painting. She has taught in the art studio area at Texas State for 14 years.