Practice and Observation or Practice makes perfect

other wise known as practice makes perfect

Painting is the perfect combination of science and art. Like science you learn through observation and experimentation. It is the same with art. Artist experiment with color in order to create an image.  Students lament failures, but an artist knows that visual experimentation is the means to create something great. In other words practice makes perfect.

Painting Outside Practice
New Art Classes to Practice

One of the best ways to do this is to make painting studies under different lighting conditions.  You must discard preconceived concepts of the “color of things”. Break down subjects into component hues and experiment with color and combinations to achieve a paint facsimile.

As an art, painting requires constant practice in order to master the form. Studies also play a part here. The more you paint, the better your paintings will be, the easier the studies will be, the better quality of observations you will make. One builds upon the other and back to the beginning again.

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The pen may be mighty, but the pencil is versatile

The pen is mightier than the sword, but the pencil is more versatile.

Besides being one of the most basic of artistic tools, the pencils is also one of the most versatile. Pencils come in several different types including; Graphite, Colored Graphite, Colored Pencil, Watercolor Pencil, & Ink Pencil. Graphite is the oldest and what most people think of when you say pencil.

Pencil Dawing
Pencil at Work

The graphite (lead) in art pencils is made from a clay / graphite mix. Manufactures  alter the amount of one to the other to vary the “hardness” of the lead. Pencils vary in hardness from 6H (the hardest) to 6B (the softest).  Most people use the HB which is right in the middle and most know it as the #2 pencil from school. A 6H pencil will give you a very light line that is easy to erase and is good for doing preliminary sketches. A 6B leaves a very dark line that is easy to blend and is good for dark outlines and shading. Colored Graphic Pencils are also made from a clay / graphite mix but has colored pigments added. They are water soluble and can be manipulated and erased much like ordinary graphite pencils.

Colored Pencils

Colored Pencils contain no graphite, are not water soluble, and are difficult to erase. Their (lead) is made from a combination of pigments, wax, and other components that vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. This variation gives each manufacturer’s product a distinctive feel and look. Faber-Castell adds vegetable oil to it’s pencil to give a smooth “buttery” feel. On the other end of the spectrum, Derwent Studio Pencils has a harder lead.  This lends themselves to more detailed techniques. They all  come in student and professional grade.  The professional grade has a higher density of pigment. Generally speaking it is better to start with a small professional kit and add on slowly as you become more proficient with the medium.

Water Color Pencils

Water Color Pencils use a water soluble binder instead of wax. This allows them to be manipulated with water, brushes, and other tools much like traditional water color paint.
Ink Pencils are similar to water color pencils but use ink based pigments that tend to make their colors a bit more vibrant. They can be used and manipulated much like water color pencils; however, once dry the colors are fixed and you can work over them without fear of washing out under layers.

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College for Kids Paint Like Masters 2017

College for Kids Paint Like Masters class for 2017

 

Paint Like Masters
Paint Like Masters

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and when it comes to painting, it is also one of the best ways to learn.  For centuries aspiring artists have studied under great masters, copying and building on their techniques.  Under the direction of professional artist, Jackie Tice, you will learn about different paint handling techniques and the impact of color combinations while learning about the great masters of art.

Deadline for sign up is June 5

Sign up for classes here!

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College for Kids Pocket Sketch classes 2017

College for Kids Pocket Sketch Classes for 2017

Hurry to sign up for Pocket Sketch class. Only 5 seats left and registration closes June 5th.

Watercolor Pencil Pocket Sketch
Watercolor Pencil Pocket Sketch

Explore and record the world around you with the technique known as Pocket Sketching.  This quick draw method is a visual arts journal for the artist.  Grab your art pad, pens and pencils, along with a portable supply kit as professional artist, Jackie Tice, will help you capture mood and character in the world around you.

Sign up for Pocket Sketch here.

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Children’s Art Classes New for 2017

Get Ready For Summer Fun With Children’s Art Classes at Parkland College

It’s time to make family plans for summer fun with children’s art classes!

College for Kids (CFK) is a summer program for students entering grades 3 through 8. For the last 35 years, CFK has offered two-week classes ranging from engineering to art, radio broadcasting to astronomy, and everything in between. Classes are hands-on and interactive, and they put the fun in learning! To find out more check out CFK!

Children's Art Classes
College For Kids Art Classes

This year I have three art classes at CFK.  The first Paint Like the Masters is a two-week intensive class where we analyze what the artist did but also the time period in which they created.  This is not only a hands on painting class but an art history class as well.  The second class Pocket Sketch is a technique to record the world around you.  This is better than just taking a photo because with pocket sketch you are recording more than what you see. The last class is a watercolor pencil class.  We will be learning this medium that is both a pencil and a watercolor.

Registration is already open so hurry to sign up for your favorite class now.

 

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College for Kids Watercolor Pencil class 2017

College for Kids Watercolor Pencil Class

The secret to watercolors is 50/50.  You only have 50% control over what the outcome is.  The other 50% is the medium.  If you are not the kind of artist that can give up 50% of how the image will look than watercolor is not for you.  However; watercolor pencil gives you more control then straight watercolor.

Watercolor Pencil Class at Parkland College

Watercolor Pencil Class
Watercolor Pencil Pocket Sketching

Learn to shade and color with watercolor pencils and create beautiful works of art!  Under the direction of professional artist Jackie Tice, you will explore color theory as well as techniques specific to the medium.  This is a great class for students who love to draw and paint.  As you learn, you will make some great works of art and develop your own artistic and visual style.

Registration closes May 5th

Sign up for classes here!

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New Adult Art Class in June Deadline to Sign Up

New Adult Art Classes in June Coming to Parkland Community College

I did this class for College for Kids last year and it was a big hit.  So much that the program manager for Community Education at Parkland wanted to adapt this to a new adult art class.

The great thing about pocket sketch is with a small drawing pad and a pencil you are ready to record any inspiration, at any time during your day.  But pocket sketching is more than just drawing.  Using some simple techniques I will be helping you to quickly record images and words that can be used to trigger memories.  Memories and thoughts that can be used to create images in your studio.

Adult Art Class

Pocket Sketch

Adult Pocket Sketch Art Classes
Adult Pocket Sketch Art Classes

Explore and document the world around you with the technique known as pocket sketching. This quick-draw method is a visual journal for artists. Armed with a sketch pad and portable supplies, artist and instructor Jackie TIce will show you how to make a personal art journal that captures both mood and character. No experience necessary, just a desire to draw.

To sign up for classes click here.

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New Art Classes at Parkland Come Sign Up!

New Art Classes at Parkland CommunIty College Come and Sign Up!

Painting Outside
New Art Classes

I would like to announce new art classes at Parkland College.  Painting outside can be fun but challenging.  You have to carry your art supplies and then a seat, sometimes a umbrella to keep the sun of off you while you work.  Don’t forget your bug spray!  Trying to juggle all these things can be a challenge, especially if you have to hike to a distance.

Join us at a new art class as we create Plein Air packs to get our supplies were we want to be and make art with us all over the Parkland campus.  Bring what ever art medium you prefer and lets get out and make images.

Class runs from July 31 until August 28.  Class times are from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

 

Plein Air Painting

Plein air (open air) is the method popularized by the impressionists. Now, Jackie Tice will teach you the method and skills to paint in the open environment. You’ll discuss media and supplies and assemble portable kits. Then you’ll put lessons to practice each week in prearranged locations.

To sign up click here.

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Drawing Fundamentals Class

Drawing Fundamentals Class at Parkland College

Art historians will tell you that drawing was the first art form we humans used.  In many ways the drawing fundamentals is the basis that all art depends on because drawing is utilized by all other art techniques.

Line DrawingI tell my students that any one can learn to draw.  But it does take practice to become good at.  Come take a drawing class and discover the techniques and applications of observational drawing.  I will guide you through exploration of line and contour,  shape and form, light and shadows, space and depth, and proportion and perspective.  We will be using a range of materials and drawing media.  So if you need a brush up to get better at the basics, or if you want to explore something new sign up information is here.

Drawing Fundamentals Class at Parkland Community College, Champaign Il.

June 7 – 28

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

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