OPEN STUDIO SESSIONS

 
 

PORTRAIT PAINTING & FIGURE DRAWING

 

These classes are OPEN STUDIO SESSIONS. There will be a live model, and there will be various poses in the figure drawing session, and a single pose in the portrait session. No instruction is provided – these sessions are designed to provide access to live model figurative art. Artists of all skill levels are invited to participate - all mediums are welcomed. *Please use only odor-free solvents in this venue.

There is a MODEL FEE of $10 per session for members ($12.00 for non-members) - payable at session time with cash only.

Class size is limited to 10 artists due to the size of our studio. Please email to reserve a spot.

SCHEDULE

PORTRAIT DRAWING & PAINTING: Mondays from 1:00 - 4:00

FIGURE DRAWING: Wednesdays from 10:00 - 1:00

FIGURE DRAWING: Fridays from 10:00 - 1:00

To reserve a spot for DAY SESSIONS, or if you have a question, please email: greenbergfrances@yahoo.com 


EXPERIMENTAL ART GROUP

Details from the artwork of: JEAN TOMASO MOORE (1,3), JANE REEVES and KAREN PAQUETTE

DISCOVERY AMONGST KINDRED SPIRITS

Every Thursday from 12:00-3:00 in The Red House classroom.

This open group session is focused on being a sharing space. Regular attendees refer to it as a place where kindred spirits spend time creating together, while working on their own projects. This group operates based on the idea that creative experimentation in a supportive environment often stimulates an artist’s inspiration, and helps empower ideas as well as the successful acquisition and adaptation of new techniques. Water-media and mixed media collage have been recent avenues of exploration. All mediums are welcome.


THE RED HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHERS

Images: HERB WAY, BRUCE NELSON and NANCY HOOPES

Images: HERB WAY, BRUCE NELSON and NANCY HOOPES

INSPIRATION & FELLOWSHIP

Second Saturday of each month from 10:00-12:00 in The Red House classroom.

NEXT MEETING: November 9th

The 2nd Saturday of every month, THE RED HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHERS meet to exchange knowledge and experiences, and find inspiration and fellowship in life behind the camera. All camera types and skill levels are welcome. Bring at least 5 images to share and discuss. After everyone has shared 5 images, we go around again sharing additional images if time allows. The image format can be either print or digital for display on the classroom TV screen.

For more information contact:  dohearne@mac.com


THE RED HOUSE READERS

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INSIGHT & LAUGHTER

Third Tuesday of each month from 11:00-12:00 in The Red House classroom.

NEXT MEETING: November 19th

Join us for an inspiring look at arts! In this group we read about art and discuss issues that pertain to what we have read. This is intended to help build our visual vocabularies, develop the context in which we see our art and the art world, and to help us better represent what we do as artists to the public.

As we enter the 2nd year of this group we are narrowing our focus and reading smaller more targeted writing. Essays and select chapters from books will be read as a response to topics that arise from our monthly meetings. The writings are posted here - just click the green box below to see this month’s selection!

SVFAL's Feburaury 2020 show will be about the drawn line and our reading material for October is about the art of drawing.

It seems like the perfect time to touch base with this fundamental element of visual art!

Read the quotes and the article in this months selection and bring your thoughts to our next meeting.


CASUAL CRITIQUE

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ENCOURAGEMENT & FEEDBACK 

Third Wednesday of each month from 2:00-3:00

NEXT SESSION: OCTOBER 16th

Having your work critiqued, and participating in the critique of others work, is an invaluable way to grow your creative toolbox and develop verbal skills that allow you to comfortably present your work to the public. These positive results are amplified by critiques that focus on questions rather than judgments. We aim for critique sessions that are informative and thought provoking. Attendance, with or without work to share, is welcome – if no one brings work, we will have fun critiquing work from other sources. 

Sessions are lead by RHANNA NYMAN or MARTIN POOLE


OIL PASTEL GROUP

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EXPLORATION & DISCOVERY

Fourth Tuesday of each month from 1:00-3:00

NEXT SESSION: Tuesday, October22nd

Oil Pastels are a special medium. Wonderfully versatile, fun and challenging, they are an invitation to explore all sorts of image making styles. This group, which celebrates those characteristics, is suitable for beginners to experts. The participants spend time working together, encouraging one another, and sharing the fruits of their artistic journeys. Come join the adventure!


MONTHLY GENERAL MEETING

Monday Octoberber 28th at 10am

On the 4th Monday of every month at 10:00 the league has a General Membership meeting. Short remarks by the league President are followed by a creative presentation - The program this month is: TO BE ANNOUNCED


CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

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NATURE JOURNALING CLASS – Stephanie Sipp

Select Fridays year round from 9am - 12pm in The Red House classroom. Dates to be Announced

In the nature journaling class, Stephanie provides step-by-step instructions and demonstrations for you to learn drawing techniques to study and document your wildflower finds. This includes mushrooms, birds and small animals - our journal subjects will correspond with the season.

Course Fee:  $35 Supplies $40.00 (If needed)

For more information and to sign-up contact Stephanie by email: stephanie@stephaniesipp.com


WATERCOLOR CLASS for the NON-BEGINNER with Donna Davis

Tuesdays - October 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 2 - 5 pm

At The Red House in the downstairs classroom

Haven’t painted watercolor in a while? Want to hone your skills?

Join Donna for deeper exploration into the dynamic medium of watercolor.  Bring your supplies, a stretched piece of paper and let’s paint!

The instructor is Donna Davis, a SVFAL member, studio artist and current Artist in Residence at The Red House in Black Mountain. In 1979 Donna took a watercolor class and was hooked. She has studied with notable watercolor artists, and has exhibited throughout the southeastern United States. Donna’s light filled images are inspired by Winslow Homer and the French Impressionists.

FEE $150 for members,  $175 for non-members

 *No refunds issued for cancellations 14 days or less from the start of the course.

To register and pay by credit card stop by The Red House Mon-Fri 10-5

Or send a check to Cathy Skeen, 350 Bee Tree Rd., Swannanoa, NC 28778

 CLICK HERE for SUPPLY LIST

Email Donna at dandmdavis79@gmail.com with questions.


Cold wax art created by Donna Davis

Cold wax art created by Donna Davis

Calling folks who are experienced at, or interested in, COLD WAX and oil painting!


A new group is forming that will meet every other week starting Wednesday, October 9th, from 2:00pm - 5:00pm at the Red House. The group will share experiences, tips, and techniques; there is no instructor.

Members pay $1/hour, non-members $2/hour for use of the classroom. No other fees apply.

Please join us!!

Contact Donna Davis at dandmdavis79@gmail.com if you have questions.


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GETTING A LIKENESS with Martin A. Poole October 4, 11, 18, 25 - 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Red House Drawing Studio

Join Martin for a 4 week OIL PAINTING course focused on painting a head/shoulders portrait.

Our goal is to more fully understand the mechanics of our model's pose , her facial features , and the subtle source of her expression.

We will have a different model for each of our three hour sessions , and we'll try to figure out what visual cues make us feel about her the way we do. Working in either paint or a drawing medium, we'll build an image based on our growing understanding of our model, as our subject and as a person.

Martin will be in touch with interested people to make sure everyone is prepared for the first session

Course Fee:  $200 for members, $225 for non-members (additional model fee of $10 per session may apply – paid by the week)

*No refunds issued for cancellations 14 days or less from the start of the course.

To register and pay for Martin’s courses by credit card stop by The Red House Mon-Fri 10-5.

Or send a check to Cathy Skeen, 350 Bee Tree Rd., Swannanoa, NC 28778

*No refunds issued for cancellations 14 days or less from the start of the course.

CLICK HERE for a SUPPLY LIST

 Learn more about Martin at:  martinalanpoole.com


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WET FELTING 101 with Fiber Artists, Ruth Duckworth (AIR) and Tina Kannapel -

Monday, October 21st, 2 - 5pm

At The Red House in the downstairs classroom

We will start with carded and dyed wool and create a piece of felt that can be then sewn and embellished. Learn how to make cording as well. Small purses, bookmarks, wall pieces, accents for clothing…..the possibilities are endless.

Previous students are welcome to return.

Additional supplies will be available for purchase in class.

Course Fee:  $50 Non-members $55 Supplies: $10

To register and pay for Ruth and Tina’s workshop by credit card visit The Red House Mon-Fri 10-5

Or send a check to Cathy Skeen, 350 Bee Tree Rd., Swannanoa, NC 28778

*No refunds issued for cancellations 14 days or less from the start of the course.

Learn more about Ruth on the Artist in Residence page.


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WANT TO BRUSH UP ON YOUR WATERCOLOR PAINTING SKILLS? Join AIR Donna Davis

Next Session TBA - Red House Gallery

watercolor workshop for those with previous experience with watercolors

Course Fee:  $60

To register and pay for Donna’s workshop by credit card visit The Red House Mon-Fri 10-5

Or send a check to Cathy Skeen, 350 Bee Tree Rd., Swannanoa, NC 28778

*No refunds issued for cancellations 14 days or less from the start of the course.

if you are interested or have questions, contact Donna - Email Donna at dandmdavis79@gmail.com

Additional workshops slated for July and August.
Get ready to get your brushes and paints wet!


PORTRAIT & LANDSCAPE PAINTING COURSES with Martin A. Poole

LANDSCAPE PAINTING NEXT DATES:  TBA

SVFAL Workshops-Martrin Poole

Outdoors if the weather permits/ Red House Classroom otherwise

 Join Martin for a workshop covering the basics of building believable space in a landscape painting. In this OIL PAINTING course you will discover why working out in nature is different than using photographic references. You will explore goals and define what purpose the elements of your landscape painting serve. And… you will uncover the power of your design as you learn to define your artistic intent.  

In this course you will learn to:

  • Make three major, unequal areas in your design.

  • Join lights to lights, and darks to darks.

  • Build a visual journey using contrasting overlaps.

  • Develop a value system: Paint is far less powerful than light itself - how can we use the widest range possible and still respect our value keys?

  • Develop atmospheric space dependent on careful attention to relative values.

  • Establish a color system: We will probably start with a simple warm vs. cool color system, and build from there. This allows us to hang onto our value choices as we develop the image.

  • Keep your colors clean.

  • Define Colors vs. Values: Colors = identity of specifics, excitement Values = design, structure, atmospheric space

  • Manage edges: Because our eyes follow the strongest available edges, we can manage the viewer’s passage across the picture plane by managing the visibility of the painting’s various edges.

 By the end of this 4 week course you will establish a final balance. There are a lot of variables - we want to make sure that you have made the painting you set out to make (or maybe a better one) and that nothing is out of whack. It is important to be happy with your work!

Course Fee:  $200, $225 for non-members

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PAINTING ANIMALS WITH OILS with Patricia Cotterill - NEXT DATES TBA

At The Red House in the downstairs classroom

*SOME EXPERIENCE painting with oils is required.

Join Pat for an afternoon exploring animals in oil paint. You will begin by participating in a round robin painting session. Pat will bring canvas boards and an image to work from that you will start a painting with. After a short period will pass the image off to another artist. This process will be repeated over a half hour period and is a fun, laughter filled learning exercise that will challenge you to assess what you are doing with fresh eyes!

Then you will work on a painting of an animal. Bring a 18x18 inch acrylic tinted canvas in your choice of color to paint on. Pat will provide an image to work from. You will learn how to look at and interpret a photograph for painting purposes. There will be information on color mixing and defining values and shapes. The emphasis will be on developing images that are fun and realistic without being ‘photo realistic’. The aim of this session is to complete your painting in the sessions time frame.

MATERIALS LIST: 18x18 inch acrylic tinted canvas in your choice of color, oil paints, brushes, odorless mineral spirits, cloth to protect table, paper towels, a drawing pencil. You will also want a drop cloth and clear space in your car to safely transport your piece home.

Course Fee:  $50 for members. $65 for non-members.

To register and pay for Pat’s course by credit card visit The Red House Mon-Fri 10-5

Or send a check to Cathy Skeen, 350 Bee Tree Rd., Swannanoa, NC 28778

*No refunds issued for cancellations 14 days or less from the start of the course.

Learn more about Patricia at:  patriciacotterill.com

ADDITIONAL GATHERINGS

BOARD MEETING

These meetings are open to the general membership. If you have an issue you want to bring to the boards’ attention, please contact our President, SUSAN HANNING at suehanning@aol.com. Minutes from the board meetings are available for members in the library at THE RED HOUSE, along with the bylaws. 

SCHEDULE: FOURTH MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH at 10:00

GALLERY COMMITTEE MEETING

These meetings concerning the league galleries and exhibitions are open to the general membership, and new suggestions and ideas are welcome! If you have an issue you want to bring to the committee's attention, please contact PEGGY KING at peggydmk@gmail.com.

SCHEDULE: FIRST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH at 10:00