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Course Number: 241PTOP150

Dates: Wednesday, January 10-17, 2024
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Meets: W from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM , 2 sessions

Fee: $290.00

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Let your paintings be fun and expressive! This classic and time-honored method of beginning a painting is ideal for beginners to intermediates, or anyone wishing to learn how to approach a realistic or representational style. Save yourself time and frustration by resolving most issues easily right from the start with this simple, adaptable step-by-step technique. Students will learn the primary components of any painting and how to simplify their beginning approach to set themselves up for success. The class will include a demonstration and lecture by the instructor as well as opportunities for the students to practice multiple block-ins while painting from life. Students may progress forward to learn how to transition from a block-in to a completed painting, as class time allows.

This class is perfect for getting started in oil or for further refining your painting skills.It's suitable as a stand-alone class or, for more ways to approach oil painting with greater success, it can be taken in conjunction with these other classes available this quarter: Oil Painting: Setting Up for Success! - TheTransparent Monochrome Block-In AND/OR Oil Painting: Start Well, End Well! - The Full Color Block-In.

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Fee: $290.00

Save $20.00 with a 2022 Membership - New and Renewal of unexpired 2021 memberships or Spruill Arts Membership - New and Renewal

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Non-member$ 290.00
Optional FeeDonation$ 1.00

Melissa Gann

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Melissa is a professional painter and art instructor with over 20 years of experience as a gallery and commissioned artist. She paints a variety of subjects in oil, from portraits to landscapes to still life, in the style of “painterly realism” which emphasizes expression over merely accurate painting. Bringing joy and enthusiasm with her to the classroom, Melissa shares the methods and secrets she learned from master painters while encouraging students forward in their own unique style.

Melissa Gann grew up in the Atlanta area. After graduating college, she spent an impromptu month in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona with artist and mentor Claudia Hartley. It was there, in the indescribable hues of the winter desert, that she first fell in love with color and learned to paint in acrylics. Her fascination with oil painting was sparked when she was captivated by a stunning portrait in oil by the master painter Scott Burdick at a local art show. She sought out Scott Burdick and Susan Lyon for instruction, and, through their generous mentoring and teaching, she became an accomplished painter. Melissa continued her studies with such masters as Dan Gerhartz, Casey Baugh, Nancy Seamons Crookston, and Marc Chatov. She is now an award-winning artist, teaching workshops and painting plein air landscapes, commissioned portraits, and more.

Melissa Gann currently lives in Chamblee, with her husband and two children.

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Date Day Time Location
01/10/2024Wednesday10 AM to 2 PM RM 214
01/17/2024Wednesday10 AM to 2 PM RM 214


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