Classical Painting Techniques
with Barbara Johnson


Students are guided through a series of painting exercises designed to build their perception of tonal values, color temperature, and aerial perspective, the essential ingredients of strong realistic painting since the Renaissance. Information on color mixing, organizing the palette, the care, maintenance, and function of the various brushes and materials used. Lively on-going discussions of current and historical movements in painting, a library, visual resources, and still life materials all provide a stimulating environment where the artist’s individual expression is encouraged. Participants benefit greatly from each other’s explorations and achievements in a supportive setting. Class sizes are limited to ensure quality individualized instruction. All levels are welcome.


Please contact Barbara for information concerning upcoming classes.


Cost, materials, syllabus and directions will be provided upon registration.



Introduction to the Art of Drawing


April 20th-May 25th (6 weeks), Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Explore the basic language and principles of drawing--the foundation of art explorations. Experience a series of exercises and materials designed to build the perceptual skills used in the "art of seeing." Gain confidence with graphite and charcoal pencils and become familiar with the different surfaces available in paper, and their effects. Examples from the history of drawing in art provide insight to the possibilities inherent in each of the exercises explored. This study shows the validity of drawing as an art in itself, as well as a preparation for ideas to execute in other art forms. Class size is limited to guarantee personalized instruction.


Cost is $375. Materials, syllabus and directions will be provided upon registration.



Anatomy and the Art of Figure Drawing


Learn the essential skeletal and muscle structures influencing the surface forms on the live model. By analyzing master drawings, and exploring a variety of drawing techniques and exercises, you will build your knowledge of the human form and greatly improve your figure drawing. Artists will work from a live model at each session, alternating male and female subjects. All levels welcome.


Please contact Barbara for information concerning upcoming classes.

Classes are held at One Cottage Street, Easthampton, MA. To register call Barbara Johnson at 413-259-7727, email, or mail registration to 30 Burncolt Road, Florence, MA  01062

The Art of Silverpoint Drawing


Sunday May 6th, 10 am to 4 pm

Metalpoint drawing is a technique characterized by great linear purity, and like a fine wine mellows with time. Used by Rennaissance artists: Durer, da Vinci, Raphael, Botticelli, and modern artists like Alan Magee, Koo Schadler, Laura Schecter. Participants learn paper preparation, drawing techniques, and tinting methods. Included in fee is a handcrafted silverpoint drawing tool, pad of hotpress paper, and brush for ground application. Two types of grounds will be available for use in preparation of each artists surface for drawing.


Cost is $225. Stylus, paper, brush for grounds included in cost. Additional suggested materials list provided upon receipt of registration. Class size limited to guarantee personalized instruction.


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