Artists’ Materials

Teaching Schedule:

Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.  Faculty Bio

“Properties of Artistic Materials”

Art Center College of Design, Hillside Campus, 3 Units, 12 Weeks, Wednesdays & Thursdays  1:00pm-03:50pm.  This class is primary for students enrolled in the degree program at Art Center, however, by special arrangement, 1 seat is reserved each term for the Wednesday section for the public through Art Center @ NightThe summer term starts in the middle of May, winter term starts in the middle of September, and spring in the middle of January.  Registration begins three weeks before each term.  HSCI-218X-01, phone (626) 396-2319, acan@artcenter.edu

This class is offered year round.   Class Description: The information in this class is as vital to a practicing artist as knowledge of surgical instruments and pharmaceuticals are to a surgeon. We will explore the physical and chemical properties of artist’s materials, both common and uncommon, and how to select the right tools for the job. We will cover fine art, graphic art, and illustration materials such as drawing materials, painting materials and mediums, pigments, electronic print media, papers and boards, canvases and supports, brushes, framing and storage, as well as how to avoid creating self-destruct art and most importantly, how to protect yourself from exposure to hazardous materials.  Faculty Bio

“Properties of Artistic Materials Workshop”

This is a 12 week walk-in clinic at Art Center College of Design on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12-12:50PM available to all students, degree or public programs.  It provides an opportunity to ask, on a first come first serve basis, questions about artist materials, their use, their permanence, health and safety, and the framing and storage of completed works.  Enrollment for the workshop is not required, but you must be a student currently enrolled in the college.

“Best Practices for Oil Painting” A One Day Seminar

This one day public seminar is offered on the first or second Saturday of the begining of the winter and spring terms.  Art Center @ Night South Campus,  No Prerequisites.  Advanced registration required,  ACN-186W, (626) 396-2319, acan@artcenter.edu

This is one day workshop/seminar from 10-4:50PM, scheduled on the second Saturday at the beginning of the Fall and Spring terms.  It is offered through the public program call Art Center @ NightDescription: After more than 700 years, oil painting is still the ultimate artist’s medium. Mastering this unparalleled medium is more dependent on knowledge of its materials than any other. Yet little comprehensive information is readily available, and what is found is often confusing, contradictory, or shrouded in mystery. This one-day intensive seminar on oil painting materials offers the kind of in-depth knowledge necessary to tame this medium and explore its vast potential for expression. The seminar will also offer solutions to working safely as well as produce artwork that will last for generations.  Appropriate for painters of all levels. Product literature will be available. Faculty Bio

“Best Practices for Waterborne Paints” A One Day Seminar

This one day public seminar is offered each summer term on the first or second Saturday of the term.  ACN-172W-01 Art Center @ Night South Campus,  No Prerequisites.  Advanced registration required,  ANC-187W, (626) 396-2319, acan@artcenter.edu.

This is one day workshop/seminar from 10-4:50PM, scheduled on the second Saturday at the beginning of the Summer term.  It is offered through the public program call Art Center @ Night. Description: Acrylic, vinyl, watercolor, gouache, and egg tempera paints and their mediums provide endless possibilities for painterly expression, and yet few of us ever go beyond the basics.  This one day seminar provides the kind of in-depth knowledge necessary to master the vast potential that these materials offer.  Through a combination of video demonstrations, slides, and discussion, we will explore solutions for working safely, why we should pick one pigment over another, one medium over another, how to produce artwork that will last for generations, and how we can take advantage of recent technological advances.  For example, few people know that acrylics were recently reformulated to dry more slowly and yellow less over time.  Appropriate for painters of all levels. Product literature will be available. Faculty Bio

California Institute for the Arts in Valencia, California

Art & Photography Materials Health and Safety Workshop

This 3 day workshop is offered every January to incoming students before they are allow to use the labs.

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