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Art Classes by Alex Castro for 2010

by Alex Castro

Drawing and Painting Classes

Whether you’re serious about becoming a professional in the creative arts or just let your creative juices flow, Alex Castro, master artist/author is here to help you live your passion. The atmosphere is warm and casual.

Master artist/author Alex Castro will assist aspiring artists develop their unique potential. Classes are either small (maximum of 3) or one-on-one for the purpose of providing individualized attention. 

Classes are held in the artist studio in Stroudsburg (The Poconos), PA. Classes can be given during the week or on Saturdays.  For those of you who live out of the area, arrangements can be made to have the class given during the course of a week.  Should you be interested in this option, a list of nearby hotels, restaurants and activities can be provided.

To schedule a time or to discuss your concerns and questions, please contact Alex Castro at alexdoriscastro@msn.com or call 570-421-2012.

Basic Drawing

 $30 per session – 1 hr each

Recommended sessions -10

Time – TBD

Never taken a drawing class before? Feel rusty or simply lack confidence? This course – is designed for you. Beginning with a simple contour, you will use line to discover a variety of shapes, from the still life to the figure. You’ll draw from life and from art reproductions. Learn to develop form and space. Understand what makes a strong composition. Take a chance. Explore the steps from an idea to a drawing. Push the contrasts for a more dramatic image. Work in black and white with charcoal and pencils, and in color with pastels Students will work primarily from observation of still life, photographs, and art reproductions. Emphasis is on formal issues such as line, shape, positive and negative space, volume, composition, perspective, and proportion. By the end of the course, students should be able to sketch ideas that will produce a valid visual solution and have the technical skills to communicate that solution. Individualized instruction and in-depth critique of work will encourage each student to find a personal approach to artistic expression.

Materials required: 18″ X 24″ rough newsprint pad, a soft cloth or chamois, extra-soft vine charcoals, a soft 2B pencil, drawing pad (any size) and eraser.

A supply list will be available at the first class.

Note, for those students who want to further refine their skills, after the 10 session, they can continue to receive instruction.

Drawing the Figure/ Anatomy for Artists

 $30 per session – 1 hr each

Recommended sessions -10

Time – TBD

Would you like to be a good illustrator, painter, portrait artist or just improve your figure drawing skills? A strong knowledge of anatomy is important for drawing, painting, or sculpting the human or animal figure. Students practice drawing the skeleton, skull, hands, and feet using anatomy books. Students learn the shapes and attachments of various muscles and bones. 

/Beginning to advanced students work from copying great artists of the ancient world, the Italian Renaissance, and the French Romantics. Students expand their skills and find greater expression using contour lines, energetic gestures, and shading. Through small sketchbook drawings as well as large pastel and charcoal drawings on white or tinted, rough or smooth paper, students practice a wide variety of skills.

Materials required: 18″ x 24″ drawing pad, willow charcoal, and a soft cloth or chamois to the first class, at which time a supply list will be available.

Note, for those students who want to further refine their skills, after the 10 session, they can continue to receive instruction.

Sketchbook Drawing

 $30 per session – 1 hr each

Recommended sessions -10

Time – TBD

Learn to work comfortably on smaller pages. Develop variation in line and touch. Work on quick sketches as well as on more complete drawings. Subjects range from everyday objects, the figure, to art reproductions. The class covers contours, gesture, shading, and composition as well as creating space and form with color. Draw on white and tinted, rough and smooth paper using graphite, conte, charcoal and colored pencils.

Materials required: 9″x12″ bound or spiral sketchbook to first class along with a variety of pencils, eraser, and sharpener.

 Portrait Drawing

 $30 per session – 1 hr each

Recommended sessions -10

Time – TBD
The head and face are critical to capturing a person on paper-from emotion to gesture to overall composition. Student will learn facial proportions and anatomy identify distinctive individual characteristics, capturing aging and tackle the problems of seeing accurately and depicting each feature of the face. Through exposure to a wide range of material and techniques, students learn to capture the life-like quality of the face. The instructor will analyze and meet each student at their individual skill level as they develop their own technique. Instructor’s critique provides valuable feedback and encouragement to ensure progress for both beginners and advanced students.

 Color/ Traditional Painting Techniques using oils

 $50 per session – 2 hr each

Recommended sessions -10

Time – TBD 10 sessions
Recommended that the student take drawing first
This course enables any artist or artist-to-be who loves color to understand every aspect of its use in the creation of fine art. Students learn the dimensions of color, value, color contrast, intensity and shifting relationships of color perception. A theoretical framework is provided to enable them to affect mood, depth, and movement in a composition or an environment through the dynamics of color. The course pays special attention to color mixing, to the limitations of pigments, and to the colors one actually needs to buy. Students will also be taught how to prepare their own canvas. This class is useful at any stage of development from beginning to advanced student.

Alex is available for artistic consulting, art classes, live demonstrations and painting services. His oil paintings are for sale. If you are interested in purchasing a painting or commissioning Alex Castro, please email his office at alexcastroart@gmail.com or his office number at (570) 807-0856.

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