Discover Oil Painting  - Workshop 
(Adults, ages 14 y and up)

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Tuition: $80 (includes all art materials, canvas, and oil paints, however, please feel free to bring your own if you prefer)

Location: Studio 1.6

Instructor: Ari Targownik

Time: Sunday, September 30, 10:00 - 1:00 pm

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: There are many reasons why oil paintings are so prominent in museums but first and foremost the medium is preferred by artists and art lovers for its phenomenal results. Oil paints create luminous, rich and captivating colors and, because they have a slow drying time, colors can blend easily to produce seamlessly smooth shading. The focus of this workshop will be technique so each student will pick their own theme to start on - still life, landscape, or portrait - from our expansive collection of photos (or they could bring their own reference photo in agreement with the instructor). Students will learn how to use the materials: mixing colors, use of paint thinner, brushwork, palette knife, etc. They will also get a thorough introduction to the basic elements that make up a painting, regardless of the subject - composition, values, edges, and color. 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Artist Ari Targownik, whilst originally from New York, has been living in  California for the past 12 years. He has been pursuing oil painting for more than 20 years. He attended Manhattan’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Art, followed by the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts - graduating with Highest Honors, receiving both a scholarship for drawing and the National Arts Club Award of Distinction. His work explores several subjects - still life, the human figure, and, most prominently, landscapes and urban scenes. Ari’s art has been shown at a solo exhibition at the Pence Gallery in Davis, CA, as well as in group shows there, at the Chroma Gallery in Santa Rosa, and the Studio Gallery in San Francisco. In 2017 he received the 2nd place award at the Benicia Plein Air Paint Out event.

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Creating Fantasy Characters (Ages 9 - 17 y)

This workshop is back by popular demand! Are you interested in creating fantasy/sci-fi characters for video games, movies, or comic books? This 3 hour workshop will cover the steps and ideas that go into creating a fantasy character concept. These will include choosing and exploring a character theme, making silhouettes/thumbnails, choosing from different body types, costume design, and iterating (trying several variations). Students will sketch their own characters as the instructor goes through these steps. This class is designed for beginners and intermediates curious about the field of concept art. New and returning students are encouraged to enroll. Returning students may either continue exploring their previous character or begin a new one - the new character might be an ally or enemy of the first one, building on the story of both. In addition, each student will take a turn briefly painting digitally on the computer - this would not be the focus of the class, but rather a quick exposure to digital art making.

Tuition: $65 (All materials are included, but feel free to bring your own markers or sketchbook if you prefer)

Location: Studio 1.6

Instructor: Ari Targownik

Date and Time: TBA

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Ari Targownik has worked in the video game industry for over a decade. Having worked primarily at the company S2 Games, but also occasionally doing freelance on the side, he has contributed work to every aspect of bringing a video game character to life; this includes concept art, 3D modeling, texturing, rigging, and animation. Though he originally went to school for, and currently practices, fine art (oil painting), he attended the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood to learn the technical aspects of character creation and game industry in general. He currently has a studio in Berkeley where he paints both with traditional oils and digitally with the computer. Ari holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art (painting) from the Pratt Institute.

More about Ari’s Fine Art

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