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Special Art Courses

RUSART special courses are perfect for people looking for structured instruction and learning new things fast. Apart from our regular classes, where students are working on creating their paintings ready to hang on the walls, our special courses are aimed to teach techniques, not arts, within tight time frames. In other words, we will give you a lot of theory, perform exercises, and do plenty of material practice. We’d suggest taking our regular classes after or during these courses to practice and explore your artistic side.

Drawing Fundamentals I

10 sessions, 1.5 hrs each
Price: $285+GST (art supplies included)
Friday 5.15-6.45 pm
Apr 7 - June 16, 2017 (no classes on Good Friday)
Materials use and practice
Basics of perspective
Basic shapes
Basic landscape rules
Basics of composition

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Portrait Drawing I

10 sessions, 2 hrs each
Price: $325+GST (art supplies included)
Saturday 10am - 12pm
Sep 18 - Nov 18, 2017
Materials use and practice
Drawing a blocky face from true plaster head sculpture
Drawing facial parts in depth
Portrait from a plaster head
Portrait from a photo

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Oil Fundamentals I

10 sessions, 2 hrs
Price: $385+GST (art supplies included)
Friday 7.00-9.00 pm
Apr 7 - Jun 16, 2017 (no classes on Good Friday)

Materials use and practice
Landscapes in oil: trees, clouds
Impasto techniques
Shading in oil
Basics of perspective in oil

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Learn the styles and paint like a famous artist (for kids)

10 sessions, 1 hr each
Price: $167+GST (art supplies included)
Friday 6.00 - 7.00 pm
Sep 22 - Nov 24
For kids 6-12 years old

Kids will learn some most impacting world art movements and practice the styles.

Topics Covered:
1. Van Gogh and expressionism
2. Dali and surrealism
3. Claude Monet and impressionism
4. Gustav Klimt and modern
5. Pablo Picasso and Cubism

Class structure (new topic every 2 sessions):
15 min dialog about the style and artist’s paintings
20 min sketching and preparation for painting
10 min demonstration of the style and techniques
70 min painting in chosen technique
5 min discussion of results

Exploring Colours

8 sessions, 1.5 hrs each
Price: $195+GST (art supplies included)
Thursday 4.45-6.15 pm
Sep 19 - Nov 7, 2017

Cold and warm colors
Primary colours: red, blue and yellow
Painting a cartoon character (sponge bob, or trolls, or minions, or Pokémon) in primary colours
Secondary colours: green, purple and orange. Painting a variety of flowers in secondary colours
Contrast colours: blue/orange, yellow/purple, red/green
Painting a cat/dog/other animal in different tones of one colour
How to enhance or de-saturate colours.

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Landscapes, Cityscapes and Seascapes (for kids 10+)

8 sessions, 2 hrs each
Price: $245+GST (art supplies included)
Thursday 4.45-6.45 pm
Sep 21-Nov 9, 2017

1-point perspective
2-point perspective
Cityscape in pencils
Cylinder in perspective. Lighthouse landscape in watercolours
Cold/warm colours and perspective
Maligne Lake seascape in gouache
Final landscape project

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Still Life in Acrylic

8 sessions, 2 hrs each
Price: $270+GST (art supplies included)

Still-life in realism from scratch to masterpiece
Secrets of how to paint different materials: glass, metal, ceramics, porcelain
Fruits and flowers practice
Glazing techniques
Drapery in still-lives
Still life in palette knife

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Still Life in Acrylic II: Still Lives in Different Styles

10 sessions, 2 hrs each
Price: $360+GST (art supplies included)
Friday 6.00-8.00 pm
Sep 22 - Nov 24

Still life in Impressionism
Still life in Decorative Style
Still life in Cubism
Still life in Mixed Media
Still life in Realism

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Watercolours in Depth

6 sessions, 2 hrs each
Price: $220+GST (art supplies included)
Tuesday 6.00-8.00 pm
Apr 11 - May 16, 2017

Material use and practice
Mixing colours
Special effects with variety of materials: salt, alcohol, scratches, dry brush, washing, mask etc.
Landscape in watercolours
Multi-layering
Wet and washing techniques
Still life in wet technique
Mixed technique

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Landscape in Watercolours

8 sessions, 2 hrs each
Price: $295+GST (art supplies included)
Tuesday 6.30-8.30 pm
Sep 19-Nov 7, 2017

Glazing, wet on wet, gradient, washing, dry brush
Mixing colours
Seascape in monochrome
Street lights and night scenery: how to show the light
Fall landscape
Basics of perspective, colour composition, watercolour sketching
Landscape from scratch

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Human Body Drawing I

8 sessions, 2 hrs each
$285+GST (art supplies included)
Tuesday 6.30-8.30 pm
Sep 19-Nov 7, 2017

Materials
Line quality
Rough Sketching and gestures
Blind contour drawing
General proportions and construction
How to start life drawing
How to find right proportions
Human body through basic shapes and shading
Women’s and men’s bodies – difference in proportions and shading
Positive and negative drawing
Arms, legs, torso - anatomy and specific tips
Hands and their different positions
Poses and movements

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Mixing Colours (Acrylic and Oil)

2 sessions, 2 hrs each
$80+GST (art supplies included)
Tuesday 6.30-8.30 pm
Nov 14 – Nov 21, 2017

Pigments and colours.
What paints are made of and what makes them cost differently?
Colour use for different techniques
Primary colours: myths and reality
Secondary colours: which colours to use and why
Ways to de-saturate colours
Skin tones and palette for portraying and human body

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Intuitive Drawing and Painting 1

3 sessions, 2 hrs each
$120+GST (art supplies included)
Tuesday 6.30-8.30 pm
Nov 28 - Dec 12, 2017

What is intuitive painting?
Intuitive painting is the practice of pulling out YOUR creativity.
Intuitive painting is sort of meditating with a brush and other artistic tools.
Intuitive painting brings you inside colors, paint, textures, lines, and process while locating the inner core of your creative self.
Intuitive painting is a self exploration practice and it’s also sometimes called art therapy with no analysis.
Our practices for this short level 1 course include monotyping, composition with bold colours and shapes, from scribbles to professional abstract arts, collage, mixed media.

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Linocut 1

4 sessions, 2 hrs each
$160+GST (art supplies included)
Tuesday 6.30-8.30 pm
Sep 19-Oct 10, 2017

Linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum is used for a relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with special carving tools. What is left uncarved will be seen at an imprint as a mirror image. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller, and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a press printer.

How to make linocut and imprints
Techniques and steps of etching
Material use
Carving of layers
Printing of 2 coloured layers

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Macrame 1

5 sessions, 2 hrs each
$150+GST (art supplies included)
Thursday 6.30-8.30 pm
Sep 21-Oct 19, 2017

Macramé or macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Common materials used in macramé include cotton twine, hemp, leather or yarn. Macrame is a new trend now, so be in a mainstream! Also, macrame helps reduce stress and tension thru engaging different parts of brain responsible for creativity and fine motor skills.

Macrame as a form of art (where to use)
Basic macramé knots
Macrame tools and materials
Creating a decorative gift glass-bottle with macrame knotting
Creating a beatiful hat, or band, or belt, or hand bracelet - by student's choice

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