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Adult art classes begin at Confederation Centre Art Gallery

January 26, 2011

Charlottetown - A new season of adult art classes begins at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Charlottetown based artist Mauricio Aristizabal instructs three new classes.

Mauricio Aristizabal is well known for his vibrant oil paintings as well as his technical mastery of diverse drawing and painting media. The Beginner Drawing Course introduces students to the technical skills of this basic art form. Initial classes will concentrate on grey scale and the observation of form, light and shadow. This will give a foundation for the later classes which include drawing the human figure from live models. Drawing styles and concepts will be discussed throughout the course.

The Beginner Drawing Course starts Tuesday, February 8 and runs for eight Tuesdays. Registration is $200 and includes all materials.

Two days later the Beginner Painting Course starts for students who have basic drawing skills and want to explore the world of colour through the use of acrylic paint. Classes will concentrate on techniques of mixing colour, colour theory and composition through still life images. This will give a foundation for the later classes which include painting the human figure from live models.

Beginner Painting classes begin Thursday, February 10 for eight classes. Registration is $250 and includes all materials.

A new Advanced Studio Course is for art enthusiasts working in any two dimensional medium who would like to meet regularly ‘to create' in an open-studio setting. Students will use this course to explore a new medium, a new style or to push themselves in a different direction while having access to the critical eye of a professional art instructor.

"My idea is that I want to be able to help with the media that allows students to continue with their own ideas. It doesn't matter what. Bring whatever, I can help you with the media," Aristizabal says. "The main thing is to solve the problems and give people more tools to continue with the work."

"Also space is important. Some people like to paint or make art but they don't have the space at home or they don't want to buy an easel or a bunch of materials if they don't know how much they will like it or continue with it," he adds.

In addition to technical support, discussions of fine art theories, art history, concepts and subject matter will take place throughout this course.

"Hopefully it will be a great oppo rtunity for students to develop their own individual styles and ideas and will also become a sharing and networking experience as a creative community of production," says B.J. McCarville, Visual Arts Educator at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

The Advanced Studio Course begins Wednesday, February 9 for eight classes. Registration is $100, and students supply their own materials.

All classes are for ages 18 and up and will be held in the Schurman Family Studio at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. All classes run from 6 to 9 p.m. each week. Pre-registration is required. Please contact 628-6111 or

Image: Mauricio Aristizabal in the Schurman Family Studio.


Media contact: Dan Wall, publicist, Confederation Centre of the Arts, phone (902) 628-6135
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