Mark Arts

Spring 2019 Painting Classes

Member enrollment begins May 20. Non-member enrollment begins May 24.

Summer weekly classes run June 24 – September 9. No classes July 1 – July 6.

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Any Experience Level Painting Courses

Independent Study Abstract Painting (Wednesday Evenings)

Students will explore their own artwork and processes under the umbrella of Abstract Art with no instruction in a friendly, welcoming environment focused on self-expression. All experience levels are welcome and there is no instructor.

Ages: 14 + | Instructor: No Instructor

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Tables Studio

Dates: June 26 – September 4, no class on July 3.

Nonmember Price: $90 | Member Price: $81.00

For those who do not already own supplies, these are suggested supplies:

  • – Some kind of support to paint on (canvas, primed wood, panel, etc.)
  • – Acrylic or other water-based paints
  • – Tools (brushes, rollers, palette knife, etc.)
  • – Drawing materials if desired
  • – Collage paper is also welcomed

Beginners & Intermediate Painting Courses


Introduction to Acrylic Painting with Alex Browne

This class will cover the basics, like color mixing and how to apply acrylic paint with various techniques. Additional topics include perspective, proportion, and color theory. Students will choose the subject matter for their paintings with guided instruction. This class will focus on working with acrylic paint and mixed media. Various creative styles of painting will be explored for further inspiration. No prior experience necessary.

Ages:  13+ | Instructor: Alex Browne

Tuesdays,  6 – 7:30 p.m.

Dates: June 25 – September 3, no class on July 2.

Nonmember Price: $130 | Member Price: $117

Location: Sculpture Studio


Canceled: Handlettering, Calligraphy and Painting Typography

Mark Birchfield

Introduction to Oil Painting (five -weeks)

This class is for beginners or for those who have painted before, but need a refresher. Either way no experience with oil painting or painting is required. Mark will cover an overview of the materials, application and techniques used in oil painting. Please see the supply list and dates for this class.

Ages: 16+ | Instructor: Mark Birchfield

Tuesdays,  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Dates: June 25, July 10, 17, 24, 31 with no class July 3

Nonmember Price: $105 | Member Price: $94.50

Location: Easels Studio

Introductions to Oil Painting Supply List: (Available at Hobby Lobby or Michaels)

-artist quality oil paints:    titanium white, yellow ochre, cadmium red, ultramarine blue

-oil painting brushes (flat, angled, round)

-palette for painting on

-Gamsol (Brand is named Gamlbin)

-canvas or canvas panels 9 x 12 size

Giraffe - Gayle

Multi-Media: Charcoal, Colored Pencil, Pastel and Watercolor with Gayle Clayborn

Learn through exploration in a relaxed environment. Students work on individual projects focusing on composition, perspective, value, color mixing, layering and more in their medium(s) of choice.

Supplies: Students should bring their own personal supplies, such as the following

– Some kind of support to work on (watercolor paper, pastel paper, bristol paper or other drawing paper)

– colored pencils, pastels or watercolors

Ages:  13+ | Instructor: Gayle Clayborn

Mondays,  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Dates: June 24 – September 9, no class on July 1 or September 2

Nonmember Price: $145 | Member Price: $130.50

Location: Tables Studio

Petey Goes Fishing 30 x 36 (3)

Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor with Bernadette Bradshaw

Students will master the basics needed to be successful in watercolor including creating a wash, pouring a background, color mixing, color theory, various applications and techniques, as well as rules for composition and design.

Ages 14+ | Instructor: Bernadette Bradshaw

Thursdays, 7 – 9 p.m. *PLEASE NOTE TIME AND DAY CHANGE*

Nonmember Price: $145 | Member Price: $130.50

Dates: June 27 – September 5, no class on July 4.

Location: Tables Studio

Intermediate to Advanced Painting Courses

Artwork by Melinda

Breaking those Photographic Chains That Bind (five-weeks)

Don’t be a slave to the photograph! In this Intermediate level course, students will explore ways to create paintings that don’t just copy a photograph. All mediums welcome. Please be prepared with photographs and supplies to paint the first week.

Ages: 16 + | Instructor: Melinda Weis

Wednesdays, 1 – 4 p.m. (dates below)

Dates: June 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31 with no class July 3

Location: Easels Studio

Nonmember Price $105 | Member Price $94.50

1st Hinkle Douglas & Topeka 18x24

Modern Traditions in Painting with Brian Hinkle

Students will develop their painting skills in the representational or abstract style of their choice. The emphasis will be on the techniques and methodology of painting and on individual problem solving. Topics covered include color, composition, texture, tools and materials.

On the first day of class, students will need to bring the supplies they already have along with note-taking supplies as the instructor will be going over the supply list and discussing student projects.

Ages: 16+ | Instructor: Brian Hinkle

Tuesdays, 2 – 4:30 p.m.

Nonmember Price: $175 | Member Price: $157.50

Dates: June 25 – September 3, no class on July 2.

Location: Easels Studio

Melinda Weis_Disco Inferno_12x12

Painting in Amazing Technicolor with Melinda Weis

Each artist makes palette choices that dramatically affect the feel of a painting, but choosing the right colors is not as easy as it seems. This class will explore all the facets of color – hue, chroma, value and mixing. All media are welcome, but painting experience is required.

Ages: 16 + | Instructor: Melinda Weis

Thursdays, 1 – 4 p.m.

Dates: June 27 – September 5, no class on July 4.

Nonmember Price $210 | Member Price $189

Location: Easels Studio