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SCOSA Let's Draw & Paint Series

Stockton Center on Successful Aging

 

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Learn to Draw  Flyer
Instructor: Tom Sandor  Meeting Location: Meeting Room, Atlantic County Library System - Egg Harbor Township, 1 Swift Drive, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234 (609-927-8664)   Click here to register online or call 609-626-3591.  You will be registered for all of the classes.  If you cannot attend a session, please discuss that with the instructor.

Date Time Instructor & Participant Meeting Notes

4/2/14

10:00am - 12:00pm

 Kit Lok Reports:  23 drawing enthusiasts (including 4 men) showed up for the first session of Let's Draw and Paint! We had to drag another table from outside into the room to ensure everyone has a working surface. Tom Sandor appeared not to be fazed by the huge turnout. The workshop began in earnest around 10.15am. Tom got us started with drawing circles, ovals, lines in varying thickness, then taught us to build different light to dark gray tones (values) using our graphite pencils, which we then applied to shading a simple bowl shape. We spent the second hour drawing a glass-topped, wick table lamp with a curved handle. Tom used a clip-on lamp to light it up. He came well prepared. Throughout the 2-hour session Tom showed drawing techniques on the flip chart and went around the room offering feedback and encouragement. At the end of the workshop, we admired a dozen framed works (drawings and water color) brought by one of the Seniors. He was quite an accomplished artist. After all the attendees have left, Tom, Tiana and I discussed logistics and a better set up for next week's session. Day One went very well indeed. Judging by the enthusiasm and earnest intent of the participants during the drawing session, I believe most of them enjoyed the workshop very much. A big thank you to SCOSA again for what will surely be another wonderful learning series.

4/9/14

10:00am - 12:00pm

 20 students, better classroom design.

4/16/14

10:00am - 12:00pm

 Tiana Wen Reports:   We got 18 students today. Students enjoyed the way Tom taught today. He guided us through drawing a baseball, creating the structure and shading the circle.  Some students asked him what we will draw next week. I think that means they are very excited for the new challenge. We also talked about going outside in front of the library to draw, maybe next month when the weather is better. The students can really see the texture and shadow from the outside light. 

4/23/14

10:00am - 12:00pm

 Tiana Wen Reports:  This is Tiana.  We got 15 students today.  I am sending the picture that Tom taught today. This is the finished picture. Tom started from the beginning and step by step helped students finish the whole picture. Everyone's picture came out beautiful. Everyone enjoyed the class.

4/30/14

10:00am - 12:00pm

Kit Lok Reports: Only 12 attendees today. The persistent rain must have kept some people away. Tom asked us to spend the first hour drawing something either from memory or an object in the room. A drippy umbrella, plastic chair, pencil holder, coffee mug, wall poster image, a favorite table lamp, a grandson's photo soon began emerging on paper around the room. I made sketches of two of the ladies. Tom offered inputs and made some adjustments on everyone's drawing. We all went around the room to look at everyone's work. Having missed two sessions I am really impressed at the progress everyone has made since Day One and the confidence they are projecting. Kudos to Tom's tutelage. For homework, Tom asked the class to draw something of their own choice for sharing and critique next week. He also asked us what we would like to focus on for the rest of the series. Several of us would like to learn more about portrait and figure drawing. For the last half hour Tom demonstrated some basic drawing techniques with Vine charcoal sticks which we will be using next week. He wowed us with three yellowing charcoal portraits he produced in school. Then it was time to leave the 'magic' of drawing and head back out into the dreariness of a storm that refused to go away.

5/7/14

10:00am - 12:00pm

 Tiana Wen Reports: We still remain 14 students today. We used charcoal to draw the ball and the shadow. Tom had a chance to teach each one of us individually. I am the model today so the students have a chance to see how to use charcoal to draw the portrait. Next week, the students will use charcoal to draw portraits.

5/14/14

10:00am - 12:00pm

 Tiana Wen Reports: This week we had 8 students. Small class. This week we drew a house and tree. Tom taught us how to draw the tree and fit a branch. We thought about going outside, but the weather wasn't that good so we stayed inside. Next week we are going to use soft pastels to draw a picture. Everyone sounds very interested about this class, because every class Tom teaches different techniques and everyone learns a lot.

5/21/14

10:00am - 12:00pm

 Tiana Wen Reports:  We are working on a soft pastel that we will finish next week.  Everyone loved the class.

 

5/28/14

10:00am - 12:00pm

Kit Lok Reports:   Tom's class is going strong. Despite a cold wet dreary morning, 16 showed up. The regulars are really into it and enjoying themselves. Some are even doing extra sketches at home and bringing them to class for Tom's feedback. Class worked on and completed the pastel drawing started last week. Tom's plans to continue with soft pastel - a rather messy medium. Everyone helped Tiana clean up all the desk tops before heading home.

6/4/14

10:00am - 12:00pm

 

6/11/14

10:00am - 12:00pm

 

6/18/14

10:00am - 12:00pm  

6/25/14

10:00am - 12:00pm  

Learn to Paint with Watercolors.  Beginning Watercolor for Mature Adults...Seniors  Flyer
Instructor: Alice White-Marks  Meeting Location:  Room 301, Stockton at Kramer Hall, 30 Front St., Hammonton, NJ 08037 (609-626-3840)    Click here to register online or call 609-626-3591.   You will be registered for all of the classes.  If you cannot attend a session, please discuss that with the instructor.

Date Time Instructor & Participant Meeting Notes

5/27/14

10:00am - 12:00pm

Kit Lok Reports:  Nine attendees for the watercolor class at brand new Kramer Hall. Class room was very nice - because the desks and chairs were quite closed together - it was a little hard to get around whenever we have to move upfront to see Alice demonstrate. However, everyone had a long two-seater desk each, which was great, as it allow us to spread out all our materials - paper, paints, water containers, brushes, palette (white plastic plate supplied by Alice), tissues, etc etc.

My friends and I really like Alice.  Warm, open personality, articulate and witty, experienced, and very well prepared (despite a bad back from moving house recently). Alice also gave us each a large white plastic sheet to cover the desk and had a Stockton office staff bring in tubs of water for us.

Alice seems to have a clear structure of how the class will be conducted. She started by asking us what we hope to learn/get out from the class so she can try to tailor the sessions to fit our level and attain some of our expectations. She gave really clear instructions, class rules, repeated techniques and guidelines for emphasis, and provided comprehensive handouts and instructions for purchasing supplies.

Alice emphasized the importance of "learning to see first", drawing skills, good paper and pre-preparation in creating with watercolor. We spent the second hour learning to paint an apple - by glazing. Layer by layer of water wash and color - a process that needs some patience as we have to wait for each layer to dry. Alice assigned us some homework at the end of class. My friends and I are looking forward to the rest of the series.

6/3/14

10:00am - 12:00pm  

6/10/14

10:00am - 12:00pm  

6/17/14

10:00am - 12:00pm