These are the 2 Glen Echo classes I teach--Please join us for these fun and informative classes!

  1. Experimental Drawing Class: Intermediate to Advanced Drawing

    1. Fridays, 9:30am-12pm (Yellow Barn, Glen Echo Park),

    2. Fall Session: 9/21 through 11/16/2018

    3. Winter Session: 1/18 through 3/15/2019

    4. Spring Session: TBA

This course emphasizes the artistic importance of drawing.  We'll explore a range of drawing methods: both traditional and nontraditional techniques. We'll focus on increasing visual sensitivity, cultivating technical skills, and understanding the steps of building a drawing. $20 model fee paid in class. For students under the age of 18, you and your parent/guardian must obtain instructor permission prior to enrollment in this class. More info: mkastrin@gmail.com. Minimum age 16.  

Please see sample syllabus and supply list below.

1. Experimental Drawing Class

 

MK Experimental Drawing Syllabus

Schedule of Classes:

Class 1) September 21“Out of Focus Drawing”

White charcoal or newsprint paper, kneaded erasers, and vine charcoal

Class 2) September 28“Take A Line for a Walk” 

Drawing Paper, pencils, erasers and drawing board

Class 3) October 5Sketching!  Expanding the Sketch from a Single Point

Pencils, erasers, sketch book 

Class 4) October 12: Sketching! Blocking vs Line

Pigma brush pen and sketch book or other mark making tools (TBA)

Class 5) October 19Figure Drawing, Gesture, simple proportions, short poses Part #1

Vine charcoal, kneaded erasers and newsprint paper

Class 6) October 26 : Figure Drawing, Gesture, simple proportions, short poses Part #2

Vine charcoal, kneaded erasers and newsprint paper

Class 7) November 2Figure Drawing, “Shadow Blocking”

Pigma brush pen on white drawing paper

Class 8) November 9: TBA, either “White Conte on Black Paper” or drawing atypically (eg with non-dominant hand or with elongated tools) white conte crayon, black pastel paper, erasers (Black paper available in class for a small fee)

Class 9)  November 16: Figure Drawing, “360 figure Drawing”

white charcoal OR drawing paper, vine charcoal and compressed charcoal, kneaded erasers, 

FREE CLASS in the AFTERNOON, you are invited if you want to join us!!!  Afternoon of my Class 9) Friday, 12:00 - 3:30pm- lunch/critique (everyone Bring food!) –Bring up to 5 paintings/drawings to be critiqued by the group (open to all) Critique begins at 1:00pm

Please note that there is a class model fee of $20 per person for the class (5 models, five days) please make the check (or paycash) out to Mariana Kastrinakis.  There are minimal paper costs that are for specific exercises (will be announced) but feel free to bring your own paper as long as it matches what we’re using in class.  We buy in bulk so can sell it at cost (and do paper costs as needed in case you miss class.) I will be notifying you and reminding you to bring specific supplies for each class as we go forward.Thank you!

Class recommended Supplies:

(Please note: Plaza has my supply list and they are willing to do discounts for Yellow Barn students, they will also match prices if you find things cheaper on the internet or at another shop, just bring a copy or show them on your device—barring other shops’ special coupons of course)

• 14 X 17 (or similar size) Newsprint Paper pad

• 18x24 (or comparable) Drawing Paper pad (can be regular or heavyweight )(not needed on first class)

• Optiona:l charcoal drawing block 18x24 (not needed on first class)

• Medium (best is wirebound) Sketchbook to take notes, or do small sketches, etc

• Pencils - 6H, 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B 

• Vine or Willow (soft) charcoal

• 1 Extra Large vine charcoal stick, willow stick

• White conte crayon 

• 2 Extra Large Kneaded Erasers (or 4-6 smaller ones)

• White Plastic Eraser (soft plastic)

• masking tape OR Acid Free Artist Tape (I don’t mind masking tape)

• pencil sharpener

• any kind of viewfinder (can make your own, as cardboard 3x5, paint middle gray and cut rectangular hole in the middle)

Optional: 

• conte crayons of other colors, like black, brown, sanguine (reddidsh), sepia or gray (you wont need ALL these, black and a couple of others)

• charcoal drawing block 18x24

• Drawing board large enough for 18x24” paper (the YB has some you can use, but they may have bumps on them from dried out paint)

• When/IF needed they will be for Sale in class:

• White/Black/Colored, “Mi Tintes” Pastel Paper $3.00 

• Pigma brush pens $2.00

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2. Abstract Representation class

  1. Class meets Fridays, 1pm-3:30pm (Yellow Barn, Glen Echo Park)

  2. Fall Session: 9/21 through 11/16/2018

  3. Winter Session: 1/18 through 3/15/2019

  4. Spring Session: TBA

This class is designed for artists with traditional backgrounds to think abstractly in their work. This class pushes your understanding of composition design, color relationships, and eye movement and promotes using your artistic license. This is an ideal class for artists who want to take their work to a new level.  All painting mediums welcome! $10 model fee paid in class. For students under the age of 18, you and your parent/guardian must obtain instructor permission prior to enrollment in this class. More info: mkastrin@gmail.com. Minimum age 16.  

Please see sample syllabus and supply list below.

1. Abstract Representation Class

 Abstract Representation class Syllabus

Schedule of Classes:

Syllabus for students and mk website :

1. Class 1-Friday, September 21-Composition in art.

a. Lecture: parts of a painting (form vs content) principles of good abstract composition, Notan

b. Demo: using photos or reference materials to make good basic compositional sketches prior to painting

c.  Assignment: select one or more artists that inspire you, bring one of their compositions to use as reference (photos or sketches or digital materials that you might consider inspirational) to imitate their composition or notan—we will do this next class

d. (Or Continue individual work if you prefer)

 

2. Class 2: Friday, September 29: Composition (continued):

a. Lecture continued: dynamics of a picture plane and formal analysis

b. class exercise: use the inspirational reference you brought to make a new painting but make it yours….so content is YOURS, even if their “composition” or form is similar or the same

c. optional but recommended: make several thumbnail sketches before starting a painting

d. (Or Continue individual work if you prefer)

3. Class 3- Friday, October 5: Abstraction-

a. Lecture: “Abstract shapes: Abstracting still life, landscape or the Figure”

b. Demo: collage and building a theme with inspirational reference

c. (Or Continue individual work if you prefer) 

4. Class4: Friday, October 12: Color:  

a. Lecture: “ Color Strings, Color Gamuts” 

b. Exercise: continue your painting or start new with still life, MK will demonstrate her approach to colors/composition when designing a new painting/collage (optional)

c. (Or continue individual work if you prefer)

5. Class 5 : Friday, October 19: Psychology of color

a. Handout: psychological meaning of color 

b. Exercise: Review your painting for a color gamut that contains your desired message—are revisions needed? Or start new painting in a color gamut selected by what you want the painting to communicate, Demo: MK will demonstrate her approach to colors/composition when designing a new painting/collage (optional)

c. (Or Continue individual work if you prefer)

6. Class 6: Friday, October 26: Putting color together:Selecting color gamuts considering psychology of color and your expressive goals

a. Class exercise: paint a still life or continue painting with your own references

b. (Or Continue individual work if you prefer

7. Class 7: Friday, November 2: Figure Painting Day (Day 1 of 2)

a. -think about abstract shapes and composition

b. (Or  Continue individual work if you prefer

8. Class 8: Friday, November 9: Figure Painting Day (Day 2 of 2)

a. -think about abstract shapes and composition

b. (Or  Continue individual work)

9. Class 9: Friday, November 16: Double day & Group Critique: all participants are invited to draw in the morning (if class not overcrowded)

a. MORNING SESSION Figure Drawing, “360 figure drawing” (starts in the morning, 9:30am-12)

vine charcoal, white charcoal or drawing paper, compressed charcoal, kneaded erasers

b. 12:00 – 3:30pm- lunch/critique (all participants bring food!) – Bring up to 5 paintings/drawings to be critiqued by the group (open both morning and afternoon Friday classes)  Critique begins at 1:00pm

Supply list: 

• -Bring your desired medium (oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolors) and the corresponding supplies

• -medium size or large Sketchbook to take notes and to use for making thumbnail sketches/other planning of paintings

• -any kind of viewfinder (can make your own, as cardboard 3x5, paint middle gray and cut rectangular hole in the middle)

Please note that there is a class model fee of $10 per person for the class (1 models, two days) please make the check (or pay cash)  to Mariana Kastrinakis.  Thank you!