June 4–August 13
Fee: $500 Member: $490
Enrollment limited to 30 students
This eleven week course is designed for students that are beginners or have minimal experience in the art of painting. Students can choose either oil or acrylic as their medium. The still life will be our primary source of exploration. Over the course of the eleven sessions we will discuss materials, the manipulation of paint, drawing with the brush, tonal massing of volumes in terms of light and shade, color principles and the organization of the palette. We will also review safe studio practices. The student will become versed in a basic systematic procedure that will allow for the execution of a painting from conception to completion. Students will learn to translate direct visual observation into a painted surface that expresses the illusion of objects in space.
John A. Varriano is a representational painter. He has exhibited extensively and has won numerous awards, including Best in Show at the UCJF’s Annual Fall for Art Show, 2010 and the National Art League’s Annual Exhibit, 2011, the Sanford Grumbacher Gold Medal, the Alfred and Mary Crimi Award, and the Guilia Palermo Award at the Audubon Artists Exhibit, NY. In 2006 he was one of 20 artist invited to paint the landscape at the Forbes Trinchera Ranch in Colorado.
He was one of 20 artists chosen out of thousands to participate in the International Fine Art Exhibit in Chelsea, 2012, and was selected in 2012 and 2013 for the Hudson Valley Artists Association Annual Exhibition in Old Lyme, CT. Varriano studied at the Art Students League with Frank Mason and Gustav Rehberger. He currently teaches figurative and portrait painting in New Jersey and New York City, and landscape workshops in the Hudson Valley region of NY. He is represented by Mark Gruber Gallery in New Paltz, NY.