Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring Painting Classes: Sign Up Now

"Garden Girl," oil, 42"h x 36"w, copyright Jill Banks 2012
Pop In & Paint This Friday
First, I'm the "substitute" monitor for Pop In & Paint this coming Friday, March 15, 4-7pm at the Great Falls School of Art, 1144 Walker Road, Suite D, Great Falls, VA.  Come with your supplies and reference material to start something new or enjoy the camraderie of other like-minded folks working on ongoing projects.  The cost is $25 for the three-hour session to be paid by check made out to Great Falls Foundation for the Arts.  RSVP to me at jillbanks1 @ if you're interested in attending. I hope you can! Students from my portrait class who worked in clay -- can come play with it.

Spring Still Life and Landscape Classes
"Morning at Starbucks," oil, 20"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2011, private collection
Second, you can register now for Spring classes.  I'm teaching Painting the Still Life in Oils on Tuesdays, 9:30am to 1:30pm, for eight sessions from April 9 to May 28. Plus, I'm offering a new class on Wednesdays, Painting the Landscape, 9:30am to 1:30 for eight sessions from April 10 to May 29. For that class, we'll be mainly painting in plein air (you'll need your own portable easels), in different farms and towns in the near vicinity.  Registrants will be emailed the week's location.  (Hint: you have to register.)

My Painting the Landscape includes painting the animals, architecture, people, cars, etc. of the more populated areas versus trees, streams, mountains.  Tackling painting outside adds to the challenge but sure makes for more exciting (and less perfect) end results.  Class will be held indoors in the case of inclement weather.

"Cars and Coffee,"  of the Great Falls Village Centre hints at one of our potential locations
I paint in oils. If you use a different medium, understand that the areas I am able to help include drawing, composition, color, edges, value ... but not with medium-specific advice. 

A prerequisite for the class is bringing along a sense of humor. And, be ready for an adventure.

If you're really a beginner, I recommend taking my Still Life class first.

Go to my web site:, Classes page for more info about each course and how to register.  Then, register online. It's going to be a fun Spring. Come join us!

"Cut Sunflowers," 20"h x 16"w, ©Jill Banks 2011, private collection
To see other classes being offered, go to the Great Falls School of Art site:

100 Faces in 100 Days Project
Phone: 703.403.7435

See my web site for Events & Exhibits:

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