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 Plein Air Location [Part C]

Welcomes drawers, painters, and pastelists with some experience or having taken the 'Introduction to Plein Air' class. In Plein Air, we work from observation out of doors. In this 3.5 hour class, we bring our supplies with us to different locations throughout Tucson. In this class, you will learn how to see shapes of color and light to make it easy to gather the information that can help your studio work or simply record your experiences.

Dates: Dec. 4, 11 in 2017

Meets: (2) Friday mornings at 12:30 AM - 4:00 PM (3-hour duration) with Meredith Milstead at TPS Building


Plein Air Location [Part B]

Welcomes drawers, painters, and pastelists with some experience or having taken the 'Introduction to Plein Air' class. In Plein Air, we work from observation out of doors. In this 3.5 hour class, we bring our supplies with us to different locations throughout Tucson. In this class, you will learn how to see shapes of color and light to make it easy to gather the information that can help your studio work or simply record your experiences.

Dates: Nov. 9, 16 in 2017

Meets: (2) Thursday mornings at 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (3-hour duration) with Meredith Milstead at TPS Building


Oil Painting: Self-Directed Projects

Ideal for any painter, who would like to receive feedback from an experienced instructor and work independently in a studio setting. This class is open to anyone who has previously taken any part of the 'Introduction to Oil Painting' series. Instruction will focus on individual need and offer demonstrations in methods of feedback, approach, and techniques associated with brush handling and oil paint application. This class is suitable for new and practiced oil painters.

Dates: Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 in 2017

Meets: (4) Tuesday nights at 5:30 AM - 8:30 PM (3-hour duration) with Meredith Milstead at TPS Building



Plein Air Location [Part A]

Welcomes drawers, painters, and pastelists with some experience or having taken the 'Introduction to Plein Air' class. In Plein Air, we work from observation out of doors. In this 3.5 hour class, we bring our supplies with us to different locations throughout Tucson. In this class, you will learn how to see shapes of color and light to make it easy to gather the information that can help your studio work or simply record your experiences.

Dates: Sep. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15 in 2017

Meets: (2) Friday mornings at 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (3-hour duration) with Meredith Milstead at TPS Building


Oil & Acrylic Independent Projects

Ideal for any painter with some experience, who would like to receive feedback from an experienced instructor and work independently in a studio setting. This class is open to all Oil and Acrylic painters at any level who wish to work in a friendly, supportive and informative environment.

Dates: Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 in 2017

Meets: (4) Tuesday nights at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (3-hour duration) with Meredith Milstead at TPS Building



Introduction to Oil Painting

Ideal for anyone who would like to learn how to paint in oil from an experienced instructor. This class introduces you to the basics of oil painting with practical applications in layering oil paint, mediums to thin and thicken paint, brush handling techniques and different types of supports to paint on. 

Dates: Sep. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15 in 2017

Meets: (4) Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3-hour duration) with Meredith Milstead at TPS Building



Plein Air On Location

Welcomes drawers, painters, and pastelists with some experience or have taken the 'Introduction to Plein Air' class. The set up will vary slightly depending on your medium. 

Dates: Mar. 21, 28 in 2017

Meets: (2) Tuesday Afternoons at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (3-hour duration) with Meredith Milstead at TPS Building



Oil Painting: Self-Directed Projects (Spring 2017)

Ideal for any painter with some experience, who would like to receive feedback from an experienced instructor and work independently in a studio setting. 

Dates: Mar. 12, 19, 26, Apr. 2, 9, 23 in 2017

Meets: (6) Sunday Afternoons at 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (3-hour duration) with Meredith Milstead at TPS Building



Plein Air Basics

Welcomes drawers, painters, and pastelists with some experience or have taken the 'Introduction to Plein Air' class. The set up will vary slightly depending on your medium. 

Dates: Mar. 7, 14 in 2017

Meets: (2) Tuesday Afternoons at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (3-hour duration) with Meredith Milstead at TPS Building



Introduction to Plein Air

Ideal for any painter with some experience, who would like to receive feedback from an experienced instructor and work independently in a studio setting. 

Dates: Feb. 21, 28 in 2017

Meets: (2) Tuesday Afternoons at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (3-hour duration) with Meredith Milstead at TPS Building



Oil Painting: Self-Directed Projects  (Winter 2017)

This class offers one-on-one guidance to pursue any personal aesthetic or painting style you like. The instructor will elaborate on any topic you fancy such as color theory, mixing strategies, composition, or materials, etc. At the end of each session, we will review work completed in class and provide feedback as a group. 

Dates: Dec. 6, 13 in 2016 Jan. 3, 10, 24 in 2017

Meets: (6) Tuesday Nights at 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (3-hour duration) with Meredith Milstead at TPS Building



Color in Oils: Tetrads

Discover the Unlimited Potential in Just Four Hues Alone, Using Tetrads! In this intermediate to an advanced course in color mixing, we explore the mixing potential of four hues and their tints, tones, and shades through technical and applied applications in class.

Dates: Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 in 2016

Meets: (4) Sunday Afternoons at 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (3-hour duration) with Meredith Milstead at TPS Building


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Color in Oil: Triads

Discover the Unlimited Potential in Just Three Hues Alone, Using Triads!  In our continuing exploration of color in oils we add a third color to the palette. In each class, we mix a different triadic combination and its associated tints, tones, and shades for a full range of value and hue.

Dates: Sep. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9 in 2016

Meets: (4) Sunday Afternoons at 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (3-hour duration) with Meredith Milstead at TPS Building


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