art lesson details
Warm Up Time:
A typical art class begins when each student walks in the door and puts on an apron, then sits at a table and warms up the right brain with thirty minutes of free drawing using all colors of Sharpies.
Then it’s time for the formal drawing lesson. Chris Babcock gives a brief lecture on the difference between the left brain and right brain, then the students sit in front of a 15 by 20 inch sheet of museum quality archival paper and use a 5B drawing pencil and Pink Pearl eraser to receive step by step instruction from Chris Babcock on how to draw a modern masterpiece or contemporary work of art. Through constant visual demonstration, the students are shown how to draw a grid based on where the edges of the shapes are, then use these grid lines as guides to successfully interpret the drawing.
The formal painting lesson begins after Chris gives an explanation of color theory, then writes down the students’ individual paint palette orders of either professional quality acrylics or water-soluble oils depending on what masterpiece is interpreted. The students get to choose their own color palette or the masterpiece’s original color palette. Chris then takes the students through a step by step process on how to hold their paint brush, how to create various stroke effects and high light and shade the masterpiece being interpreted.
Glossing the Painting:
After the students complete their paintings, chris glosses the paintings with Liquitex High GLOSS Varnish. This single coat of varnish give the paintings a glossy appearance, enhances color,and seals and protects the paintings from dust and moisture.
Pick Up Painting:
After 48 hours of drying time, the acrylic paintings are slipped into clear plastic bags, placed in a rack by the door and are ready for pick up.
Frame the Painting:
Chris recommends you take your paintings to PHOTOGRAPH and FRAME on the corner of Chestnut and Scott in San Francisco. This establishment is less expensive then other framing stores in SF, has fantastic customer service, flawless framing techniques, and your 15 by 20 inch paintings will fit their ready made frames. Tell them the painting was made at Chris Babcock Art Workshop, and you will receive a 10 % discount.