Aimee Erickson - Still Life Series: Composition (Online); Tuesdays, November 23-December 21, 2021

Date: Tuesdays, November 23-December 21, 2021 (5-week course)
Time: 9:00-11:30AM Pacific Time/12:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time/5:00-7:30 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylics

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Composition, editing, mark-making: three integral aspects of painting. In still life we have the ability to arrange the objects in real life, in addition to painting what we want to see. Learn how to feel the direction and weight of a composition, and gain freedom to simplify and choose how you paint, rather than following (admittedly sometimes useful) “rules.” Start where you are and progress within the structure Aimee provides.

Like most of Aimee’s classes, this one is open to all levels. Aimee encourages her students to adapt assignments to their own level. She wants you to be challenged and engaged without being overwhelmed, and to build on what you already know.

Class sessions are a mix of lecture/demo, paint-along, and instructional review of student work.

Aimee Erickson is a representational oil painter. Born in Paris (1967) and raised in Sunnyvale, California, she started oil painting at age eight. After earning a BFA in Visual Communication Design/Illustration, she developed a warm, inviting pictorial voice grounded in traditional realism, informed by the principles of design, and inspired by nature and human experience. She has also studied with a number of prominent painters. Her approach to painting tends to be very direct and experimental, without a set routine, and leans toward the abstract; she uses brushes mostly, palette knives frequently, and sometimes a bigger scraper or straightedge.
Aimee teaches painting, drawing, and color theory at venues nationwide and overseas. She has a particular interest in what enables or inhibits artistic progress. How do we learn to see what we cannot yet see? How does expectation influence our ability to perceive?

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About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 30 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link. Find out how to access the class group message board here.