Aimee Erickson - The Figure in Context (Online); Thursdays, April 8-May 6, 2021

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Date: Thursdays, April 8-May 6, 2021 (5-week course)
Time: 9:00-11:30AM PST
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylics

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Our live online classes are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to 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. You will also have access to recordings of the class that will expire 30 days after the final day of the course.

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.

You 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). Find out how to access the class group message board here. 

Very Exciting Class! Designing a painting of one or more people, with the context being an integral part of the picture. Faces and gesture. Intentional color schemes. Application of design principles. Using multiple reference images to create a cohesive result. Tangents on creative process. Occasional poetry. Plan on doing several small assignments and one larger painting each term.

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. It’s like yoga!

Class sessions are a mix of utterly fascinating lecture 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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