Art Classes

I have been teaching art to adults and children over a period of several decades. Classes are available in different media: oils, watercolours, pastels and mixed media. No previous experience is necessary. Full refunds for cancelled classes.

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Scroll down for the list of current and upcoming classes and workshops in the USA. Workshops in Australia 2020 TBA soon!

2019 SUMMER COURSES AND WORKSHOPS IN ILLINOIS, USA

Evanston Art Center:  1717 CENTRAL STREET, EVANSTON, IL 60201 Tel: 847.475.5300

COURSES:

0231 Mixed Media: Flora and Landscape in Watercolor and Soft Pastel, Tuesdays 1-4pm. Tutor: Fiona Craig
12-week course beginning June 11, 2019

Mixed media using watercolors and soft (dry) pastels offers wonderful ways to construct textural, 3D looking artworks, while enjoying the relaxing, meditative, therapeutic aspects of art-making. Explore fun, traditional and experimental ways to apply these materials to achieve interesting effects. We start with a paint-along demonstration, then branch into individual choices of subject. No prior experience or drawing ability necessary. Continuing students will work on their own projects with individual mentoring in developing their portfolios and styles.

Skill Level: All Levels

Regular Rate: $410.00 Member Rate: $390.00

0233 Painting Vibrant Flora and Landscapes in Oils, Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm. Tutor: Fiona Craig

12-week course beginning June 12, 2019

Render flowers richly and beautifully in oil paints! Discover how to achieve vibrant, confident-looking artworks that convey a sense of light, shadow, and sculptural form. Color mixing and brush stroke application will also be a major focus, to avoid muddiness and over-blending. You will start with a paint-along demonstration, then work on your own choice of subject. Continuing students will work on their own projects with mentoring in developing their portfolios and styles.

Skill Level: All Levels

Regular Rate: $410.00 Member Rate: $390.00

WORKSHOPS:

9018 Painting Vibrant Flora in Oils

One day: Sunday, July 28, 2019, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Render flowers richly and beautifully in oil paints! Discover how to achieve vibrant, confident-looking artworks that convey a sense of light, shadow, and sculptural form. Color mixing and brush stroke application will also be a major focus, to avoid muddiness and over-blending. You will work with a paint-along demonstration and receive individual attention.

Skill Level: Beginner

Regular Rate: $130.00 Member Rate: $110.00

9016 Mixed Media: Landscape in Watercolor and Soft Pastel

One day: Sunday, August 18, 2019, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Mixed media using watercolors and soft (dry) pastels offers a wonderful way to construct textural, 3D looking artwork, in a relaxing, meditative, therapeutic way. Explore fun, traditional and experimental ways to achieve interesting effects. We start with a paint-along demonstration, then develop individual subject choices. Reference photos and drawing transfers will be available or bring your own. No prior experience or drawing ability necessary. Some sketching exercises included.

Skill Level: All Levels

Regular Rate: $130.00 Member Rate: $110.00

                                                                   


Ice House Gallery, 609 South Boulevarde, Evanston, Illinois. Phone 847-232-7092

Beginner / Intermediate Oil Painting: Flora and Landscapes

OIL#@: Tuesdays 10am - 12 pm, June 4 - July 9, 2019, $165

OIL#3: Tuesdays 10 am - 12 pm, July 16 - August 20, 2019, $165


Water lily study in oil paints.

Water lily study in oil paints.

Painting Flora in Oils

Oil paint is wonderfully versatile and forgiving, long regarded as the most prestigious medium. It retains its freshly-painted colours when dry, remains lustrous, and can be corrected easily as it stays wet for a longer time than other paints. Fiona Craig attempts to make learning oil painting easy and enjoyable.

Testimonials

"I attended Fiona Craig's weekly oil painting class over a period of several years. I was a beginner with no previous art training. Fiona gave me a great start and helped me develop my own style. Fiona made the lessons very interesting and enjoyable and she was a very patient teacher. She made me love art so much I am still painting. I would highly recommend Fiona Craig’s art lessons." Filiz Yavuz .

"I enjoyed Fiona Craig's [5-day, April 2018] workshop. I learned a lot and her gentle way of teaching was great. There was great camaraderie among most participants and we all gained lots of useful tips, techniques and knowledge of the process of oil painting." Sigrid P.

"My first time attending {an art school in] Grafton, NSW was when I signed up for the April 2018 class with Fiona Craig. "Vibrant Flowers in Oils" was a wonderful art experience and so very productive. Fiona is an excellent tutor and thankfully I have now learned some new tips with using oil paints. Fiona made the whole painting process easy with step by step demonstrations and she is a very competent communicator. She had us producing gorgeous vibrant floral images within the time span of the five day workshop. I'm very positive that I would be happy to attend another workshop with Fiona and I can recommend her as a tutor." Kathryn L. Wright

"Fiona Craig has been an inspiration to me as she has helped me greatly with my artistic passion. She has taught me the components of different colours, how to apply brushwork, and how to work on different compositions. She has taught me various techniques that have broadened my horizons further. I am grateful for all that she has done for me." Muzeyyen Kopuz

"I was a student of Fiona Craig's for several years. She helped me grow from not even knowing how to blend colours to the position of what I am now capable of. She is extremely calm when teaching, and always catered to my novice level. Fiona's style allows her to portray what she sees in a unique way to make her audience appreciate her Art from a different perspective. I'm grateful to her in everything she has taught me." Mine Sengel

 

Landscape in pastel over watercolour

Landscape in pastel over watercolour

Mixed Media: Watercolour and Soft Pastels

Soft pastels (dry pastels, not oil pastels) are experiencing a resurgence of popularity. This is no surprise, as their soft, velvety texture reflects the light at different angles, creating a uniquely appealing effect. Fiona Craig's classes explore ways of making marks, blocking in, and layering to build up richly colouful and textured works of art. in pastels alone, or in combination with other media such as watercolours.

Testimonials

“I came to Fiona Craig’s mixed media class at the Evanston Art Center with some experience in pastel painting and [little] exposure to watercolor painting. In her class, I received ‘hands on’ personal instruction at my points of greatest need, as did other students. After only 15 - 18 hours of class time, I am excited at the new possibilities available to me, and look forward to another class with her.”

James D. McHolland, age 83, semi-retired.

“I took Fiona Craig’s mixed media class at Evanston Art Center, and highly recommend it!”

Kelley H.