Drawing Classes

Classes are starting up for 2024! Please be sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly as we get new classes online. We hope you can be patient with us while we are transitioning to new registration software – if you need to register for a class but don’t see it online yet, you can email or call to save your spot!

Cancellation Policy:  Occasionally classes must be cancelled.  We understand that this may be a disappointment to our visitors and we’ll do our best to inform students as early as we are aware of the cancellation.  Many of our workshops are led by instructors who have to come a long distance or prepare a lot of supplies, so if a minimum enrollment is not met, the class will be cancelled. 

If Oliver Art Center cancels a class, we’ll make every attempt to inform students and to offer a full refund or credit towards another course.

If a student must withdraw from a class a full refund less $10 processing fee will be issued if cancellation is received at least one week prior to the first day of class. 

 

 

Drawing Classes

Two Day Plein Air Pastel Workshop with Mary Tallman

This 2-day workshop will cover the basics of pastel Plein Air pastel painting.  Join Mary Hertler Tallman (GLPSPSA) to broaden your art skills with 10 steps for successful pastel landscapes. Over 2-days, we will be working together to broaden your painting skills and empower your artistic voice in pastels.  Topics will include: How to compose & design your painting; Working with shapes; Values & Edges; Color; Mark making; Editing and simplifying; and Interpreting the scene to create an emotional response.

During this workshop, we will have live demos, one or two per day, followed by plenty of painting time and individual attention at the easel. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a better understanding of pastel painting techniques and how to create a successful painting that tells a story and evokes an emotional response in the viewer.

Supply List: 

UArt Premium Sanded Pastel Paper will be provided courtesy of UArt.

Soft Pastels (suggested Rembrandt “Landscape” color set or any pastels you have on hand); small sketch book or sketch pad approx. 5” x 7”; soft graphite pencil for sketching; viewing card (small cardboard or mat board with 4” x 6” opening for viewing your subject); pastel or watercolor pencil for making drawing on the sanded pastel paper; lightweight / portable easel

OPTIONAL: Shade Buddy plein air umbrella

Instructor Info:

Mary Hertler Tallman's works in pastel are created as the 19th century French Impressionist painters first described "en plein air". Her formal training includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts from Spring Arbor University. Her award-winning works have earned her “Signature Status” in the Great Lakes Pastel Society, as well as “Signature Member” status in the Pastel Society of America. In 2023, her work has been recognized by the prestigious Pastel Journal Magazine’s “24th Annual Pastel 100 Competition” where over 2,000 artists competed internationally to be included in the top 100. Additionally in 2023 she was awarded “Best in Show”, “Second Place” and “Purchase Award” at the 2023 “Sylvania Plein Air Festival”; “Second Place – Small Wonders” at the nationally acclaimed “Paint Grand Traverse 2023”.  Her accolades also include: “Ampersand Art Supply Award” from the Chicago Pastel Society 2023 Ninth Biennial National Juried Exhibition; “Best in Show” at the Clinton County statewide plein air event, and “Second Place”, “Merit Award” and “Honorable Mention” at the “2023 Paint Tawas Bay” event.

Mon June 3, 2024

Member Price: $225.00

Non-Member Price: $250.00

Available Spaces: 11

 
Fine Art Scratchboard Techniques with Trevor McCauley

This is not the kids' camp project.  The workshop will help artists learn about the tools and techniques necessary to create fine art using this underrepresented art form.  In this class we will begin by trying out various scratching or "shading" techniques, and once we've gotten the feel of the pens/styluses we will dive in to create a finished product of your choosing.  All the pens, the holder, and the scratchboard are included with the class and are yours to keep.  You will also receive additional blank scratchboards to take home with you so you can keep creating projects of your own - as well as some resources to help you find more supplies as you branch out into this exciting art form!

Instructor Statement:  My artist journey really began in high school where I was introduced to ceramics and scratchboard. When I went on to the University of Michigan all my elective classes were art classes. I took a broad range of classes including drawing, oil painting, ceramics, and sculpture. I was also introduced to stream of consciousness writing as well as piano music composition during my undergraduate studies. Post college I dabbled in digital photography as well as took ceramic classes. Throughout college and beyond I have continued to write creatively and have written 5 poetry books.  Today my artistic endeavors juggle between sculpture/ceramics, painting, scratchboard, poetry, music composition and 2-D collage making.

 

Sat June 8, 2024

Member Price: $44.10

Non-Member Price: $49.00

Available Spaces: 10

 
Bold and Bright Summer Landscape Pastel Workshop with Anne Kindl

Let’s think bold and beautiful! In this class we’ll be painting a bold landscape on sanded pastel paper. Explore translucent wet underpainting techniques, learn to build lush layers and discover expressive mark making using a minimal pastel palette.

This class is for novices and experts alike - the goal is to create and enjoy learning the possibilities of this versatile medium.

Supplies:  Students are welcome to bring their own supplies; professional grade materials are recommended for best outcomes.  Supply kits are available for $29. Please call OAC to inquire.

Instructor Info:  Anne Kindl, a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a Master Circle recipient of the International Society of Pastel Associations, balances her time between her personal studio and her love of teaching the pastel medium. Known for unique floral and landscape pieces and expressive abstract style, Anne draws inspiration from the calming qualities of nature and its innate beauty. Her work has been accepted in several juried national and international exhibitions, and she has been featured in American Art Collector and Practique des Arts.

Thu June 13, 2024

Member Price: $135.00

Non-Member Price: $150.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Love your Letter - Calligraphy Workshop with Jennifer Helner

Lettering has the unique capability to combine the power of words with the beauty of art. Whether you’re a beginner who has never tried your hand at lettering or you’re an intermediate letterer looking to pick up pointers on style and design, this workshop will provide you with fun, exciting ways to express yourself in LETTERS! Many styles and techniques will be covered with instruction that will allow you to noticeably improve your lettering skills in a relatively short amount of time.

Instructor Info:   Jennifer Helner is the owner of Scripted Expressions Studio located in Lowell, Michigan. She achieved her BFA in painting from Wayne State University. At Scripted Expressions Studio she creates, educates and is a custom framer. Jennifer is a Michigan realist watercolor painter of flowers, landscapes, and creative lettering. At her studio she provides art classes and workshops along with art instruction at Lowell Arts.

Sun June 16, 2024

Member Price: $67.50

Non-Member Price: $75.00

Available Spaces: 10

 
Pastel Workshop with Anne Kindl - Floral Abstracts

This workshop will take a step-by-step approach using the pastel medium to interpret floral subject matter without all of the details of realism. The emphasis will be on how to see, feel and create from memory a floral abstract inspired by the colors, lines, shapes and rhythms found in nature. The class will include dedicated instruction, individual work time and personal feedback.

Supplies:  Students are welcome to bring their own supplies; professional grade materials are recommended for best outcomes.  Supply kits are available for $29. Please call OAC to inquire.

Instructor Info:  Anne Kindl, a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a Master Circle recipient of the International Society of Pastel Associations, balances her time between her personal studio and her love of teaching the pastel medium. Known for unique floral and landscape pieces and expressive abstract style, Anne draws inspiration from the calming qualities of nature and its innate beauty. Her work has been accepted in several juried national and international exhibitions, and she has been featured in American Art Collector and Practique des Arts.

Thu July 18, 2024

Member Price: $135.00

Non-Member Price: $150.00

Available Spaces: 7

 
Love your Letter - Calligraphy Workshop with Jennifer Helner

Lettering has the unique capability to combine the power of words with the beauty of art. Whether you’re a beginner who has never tried your hand at lettering or you’re an intermediate letterer looking to pick up pointers on style and design, this workshop will provide you with fun, exciting ways to express yourself in LETTERS! Many styles and techniques will be covered with instruction that will allow you to noticeably improve your lettering skills in a relatively short amount of time.

Instructor Info:   Jennifer Helner is the owner of Scripted Expressions Studio located in Lowell, Michigan. She achieved her BFA in painting from Wayne State University. At Scripted Expressions Studio she creates, educates and is a custom framer. Jennifer is a Michigan realist watercolor painter of flowers, landscapes, and creative lettering. At her studio she provides art classes and workshops along with art instruction at Lowell Arts.

Sun August 4, 2024

Member Price: $67.50

Non-Member Price: $75.00

Available Spaces: 10

 
Expressive Landscape Pastel Workshop with Anne Kindl

In this workshop, we will explore the versatility of the pastel medium. We will focus on capturing the essence of the surrounding landscape, bridging both visual and emotional connections. Designed for novice to advanced students, this workshop will feature step-by-step demonstrations, explorative and introspective studies, and personalized feedback to foster growth and progress.

Supplies:  Students are welcome to bring their own supplies; professional grade materials are recommended for best outcomes.  Supply kits are available for $29. Please call OAC to inquire.

Instructor Info:  Anne Kindl, a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a Master Circle recipient of the International Society of Pastel Associations, balances her time between her personal studio and her love of teaching the pastel medium. Known for unique floral and landscape pieces and expressive abstract style, Anne draws inspiration from the calming qualities of nature and its innate beauty. Her work has been accepted in several juried national and international exhibitions, and she has been featured in American Art Collector and Practique des Arts.

Tue August 6, 2024

Member Price: $135.00

Non-Member Price: $150.00

Available Spaces: 11