Classical Painting Techniques
with Pete Smith
This program is designed for those who have tried painting, but would like to have a better understanding of classical approaches. Learn time-honoured techniques that have been passed down from the Renaissance to the Impressionist period. Students will learn the methods of building a painting by reproducing works of traditional painters such as Velazquez, Vermeer, Sargent and Pissarro. Effective techniques of transferring the drawing, underpainting/overpainting, dead colouring, scumbling, glazing and painting alla prima will all become familiar in the course of study. Students are encouraged to work on projects in either oils or acrylics.
Drawing for Beginners
with Michael Antkowiak
This workshop is designed for beginners and those wishing to improve their drawing skills, as well as refine their understanding of visual language. Using pencils, conté and charcoal, students will learn fundamental drawing techniques such as line weights, shading and highlighting. This condensed program will help students become confident with the basic tools of visual expression.
Abstract Painting for Beginners
This is an inspiring, process-oriented course for those who are willing to delve into the creative journey towards abstract painting. Designed for the beginner painter with some painting experience, students will be encouraged to explore spontaneity and experimentation and to develop conceptual ideas. Helpful visual information on modern art will be provided with an emphasis on composition, balance, colour, form and symbolism, the representation of motion and the superimposition of images in the organization of space. Media will mainly include acrylics and liquid acrylics. Collage and various media or materials of the student's choice can be introduced to experiment with different techniques.
July 2-4 (3-day week) 1:15- 4:15 pm
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White Flight in Silicon Valley
CUPERTINO, Calif. -- By most measures, Monta Vista High here and Lynbrook High, in nearby San Jose, are among the nation's top public high schools. Both boast stellar test scores, an array of advanced-placement classes and a track record of sending graduates from the affluent suburbs of Silicon Valley to prestigious colleges.
But locally, they're also known for something else: white flight. Over the past 10 years, the proportion of white students at Lynbrook has fallen by nearly half, to 25% of the student body. At Monta Vista, white students make up less than one-third of the population, down from 45% -- this in a town that's half white