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Summer 2017 .

Portraits and Figures

at the Garafraxa Café

Sketch from live models.  These sessions combine basic direction to get you started, minimal instruction as needed, and some demos. Bring your own supplies and work in pencil, conte, pastel or watercolour. Easels provided. Classy drinks available for purchase.

Portraits (dressed):

Tuesdays 7 -9 PM
June 27, July 11, & 25
$85

Life Drawing (nude):

Tuesdays 7-9 PM
August 1 & 15
$85

Advanced Painting

at The Colour Jar

For painters who have taken previous Durham Art School courses or equivalent background and want to refine technique & take skills to the next level. Work from still lifes in your choice of acrylic, oil (no solvents) watercolour or pastel.  Choose between mornings or evenings.

Thursdays days 10 – 12:30
July 13, 20  & 27.
$80

Thursday nights 7- 9
July 13, 20  & 27.
$80

Location Landscapes

in and around Durham

Paint en plein air at various locations.  Work in your choice of pencil, pastel, watercolour, oil or acrylic. All levels welcome. Class will meet at The Colour Jar to review materials, techniques and approaches and then go to location
to paint.

Thursdays 1-3 PM
August 3, 10 & 17
$80  

Fall 2016

 

Trois Artists de France

Art history comes alive in this step by step course for beginner to advanced. Learn technique and concept through the process of painting these three diverse French masterpieces, including a cubist painting by Laurencin, an impressionist work by Morisot and a detail a from a classic realist portrait by Vigee Le Brun. Everything you need is provided, including high quality artist’s paint, brushes and canvas. Register for one or all three.
Wednesdays 7 – 9 PM         Complete Series $150

Laurencin – November 16         $50
Morisot – November 23           $50
Vigee LeBrun – Dec. 7 & 14      $75

Advanced Painting

For those who have taken previous DurhamArtSchool courses or equivalent background and want to refine your technique & take art to the next level. Work from still lifes in your choice of acrylic, oil (no solvents) watercolour or pastel.
Wednesday 12:45 – 3 PM  October 26 to November 9      $78

Classic Drawing   I

Drawing is the basis of all visual arts. Improve drawing skills and review classic techniques.  Through a series of exercises learn to draw what you see by training your eye to observe. Work in pencil, charcoal and conte.
Supply list provided at The Colour Jar.
Monday 11 – 12:30 PM       October 17 to 31           $80

Intro to Acrylic Painting
How to use acrylics, mediums, colour mixing, and brush technique. Supply list provided at The Colour Jar.
Monday      11 – 1 PM          Nov 28 to Dec. 5       $80

Workshops at the Colour Jar:  519 369-1283

August Workshops

Advance Painting

For those who have taken previous Durham Art School courses or equivalent background and want to refine technique & take art to the next level. This class will include demos. Work from still lifes, and flowers when available, in your choice of acrylic, oil (no solvents) watercolour or pastel. Work on a new painting each week.  Continue to practice and refine.
Mondays, August 8-22  10:30–1   $78

Landscape Bootcamp

Build sketching strength, painting fitness and stretch your style in this rigorous three day painting workshop. This will be hard but rewarding work. All mediums welcome.  Class will meet at The Colour Jar to review materials, techniques and approaches. After the break we will meet at predetermined locations to paint. All mediums welcome.
Wednesday to Friday, July 13,14,15  1-130 and 2-4  $145

fashion ladies

Fashion illustration

A three part series focusing on techniques of fashion illustration. Fashion drawing is a valuable skill for designers and sewers who want to make accurate and elegant sketches to present their ideas and concepts. Also useful for anyone who wants to explore and develop a stylized way to draw people. No prior drawing skills required.
 Classes will be at the elegant Garafraxa Cafe.
The complete series: $185.

Supply List


Part 1 – Introduction to Drawing the Fashion Figure
– fashion figure proportion

– traditional materials
– rendering fabric
– drawing technique
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 9 & 10  7-9 PM    $65

Part 2 – Drawing the Costumed Live Model
Working from a costumed model, combine careful observation, and idealized elongated form.

Tuesday & Wednesday, August 16 & 17  7-9 PM    $75

Part 3 – Colour & Finish
-choosing the pose

-original design
-alternative art materials
-rendering in colour
-creating flats
-finished illustration
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 23 & 24 7–9 PM   $65Registration:  The Colour Jar  519 369-1283 thecolourjar.ca  120 Garafraxa St.

Instructor: Rhonda Abrams     rhonda@durhamartschool . com

The Bare Minimum

You can learn and have fun with these essentials:

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Lots of paper

The Dream List

If you have these things, bring them. These materials are used in the industry:

  • Part 1
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Small sketchbook to keep design ideas in
  • Tracing paper
  • Paper 8.5 x 11, or 9 x 12

Part 2

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Large Sketch paper/pad 11 x 14 or 14 x 17
  • Graphite
  • Skin tone markers
  • Grey tone markers
  • Colour pencils

Part 3

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Skin tone markers
  • Grey tone markers
  • Tracing paper 9 x 12
  • Marker Paper 9 x 12
  • Some colour pencils
  • Small sketchbook to keep design ideas in

 

Summer Courses

lineClassic Drawing

Drawing is the basis of all visual arts.  Improve drawing skills and review classic techniques.  Through a series of exercises learn to draw what you see by training your eye to observe. No tricks. A must for painters who want to paint from life. Work in pencil, charcoal and Conte.
Tuesday to Thursday, July 5,6,7   11–12:30    $80

Advanced Painting

For those who have taken previous Durham Art School courses or equivalent background and want to refine technique & take art to the next level. Work from still lifes, and flowers when available, in your choice of acrylic, oil (no solvents) watercolour or pastel. Work on a new painting each week.  Continue to practice and refine.
Tuesdays, July 12-26  10:30–1   $78  FULL
Mondays, August 8-22  10:30–1   $78

Landscape Bootcamp

Build sketching strength, painting fitness and stretch your style in this rigorous three day painting workshop. This will be hard but rewarding work. All mediums welcome.  Class will meet at The Colour Jar to review materials, techniques and approaches. After the break we will meet at predetermined locations to paint. All mediums welcome.
Wednesday to Friday, July 13,14,15  1-130 and 2-4  $145

Travel Sketching – Intro

Strategies, materials, equipment and packing.
Wednesday, July 20, 11-12:30  $30

Travel Sketching On Location

Lesson 1 – pencil sketching
Lesson 2 – ink sketching
Lesson 3 –watercolor sketching
Wednesday to Friday, July 27,28,29  11-12:30  $76

Landscape Painting

Paint en plein air at various locations. Work in your choice of pastels, watercolours, oils or acrylics. All levels welcome.
Thursdays, August 4,11,18  1-3  $76

fashion ladies

Fashion illustration

A three part series focusing on techniques of fashion illustration. Fashion drawing is a valuable skill for designers and sewers who want to make accurate and elegant sketches to present their ideas and concepts. Also useful for anyone who wants to explore and develop a stylized way to draw people. No prior drawing skills required.
 Classes will be at the elegant Garafraxa Cafe.
The complete series: $185.

Supply List


Part 1 – Introduction to Drawing the Fashion Figure
– fashion figure proportion

– traditional materials
– rendering fabric
– drawing technique
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 9 & 10  7-9 PM    $65

Part 2 – Drawing the Costumed Live Model
Working from a costumed model, combine careful observation, and idealized elongated form.

Tuesday & Wednesday, August 16 & 17  7-9 PM    $75

Part 3 – Colour & Finish
-choosing the pose

-original design
-alternative art materials
-rendering in colour
-creating flats
-finished illustration
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 23 & 24 7–9 PM   $65

 

$5 off when you register for a complete course with payment one week in advance.
Registration:  The Colour Jar  519 369-1283 thecolourjar.ca  120 Garafraxa St.

Instructor: Rhonda Abrams     rhonda@durhamartschool . com

 

March Workshops

ToolBox Tuesdays

An opportunity to work with different traditional mediums and expand your repetoire. Each session will include techPastelnical considerations specific to each medium, and drawing and painting guidance. Artist quality materials provided.

  1. Pastel – March 15
  2. Watercolour – March 22
  3. Ink – March 29
  4. Gouache – April 5

Tuesdays  7–8:30 PM    March 15 – April 5
$100 for all 4 sessions (or $30 per session)

Advanced Painting II

For those who have taken previous DurhamArtSchool courses or equivalent background and want to refine your technique & take art to the next level.Work from still lifes in your choice of acrylic, oil (no solvents) watercolour or pastel.Work on a new painting each week.  Continue to practice and refine. Bring your own materials, or buy what you need at the Colour Jar.
Mondays 10:30 – 1 PM        March 14, 21 and April 4   $75

Registration:  by email rhonda@durhamartschool.com or at The Colour Jar

$5 off when you register for a complete course with payment one week in advance.

 

 

Winter 2016

Classic Drawing   I

Drawing by D. Beacon

Drawing is the basis of all visual arts. Improve drawing skills and review classic techniques.  Through a series of exercises learn to draw what you see by training your eye to observe. Work in pencil, charcoal and conte. Supply list provided at The Colour Jar.

Tuesdays  7 – 8:30 PM
Feb 2 – 16        $75

 

ToolBox Teusdays

An opportunity to work with different traditional mediums and expand your repetoire. Each session will include techPastelnical considerations specific to each medium, and drawing and painting guidance. Artist quality materials provided.

  1. Pastel
  2. Watercolour
  3. Ink   
  4. Gouache

Tuesdays  7–8:30 PM                March 15 – April 5  $100 (or 30 per session)

 

Advanced Painting I
For those who have taken previous DurhamArtSchool courses or equivalent background and want to refine your technique & take art to the next level.Work from still lifes in your choice of acrylic, oil (no solvents) watercolour or pastel.

Mondays 10:30 – 1PM                    Feb 8, 22 and 29            $75

Advanced Painting II
Work on a new painting each week.  Continue to practice and refine.
Mondays 10:30 – 1 PM                    March 14, 21 and April 4   $75
$5 off when you register for a complete course with payment one week in advance.

Registration:  by email rhonda@durhamartschool.com or at The Colour Jar

Instructor: R. D. Abrams

 

Rhonda D. Abrams paints on location and from life. For Abrams, painting and sketching is an act of observing life, nature and the moment of time.

The media works of R. D. Abrams are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Canada. Her art has been exhibited internationally, in ten solo and 80 group Her work has won Canada Council, Ontario Art Council,and Toronto Arts Council awards.

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R.D. Abrams teaches Visual Studies, Concepts and Theories, and Fashion Drawing at Ryerson University. She founded Ryerson’s Digital Art Certificate in 2015. 

Abrams studied fine art at the University of Ottawa  (BA honours),York University (MFA),and at the Banff Cenre of Fine Arts.

Teaching philosophy:  With the correct skill set, everyone can draw and paint from life.  I teach these skills. Drawing and painting make life better and art makes it more beautiful.

Private lessons available.

rhonda@durhamartschool.com

Recent Paintings

 

2015

longswampgolden doodle
august sky watercolourIMG_20150605_125402

 

 

bok choygeorge

Pastel – 2015

durham mill durham conservation areabentinck pondIMG_20150421_131815

 

After Series 2014 – 2017

IMG_20160220_154850-2IMG_20150808_184229IMG_20150127_103944IMG_20150902_144000IMG_20150810_225704after Tom Thompson The West Windafter ay jackson
after chagall
after miro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

eastern trail watercolour and inksignal hilleastern trail

 

 

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2013

2012