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Art Workshops, Classes and Camps

Students of all ages and levels enjoy the art workshops, classes and camps. Give the gift of creativity to your family, friends, children, grand kids and colleagues!
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2018-19 AOY Class Session Calendar

Please Email all questions or concerns regarding any AOY Adult, Youth and/or Workshops to Jim Bongartz, Director of Education at education@artistsofyardley.org
Due to limited office hours at the art center, voicemail messages will not be returned unless it is an emergency from a current student or AOY instructor.

 

Registration Deadlines are one week prior to the start of each class. Pro-rated class policy.

  • Adult Art Classes/Workshops
  • Youth Art Classes
  • Private Lessons
  • Teaching Artists
  • Fall 1
  • Fall 2
  • Workshops



Please note: Due to religious holidays in September for the Fall I session a 5 week payment option is available for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday classes. Before any payment is made please email AOY Education Director, Jim Bongartz, education@artistsofyardley.org to receive a payment amount and payment arrangements. Please indicate the class and the desired and he payment method of either online credit or check. Payments are due prior to the start of class.


199: Approaching Abstraction

$157. Members.   $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Mondays; 1:00 -3:30 pm
September 10 to October 15
Teaching Artist: Jim Bongartz
Website: jamesbongartz.com


Unleash the inspired abstract painter within when expanding your visual vocabulary for abstraction. We will apply design elements relating to composition, color, representation of form and various applications of paint or gesture making. This class will develop a series of studies meant to create a path for an informed personal, individualistic means of expression.

Acrylics and canvas are recommended however, oils, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, along with gessoed boards, paper etc. are all acceptable.
A recommended supply list will be sent as soon as a class roster with a minimum of four students is established. Suitable for all levels.


242: Introduction to Oil Painting

$157. Members.   $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays; 9:30 am to 12:00 noon
Sept. 11 to Oct. 16
Teaching Artist: Donna Sheehan

Learn to see as an artist does and apply that new found knowledge to oil painting! From a still life set up you will learn the basics in drawing in order to do a preliminary sketch in oil directly onto canvas. An explanation of tools and mediums will be discussed with a focus on pallet set up. Guided by your instructor you'll quickly learn about shape and form while gaining an understanding of how to see value to complete a tonal under-painting. You'll learn about color mixing and matching as you progress to a full color painting. The concepts and principals taught in Introduction to Oil Painting will help develop the skills to further your path in becoming a better artist.                                                        





168: Drawing Concepts

$157 Members, $180 Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays; 1:00 to 3:30 pm
September 11 to October 16
Teaching Artist: David Rivera

Drawing is a skill which can be honed to an individual's personal vision. Any artistic concept whether it be a simple sketch in pencil or a complex composition in another medium, can be realized through the process of drawing. This class is designed to teach students the basic principles of drawing using a combination of observational and conceptual exercises. Students will learn various techniques such as sight-size/comparative measuring, methods of shading, concepts of perspective, and more! Mediums used will include pencil, charcoal, colored chalks, and ink.









195: Pastel For Beginners

$157. Members. $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:00 pm
September 11 to October 16
Teaching Artist: Kellen Mears

We will explore the use of pastel with a simple step by step method that will instill confidence while encouraging self expression and spontaneity. Topics to be covered will be materials to be used, composition, value development, and color selection. Its all practice. No previous experience of pastel necessary. Anything worth doing is worth doing badly. So don't be afraid. Give pastels a try.








174: Oil Painting Studio Class with Instruction CLASS FULL

$157 Members. $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays 9:30 -12:00 pm
September 13 to October 18
Teaching Artist: Anne Gannon

Students can work on whatever choose - unfinished paintings or begin something new. They can work from photo's or set up their own 'Still LIfe'. With individual guidance and instruction, each student has the opportunity to hone their skills while focusing on their choices. All aspects of oil painting are covered and discussed depending on each students needs. In a setting like this, we learn from each other and stay inspired! Before class ends everyone participates in a critique of the works that were done that day. This is for students with basic oil painting skills through Advanced.





118: Color Concepts


$189. Members. $216. Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
September 13 to October 18
Teaching Artist: David Rivera
Watch Video

Through various drawing and painting exercises, students will explore different methods of observing color. The course will begin with the introduction of the gray scale, and progress, through specific exercises, to working with a full range of colors in a variety of mediums. Students will learn about the relationship between warm and cool colors and how these play into creating the illusion of light and atmoshere. Layering applications on different surfaces (including pre-toned papers and prepared grounds) will be explored and students will acquire a thorough understanding of color concepts through observational exercises. Color will be analyzed in the following order; value, tints and shades, chromatic and achromatic grays, warm/cool contrasts, primary, secondary and tertiary colors, complimentary and harmonizing colors.






Hibbs House228: Exploring Watercolor Painting CLASS FULL

$105 Members, $125 Non-Members
4 sessions/Thursdays 1:00 to 3:30 pm
September 13 to October 4
Teaching Artist: Jill Tressel

This course offers guided instruction to beginning students and those developing skills in watercolor painting. We explore the translucent qualities that are unique to this versatile medium. Essential techniques include: painting flat and graded washes, creating texture, using value sketches to compose a painting, and combining colors to achieve harmonious effects. Specific projects are presented with encouragement for artists to progress at their own rate. Subjects to be painted may be still life set-ups, landscapes, and printed or electronic images. A list of suggested supplies will be provided. This is a 4 week class for FALL l - September 13, 20, 27, and Oct. 4.






247: Studio Smash-Up

$157 Members, $180 Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00 pm
September 13 to October 18
Teaching Artist: Jim Bongartz
Website: www.jamesbongartz.com

This class is offered at the request of repeat students who have spent some time learning classical approaches and want to experience abstract painting methods.
Students can be part of either venue - painting traditionally with individualized planning and critique OR learning a few abstract methods, styles and techniques. 
For students interested in the abstract component, please refer to the Approaching Abstraction class for more details concerning this approach.
A supply list and welcome letter will be sent by the instructor when a minimum of three students register with payment.





Veteran’s Day Nov. 11th, observed Monday the 12th (Pennsbury S.D.), AOY will have all classes. No classes Nov. 16th - 24th, AOY Fine Craft Show 11/16 - 11/18, following with a week off for Thanksgiving 11/18 - 24th.



199: Approaching Abstraction

$157. Members.   $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Mondays; 1:00 -3:30 pm
October 22 to December 3, 2018
Teaching Artist: Jim Bongartz
Website: jamesbongartz.com


Unleash the inspired abstract painter within when expanding your visual vocabulary for abstraction. We will apply design elements relating to composition, color, representation of form and various applications of paint or gesture making. This class will develop a series of studies meant to create a path for an informed personal, individualistic means of expression.

Acrylics and canvas are recommended however, oils, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, along with gessoed boards, paper etc. are all acceptable.
A recommended supply list will be sent as soon as a class roster with a minimum of four students is established. Suitable for all levels.


242: Introduction to Oil Painting

$157. Members.   $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays; 9:30 am to 12:00 noon
October 23 to December 4, 2018
Teaching Artist: Donna Sheehan

Learn to see as an artist does and apply that new found knowledge to oil painting! From a still life set up you will learn the basics in drawing in order to do a preliminary sketch in oil directly onto canvas. An explanation of tools and mediums will be discussed with a focus on pallet set up. Guided by your instructor you'll quickly learn about shape and form while gaining an understanding of how to see value to complete a tonal under-painting. You'll learn about color mixing and matching as you progress to a full color painting. The concepts and principals taught in Introduction to Oil Painting will help develop the skills to further your path in becoming a better artist.                                                        





168: Drawing Concepts

$157 Members, $180 Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays; 1:00 to 3:30 pm
October 23 to December 4, 2018
Teaching Artist: David Rivera

Drawing is a skill which can be honed to an individual's personal vision. Any artistic concept whether it be a simple sketch in pencil or a complex composition in another medium, can be realized through the process of drawing. This class is designed to teach students the basic principles of drawing using a combination of observational and conceptual exercises. Students will learn various techniques such as sight-size/comparative measuring, methods of shading, concepts of perspective, and more! Mediums used will include pencil, charcoal, colored chalks, and ink.








237: Points of Departure - Transparent paints and Negative Shapes

$189. Members. $216. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
October 23 to December 4, 2018
Teaching Artist: Nancy Lloyd

For all levels. Explore building a painting through using layering techniques with transparent oil paints and negative shapes. We will begin the first week with one color to create an under-painting for a landscape and each week, we will work with an additional color. You will create paintings reflecting each of the four seasons. Composition, texture, values, and perspective will be discussed. *** PLEASE NOTE: No class November 20th, Thanksgiving break.







136: Beginning Oil Painting Designed with You in Mind

$189. Members. $216. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:30 pm
October 23 to December 4, 2018
Teaching Artist: Nancy Lloyd

This course is for the beginning or returning student. Students will be given individual attention and instruction will be oriented to helping the student achieve his or her own goals. Using photos and still life set-ups, painting fundamentals will be introduced, including color theory, paint application, values, contrasts, composition, and perspective. A variety of approaches will be explored. A supply list will be provided.





195: Pastel For Beginners

$157. Members. $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:00 pm
October 23 to December 4, 2018
Teaching Artist: Kellen Mears

We will explore the use of pastel with a simple step by step method that will instill confidence while encouraging self expression and spontaneity. Topics to be covered will be materials to be used, composition, value development, and color selection. Its all practice. No previous experience of pastel necessary. Anything worth doing is worth doing badly. So don't be afraid. Give pastels a try.









205: Photography
$157 Members. $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:00 pm
October 23 to December 4, 2018
Teaching Artist: Steven Kasich

Do you have a great camera that you just wish you could use better? Ever wonder what that button is for? What's an ISO? By the end of this class you will be shooting basic portraits and travel photos with your camera. You will learn how to set up your camera, how to get the right focus, how to take pictures of people, some sports and action, and a bit of landscape photography. The last class bring in your favorite 5 images as 4x6 or larger. You will need an SLR or Mirrorless 4/3's camera with interchangeable lenses and your manual. Camera should be able to shoot in Manual mode. Be prepared to take notes. Teens welcome.
***PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASS NOVEMBER 2Oth, Thanksgiving break.









20: I've Never Painted Before In My Life!

$157. Members. $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm; October 24 to December 5, 2018
OR
6 sessions/Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm; October 25 to December 6, 2018

Teaching Artist: Jim Bongartz
Website: www.jamesbongartz.com

But guess what? You can easily learn how by using acrylic paints! Bring your laptops to paint from your own uploaded photographs or images captured off the Internet. Of course, printed images are suitable for use as source material too. Students will explore blocking-in methods while developing subject matter with expressive color and brushwork. The instructor will give demonstrations and students will start off creating studies of simple still life to learn basic techniques in color mixing and building volume and space. The instructor will offer critiques that assist in constructive problem solving. Supplies are provided by the student and a list will be sent one week prior to the start of class. Level: Beginner’s thru Intermediate.





 


78: Handmade Felting Techniques

$189. Members. $216. Non-Members
6 sessions/Wednesdays 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
October 24 to December 5, 2018
Teaching Artist: Nelly Kouzmina

From basic flat felting to luxurious surface design, this six week class progresses into Cobweb felting, felt collage, seamless accessory, exploring felt embellishments and finally, felt hat making.  Printed materials with description will be provided. Instructor will have wool fibers as well as silk fabric, exotic thread, variety of yarn available for purchase.  Extra supplies will be shared during each week. 

Week 1. Flat Felt making (basic wet felting technique)
Week 2. Felt embellishments (or collage making) 
Week 3. Cobweb felting technique (making accessory - scarf)
Week 4. Felting with resist (making fingerless mittens) 
Week 5. Felt Hat making (basic)
Week 6. Felt & Shibori (flat felt made in Week 1 can be used).
A supply list will be provided by the instructor one week prior to the start of class. 
Discover the ancient technique of felt making and it’s revival.


213: Watercolor Studio with Instruction

$189. Members. $216. Non-Members
6 sessions/Wednesdays 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
October 24 to December 5, 2018
Teaching Artist: Jo-ann Osnoe

This class is for students with some experience in watercolor who want to work independently on their own projects with instruction. Choose your topic and I can help you develop it. You may choose to work from still life set ups or photos. Direction and guidance will be provided based on each student’s needs. Demos will be used to illustrate different techniques and work will be critiqued at the end of each session. This class is for students with basic knowledge of watercolor through advanced.





174: Oil Painting Studio Class with Instruction
$157 Members. $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays 9:30 -12:00 pm
October 25 to December 6, 2018
Teaching Artist: Anne Gannon

Students can work on whatever choose - unfinished paintings or begin something new. They can work from photo's or set up their own 'Still LIfe'. With individual guidance and instruction, each student has the opportunity to hone their skills while focusing on their choices. All aspects of oil painting are covered and discussed depending on each students needs. In a setting like this, we learn from each other and stay inspired! Before class ends everyone participates in a critique of the works that were done that day. This is for students with basic oil painting skills through Advanced.





Collage and Mixed Media197: Collage and Mixed Media

$157. Members. $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays; 1:00 to 3:30 pm
October 25 to December 6, 2018
Teaching Artist: Nancy Shill

This Class will be playful and informative for both the novice and experienced student. Working in abstract format, the workshop will begin with a demonstration of the use of collage materials, glues, and glazes. Exercises in such areas as layering and adding acrylic paints to the paper will add more dimensions. Participants will be encouraged to consider texture, tone, line, and color. Critiques of works will be on-going during different stages of progress. This will help you to loosen up and it will enhance your approach to other more formal styles of art.












118: Color Concepts


$189. Members. $216. Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
October 25 to December 6, 2018
Teaching Artist: David Rivera
Watch Video

Through various drawing and painting exercises, students will explore different methods of observing color. The course will begin with the introduction of the gray scale, and progress, through specific exercises, to working with a full range of colors in a variety of mediums. Students will learn about the relationship between warm and cool colors and how these play into creating the illusion of light and atmoshere. Layering applications on different surfaces (including pre-toned papers and prepared grounds) will be explored and students will acquire a thorough understanding of color concepts through observational exercises. Color will be analyzed in the following order; value, tints and shades, chromatic and achromatic grays, warm/cool contrasts, primary, secondary and tertiary colors, complimentary and harmonizing colors.






Hibbs House228: Exploring Watercolor Painting

$157 Members, $180 Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays 1:00 to 3:30 pm
October 25 to December 6, 2018
Teaching Artist: Jill Tressel

This course offers guided instruction to beginning students and those developing skills in watercolor painting. We explore the translucent qualities that are unique to this versatile medium. Essential techniques include: painting flat and graded washes, creating texture, using value sketches to compose a painting, and combining colors to achieve harmonious effects. Specific projects are presented with encouragement for artists to progress at their own rate. Subjects to be painted may be still life set-ups, landscapes, and printed or electronic images. A list of suggested supplies will be provided. *** PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASS NOVEMBER 25th.









254: Loose and Organic Watercolor Flowers from Life



 

$70 Members, $82 Non Members
September 22nd and 23rd, 2018; 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Teaching Artist: Aida Birritteri


In this 2-day workshop we will work from a studio floral set up without the use of any photography or printed imagery. With contour drawings made by looking at and observing our subject we can begin to loosen up and define areas to work from. We can explore layering and glazing techniques with watercolors and the use of negative and positive space as a way of creating a watercolor composition from organic shapes found in flowers.

Level: beginners to intermediate. Artist's website: www.aidawatercolors.com



240: Graphite Drawing on Enamel Surface    



 


$135 Members, $155 Non Members
Materials fee of $50 to be paid to the instructor at class.
September 29, 2018; 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Lara Ginzburg

Instructor will talk and demonstrate the ways of preparing and cleaning the metal; applying, firing, embellishing and finishing the enamel. Students will be able to apply enamel on one metal piece. More enameled and ready to work pieces will be included in the workshop kit. 

Students will learn how to fuse free hand drawings to enamel and how to embellish enameling surface. Students should be able to finish pendant and a pair of earrings. Sterling Silver chain, jump rings and earwire will be included in the kit. Students will be provided with class handouts. Materials fee of $50 to be paid to the instructor at class.







255: Figurative Painting from a Photograph    



 


$100 Members, $110 Non Members
September 29, 2018; 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Barry Koplowitz

Artists will bring a few photographs with figurative scenes that they would like to paint--or a painting they have already started--along with its reference material. Barry will help each artist individually to realize their goals for the artwork they will create in the workshop. Focus will be on how to best interpret the source photo for the final artwork and avoid the mistake of trying to “paint the photograph.”

Artists should not expect to complete their work of art in the workshop. Instead they should expect to have a solid start towards their intended goal, a “lay-in” of color and a plan on how to move forward.
Barry will demonstrate or explain many different techniques that are relevant to the reference material or works of art that attending artists bring to the workshop. These will include medium preparations, glazing & scumbling, paint layering techniques, as well as various methods of transferring a drawing to a canvas or board.

Artists bring their own materials.



223: Collage Workshop    



 


$75 Members, $90 Non Members
February 2, 2019; 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Joanne Donnelly

Looking to jump start your creativity? Let your imagination run wild in this low pressure, guaranteed results session! This collage workshop is for the anyone who has a passion for creativity and spontaneity; and open to new visual possibilities. In this 5 hour hands-on workshop information about products, content, design, process and historical perspective will be provided. No pressure, low material cost – all levels welcome.
* Snow or Bad weather make-up dates February 9 ( for Sat., 2/2) and February 10 ( for Sun., 2/3).










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Fall Youth Classes - Artists of Yardley




Clay Sculptures245: Improving Your Drawing and Painting Skills for Teens

Teens - Ages 13-17
6 Thursdays, September 13 to October 18
4:30 - 7:00 pm; Price: $157 (includes materials fee)
Teaching Artist: Renee Egan


This is a drawing and painting class for middle school and high school students ages 13 -17 who want to improve their drawing and painting skills. There will be a focus on learning interesting compositions, perspective knowledge in drawing, and practice with the human anatomy and the portrait. Some of the materials that will be used are pastel, charcoal, pencil, watercolor, and acrylic. This course will also help the serious art student develop an art portfolio.







126: Cartoons and Comic Books

Youth Ages 8-17
Saturdays, September 15 to October 20
9:30am-11:30 am Price: $141 (includes materials fee)
Teaching Artist: Elaine Morales

Jump into a new uncharted world and explore through the eyes of your own cartoon characters! Become a storyteller and enchant your audience with original action packed plots!
Every class is different and fun for all levels of artists and super heroes
so even if you have already taken this class before I invite you to join us again on our next adventure!
Developing your own characters, scenes, and story line will equip you with creative layouts and designs as you learn the exciting possibilities of sequential storytelling. With personalized guidance you will be able to push your imagination to the next level!
...IT'S STORY TIME! 
A $15 material fee is included.








Fall Youth Classes - Artists of Yardley





249: Mixed Media Selfies

Youth Ages 8-12
6 Thursdays, October 25 to December 6, 2018
4:30 - 7:00 pm; Price: $157 (includes materials fee)
Teaching Artist: Elaine Morales


We are all different, come celebrate what makes you unique, 

Explore playful ways to enhance emotional conection as well as aesthetic texture and lighting in your painting, while learning composition and proportion techniques through a variety of different mediums and material. 

There are many ways to create a self portrait!

***PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASSES THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, Thanksgiving.



Clay Sculptures245: Improving Your Drawing and Painting Skills for Teens

Teens - Ages 13-17
6 Thursdays, October 25 to December 6, 2018
4:30 - 7:00 pm; Price: $157 (includes materials fee)
Teaching Artist: Renee Egan


This is a drawing and painting class for middle school and high school students ages 13 -17 who want to improve their drawing and painting skills. There will be a focus on learning interesting compositions, perspective knowledge in drawing, and practice with the human anatomy and the portrait. Some of the materials that will be used are pastel, charcoal, pencil, watercolor, and acrylic. This course will also help the serious art student develop an art portfolio.

***PLEASE NOTE: No class November 22, Thanksgiving break.







126: Cartoons and Comic Books

Youth Ages 8-17
Saturdays, October 27 to December 8, 2018
9:30am-11:30 am Price: $141 (includes materials fee)
Teaching Artist: Elaine Morales

Jump into a new uncharted world and explore through the eyes of your own cartoon characters! Become a storyteller and enchant your audience with original action packed plots!
Every class is different and fun for all levels of artists and super heroes
so even if you have already taken this class before I invite you to join us again on our next adventure!
Developing your own characters, scenes, and story line will equip you with creative layouts and designs as you learn the exciting possibilities of sequential storytelling. With personalized guidance you will be able to push your imagination to the next level!
...IT'S STORY TIME! 
A $15 material fee is included.

***PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASSES 11/17 and 11/24***







Private/Semi-Private Lessons

Fall Youth Classes - Artists of Yardley


Please read the following about private/semi-private lessons:

Students may request private or sem-private lessons with the following mediums/instructors

Note: If you hover over the links below with your mouse, you will see samples of the artists' work

  • Drawing Adult Students - David Rivera

    Learn the basics of drawing in pencil or charcoal. A "three dimensional" rendering is nothing more than an accurate representation of proportion, perspective and tonal values on a two dimensional surface. There are proven methods which can help to unveil the mystery about drawing accurately. With the right tools you can learn how to make educated decisions which will allow you to render a believable still life, portrait, figure or whatever else you wish to draw. A few of the lessons that I teach include sight-size and comparative measuring, compositional sketching, the rules of perspective, various shading techniques and anatomical studies for figures and/or portraits.

  • Design and Illustration - Elaine Morales

    Enter the world of graphic design and illustration. Learn branding skills and discover bold ways to capture thoughts and ideas through original artwork created by you!

    Practice different styles and techniques in finalizing design pieces for your personal projects or portfolio. 

    Receive personalized tips and pointers to enhance the over all aesthetic of your design.


  • Adobe Photoshop - Elaine Morales (note: Students must have a computer, laptop, or ipad on which to access the Adobe Creative Cloud). This is for beginners or those with intermediate knowledge of the most recent photoshop version available on adobe creative cloud.

    While in session we will cover : photo manipulation, photo restoration, digital painting/illustrating, save/print settings, creating and editing brushes, as well as review tools and techniques to better enhance your photoshop skills and familiarity with the program.

  • Acrylic Painting - Jim Bongartz

    Students will learn the necessary steps to produce a finished painting on canvas exercising concepts of composition, under painting, color mixing and blocking-in. Photographic references will be utilized for source imagery as students learn rendering techniques.
    I have been a full-time art teacher for 35 years while maintaining a professional painting studio. Happy to work with any student willing to build their creative skills and talent. Preferring acrylic painting as a teaching medium I am fluent with two-dimensional mediums such as oils, watercolor, pastels, drawing and mixed medium. Helping students build a strong, professional portfolio is one of my most rewarding teaching experiences.   Please visit my website jamesbongartz.com for details regarding my Bio and passion for painting.

  • Oil Painting - Nancy Lloyd

    Instruction will be oriented to helping the student achieve his or her own goals. Using photos and still life set-ups, painting fundamentals will be referenced, including color theory, paint application, values, contrasts, composition, and perspective. A variety of approaches and surfaces will be explored. A supply list will be provided.

  • Youth Drawing - Cate Gipe

    Drawing is the foundation to all artistic mediums. Start learning what you need to know to become a pro at the medium you want to master. These private drawing lessons will teach you the drawing techniques that will allow you to become free with your artistic expression, making your dreams and masterpieces easier to achieve.







Private/semi-private lesson packages are offered in 3 or 4 class blocks with times of 1-1/2 hours, 2 hours, 2-1/2 hours, or 3 hours per class.

Payment for Private/Semi-Private lessons are as follows: Individual: $75/hour

Group of 2 people: $65/hour per person

Group of 3 people: $55/hour per person

Payment is made ahead of time and after submitting the request for a private/semi-private lesson. Once you hear back from your instructor, follow this link to make payment . For semi-private lessons, all payments must be received prior to the first session.

Cancellation Policy For Individual Private Lessons:
  • Rescheduling a lesson requires a minimum of 24 hour notice to the assigned instructor.
  • No refunds for cancellations or absences.

  Cancellation Policy For Small Group Lessons:
  • If there is any change in group size prior to the start of the first lesson, the student or students who cancel will not be refunded.
  • Rescheduling a private group lesson requires a minimum of 24 hour notice to the assigned instructor.
  • Group rescheduling is done as a single group lesson for all participants.

Request for private or semi-private art lessons
                          
 Payment for private or semi-private lessons

  

Teaching Artists




Jim Bongartz Watch Video

James Bongartz began his passion for art during formal childhood lessons at the Carnegie Institute and continuing at Carnegie-Mellon University following a BSEd in art education from Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania. He has painted for over thirty years, exhibiting in galleries and juried shows throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Many of his works are in private collections. Most paintings are responses and interpretation from his own photography. Mastering the use of color and brushwork as a form of processing imagery and evoking experiences are current inspirations. James is a member of Art+10, a Princeton based artist group and AOY. A portfolio of Jim's paintings and further details about current and past exhibits can be seen on his website: jamesbongartz.com.


Anne Gannon Watch Video

Anne was educated at the Traphagen School of Fashion, NYC and at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. Early on, she worked as an Illustrator for Well Being magazine in San Diego, then at Hammacher Schlemmer in NYC, where her drawings were published weekly in The New York Times and in the Wall Street Journal. She also designed licensing artwork for Merrill Lynch and other Wall Street firms. In 2003, Anne started teaching art classes while beginning a new career as a surrealist and an abstract painter. Recently she has had much success with her Encaustic work. Anne has been with the AOY since their inception in 2004, serving on the board and in various other areas of the organization. An award-winning artist, Anne’s work has been shown locally, in east coast states and abroad."

Barry Koplowitz

Barry Koplowitz, of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, studied with Lester Polokov at the Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York City.  He has taught classes at various Art Centers and privately. In his early career he worked in New York Theater doing sets for small Off-Broadway shows as well as doing murals in private homes.  He participated in various Design Shows for his mural work.  During this time, he also worked in fine art galleries in the Upper East Side and on Broadway.    Barry moved to Pennsylvania long ago and now paints Landscapes and Figurative subjects, both in Plein Air and in his Chalfont Pennsylvania Studio.  He shows his work in various juried exhibitions as well as participating in Juried Plein Air Events.

Nelly Kouzmina

Fiber Artist & Instructor, Feltinelli LLC, Member of International Association of  Feltmakers  IFA,U.K, Member of Northeast Guild of Feltmakers, U.S. and Member of Surface Design Association, U.S. I am a self taught fiber artist working with natural fibers and dyes creating variety of pieces from wall art to wearable art  exploring the broad possibilities of felt making. All of my work is original and one of a kind. It is my passion, hobby and love. I share my knowledge and experience with students of all age groups. I participate in various juried art shows in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania. http://feltinelli.blogspot.com, email: feltinelli@gmail.com .


Elaine Morales

Elaine's main priority as an artist is to express a deeper connection between works of art and their admirers. She believes that artists are never done learning, therefore her passion for art has been flourishing since she first picked up a pencil at a young age. Art has always been a part of who she is and to this day she continues to cultivate her skills in multiple media forms.  She studied Multimedia Arts and Animation at the Art Institute in Philadelphia where she then went onto freelancing and teaching art classes to all ages. As an artist Elaine has acquired many skills both digital and traditional.  Aside from digital artwork and animating, Elaine also enjoys working with all types of paints, creating ceramics, sculpting with cut paper, printmaking, airbrush art, mixed media, graphic design, drawing and illustrating, character design, and anything else she can get her hands on.  Her love for visual arts has her constantly thriving to learn more as she shares with others the unconstrained possibilities of the art world. Feel free to visit her website for samples of her work: www.elainemorales2d.weebly.com


Kellen Mears

Raised in Hillsborough, NJ. Graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in education. Studied at the Art Students League of New York and with many local artist, including New Hope pastel artist, Pam Miller.


Jo-Ann Osnoe Watch Video

holds a BFA from Parson’s School of Design and is celebrated for her watercolor work. She moves effortlessly from still life to landscape to florals and local scenes. Expanding recently into oil painting, she has gained recognition in this medium as well, winning First Place in a recent Bucks County art competition. She finds inspiration in nature and her Bucks County surroundings, where she has made her home for the past fifteen years. A dedicated and focused artist, she has exhibited in over one hundred local group shows, including over a dozen juried regional and national exhibitions. www.jo-annosnoe.com
 
Peggy Rowlett

Peggy is a retired Family and Consumer Science teacher from Pennsbury School District.  She graduated from Mansfield University with a BS in Home Economics and a masters in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College.  She currently teaches cake decorating during our summer camp.  Peggy has been a quilter for many years and continues to love the art of quilting and cake decorating. 



Joanne Donnelly Seglem Watch Video

Joanne is an award winning artist and photographer. For many years she has worked as Teacher, Art Director, Book Designer and Gallery Manager. She currently has the good fortune to create full time. Joanne's painting and photography has garnered recognition and awards throughout the United States. Her work can be found in private and public collections in Europe, Australia and the United States. Joanne continues to explore new artistic territory with continuing education and exploration. She believes that everyone can unleash their artistic potential and free their imaginations by letting go of self-imposed rules and restrictions. Her collage class aims to do just that with a variety of tips and techniques offered in a fun and carefree manner. www.joannedonnelly.com


Donna Sheehan

Donna Sheehan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, with two degrees focused in general illustration and graphic design. In her early career as a graphic designer, Donna designed marketing materials for malls around the country while working at Pembrook Management in Long Island, New York. With a move to Yardley, Pa in 1993 and taking time to raise her children, Donna transitioned to a fine arts career with commissions to paint hanging murals for the St. John the Evangelist Community Center and St. John Evangelist rectory. Versed in a wide variety of mediums, she enjoys oil painting using direct and indirect methods, choosing subjects from life and her own photography. Donna shows her work in juried and local shows and continuously grows and explores as an artist, drawing inspiration from teaching students from her in home Yardley studio and at AOY in beautiful Bucks County Pennsylvania


Nancy Shill

Collage and Collage/Mixed Media to Oils, I find new ways to create dynamic relationships between colors and shapes. I interweave discards with paint, new paper, ink, charcoal etc searching for something new and compelling. I create my unique vision of motion, form and space. Web site www.shillart.com

Jill Tressel

Jill studied studio art while an undergraduate student at Muhlenberg College, PA. She focused continuing studies on her preferred medium: watercolor. A thirty year resident of Bucks County, PA, she earned an MAT from the College of New Jersey. After a teaching career in public schools, Jill became a member of Artists of Yardley by way of a thoughtful retirement gift from her children. She studied with AOY’s teaching artists and mentors, Anne Gannon and Jo Ann Osnoe. She recently participated in PAFA’s Master Class with watercolorist, Eileen Goodman. Jill is an Open Studio artist at AOY. She enjoys painting with a talented group of members and shows her work locally. Jill teaches “Exploring Watercolor Painting” for beginning students. She hopes to encourage others to explore this lovely transparent medium.