Jim Gigurtsis
 

Art Classes

 
Jim teaches art classes to small groups as well as private sessions. Details of upcoming classes are listed below.
 
Expressive Painting with Still Life
Medium: Oils and Acrylics
Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate
Cost: Morean Members $150, non-members $180
Duration: 6 weeks, one weekly 2.5 hours session, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Starting: Monday February 24th, 2020
Location: Morean Arts Center,719 Central Avenue, St Petersburg, FL (Map)
Summary:

This course will teach you how to use tools and techniques to enable you to paint expressive painting using Oils or Acrylics. During the six (6) week course you will complete at least two paintings. Working with the same “Still Life” over three weeks, you will learn how to paint from observation, measure, and use paint to bring the composition to life.

Whilst we use the genre of “Still Life”, the techniques and methods learned can be used for other genres such as portraiture, landscapes, and figurative.

Students will learn:
    • How to use comparative method to capture the composition
    • How to use a limited palette of colors
    • How to handle paint and edge control
    • How to use color and value to create a convincing impression of light
    • Technical information regarding materials
 
Students should have a basic understanding of painting techniques, as well as some practical experience, and should be prepared to use an easel either standing or sitting down. Prior experience of painting “still life” is welcomed but not a pre-requisite.

View Work and Feedback of artists that participated in the course.

For more information on the course and to register please visit the Morean Arts Center course page .
 
 
Portrait Painting from Photographs
Medium: Oils and Acrylics
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Cost: TI-AG Members $100.00, non-members $140.00
Duration: 6 weeks, one weekly 2.5 hours session, 12:30 pm to 03:00 pm
Starting: March 17th 2020- Cancelled
Starting: TBD
Location: Treasure Island community Center, 154 106th Ave, Treasure Island, FL (Map)
Summary:

The Treasure Island Art Guild (TI-AG) is offering the course on “Painting from Photographs” using Oils,Acrylics or watercolor.

This painting course will teach you tools and techniques to enable you to paint a portrait from reference photographs. It is a 6 weeks course and at the end of the 6 weeks you will have completed at least one painting. You will learn how to observe, measure and mix paint in order to bring the composition to life.

Students will learn:
     How to mix a certain color from primary colors and develop a color wheel
    • Difference between warm and cold colors
    • How to work with values
    • How to enlarge/transpose/copy a picture to a canvas
    • How to interpret the light and dark areas of the photographs to values.
    • How to handle paint and edge control
    • How to use color and value to create a convincing impression of light
    • Technical information regarding materialss
 


For more information on the course you can email the TI-AG contact Peggy Stein (peggystein819@gmail.com) or contact Jim.
 
 
Expressive Portrait Painting
Medium: Oils and Acrylics
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Cost: TI-AG Members $140.00, non-members $180.00
Duration: 6 weeks, one weekly 3.0 hours session, 12:00 pm to 15:00 pm
Starting: November 2020- Availability
Starting: TBD
Location: Treasure Island City Hall, 120 108th Ave, Treasure Island, FL (Map)
Summary:

The Treasure Island Art Guild (TI-AG) is offering the course on “Expressive Portrait Painting” using Oils or Acrylics.
The course will teach how to use tools and techniques to enable students to paint expressive portraits. Working with a life model, students will learn how to observe, measure and use paint in order to bring the composition to life.

Students will learn:
     The basic proportions of the head
    • How to use comparative method to capture an accurate likeness of the sitter
    • How to use a limited palette of colors
    • How to handle paint and edge control
    • How to use color and value to create a convincing impression of light
    • Technical information regarding materials
 
Each class is limited to 8 students in order to allow the tutor to individually guide and support each student throughout the process.

View Work and Feedback of artists that participated in the course.

For more information on the course you can email the TI-AG contact Peggy Stein (peggystein819@gmail.com) or contact Jim.
 
 
Expressive Figurative Painting
Medium: Oils
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Cost: TBD
Duration: TBD
Starting: TBD
Location: TBD
Summary:

We will explore the use of classic and contemporary applications of impasto to create expressive figurative compositions. Working from pictures and/or photographs you will learn how to develop a composition on a chosen subject, how to transfer the essence of the composition to a painting surface and how to use different impasto techniques to bring the composition to life. We will work with large brushes, palette knifes, masking tape and other tools to develop the painting.

Students will learn composition, texture, tonal value, colour management, colour temperature, lost and found, etc. Each student will work from their own reference material but will be individually guided and supported by the tutor throughout the process.

Upon completion of the course students should be able to loosen up their style which will enable them to more easily capture the essence of a composition rather than be bound to its representational form.

For more information on the course you can contact Jim.
 
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