Classes

In addition to the courses I have been teaching (Beginning Drawing, Beginning Watercolor I & II, Portraits in Charcoal and Portraits in Watercolor), I plan to offer three new courses listed below based on requests.  If you are or have a group interested in taking any of my courses, contact me. We can work together to find a suitable time and location. Group courses require a minimum of 5 students.  Each course would typically consist of one 2.5-3 hr session per week for 5-6 weeks.

Drawing Portraits in Charcoal. Possible June 2019, but still Unscheduled
Start with learning to draw a generic human face, then progress to identifying differences which makes each face unique. Through instruction, demonstration and hands on experience, students learn classic formulas and methods to start drawings. Projected images and student’s own photo references are used as subject matter. ALL supplies will be provided the first night with information to aid in choosing supplies for the remainder of classes. It is open to all skill levels. 

Beginning Drawing – Landscape/Outdoor Sketching. Possible Summer or Fall 2019 at DAI, but still unscheduled
This course is different than my previous Beginning Drawing course because the focus is on outdoor subjects (buildings/streets/walking figure symbols, trees, parks, etc.). We will start with several gestural techniques to get accurate drawings on the paper. We will learn the classic technique of Sight-Size and review of the basic rules of perspective as we progress to translating what you see outdoors onto the paper. Equipment and supplies used in the course may include sketching tablets (like the Canson XL mix media or equal), water soluble pencils and water pens to create monotone washes. This course is useful for people wanting to draw while traveling or exploring your own backyard. (En plein air) It is open to all skill levels.

Portrait Painting in Watercolor Unscheduled  
This is not a course on drawing portraits. (See class “Drawing portraits in charcoal”) This class is geared toward applying basic watercolor techniques to improve your skills in painting a portrait. Focus will be on techniques of applying thin washes using various colors to attain a believable luminous flesh color. I will do demos everyday. Other techniques will include using charcoal drawings to hone the concept of layers and tips/tricks for confidently getting a portrait on paper even if you do not consider yourself a portrait artist. (see my Page on Tips and Tricks on how to get a image on paper) This is not a VERY beginner watercolor class. If you have a love of portraits, painted with watercolor, know about basic washes, and have paints and brushes, you will do fine!

Beginning Drawing – Face & Figure. Unscheduled
This course is different than my previous Beginning Drawing course because the focus is on the face and Figure. Through the instruction and use of gestural techniques, participants will learn how to get accurate drawings on paper. Gestural techniques are used in many aspects of drawing.  We will cover classic formulas for drawing the human figure and face and learn how to use them as cross-checks for composition rather than relying upon them for accuracy. In this course you will learn observation and detail skills to accurately layout and draw features on paper. This course is not about “finishing the drawing”, rather getting the features where they belong and building the likeness of many images. Finishing requires more time per image and additional techniques. (If your interests lie in completing portraits contact me about my course, Drawing Portraits in Charcoal.) NOTE: in Beginning Drawing Face & Figure I will project images, some of which may include nudity. It is open to all skill levels. 

For past classes: See below on this page.
Here are some photos of past Watercolor and Drawing classes.

My Teaching Philosophies

DRAWING
My philosophy in teaching Drawing is “Good Starts Makes Good Art”. To draw what you see, the first minutes of a drawing are essential to get the overall placement of main elements. When the major elements are loosely laid out, the drawing can be refined and developed. This approach is the same when drawing a landscape, a portrait, or the figure.

PAINTING
When teaching a Beginner’s Watercolor class my first goal is not to create art during these lessons. I feel the lessons must start with the fundamentals.  First controlling the brush and then controlling the water and paints on the paper.  This is much like; You must learn the scales, keys, and Twinkle Twinkle, before you can play Mozart. In addition to actual demonstrations I project slides and images to assist in my lessons. In every class I make time to provide one-on-one instruction to each student to help them build skills and confidence.

Learning the fundamentals are important to achieve the true beauty of watercolor and provide confidence to move on and attend other workshops and lessons.  When students become comfortable controlling the medium they can create the art they are imagining!

Past Classes:
Portraits in Watercolor (Complete)
2019 March 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr 4th. Thursdays, 10-1pm at the DAI Lincoln building in the West end. This is not a course on drawing portraits. (See class “Drawing portraits in charcoal”) This class is geared toward applying basic watercolor techniques to improve your skills in painting a portrait. Focus will be on techniques of applying thin washes using various colors to attain a believable luminous flesh color. I will do demos everyday. Other techniques may include using charcoal drawings to hone the concept of layers and tips/tricks for confidently getting a portrait on paper even if you do not consider yourself a portrait artist. (see my Page on Tips and Tricks on how to get a image on paper) This is not a VERY beginner watercolor class. If you have a love of portraits, painted with watercolor, know about basic washes, and have paints and brushes, you will do fine!

Watercolor Fundamentals I: Complete
Oct 18 – Nov 15 2017, (5 weeks), Duluth Art Institute, Duluth MN. Lincoln Building.
Build your watercolor skills with confidence through instruction, demonstrations and hands on experience. Learn the fundamentals and properties of this medium to achieve desired results.This class is catered to the beginning watercolorist and those looking to review the basics.  Here is much more information and a supply list. 

Drawing Portraits in Charcoal Completed (Feb-Mar 2017) 

Duluth Art Inst, Lincoln Bld West Duluth MN
Feb 8, 15, 22 Mar 1, 8, 2017, 5 weeks, Wed 6 – 8:30 PM. Cost: $100 members ($125 non-members)
Start with learning to draw a generic human face, then progress to identifying differences which makes each face unique. Through instruction, demonstration and hands on experience, students learn classic formulas and methods to start drawings. Projected images and student’s own photo references are used as subject matter. Supplies will be provided the first night with information to aid in choosing supplies for the remainder of classes.

Watercolor Fundamentals II: Completed (Oct-Nov 2016)
Oct 5,12,19, 26, Nov 2, 2016 (5 weeks), Wed 6 – 8:30 PM. Duluth Art Institute, Duluth MN. Lincoln Building.   $120 members ($145 non-members)
Continue to build your watercolor skills with confidence through instruction, demonstrations and hands on experience. Instructor Bill Wise reviews the fundamentals and properties of this medium prior to delving into more advanced techniques. One on one and group instruction will assist students to overcome challenges they may be experiencing with watercolor.

Beginning Drawing: (Sep-Oct 2016)
Sep 22, 29,Oct 6, 13, 20, (5 weeks), Thur 6 – 8:30 PM. Duluth Art Institute, Duluth MN. Depot Building. $120 members ($145 non-members)

Beginning Drawing: (June 2016)
Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (5 weeks), Wed 6 – 8:30 PM. Pineapple Arts Center, Duluth MN.
Beginning Drawing: A Good Start Makes Good Art: (Mar-Apr 2016)
(6 weeks), Pineapple Arts, Duluth MN. The focus of this lesson will be to create an accurate foundation for which to finish a realistic drawing or painting.

Watercolor Fundamentals I: (Feb-Mar 2016)
Feb 3 – Mar 9, (6 weeks), Duluth Art Institute, Duluth MN. Lincoln Building.
Build your watercolor skills with confidence through instruction, demonstrations and hands on experience. Instructor Bill Wise teaches the fundamentals and properties of this medium to help to get desired results.This class is catered to the beginning watercolorist and those looking to review the basics.

Beginning Drawing: A Good Start Makes Good Art: Aug 2015
(6 weeks), Pineapple Arts, Duluth MN. The focus of this lesson will be to create an accurate foundation for which to finish a realistic drawing or painting.

Getting Back to Basics & Fundamentals of Drawing and Watercolor: Apr 27-28 2015, 9-3p
Two day workshop for Arrowhead Art Club, Carlton MN. First day focused on skills to “Draw what you see” Learning several techniques to quickly layout accurate drawings.  Including perspective for landscape and predicting figures sizes in the drawings.  Second day covering watercolor properties, washes, edge control, and flesh colors. Time available for painting with instructor assistance.