Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY
Robert Carsten Online Classes Jan-June 2023
Sketch and Paint with Robert
Mondays, 1pm – 2pm
1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30 – Winter explorations in line and watercolor / Designing your focal area
2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 – Poetic paintings in pastel / Interpreting your subject
3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27 – ‘Inspired by’ series in line and watercolor / The Group of Seven / Expressive landscapes
4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24 – Still life in acrylic / Textures, transparency and reflections.
5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22 – Painting Water in line and watercolor / Reflections and transparent effects
5/29, 6/5, 6/12, 6/19 – Nature Studies in pastel / Capturing detail, light and shadow
Each WSA class consists of four 1-hour zoom demo sessions over a 1-month period (Mondays, 1 – 2 pm), which is recorded for participants. Some artists paint along, others just watch and/or view the recordings (each class recording is available for three weeks) then paint. The obvious advantage to painting along with the recording at a later point is that you can pause it, paint that section, then play more, etc. You are welcome to ask questions during the demo. I send suggested (not required) homework images related to each week’s class. Anybody who wishes to, draws/paints from either that, the class work or their own related images. The students put them into a Dropbox which the school has set up and I write a comment / critique for each painting (if you put multiple images into the dropbox, I do one longer critique with the rest being short ones). There is a class coordinator to help with all this and to send out class related info. Class participants (whether they submitted something or not) can view all of the paintings along with comments. It’s proved to be a fun and really good educational opportunity because artists get to view each other’s works related to the subject and techniques and my commentary on them. I also send out an image of my completed painting from the demo along with commentary and pertinent tips as I rarely am able to completely finish during the one hour session due to drying times of some of the media before putting in finishing details. I’m told that WSA did lots of experimentation before coming up with this formula, and it’s highly successful in my opinion. I really like these sessions.
I will be demonstrating in the specific medium of a given class but I am happy to have you do your paintings for “homework” in the Dropbox in any medium you wish. For instance, in recent line and watercolor classes and acrylic classes, I have had students working in oil paint, in pastel and just drawing as well as the specified medium of the class title. So if a class subject appeals to you but you don’t want to work in the medium I demo in, you can take the class and work in whatever medium you prefer and still get my critiques and learn from the demos.