2016 Winter-Spring Art Classes

Light your inner creative fire to help keep you warm this winter. Learn new skills or brush up existing skills and come have some fun.

Art classes start up again the week of January 25, 2016. Classes are held at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art. The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art is a friendly little traditional art school located in Northeast Minneapolis, MN (a bit on the outskirts of Dinky Town). The school is on the second floor of a red brick warehouse on the corner of Stinson Blvd. and East Hennepin Ave. Free off-street parking is available.

Costumed Figure Drawing and Painting
(only offered during the winter-spring term)

digital painting of the astrological sign Leo by christine mitzuk to be used in Llewellyn's 2015 Astrological Calendar

This class offers the opportunity for hands-on learning in dealing with a costumed figure. Emphasis will be placed on the visible form, gesture, underlying structure, differing characteristics of fabric, and selecting from nature to create a visually pleasing picture. Using the sight-size method, students will develop a minimum of 3 costumed figure studies. This 15-week class will be broken into 3 five-week poses. Each pose will feature different costuming. Depending on skill level, students are welcome to work in pencil, charcoal, or oil paint.


Our first model will be a woman who studied ballet for over 13 years. We don't know what pose she'll hold yet but she's exceptionally graceful so it'll be a good one.

ballet model
This will be our first model though the pose will be different for the class. It was her suggestion for the ballet attire (she studied for over 13 years). I can't help but think of Degas!

Starting TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 4:15 - 6:45 PM
$250, 15 weeks.  Scroll down for registration information.

Exploring Color: Color Theory and Color Mixing

Color Mixing Class - Paxton Palette ValuesExperience color hands-on through creating color boards, wheels, and value scales. Using the colors of The Atelier’s Paxton Palette, we will explore the attributes of color: hue, value, and chroma. Projects will be paced by order of completion and students will work at their own pace.

We’ll discuss the color wheel as it relates to painting with the Paxton Palette. Topics will also include mixing “mud”, Munsell and Gamblin color space, direct vs. indirect painting, color temperature, color harmony, color psychology, and a bit of color history. Plus we’ll demystify the information on paint labels.

Please contact Christine (cmitzuk@gmail.com) for what to bring to the first class. Supply list given after you are registered.

Starting THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 4:15 - 6:45 PM
$230, 15 weeks. Scroll down for registration information.


Voodoo Queen (Woman of Power)Stretch your imagination! During this class, students will develop imaginative pieces based upon a story or individual ideas. We will move from idea generation to preparatory work and on to final art. Emphasis will be placed on composition, and storytelling. Students may choose to work in the medium with which they are comfortable. Christine has experience to support watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, or oil paint.

Starting THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
15 weeks, $230 (NOTE: The Atelier brochure lists this as 10 weeks. It will be 15 weeks.)
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Portrait and Interior

portrait class at the atelier in minnesotaStudents draw in charcoal and may progress to oil or pastels. The portrait model will be set within an interior. Advanced students can take advantage of the entire composition. Capturing the likeness is emphasized. Color and techniques in oil and pastel are covered.

Starting TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
OR THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
$250, 15 weeks. Instructors: Christine Mitzuk (Tues.) & Laura Tundel (Thurs.)
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Where's the Gesture Class?

The Costumed Figure Drawing and Painting is in the Gesture Class time slot. Fear not! The Gesture Class will be offered again during the summer session which starts about the middle of May.

Register for classes one of four ways:

Option 1: Call The Atelier at 612-362-8421. Main hours are 9am - 4pm Central Time or during evening classes. Please leave a message if you don't get a live person.
Option 2: Print out the registration form from the course catalog PDF. As I write this the latest course catalog is not posted to the site (Spring 2015). The form is the same every session so you can use the most recent PDF. Just the course offerings change a bit.
Option 3: Print out this form, fill it out, and mail it to The Atelier, along with payment. See form for instructions.
Option 4: Contact me and I'll help you out,