2018 Winter-Spring Art Classes

Looking for an art class for fun? An art class for continuing your studies? Yes to both? Winter-Spring term starts January 22, 2018 at The Atelier and I have several classes to offer.

Costumed Figure Drawing and Painting is Back!
(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. Watercolor or pastels are also welcome. During the 15 weeks, students are welcome to do a sustained pose study for the full 5 weeks, or multiple studies from different views as spots are available.

Starting TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 4:15 - 6:45 PM
$250, 15 weeks.  Scroll down for registration information.

Portrait and Interior

portrait class at the atelier in minnesota

Students 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. 23, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
OR THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
$250, 15 weeks.
Instructors: Christine Mitzuk (Tues.) & Laura Tundel (Thurs.)
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Color Mixing Class - Paxton Palette Values Deepen your understanding of color and expand your color possibilities. In this course we'll put color theory into context with exercises, exploration, and practical application of theory used in various
painting scenarios. Topics include: the color wheel; ways to alter chroma; the relative nature of color attributes; color meaning; color harmony; color constancy; and simultaneous contrast.

Color 1 or similar, and previous painting experience are strongly recommended. Edit: color 1 and some  painting experience is recommended, however if you have a basic understanding of some color theory that should be enough to get you started. We will be using oil paints. If you don't want to use solvents I can recommend solvent-free painting materials. Contact Christine with any questions and for supply list: cmitzuk@gmail.com

Starting THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 4:15 - 6:45 PM
$230, 15 weeks. Scroll down for registration information.


digital painting of earth elemental man with antlers surrounded by green flame playing the drum by christine mitzuk
Earth Elemental

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. 25, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
15 weeks, $230
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General Info

During the Winter-Spring term, my classes at The Atelier run for 15 weeks, with some time off for the Spring holiday (unless we need a make-up class).

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.

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 at The Atelier one of three 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.
Option 3: Contact me and I'll help you out,