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Lots of fun art learning opportunities coming up. I will be teaching 4 classes at The Atelier in Minneapolis, and a Wednesday evening class at The Art Academy, LLC. in St. Paul. There will also be a special lunch presentation at The Atelier. Read on.

At The Atelier

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. Off-street parking is available. Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the classes.

Special Presentation

Lunch & Learn Thursday: Papers

papers-lunch-and-learnChristine Mitzuk will discuss the different papers we use in creating our art and the many choices we have. She will answer questions on what papers to use for what media. You will also learn useful terms and the different properties of paper to consider when buying paper to use for your own projects.

Please arrive a few minutes early and bring your own lunch.

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016, 12:00 noon - 1:00 PM. $10

Fall and Winter Classes at The Atelier

Gestural Figure Study

Gesture figures study done in soft pencil on paper.
Gesture figures study done in soft pencil on paper.

Gain a better understanding of gesture of the figure. This class will mesh The Atelier and Studio Arts figure study methods. Students will explore what gesture is and ways to capture it through quick poses, progressively longer poses, and experimentation. A materials list will be supplied upon registration. Beginners welcome.

Fall class starts TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 4:15 - 6:45 PM, $250, 15 weeks.

(Gesture will be offered in the Fall and Summer. It will not be offered in the Winter session. Instead look for Costumed Figure Drawing and Painting in the Tuesday afternoon class spot in the Winter-Spring class brochure).


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.


Fall class Starts THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, $230, 15 weeks.
Winter class starts THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, $230, 15 weeks.

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. Instructors: Christine Mitzuk (Tuesdays) & Laura Tundel (Thursdays).

Fall classes starts TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
or THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, $250, 15 weeks.

Winter classes starts TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
or THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, $250, 15 weeks.

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.
Starting THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 4:15 - 6:45 PM, $230, 15 weeks

Register for Atelier 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 current course catalog PDF.
Option 3: Contact me and I'll help you out,

At The Art Academy, LLC.

The MorriguIllustration and Imaginative Painting

Explore your creativity by developing an imaginative picture based upon an existing story that you select, or an idea that you originate. Work at your own pace to learn the time-honored steps of the creative, visual process – from idea generation, through preparatory work, to completed project. Emphasis will be placed on storytelling through composition and character development, as well as how color theory enhances visual communication. Students choose to work in the medium with which they are comfortable. Christine has experience to support watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, or oils.

Starts WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 8-9:30 PM, 8 weeks.

The Art Academy's mission is "to provide excellent traditional art education for beginning to advanced children, teens and adults." At The Art Academy emphasis is placed on practice over talent.

Learn more about The Art Academy and how to register on their website.

The Art Academy is located in St. Paul on the corner of Snelling and Scheffer Avenues.
651 Snelling Avenue South, St. Paul, MN 55116. Some off-street parking available.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

various drawing pencils
If I only had that brand of pencil, then I could draw like so-and-so.

When starting out many artists hunt for the magic pencil. We read books on what the "masters" used. We ask artists more experienced than us what pencil, brush, plein air box, brand of paint they use. I think this is because we're looking for the "right way" to make a picture, either to make it technically sound and "archival" or with the hope that we'll find some formula to make awesome pictures every time. I bet there are a ton of reasons why we do this.

I've been on the hunt for the magic pencil and I've seen others do it. It seems fairly common behavior so maybe it's just part of the process of developing ourselves as artists.

I think that to some extent, the tools matter. I would say they matter if they fit the criteria for an individual's idea of "good" or "useful" (if that tool yields the effect you desire). One type of pencil might yield a darker mark more easily than another. One brand of oil paint will be stiffer than another, or one brand's Naples Yellow is more yellow than that of another brand's. We have to ask questions and try the materials for ourselves to develop our own magic.

I think the tools also matter if you're studying under a particular artist who has found what works for them, and you wish to learn to paint or draw like them. The teaching artist would be most familiar with those tools and so better able to share what they know. If you use what they use you're both speaking a common visual language.

In any case I think it's not just the tools, it's the learned and developed skill behind the tool. We try the tools out and discover for ourselves what we like and what we don't. We ask because we're learning. We're searching for answers that make sense to us. Through gathering information, practice, and trial and error we learn and grow.