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Looking for an art class for fun? Art class for continuing your studies? Yes to both?

Art classes will start up again soon. Over in St. Paul, classes at The Art Acacemy, LLC start up the week of January 16. Over in Minneapolis, classes at The Atelier start up the week of January 23.

East of the River: at The Art Academy, LLC

The Art Academy is a lovely art school abuzz with all sorts of art classes for many ages. It is  located at 652 Snelling Ave. South, St. Paul, MN 55116, in a row of shops across from Arby's and next to the Mathnasium. Free off-street parking is available around back.

I'm very excited about how we've recreated this class! Check it out.

Imaginative Art Inspiration Space
Our Stress-Free Adult Creativity Class

digital painting of blue and purple water elemental with female head and torso and fish serpent tail playing a shell lyre with orange and red flames coming out of it by christine mitzuk
Water Elemental

Let’s face it; you probably became an artist because you have visual ideas bursting inside you:  Why wait to share them with the world?  What you really need most is a nurturing mentor with a track record of realized, enchanting images, who creates a safe, judgment-free workspace where you can loosen up, have fun and play.  Award-winning artist and illustrator Christine Mitzuk builds such a positive, relaxed environment whenever she teaches a class.  Her warm spirit will help you bring your most precious and inspired thoughts to artistic fruition.

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.

Starting WEDNESDAY Jan., 18,  8-9:30 PM, 8 weeks
To register for class at The Art Academy, LLC, visit the registration page.

West of the River:
at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art

My classes at The Atelier run for 15 weeks, with some time off for the Spring holiday.

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 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
Leo

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.

Starting TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 4:15 - 6:45 PM
$250, 15 weeks.  Scroll down for registration information.

Portrait and Interior

portrait class at the atelier in minnesota
Candace

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. 24, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
OR THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
$250, 15 weeks. Instructors: Christine Mitzuk (Tues.) & Laura Tundel (Thurs.)
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 me (cmitzuk@gmail.com) for what to bring to the first class. Supply list given after you are registered.

Starting THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 4:15 - 6:45 PM
(NOTE: the brochure lists the start date at Thursday, January 28.
We apologize for the confusion. The start date is Thursday, January 26).
$230, 15 weeks. Scroll down for registration information.

Illustration

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. 26, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
15 weeks, $230
Scroll down for registration information.

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,

2016 Women's Art FestivalThis is the second year I'll be participating in the Women's Art Festival in Minneapolis. It's going to be another jam packed day of art and music!

This year I'm excited to be sharing a space with Villa Villa Vintage Bag Co. Joanna creates very fashionable bags and purses from old materials. Read more about the bags here: http://www.villavillavintage.com/single-post/2016/07/22/Introducing-VVV-Bag-Co
Check out current available bags here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/VVVBagCo?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Women's Art Festival
Saturday, December 10th, 2016
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Colin Powell Center, 2924 4th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
FREE Parking in the Wells Fargo ramp. Get directions here.
A word of caution, do not park on the street. Even though there might appear to be parking, there is not. The No Parking sign is enforced for a very long stretch of the street.

Lines for study of "Milkmaids, Novella" 1962, by Nikolai Nikolaevich Baskakov
Lines for study of "Milkmaids, Novella" 1962, by Nikolai Nikolaevich Baskakov

Doing a study of a masterwork can be a great way to learn. I have been in awe of the handling of color and value of many of the paintings on display at The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, MN so was thrilled to receive permission to do a study there. To get the most of the experience I applied some advice a teacher/mentor gave me to this museum study: go with a question you want answered. My question or goal: To better understand how to handle value and color. How did a lot of the Russian Realist painters paint with value and color so masterfully?

For the time available to me, I could choose only one painting for study (to clarify, my time was not limited by the museum but by other factors). I requested permission to study the painting “Milkmaids, Novella” 1962, by Nikolai Nikolaevich Baskakov 1918-1993. So my question became, “how did he handle the values and colors in this painting?”

Grayscale study of "Milkmaids, Novella" 1962, by Nikolai Nikolaevich Baskakov
Grayscale study of "Milkmaids, Novella" 1962, by Nikolai Nikolaevich Baskakov

Another mentor suggested that I draw or trace the masterwork I'll be studying BEFORE I go to the museum. If I were to draw on site I would have spent several extra days on just getting the drawing correct. By preparing the drawing before I went to the museum, I could use my limited time to really focus on exploring that main goal of better understanding value and color.

I did two studies, one just focusing on the relationships of the values so I painted it in grayscale. Then I did a second in color. One of the challenges was that the original piece must be nearly 8'x4', and my studies were merely a fraction of that. I wasn't going to be able to get all the blending and nuanced color and value changes. Instead, for the grayscale version I focused on the relationships of the values, and the large value shapes. For the color version I focused on the color relationships (their hue, temperature, value, and chroma). A lot of the color in the original was created by overlapping strokes, or strokes with multiple colors in them so my version was more a study of the larger impression or appearance.

Color study of "Milkmaids, Novella" 1962, by Nikolai Nikolaevich Baskakov
Color study of "Milkmaids, Novella" 1962, by Nikolai Nikolaevich Baskakov

Note: This was an excellent learning experience! I would like to give special thanks to The Museum of Russian Art and the head curator, Masha Zavialova, Ph.D., for allowing me to do this study.

Artists for the Atelier: an Atelier Instructor Art Show and Fundraising Sale

pastel drawing of a pomegranate, dried calla lilies, and wheat by christine mitzuk
Persephone and Demeter

May 20, 21, 22 (In conjunction with The Atelier 2016 Student Show)

Enjoy and purchase prints, drawings, watercolors, oils, sculptures, etchings and prints of figurative, still life, landscape and imaginative artwork from our fundraising exhibit to help support The Atelier. The exhibit will be in several spaces, across and down the hall from The Atelier. 20% of all sales from the Instructor Show will be donated to The Atelier.

The Artists included in the exhibit are Judy Buckvold, Kim Monahan Dady, Ceile Harteib, David Ginsberg, Richard Lack, Brock Larson, Jeff Larson, Brian Lewis, Lynn Maderich, Christine Mitzuk, Dale Redpath, Pat Schu, Jim Shoop, Amber Tritabaugh, Laura Tundel and Cyd Wicker.

I will have many of my imaginative pieces, both prints and originals, for sale as well as several still life, watercolor works, and studies.

digital painting of a unicorn at the top of a hill on a winding path through the woods
Glimpse of the Unicorn

You may email (mail@theatelier.org) or call The Atelier at 612-362-8421 with questions.

Location:
1681 East Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Off-street parking is available

2016 Show Hours:
Friday, May 20, 2:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, May 21, 12:00 - 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 22, 12:00 - 5:00 pm

logo for the robo show by light grey art labLast Friday I went to the opening night of The Robo Show at Light Grey Art Lab. I just can't stop thinking about it, I think it's one of the best shows they've put on. The range of types of robots portrayed is broad and each piece is a delight to look at.

There are personal robots, futuristic robots, war bots, silly and serious robots, organic bots, metal bots. They packed a ton of creativity into the space!

If you can take a look in person, please do. If not, they have also posted the images on their site https://lightgreyartlab.squarespace.com/the-robo-show and prints are available through their online shop.

I also really like how they display the art. None of it is framed. It's all printed on high quality Epson paper and gently attached to the wall with what look like tiny little magnets.

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
Leo

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.

Illustration

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.)
Scroll down for registration information.

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.)
Scroll down for registration information.

 

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,

Edit: do NOT park on the street. It's not allowed and cars are being ticketed. There is FREE parking in the Wells Fargo ramp 1 block away.

 

Come check out the 23rd Annual Women's Art Festival. ONE DAY ONLY.
I will be selling holiday and birthday cards, prints, and originals. There will also be a few special holiday deals.

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

Over 125 Women Artists, Live Music, Food & Drink, Lots of fun!

watercolor of a flamingo wearing a Santa hat and strutting his stuff while other flamingos look surprised by Christine Mitzuk
Christmas Flamingo

When:
Saturday, December 12th, 2015
9:30am - 4:30 pm
Where:
Colin Powell Center
2924 4th Ave S, Mpls
Plenty of free parking in Wells Fargo ramp within 1 block!

Free admission/$1 per person donation suggested to musician's tip fund.

candy cane oil painting front of greeting card
Holiday cards featuring my candy cane painting. Cards are approximately 4 3/4" x 7" with 5"x7" envelope. Sold in packs of 5 for $15 or singles for $4.

For more information: www.WomensArtFestival.com

Candy Cane holiday cards available here > shop now
Christmas Flamingo holiday cards available here > shop now

Edit: do NOT park on the street. It's not allowed and cars are being ticketed. There is FREE parking in the Wells Fargo ramp 1 block away.

 

Come check out the 23rd Annual Women's Art Festival. ONE DAY ONLY.
I will be selling holiday and birthday cards, prints, and originals. There will also be a few special holiday deals.

female character as fire elemental paired with a violin painted digitally in Photoshop by Christine Mitzuk
Fire Elemental

Over 125 Women Artists, Live Music, Food & Drink, Lots of fun!

watercolor of a flamingo wearing a Santa hat and strutting his stuff while other flamingos look surprised by Christine Mitzuk
Christmas Flamingo

When:
Saturday, December 12th, 2015
9:30am - 4:30 pm
Where:
Colin Powell Center
2924 4th Ave S, Mpls
Plenty of free parking in Wells Fargo ramp within 1 block!

Free admission/$1 per person donation suggested to musician's tip fund.

candy cane oil painting front of greeting card
Holiday cards featuring my candy cane painting. Cards are approximately 4 3/4" x 7" with 5"x7" envelope. Sold in packs of 5 for $15 or singles for $4.

For more information: www.WomensArtFestival.com

Candy Cane holiday cards available here > shop now
Christmas Flamingo holiday cards available here > shop now

Take time for yourself. Take an art class.

I will be teaching 3 classes at The Atelier: Gestural Figure Study, Illustration, and Portrait.  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.

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. 15, 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 for the Winter Tuesday afternoon  class spot).

Illustration ClassIllustration

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 class at the atelier in minnesotaPortrait and Interior

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

Fall classes starts Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
or Thursday, Sept. 17, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, $250, 15 weeks.

Winter classes starts Tuesday Jan. 26, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
or Thursday, Jan. 28, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, $250, 15 weeks.

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 current course catalog PDF.
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,

Cancelled due to low registration. The regular evening Illustration class is happening Thursday evenings for a few more weeks. The 15 week evening class will be offered again in September. Contact me if you'd like to learn more.

Summer Illustration Workshop

oil painting of bear head waterfalls by christine mitzuk 16 by 20
Bear Falls

Let your imagination fly! Get a taste of illustration during this week long, half-day workshop.

We’ll work to develop a strong drawing for an imaginative piece based upon an existing story or your own idea.

Topics covered will include composition, brainstorming, thumbnails, research, sketch development, and studies for value and color. Emphasis will be placed on composition, and storytelling.

Please register in advance to reserve your spot (scroll down for registration information).

 

Supplies

For the first class please bring a sketchbook, and your preferred drawing tools. If you have a laptop or other device with internet access, bring that too for reference research. If you have a specific project in mind, please contact me (cmitzuk@christinemitzuk.com).

If you don't have preferred drawing tools, I recommend:

  • sketchbook no smaller than 8"x10"
  • kneaded eraser
  • white vinyl eraser
  • HB, 2B, 6B
  • pencil sharpener
  • Derwent Ivory Black Drawing Pencil (or Conte 1710 black pencil B or similar)
  • 12" ruler
  • tracing paper

July 13-17, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Christine Mitzuk
$200, 1 week

oil painting of woman with sword and gun having just slayed a tentacle monster by Christine Mitzuk
Cheeky Slayer

Find registration information at theatelier.org. 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. If you have difficulties with stairs, please contact the school for more information.

Register by one of four ways:

Option 1: Call The Atelier at 612-362-8421 and tell them to sign you up for the Illustration Workshop. Then mail in the the check with the registration form. Please leave a message if you don't get a live person.
Option 2: Print out the registration form from the course catalog PDF.  Fill it out and mail it in with a check to The Atelier.
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,