Sunday, April 8, 2018

Series Of Painting & Drawing Classes Begin Monday April 9 At Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center - Explore The Visual Arts And Create Your Own Masterpiece With Bethany

Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center Outreach Coordinator Yulisa Santana reports:

We’re excited to announce a new art class: Exploration in visual arts with Bethany, which will begin Monday, April 9th and end June 25th – 9:30am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-3:30pm . The class and instructor are generously brought to us by 92 Street Y.

Getting Started: Drawing & Painting at Roosevelt Island Senior Center

Join teaching artist Bethany Robertson for a series of drawing and painting classes. Create your own masterpieces in Drawing, Drawing with Color, and Watercolor and Acrylics. All artists will be invited to participate in a celebratory exhibition at the completion of the series!

In this four-session class, students will develop introductory drawing skills including proportion, mark making, value, line and line quality is explored. Students will work in black and white media on paper from still-life, photographs, and self-portrait. Materials to be used will be pencil, charcoal, and ink. The principles and techniques will be used in combination to develop a finished self-portrait, approached using some tricks and tips to make the process more accessible to beginners.

Mondays, April 9, 16, 23, 30. 9:30 AM – 12 PM or 1 – 3:30 PM, 4 Sessions


Using both chalk and oil pastels, students will focus on landscape and observational botanical drawings, with an emphasis on mark-making and line. We will look mostly at Impressionism and how the color and mark- making can be used to convey textures and form. Weather pending, we will go outside to draw a set of botanical studies from life, or draw real plants inside if inclement weather.

Mondays, May 7 & 14, 9:30 AM – 12 PM or 1 – 3:30 PM, 2 Sessions

Covering a variety of techniques for both paints, this course will start with more abstract techniques with watercolor and acrylic and build up to applying paint onto a canvas using a palette knife. Students will be encouraged to explore transparency/opacity, texture, and mixing color with paint. Ending the class we will paint from a found photo or photo of choice, using a simple transfer method to lay out outlines, onto a canvas!

Mondays, May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 9:30 AM – 12 PM or 1 – 3:30 PM, 4 Sessions

More info on the Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center here.