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Drawing 1 on Thursdays in September at River House

$45

with David Ouellette

Calendar Sep 1, 2022 at 8:30 am, runs for 5 weeks

This course is structured to develop basic drawing techniques by concentrating on the elements of descriptive drawing through observation. 

Students will develop the qualities of line and volume with a full range of values. The course will also cover linear perspective and compositional design.

Materials needed:

  • 18" x 24" drawing pad
  • drawing board
  • #2 and #4 graphic pencils
  • graphite stick
  • white plastic eraser
  • kneaded eraser
  • masking tape

5-week session will be held on Thursdays September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 8:30-10:30 at the River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084).

Register by August 29 to keep your favorite class from being canceled! 

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Introduction to Calligraphy on Thursdays in September at River House

$30

with Liz Monaco

Calendar Sep 1, 2022 at 11 am, runs for 5 weeks

The word calligraphy means beautiful writing. It can be used on letters, note cards, invitations, place cards, bookmarks, documents, certificates, etc. Look around and you will see some form of calligraphy on signs, home decor goods, and buildings.

This 5-week course will give you an introduction to italic style alphabet. Many variations can be attributed to the italic style also known as Chancery, such as modern calligraphy and the more elegant Copperplate.

Supplies needed:

  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Calligraphy Pens: 1 pointed nib, 1 broad tip nib (Cartridge style or dip pens)
  • India ink or non-waterproof ink for dip pens
  • 12" ruler
  • Masking tape
  • Right triangle
  • Unlined paper (printer copy paper)
  • White plastic eraser
  • Small water container
  • Lint-free cloth

5-week session takes place on Thursdays in September: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 11:00 - noon at the River House, 179 Marine Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

Please register by August 29 to keep your favorite class from being canceled!

Classes are for adults age 18+

Colored Pencil Art on Thursdays in September at River House

$45

with Liz Monaco

Calendar Sep 1, 2022 at 1:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

With instructor Liz Monaco, this class is designed to teach you the popular art of Colored Pencil to create your very own works of art. You will learn color mixing, layering, and other techniques to get the results you have always wanted. 

*Supplies Needed:

  • Prisma Color Premier Colored Pencils – Set of 24
  • Open Stock Colors: Black Grape, Magenta
  • Colorless Blender
  • White Plastic Eraser, Pencil Sharpener, Ruler
  • Bristol Vellum Drawing Paper
  • Tracing paper, Graphite Transfer Paper

5-week session will be held on Thursdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 1:30 to 3:30 at River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084)

Please register by August 29 to keep your favorite class from being canceled!

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Fun Photography Basics on Tuesdays in September at River House

$45

with Laura Testut

Calendar Sep 6, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

Like taking pictures? Learn basic settings, people posing, making the scene interesting, bringing proper attention to a focal point. Some classroom time and then we go outside and shoot!

No camera, no problem. You can use your phone!

Register by August 29 to keep your favorite class from being canceled! 

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Acrylic Landscape Painting Class on Wednesdays in September at River House

$45

with Jenny Keyser

Calendar Sep 7, 2022 at 11:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

In this painting course, Jenny will lead you through the fundamentals of landscape painting from composition to finished piece.  

You will learn how to break down a composition into readable shapes and patterns, how to mix colors as well as how to apply different painting applications all within an art historical framework.  Jenny’s goal is to work with each student from where they are and help them take the steps to get where they want to be.

Jenny is an award-winning, independent, St. Augustine area artist and has shown her work internationally in galleries and museums.  Her formal education includes a BS from Vanderbilt University, a certificate in Museum Studies from Northwestern University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Supplies Needed:

A few images of landscapes you might want to paint!

a 16”x20” canvas,

a painter’s palette (do not get one with dividers as it is not conducive to mixing colors, paper plates can work quite well),

a variety of round and flat paintbrushes,

a general set of tube acrylic paints including black, green, yellow, red, brown, blue and two tubes of white or one large tube (white is used more than the other colors),

a rag for clean-up,

a plastic cup for water,

a pencil and eraser,

a plastic trash bag to transport your piece,

a sketchbook or white paper to make preliminary sketches on. 

4-week session will be held on Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 from 11:30 to 1:30 at the River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084)

Register by August 29 to keep your favorite class from being canceled.

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Mixed Media and Collage Art Class on Wednesdays in September at River House

$45

with Jenny Keyser

Calendar Sep 7, 2022 at 2 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Create exciting mixed media art pieces as you learn about the 4 kinds of collage: Papier Collé, Découpage, Photomontage and sculptural Assemblage/Bricolage.  We will also explore the role of collage in a variety of art movements (Cubism, Surrealism, etc...) as well as the impact of collage on modern design. Let's have fun creating together!

The materials include, but are not limited to:

  • Heavy weight mixed media paper (Canson's 98lb XL paper is a great option),
  • scissors,
  • different colored papers,
  • Mod Podge,
  • acrylic matte medium,
  • newsprint,
  • magazines,
  • photographs,
  • ribbons,
  • pieces of fabric,
  • string,
  • found objects,
  • cardboard,
  • old lids,
  • old tech pieces,
  • mark making items like crayons, graphite, chalk and paint, etc...,
  • an old rag for clean up,
  • a paint brush,
  • a palette knife,
  • waxed paper. 

We will start with Papier Collé so different papers, acrylic matte medium, waxed paper, a palette knife and mark making items will only be needed for the first class. 

Jenny is an award-winning, independent, St. Augustine area artist and has shown her work internationally in galleries and museums.  Her formal education includes a BS from Vanderbilt University, a certificate in Museum Studies from Northwestern University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

4-week session will be held on Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 from 2:00 - 4:00 at the River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084).

Please register by August 29 to keep your favorite class from being canceled!

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Ukulele 1 on Wednesdays in September at River House

$26

with Dennis Fermin

Calendar Sep 14, 2022 at 9:45 am, runs for 3 weeks

In this friendly, introductory class, you will learn:

  • instrument part names
  • types of ukes
  • string names/tuning
  • reading uke tabs
  • easy basic chords
  • easy strum rhythms
  • to play along with your favorite classic songs!

Dennis Fermin has been playing guitar for over 30 years and joyfully helping others learn to play along the way. As a graduate from Musician's Institute of California, he has the skills and the patience to teach on many different topics and styles of music. Currently you can hear him perform locally as Fermin Spanish Guitar.

3-week session will run on Wednesdays September 14, 21, 28 (no class on September 7!) from 9:45 - 11:15 a.m. at the River House, 179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084.

Register by August 29 to keep your favorite class from being canceled!

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Guitar 2 for Beginners on Wednesdays in September at River House

$35

with Dennis Fermin

Calendar Sep 14, 2022 at 11:30 am, runs for 3 weeks

A fun continuation of our entry-level course on the guitar. Topics covered will be:

  • Songs, Songs and more Songs!
  • Basic Chord Theory
  • Pentatonic Scales & Patterns

Play along with your favorites in a friendly group setting (open to requests!). Prerequisite: must be able to play more open string chords.

Supplies needed

  • Acoustic Guitar 
  • Compact Music Stand 
  • Pen or Pencil for notes

Dennis Fermin has been playing guitar for over 30 years and joyfully helping others learn to play along the way. As a graduate from Musician's Institute of California, he has the skills and the patience to teach on many different topics and styles of music. Currently you can hear him perform locally as Fermin Spanish Guitar.

3-week session will be held on Wednesdays, September 14, 21, 28 (no class on Sept. 7!) from 11:30 to 1:00 at the River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084)

Register by August 29 to keep your favorite class from being canceled.

Classes are for ages 18 and up.





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