Art Classes

NOW OFFERING LIVE ONLINE ZOOM CLASSES!

Below is a complete list of my Winter 2021 offerings. These classes are recorded live and then saved, allowing students to re-watch at their convenience. To sign up, please contact me via riverafinearts@gmail.com and I will provide further details.

WINTER 2021 CLASSES

ADVANCED FIGURE DRAWING

Using a photographic reference of a nude model, students will learn how to render the forms of the human body. Emphasis will be placed on proportion, gesture, structure and anatomy as well as shading techniques to realistically represent form. We will be using charcoal and limited colored chalks on toned paper to create a full range of value tones. DATES: 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23 TIMES: 10 am to 12 noon EST COST: $140


DRAWING REALISTICALLY FROM IMAGINATION


(This class will focus on developing skills which will help students to conceptualize three dimensional forms in space. We will cover various shading techniques, the rules of linear and atmospheric perspective and structural drawing, as well as visualization techniques.)
DATES: 2/8, 2/22, 3/1 & 3/8
TIMES: 10 am to 12 noon
COST: $140


PASTEL PORTRAIT

(Using a photographic reference, students will develop a portrait using soft pastels on toned paper. We will cover how to use measuring techniques to ensure accurate proportion as well as layering and blending techniques to develop naturalistic skin tones.)
DATES:2/8, 2/15, 2/22 & 3/1
TIMES:1:30 to 3:30 pm
COST:$140

IMPRESSIONISTIC/REALISTIC FIGURE PAINTING

(This class will focus on representing the figure with a solid, proportional drawing using traditional measuring techniques. We will then explore an impressionistic palette and expressive brush work to develop a realistic painting in an “impressionistic” style.)
DATES: 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5
TIMES:10 am to 12 noon
COST:$140


LANDSCAPE PAINTING (TONALIST STYLE)

(This class will focus on developing a landscape with emphasis on Tonalism. Tonalism is a style of painting which focuses on limited color and favors value to create a strong mood and poetic feeling.)
DATES:2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/24
TIMES:10 am to 12 noon
COST:$140


VERMEER COPY

(This class will focus on copying Vermeer’s famous “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. Using traditional pigments, mediums and grounds, I will demonstrate and discuss Vermeer’s process and recreate this painting from start to finish. I will share my research and resources which will help us to understand the process and techniques of one of the most celebrated and famous Dutch painters of all time.)
DATES:3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30
TIMES:10 am to 12 noon
COST:$140


LECTURES:

PIGMENTS & MEDIUMS

(We will discuss the chemical analysis of certain historical pigments and take a close look at the color differences between different commercial paint brands. We will also look at different mediums and observe their effects on adding body and gloss to paint and discuss their effects on drying time.)

DATE: 2/26 TIME: 1:30 to 3 pm
COST:$30


HAND ANATOMY
(This lecture will cover the proportions of the hand. We will examine the bones, joints and muscles.)
DATE:3/3
TIME:1:30 to 3 pm
COST:$30


PERSPECTIVE (PART 1)
(This lecture will cover methods of drawing objects in 1 and 2 point perspective. We will also discuss the phenomenon of atmospheric perspective and how artists have used these concepts effectively throughout history.)
DATE:3/24
TIME:1:30 to 3 pm
COST:$30

ALL STUDIO CLASSES ARE NOW BEING OFFERED ONLINE! PLEASE EMAIL ME VIA riverafinearts@gmail.com FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO SIGN UP.

Payment Options:

Payments can be received by check or through Venmo@david-rivera-375

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STUDENT TESTAMONIALS

“David Rivera is quite simply put, one of the best instructors I have ever had the pleasure of studying with. Over the time I spent working with him, I watched as my skill set and technique developed from amateur to truly refined. David takes the time to really teach how to construct a drawing or painting with clear and concise direction. I highly recommend taking lessons with him if you want to master your ability in fine art. Apart from his phenomenal teaching, David is also incredibly knowledgeable concerning the history behind fine art. Not only will one gain valuable tools to approach art, but one will also gain insight into how fine art developed into what it is today. David Rivera is a true professional and always approaches fine art with a confident attitude in whatever mode he may be working in.”

-L. Lorenzo

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Newly renovated home studio located at 1 Hidden Turn, Newtown Pa, 18940. Offering private and group lessons including basic drawing, anatomical drawing, portrait painting, cast drawing, figure drawing & painting and still life.

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