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Art Notes from the River Road, April 2022

Why Take an Art Class?

Barbara Solberg Studio
Barbara Solberg – Studio

“I’ve always wanted to learn how to draw, but I can’t even draw a straight line!”

People have said this to me many times over the years so if it sounds like you, now may be the time to take the leap and learn new skills or expand upon what you already know about drawing or art in general. I enjoy teaching small art classes in my studio and it is rewarding to see students learn to draw and conquer a fear of failure. Humans are innately creative and it only takes learning to focus and persevere to learn the basics. There are people who seem to grasp the concept of drawing on their own but few are born geniuses in any field.

“He who is self-taught has an ignorant teacher” is something I read a long time ago so before completing my formal art degree from KU, I began searching for art classes to take wherever I could find them and read many art instruction books too. In his wonderful book, The Art Spirit, Robert Henri puts it this way: “I am not interested in art as a means of making a living, but I am interested in art as a means of living a life. It is the most important of all studies, and all studies are tributary to it.” Learning to draw is slowing down and learning how to see. I guarantee you will suddenly see the world with a new perspective and appreciation once you’ve taken a drawing class.

Treat yourself and liven up a Saturday, Monday, or whichever day works for you! Gather a few friends, sign up for an art class, and bring your lunch and drinks (soda? wine?) for post-class fun time!

Pears byBarbara Solberg
Pears by Barbara Solberg

Pastels 1 – Intro. To Drawing and Color Concepts

Saturday, April 9, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Draw from observing a simple still-life set-up. Any level of expertise can benefit, from novices to experienced. There’s always room for improvement.

Cost: $60, all materials provided

Henri Matisse - Sorrow of the King
Sorrow of the King by Henri Matisse

Arti-Facts:  Henri Matisse Cut-Paper Collage

Saturday, April 16, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

A fun way to learn about art and try different artistic styles. No drawing or painting experience necessary.

Cost: $60, all materials provided.

Barbara Solberg - Small Works - The Quiet Season
The Quiet Season

Collage Ideas / Mixed Media Techniques

Monday, May 2, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Get inspired to try mixed media. Learn new techniques using acrylic, wax, hand-printing, oil pastels, watercolor crayons.

Cost: $75, some materials provided.

Note: there is a two person minimum for any class. I limit my studio classes to four students because of space, but it also allows for more personal instruction. Here is a brief description of upcoming classes. Complete details can be found on my website.

Contact me if you’re interested and we will schedule a date!