Painting and Drawing Class for Adults This Spring

Painting by Andi Benge

Posted on January 25, 2019 by Matt Geske

Image above: Work by Andi Benge

Adults with a flare for the creative and/or an itch to try something new will enjoy our popular Oil Painting Class and our brand new Drawing Class this Spring. Participants will work in the university art studios in the Mason School of Art and study with School of Art Graduate students and alum.

While our Oil Painting class has been around for many years, we frequently introduce new instructors to provide a diversity of perspectives and styles. This semester, we would like to introduce co-teachers Andi Benge and Sam Fedorova (aka “Strange Lens”), a collaborative team of Mason School of Art Graduate Painting students. As you can see from their photo below, they bring a spark of joy and humor to the classroom, along with a solid background of art experience.


Andi Berge and Sam Fedorova, Painting Lessons


“Through our joint guidance, we will create a positive and safe atmosphere where adult students can learn to paint, whether brand new to the idea or with a few years under their belt,” stated Andi and Sam. “We will be teaching fundamental oil painting skills through projects utilizing traditional techniques, mixed with insights from our own perspective on contemporary art. We believe that every student is unique, and our goal is to help each student in developing their own potential and learning styles.”


Painting by Andi Berge

Image above: Work by Andi Benge


We are thrilled to offer our very first Drawing Class for adults this spring, and the response has been wonderful. In fact, at the time of writing this post, there are only 5 spots left! Instructor Elizabeth Hall will guide students in the study of fundamental drawing elements of line, shape, value, texture, and composition, and will learn how to use these skills to transform ideas into expression.

“Drawing is an extension of oneself,” explained Ms. Hall. “For this reason, my approach to teaching focuses on the individual developing their own language of expression through drawing. While gaining an understanding of fundamental drawing properties and techniques, developing hand-eye coordination, and observational and perceptual skills, I encourage each student to explore mark making using various materials and surfaces. Within theses parameters, the act of drawing can become a unique and personal process.”


Drawing by Elizabeth Hall

Image above: Work by Elizabeth Hall


Classes take place on Saturdays, starting mid-February, in the fully accessible Art & Design Building on the Mason Fairfax campus, with parking available just across the street. Start (or continue) your art adventure today!