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Express Yourself!

Express Yourself!
Intro to Colour with Jessica Plattner

Adult beginners drawing class introducing you to exploring the realm of colour. Artist & Instructor Jessica Plattner will guide you through the pastel-drawing process, building upon skills each week. All levels welcome.

3 Class Course | THURSDAYS | June 9-23 | 6:30 - 8:30PM | in the Discovery Centre

Week #1: Intro to Colour Theory: Students will learn the basics of colour theory, with an emphasis on how colours interact with each other. Experimentation and practice will focus on gaining confidence with the material of pastels. Students will learn how to draw realistic round spheres with complex colour and light.

Week #2: Deep dive into colour: Students will work from simple still-life setups of cut and torn coloured paper. Emphasis will be on slow, careful observation -- the longer you look at something, the more you can see!

Week #3: Seeing beyond the surface: Full colour studies of white still-life objects. Students will learn how to see the colour in shadows, without using any black.


Artist Bio
Jessica Plattner is an American artist living in Medicine Hat. She earned a BFA from Washington University School of Fine Art in St. Louis, and an MFA in painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Temple Rome, Italy. Plattner has participated in artist residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Vermont Studio Center, and Studio Art Centers International; and she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Mexico. Since moving to Canada in 2014, Plattner has had solo exhibitions at the ASA Gallery in Calgary, the Art Gallery of St. Albert, the Okotoks Art Gallery, and the Esplanade Art Gallery in Medicine Hat, along with many group exhibitions. She currently teaches in the Art & Design Program at Medicine Hat College and lives with her partner, artist/musician Dean Smale, and their daughter.

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