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6 Secrets to Great Paintings!!

Posted by Allison Prior on May 6, 2017 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 

6 Secrets to Great Paintings:

It's a struggle to get a great painting, you work at it for hours even days and still can't seem to get that beautiful finished professional look, but if you do these 6 things you will be amazed at the end results and you will be proud of your work finally. Here are 6 Secrets to help you get great paintings, it's all in the planning, looking forward, making decisions, learning, researching, reference photo's and all things listed here..

 

1. PLAN YOUR COMPOSITION:

 

Yes, first decide what you want to paint, it could be from a picture you took yourself, or a picture you saw on a Christmas Card, or just from memory, maybe a cabin you spent many summers with family.

If you paint from a picture you may want to change things around or crop it to the part you like best, or add a few more details by using other photo's for ideas..or references such as farm animals, flowers in a field, colors in the sky, there's so much to choose from it's almost hard to believe you feel like you can run out of ideas to paint..Draw your Composition on paper until your happy with the layout..

 

2. PLAN YOUR COLORS:

 

Decide what color scheme you want to use, if it's a landscape or seascape, will it be a winter scene, summer scene, fall or spring scene, If it's a portrait or still life you still need to plan the colors you will use in the painting..Learn the color wheel, it will make a big difference in knowing what colors work in harmony together..

 

3. PLAN YOUR SHAPES:

 

No matter what you paint your shapes have to be perfect, yes perfect, if you can't draw a stick man don't worry, just make sure you have a good reference photo, if you are painting your childhood cabin from memory draw it as best as you can, or look up photos that are similar to your memory of your cabin, you may be surprised and find something pretty close, then you can trace the reference photo and make adjustments...if you are painting flowers or fruit or any subject that you can't draw print it out and trace it, or use a projector, I will do another blog on different ways to transfer your photo to your canvas for painting, I have a video on YouTube that shows a few samples..I will put the link below..you can get free to use reference photo's at /pixabay, link also below.

 

3. PERSPECTIVE:

 

If your painting a street, or cityscape you will need to use perspective to put everything in it's correct place, you will have to practice and learn this technique..

 

4. PAINTING BRUSHES:

 

Your brushes are very important in achieving a great painting, if you use the wrong brush you will get very frustrated with the results, it's imperative that you use the correct brush for each subject.

For example your painting a fir tree and your using a big 2" flat bristle brush, it won't work, but if you use a fan brush, or a small filbert brush or even a palette knife you will get excellent results, with some subjects you can use almost any brush and get good results like clouds, water, rocks, but with small details, and fine lines, only certain brushes will give you the perfect result..Always try different brushes, and experiment with as many brushes as you can until you get the brush that works perfect for the subject you are painting..

 

5. GET ORGANIZED;

 

There's nothing worse then just getting started painting when you realized you forgot the paper towels, or couldn't fine a pencil, make sure you have everything ready so when you do start you don't have to stop and look for missing items..it's such a waste of time and can take the fun out of it..

 

6. PLAN YOUR FOCAL POINT:

 

Planning your focal point is very important as it draws the viewers eye into the painting and holds them there, how many times have you seen a beautiful painting and your eye went straight to the focal point first, it could have been a color that stood out," warm colors like reds and yellows attract the eye", the brightest light leading to a cabin, a sailboat off in the distance light up like a firefly, that's where you eye goes, to the brightest, or most colorful area in the painting.. People, Animals, cars, houses are good examples of focal points..also make the surrounding area a little blurred, or more faint so the focal point really stands out..for example a brightly colored flower with the back round blurred..

 

A few points to remember, make no two shapes the same, if you have two tree's make one shorter, overlap subjects, use good contrast for example, lights again darks, small details matter, use shadows and highlights..

 

 

 

 

 

Now you should be able to do amazing paintings with ease....

 

http://www.allisonprior.webs.com

Acrylic Painting and Drawing Classes 2017

Posted by Allison Prior on February 8, 2017 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

If you would love to learn how to paint landscapes, seascapes, how to drybrush, color mixing, animals, trees, clouds, cabins, grass, and so much more, contact [email protected] for all details, hold your seat anytime, ongoing classes, take one class at a time, no need to pay for several classes upfront.


Contact Allison Prior for upcoming dates and times.


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For FREE acrylic painting video lessons go to 

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Art Class changes..and updates.. 2017

Posted by Allison Prior on September 22, 2015 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 

All my art classes now will be located on Brookfield Road, St. John's, NL

Sundays 3-5pm

Wednesdays 6:00 to 8:00pm

Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Other Times available..

 

 

All you have to do is email [email protected] or call 364-5489 to hold your seat, if you have to cancel please give me a days notice if possible. so I can contact people on my waiting list.

 

All supplies included except a canvas size 11 X 14 approx. if your painting, if you don't have one you can buy a canvas here for $5.00

  

If you want to paint or draw your own photo, bring an 8 1/2 X 11 color copy,,, plus email your picture to me a few days before class so I can prepare it for you..

 

Lots of paintings and drawings to choose from here for me to teach you step by step.

 

Great for beginners, more advanced students can choose a more detailed painting or drawing..

 

Only $20.00 for 2 full hours..

 

Family Rates available..


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

 

Allison Prior

http://www.allisonprior.webs.com

http://www.facebook.com/allisonpriorart

 

 

 

Art Instructor

 

364-5489

2013 Schedule Acrylic Painting and Drawing Classes.

Posted by Allison Prior on June 28, 2012 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)



Classes are only $20.00 for 2 full hours..and at the end of the class you will take home a finished painting..take one class at a time..all you have to do is contact Allison to hold your seat..Don't pay until you arrive and it's never to late to sign up..


 All Classes will have a different scenes, landscapes, seascapes, winter scenes, night scene's, dory's, sailboats, birds, people, ponds, lakes, snow, cabins, whales, icebergs, mountains, sunsets, deer, moose, animals,grass, colorful bushes, trees, flowers, still life, waterfalls, rocks, mist, depending on what scene we are working on plus you will learn dry brushing, how to mix paints, how to use a fan brush, and palette knife, and so much more, and at the end the 2 hours you will take home your beautiful masterpiece, these classes are for people who love to paint and learn, doesn't matter if you've been painting for a long time, or never painted at all, or never tried acrylics yet, these classes are fun, relaxed and exciting as the same time..you will paint along with me, that way you will learn better and faster..

In Drawing class you will learn how to shade, use a blending stump, kneaded eraser, the grid method, .Learn the secrets the pro's use to bring their drawings to life, I will teach you how to draw animals, portraits, and landscapes..


 

All classes for 2013, will be Sunday's  and Thursday's 4:00 to 6:00pm. and Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, you can pick any painting or drawing from my studio and I will show you how to paint or draw it..

Other classes on request days or evenings, sign up 4 friends and you get your class Free..

All classes are ongoing so it's never to late to sign up for a class.

If you would like to sign up now to hold your seat for any of these classes just let me know by email [email protected] or call 364-5489.

 

Let me know if there is a painting you would love to do with a few friends and we can set up a time..if the dates and times are not suitable for your schedule..I will hold a class for a time that is convenient for you and a friend..

 

I will post a picture of the painting or drawing we will do before each class in my yahoo group for my art students, if you would like to join to get all the photo's and updates email [email protected] and I will add you to the group..

 

If you sign up for a class that don't interest you or you can's make it, I'll just take your name of the list for that class, so not to worry..You can always sign up for others.

 

These classes are for all levels, Adults, Teens and Preteens.

 

ACRYLIC PAINTING CLASSES..All you need to bring is a 11 X 14 Canvas, or smaller..bring your favorite brushes if you prefer, all other supplies included..you can also purchase a 11 X14 canvas at the studio for $5.00.

 

DRAWING CLASSES: you will need:

 

Sketching pencils HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B, whatever comes in the package is good, charcoal pencil, a kneaded eraser, regular eraser, blending stumps, small, medium, and large or tortillions, and a ruler. I will supply the paper or you can bring your own..if you don't have any supplies I have everything your need to do a class.

 

Allison's Art Studio, Brookfield Road, NL

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask..

 

Allison Prior

364-5489

Art Instructor

http://www.allisonprior.webs.com







May 2012 Art Classes.

Posted by Allison Prior on April 26, 2012 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

All levels:

 

If you would love to learn how to draw portraits, animals, landscapes, boats, and more, and if you would love to learn how to paint landscapes, seascapes, trees, oceans, cabins, sky, clouds and lots more, all you have to do is email or call Allison to hold your spot, Allison's Art Studio Brookfield Road, St. John's.,

 

Each class has a different painting or drawing, so if you take 3 classes you would do 3 different paintings or drawings.. if you take one class you will take home a finished painting or drawing.. you take one class at a time, and all you have to do is put your name down to hold your seat, then pay when you come in for class.

 

 

 

Here are the dates for my April and May Acrylic Painting and Drawing Classes:

 

Acrylic Painting all Levels..All you need to bring is a 11 X 14 Canvas, or smaller..bring your favorite brushes, or paint if you prefer.

 

All Levels

 

All you need to bring to this class is: You will need sketching pencils HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B, charcoal pencil, a kneaded eraser, regular eraser, blending stumps, small, medium, and large or tortilion, and a ruler. I will supply the paper or you can bring your own..

 

 

Here are the dates for my April and May 2012 Acrylic Painting and Classes:

If you can't make one that you put your name in for, just let me know as soon as you can..so I can give it to someone else on the waiting list.

 

 

  Allison's Art Studio Brookfield Road..

 

Sunday April 29th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm............Acrylic Painting

Sunday May 6th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm-------Acrylic Painting

Sunday May 20th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm------Acrylic Painting

Sunday May 27th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm------Acrylic Painting

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Monday April 30th, 4:00pm to 6:00pm-------Acrylic Painting.

Monday May 7th, 4:00pm to 6:00pm--------Acrylic Painting

Monday May 21st, 4:00pm to 6:00pm-------Acrylic Painting

Monday May 28th 4:00pm to 6:00pm-------Acrylic Painting

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Thursday May 3rd,  4:00pm to 6:00pm-----Acrylic Painting

Thursday May 10th, 4:00pm to 6:00pm-----Acrylic Painting

Thursday May 24th  4:00pm to 6:00pm-----Acrylic Painting

Thursday May 31st  4:00pm to 6:00pm-----Acrylic Painting

 

 

Drawing Classes:

 

Wednesday May 9th------4:00pm to 6:00pm

Wednesday May 23rd-----4:00pm to 6:00pm

 

 

 

You can let me know what class or classes you would like to attend so I can put your name down to hold your seat..

 

If you have any other questions please let me know.

Acrylic Painting and Drawing Classes for April 2012..

Posted by Allison Prior on March 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (2)

APRIL ACRYLIC PAINTING CLASSES: 2012


Contact Allison Prior to hold your [email protected]

364-5489

 

 6:30 to 8:30pm Allison's Art Studio Brookfield Road..

 

Sunday April 1st .............

Sunday April 15th............

Sunday April 29 th............

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 6:30 to 8:30pm Allison's Art Studio Brookfield Road..

 

Tuesday April 10th

Tuesday April 24th

 

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APRIL DRAWING CLASSES 2012 6:30pm to 8:30pm Allison's Art Studio.

 

Thursday April 12th........

Thursday April 26th....

 

You can let me know what class or classes you would like to attend so I can put your name down to hold your seat..

 

If you have any other questions please let me know.


Allison Prior


Acrylic painting and Drawing Classes for March 2012..

Posted by Allison Prior on January 26, 2012 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Here are the dates for my March Acrylic Painting and Drawing Classes:


Class are only $20.00 for 2 full hours, and will be held at Allison's Place in Mount Pearl, only pay for one class at a time..no need to pay in advance, just pay when you come in..

 

Acrylic Painting all Levels..All you need to bring is a 11 X 14 Canvas, or smaller..bring your favorite brushes, or paint if you prefer. Contact me on a Class you would like to attend as the seats are limited, there will be a waiting list so if you can't make one that you put your name in for, just let me know as soon as you can..so I can give it to someone else..

 

Sunday Evenings 6:30 to 8:30pm, Allison's Place, Mount Pearl..

Sunday March 4th...........

Sunday March 11th............

Sunday March 18th............

Sunday March 25th............

 

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Drawing Classes..All Levels

 

All you need to bring to this class is: You will need sketching pencils HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B, charcoal pencil, a kneaded eraser, blending stump, tortilion, and a ruler. I will supply the paper or you can bring your own..

 

Tuesday Evenings: 6:30 to 8:30pm, Allison's Place, Mount Pearl,..

 

Tuesday March 13th.............

Tuesday March 20th.............

Tuesday March 27th.............

 

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You can let me know what class or classes you would like to attend so I can put your name down to hold your seat..

 

If you have any other questions please let me know.


We will be drawing animals and more, and I am going to put some animals in my painting classes also, every class will have a new painting or drawing so you won't miss out and learn alot..and you will take home a finished painting and drawing at the end of each class.

 

I will give my address when you confirm your attendance..

 

Cheers!!

 

Allison Prior

Art Instructor

Mount Pearl, NL.

 

Drawing Lessons

Posted by Allison Prior on January 11, 2012 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 Allison is now teaching Drawing lessons, she will teach you how to bring your drawings to life with shading, you will learn the tricks pros use to draw realistic subjects. such as baby animals, horses, flowers, portraits and more.Contact Allison to hold your spot, classes started in Feb 2012..

No long term committments, no need to pay for several classes at once, sign up for only the class you want to take, at your convenience, only $20.00 for 2 full hours, most materials included..

You will take home a finished drawing at the end of the class,  every class will have a new project to draw so you won't miss out..

First Class is Feb 28, 2012, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Allison's Place, in Mount Pearl..NL

You will need sketching pencils HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B, charcoal pencil,  a kneaded eraser, blending stump, and a ruler.


Art Class Nov 6th, 2011 with Allison Prior

Posted by Allison Prior on October 31, 2011 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Sign up now for the next art class while there is still room, location Mount Pearl.

Photo of painting is on my profile page at:

www.facebook.com/allison.prior

 

 

Time 6:30pm to 8:30pm..

 

Only $20.00 for 2 full hours..

 

or contact Allison for More information or to hold your seat..

 

In these classes you will learn how to mix colors, dry brushing, wet on wet, and the best brushes to use for different techniques, and lots more...and at the end of the class you will take home your finished masterpiece..a full painting.

All you need to bring to the class is a 11 X 14 or similar size canvas panel, or stretched canvas, or canvas paper.

ACRYLIC PAINTINS: Titanium White or White, Bright Red or Cadmium Red, Sap Green or Med Green , Burnt Umber or Brown, Black or Mars Black, Cadmium Yellow or Lemon Yellow, or Persian, or Ultramarine Blue or any med or dark blue, red, green or brown colors.

BRUSHES: You’ll need stiff-bristled brushes, fan brush, palete knife, liner brush, Small, Med, and Large round and flat bristled brushes (1 or 1 1/2inch ) a pencil or a pen, and ruler, painters tape, and a palette to mix your paint, I will have extra brushes, or anything you might forget ( except a canvas)

I will provide containers for water, and paper towels to use at class, or you can bring your own.

 

See you there.

 

Allison Prior

Art Instructor

Acrylic Painting Class Oct 16, 2011 FULL

Posted by Allison Prior on September 17, 2011 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We will be painting Swans, with  a beautiful Bowring Park Scene...

  This class is now FULL,  keep checking for more classes..to be announced soon.

 

Price: $20.00 total for 2 hours..

Registration is now opened.,

...For More Information or to register call  364-5489 or email [email protected]

Happy painting.

Allison Prior

364-5489

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