• Painting Plants (Online) - Session 1
    May 13, 2021
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Painting Plants (Online) - Session 2
    May 20, 2021
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Non Membershow details +$115.00 (USD)  
Guild Membershow details +$104.00 (USD)  

Instructor: Ali Williams

Skill Level: Beginner

Description: Perfect for plant lovers! In this online class, students will learn techniques to work confidently with acrylics to paint and capture likeness and personality of their favorite plants. Students will work from their own photo references or are welcome to work from life if they choose.  Participants will learn about the advantages of this fast-drying medium and will leave with a beautiful completed painting.

This class will focus on basic painting techniques, brush handling, color mixing and matching, and the process of working on a painting from start to finish.

Great for beginners or for people looking to better their painting skill to capture likeness. Basic knowledge of drawing and sketching would be helpful but is not required to be successful in this class! I will teach students different techniques to translate their photos to the canvas. *Students are encouraged to share their photo with me before the class so I can better assist.

Materials needed: Pencil, sketchbook or loose paper, Paper towels or rags, Palette (Can be palette paper, a plastic or paper plate, anything available to you), Any size canvas youre comfortable with in this size range: 8×10 – 12×16. Matte Medium, Acrylic paint (Golden Acrylics are recommended but not required): Titanium White, Paynes Gray, Burnt Umber, & Primary Colors (Red, Yellow, and Blue – Some suggested primary colors: Cadmium Red, Quinacridone Red, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue / Pthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium, or other colors that speak to you.) Students are not limited to these colors and are welcome to use additional colors of their choice. Brushes: A pre-packaged variety pack of small to medium size brushes or purchase individually: round brush, filbert and a flat brush of your choosing (consider a variety of sizes) Large cup or container for paint water, and plastic saran wrap.

About the instructor:

Ali M Williams is an artist from the Philadelphia area with a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design.  She has exhibited her work and murals internationally.

Ali is interested in how visually altering a space with public art affects the surrounding environment.  Her murals invite you inside a collaged, fabricated dreamscape of paint, mysterious beauty, and contemporary iconography. Her work touches on the complexity of the human spirit. She is passionate about women’s issues and often utilizes the female portrait as a means of self-reflection and identity.  Her advocacy for animal rights, environmental and wildlife conservation are also prevalent in her paintings. She regularly uses negative space, juxtaposing methods and visuals to help tell a story.  Symbolic elements, graphic imagery, and muted tones in contrast with vibrant colors and realism are frequent components of her work.

She has worked with numerous education and community outreach programs such as Cancer Treatment Centers of America, The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, The Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Riverside Correctional Facility, Zambia Tukongote Community Projects, The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, Mural Arts Philadelphia, The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, and at-risk youth and adults, as well as a range of participants of all ages. Some of her most recent clients include Zappos, The NFL, New Balance, Nasdaq, and The Schulson Collective.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: 

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen does not provide cash refunds for cancellation of classes unless the class is canceled by the instructor or the Guild. In order to request a withdrawal from a workshop, students must contact the Guild by phone 717-431-8706 or email handmade@pacrafts.org at least 7 days before the class. Students who request a withdrawal at least 7 days prior to the class will receive a 100% tuition class credit.

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds for missed classes due to personal scheduling conflicts.


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