A new addition to AiM's class schedule
Steve, local artist and teacher, will be teaching a condensed version of his Zoom drawing classes that he offered in 2020 and 2021 for AiM. The two part class series will start with the basics of drawing materials and move on to concepts such as perspective and composition on to drawing faces and figures. There will be time to practice in class and for feedback. The syllabus is listed below along with supplies you will need to bring to class.
Registration and payment can be made through the button below.
What You Need to Know
When: Tuesday, May 17th & 24th
Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: $120 total
Where: AiM Gallery
102 West Washington Street
Class Size: 4+
**You will need to bring a lidded container to take home your waste water. Solvents cannot be poured down the drain.**
Drawing paper, Strathmore 11 x 14 pad recommended
Variety of pencils of different hardness
Standard hard rubber art eraser, FACTIS Black 18 suggested
Kneaded eraser, Prismacolor suggested
Smudging Stick, tightly rolled paper used for blending
Pencil sharpener, a small portable sharpener with easily replaceable blades (not the type to be used in school)
Topics to be covered:
Session 1 (May 17th)
Basic pencil techniques
Introduction to value
One and two point perspective
Landscape drawing and composition
Drawing from photographs
Advanced perspective and proportion
Session 2 (May 24th)
Facial drawing - components of the face, facial proportions
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Masks are Required
I started drawing as young boy and first started painting as a senior in college (1971). A career in industry and raising a family pushed painting to the back burner, but I always found time for drawing. When business meetings became boring, I drew caricatures of my business associates and I always found communicating with drawings to be more effective than with just words. Since retiring, I have been able to pick up painting again and pursue art on a full time basis.
My education is not at all typical for an artist. I have a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA in Operations Management also from Rutgers. A course in drafting as part of the engineering curricula sharpened my ability to visualize and draw objects in three dimensions and I believe my knowledge of physics has helped with my understanding of color and value. Engineering and art can be complementary as so aptly demonstrated by Leonardo Da Vinci.
I live in Reston, Virginia with, Sandy, my wife and partner for 40+ years.. In 2008, I retired from a 37 ½ year career with ExxonMobil and have begun a new phase of life in the art world. I like this “right brain” adventure for the second half of my life after a “left brain” career in industry. Since retiring, I have been a member of several local art galleries and have been teaching drawing and painting both privately and publicly. I find much joy in watching my students discover the artistic talents they never realized they had.
I paint in both oil and acrylic in a representational style. I have taken courses from excellent instructors at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria and many of my landscapes and still lives have been accepted in juried shows at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, the Treasury of Art Show in Vienna, the Rittenhouse Fine Art Show in Philadelphia, the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival in Reston, the Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg and the Burwell Morgan Mill Art Show.
My drawings include pet portraits and portraits of well known celebrities, as well as still lives and landscapes done in both graphite or charcoal and all in a representational style. I am available for commission work for portraits in pencil or charcoal and paintings in oil or acrylic.
All of my works can be seen at my website: www.stevemylesart.com. Please feel free to visit it.