The Studios

RAM’s open studio concept offers classes in various mediums with individualized instruction to meet you wherever you are artistically.  

Sessions are 4–6 weeks depending on the class.

 

Pastels with Joe Oakes

Learn the basic techniques for creating a beautiful pastel painting. Practice these techniques while creating your own finished piece. Discussions will also be accompanied by demonstration. Learn in a fun, relaxed environment that will help you be inspired and grow, no matter your current skill level.

Session 1: Wednesdays, September 4–25

Session 2: Wednesdays, October 30–November 20

5:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

4-week session: $144 (RAM Individual Members and above $129.60)

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Necessary Materials List:

This Supplies List is NOT Mandatory, the materials listed here are what I use and are just a starting point. Although It’s helpful in the explanation and demonstration of techniques when everyone is using the same supplies, you are welcome to bring and use any supplies you already have.

Reference Material: Students should have several printed images of scenes including structures to use as reference. Images should have been taken by the student but other images cut from magazines, newspapers, etc., are also acceptable. It is recommended that you do not use images only available on a phone or images of other artists’ paintings. A sketchbook with drawings from your images would also be helpful.

Pastels: Any set of SOFT Pastels. Sets start as small as 6 and go all the way up to 250. I recommend a set of 12. Some top brands include: Sennelier, Schmincke, Richeson, Unison, Terry Ludwig and Rembrandt. The brand and size of the set is up to each student. However, with art supplies, you get what you pay for. Artist Grade is always best but purchase the best brand and quantity that fits within your budget.

Paper: A wide selection of pastel papers and boards can be found locally and online in all price ranges. I like to use something that has more “tooth”, a rougher surface that can accept more layers of pastel. Also, I recommend using pastel boards or panels as this eliminates the need to attach your paper to hard surface while working.

Brands I like: Ampersand Pastelbord, Art Spectrum Colourfix Supertooth Boards, Richeson Gator Foam Premium Pastel Surfaces and UArt Premium Sanded Pastel Paper Boards.

Additional Items:

  • Tabletop easel
  • Blending stumps or tortillons
  • 1” - 2” Flat, watercolor wash brush
  • Small mixing cup(s)
  • Xacto knife
  • Fixative
  • Vine charcoal
  • Paper towels

 

Watercolor with Geeta Pattanaik, NWS

If you would love to learn to paint in watercolor or already use the medium, this class is for you! Watercolor is considered to be a difficult medium, but Geeta has been teaching students at all levels of experience and makes this process easy to learn. She will be using a variety of subject matter and techniques to teach the class, and will be touching on the principles of creating art while she teaches watercolor painting.

October 1–November 5, 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

6-week session: $175 (RAM Individual Members and above $157.50)

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Necessary Materials List:

  • 2 sheets of Arches 140 lb. cold press paper cut up into 11”x 15” size pieces, plus a support for attaching the paper such as a stiff board or masonite 16" x 20 " OR
  • One Arches watercolor block 10” x 14”.
    • Please note: While buying sheets from stores, please check to see the embossing, which says “Arches”. Best values are from online art supply stores, and they will send the right paper, so please check for the Arches cold press 140 lb. paper.
  • Pencil and eraser, paper towel, a palette with wells to mix paint, a container for water, a small spray bottle to hold water, a roll of regular 2” masking tape (not blue). 
  • Grumbacher Academy Watercolors in the following shades: Ultramarine blue, Thalo Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean blue, Cadmium red medium, Permanent rose, Alizarin orange, Cadmium orange, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium yellow, Viridian, Sap Green, Burnt Umber and Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, and Dioxazine violet. 
  • Watercolor Brushes: Wash size 1”, 3/4 ", Round brushes sizes 8, 6 and 2. One 3, 4 or 5 Extra Fine point round brush. (Good watercolor brushes are soft not springy and a cost effective and good buy is a natural and synthetic blend of hairs.) I have found the Princeton Neptune range of brushes to be extremely good and not too pricey. You can also get the Cotman brushes. You can get whichever one you would like to use, not necessarily the brand I mention.
  • Notebook and ball point pen for note-taking.


Acrylic Painting Made Easy with Joe Oakes

We’ll start with discussions on valuable art principles and move on to demonstrations of important painting techniques. Any painting style and subject matter can be used for this approach. Learn all of this in a fun, relaxed environment that will help experienced artist grow and beginners be inspired. Oil and pastel painters also welcome. 

  • Simple approach to help you stay loose
  • Composition, color, value, techniques
  • Give your painting depth and perspective
  • Structured but light and fun
  • Plenty of individual attention for all
  • Each student will create a finished painting

Thursdays, October 3–24, 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

4-week session: $144 (RAM Individual Members and above $129.60)

Click here to register and pay.

Necessary Materials List:

This Supplies List is NOT mandatory. The materials listed here are what I use and are just a starting point. Although it’s helpful in the explanation and demonstration of techniques when everyone is using the same supplies, you are welcome to bring and use any supplies you already have.

Reference material: Students should have several printed images of scenes to use as reference. Depending on the format of the class or workshop, a variety of subject matter is acceptable. Images should have been taken by the student, but other images cut from magazines, newspapers, etc., are also acceptable. It is recommended that you do not use images only available on a phone or images of paintings by other artists. A sketchbook with drawings from your images would also be helpful.

Paint: I use a palette of eight colors: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Hansa yellow Light, Red Rose Deep, Alizarin Crimson Permanent, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Teal, Payne’s Gray, and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide (for underpainting). There are several brands to choose from: Holbein, Da Vinci, M. Graham, Sennelier, Etc. If you use student grade or inexpensive brands, you just won’t be happy with the results. Also, these inexpensive brands do not have the same pigment load as professional brands. Additionally, if you have already established a color palette for yourself, feel free to use those colors.

Brushes: A wide selection of brushes can be found locally and online in all price ranges. If you are new to painting and/or are trying to keep costs down, I suggest Princeton Snap! Or Robert Simmons – Simply Simmons brushes. I mostly use the Princeton brand and recommend only long handle brushes! You’ll want to get one of each: #10 or #12 natural bristle flat or bright, #6 natural bristle filbert, #6 synthetic round brush, #4 Synthetic round brush, and #2 liner.

Additional items: 

  • Freezer paper or 9”x12” pad of palette paper
  • Tabletop easel
  • Stretched canvas – 11”x14” for 1-day workshop, 16”x20” or larger for classes.
  • Water misting bottle
  • Palette knife
  • Water container, preferably plastic
  • Vine charcoal
  • Paper towels