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RCC/RAL to offer classes for beginning artists

For persons who have always yearned to express their artistic selves but don’t quite know how to go about it, Rappahannock Community College has worked with Rappahannock Art League to line up a series of basic art classes for the month of April.

“Beginning Drawing” will be taught on April 3, 17, and 24 (all Fridays) by Phil McKenney, who will work with the students individually on such essential drawing concepts as composition, value, contour—and just loosening up, in order to feel free to express themselves. This important class is a key preliminary for making the most of more advanced art classes. 

Diane Jacobson will teach “Beginning Oriental Brush Painting” on Monday and Tuesday, April 13-14, introducing students to the tools and techniques of the ancient art of Asian painting. The basic strokes for painting each of the “Four Gentlemen” (the traditional subjects of bamboo, orchid, chrysanthemum and plum blossom) will be demonstrated, using ink and Chinese watercolors. 
“Beginning Watercolor: Painting Basics Simplified” will be offered on Saturday, April 25. Instructor Kathleen Noffsinger will explain the proper palette of colors, how to choose transparent paints, and how to make paintings appear luminous. She will demonstrate several watercolor techniques—wet paint on dry paper, wet paint on wet paper, and dry brush—and will tell her students everything they need to know to get started in this challenging yet fascinating medium.

Additional beginner classes are scheduled for May and June. Rose Nygaard will teach “Beginning Color” (Tuesday-Thursday, May 5-7) and “Introduction to Abstract Painting” (Wednesday-Friday, June 10-12), and Sue Broadway will teach “Beginning Jewelry and Beading” (Monday and Tuesday, June 8-9).

All classes in this series will be held at the Rappahannock Studio Gallery, 19 N. Main St., Kilmarnock, except “Beginning Watercolor: Painting Basics Simplified,” which will be at RCC’s Glenns Campus.

For more information on these and other art classes, please call RCC’s Workforce Development Office at 758-6750 (Glenns Campus) or 804-333-6828 (Warsaw Campus); or visit or

posted 03.27.2009

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