Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring and Summer Class Schedule

Today I spent some time putting together my class schedule for the rest of the Spring and the Summer.  I'll be teaching art classes for beginners and intermediates and offering a class by a wonderful teacher, Thomas Bosket, for advanced students.  In addition, I have two classes coming up which are about body image - Body Shop and Naked Self Portraiture.  The details are below.  Both are very gentle classes which give participants to look at their feelings about their bodies using different modalities in a safe, supportive environment.

All information is next to the class title.  This information is also on my website,  Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about the classes.  I'd be delighted to have you join me for any of these pursuits!

Putting Together a Face, One Piece at a Time

In this six week class, the student will learn the basic anatomy of a face and have the opportunity to practice drawing each element of the face in detail in pencil.  The last two weeks will be spent drawing a self portrait using the knowledge gained from the first four weeks.  No previous drawing experience necessary.

Friday mornings
May 6 - June 17 (no class May 27), 10 AM -12:30 PM, $180
held at my studio in Southside Richmond
Contact me to sign up and for more information.

Susan Singer is a full time artist, writer, speaker and teacher who is dedicated to helping people feel compassion towards themselves and their bodies.  Through the processes of drawing, writing and sharing, participants will explore the impact that our body image has on our inner and outer lives.  In this intensive three hour workshop designed for women, participants will gently but honestly uncover how we really feel about the woman beneath our clothes. 

Saturday, May 7, 10 AM - 1 PM
Cost: $40 Members; $50 Non-members of Chrysalis
         * Register by April 22 to receive a $5 early registration discount 
The Chrysalis Gathering Space (3527 Ellwood Ave.)  

Naked Self Portraiture:  Drawing Inward to Draw Outward.
Part exploration of the soul, part exploration of the body, this class will give you time and permission to see yourself as you truly are with loving eyes.  We’ll draw and paint and sculpt with simple materials like Playdoh and finger paint, easy for the inexperienced artist and interesting enough for even the professional artist.  We’ll go inward through Authentic Movement and guided meditation to find the essence of who we are on the inside. Come prepared to disrobe, to explore, to laugh, and to discover richly, deeply your own gorgeous self, inside and out.
(This illustration is not an example of the work we'll be doing in the class.  Our explorations will be much more basic and intended for beginners as well as women with some artistic background.)

Saturday, May 14, 10 - 4 AND
Sunday, May 15, 11-5

Students: $125
At Illumination Dance Studio, Richmond, VA
Contact me to sign up and for more information.

Beginning Pastel Drawing at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond
Are you ready to try a new medium? How about one that is direct, forgiving, simple and luscious? Come learn all about color, composition, value, line, and marks, not to mention pastels and pastel papers! This class is ideal for beginners to art, as well as experienced artists wanting to learn a new material.  It is taught with an analytical approach which will allow even the utter newbie to create better art than he ever thought possible!  Materials will be provided for the first night of class and a list will be given out then for the other class meetings.

Tuesday night
June 7 – July 26, 6:30 – 9:00 PM, 8 weeks, $190
Contact the Visual Arts Center to sign up

Intermediate Pastel Drawing at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond
If you've already begun exploring the fabulous, rich, exciting medium of soft pastels, this class is perfect for you! Take time to indulge yourself each week in an exploration of yourself as an artist under the supportive and encouraging tutelage of the instructor. Bring your own project and draw to your heart's content! 

Thursday night
Session I - June 9 - July 14, 6:30 - 9:00, 6 weeks, $155
Session II - July 28 - August 25, 6:00 - 9:00, 5 weeks, $155
Contact the Visual Arts Center to sign up.

Honing Your Vision with instructor Thomas Bosket
If you are at the intermediate skill level or beyond, this could be a fabulous class for you!  In this six day class, Thomas Bosket, visiting professor from Parsons School of Design in NYC, will lead us on a journey together through some tough stuff and some very stunning parts of what it means to be human - a journey that exposes our deepest longings and desires - one that will be tough at times and thrilling at others.  We will be taken out of our brains into our bodies.  We will be exposed to raw energies and experiences that may be uncomfortable but definitively alive. 

In his almost twenty years of teaching art, Thomas has developed many exercises to help students break through their self-imposed limits on their artistic abilities. This class is for students who want to explore the interior aspects of creating art, those which transcend the skill-based aspects.

Sunday - Saturday, June 19 - 25, 2011           Sunday, June 19, from 2-6 with dinner afterwards
           Monday - Friday, June 20 - 24, from 10-4 daily
           Saturday, June 25, from 10-2
Where:  Crossroads Art Center at Staples Mill and Broad, Richmond, VA
Cost:  $600 for all instruction and dinner on the 19th
How to sign up:  send me an email at, then send me a $300 deposit to reserve your place.  The remainder will be due by June 1.

Basic Drawing Skills

Have you always wanted to learn to draw but never thought you could?  Are you one of those people who says, "I can't even draw a straight line?"  In this class you won't need to, and you will learn to draw beautifully!  You will learn the basic tools of drawing as well as how to see in a way which is fundamental to learning to depict the world accurately.

Come find out just how terrific an artist you can become!  Beginners eagerly welcomed!  More advanced artists welcomed as well!

Friday mornings
July 8 - August 12, 10 AM - 12:30 PM, $180
held at my studio in Southside Richmond
Contact me to sign up and for more information.

Doodling Defined: Zentangles

All Levels

We all do it – whenever the meeting gets boring, or the teacher drones on too long, we take out our pens and start doodling.  This fun class will formalize your doodling just enough to make you want to do it all the time – not just when you’re on interminable hold with the telephone company.  You’ll learn new patterns and ways to put them together, and maybe you’ll even invent some to share with the class. This is a fun and interactive class for all ages. Class is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

On session only
Sunday, August 7, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, $55
Contact the Visual Arts Center to register

anytime mutually agreed upon
If you prefer working one-on-one, Susan offers outstanding instruction in many media including pastels, drawing, oil painting and watercolor as well as art appreciation.  Email her to set up an appointment today!
at her home studio in Richmond, near Stony Point

Testimonials from Susan Singer's students:Susan's a great teacher, very encouraging, knowledgeable, organized and can tailor a student's needs to his/her progress

Susan presented very concrete, well-planned lessons which included thorough explanations and examples of materials (papers, types of pastels), techniques and approaches to the medium.  She was encouraging and positive in her instruction, always able to find good qualities in each person's work.

This was by far the most comprehensive coverage of pastel painting I've ever had.  I don't see how the class could have been better!

I feel like I'm improving not only my skills, but also my ability to see what I need to do to improve my painting.  It really helps for Susan to point out what is "off" or what needs to be approached next.

Susan's critiques (each class) helped us to progress more rapidly.  She is very encouraging, yet challenging.  I also learned a lot about color theory and application, which have made me much better able to work in pastels.

Hope to see you soon!


The studio!
Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday  Sunday 
May   6
Putting Together a Face

Body Shop
 9  10 11  12  13  Putting Together a Face
Naked Self Portraiture
Naked Self Portraiture
16  17  18  19  20  Putting Together a Face
21  22 
23  24  25  26  27  28  29 
30  31  June Putting Together a Face

Beginning Pastels
6:30 - 9

Intermediate Pastels
Session I
6:30 - 9
10 Putting Together a Face
11 12
13 14 Beginning Pastels
6:30 - 9
15 16 Intermediate Pastels
6:30 - 9
17 Putting Together a Face
18 19
Honing Your Vision with Thomas Bosket
2-6, dinner
Honing Your Vision
Honing Your Vision

Beginning Pastels
6:30 - 9
Honing Your Vision
Honing Your Vision

Intermediate Pastels
6:30 - 9
Honing Your Vision
Honing Your Vision
27 28 Beginning Pastels
6:30 - 9
29 30 Intermediate Pastels
6:30 - 9
 July 1 2 3
4  5 Beginning Pastels
6:30 - 9
6 7 Intermediate Pastels
6:30 - 9
Basic Drawing
9 10
11 12 Beginning Pastels
6:30 - 9
13 14 Intermediate Pastels
6:30 - 9
15 Basic Drawing
16 17
 18 19 Beginning Pastels
6:30 - 9
20 21 22 Basic Drawing
23 24
25 26 Beginning Pastels
6:30 - 9
27 28  
Intermediate Pastels
Session II
6 - 9
29 Basic Drawing
30 31
August 1 2 3 4 Intermediate Pastels
6 - 9
5 Basic Drawing
6 7
 8 9 10 11
Intermediate Pastels
Basic Drawing 10-12:30
13 14
15 16 17 18
Intermediate Pastels
6 - 9
19 20 21
22 23 24 25
Intermediate Pastels
6 - 9
26 27 28
29 30 31 September 1 2 3 4

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