Heather Carr and Danea Fidler, a team of Colorado based wildlife artists and fantasy illustrators were selected by a committee of the Friends of the Library and will offer a series of art workshops during the months of June, July and August. They live in Black Hawk and look forward to sharing their knowledge and passion for animals and art with all ages. They both are experienced teachers of wildlife art and fantasy illustration, and work in graphite, pen and ink, acrylics, oils, and soft pastels.
Heather Carr started in wildlife art back in 2000, creating over fifteen scratchboard designs which appear on Land Rover tire covers around the world. She currently is collaborating with fantasy author C.L. Wilson, illustrating prints and products for the New York Times bestselling Tairen Soul series.
Danea Fidler has done fantasy illustrations since 2009. She graduated from Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design with a degree in illustration in 2013. She has received several awards for wildlife painting in acrylic.
Their residency begins on Saturday, June 4, with a workshop at the library called “Everything You Need to Know Before You Paint.”
_____ June 4: Everything You Need To Know Before You Paint
This class will introduce you to all the basics including supplies, finding good reference material, websites, books, great artists, and how to get started in any media. (10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.)
______ June 25: Basics of Animal Drawing
You will learn the basics of drawing any type of wildlife by using basic techniques taught in a Joe Weatherly style. We will also cover good composition and the importance of knowledge of your subject. Field sketching and thumbnails will also be covered. (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
________ July 2: Wildlife Art: From Sketch to Canvas
Learn the best ways to get your sketch onto the canvas and begin to learn how to paint in both oils and acrylics. You will also learn how to create an under painting like the old masters. (10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.)
_______ July 9: Basics of Color in Wildlife Painting
Learn the basics of choosing and mixing colors for wildlife art in oil and acrylic. For those who have already progressed, they can continue to work on their paintings in this class. (10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.)
_________ July 16: Wildlife in Soft Pastels
This class will be taught by Heather Carr. Learn the techniques for painting wildlife with soft pastels. (10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.)
________ July 23: Basics of Animal Anatomy
Bring more volume and realism to your wildlife paintings by learning the basics of animal anatomy. Emphasis on ungulates including elk, deer, and other hoofed fauna. (10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.)
________ July 30: Predator Anatomy
Take our drawings and paintings to the next level by learning the anatomy and motion of different predators. (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
________ Aug. 6: Basics of Birds
Learn how to draw our local bird species and learn their anatomy. (10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.)
________ Aug. 20: Feather, Fur, and Fangs
Add the final details to your wildlife paintings. Learn how to paint feather, fur, and other fine details that make your painting come alive. Learn the importance of following the form under your details. Oil, acrylic, and pastel techniques are all covered. (10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.)
________Aug. 27: Open Wildlife and Sketching
Come to this class to ask any questions regarding wildlife painting and drawing. Also come with whatever you are working on and we will have critiques and help out with any issues at every stage of painting and drawing.
FRIDAY FANTASY ART CLASSES
________ July 1: Basics of Fantastical Creature Design
Ever wonder how those great movie creatures are created? Here is your chance to learn the basics of bringing your fantasy creatures to life and making them believable. (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
_______ July 8: Repeat of July 1 Class. (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
As always the series of workshops are offered free of charge, but sign-up in advance is required. For a copy of the schedule, or if you have any questions, contact Larry Grieco at the library (303-582-0161, or email firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know which classes you would like to take. They will be offered mostly on Saturday mornings throughout the summer, with a few in the afternoon, due to scheduling conflicts. This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Friends of the Gilpin County Public Library.