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Cumberland Art Society has many talented local artists who share their knowledge with students in classes held in the CAS studio facilities. Visitors are welcome to drop by the studio anytime to see art in progress.

186A S. Walnut Ave.
Cookeville, TN 38501

China Painting with Sandy Darrow

Learning the Basics of China Painting for beginners. china painting

China paints are composed of color pigments mixed with a glaze medium, and a flux to lower the melting point of the colors below that of the glaze to which they are applied. When fired in a kiln to heat ranging from 1330° to 1530° (cone 018-014), the flux causes them to melt and fuse with the fired-on glaze. The cones work in reverse the higher the cone the lower the temperature. 

A covered palette box, the glaze medium and the china paints that come in a powered form cannot be purchased at local art stores. The instructor will make up a small covered palette with the colors that will be needed for the class and also supply the glaze medium and brushes. The students will be able to use the instructor's tools, and will be given a list so the student can purchase their own tools locally.

Students will paint a porcelain plate that will be fired on Friday afternoon and brought back to the class the next day for the second and last painting. The instructor will again fire the student's plates and bring them to CAS on Monday morning for pick-up.

CALL CAS for Information about class availability — 931-526-2424

Critique DayMonday Critique Class

The last Monday of every month, from 10:00am to 12:00 noon is a special time for CAS members and art students to attend the critique class held in the CAS studio. This class provides constructive instruction on work at any stage of completion, from initial sketch to finished work, but primarily unfinished work should be brought so the individual can benefit from suggestions and recommendations. Work in any medium is acceptable for critique evaluation. Critique of their work allows the artist with their work-in-progress to gather input and recommendations from fellow artists on the various aspects of their work. Comments focus on overall design theme, values, color handling, and interpretation of the subject matter. As a participant in Critique Day which is a free learning experience, you will benefit from the expertise and skills of some of the Upper Cumberland area's best artists. Members are requested to limit submissions for critique to not more than 4 (four) pieces.

Color Theory

Lynne Looney's "Back to Basics" lecture and exercises will help you improve the successful outcome of any painting. Her 3 hour session includes a demonstration and description of the color wheel and basic information on how to mix color to obtain the right color for your work. Participants create their own color wheel for a permanent reference source. In class the student creates an art piece using these color mixing references. Work is produced in acrylics. In this class, the students learn basic academic principles of art, so it is perfect for any student at any level, from beginner to advanced. You will practice what you learned as you apply these basics in paper and found objects using acrylic paints in your finished piece. All materials and supplies are provided.

mixed media

Middle Tennessee artist Lynne Looney has been a free-lance artist over 40 years working in theater, the billboard industry, special events, murals, and specialty painting for interior designers in the southeast United States. Her formal art education is a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Mixed Media

Lynne Looney's mixed media class uses papers, fabrics, textures, found objects, paint, markers, etc. on either canvas or paper to create a collage/mixed media artwork. All materials and supplies are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring keepsakes or personalized material to incorporate into their unique art piece.

CALL CAS for Information about class availability — 931-526-2424

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