WILMINGTON ART CLASSES



Professional instruction with Lois DeWitt

I have over fifty years of art teaching experience in private schools, community colleges and studio instruction. I hold a Bachelors of Fine Art Degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Pratt Institute, New York.


WELCOME TO MY SUN ROOM STUDIO


If you live in or near Wilmington, North Carolina, my Sun Room Studio is not far away!  I post a monthly class schedule here and look forward to being your art instructor!

Classes are ongoing. That means you can sign up at anytime and there will probably be a space for you! You can also request custom class times and instruction in a special area of interest. These are small classes with personal guidance in a friendly, sunny art space. Sign up now by filling out the form below. Please request a supply list when you sign up!

And thank you for your interest in my Sun Room Studio Wilmington Art Classes!

Monday Morning Still Life Drawing

10 – 12

We will work from a simple classic still life setting like oranges, books and drapery. You will be shown how to transfer those shapes on to paper and how to observe and record light, shadow and detail. Beginning and intermediate students welcome.

Monday Afternoon Water Color Basics

2 - 4

I will show you how to use a sponge to make textures, brush in dark and light washes to produce light and shadow, use masking fluid for illumination effects and how to make brushstrokes that create buildings, water, trees and floral shapes. Beginning and intermediate students welcome.

Tuesday Morning Still Life Drawing

10 - 12

We will work from a simple classic still life setting like oranges, books and drapery. You will be shown how to transfer those shapes on to paper and how to observe and record light, shadow and detail. Beginning and intermediate students welcome.

Tuesday Afternoon Water Color Beachscape

2 – 4

We will start with two color washes for a dawn or sunset, sponge in clouds, make simple dune shapes and sponge in sand and shell textures using dark and light colors to produce light and shadow. I will show you how to make dune grasses using a small brush, how to paint waves and light reflections on the sea.  Beginning, intermediate, advanced students welcome.

Wednesday Morning Sketching 

10 – 12

We will go out to the back yard, the beach, the park! Bring a chair, your sketch book, pencils and a thermos of coffee or your favorite beverage. I will show you how to let nature come in from your eyes to your hand with simple and easy drawing methods. A new perspective in your life will open your eyes to the wonderful natural world around you!  Beginning and intermediate students welcome.


Thursday Afternoon Still Life Painting

2 – 4

We will work from a setting of simple shapes like oranges, books and drapery. You will be shown how to transfer those shapes on to a canvas and how to observe and record light, shadow and detail. Choose working with oils, water colors or acrylics. Intermediate. 


Friday Afternoon Meditative Drawing

2 – 4

Through simple drawing methods, achieve calm and tranquility and create inspirational drawings that you can use to expand your perspective mindset. Beginning, intermediate, advanced.

Saturday Morning Sketching

10 - 12

We go out to the back yard, the beach, the park! Bring a chair, your sketch book, pencils and a thermos of coffee or your favorite beverage. I will show you how to let nature come in from your eyes to your hand with simple and easy drawing methods. A new perspective in your life will open your eyes to the wonderful natural world around you!  Beginning, intermediate advanced students welcome.

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Real Feedback



...I currently I'm working with a author for children's books and I'm doing some of the illustration. This has been a real challenge, but enjoying it. When I not at home my sketch pad goes with me and I'm practice on something all the time. I've taken my art more serious and have the time to do what I thought I would never be able to do and you have inspired me to make me realize a dream that I thought I wouldn't get to do in my life time. Will be sending a picture for you to look at and see where I need to do to improve. It may take a week or two, but you will hear from me. Janice

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I'm 60 and just getting back into art. My mother was an artist and I always wanted to be one too. I like the (acrylic) painting and I'm just finishing up the Intermediate! Never though I could paint so good! Eleanor Fuller

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Please send link to basic drawing lessons--enjoyed your blot painting! Thank you, Phyllis

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Hello Lois....In your introductory e-mail you asked about who I am. I'm retired. As I watched my triplet grandchildren drawing and creating fine looking artwork, I got to thinking about how much I had enjoyed drawing when I was about their age. My recollection is that I was pretty good but in truth probably not as good as my aging memory recalls. I do know, though, that I enjoyed it very much. So one day I sat down with paper and pencil to sketch a masterpiece only to find that all the talent I had as a teenager had been lost somewhere on my journey to senior citizenship. The desire, if not the ability, was there so I began searching the net for drawing lessons. I was surprised to find sites that actually provided free lessons. (I fully expected to pay for lessons) I was most impressed with your site so here I am....hoping to reawaken a long suppressed interest in the art of drawing.

Darrell Larson

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It's never to late to do art! I've been painting with water color and then did some little cards for my twelve year old niece.

Thank you for your art lessons,

Betty Jacobsen



Notes on Writing The Artist Within Lessons...

Five years ago, for a small business course at a community college I developed a financial plan for "The Artful Life Program," a series of art learning classes for 55+ students.

This offering of art classes could be installed in a community recreation center, a church basement, an instructor's house, or wherever people wanting to learn and do art could congregate.

I had to do the financials, figure out what would be needed to teach in a facility and project an income and expense sheet for its operation.

I came a way from the small business class with a good working plan for bringing art to the 55+ community. One of the classes I called "Finding The Artist Within." Based on my experience with teaching older people, the course was constructed to refresh, inspire and develop creative skills through a series of exercises. I made each project simple, fun and provocative and directed towards an end goal of helping the students choose an artful direction in painting, drawing, printmaking, or collage.

Through six lessons, students could develop their imaginative, visualizing and creative skills will working on projects that were fun for the group and not intimidating.

Over the years, I have taught "Finding The Artist Within," in in private classes as well as life-long learning programs. It remains today, one of the most popular class offerings I have!