Sweetwater Voted #1 for Adult Painting Classes in Pittsburgh!


Acrylic Florals and Botanicals DR02
9/12/2017 - 10/31/2017
6:30pm -8:30pm
Ron Jesiolowski will lead you through painting various florals and botanials with traditional acrylic painting techniques.

Collage PA01
9/18/2017 - 10/9/2017
6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
Lengyel, Lena
Henri Matisse once described his collage technique as “Painting with Scissors”. Join us, as we discover innovative ways to create personal collages that artistically build surface and tell a personal story. Students will learn new and fun techniques such as decoupage drawing, painting, smudging, stippling, glazing, layering, aging and more! Students are encouraged to bring personal collage items that can be incorporated into their composition to help tell their story. A materials list can be found online at www.SweetwaterArtCenter.org/classes.

Getting the Most Out of Acrylic Painting PA02
9/19/2017 - 10/10/2017
6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
Lengyel, Lena
Acrylic paint is the perfect media not only for the beginning painter, but the most advanced experts! In this three-session workshop, we will learn how to blend with acrylics different types mediums, modifiers, and materials to complete a beautiful custom canvas composition each session. Students will learn how to modify the appearance, hardness, flexibility, texture, and other characteristics of the acrylic paint surface, which will truly enhance the way you paint forever. A materials list can be found online at www.SweetwaterArtCenter.org/classes.


Mixed Media PA03
9/21/2017 - 10/12/2017
6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
Lengyel, Lena
A class covering all the basics of the term "mixed media." This class will teach you how to lay out a mixed media art piece step-by-step, and item by item. Learn common materials and how different medias work separately and together in one piece! Learn how to create rich surfaces and backgrounds, while we also explore texture and understand composition and the design element.


Watercolors PA04
9/11/2017 - 10/30/2017
1:00:00 PM - 4:00:00 PM
Thurston, Ron
We will begin with the basics as we learn about brushes, paints, and paper and move into the all-important design and composition. Watch how your paintings will come alive when the foundation is exciting. Personal expression, abstract or otherwise, is encouraged. Lessons are designed to explore color and compositional possibilities to spark ordinary subjects into eye-catching visuals. All levels welcome. A materials list may be found online at www.SweetwaterArtCenter.org/classes.


Classical Realism in Oils and Pastels PA05
9/13/2017 - 11/1/2017
9:30:00 AM - 12:30:00 PM
Sulkowski, James
Through demonstration and individual instruction, nationally renowned painter James Sulkowski will teach you the concepts and techniques that make a painting a timeless treasure. This course will cover Classical principles of drawing, form, composition, texture and color as well as how to create depth, light, and atmosphere in a painting. Subject matter will include still life, floral, and also the portrait. A materials list can be found online at www.SweetwaterArtCenter.org/classes.


Oil Painting with Joyce Werwie Perry PA06
9/12/2017 - 10/31/2017
9:30:00 AM - 12:30:00 PM
Perry, Joyce Werwie
This class is for beginners or experienced painters. If you are a beginner, the instructor will take you through your first painting step-by-step.  If you have taken this course before, you will learn additional techniques and develop your own style while using the subjects of your choice.  Students will also get the benefit of color theory instruction as it relates to their paintings. Many experienced painters in this class now practice Joyce's original knife painting technique, and new students are welcome to experiment with this impressionistic style if they wish. A materials list can be found online at www.SweetwaterArtCenter.org/classes.


The Art of Mixing Color PA07
9/14/2017 - 10/26/2017
1:00:00 PM - 4:00:00 PM
Perry, Joyce Werwie
This class is an extensive look at color theory based on the book The Elements of Color by Johannes Itten. Students will have the opportunity to complete 5 project boards over 6 weeks covering topics that include color accuracy, light/dark contrast, complimentary contrast, cool/warm contrast, saturation, etc.  There will be ongoing discussions on how the importance of this major component of creating art is utilized for maximum benefit in painting through purpose and design. Upon completion, students will have gained much knowledge of how to choose, mix and manipulate color to greatly improve their paintings. Please contact Joyce at jwerwiep@comcast.net with any questions you may have about this class.


Watercolor & Pastel Painting Workshop PA05
9/27/2017 - 10/18/2017
9:30:00 AM - 12:30:00 PM
Katayama, Hiromi
Learning to work with watercolor and pastel media creates an excellent foundation on which to develop your painting skills. We will explore how to use watercolor with pastel to finish your artwork and develop your ability to utilize multimedia techniques. A materials list may be found online at www.SweetwaterArtCenter.org/classes.