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Course Description:

This course introduces students to contemporary painting, techniques and concepts, with emphasis on the understanding of its formal language and the fundamentals of artistic expression.  Even though previous painting experience is not a prerequisite for this course, the vigorous training provided will prepare students for going class/homework assignments.  Painting from still-life, landscape, and reference models from observation will be geared towards realism; at the same time, various other painting styles could be explored.  Color theory, linear perspective, compositional structure, figure/ground relationships, visual perception, spatial concepts, and critical thinking skills will all be emphasized extensively. The hope is that students will use this global approach to develop a “critical eye” in evaluation of contemporary painting.  Demonstrations, videos, PowerPoint lectures, group and individual critiques will be given throughout the course.  Acrylic will be the primary medium for this class.  This may seem like a lot to absorb – but always remember that our main emphasis will be to encourage and nourish individuality and creativity.

Supply List:

Participants should purchase their supplies for this 8-week Virtual class. If you have any questions or need help finding the supplies please reach out to Community@iona.org

16×20 canvas

Sketchbook (for all studies, notes, thumbnail sketches)

Graphite Drawing Pencils – 2H, HB, 4B, 6B

Box of Charcoal (soft, thick sticks)

Kneaded Eraser

Pink Carnation Eraser

Primary acrylic paint color

3 paint brushes small medium large


Plate/ palette

rag/paper towels.

cup or jar of water.

Dominique Hughes of Zola Monroe Art Group, LLC, will be offering this class. Dominique is a Mixed Media Art Educator who has been devoted to the arts and painting since she was six years old. She began her artistic training at an early age under the close tutelage of her mother, and avid painter, seamstress, and dance instructor. “Choreography was my first form of artistic expression, and it is a joy to merge my movement of thought with the movement of my paintbrush, paper and found objects to build texture to create something completely new.” She is owner of Zola Monroe Art Group, LLC. ZMAG,LLC which provides  services to the community. Dominique has developed art programs for incarcerated youth, adults with acquired brain injuries, people with developmental disabilities, seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as children and the general public.

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