Classes taken at Sanctuary Arts can be used toward meeting
the State of Maine requirements for teaching certification in Art and possibly
other subjects. Maine certification lasts for 5 years and is earned by taking
classes for a total of 6 credits or 9 CEUs (continuing education credits) or
90 contact hours.
(45 contact hours = 4.5 CEUs) within the 5 year period.
see if this would apply to you, the Maine State office of Teacher Certification
can be reached at (207) 624-6603.
Sanctuary Arts is offering a Monhegan Island outdoor painting
watercolor intensive with Dewitt Hardy the first week in August, 2011.
Island has been an art colony since the mid- 19th
century. It has amazing ocean views, with much of it uninhabited but
accessible on hiking trails. Quaint and unspoiled, this island is a
feast for the eyes.
Hardy is delighted to teach this outdoor painting workshop
August 1 – 5. Cost is $475 for the class and students will be
responsible for their own travel, lodging and meals.
(207) 438-9826 or email us at email@example.com
for more information.
And don't forget to visit the website for our online catalog of classes for Winter 2011.
Instructor Erin Murray- Learn How to Draw and Paint in Oils
|Court Street from Prescott Park by Erin Murray|Erin Murray, Sanctuary Arts' new Drawing and Painting
instructor came by for a visit to talk about her upcoming classes and her
personal artistic inspirations. Articulate about her work, Erin exudes passion
about her personal goals and ideas about teaching. Her “Drawing Beyond the Imagination” (SA 11),
is a great class for beginning and intermediate students who want to “learn how
to draw”, and obtain the tools to create personal images, whether finished or
Students will be given specific training to create illusion, form,
light, space, measure, and the loss of edges, working with contour and tone,
positive and negative shapes and construction lines. From keeping a small sketchbook using active
lines to search out form, to making Master drawing copies and examining in
depth the work of contemporary artists, the class will be an active learning
Subjects include the direct observation of both Still Life and the
Figure. Erin thinks (as do I) that if you can understand and create the figure,
you can do anything. She has a new art forum online for students to exchange
information and ideas, share images of contemporary artists and note arts
events of interest.
|Il Tigre by Erin Murray|
Erin is also teaching “Painting Light” (SA 3), a class for
students to “learn how to paint” in oils-
how to use tools, painting structure, tonal ground, how to see color through
light and for the more advanced, develop continuity, structure and stability
throughout a piece.
Figure is a part of this class, teaching students how to
paint multiple figures in a narrative composition, using the tools of color
transparency, repetition, and composition, while learning to use painting
materials to their best ability. Erin's goal is to teach the student so well
that when they leave this class, they will be able to paint anything, using their skills of
shaping and understanding light to work individually toward their own goals.
She will host two “plein air” painting classes in addition to the classes
scheduled for optional participation.
Erin's Personal Work- Creating Culture
An identical twin, Erin Murray is interested in what makes
her different, exploring individuality and twinhood in her paintings.
Repetition and multiples of the same figure are evident in her work. Erin grew
up in Virginia on a sheep and horse farm and loves natural things. The
messiness of drawing and painting mirror the organic nature of her life when
A visual storyteller, narration, imagination, and fantasy inform
her work Her interactive figures can
reflect social, political, or environmental issues. As an artist, she is
sensitive to and has empathy for the “Outsider” in society, exploring that
“otherness” through portraiture, figures and the inter-relationships of
Women's issues, and how her work relates historically to
other women artists concern her as she considers the rewards of social
hierarchies- being a part of the system or a marginalized outsider. Her desire
to emotionally express relationships in an effort to show how we understand who
we are is part of her ongoing artistic quest.
|Last Supper (remix) by Erin Mur|
Recently Erin created a painting a day or more, for a month,
showcasing Portsmouth and it's environs as a benefit for A Safe Place, raising
money to help the shelter provide for the victims of domestic abuse. She seems
to have enjoyed the rigors of daily landscape painting as an enhancement for
her considerable technical skills- skills she will be happy to impart to her