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Drawing Perspective Applied to Plein Air Workshop

Instructor: Fr. James Zotalis

Location:  BAGA, 422 East Front Ave, Bismarck, ND

When:  June 10, 6:00 to 8:00PM at BAGA & June11, Saturday-9:30AM-12:00 Noon  Painting On Location

Cost:  $30

The primary focus of this workshop is to teach basic perspective and how to apply it to your plein air painting experience.

Friday evening the students in a classroom setting will receive a presentation on the early history of the development of the concept of perspective. Students will spend the bulk of the evening drawing pictures using basic perspective techniques.

Saturday the students will do a plein air (outdoor) painting in the medium of their choice. The paint out will take place in a nearby downtown location that requires the use of the perspective techniques presented in the Friday class. Fr Zotalis will simultaneously demo a painting for students to observe.

The workshop is open to all levels of experience. Class size is limited to 12 students. Deadline for registration is June 3rd, 2016

Supplies:  Drawing supplies:  Pen or pencil. Drawing pad. Foot long ruler.  Painting supplies:  Easel, canvas/panel, paints/pastels, medium, paper towels, brushes.

Workshop is sponsored by  the“Prairie Plein Air Artist’s” club and BAGA. 

Register with  BAGA  223-5986 or online at http://www.bismarck-art.org/index.cfm?page=classes

 About the instructorFr James Zotalis is currently the rector of St George's Episcopal Church. He holds a Masters Degree of Divinity from Nashotah House (1987). Zotalis earned a BS in Art Education from Mankato State University(1973) and Master's Degree in painting from Mankato State University (1978). He taught art in Hastings MN and was a professor of art at Fergus Falls Community College from 1989 to 2001.

A regional artist, Fr Zotalis uses the Regionalist artists of the 1930s as his examples. Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, John Curry and Edward Hopper are his mentors in Regionalism. Zotalis feels committed to using his world in a ten mile radius of his home to find his subject matter.

Fr Zotalis uses pen and ink and watercolor as his art medium. His subject matter is collected by using his own photographs or drawing on location. He prefers to paint and draw landscapes, architecture and people, capturing sunlight and shadows in the manner of Edward Hopper. He prefers simple compositions that are clean and crisp with one or two point perspective to create a three dimensional depth on a two dimensional surface.

 Fr Zotalis has been an active freelance artist including creating commercial art commissions. He has done many one-man shows and juried shows in Hastings, MN, Faribault, MN, Red Wing, MN and participated in shows at the BAGA.




A workshop for educators:  
Using the Visual Arts to Teach Life Science

June 29 & 30, 2016
8 am to 5 pm (both days)
at ND Game & Fish Dept., 100 N Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck
Cost:  $45 - supply fee
UND 1 Graduate Credit:  $50

The workshop will be fun and fast paced with many hands-on activities educators can use in their classrooms, discussion of classroom and curriculum integration, and identification of local resources.  North Dakota resources, environment, and wildlife will be emphasized in this workshop.  Field trips will be taken to demonstrate the use of natural areas as classrooms.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity to experiment with different media including clay, watermedia, pastel, and colored pencil.  No previous art experience is required for this workshop.  The workshop is suitable for educators teaching K-12.  

Supply Fee payabe to BAGA
Register for Graduate Credit through UND






Contact BAGA for registration or more information on classes. 701-223-5986

Refund Policy:  BAGA will refund class registration fees, if notified 7 days or more prior to the begining of a class.  

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