Three Steps To A Stronger Painting
w/ Mary Moquin


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Three Steps To A Stronger Painting
Instructor: Mary Moquin
Day: Tuesdays (6 Classes) Beginning October 31
Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm
Price: Members $135/Non-Members $150


This highly structured class will focus on what it takes to find your voice as an artist and learn ways to express it. The class is broken into three topics: composition, value and color… which are the building blocks to stronger paintings.



For weeks 1 & 2: COMPOSITION

3 ring notebook for handouts

Various drawing materials (pen, pencil, charcoal, felt tip, etc.)

Various drawing papers (newsprint, velum, typing, whatever is around etc.)

Tracing paper

Photographs and/or painted studies to work from.  Photos must be original and not cut from a magazine.  Bring imagery you are inspired to paint.

For weeks 3 & 4: VALUE

Black and white acrylic paint (regardless of your medium)


Paper towels


Several Mat board scraps or pieces of masonite or heavy paper


For weeks 5 & 6:  COLOR

Color paints of your chosen medium.

It would be helpful if you have some of the following type of colors.  Each manufacturer has a different name for these, so I’ve chosen to just use a generic description with some of the common names in parenthesis.  When in doubt, open the tube of paint and look at it or mix it with a little white if it is too dark to see.  It is not my intention that people go out and purchase a lot of paint at this time.  We can work with what you have and supplement.  You will have better results if you have colors that fit in the following categories:

Yellow/orange – a yellow that has an orange tint (cad yellow deep, dairyliade, auroelin,azo)

Yellow- a pure yellow (can yellow light, hansa)

Yellow/green – a yellow with a slight green ting (lemon, zinc, greenish yellow, cinnabar grn)

Red/orange – a red that is a little on the orange side (cad red light, vermillion, scarlet, napthol       red light)

Red/purple – A red that is on the purple side (magenta, quinacraadone magenta, alizaron, red violet

Green/yellow – a green that is on the yellow side (cinnabar green light, yellow green, sap)

Green/blue – a green that is on the blue side (pthalo green, viridian)

Blue/green – a blue that is on the green side (pthalo blue, cyan, turquoise)

Blue/purple – a blue that leans towards purple (ultramarine blue)

Purple – (dioxanine purple, winsor violet)

Titanium White

***We will have time to look at what colors you currently have and add or borrow where necessary.  It is perfectly fine to work with the colors you currently have for the sake of this class.

I do not use any earth colors such as burnt sienna, yellow ochre, burnt umber, etc. and they will not be needed in these excercises.  You will create you own beautiful earth and neutral colors through mixing.


We will compete the paintings that we have been exploring through the previous 6 weeks.



Instructor Bio-

Mary Moquin received her BFA in Printmaking from Southeastern Mass University and her MFA in painting from UMASS Dartmouth. Her work is shown at the Cove Gallery in Wellfleet and South Dennis. She is an award winning artist, her artwork has been included in juried regional, national and international shows.

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