STAA is committed to providing an ambitious, multi-media educational program for artists of all ages. STAA’s faculty is comprised of working artists, current or former art educators at the high school or university level, and visiting Artists-in-Residence from around the U.S.A. Instructors are rigorously vetted to ensure students receive the highest quality art instruction in the classical tradition of mentorship, providing guidance in studio art production and critique.
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Mailing Address: 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, Louisiana 70433.
Watercolor Painting Demonstration
DATES: Thursday, March 19
TIME: 11am - 12noon
FEE: FREE and open to the public
INSTRUCTOR: John Goodwyne
Artist, John Goodwyne, takes an unorthodox approach to sky and water as will be seen in this demonstration. His style is loose, fluid and he works very quickly. In contrast, his underlying drawings are very controlled. John respects his chosen media, watercolor, by allowing it to move as it is inclined to do. It is a fresh approach that he avoids overworking.
John is also known for his nautical themes painted directly onto navigation charts. Here he focuses on the inherent transparency of watercolors to allow his imagery to show through.
Lumen Print Workshop
DATE: Saturday, March 21
TIME: 11am - 3pm
FEE: $95, supplies included
INSTRUCTOR: Natasha Sanchez
This class will introduce students to the lumen print process, a camera-less techique that dates back to the origins of photography in the 19th century. Organic & man-made objects are used as subjects and the sun as developer. Objects are placed onto black and white photographic paper under glass and then placed in the sun. The sun imprints the image onto the paper, creating a colorful image. Various factors, including emulsion and exposure time, determine the outcome of the print.
The class will cover the printing process, composition, paper, fixing,toning, and scanning options. All paper will be provided as well as some possible lumen materials, prints. Participants will take home three completed lumen prints. We will take a short break for lunch.
Tintype Print Workshop
DATE: Saturday, March 28
TIME: 1pm -5pm
FEE: $195, supplies included
INSTRUCTOR: David Armentor
In this workshop, David Armentor of St. Veronica's Photographic Gallery will walk participants through basic techniques of the tintype process. This includes preparing the plate, pouring collodion, exposing, developing, fixing and varnishing as well as chemical mixing and safety. You will leave with a completed tintype. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring their own large format cameras.
Gulf coast native, David Armentor is a graduate of LSU and currently works as the Digital Imaging Specialist for Tulane's School of Architecture and as Programming Chair for the New Orleans Photo Alliance.
Digital SLR Photography Workshop
DATE: Saturday, April 4
FEE: $85, supplies included
INSTRUCTOR: Zack Smith
This One-Day photography workshop will teach you the basics of your digital SLR camera as well as resolution, ISO, exposure, white balance, focus, metering, and how to set them properly. We will also spend time learning the fundamentals of photography and composition using Zack Smith’s colorful and intuitive slide presentations and engaging lecture topics!
This course will also show you proper file storage, archiving and editing using the Photoshop Creative Cloud package. Zack will demonstrate helpful applications for your phone or pad that can improve your photography instantly! Each participant will receive Zack Smith’s, ‘Setting Yourself Up for Success’, powerpoint file and notes. There will also have a Q&A with Zack Smith after the class, where you can bring a jump drive of 10 of your photographs to have him critique your work live in class!
Pottery Wheel Throwing Classes - 4 Week Sessions
MONDAY SESSION: April 6, 13, 20, 27
THURSDAY SESSION: April 9, 16, 23, 30
TIME: 6pm - 8:30pm
FEE: $135 | $125 STAA members, supplies included
INSTRUCTOR: Vanessa Hock
In these four-week sessions, students will be guided through the basics of wheel throwing. More advanced students will be given more challenging instruction based on their skill level. Each session will provide students an opportunity to create such functional items as cups, bowls or vases, add handles or lids and learn the glazing and firing process as well. Students will be guided through the basics of wheel throwing. More advanced students will be given more challenging instruction based on their skill level. This four-class session will provide students an opportunity to create such functional items as cups, bowls or vases, add handles or lids and learn the glazing and firing process as well. ONLY SIX SPACES AVAILABLE PER SESSION!
Explorations in Abstract Painting Class - All Levels
DATE: Wednesdays, April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13 & 20
FEE: $150 STAA members | $160 non-members
INSTRUCTOR: Anne Cicero
Discover the joy of expressive painting and learn innovative Acrylic/Mixed Media painting techniques with Artist and New Orleans Academy of Fine Art Instructor Anne Cicero.
Students will learn a variety of Acrylic painting techniques and gain a basic understanding of the visual language of line, shape, color, and texture in a series of weekly painting exercises to develop abstract thinking skills and abilities. Students will be introduced to abstract artists, basic color theory, collage, and other contemporary formats in an effort to develop personal stylistic themes. The classes work in Acrylic/mixed media on paper and other surfaces such as canvas or board. No art experience is necessary to join the Beginning & Intermediate Abstract Acrylic class with Anne Cicero. This class accommodates all levels but is suitable for the beginner and intermediate painters. SUPPLY LIST AVAILABLE..
Expressive Pastels Class
DATE: Mondays, April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25
FEE: $160 | $150 STAA members
INSTRUCTOR: John Carambat
SUPPLIES: Paper provided. Bring set of pastels or Nupastel "design" set of 24, a black and a white pastel pencil.
Improve your techniqe with pastel drawing and learn how to use the elements of design to clarify your compositions and direct the eye of the audience. You will be guided through the fundamentals of painting with pastels. From blocking in the masses to define the composition to the finer points of light, shadow sculptural strokes and evoking temperature and emotion.
Observational Drawing Class
How to see - Technique, Composition and Creativity
DATES: April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 & 27
TIME: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
FEE: $160 | $150 STAA members
INSTRUCTOR: Ralph Townsend
AGES: 13 and up
This course is for beginner thru advanced students who would like to further develop their observational drawing skills, drawing from life. Ralph is an experienced drawing teacher, in the Talented Program, who has worked on an individual basis with varying skill levels for years. The course will focus on drawing skills ranging from right brain training, and the 4-step process, drawing techniques (Gesture, Volume, Space Measurement, and Finish) to shading techniques, composition, and creativity. This course was designed to develop and augment a strong foundation in observational drawing. SUPPLY LIST AVAILABLE.
Concrete Relief Sculpture Class
DATES: Tuesdays - May 5, 12, 19, 26
TIME: 6pm - 8pm
FEE: $110, supplies inlcuded
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Eddy
This four week class is an exploration of using concrete in a decorative, multi layered, relief form. Michael will lead you through the process of creating a multi layered clay mold using linoleum stamping and pressed objects in repetitive patterns. After pouring concrete into the mold, students will create a metallic patina including color.
Life Drawing Group: Figure Drawing-RESUMES MARCH 17
No Instructor, Group gathering
Every 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
FEE: $25 / $20 STAA members; includes rental facility, life model, wine and cheese.
Bring your own drawing utensils and paper/newsprint or whatever you wish to draw on. This is a laid back group of art enthusiasts that gather to learn from each other and draw. All levels of experience welcome. Adults only; under 18 with parent permission. For information please contact and to reserve your space call Bill Badon at 504-812-0973 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Tammany Photographic Society
Second Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm
Open to all interested professional and amateur photographers, meeting on a regular basis to engage in activities intended to enhance creativity and technical skills and to promote the understanding of photography as an art.
Artists who wish to work on a pottery wheel, slab roller, or hand building but don’t need class instruction, call 892-8650 and ask about studio time for non-instructor sessions in STAA’s ceramics studio. Previous experience required. Limited hours available. Monthly rates. Suppllies not included. For more information, email email@example.com
or call (985) 892-8650.