Fall 2016 Classes

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

WATERCOLOR PAINTING taught at Gallery 510 in Dayton
Wednesdays, 10am-1pm, Fee $78.
September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5
This class introduces classic watercolor techniques and builds slowly from the simple to the more complex. Topics include use of value, control of the medium, color mixing, and composition. Demonstrations are part of the class. Painting from your own photographs is encouraged. Supply list available upon registration.

ACRYLIC PAINTING at Rosewood Arts Centre in Kettering
Learn the fundamentals of painting with acrylics, from preparation of palette to various application techniques. and material uses will be discussed and demonstrated. Compositional issues, design challenges, color use and theory will be addressed. Students should have drawing skills, but can be new to painting.
Thursdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sept 8 – Oct 6
Thursdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nov 3 – Dec 8 (no class on Thanksgiving)
Fee: $78/Kettering resident; $88/non-resident
Register thru Rosewood by calling 937-296-0294

MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP at Rosewood Arts Centre in Kettering
Develop rich and complex abstract imagery by combining and affixing a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials to canvas. Instruction will address the characteristics of texture mediums, paper and fabric adhesives, paint application, material compatibility, craftsmanship and durability. Students must bring 4 tubes of acrylic paint and paintbrushes. All other materials are provided.
Monday & Tuesday, 10 am – 1 pm, September 19 & 20
Fee: $95/Kettering Resident; $105/non-resident
Register thru Rosewood by calling 937-296-0294

May/June 2015 Classes

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

DRAWING TECHNIQUES taught at Gallery 510 in Dayton
Wednesdays 10am-1pmnnn – Fee $75.
May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17
This class will focus on basic drawing concepts including perspective, how to see proportions and composition. If you need to refine your drawing skills as a foundation for painting or just love to draw this class is for you. Demonstrations are part of the class. Students are encouraged to bring their own photos or props but, may also work from photos and props supplied by teacher. Supply list is minimal and is available upon registration.

ACRYLIC PAINTING taught at Rosewood Arts Center in Kettering
Thursday 10am-1pm – Fee $75. For Kettering residents/ $85 for non-residents. Register thru Rosewood at 937-296-0294
April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 6
May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18
Students will explore the basics of acrylic painting by learning the fundamentals, from preparation of palette to various application techniques. Participants will gain experience in creating original acrylic works. Compositional issues and design challenges will be addressed. Color use and theory will be a secondary theme in this class. Students can be new to painting. Supply list available upon registration.

Fall 2014 Classes

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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WATERCOLOR PAINTING taught at Gallery 510 in Dayton.

Wednesdays 10am-1pm – Fee $75. per 5 class Session.

Register by calling Loretta at 937-672-6717.

Session One – September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15

Session Two – November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10

This studio style class introduces classic watercolor techniques and builds slowly from the simple to the more complex. Topics include use of value, control of the medium, color mixing, and composition.  Demonstrations are part of the class. Painting from your own photographs is encouraged. Supply list available upon paid registration.

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ACRYLIC PAINTING taught at Rosewood Arts Center in Kettering.

Thursday (see times below) – Fee $75. For Kettering residents/ $85 for non-residents.

Register thru Rosewood at 937-296-0294

Session A –Thursdays 10am-1pm – September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16

New Time Offering – Session B –Thursdays 1:30pm-4:30pm – September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16

Session C – Thursdays 10am-1pm – November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11

This studio style class will explore the fundamentals of basic acrylic painting, from preparation of palette to various application techniques.  Compositional issues and design challenges will be addressed. Color use and theory will be a secondary theme. Classes usually range from beginners looking for instruction on the basics to experienced students looking to refine their skills. Participants will gain experience in creating original acrylic works using their own photographs and resource materials. Supply list available upon paid registration.

Loretta Puncer has taught drawing and painting for the past 11 years at a variety of places including Rosewood Arts Center, the Dayton Art Institute and her own studio.  She is comfortable working with students at all skill levels.

Gallery 510 Fine Art – Loretta’s gallery/studio is located in downtown Dayton’s Oregon District at 508 East Fifth Street. Parking is available in front of the gallery on Fifth St., behind the gallery off of Sixth & Jackson Streets and on Jackson St. just West of the gallery.

Rosewood Arts Centre – is located at 2655 Olson Dr in Kettering, Ohio.  Rosewood’s phone number is (937) 296-0294.

To register or receive additional information contact Loretta Puncer by phone at 937-672-6717 or email at Lpuncer@woh.rr.com.  Class size is limited so your payment must be received prior to the first day of class to reserve your space.

 

Still looking for a few more students for Ink & Watercolor Workshop next week!

Friday, May 9th, 2014

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TWO-DAY INK & WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP –

A Landscape Painting, Start to Finish

Friday & Saturday, May 16 & 17, 10am-4pm, $95

Follow Loretta on a project from start to finish and create your own ink & watercolor painting step-by-step. Using the neighboring Oregon Historic District as a source for subject matter, see all the resources and techniques that Loretta uses for a landscape watercolor. You will go home with a finished painting and lots of information. Supply list provided upon registration, approx. cost $30. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.

 

Loretta Puncer has taught drawing and painting for the past 10 years at a variety of places including Rosewood Arts Center, the Dayton Art Institute and her own studio.  She is comfortable working with students at all skill levels.

 

Gallery 510 Fine Art – Loretta’s gallery/studio is located in downtown Dayton’s Oregon District at 508 East Fifth Street. Parking is available on Fifth St., behind the gallery and on Jackson St. just West of the gallery.

 

To register or receive additional information contact Loretta Puncer by phone at 937-672-6717 or email at Lpuncer@woh.rr.com

 

Payment by credit card, check or cash is requested in advance to hold your seat in any class.  I prefer to spend workshop time teaching and as little time as possible on bookkeeping.

 

Cancellation Policy – A full refund will be given by check or credit refund if received 48 hours before the start of the class.

 

Upcoming Classes for Spring and Summer 2014

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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WATERCOLOR PAINTING
Wednesdays 10am-1pm

Spring Session – April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21 – $75 for five class session

Summer Session One – June 11, 18, 25 – $45 for three class session

Summer Session Two – July 16, 23, 30 – $45 for three class session

Summer Session Three – August 6, 13, 20 – $45 for three class session

This class introduces classic watercolor techniques and builds slowly from the simple to the more complex. Topics include use of value, control of the medium, color mixing, and composition.  Demonstrations are part of the class. Painting from your own photographs is encouraged. Supply list available upon registration.

 

ACRYLIC PAINTING

Thursdays 10am-1pm

Spring Session – May 15, 22, 29 – $45 for three class session

Summer Session  One – June 12, 19, 26 – $45 for three class session

Summer Session Two – July 17, 24, 31 – $45 for three class session

Summer Session Three – August 7, 14, 21 – $45 for three class session

Students will explore the basics of acrylic painting by learning the fundamentals, from preparation of palette to various application techniques. Participants will gain experience in creating original acrylic works.  Compositional issues and design challenges will be addressed. Color use and theory will be a secondary theme in this class. Students can be new to painting. Supply list available upon registration.

 

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ONE-DAY DRAWING WORKSHOP – Practicing Perspective for Landscape Painting

Saturday, April 26, 10am-4pm, $50

Ever have trouble with your perspective in a drawing or painting? All levels of artists will gain a better understanding of the rules of linear perspective during this one-day workshop. Through a series of demonstrations and exercises students will learn to recognize and correct common mistakes seen in landscape artwork. . Supply list provided upon registration, approx. cost $1 0. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.

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TWO-DAY INK & WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP – A Landscape Painting, Start to Finish

Friday & Saturday, May 16 & 17, 10am-4pm, $95

Follow Loretta on a project from start to finish and create your own ink & watercolor painting step-by-step. Using the neighboring Oregon Historic District as a source for subject matter, see all the resources and techniques that Loretta uses for a landscape watercolor. You will go home with a finished painting and lots of information. Supply list provided upon registration, approx. cost $30. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.

Loretta Puncer has taught drawing and painting for the past 10 years at a variety of places including Rosewood Arts Center, the Dayton Art Institute and her own studio.  She is comfortable working with students at all skill levels.

Gallery 510 Fine Art – Loretta’s gallery/studio is located in downtown Dayton’s Oregon District at 508 East Fifth Street. Parking is available on Fifth St., behind the gallery and on Jackson St. just West of the gallery.

To register or receive additional information contact Loretta Puncer by phone at 937-672-6717 or email at Lpuncer@woh.rr.com 

Payment by credit card, check or cash must be received to hold your seat in any class.

Cancellation Policy – A full refund will be given by check or credit refund if received 48 hours before the start of the class.

 

My Latest Watercolor Commission

Friday, March 21st, 2014

What a beautiful little cabin someone has along the French River.  I was asked to create a watercolor painting as a gift for the owners.

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Random Observations & Photos from Paris

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Notre-Dame, the great cathedral of Paris built between 1163 and 1345.

Notre-Dame, the great cathedral of Paris built between 1163 and 1345.

-You need to leave your room card in a slot just inside the door for the lights to work.

-Our favorite French waiter at La Consigne in Montparnasse, Angelo, was from Italy!

Standing on Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris built in 1605.

Standing on Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris built in 1605.

-There is a hilarious morning TV show called, Un Gare et Fille (A Man and A Woman) that I couldn’t pry Bill away from in the morning.

-When you board a bus it is your responsibility to put your ticket in the machine to time stamp it and don’t throw it away either, police regularly board the bus and ask to see tickets. We hear it’s about a $100 fine!

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, the first of a series of arches that Napoleon built to celebrate his victories.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, the first of a series of arches that Napoleon built to celebrate his victories.

-The ground floor in a building in Paris is 0 not 1.

-Uni-sex bathrooms are gross!

Wooden doors in the floor toward the back of the Church of St. Sulpice. What do you think is under them?

Wooden doors in the floor toward the back of the Church of St. Sulpice. What do you think is under them?

-A 15% tip is always included in your check at restaurants. You round up if the service was good.

-Street signs are posted on the corner of buildings not on free standing poles.

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-You always see policemen in groups of three, many on bicycles.  It’s also not unusual to see soldiers in groups of three on patrol with machine guns in hand.

-Napkins with breakfast are small and hidden under your croissant.

-There are no washcloths in hotels, only small towels and big towels.

-Saturday is a big shopping day. Subways, plazas and stores are filled with people in a hurry.

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-The newer subway cars are one long continuous coach without doors between cars, just a flexible rubber connector that you can walk through with a Star Trek feel.

-It seems like everyone smokes and many roll their own cigarettes with filters as they sit and sip their cocktails.

-Ankle boots are very popular this season.

-Red pantaloons (pants) seem to be in fashion for men. Don’t be surprised if you see a pair on Bill. He thinks they are very sheik.

Posted in our hotel elevator!

Posted in our hotel elevator!

-If there are only 2 of you, you dare not sit at a table for more than 2.

-Eating outside, even in chilly weather is common and comfortable because of the outdoor heaters installed underneath the awnings.

-You can find a pub to watch the US vs. Canada hockey game in Paris just by googling that phrase.

 

The Louvre

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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Here it is, The Louvre.  Originally built in the 12th century as a fortress, it has been expanded many times. A palace to Kings until 1682 when Louis XIV moved to Versailles, it was opened as a public gallery during the French Revolution.  In 1983, French President, Francois Mitterrand proposed a large renovation project, one that gave us The Louvre as we know it today.

Enter by stepping into the glass pyramid designed by architect I.M. Pei and taking an escalator down into the lobby.  You can wait in a long line to purchase your ticket from a real person, but the machines are quicker and have an option for English.

This is my third visit to The Louvre and I still get lost.  There are three wings but it seems there are always galleries closed so you can’t easily get from one wing to the next.  I think I’ve finally figured out that you need to go back to the pyramid to change wings.

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Of course, the most famous painting in the Louvre is the Mona Lisa (La Joconde).  After winding your way up staircases and through one gallery after the next you arrive at Salon 6 where she resides.  You turn the corner and . . .

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there are a lot of people and she is very small and all the way at the back of the gallery.  She hangs behind a wall of glass and you can’t get closer than 10 feet if you can squeeze your way through the crowd, but she is lovely and I never tired of finding her.

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Of course, in a museum with as expansive of a collection as The Louvre has it’s always fun to look for . . .

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Odd portraits like this little boy with his dog, only his face looks like he’s an old man . . .

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Or creapy looking scoundrels grabbing for money . . .

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Would you believe there is one of a large naked woman getting a pedicure . . .

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And then there’s the one of the angry little brother complaining to his sister . . .

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Last but not least, the vegetable people.

Paris. Hockey. The Moose.

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Why am I not surprised that at 5pm yesterday my husband, after taking me to the art museum and sitting with me while I sketched Notre Dame Cathedral, informed me that the US was playing Canada in the Olympic hockey semi-final in one hour and that there was a bar named The Moose, owned by a Canadian, that was only a short distance from where we were? And if we left right away we would get there just in time for the faceoff.  Why? Because, he is as passionate about sports as I am about art.  And, he was the one that suggested we come to Paris again so how could I refuse.

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The Moose was located on a small side street just off Boulevard Saint Germain. I was the one who first spotted the sign from afar.  It had… wait for it… a moose on it.  Clever.  When we arrived there was a cardboard cutout of a moose covered with gold foil hanging in the window, even more clever.

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The door opened and EVERY Canadian in Paris was in The Moose watching the game.  My heart sank and my husband looked at me with sparkling eyes… “Let’s go in, you go first and go all the way to the back”, he said.  I thought, the back, are you crazy?  I’m not even sure I can take two steps into the place let alone go “all the way to the back”.  So I said, “ You go first and I’ll follow”.  He made it about ten feet inside the door and then we were stuck in the crowd of people wanting to see this game..  At least it was a sports bar and there were plenty of TV’s, in fact there was one right in front of us and there we stood.

All right I thought, this could actually be fun, I kind of like hockey.  I understand the game a bit from when we lived in D.C. and would go see the Capitols play.  I looked at the screen.  Ahh, that’s right, 20 minute periods.  It’s fast paced.  I like hockey. I can do this.

Did I mention that every Canadian in Paris was at this bar?  Big, tall, moose like Canadians that kept bumping into me so they could get all the way to the back of the bar.  My husband struck up a conversation with a few young guys who were from Vancouver, British Columbia and lived in Paris.  This ended up being one of those spur of the moment(at least for me it was) adventures that you just go with the flow on and end up having a really great time meeting good people who really are not all that different from you. People who like to watch a good game in a good pub and enjoy a pint or two with good friends.  And now when hockey is mentioned… I’ll always think of Paris.

 

The Tour that Mr. Eiffel Built

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

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It was built in 1889 for the World’s Fair by Gustave Eiffel. The tallest structure in Paris, it is the most visited paid monument in the world. The tower is 1,063 feet tall but its height varies by up to 5.9 inches depending on the weather.  As a comparison, the Eiffel Tower is 17 feet taller than the Chrysler Building in New York City.

You can walk the 300 stairs up to the first level at no charge.  The second and third levels are reached by an elevator that holds about 30 people, well it really holds 25 but they jam an extra 5 in just for fun.

It took 300 workers to build the tower and because of Eiffel’s strict safety measures amazingly only one person died during its construction.

Famous visitors to the tower included Sarah Bernhardt, Buffalo Bill Cody, Thomas Edison.

The tower was built as a temporary exhibit and given a permit to stand for 20 years and then be torn down in 1909.  Because of the installation of radio antennae on its top, it became a valuable communication tool and was left standing.

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You really have no idea the immense size of this tower until you see it in person.  As you approach it it just gets larger and larger.  I think because of the openness underneath you get a real sense of the expanse of the base as well as the height of it.

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They are currently renovating the first level of the tower so there is netting and construction elevators that block your view standing on the ground looking up the center.

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The photo on the left is a lightning rod on the tower.   The photo on the right has the River Seine in the foreground and on the horizon is Sacre Coeur.

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The left photo is looking out over the Trocadero and on the right is the view straight down.  You do feel the building sway a bit at the top.  There is an inside observation deck but also a very chilly outside deck as well.

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Not a very good photo but Gustave Eiffel actually lived in a very small apartment at the top of the tower.  Can you imagine what it would have been like during a storm 1,063 feet above the city of Paris?