Want to learn to paint? Test drive an art class

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Karen Wray Fine Art Studios is offering art classes for those who want to learn how to paint, but are not sure where to start or what medium to use (oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels?)
An Art Class Test Drive will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Wray’s new studio space at 166 East Gate Drive, near the Los Alamos Animal Clinic, next to Yeaman’s Machine Shop.
New classes start the first week in February.
The purpose of the test drive is to get an opportunity to try out different mediums before signing up for the classes in February and invest in art supplies.
Karen Wray Fine Art has offered art classes since 2009. The classes have expanded from one oil painting class to several classes in oils, watercolors, pastels, drawing and creative color and design classes. In addition, this winter, there will be a Thursday evening oil painting class for the convenience of working individuals.
Classes are designed to cover fundamental art principles and methods, while having fun. The instructors are all professional, local, working artists.
The instructors include Karen E. Wray — oil painting, Janice Parker Muir — Oil Painting, Allen brown — Watercolor Painting and Melissa Bartlett — Dynamic Design/Creative Color.
Wray said when she first started painting, she didn’t really know how to begin. “I read books, watched videos, participated in art classes in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Taos, but nothing provided the ‘start at the very beginning’ instruction I desperately needed,” Wray said. “How do I hold a brush, how do I mix paint, where do I begin? Years later, after opening my studio and art gallery in 2009, a friend asked if I could teach her, a self-proclaimed absolute beginner, how to paint something beautiful.”
Other beginning oil painters contacted Wray about classes, so she started an ongoing, weekly class with up to seven students. “We now offer painting classes in oils, pastels, and watercolors, as well as a drawing class, and a design and color class,” Wray said. “Our classes give the kind of instruction that beginners need and want, the guidance that intermediate students prefer, the consistency of ongoing classes and the convenience of classes here in Los Alamos, in a fun, nurturing environment.”
For more information on the upcoming classes, call 660-6382.