Guided Studio Projects: Inspired by 19th Century Masters (Sep. 2017)

Ideal for art lovers, museum-goers, and artists of any skill level who seek to expand their knowledge of artistic styles to find their creative pathway or unique "visual voice!."

Artwork by Mary Cassatt

These classes will present inspiring artistic styles within an engaging studio setting, where participants will complete their art projects each session. By the end of each series, students will have a basic understanding of each style presented. They will be able to draw from art history or use past art styles as a creative springboard for their own artwork and/or for an added dimension in appreciating art.

This series covers the Neoclassical, Romantic, Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism styles & movements, taught by instructor Linda Chappel, who has 15+ years of teaching college-level Art History combined with her own active studio art practice.

Meets: Sunday Afternoons, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Dates: Sep. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 2017
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Linda Chappel
Format: Demonstration, lecture, & one-on-one instruction provided during hands-on practice.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Medium: Mixed Media
Materials: All materials will be provided for each class.


Handout - Exploring 19th-Century Aesthetics

Answer the following questions regarding your own artistic tendencies
(There are no wrong answers).

What do you find most interesting as a subject to paint?

Do you ever use any of the following (subjects have you approached and/or ones that appeal to you the most)?

  • Scenes of the past, based on history.
  • Contemporary subjects
  • A scene with moral or religious meaning
  • Art based on fantasy subjects or dreams
  • Art that addresses contemporary social concerns
  • Portraits that convey the emotion of the sitter
  • Portraits that clearly resemble the sitter
  • Abstract art that is aesthetically appealing, allowing me to enjoy it as a beautiful object for its use of color, line, etc.
  • Abstract art that makes me feel an emotion, even if it is sad or sublime
  • I don't really appreciate any abstract art. I really enjoy realism.
  • Landscapes with only plants and animals
  • Landscapes with some trace of humans, such as an old farmhouse or a scene of past inhabitants
  • Cityscapes scenes
  • What would you add here?

Which of the following statements do you most agree with?

  • I usually have my artwork planned out ahead of time. I do sketches and drawings and follow these through to get the end result as planned.
  • Usually, I just have an idea to start painting or drawing. It works itself out as I work.
  • I often just work with art materials and determine what will come out. I just go with my feelings at the time.
  • Which of the following statements do you most agree with? 1-3 rank- or add notes
  • To create a better society, we should examine our culture giving voice to all people and looking at the good and the bad.
  • We should experiment, creating and following original and innovative ideas to create a better society.
  • To create a better future, we should look to our past traditions and conventions, seeking their truer and purer expression in society.

Which of the following statements do you most agree with?

  • Art should be sublime, transcending our world and connecting to the infinite.
  • Art should be beautiful, reflecting the best parts of our world.
  • Art should communicate ideas of what is happening in the world, a voice for change, and a way for individuals to tell their stories.

Which of the following statements best describes your idea of your art practice?

  • As an artist, I am a prophetic voice, a visionary of what our world could become.
  • As an artist, I am a voice of reason, a communicator of science and wisdom.
  • As an artist, I want to record what I see, looking at the world as it is and finding beauty.
  • As an artist record the truth of reality, warts and all, painting the world does not always mean perfection. 

Yes or no?

  • Art appeals to me when I can see the artist really put their emotions into the art, and it has a sense of the artist's personality.
  • Art appeals to me most when a clear sense of 3-d space is developed. The space and objects look realistic.
  • Art appeals to me when it questions natural, unusual, space, and color, and it takes time to decipher what is "happening" in the artwork.

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