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Wed, Jul 26


Upstairs Artspace

Draw It, Then Paint It

In order to be the best painter you can be, you need solid drawing skills. Join guest instructor Grace Lertora for a multi-class series on the drawing-to-painting process.

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Draw It, Then Paint It
Draw It, Then Paint It

Time & Location

Jul 26, 2023, 7:00 PM – Jul 27, 2023, 7:00 PM

Upstairs Artspace, 49 S Trade St, Tryon, NC 28782, USA

About the event

This summer, Upstairs Artspace welcomes artist and guest instructor Grace Lertora, who will teach a series of classes called “Draw It, Then Paint It.”

Classes are from 2-5 p.m., on six Sunday afternoons (July 9, 16, 23, 30 and and August 6, 13).

The first three classes will teach drawing with the goal to improve acrylic painting skills; the last three classes will apply those skills on acrylic painting.

The six-class series will cost $300 per student with a maximum of 10 students. Missed the first class? Join late at a pro-rated rate of $50 per class. Classes are payable by check when you arrive, or call the gallery (828-859-2828) to complete payment process via credit card.

“I am very excited to teach these classes at Upstairs Artspace,” Lertora said. “I am a firm believer that in order to be the best painter that you can be, you need to have solid drawing skills. This class will take the students through the drawing process, using mostly still lifes and landscapes, and then apply those skills to acrylic painting. Beginners are very welcome. Students with some previous art instruction and experiences will benefit the most. I intend for the class to be fun, but getting results will be the number one priority.”

Students will work on composition, line, values of dark and light, and patterns. A still-life will be set up each week for practice.

Drawing Classes Supplies:

Be sure to get “soft” lead No. 2 pencils

Watercolor pencils or these watercolor pencils… Not a must-have, but you might enjoy

Sharpies… if you are brave enough

Vine Charcoal… a must-have

Artgum eraser… a must-have

Drawing pad… must-have

Painting Classes Supplies:

You will use the drawings created during class to paint a still-life. If anyone prefers to paint a landscape from a photograph, check with the teacher.

Need canvases (12x14 or 16x20) or watercolor paper. Bring paper towels, a can for water, palette (can be meat trays or palette paper)

4 brushes: 2 flat-point acrylic bristle ½”, 1 soft bristle 1/4”, a 1” professional painters brush ($1)

Colors:  red, yellow, blue, white, purple. You might get a kit or if you are already a painter: aliz crimson, prussian blue, pure yellow, flake white, Prism violet or purple, black.

Possible sources…

Acrylic paint set… all the colors and brushes you need

Watercolor paper

Palette… (or you could use a clean Styrofoam meat tray)

Questions about supplies? Please contact Grace at

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