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From one of our students blogs: All Things Quilty
Watercolor Painting Class
Last night I attended a two hour watercolor painting class by Art Student Academy in
downtown Wake Forest at the Wake
Forest Frame Shop.
Art Student Academy is a husband-wife artist team with a variety of class formats and
locations. Last night's class was taught by Stephen Filarsky, but Theresa also joined us during the workshop. Our
topic was Fall Color in Watercolor.
Our subject was the Linn
Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway, winding around Grandfather Mountain. All supplies
are furnished at the workshop, including brushes, paint, palettes, even water containers.
Only three of the ten of us in the class had ever tried painting with watercolors before, but every student
finished a painting by the end of the two-hour class!
Theresa took a photo of each participant. Here I am with mine- complete with a charcoal smudge or two on my
face. Hmm, my evergreen trees seem to be bending in the wind. Probably true on mile-high Grandfather Mountain!
I even liked the little abstract that emerged on the small paper that we used to try out the paints. This might
become a background for a future collage or journal page.
The session was very relaxed and friendly. I am sure I will sign up for more classes. The cost is only
$30.00 for a two-hour class. They offer instruction in acrylics and oils as well as watercolors.
Another comment about the same class
It was a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to doing another one! -
About our Art Parties
Thank you sooooo much for teaching our painting night that we had with our moms group!!!
You and Steve are such talented artists and we were honored to have you come and show us how to paint the garden
landscape painting we chose for our group.
We LOVED all the paintings and were amazed how wonderful they all turned out although our experience level
varied so much. You are both extremely patient and wonderful at explaining things in to simple terms that isn’t
intimidating for beginner painters.
Can’t wait to do it again!! Thanks again, Christine
I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you again for a really fun and different mom's night out. It was a
great time and can't believe how well my painting turned out. It's been years since I've done any painting; the
instruction was so easy to follow and you were so patient as we went step by step through the painting.
Thanks again :)
Thank you for offering this Art Party for our 4H group! Not only did we raise a lot of money but everyone had a
wonderful time! Their paintings were amazing. We will plan to do this again in the fall!
M. Peterson - 4H leader
What did one parent say? Dad, sipping coffee during a break, came with daughter and said "This is really
nice. It's the most relaxed I've been all month!"
We really liked the idea of starting and finishing a painting in one sitting. Picture came out great! Had a
Loved it! Learned a lot! I love painting now!
More About our Classes:
My daughter SO enjoyed your teen summer camp and continues to follow your advice to practice! I wish you
lived closer! Sara C
You have no idea what these art classes do for me-the peace, the accomplishment. This is what? My fifth or
sixth class? And today. I cannot believe what I did today I am so grateful and so excited to show this to my
husband! Sandy H
Thank you so much for showing me how to paint the splashing water! Who knew? That's why this class was so
great-you SHOW us what to do! I LOVE my dolphin painting! Many thanks! Claudia B
"We are delighted with what we created and will be back for yet another class!" Logan and Rachel
"I am loving these pastels and I'm really happy with my portrait! I loved this workshop!" -Cameron (age 16)
Everyone had such fun and loved their results. The pictures you took were great and everyone enjoyed seeing the
Love the pictures to remember the day!!! You guys sure have a nice place!!! Thanks again
for the nice time!!! I really enjoyed the day!!!!
Our group has never had as much fun at an art workshop as we had with yours! We are so glad we found you!
C. Daughtridge, Wilson NC
Kylie had the best time! She could not wait to show everyone what she painted!-
N Ellis, Leasburg, NC
I cannot believe how much fun I had....and it was so relaxing! I can't get over that I painted these
landscapes. I am so glad my daughter asked me to stay and paint with her! We'll do it again.
M Murphy, Raleigh NC.
My daughter loved the fact that she could bring a friend to the Paint Horses class! And now those girls have
been painting ever since your amazing class!
I can't believe that I actually painted this with my own two hands...I simply cannot believe it! .....no
really, it is such a thrill.
Thank you for offfering these classes at such an affordable price! With 3 artsy children in my family, it
makes a big difference! But it's not that so much as how enthusiastic they are when they leave one of your
workshops. We love that concept as well!
Theresa, It's a miracle whenever you can offer teenage girls something exciting enough to get them off the
cell phones and texting! They LOVED your Painting Dogs class and cannot wait for your next one! We are
I have not painted since high school and I was told then I was no good...you have changed that and painting
will never be the same again! Thank you so much!
My mother had such a wonderful time in the class! I am so happy that I thought of your gift certificates so
she could pick out the ones she wanted to attend. What a great idea and she is looking forward to the next one!
Such a relaxing way to spend a few hours. It's worth the drive from Greensboro!
About our workshops:
I really enjoyed the class Saturday. It felt really great to leave with something to show. In fact I have shown
my german shepard everywhere today.I plan on signing up for your husband's class in August. I can't wait. Tell him
that he has some awful big shoes to fill.LOL I can't wait to take another portrait class whether it was animals or
people. I'm sure you could shine a bright light in either direction. Both would be great!!!!!! It was SO worth
Thanks Again for your time and effort - Annette
Thank you so much for the delightful lesson on painting dogs. I just loved it and I would come to another one
even if it is the same. That was so much fun. Today I started painting our other Yorkie. He has a short hair
cut so that may be different but I'm ready to play. I had my husband help me get an outside photo of him this
morning without the flash and I watched your DVD to remind me of all your great tips. I love your DVD. Great
information and you did not move too fast. It was perfect. I only hope I can learn to paint with more
confidence and success. I really need a class in mixing paint colors. I think that would be very helpful. Thank
you again. What fun!
"Steve’s relaxed style makes taking the class a real joy. His attention to detail in setting a
creative environment fosters inspiration. He is a hands-on teacher giving one-on-one attention when it is
needed. He gives kind direction and suggestions to experienced painters and is exceptionally patient with new
artists. Whether you have painted for years or are a new painter, you will enjoy his technique and his approach
I just want to share my personal thoughts on the Plein Air workshop sponsored by
the Aiken Center for the Arts over the weekend. AAG members Dot, Marge, Tammy and I (and several members of the
North Augusta Artist Guild) took this two-day workshop, and I think it was one of the more productive classes
I've attended. The instructor was very laid-back, with a light-hearted sense of humor, and very informative. I
think he helped at all levels of expertise, and there were all levels in attendance. We produced two paintings
each. We gathered in the little park area in front of Lionel Smith, Ltd, on Laurens Street, and Steve did a
demonstration. We then all agreed to go to the parkway in front of the West Side Bowery on Park Avenue, where
we each chose our subject to paint.
Hope you will do it again.
I have spent a lot of money at other workshops and I cannot believe what I turned out in yours in just two
hours. I LOVE what I did with the dog painting! Thank you for encouraging me to experiment!