LEARN TO DRAW AND PAINT

WITH ARTIST DEB VAN POOLEN

Private Art Instruction

Deb is also available for private drawing and painting lessons. Contact Deb for more information.

All group classes are on hold until the end of the pandemic.

If you are interested in any of these classes, please email Deb with your interest. She will notify you when the classes will again be held: Deb@biodiversityarts.com

Drawing Classes with Deb Van Poolen

Learn how to draw what you see in Deb’s realistic drawing courses

Painting Classes with Deb Van Poolen

Learn how to paint a landscape scene in the painting courses

Art & Ecology Classes with Deb Van Poolen
Learn how to identify and draw or paint plants, trees and mountain ridges

Realistic Drawing

Join Deb Van Poolen at the Ashland Art Center.

REALISTIC DRAWING

Students are invited to receive the keys to realistic drawing in this exciting class! The idea of drawing what you see can be intimidating. Not to worry! Deb teaches step-by-step methods of drawing which set all students up for success.  Participants start with copying two-dimensional works, then use a tool called the “viewfinder” to draw the three-dimensional world in two-dimensions. Next, students learn a technique called “construction drawing” as they draw still-life objects set up in the classroom.  Deb has taught 100’s of people how to see and draw in perspective using these methods.  Most realistic drawing courses will meet for two hours per class, once per week for eight weeks. .People of ages from 12 to 120 are welcome!

LOCATION: We will meet at various locations in the Rogue Valley, as well as the Ashland Art Center, if the center is open in Summer 2021 | View Map

DATES: Summer 2021, exact dates to be determined

TIME: Two hours

PRICE: $195

REGISTER: Contact Deb directly via email deb@biodiversityarts.com or 541.973.9037

Intro to Watercolor

Join Deb Van Poolen at the Ashland Art Center.

Introduction to Watercolor

Let the water do the work in this exciting class! Deb Van Poolen will teach straightforward watercolor design and painting techniques in this beginning watercolor class. Instructor Deb first teaches students how to plan their painting’s composition, value scale and color scheme in the pre-painting stage. When it comes time to paint, students, apply various layers of paint and enjoy watching the water and pigment combine to make beautiful pictures! Supplies needed for this class will be determined by each student in the first couple weeks of class. Deb will share some of her supplies and students can purchase materials according to their need and budget. Feel free to email Deb with any questions at deb@biodiversityarts.com. Please register through Deb Van Poolen’s website: biodiversityarts.com or by phone at 541 973-9037.

LOCATION: Ashland Art Center | View Map

DATES: Summer 2021, exact dates to be determined

TIME: Class will meet for two hours

PRICE: $225

REGISTER: Contact Deb directly via email deb@biodiversityarts.com or 541.973.9037

Art & Ecology Classes

Join artist Deb Van Poolen and local ecologists for these courses in which students benefit from cross-discipline learning!  Students utilize artistic expression to learn about the natural world through and visa versa, the study of the natural world inspires artistic expression. Deb hopes to again offer these in-person courses in the summer of 2021. *Please consult with Deb for a price break if registering for multiple of the following art and ecology classes.

LEARNING & DRAWING TREES

As students observe various tree species on their walk through some of Lithia Park, students will receive information about the distinguishing characteristics of the trees from a local botanist.  Students will be taught how to use the tool called a “viewfinder” as an aid in drawing overall tree shapes, as well as their leaves and flowers–if present. Students will create a fine art drawing based on one tree species they choose to study in depth and draw in detail.

LOCATION: The Ashland Art Center and Lithia Park

DATE: Summer of 2021, exact times to be determined

TIME: two hours meeting once per week

PRICE: $65 per class *

REGISTER: Contact Deb Van Poolen at deb@biodiversityarts.com or 541-973-9037

LEARNING & DRAWING PLANTS

A local botanist will first introduce students to various plants on a short walk through Lithia Park. Next Instructor Deb Van Poolen will teach students how to use a tool called a “viewfinder” to draw the basic shape of one or two of the plants. Students will sketch and photograph the plants outside and then head inside to the Ashland Art Center to create a finished drawing.  Students will be invited to create their artworks in pencil, pen, watercolor pencils or markers. Class size is a minimum of 3 and maximum of 12 participants.

LOCATION: The Ashland Art Center, including walking to Lithia Park

DATES: Summer 2021, Exact dates to be determined

TIME: Classes will be two hours in length

PRICE: $65 per class *

REGISTER:  Contact Deb directly at deb@biodiversityarts.com or 541-973-9037

WATERCOLOR PAINTING PLANTS

A local botanist will first introduce students to various plants on a short walk through Lithia Park. Next Instructor Deb Van Poolen will teach students how to make contour drawings and how to use a tool called a “viewfinder” to draw the basic shape of one or two of the plants.  After creating a simple drawing, students will then make a watercolor sketch based on their drawing. Students can bring their own supplies to class or use supplies instructor Deb provides for additional fee of $20. Class size is a minimum of 3 and maximum of 12 participants.

LOCATION: The Ashland Art Center, including walking to Lithia Park

DATES: summer 2021, exact dates and times to be determined

TIME: Classes will be four hours in length

PRICE: $85 per class *

REGISTER:  Contact Deb directly at deb@biodiversityarts.com or 541-973-9037

We’d love your feedback!

Please take our Art Class Survey. Your valuable feedback will help shape the art classes we offer.

Tuula

"Deb's teaching style is consistently positive, encouraging and eye-opening. I love the tranquil atmosphere and the results of my efforts under her guidance have been surprising! I'm a more confident artist thanks to Deb."

 
 - TUULA, ART STUDENT, ASHLAND OREGON

Deb Van Poolen Art Student

"I enjoyed your class very much! So out of my body-of-knowledge and yet you were an excellent teacher!!! I was able to create and understand all the how to’s of realistic application."

 
 - DAYA, ART STUDENT, ASHLAND OREGON

“Mom, these are the two most relaxing hours of my whole week.”

 
 - REED, ART STUDENT, ASHLAND OREGON

Mt. Shasta Artwork

“Hi Deb, Thought I would show you the painting framed and hung. It looks great. Really enjoying it.”

 
 - DARLENE, ART PATRON, ASHLAND OREGON

anonymous

“I love this class so much. I always learn new things. You’re such a fun teacher. I always feel comfortable asking you questions and you are always so helpful. I’m so excited for the next session.”

 
 - OLIVIA, AGE 12, ART STUDENT, ASHLAND OREGON

anonymous

“Deb, thank you for a rewarding class. I enjoyed the format of each class: starting with warm-ups and exercises to place our perception in the liberated right brain.”

 
 - ANONYMOUS ART STUDENT, ASHLAND OREGON

anonymous

“Thank you again for your warmth and emotional generosity in class. Excellent instruction.”

 
 - ANONYMOUS ART STUDENT, ASHLAND OREGON