Ralph Garafola


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Classes with Ralph Garafola


Realistic Painting: landscape, still life & more with Ralph Garafola
4-6 weeks starting in January 2017
Mondays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm  

 All skill levels

All Painting Mediums (Oil, Acrylic, Water Soluble Oil)


January 9 - February 6, 2017 (start date change)

April 3 - April 24, 2017


Cost for Class:

5 weeks - $145 Members/$175 Non-Members

4 weeks - $115 Members/$145 Non-Members


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 In this class students will work from their own reference materials emphasizing accurate drawing, painting form, value observation (light and shade), composition, perspective, atmosphere and the treatment of edges.  It will also include hands-on teaching of color theory and precise color mixing. These topics are what form the basics of a successful painting in any medium. Student will learn the vocabulary and language of art enabling them to communicate their vision and opinions intelligently.  These classes are for artists interested in contemporary realism pertaining to land- and seascapes, still-lifes and figures. Open to all skill levels and all mediums. Beginners welcome and encouraged.

CLASS Registration - Jan 9 - Feb 6, 2017

5 weeks

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CLASS Registration - April 3 - Apr 24, 2017

4 weeks

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About the Instructor:

imageRalph Garafola was raised in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and studied at the Art Students League of New York for seven years. He served as class monitor for Frank J. Reilly, an instructor at the League and Commissioner of Art for New York City. Garafola teaches in Florida at the Art Center Sarasota and Art by the Bay Sarasota. He also taught at the Ringling College of Art and Design and the Art Center of Manatee.  In New Jersey he taught at the duCret School of Art. Garafola is also available for private lessons. 
Garafola has made a living as a commercial illustrator and fine artist for many years and brings his style of contemporary realism to his oil and watercolor paintings of portraits, landscapes, seascapes and still life. He travels throughout the Southern United States, Italy, England and France in search of new subjects and locations for future paintings while studying the works of the Old Masters. He is also the Author of...Frank J. Reilly - The Elements of Painting (book imformantion avalable on Garafola's website)
Garafola's portraits and still lifes capture the personality and character of his subjects while his landscapes and seascapes capture the mood of the scenes. Garafola says, "All my paintings are portraits. Whether my subject is a person, landscape, seascape or still life, my approach is to portray my subject in its natural environment. It puts the viewer inside the painting. My paintings realistically depict what nature has created." www.ralphgarafola.com