Ralph Garafola


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Classes with Ralph Garafola


Realistic Painting: landscape, still life & more
4-6 weeks
Mondays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm  

 All Skill Levels , Oil, Acrylic

February 19 - April 2 (no class Feburary 26)

April 9 - April 30, 2018



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. 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.

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Class: February 19 - April 2 (no class Feb 26), 2018, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Cost: $175m/$205nm

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Class: April 9-April 30, 2018, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Cost: $115m/$145nm

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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 informantion 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