“Getting Creative with Type Face & Painting” May 1, 8, 15


$60 for members 50% off!



In-person, May 1, 8, 15

10am – 2pm


Get creative while you tell a visual story through your art in this engaging class. Students will learn to utilize typeface as a design element in a figurative piece of art, creating work that tells a story both through the subject and through text that interweaves with it. Students will work from photos of their choice. They will sketch their composition onto paper as large as 18” x 24,” then alternate between painting with acrylics and collaging pieces of text to create a meaningful mixed media piece. When selecting photos to work from, students should consider those with interesting compositional elements, figurative in nature, human or animal.

ARTIST BIO Born and raised in New York City, Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Purchase. After graduating, Michael continued to enjoy creating paintings, mostly with acrylics. Along the way, he began to apply collage elements to his paintings and has never looked back. Michael has exhibited in local art shows and received much interest and many positive accolades in response to his art. He was featured in a local newspaper. Michael thinks it is his use of typeface and newsprint in his artwork that people find so interesting and he is excited to share his unique perspective on collage with anyone who is interested. See more of his work on Instagram: michael.t.schuster


SUPPLY LIST                                          

o Photos (either personal or found images) figurative in nature (figurative art is based on reality, usually but not always with humans as the subject). They should be interesting in composition and can be black and white or color.  Keep in mind you will be enlarging this image using a grid technique.

o Collection of magazines and/or newspapers from which to cut up for collage.

o Scissors

o 18” x 24” 140 lb. watercolor paper or similar weight paper, 1 or 2 sheets

o Acrylic paints, primary colors + white (and any other colors you like to use)

o Mod Podge 8 fl oz. or Acrylic Medium (matte or gloss)

o Selection of acrylic brushes (small to 1” in width)

o 2B or #2 pencils

o Kneaded eraser

o A pad of palette paper to mix paint (to apply glue to collage pieces) or some sort of palette.

oScotch tape

o The following may be useful:

Carbon paper or graphite paper 18” x 24”, 1 or 2 sheets

12” ruler, yardstick or small tape measure

Triangle and T-square

Tracing paper 9” x 12” pad or larger sheets