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Aleksandra is a fine artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Arizona State University and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fashion Design from Phoenix College . She lives and works in Phoenix , Arizona. She moved form Bosnia and Herzegovina (Former Yugoslavia) in 1997 with her family. She taught drawing at the Jewish Family Services Center in Phoenix. At Paradise Valley Community College she teaches various art classes in the Continuing Education Division. Her work has been exhibited in both solo and group shows. She works in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. Color inspires her the most. Her motto: " Every man in creating the beautiful appearance of the dream world is a perfect artist." Friedrich Nietzsche

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September 27, 2009

#4 ART PROJECT: PAINTING IN ACRYLIC (step-by step demonstration)

#3 ART PROJECT: PAINTING IN ACRYLIC
Window with Flowers   (step-by step demonstration)
 

Window with Flowers acrylic on paper 11x9 in 2009 $225 (detail)

MATERIALS NEEDED:
1. Acrylic Paint (colors used: white, cerulean blue, phtalo blue, burnt umber, cad.red. cad. yellow & black)
2. palette (paper/ plastic plate will do for a smaller painting)
3. spray bottle to keep your paints moist
4. rags/ paper towel to clean brushes
5. brushes
6. water container


Sketch in pencil on  gessoed paper
( 2-3 coats of gesso/ primer or choose primed canvas).
Let each layer dry in between)




On your palette mix in your gray.
(white+ phtalo blue= black)


Start with the background first.
Pay attention to the architectural detail
as not to lose it with thick layers of paint.

 
Working from dark to light colors.
Mix in Black+ violet+phtalo blue=
darkest dark( for the windows and shadows
underneath the flower pot)



With a smaller brush make the window
 square shape. If you need to fix it
you will be able to once you introduce
the white of the wood on top later on.

 
Keep painting the dark shapes
before you move on to the
lighter colors.

  

Make sure you  are cleaning your brushes .
To create the deep red of the brick use
cadmium red+ cad. red light + your mixture of dark colors




With red we added some warmth to this
cool urban scene.  Pay attention to
the window/ glass and play
of light/ reflections in  it.
 
For the blue inside the windows use
White + cerulean blue+ phtalo blue
Make sure you are spraying your
colors with water. Do not let your
colors dry out and harden.


The flowers are the focal point and we
paint them last. Do not try to be to
rigid with your brush. Be playful when creating
the green foliage around the small
white and red blossoms. Use thicker paint
as we want this part to stand out.


Window with Flowers acrylic on paper 11x9in 2009 $225 




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September 21, 2009

ART PROJECT #3: PAINTING IN ACRYLIC on paper (step-by-step demonstration)

ART PROJECT #3: PAINTING IN ACRYLIC on paper (step-by-step demonstration)




MATERIALS needed:
1. Reference Photo ( see below)


Red shoes 2009

2. palette (paper/ plastic plate will do for a smaller painting)
3. spray bottle to keep your paints moist
4. rags/ paper towel to clean brushes
5. brushes


6. water container
7. acrylic paint ( phtalo blue, white, cad.yellow, cad. red, burnt sienna & black)


Sketch in pencil on gessoed paper (9x11 in)




Start with a dominant background color.
Create a 3-D feel to the objects.




Stay with the background colors.
For the green I used a lot of yellow + a little
bit of phtalo blue ( highly staining) + white.



(detail ) Initial layers of color are
semi-transparent. Use more water at first.





Slowly start building up the subject.
Introduce the darkest, mid- tone and lightest areas.



Make sure you are paying attention to the whole piece.
As you manipulate value ( how light/ dark a
color/ hue is) of one part it affects the area around it.



As you are finalizing the painting, keep in mind that the highlights
come last. One more final glance at your reference and you are done.
Red Shoes acrylic on paper 11x9 in 2009 $225





September 20, 2009

ART PROJECT: PAINTING STREET SCENE IN Acrylic (step-by-step demonstration)

ART PROJECT: PAINTING STREET SCENE in Acrylic
                                                          (step-by-step demonstration)

MATERIALS NEEDED:
1. Acrylic Paint (colors used: white, cerulean blue, phtalo blue, burnt umber, cad.red. cad. red & black)

2. palette (paper/ plastic plate will do for a smaller painting)
3. spray bottle to keep your paints moist
4. rags/ paper towel to clean brushes
5. brushes
6. water container


palette (detail) 2009



 pencil on gessoed paper 2009


blocking in big shapes 2009




Adding pale grey (cerulean+burnt umber+white)



keep the paint pile large so you can
mix from this same batch


Keep moving throughout the whole piece




The initial layers of paint are semi-transparent.
Use a little bit more of water at first.




Make the colors bolder. You may need
to put more than one layer of color
to achieve vibrancy.




Completed painting ( creating contrast at the end adds the finishing touches)
London Street Scene acrylic on  paper 11x9 in 2009 $225


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GALLERY: PEN & INK

GALLERY: PEN & INK



    pen and ink 2009 $ 

 
pen and ink 2009 $ 
 
pen and ink 2009 $ 


pen and ink 2009 $  



pen and ink 2009 $ 


pen and ink 2009 $  




pen and ink 2009 $ 

 pen and ink 2009 $ 

 
pen and ink 2009 $ 

 
pen and ink 2009 $


 
pen and ink 2009 $ 


pen and ink 2009 $


Hatching
The most basic method of creating value in ink drawing is linear hatching. Fine parallel lines fill an area, so that from just a slight distance, we have the illusion of value. The closer the lines are, the less white paper shows, and the darker the value appears. Heavier line weight (pressing more firmly or using a bigger nib) also gives a darker appearance.


Crosshatching
Crosshatching uses layers of hatching placed at an angle. Usually, the first layer would be vertical, the next horizontal, the next at forty-five degrees, and so on. This methodical approach can look a little mechanical, so artists often use variation in direction to add interest.

TEXT SOURCE
http://drawsketch.about.com/library/blinktexture.htm

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September 15, 2009

GALLERY: PLANTS, FLOWERS & NATURE

GALLERY: PLANTS, FLOWERS & NATURE
 
Collection of Children's Museum of Phoenix
acrylic on canvas 2008
Collection of Children's Museum of Phoenix
oil on canvas 2008
  
oil on canvas 2009 $


NON-CREDIT CLASSES at PARADISE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

To get a complete listing of all SPRING 2011 classes in the Continuing Education at PVCC click here

PEN AND INK with Watercolor

Explore and apply different texturing techniques (contour lines, parallel lines, hating, crosshatching, dots and stippling) to your work and use them separately or combined to produce countless effects in pen and ink with watercolor.

Improve your skills through various demonstrations and exercises. You will create value charts and bars for future reference. Students will also receive one on one instruction throughout the course.
For supply list contact the instructor at :

a underscore buha at yahoo dot com
Instructor: Aleksandra Buha.

Subject: Cont_ed Course# 100-10150
#58148 Feb 5 – Apr
2 1-4pm
Fee:$129 8 Saturdays UHILLS Q151
No class March 19.

#58864 Mar 31- May 5 3:30-6pm
Fee: $109 6 Thursdays BLKMTN 109

PAINTING FROM PHOTOGRAPHS

Individual and unique styles will be encouraged for the beginner and intermediate artist, as you learn about oil and acrylic media and how to use either of them to create paintings from your personal photos or favorite pictures. Manipulate, enlarge, crop and combine images to create dynamic compositions.

For supply list contact the instructor at:

a underscore buha at yahoo dot com


Instructor: Aleksandra Buha
Subject: Cont_ed Course #100-10134

#58124 Feb 5 - Apr 9 9am-12pm
Fee: $129 8 Saturdays UHILLS Q151

No class February 26 and March 19.

#58125 Feb 2 - Mar 23 2 - 5pm
Fee: $119 7 Wednesdays BLKMTN 109

No class March 16.

NEW! STILL LIFE PAINTING

Learn how to arrange and sketch basic geometric and turn them into fruits, flowers and other traditional still life arrangements. We will explore composition, laying out and planning, rhythm, color schemes and much more through various exercises.

Bring your own still life components or paint from the classroom set-up. All painting levels welcome. Students will also receive one on one instruction throughout the course.

For supply list contact the instructor at :

a underscore buha at yahoo dot com
Instructor: Aleksandra Buha

Subject: Cont_ed Course# 100-10257


#58122 Apr 16- May 7 1-4pm
Fee: $99 4 Saturdays UHILLS Q151

INTRODUCTION TO OIL PAINTING

If you ever wanted to learn how to paint with oils, this class is for you. We will discuss the brushes, paints, painting mediums, palettes, supports and other important basics.

There will be demonstrations of various techniques such as dry brush, painting on toned ground, all prima painting, working with painting knives and glazing with an overview of color basics (value, hue, saturation and temperature) and elements of composition.

For supply list contact the instructor at :

a underscore buha at yahoo dot com
Instructor: Aleksandra Buha
Subject: Cont_ed Course #100-10157


#56716 Jan 31- Mar 21 6:30-9:30pm
Fee: $119 6 Mondays UHILLS Q151

No class February 21, March 14.

#58126 Feb 2 – Mar 23 6-9pm
Fee: $119 7 Wednesdays BLKMTN 109
No class March 16.

INTERMEDIATE OIL PAINTING

This class is designed for students who wish to expand their painting capabilities. We will be covering composition, value and color. Brushwork and knife techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. This is designed to get you moving beyond the “comfort zone” in your painting.

We will also work from still life set-ups in the classroom. Students will also receive one on one instruction throughout the course. Critiques will be given.

For supply list contact the instructor at :

a underscore buha at yahoo dot com

Instructor: Aleksandra Buha
Subject: Cont_ed Course #100-10259


#58127 Mar 28- May 2 6:30-9:30pm
Fee: $109 6 Mondays UHILLS Q151

#58128 Mar 30 – May 4 6-9pm
Fee: $109 6 Wednesdays BLKMTN 109

CLASS LOCATION(S):

Paradise Valley Community Collage (PVCC)

18401 N. 32nd street

Phoenix, AZ 85032

For map click here.

PVCC at Black Mountain Campus

34250 N. 60th St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85266

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