Creating Masterful Compositions with Royce Deans - new dates and time!

Visual Arts Classroom
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Thursday, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Grade Range
10th grade - Adult
Member tuition
Non-member tuition

$145.00 (become a member)

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Discovering the secrets of Morandi and Cézanne

Giorgio Morandi (Italian, 1890—1964) painted simple subjects including bottles, vases and flowers as well as landscapes within a tight structure and with a lush, subtle tonality. Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906) was a Post-Impressionist painter who opened up the world of art to a greater freedom of expression in his landscapes and still life work. Both Matisse and Picasso are said to have remarked “Cézanne is the father of us all,” and Morandi was influenced by him as well. There is a lot we can learn from them all.

In this class we will look at Morandi compositions contrasted with Cézanne’s. By understanding the importance of design and composition in both still life and landscape we will see that, regardless of subject matter, a successful drawing or painting must rely on a solid foundation. Composition is the backbone to any great artwork and it spans all types of art. 

We will do many of our own studies from observation of still life objects and the landscape. We will be painting in this class, you will be able to work in the medium of your choice. We will be drawing as well, and will be asking a lot of questions of ourselves to get to the essence of our subjects.

Four 3-hour classes:

Session 1: Morandi: Focus on the Still Life
Session 2: Morandi: Focus on the Landscape
Session 3: Cézanne: Focus on the Still Life
Session 4: Cézanne: Focus on the Landscape



Medium and Supplies
Art Area
Visual Arts
Supplies provided

Royce Deans

CTAC Traverse City
Cancellation & Class Policies

Student Withdrawal
Requests for cancellation by the student at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee).  NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than seven (7) days in advance of the first day of the class.

Class Cancellations (Weather)
In the event of inclement weather, CTAC-TC will announce the cancellation on its website and phone system (231-941-9488). We will do our best to provide a make-up opportunity for the missed class. Refunds will not be given if the student is unable to attend the rescheduled session of class. Please note that CTAC-TC does not follow Traverse City Area Public School closings.

Student Absence
We are unable to offer refunds or make-up sessions for classes missed due to student absence.

COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure
If you suspect that you have been exposed to or display symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to CTAC for your in-person class. We will offer a prorated credit (never expires) or refund for two weeks of your missed class for all cancellations due to suspected COVID-19 infection and/or exposure. If you choose to drop the remainder of your class, you will receive a prorated refund of the tuition of the remaining sessions.

COVID-19 Class Cancellations
In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak or state mandate, CTAC will announce the closure on its website and phone system (231-941-9488). Prorated refunds will be issued for the remaining sessions.

Minimum Enrollment
Crooked Tree Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by CTAC for lack of enrollment, CTAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid. (Cash payments will be refunded by check.)