Building Foundations of Art

Published by Box Factory for the Arts

Thursday 24th of January 2019

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph

2019-01-24 17:30:00 2019-01-24 19:30:00 America/Detroit Building Foundations of Art Thursday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm, join instructor Sharron Ott at the Box Factory. Registration required. Session One Jan 24 - Feb 28 // Session Two Mar 14 - Apr 18 Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph Box Factory for the Arts

We invite you to make room in your life for art!


We are pleased to offer a class from artist and instructor Sharron Ott, Building Foundations of Art, offered for interested students ages 16 and up.


The class will be held in our Gast Classroom Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Sessions will be six weeks.


Session One: January 24 - February 28

Session Two: March 14 - April 18


Members $96

Non Members $120


Maximum class size is 12 students.

To enroll:

Register on our website or in person, or call the Box Factory (269.983.3688). If you have questions, please email



Students will learn valuable techniques used for the creation of art. These skills will become tools, which they may use to express their view of the world. The course will cover drawing with pencil, as well as painting with acrylics and mixed media. Each 2 hour class will begin with a lecture, followed by work time. The last portion of each class will be used as a group critique.


Acrylic paint is a vibrant and versatile medium. It combines well with other water based mediums which  makes it ideal for experimentation.


The course will be ongoing - once a student feels comfortable with the basics, they may continue to move on, experimenting and learning, while developing their own style.


Example topics include: fundamentals (contrast and shading, composition and design, colory theory), landscape painting, perspective drawing, abstract art, trees and flowers, still life (impressionism, expressionism, realism and cubism), animals, mixed media and collage.


Supply List:

Bristol Board Paper Block 9 in x 11 in, or watercolor paper

Stretched canvases (2)

Acrylic paints in the tube (red, yellow, blue, white, burnt sienna and black - other colors are optional, but please do not buy the box sets with over 12 colors)

Brushes (smooth)


Smock (old shirt)




About the Instructor // Sharron Ott:

Sharron describes herself as a “career artist,” which she says for her has meant a great deal of discipline and hard work. In college, Sharron dreamt of working on giant paintings - a dream which came true when Sharron toured with the Cirque Du Soleil as “Artist on Tour,” painting the stage and props, as well as masks, shoes, etc. After that “grand adventure,” Sharron returned to Chicago and began working at the Steppenwolf Theatre, The Red Moon Theatre, Ron Guard and other scenic design studios. From these experiences, Sharron learned the joy of the collaborative process while creating with a group of artists.


Sharron has been consistently exhibiting her paintings since 1984 and a number of her works are housed in prominent collections. Sharron moved into teaching in 2007 and has taught at the Oak Park Art League in Illinois and Proviso Township High Schools. Many of Sharron’s students have gone on to pursue professional careers in the arts.


Being classically trained, Sharron believes in constant practice as well as knowledge of theory. Her studies began at the age of 11, under Eleanor King, and Expressionist, founder of The Elmhurst Art Museum II. Her first two years of college were at the Ringling College of Art in Sarasota, Florida and she finished with a Bachelors of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.


Today Sharron lives in Dowagiac. She enjoys the beauty of Michigan and finds it inspirational for her work.