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Taught by Raisy Derzie

Wednesdays, at 2 pm, EDT 
March 3–April 7, 2021
Registration Status: OPEN
Tour Cost: $15 per session or $75 for series of 6

During this series of hands-on art classes, Raisy will concentrate on drawing and painting the human figure.  However, it's an art medley, so don't be surprised if Raisy brings out a landscape or still life to paint.   Grab a gel pen, some pencils, water colors, oils or acrylics and a piece of paper - almost anything will do - and take on the challenge of putting a medium to paper to learn to see and to express yourself.

The series will begin at 2:oo pm on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 and will continue each week through April 7. Each class will last about 1.5 hours and will be presented through Zoom. You will not be expected to finish a drawing or painting during the session; you can work on it (and others, if you wish) during the week.

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“Sad Violinist” a watercolor by Raisy Derzie

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Indian Chief by Mary Greene.

For students who want to paint with acrylic:

White black red blue yellow. They come in tubes. Basic primary colors You can buy also green, purple, ocre or any color you like.
Small canvas or thick paper
Brushes for acrylic or oil paint: Different sizes at least four

Plastic knives for mixing colors on a palette( could be a plastic plate) Paper towels or old cotton tee shirt cut small

If you were in Raisy’s 3 preceding series, you most likely have all the different drawing and painting media that is necessary, along with some sketch paper. Below is the materials list that Raisy suggests:

Gel pens
Sketch book or any smooth paper for drawing
Pencils 2 or 3 Could be 6B soft
Pencil sharpener , Eraser
Set of watercolors.
Watercolor paper . (Arches or Strathmore ) or any good brand Three or four different sizes of watercolor brushes.

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Asian lady by Giulie Monteleone

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Raisy Derzie will begin with 6 weeks of presentations:

Weeks 1 and 2:  Drawing the human figure.

Weeks 3 and 4:  Painting the human figure.

Weeks 5 and 6:  The human figure in collage.

Portrait by Jeanie Connor

If you don’t have the different types of media, just use whatever is laying around the house – crayons, oil pastels, pastels, colored pencils. The purpose of this class is to get you to realize your visual capabilities and to get you excited about your new-found talent.

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Russian lady by Sally Zamudio



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Raisy Derzie

Born and raised in Lebanon and after teaching for few years French and art I came to New York

in the late 60’s with my husband.
I studied at the New York School of Interior Design in Manhattan but when we relocated to Long Island I started painting again and met some wonderful and talented artists who became

my long time friends!

I was also introduced to printmaking and worked at the Ruth Leef Studio in Douglaston. There I produced many prints. Two of them, “The Kurdish Family” and “The Protest” were reproduced in the NY Times with a great article by Phillis Braff.

I was also a long time member of the Graphic Eye Gallery in Port Washington where I had numerous solo show including the display of nine panels that constituted the decor for an off off Broadway play, “Rewriting Her Life” by Barbara Masry.

Three years ago, I discovered a program on the IPad called “Brushes,” and I started experimenting and producing numerous large pieces printed on archival paper. This is the method that David Hockney employed and thereby legitimized this new art form. One of my large works is “Tea time with cousin Berty” and also appeared in the NY Times.

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

In 2008, the seed of Artful Journeys was planted in her brain, when Joan brought together all of her life's passions, her love of music, an affinity for the beautiful things in life with an ability to organize events to give birth to Artful Journeys, a program of art education trips for the soul.

Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.

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  • Each session will cost $15 or $75 for the series of 6

  • PayPal is preferred; however, we do take checks   

  • The link to the zoom meeting will be sent to you the day before.

To register for a session or the series, please click below:

A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.
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