Fall 2016 Class Schedule

WEEKLY CLASSES 

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MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

Aug 20, Sept 17, Oct 22
Sunday 8/21
Sat/Sun  Nov. 5-6

WORKSHOPS OUT OF STATE and COUNTRY

October 1 – 8, 2016
March 21 – 29, 2017

MONDAY

 Watercolor Loose & Luminous
Mira M. White, instructor
Mon 9:00-12:00
Sept. 19-Nov.14 (no class Oct. 3)
Tuition $270    8 meetings

This class is experimental; you will be encouraged to explore a variety of both wet and dry media: ink, pastels, watercolor, acrylic, use spraying and scraping techniques, try both traditional and non-traditional tools, work on a variety of surfaces.  Continual instructor demo and individual support will be given.  Applicable to both representational and abstract imagery. Previous experience in watercolor painting preferable.

Register: 925 947-5773 (enrollment limited to 10)

miraMwhite@earthlink.net
www.miraMwhite.com

 

Chasing Nicolaides

Jody Mattison, Instructor

Mondays 1:30 – 4:30      Min 8,  Max 14 students

First Quarter  Sept 12 – Nov. 7
Tuition $320  9 meetings (includes model fee and most materials) PayPal here

Second Quarter Jan 9 – Mar 13,(no class Jan 16, Feb 20)
Tuition $295, 8 meetings (includes model fee and most materials) PayPal here

Third Quarter Apr 3 – May 22
Tuition $320 9 meetings (includes model fee and most materials) PayPal here

This figure drawing class is based on The Natural Way to Draw by  Kimon Nicolaides.

For intermediate to advanced students, this series of classes based on the well-known work by Kimon Nicolaides will follow his course of study in drawing the figure.
In the introduction to his book, Nicolaides stated that it is the job of the teacher to “teach students, not how to draw, but how to learn to draw”. By following the exercises planned each week, students can expect to increase observational skills, improve their drawing ability, and become more confident in their quest for “the true nature of artistic creation” .
We have condensed the course of study from an original 125 lessons to a manageable 27 spread out over three quarters.  Each quarter can be taken separately. Returning students welcome!
Bring large drawing board and a copy of The Natural Way to Draw.  Most other materials will be provided

Registration: jmattison@jodymattison.com or 925-997-3315

 

Painting for Beginners and Beyond: oil and acrylics
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Monday evenings 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Fall Quarter: Sept 12 – Nov. 14, no class Oct. 3
Tuition $248, 9 classes

Beginning to paint, either if you have never done so before or haven’t done so in years can be difficult.  This class will start by helping you select a medium and then move through teaching you the basics of how to use the medium you’ve selected.  It will also cover drawing basics (under every painting is a drawing), mixing color, use of brushes, application of paint and more.  Materials: to be purchased after 2nd week.  Instructor provides materials for first 2 classes.  Students with own supplies should bring them to the first class to help with subsequent purchases.

Register: 925-435-0156
ptaylor.artist@gmail.com
www.patsytaylor.com

 

TUESDAY

Painting for Beginners and Beyond: oil and acrylics #2
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Tuesday mornings 9:00 – 12:00 am
Fall Quarter: Sept. 13 – Nov 15, no class Oct. 4
Tuition $248  9 meetings

Beginning to paint, either if you have never done so before or haven’t done so in years can be difficult.  This class will start by helping you select a medium and then move through teaching you the basics of how to use the medium you’ve selected.  It will also cover drawing basics (under every painting is a drawing), mixing color, use of brushes, application of paint and more.  Materials: to be purchased after 2nd week.  Instructor provides materials for first 2 classes.  Students with own supplies should bring them to the first class to help with subsequent purchases.

Register: 925-435-0156
ptaylor.artist@gmail.com
www.patsytaylor.com

 

Stunning Soft Pastels
Mira M. White, instructor
Tuesdays 1-4 pm
Sept. 20- Nov.15, Tues 1-4 pm
Lafayette Studio, 1136K, Saranap Ave.Walnut Creek
Tuition: $ 295 ( 9 meetings)
Register: 925 947-5773 (enrollment limited to 10)

This class is for continuing artists who want to introduce fresh visual elements into drawings and paintings. One of the amazing qualities of the soft pastel medium is its versatility, which combines well with watercolor, acrylics, oils and all drawing media (colored pencils, graphite, charcoal, marking pens and ink). Traditional and innovative processes will be covered.

miraMwhite@earthlink.net
www.miraMwhite.com

 

WEDNESDAY

Mix Those Media! (Dry and Wet Color Media)
Mira M. White, instructor
Wednesdays, 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Sept. 14-Nov. 16 Wed. 9:00 am-12:00pm (no class Sept.28)
Tuition: $ 295 ( 9 meetings)

Stretch your boundaries and approach painting from a less predictable perspective. This class inspires continuing artists to strengthen their visual voice and discover the joy of working in a more personal way in new visual territory. Combine traditional and unusual media to yield rich results. Watercolor, acrylics, soft pastels, oil sticks/oil pastels, collage techniques, some photo transfer-a potpourri of mixed media methods. Work with the technique of the week or pursue individual projects.

Register: 925 947-5773 (enrollment limited to 10)

miraMwhite@earthlink.net

www.miraMwhite.com

 

Life Drawing
David Hill, Instructor
Wednesday Evenings 7 – 10 p.m.
September 14 – November 23   10 meetings
$285 includes $85 model fee

Drawing the human body is the best way improve all drawing skills.  During the class we go from quick gesture to long poses, training the eye to observe and draw what we see. Lectures and instruction will cover techniques, composition, tone and shading, and more. There will be discussion of basic human anatomy. We will work from live undraped models. More advanced students will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of mixed and multi-media. Students should have charcoal and large drawing pad (18×24) for the first class.
All levels are welcome from beginner to advanced. Adults 18 or older (or highs chool juniors or seniors with written parent permission).

to register contact David Hill at Seekeerr@aol.com

 

THURSDAY

Painting: From Concept to Completion
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Thursday mornings  9-12
Fall Quarter: Sept 15 – Nov. 17, no class Oct. 6
Tuition $248  9 meetings

Painting is fun, exciting, challenging, and rewarding. Come explore the multitude of various aspects that go into developing a successful painting. Sessions will include demos, exercises, and individualized instruction. All levels of experience welcomed. If you have previous work, please bring one of your recent pieces to the first class and come prepared to paint. Beginners: help selecting materials and supplies provided first class.

Registration: ptaylor.artist@gmail.com or call 925-435-0156; www.patsytaylor.com

 

NEW CLASS  JUST ADDED!
Portrait Drawing in Crockett
Jody Mattison, Instructor
Thursdays 2:30 – 5:30
September 22 – November 10      8 weeks

Held at Crockett Atelier/Sugar City Atelier, 1400 Pomona Street (Epperson building), Crockett, CA 94525

$300 includes all model fees
Paypal here
max enrollment 10, minimum 6

Intensive portrait drawing starting up in the Epperson building in Crockett.  Focus is on continual improvement of drawing techniques through intensive practice. Class will include demonstrations, individual help and critique.
The first quarter will concentrate on drawing with charcoal and graphite. Succeeding quarters will introduce other materials.  Topics will be varied and include:
blocking in, abstract shapes, light and shadow
artistic anatomy of the head, neck and shoulders
measuring, angles, proportion, ‘eyeballing’
creating 3-dimensionality, rendering techniques
email  jodymattisonpaintings@gmail.com to register
or call 925-997-3315

 

Drop- In Figure Painting/Drawing Open Studio
Thursdays 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.   ongoing
No instructor. $25 per session.

If it’s Thursday , we will be there with a professional model every week and welcome you to  join us.  Just  drop-in whenever  you can!

Bring your acrylics, watercolors, oils, pencils, or pastels to our congenial open studio and join us to explore diverse approaches to depicting the figure. Creativity flourishes in a supportive small group environment. Sensitive feedback optional at end of class.

No instruction. Pay when you arrive.

We often start with 5 two minute nude poses followed by a long pose (usually draped), paint or draw as you like. No heavy solvents. There is no instruction, we all paint differently and have an optional critique at the end of class.

Easels and tables provided.

For additional information contact:

Lynn Glenn 1 510-697-8041, lsglenn@gmail.com

 

FRIDAY

Drawing With Confidence
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Friday mornings 9–12
Fall Quarter:  Sept. 16 – Nov. 18, no class Oct. 7
Tuition $248 9 meetings

The first step in all art is learning to draw. Learning to draw with confidence is the desire of every artist. This course is designed to provide the basics of drawing and to help develop your confidence in all areas of drawing. Whether you have never drawn before, believe you can’t draw (you can!), or want to improve the drawing skills that you already have, this course is for you. We will cover all the basics: value, proportion, perspective, and composition. We will also work on line quality, expressing texture, creating space, and using design principles in our drawings. Lessons will include exposure to a variety of drawing materials and mediums. Individualized attention and instruction provided.

materials list: 18” X 24” pad of newsprint (rough, not smooth), a sketch board (large enough for your pad of paper, large clip preferred), vine charcoal (soft), a kneaded eraser, and a chamois (may be purchased from instructor for $3). A sketchbook journal for personal notes and drawings is a plus, but not a requirement

Registration: ptaylor.artist@gmail.com or call 925-435-0156; www.patsytaylor.com

 

Experimental, Expressive Drawing
Mira M. White, Instructor
Friday afternoon 1-4 pm Sept. 16- Nov.18  ( no class Sept.30)
Tuition: $ 295  9 meetings   Drawing Experience required

pre-register 925 947-5773/ miraMwhite@earthlink.net

Historically, drawing has mostly been considered an adjunct, a preparation, a think time for working out ideas destined for other mediums.  For many people drawing is entirely about documenting, rendering form from what we see- giving it volume and clarity.

However, drawing can be about giving form to the formless, making the invisible visible.  It can be about recording internal realities, dreams, fantasies.  It can be about manifesting spirit. Drawing can also be about creating order out of chaos; it is about doodling and random mark making.Ultimately, drawing is about YOU and your personal form of handwriting.  It is about creating your own world.

This class embarks on a journey to expand your understanding of drawing to include all of the above processes.  I make a big distinction between descriptive drawing ( documentary) and expressive drawing  ( emotion based).  This class is for continuing artists who have previous drawing experience and are anxious to meld traditional drawing methods with an innovative and contemporary vision!

I hope you will join me!

miraMwhite@earthlink.net
www.miraMwhite.com

 

SATURDAY 

WEEKEND WORKSHOP SERIES

Figure Monoprint Workshop at Antioch Atelier

Sunday Aug 21
11 – 5

(Held at Antioch Atelier, 813 W 3rd Street, Antioch CA 94509)
$120 tuition , includes materials and model fee, bring a lunch, max 6 students, min 3 students
PayPal here

includes materials, bring a lunch

We will be painting directly from the model onto printmaking plates, and printing our results the same day. You will have several plates for use during the day, with enough paper for 4-8 small to medium prints (quarter to half size sheets). Additional printmaking paper available at cost.

Note: Solvents may be used in this workshop.

email lafayettestudio@att.net to register

www.jodymattison.com

 

Have Brush, Will Travel – Plein Air Painting
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
9 AM – 12 PM (weather dependent)
Tuition:  $25 drop-in, $20 if enrolled in another of Patsy’s classes
Saturdays Aug 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 22, other dates tba

Plein air (on location) painting

On location painting for a all levels, including beginners.  Locations and difficulty of access will vary from the close to home to more adventurous venues.  Focus will be on different aspects of landscape painting from drawing to seeing color and values, finding your focal point, creating distance, and simplifying your vision. Contact instructor to be included on list for locations and updates.

Registration: ptaylor.artist@gmail.com or call 925-435-0156; www.patsytaylor.com

Painting Without Brushes

Michael Schaffer and and Meriel Wisotsky, Instructors

November 5 -6, 1 – 3 p.m.

Tuition $79.00
Escape from the tyranny of the brush.  Relearn the joy of painting you had as a child…but without reverting to finger-painting!  Learn the New Action Art way to use untraditional materials and new approaches to old materials in order to free up your creative abilities.  This two-day workshop will give artists a chance to play with their materials in the company of other creative people !
This workshop will provide students a chance to create acrylic backgrounds with textured effects by using paper towels, fabric, sponges, cleaning brushes and other tools and materials.  For the next phase, students will use paint, acrylic ink, alcohol, and other media to embellish their artworks.  Students will complete the class with two or more completed paintings, all made without brushes!

all materials will be supplied

To register   www.thenewactionart.com/workshops
or contact Michael Schaffer at 916-213-3530

WORKSHOPS Out of State and Country

Plein Air Painting in Moab – Oct 1-9, $300 + travel, lodging, and food

We will be attending the Plein Air Moab event. It is a competitive event this year, but our focus will be on learning, practice and fun. Students are welcome to participate in the event competitions and take workshops from event instructors (see www.pleinairmoab.com for the schedule and prices) or paint with me. We will also be painting on the travel out and on the return through this beautiful rock country. Non-painting family members are welcome at no charge from me. Let’s go have fun in this most magnificent country at our back door!

Schedule and approximated costs to be announced shortly.
Patsy Taylor, Instructor

email ptaylor.artist@gmail.com to be placed on the ‘interested’ list

Painting in Costa Rica
Jody Mattison, Instructor

March 21 – 30 are the dates… current flight through United is $907

for information: jmattison@jodymattison.com or 925-997-3315

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