Intersession and Winter 2019 Class Schedule


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The Way of Watercolor: Loose & Luminous
Mira M. White, instructor
Mon 9:00-12:00
Jan 14- Mar 11, no class Feb 18
Tuition $310    8 meetings

Here is a wonderful opportunity to explore the luminosity and versatility of watercolor! Beginners get a strong foundation in fundamental painting approaches, including traditional and innovative wash techniques. Variety of subject matter. Intermediate painters work more independently with emphasis on color and design sensitivity. Please contact the instructor for more information and the materials list.

Pre-register: 925 947-5773

Portrait Drawing and Painting 
Jody Mattison, Instructor
Mondays 1:30 – 4:30
Jan 7 – Mar 11, no class Jan 21, Feb 18    8 sessions
$360 includes all model fees
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max enrollment 8, minimum 5 no exceptions

Intensive portrait drawing. Focus is on continual improvement of drawing techniques through intensive practice. Class will include demonstrations, individual help and critique. Class is now limited to eight to ensure increased individual help.
New students will begin by drawing with charcoal and graphite, continuing students have the opportunity to move into paint and/or pastel.  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 to register
or call 925-997-3315

Monday Night Painters
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Mondays 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Intersession drop-in day: Dec. 10   $31

Winter quarter: Jan 7 – Mar 18, no class Jan 21, Feb 18
9 classes, $280

We love to paint! Come paint in a fun and supportive environment. In this class we will explore the multitude of various aspects that go into developing a successful painting. Sessions include demos, exercises, and individualized instruction. If you have previous work, please plan to bring one of your recent pieces to the first class and come prepared to paint.

Register: 925-435-0156


Painting for Beginners and Beyond: oil and acrylics 
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Tuesday mornings 9:30 – 12:30 pm

Intersession drop-in day: Dec. 11   $31

Winter quarter: Jan 8 – Mar 19, no class Feb 19   10 classes, $310

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

Stunning Color w/ Soft Pastels
Mira M. White, instructor
Tuesdays 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Jan 15 – Mar 5
Tuition: $ 310 (8 meetings)

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.

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


Mix Those Media! Acrylics, Collage
Mira M. White, instructor
Wednesdays, 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Jan 16 – Mar 6
Tuition: $ 310 ( 8 meetings)

This is a master class, in which developed artists work on a combination of  both  designated and independent projects.  This class never repeats itself, it is a growing entity. Recommended for continuing artists who will find benefit in an intimate group work setting with informal critique and  an instructor presence.

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

Life Drawing
David Hill, Instructor
Wednesday Evenings 7 – 10 p.m.
Jan 9 – Mar 13
Tuition: $ 300 ( 10 meetings)

Drop Ins welcome, $35 per class

Drawing the human body is the best way to improve all drawing skills. During the class we go from quick gestures 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 high school juniors or seniors with written parent permission).

to register contact David Hill at


Painting: From Concept to Completion
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Thursdays, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Intersession drop-in day: Dec. 13   $31

Winter quarter:  Jan 10 – Mar 21, no class Feb 21    10 classes, $310

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. If you have previous work, please bring one of your recent pieces to the first class and come prepared to paint.

Registration: or call 925-435-0156;

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 (no heavy solvents) 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   510-697-8041,


Drawing With Confidence
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Friday mornings 9–12

Intersession drop-in day: Dec. 14   $31

Winter quarter: Jan 11 – Mar 22, no class Feb 22  10 classes, $310

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), willow charcoal , 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: or call 925-435-0156;

About Face: Rethinking The Portrait
Mira M. White, Instructor
Jan 11 – Mar 8, no class Mar1
Fridays 1:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $ 310 (8 sessions)

The theme of this new experimental class is the human face.   We will  look at  historical and contemporary examples of portraiture and experiment with  a myriad of ways to construct, deconstruct and consider new approaches to  the human portrait. We will focus on identity and ideas of the individual through process and materials. Emphasis is placed on experimentation and discovery. Our mediums will include drawing , painting, collage and non-traditional use of 2D materials. Students are encouraged to experiment with techniques in order to explore how making influences meaning.

Pre-register: 925 947-5773/


Plein Air Drop In
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Saturdays, 9 AM – 12 PM (times and dates may vary based on weather)

2018: Nov 3, 10, 17; 2019: Jan 12, 26, Feb 9, Mar 2, 16

Please give me your name by Sunday prior to the outing and I will email our location for the upcoming Saturday. Limited to 8 students.

$20 for students enrolled in any of my classes; $25 for all others

Registration: or call 925-435-0156;


Plein Air 2019
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Destination and Dates TBA

For information: or call 925-435-0156;

Painting in Costa Rica
Jody Mattison, Instructor

Reserve your spot for March 19 – 27, 2019!
Come join me on our seventh painting excursion to beautiful Costa Rica…
Spend a relaxing week in the beautiful coastal region of Guanacaste, painting on the beach in your sarong, sipping cocktails while we watch the sunset on the Pacific. There’s plenty of time to paint, play and sightsee!

Tuition $550 not inc room/board and travel

email for brochure/details

For information: or 925-997-3315


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