Spring 2016 Class Schedule

WEEKLY CLASSES
(Click on class name for description)

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

Mar 5, Apr 16, Apr 30, Jun 4
Sun. Mar. 13
Sun. May 22
Sun. June 5
Mar. 11 – 12
Mar. 19
April 16 – 17
June 11 – 12

WORKSHOPS OUT OF STATE and COUNTRY

October 1 – 8, 2016
December 1 – 16, 2016 (tentative dates)

MONDAY

Chasing Nicolaides
Jody Mattison, Instructor
Mondays 1:30 – 4:30      Min 8,  Max 12 students
Third Quarter Apr 4 – Jun 6 no class May 30
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.
Bring large drawing board, 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
Apr 4 – Jun 6; no class May 30
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

TUESDAY

Painting for Beginners and Beyond: oil and acrylics #2
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Tuesday mornings 9:00 – 12:00 am
Apr 5 – Jun 7
Tuition $275  10 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
Spring Quarter March 22- May 10
Tuition: $ 260    8 meetings
Summer Quarter June 7- Aug.2, no class July 19
Tuition: $ 260    8 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
Spring Quarter March 23- May 11
Tuition: $ 260   8 meetings
Summer Quarter June 8- Aug.3 Wed 9am-12( no class July 20)
$ 260   8 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.
April 6th – May 25th
Tuition $135 plus $85 model fee     8 meetings

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
Apr 7 – Jun 9
Tuition: $275    10 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

 

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
Apr 8 – Jun 10
Tuition: $275   10 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
Spring Quarter March 18- May 6
Tuition:  $ 260 ( 8 meetings)
Summer Quarter  June 3- July 29  Fridays 1-4 pm, no class July 22
Tuition:  $ 260 ( 8 meetings)

( 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!

 

SATURDAY 

WEEKEND WORKSHOP SERIES

Monoprint Workshops at Antioch Atelier
Jody Mattison , Instructor
Sundays Mar.13, May 22, June 5
11 – 5
$100 tuition per date, includes materials, bring a lunch, max 6 students

Antioch Atelier, 813 W 3rd Street, Antioch CA 94509

Work with old drawings or images to create new exciting monoprints, or create the imagery as you go along! We will provide the materials for this printmaking class at Antioch Atelier, and assist with the the press work! Our press is a sturdy 22″ x 42″ Praga Etching Press

You will provide the imagination, the visual material or reference: old drawings, paintings or photo references that can be placed under the plate and painted from. This is a great way to use newsprint sketches, figure gestures etc. to inspire a new work of art. You can also bring a still life to paint from, or from whatever you see in the studio!

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 will NOT be used in this workshop.

email lafayettestudio@att.net to register

www.jodymattison.com

Have Brush, Will Travel – Plein Air Painting
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Saturdays Mar 5, Apr 16, Apr 30, Jun 4
9 AM – 12 PM (weather dependent)
Tuition:  $25 drop-in, $20 if enrolled in another of Patsy’s classes

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

 

Shapes and Lines to Create Abstract Art
Meriel Wisotsky, Instructor
Fri – Sat Mar 11-12, 1PM to 3PM
Tuition $79 includes materials

Learn how some of the great masters of abstract art used shapes and line to create innovative narratives that capture your imagination.  Learn the methods that take beautiful and spontaneous color and adds a new dimension.

For more information: http://www.thenewactionart.com

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

Just Trees (Oil/Acrylic)
Patsy Taylor, Instructor

Sat. Mar 19, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Tuition: $89

 Step-by-step instruction, from sketching shapes to completing details. We will cover basic tree shapes, specific trees from evergreens, deciduous trees and palms to thick and sparse vegetation. Bring paints and 4-5 canvas boards.

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

Abstract Portraits
Michael Schaffer/Meriel Wisotsky, Instructors
Sat-Sun Apr 16 – 17, 1PM to 3PM
Tuition $79 includes materials

Learn how to approach figurative imagery with the New Action Art. Loosen up your approach to the human face and figure!  In this class students will use acrylic paint and ink with paint pens and masking materials to paint the inner and outer person.  By using an abstract approach artists can make a recognizably human image while also expressing emotions and ideas.

For more information: http://www.thenewactionart.com

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

 

Abstract Figurative Multi Media
Michael Schaffer/Meriel Wisotsky, Instructors
Sat-Sun June 11 – 12, 1PM to 3PM
Tuition $79 includes materials

Paint is usually on canvas.  Drawing and collage are usually on paper.  In this class, students will join these two traditions into one.  The techniques of the New Action Art will provide the background, while collage and drawing techniques will incorporate figurative elements into the art works.  In the Figurative Abstract art class, students will combine these mixed media into an integrated art work.  This class is designed for the beginner as well as the seasoned artist.

For more information: http://www.thenewactionart.com

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

WORKSHOPS Out of State and Country

Plein Air in Moab – Oct 1-8; actual attendance dates and price to be
Beautiful scenes in gorgeous country…yes, we’re going again!  Come join us in exquisite desert country with colorful rock formations and unexpected vistas.  Moab sits at the entrance to Arches National Park and the country between is equally intoxicating.  Come discover the appeal of the Southwest.
Patsy Taylor, Instructor

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

Painting in Costa Rica
Jody Mattison, Instructor
We will once again be visiting the glorious coast of Guanacaste during the first part of December in 2016. Actual dates will finalize soon, along with accomodation info, prices and typical schedule. Take a break from the winter cold and holiday stress!

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

Fine Art Classes in the East Bay

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