Spring 2017 Class Schedule


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May 21
June 18


March 2018!


Watercolor/Mixed Media: New Beginnings
Mira M. White, instructor
Mon 9:00-12:00
Mar. 27 – May 22
Tuition $295    9 meetings

This class is for artists  NEW to the idea of mixing mediums. This class will include the use of  both opaque and transparent mediums, watercolor, acrylic and collage.  It is designed to include both beginners and continuing artists who feel constricted by traditional painting processes and would benefit in working in an informal setting  with a skillful,  attentive instructor who values both traditional and innovative processes .A combination of designated and personal projects with continual demonstration.

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


Chasing Nicolaides
Jody Mattison, Instructor
Mondays 1:30 – 4:30
Min 6,  Max 14 students

Third Quarter Apr 3 – June 5, no class May 29

Tuition $320 9 meetings (includes model fee and most materials) PayPal here
For intermediate to advanced students, this series of classes based on the The Natural Way to Draw 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

NEW! Beyond Beginners: Painting for Int/Adv in Oil and Acrylic
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Mondays 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Apr 3 – Jun 5  (no class May 29)
Tuition $252, 9 classes

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 9:00 – 12:00 n
Apr 4 – Jun 6
Tuition $280  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

Stunning Soft Pastels
Mira M. White, instructor
Tuesdays 1-4 pm
Apr 4 – May 30, Tues 1-4 pm
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.



Mix Those Media! The Master Class;Dry & Wet Color Media
Mira M. White, instructor
Wednesdays, 9:00 am -12:00 n
Mar 29 – May 24
Tuition: $ 295 ( 9 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.
Session #1   Mar 29 – May 3, no class April 19   5 meetings
Session #2  May 10 – June 7, 5 meetings
$150 per session or both for $280 (model fees included)

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 Seekeerr@aol.com


Painting: From Concept to Completion
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Thursday mornings  9-12
Apr 6 – June 8
Tuition $280  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. If you have previous work, please bring one of your recent pieces to the first class and come prepared to paint.

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

Portrait Drawing in Crockett
Jody Mattison, Instructor
Thursdays 2:30 – 5:30
Apr 6 – Jun 8      10 weeks
$375 includes all model fees
Paypal here
max enrollment 10, minimum 6

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

Intensive portrait drawing at the Epperson building in Crockett.  Focus is on continual improvement of drawing techniques through intensive practice. Class will include demonstrations, individual help and critique.
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  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 (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, lsglenn@gmail.com


Drawing With Confidence
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Friday mornings 9–12
Apr 7 – Jun 9
Tuition $280 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), 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: ptaylor.artist@gmail.com or call 925-435-0156; www.patsytaylor.com

Mira M. White, Instructor
Apr 14 – May 26 Fridays 1-4 pm
Tuition: $ 265 (7 sessions)( Drawing Experience required)

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!

Pre-register: 925 947-5773/ miraMwhite@earthlink.net



Monoprint Workshops at Antioch Atelier
Jody Mattison, Instructor

(Held at Antioch Atelier, 813 W 3rd Street, Antioch CA 94509)
$100 tuition each workshop, can be taken separately, 10% tuition discount if signing up for all three.
Includes materials, bring a lunch, max 6 students, min 3 students. We will provide the materials for these printmaking classes at Antioch Atelier, and the press work! Training on use of the press is ongoing.

Workshop #1: Monoprints from Old Drawings
Sunday May 21, 11 – 4

Work with old drawings or images to create new exciting monoprints, or create the imagery as you go along!
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.

Workshop #2: Monoprints from the Still Life
Sunday June 18, 11 – 4

We will be painting directly from the still life onto printmaking plates, and watercolor, oil and pastels will be available to further work into imagery if desired.You will have several plates for use, 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 these workshops.

email lafayettestudio@att.net to register or click desired Paypal link below

PAYPAL Workshop #1: Monoprints from Old Drawings
PAYPAL Workshop #2: Monoprints from the Still Life

WORKSHOPS Out of State and Country

Painting in Costa Rica
Jody Mattison, Instructor

Reserve your spot for March 2018!
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!

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


Fine Art Classes in the East Bay

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