Winter 2017 Class Schedule


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Jan 15
Feb 12
Mar 12
 February 18-19
 Mar 19


March 21 – 30, 2017


Mix those Media: New Beginnings
Mira M. White, instructor
Mon 9:00-12:00
Jan. 16 – Mar. 13
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 8,  Max 14 students

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 – 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: or 925-997-3315

NEW! Beyond Beginners: Painting for Int/Adv in Oil and Acrylic
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Mondays 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Jan 9 – Mar 13  (no class Jan 16, Feb 20)
Tuition $225, 8 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
Jan 10 – Mar 14
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
Jan 17 – Mar 14, 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
Mira M. White, instructor
Wednesdays, 9:00 am -12:00 n
Jan 18 – Mar 15
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.
Jan 11 – Mar 15   10 meetings
$285 includes $85 model fee

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
Thursday mornings  9-12
Jan 12- Mar 16
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: or call 925-435-0156;

Portrait Drawing in Crockett
Jody Mattison, Instructor
Thursdays 2:30 – 5:30
Jan 12 – Mar 16      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 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.
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

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
Jan 13 – Mar 17
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: or call 925-435-0156;

Mira M. White, Instructor
Jan. 20-March 17 Fridays 1-4 pm
Tuition: $ 295 (9 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/



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 Jan 15, 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 Feb 12, 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.

Workshop #3: Monoprints from the Figure
(plus model fee $15-23 per student dependent on enrollment, max 6, pay at time of class)
Sunday Mar 12, 11 – 4

We will be painting directly from the model onto printmaking plates, both gestures and longer poses. 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 these workshops.

email to register or click desired Paypal link below

PAYPAL Workshop #1: Monoprints from Old Drawings
PAYPAL Workshop #2: Monoprints from the Still Life
PAYPAL Workshop #3: Monoprints from the Figure
PAYPAL Entire Series %10 discount

NEW! Travel Painting: the Basics
Jody Mattison, Instructor
Sat – Sun  February 18-19  11 am -4 pm
$150/2 days PayPal Here

Special $100/2 days for registered Painting in Costa Rica participants PayPal Here

Day One will focus on the packing and carrying logistics; the what, why and how of your paint, brushes and equipment; and a quick overview of painting basics. We will go over the different possibilities for packing and transport; equipment options, how to pack paints etc. We will also cover painting basics; this will be a pleasant review for some and great new information for others.
Day Two will be a plein air painting primer and test run while indoors.  We’ll pack together and work as if we are in the field: painting a still life we’ll take it slow and go through the steps together. Bring your camera (for pictures of each stage) and a notepad.
All media welcome; oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastels. If you have them, bring your current travel easel(s), pochade box and tripod, paints, brushes, equipment etc. Be sure to bring some canvas boards that fit your set-up. If you don’t have travel equipment, bring your regular painting materials with canvas boards (nothing larger than 11 x 14). If you don’t have either, call me and we’ll figure it out ahead of time! (I can lend an easel set-up to anyone just starting, and charge a small fee for the paints and canvas board.)

Just Water (Oil/Acrylic)
Patsy Taylor, Instructor
Mar 19, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Tuition: $90

 Step-by-step instruction, from sketching shapes to completing details. We will cover basic aspects of water. References will be provided, but students may bring photos of their own which may be used if they contain the right information.   Focus will be on creating water, seeing through water, water pooling and water falls. Come play with water!   Bring paints and 4-5 toned canvas boards (9 X 12” or similar size)

Registration: or call 925-435-0156;

WORKSHOPS Out of State and Country

Painting in Costa Rica
Jody Mattison, Instructor

Sign up now for this March 21 – 30, 2017!
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: or 925-997-3315


Fine Art Classes in the East Bay

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