Introduction to Figure Drawing (Mar-April)

This is a small group to begin a study of the human form from a live model. Immerse yourself in an intimate and comprehensive introduction to the art of REALLY seeing. This class is limited to 14 students per class so sign up today!

Instructor Susie Wilson has a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design (UK), a degree in Illustration and an HNDBTEC degree in Education, also in the UK. . She taught Life Drawing at the Norfolk Institute and was a college lecturer in the subject at the Norwich School of Art. Since arriving in America she has taught private and group classes for approximately 20 years, and has participated in Open Studios.

Let’s Get Serie-ous: Creating a Series of Artwork (Apr-May)

This class is for advanced painters who want to set goals, create a series of 10 paintings in a theme and show the finished pieces in a group show. People who have taken my Loosen Up class previously, are all invited to join us in this first ever Series class. I have been teaching my Loosen Up class for years and have many students who are ready to launch into the next level, this class is for you. Each student will pick a theme prior to class, I can facilitate some direction if needed, then build a body of work in the 6 week session. There will be individual critiques and guidance, as well as discussion on how to take a body of work to build a website, enter shows, finish stages etc. We will use the Art League classroom for a first Friday exhibit as a finale, pricing our art, getting postcards made, inviting people, having a proper reception in conjunction with the art league show. I am excited to help you get to the next level and show your work! You can do this, I will be there every step of the way. We will also have a great time,  playing my good tunes, painting many paintings at once, and giving each other feedback as a cohesive group. I hope you can join me for this brand new class.

Please note: This will be Carrie’s last series class until Fall

 

 

Instructor: Carrie Clayden is a professional artist and teacher. Carrie graduated from UCSC in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Fine Art in 1995.  www.carrieclayden.com

 

 

Let’s Get Serie-ous; Creating a Series of Artwork

This class is for advanced painters who want to set goals, create a series of 10 paintings in a theme and show the finished pieces in a group show. People who have taken my Loosen Up class previously, are all invited to join us in this first ever Series class. I have been teaching my Loosen Up class for years and have many students who are ready to launch into the next level, this class is for you. Each student will pick a theme prior to class, I can facilitate some direction if needed, then build a body of work in the 6 week session. There will be individual critiques and guidance, as well as discussion on how to take a body of work to build a website, enter shows, finish stages etc. We will use the Art League classroom for a first Friday exhibit as a finale, pricing our art, getting postcards made, inviting people, having a proper reception in conjunction with the art league show. I am excited to help you get to the next level and show your work! You can do this, I will be there every step of the way. We will also have a great time,  playing my good tunes, painting many paintings at once, and giving each other feedback as a cohesive group. I hope you can join me for this brand new class.

 

 

Members  Instructor: Carrie Clayden is a professional artist and teacher. Carrie graduated from UCSC in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Fine Art in 1995.  www.carrieclayden.com

POSTPONED Pastel Studio (5 Weeks)

The perfect way to start the weekend….loosen up and have fun with pastels!  Using expressive marks and color we will paint vibrant landscapes and still life. The essentials of pastel painting will be covered including approaches and methods of application, pastels from hard to soft, surface possibilities, color theory and under painting. Demos, problem solving, and lots of individual instruction are included. This class is appropriate for both beginners in pastel and those who are experienced with the medium. Just bring whatever pastels you may have and explore the possibilities of this versatile medium!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor Joan Hellenthal, BA Fine Art Brown University, MA Fine Art SJSU; CA credentialed art instructor, painter and mixed media artist who exhibits in many private and corporate collections inc. MAH, UCSC and Open Studios. joanhellenthal.com

Beginning Watercolors-Fridays (Feb-Mar) 5 Week Series

This class is aimed at familiarity of  materials, as well as why to chose them.  In the 5 week, we  will endeavor to produce 5 pieces of frame-able art.  Each session will comprise of an instructor demo on which a painting will be based.

 

Instructor Linda Lord is a self-trained artist and illustrator with over 16 years teaching experience in her studio and via the SC Watercolor Society; an Open Studio artist whose exhibits include Cozumel, Mexico. Linda also publishes with a decorative art publisher.

 

Watercolors-Thurs (Feb-Mar) 5-Week Series

This class is geared to facilitate those who have never painted and those who have advanced their skills. Most class sessions will include a demo and then time to work on the elements of the demo. Information on materials, including colors and “gimmicks”,and tools is given throughout the 5-week period. The goal of this class is to encourage the joy of painting, while improving skills and knowledge. This is a “fun” class, so bring a sense of humor and whatever materials you have and enjoy.

 

Instructor Linda Lord is a self-trained artist and illustrator with over 16 years teaching experience in her studio and via the SC Watercolor Society; an Open Studio artist whose exhibits include Cozumel, Mexico. Linda also publishes with a decorative art publisher.

Seascapes in Watercolors

This 6 week series class is a follow up and extension of the previously offered, Landscapes in Watercolor course. A combination of studio and plein air instruction will offer students the opportunity to explore an expanded watercolor palette and technique repertoire. Crashing ocean waves, sea bluffs and rocky coastlines, serene beach scenes – there is much to paint in our lovely area.

 

Cynthia Armstrong holds a graduate degree from UC Santa Cruz in Science Illustration and a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University.  She has been a freelance illustrator and artists for over 20 years, and a teacher for the past 15 years. Cynthia, as a published illustrator, has traveled and journaled extensively throughout her career. www.cynthiaarmstrongart.com

ONLINE Travel Sketching

Travel sketching & painting allows us to slow down and to be wholly present while exploring the world.  Keeping an illustrated travel sketchbook enhances the journey by pushing us to analyze details and understand why life is important in the places we visit.  We take in things that might not be noticed at a simple glance or with a quick snapshot. These drawings become a tool for learning and discovery by allowing us to visually catalog the unknown or something new we encounter.  Because sitting and drawing make us approachable in ways that taking photos does not, sketching can be a way to connect to the people around us, sparking conversations with locals and other travelers who wish they thought of drawing. The experiences we absorb while drawing create an intense bond with places, which will be remembered in a unique way. This becomes clear when we return to our sketchbooks long after we get home and are flooded with the memories of that moment when we put pen and paint to paper.

This course will be held ONLINE and will cover the fundamentals of simple architectural elements, quick figurative sketching, landscapes,  color work, and more.  Pencil, pen and watercolor washes will be introduced.

Here’s how Cynthia is offering this live online course:

1. Each enrolled student will receive a Zoom invitation and password the day before each class session.

2. Students will be able to ask questions in real-time during the lecture and demo.

3. A video recording of the class session will be posted to Dropbox with a link sent to each student to view at any time afterward in order to do the assignments.

4. A separate Zoom meeting will be scheduled for students to present work for live critique and feedback.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cynthia Armstrong holds a graduate degree from UC Santa Cruz in Science Illustration and a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University.  She has been a freelance illustrator and artists for over 20 years, and a teacher for the past 15 years. Cynthia, as a published illustrator, has traveled and journaled extensively throughout her career. www.cynthiaarmstrongart.com

Fundamentals of Realism I-Evening Series

Over the course of this 4-week series, students will learn fundamental elements of realism drawing, composition and technique. Emphasis will be placed on how to be organized and have flexibility in the drawing process. These skills will translate across media and help students create any type of artwork they choose to in the future. After completing the class, students will have tools to successfully create skillful drawings, ways to make their compositions interesting and effective, and inspiration to go home and make great work on their own.

This class also prepares students for the following series, Fundamentals of Realism II starting 3/18/20 where students will build on, and improve their skills learned in this series.

 

 

 

 

Laurel Bushman is a Santa Cruz based artist whose love for drawing began as a teenager when she first encountered figurative realism. As a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Laurel studied painting, drawing and art history. Using her understanding of foundational drawing techniques has allowed Laurel to express her ideas across multiple platforms, including painting, murals and more recently, caricaturing. Laurel’s teaching philosophy is one of openness to innovative ideas. Both she art and her teaching are fueled by inspiration from a broad spectrum of influences, while being fundamentally rooted in the fine art tradition.

Traditional Figure Drawing (Jan-Feb)

Drawing can be described as an inquiring investigation into visible appearance, and the learned discipline should never exclude the potential for free and spontaneous input. Intuition, feelings and impulse are essential elements to the personal development of drawing skills. This class offers an opportunity to really look at the form, structure, spaces and surfaces of the nude figure and seek a unique and individual expression of making what we see visible. Increasing our knowledge and extending our ability is an ongoing and continuous process to which everyone is invited! Please join our quest for improvement and ways to make different or better drawings. This class is limited to 14 students per class so sign up today!

Instructor Susie Wilson has a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design (UK), a degree in Illustration and an HNDBTEC degree in Education, also in the UK. She taught Life Drawing at the Norfolk Institute and was a college lecturer in the subject at the Norwich School of Art. Since arriving in America she has taught private and group classes for approximately 20 years, and has participated in Open Studios.