Pastel Studio 3 Week Series (Sept)

The perfect way to start the weekend….loosen up and have fun with pastels!  This will be a shorter series of 3 weeks. 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

Plein Air Painting (Oil or Acrylics)

From the mountains to the sea, from slough to farm, join us painting on location throughout the Central Coast.  In this six-week series class you will learn the basics of using oils/acrylics with regard to, medium, brushwork as well as composition, color and value.  A location list will be provided closer to the class start.

               

Mac returns to the Santa Cruz Art League with over 30 years of teaching experience in a variety of mediums.  In addition to teaching at UCSC , he has also taught Plein Air, Figure/Life Drawing & Portraiture classes in Carmel and Pacific Grove and is part of the Art Faculty at Notre Dame High School in Salinas.  His artwork has been displayed at many galleries and he has been an Open Studios artist for the past 16 years.  Welcome back Mac!  

The Illustrated Journal

Journaling helps us to slow down to really see and appreciate the world around us. This course is designed for those who wish to learn the joy of being artfully present in the moment and wish to record their experiences in the form of an illustrated journal. The basic elements of watercolor, color pencil, pen and ink wash will be covered as well as the fundamentals of page layout and design to create a pleasing page. Drawing theory from Frederick Franck’s “Zen of Seeing,” and Betty Edward’s “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain,” will be presented to encourage us to tame the inner critic, free up creativity, and enjoy both the process and the product as we journal our experiences. 6 consecutive Tuesdays will give us time to explore techniques and build on what we learn. Some classes will be held outdoors, weather permitting, locations to be announced.

        

 

 

 

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 artist 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

 

 

Keeping A Nature Sketchbook

Sketching can be a pleasant and powerful tool for studying nature.  You don’t have to be an experienced scientist or an accomplished artist to be inspired to enjoy sketching and really ‘see’ the world around you.  Through regular recording of observations and your feelings and thoughts in response to them, you will come away with skills that open the door to endless possibilities to learn about the environment and it’s beauty.

 

         

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 artist for over 20 years, and a teacher for the past 15 years.   As a published illustrator, Cynthia has traveled and journaled extensively throughout her career. Clients include The New York Botanical Garden, The National Park Service, and The California Native Plant Society.

www.cynthiaarmstrongart.com

Abstracted Figure – Acrylic Painting Series

Come stretch your creative wings in this series of painting classes designed for the beginning painter.  We will focus on the exploration of the gently abstracted human figure using acrylics.  I will address formal painting elements and give you a “permission slip” to bend all the rules!  The pace is individualized for the level of each participant.  Relax and enjoy as you are guided through the creation of your own contemporary, figurative works of art.

Journal Sketching – Sundays

Journaling helps us to slow down and really see and appreciate the world around us.  This course is designed for those who love being in nature and wish to record their experiences in the form of an illustrated journal.  The basic elements of watercolor, color pencil, pen and ink wash will be covered as well as the fundamentals of page layout and design to create a pleasing page.  Drawing theory from Frederick Franck’s “Zen of Seeing,” and Betty Edward’s “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain,” will be presented to encourage us to tame the internal critic, free up creativity, and enjoy both the process and the product as we journal our experiences.   6 consecutive Sundays will give us time to explore techniques and build on what we learn. Some classes will be held outdoors, weather permitting, locations to be announced. Bring a sack lunch and come prepared to enjoy illustrating the present moment!

 

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 artist 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

BIG & Loose Painting-Two Tuesdays

Working in oil & acrylics, students will work BIG! Using large brushes (#10 or larger) and canvases 30” x 30” (or larger) students will use still life props or photographs as reference material.  The goal will be to create paintings that are conceptual using several photographs or props for ideas to create a modern version of the traditional still life or landscape.  Instructor will provide still life props, students should bring sketches, photos, or other reference material to compile one large painting.  Topics discussed will be value, color, texture, perspective, and paint application.  Some painting experience necessary.

Instructor Barbara Bailey-Porter holds a Masters of Fine Art, has been an Open Studio artist and has maintained a professional painting studio for well over 20 years. She has taught at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, through Cabrillo and DeAnza Colleges, and in the elementary schools in the past. She works in her studio as well as en plein air. Barbara’s work is in various private and corporate collections in the US and abroad.

The Artist’s Way to Success 04/16/18

Welcome artists! If you want to build a series of paintings, set some goals, learn about how to show and price your work, then this class is for you. I combine my experience with Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way to help you take it to the next level.

What is the “next level”? To push past the fear of showing your work to the public, build a website and to declare yourself a professional artist. This is a great next-level class for those who have taken many classes, have painting experience and are wanting to grow toward being a professional artist. We will paint with acrylics in every class, rotating canvases to produce many expressive paintings.

Come with an open mind and have fun learning about yourself as an artist.

Pastel Studio

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 underpainting. 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

Urban Sketching; Explore and Enjoy where you are through journaling! (Sunday afternoons)

Explore the world, Experiment with new tools and techniques, & Enjoy life!

Urban sketching is a wonderful way to connect with the world around you. While making drawings on location, this workshop will cover a range of different techniques including watercolor, other water-media, collage, pen, ink, and the good old pencil! During the course we will discuss the unique methods and techniques that can help to develop artistic abilities and super-charge your creativity!

The workshop will begin with in-class demonstrations and discussions at the Art League, and followed by field trips to nearby locations.

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 workshop is limited to 15 students so sign up today!

Instructor Brian Bowes has an MFA in Illustration from the University of Hartford, a BFA in Illustration from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and an AA in Graphic Design from the Santa Rosa Junior College. He has taught at the Disney Family Museum, Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, among others. Brian is proud of the work he does as the Youth Education Director for SCMAC in bringing Art After School Classes to the children of the San Lorenzo Valley. Brian teaches private lessons, and is a working illustrator. www.BrianBowesIllustration.com