(LIVE ONLINE) Cityscape Painting With A Palette Knife

In this workshop you are welcome to use oils or acrylics.
In this Zoom class students will paint a San Francisco cityscape from photographs along with the instructor. The use of a palette knife is encouraged but not required. Instructor will demonstrate each step of painting a cityscape in a loose and painterly style. Perspective,  atmosphere, color, brush strokes, paint application, composition and so much more will be discussed. Barbara ‘s class is guarenteed to be fun and informative.  Students have the opportunity to complete a small colorful painting in oil or acrylic.

(LIVE ONLINE) Saturday Oil Studio: Harbor Scene

Learn how to paint boats in the harbor in this fun and relaxing class. Editing out, atmosphere, color mixing, brush control, value choices, composition and much more will be discussed.  This is a simple, loose, and colorful approach to painting a boats and water with instructor demonstration. Lots of Q&A time. Feedback will be given throughout class time when needed. Students will be able to complete a small painting.  Barbara offers a critique via email after class is complete and students have had time to touch-up their painting.

Barbara Bailey-Porter holds a Masters of Fine Art Degree and is a lifelong oil painter.  She has taught painting at The Academy of Art University, Cabrillo College Extension program, DeAnza College, as well as at Santa Cruz City Schools. Barbara began seriously studying painting at age 17 with, then well-known, local plein air painter/instructor Jon Blanchette. Barbara is 5th generation Santa Cruzan.

(LIVE ONLINE 4YOUTH) Anatomy Sketching in Ink

Do you feel afraid of drawing in ink? What if you make a mistake? What if the drawing doesn’t turn out the way you wanted? These are all real struggles between experienced and novice artists alike, but there are ways to gain more confidence in drawing. And to acquire that strength, you need to take a plunge!

In this class, you will learn to:

  • Draw with more fluidity and expression
  • Abandon the dated notion of perfection
  • Start a drawing without the fear of starting
  • Draw from observation with more ease

In this hands-on class, all you need is a pen and paper. Of course you can bring in other types of ink media. Brush pens, fountain pens with different kinds of nibs, even brush and ink is acceptable. You will draw from a range of reference images provided by your instructor and practice drawing at different time intervals and build your confidence in drawing quickly and without fear.

This class will help you break out of the fear mentality and to embrace imperfection.

Beginners and more advanced students are welcomed. We will engage with a range of drawing exercises that acts as great practice for all stages.

Materials:

Canson XL mix media sketchbook, 11” by 14”. Available on Amazon

Sakura Pigma Micron 6 count pen set

Pentel

Pocket Brush Pen, Buy Local at Lenz Arts  or online if you are not in Santa Cruz County.

Instructor: Malisa Suchanya is an illustrator and teaching artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her love for drawing and painting blossomed when she was a young teenager living in Singapore. She learned to draw by copying and practicing for many years before studying art formally. She has a Bachelors Degree in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters in Art Education from the Academy Of Art University in San Francisco.

(LIVE ONLINE) Oil Painting for Beginners

This is your opportunity to learn Barbara’s oil painting techniques from beginning to end.  Topics covered will include (but not limited to)  palette organization, color mixing, brush control, value, perspective, atmosphere, composition and so much more.  In the first session Barbara will demonstrate using a still life photograph as reference to learn the basic building blocks of composition, depth, value and color.  In the second class session Barbara will demonstrate again, this time using a landscape photograph.  Students either paint along during class or watch and listen to the demonstration, then paint on their own. Barbara will provide help and feedback during the demo as needed and offers a post-class email critique to all students. This class is guaranteed to be fun!

(LIVE ONLINE) Painting The Landscape With A Palette Knife

Painting with a palette knife is like sculpting with paint. Students should be prepared to use a lot of paint in a thick, loose, abstracted style, editing out a lot of detail. Atmosphere, color mixing, brush control, value choices, composition and much more will be discussed.  Instructor demonstration and Q&A. Feedback will be give if time permits. Students will be able to complete a small painting.

Barbara Bailey-Porter holds a Masters of Fine Art Degree and is a lifelong oil painter.  She has taught painting at The Academy of Art University, Cabrillo College Extension program, DeAnza College, as well as at Santa Cruz City Schools. Barbara is 5th generation Santa Cruzan and began seriously studying painting at age 17.

 

(LIVE ONLINE) Draw Anything 5 Ways: Ink Illustrations!

The better you can draw and render with a pencil, the better you can with your paint. So, enhance your drawing skills 5 different ways and with 5 different ink illustrations via freehand, grids, proportional division, guided draw, and stacked sketching. Plus, learn about master illustrators J. Tenniel, R. Bull, & C. D. Gibson while drawing a Gibson Girl, Bull Castle, & Tenniel characters in this fun, info-dense class! So park your brushes here and let the epic drawing adventures begin! Suitable for beginning to advanced artists. Students download the syllabus pdf for sketch refs and class supplies (& prep a grid in advance).

How do LIVE ONLINE classes work?

  • Taught through YouTube Livestream–students just need a phone, tablet, or computer with an internet connection to watch live.
  • The morning of the class, Hajra will email a private YouTube livestream link to all students enrolled (who will have their supplies and refs prepped at home in advance).
  • Students click the livestream link to access live class and wait till 12 NOON PST for the class to go live online.
  • Students will follow along with Hajra and have live Q&A via Youtube chat box–you do need a Youtube/Google/gmail account to type live, real-time questions/comments during the livestream.
  • Enjoy and learn!
  • After class, students are also welcome to email Hajra questions or images of their work for feedback.
  • private video of the class will be available shortly after the livestream to rewatch for students who signed up with free gmail/google/YouTube email accounts.

(LIVE ONLINE) Hajra Meeks FOUR CLASSES

Sign up for Hajra Meeks’ four classes and get a $20 discount!

4/25/2020 – Emotive Color Schemes: Lighthouses & Seascapes

Color Theory can be intimidating and tedious, but not anymore! Learn more about various emotive color schemes (complementary, analogous, triads, old masters, Zorn) and apply them to various fun study scapes to compare similar subjects with different color moods in this info-dense class. So park your brushes here and let the epic color adventures begin! Suitable for beginning to advanced artists. Students can download the materials list and image refs to prep sketches in advance.

5/2/2020 – Draw Anything 5 Ways III: Fish

Drafting skills are essential to traditional art—the better you can draw and render with a pencil, the better you can do so with your paint. So, enhance your drawing skills 5 different ways and with 5 different studies (a fish, seahorse, jellyfish, seashell, and starfish) in this latest live online drawing class—via freehand, grids, proportional division, guided draw, and stacked sketching. So park your brushes here and let the epic drawing adventures begin! Suitable for beginning to advanced artists. Students can download the materials list and image refs, but need only prep one 8″ x 10″ grid in advance.

5/9/2020 – Opaque Tiling Method: Leyendecker Medieval Lady

Learn the historical Tiling technique, while also developing wet-on-dry, dry brush, and gradient painting techniques in this info-dense class that doubles as a Leyendecker Masters Study! While Grisaille was the Old Masters glazing method, Tiling was their method of creating opaque work. From Impressionist masterpieces to romantic realism, tiling is your golden ticket to rendering opaquely in any medium. So park your brushes here and discover Tiling, an amazing Old Master’s technique that will enhance your rendering in any medium! Suitable for beginning to advanced artists. Students can download the materials list and image refs to prep sketch in advance.

5/16/2020 – Brunaille Value Underpainting: Mucha Regency Lady

Class Description:

Learn the historical grisaille value underpainting method, while also developing wet-in-wet, wet-on-dry, and glazing painting techniques in this info-dense class. Continue to a more advanced project with an Alphonse Mucha Regency lady study in a complementary color scheme over a Brunaille underpainting. So park your brushes here and discover the Value of Grisaille, an amazing Old Master’s technique that will enhance your rendering in any glazing medium! Suitable for beginning to advanced artists. Students can download the materials list and image refs to prep sketch in advance.

 

 

(LIVE ONLINE) Brunaille Value Underpainting: Mucha Regency Lady

Learn the historical grisaille value underpainting method, while also developing wet-in-wet, wet-on-dry, and glazing painting techniques in this info-dense class. Continue to a more advanced project with an Alphonse Mucha Regency lady study in a complementary color scheme over a Brunaille underpainting. So park your brushes here and discover the Value of Grisaille, an amazing Old Master’s technique that will enhance your rendering in any glazing medium! Suitable for beginning to advanced artists. Students can download the materials list and image refs to prep sketch in advance.

How does it work?

  1. This Class is taught through YouTube Livestream–you do not need a Youtube/Google/gmail account to watch it live (just a phone, tablet, or computer with an internet connection).
  2. Before class starts, students will set up their work areas comfortably at home in front of their device.
  3. At 11:30 am, Hajra will email a private YouTube livestream link to all students enrolled.
  4. Students click the provided link to be connected to the live workshop and wait till 12 NOON PST for the class to go live online.
  5. Students will follow along with Hajra and have live Q&A via Youtube chat box–you do need a Youtube/Google/gmail account to type live, real-time questions and/or comments during the livestream.
  6. Enjoy and learn!
  7. After class, students are welcome to email Hajra images of their work and/or ask questions to receive feedback via email!

Hajra Meeks is an Author-Illustrator, fine artist, and Lecturer from the Bay Area. She has a BSc in Physics from the Univ. of San Francisco, an MSc in International History from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and a Picture Book Certificate from the MA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was a Lecturer in Art History, International History, and Calculus at UC Merced for 4 years, and has taught watercolor, gouache, and ink in-person and online for a decade. Her Youtube channel currently has 1.5 million views, her art has been in exhibitions in Union City, Mariposa, Vermont, Santa Clara, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Merced (where it was viewed by First Lady Michelle Obama), and she had a successfully funded online Kickstarter campaign for an environmentalist picture book about the real wolf OR-7. She also collaborates on digital, interactive Data Visualization projects that combine art and information. Currently, she’s teaching at SCAL, SCMNH, and via Patreon. You can learn more about her artwork and instruction at http://hajrameeks.com 

(LIVE ONLINE) Emotive Color Schemes: Lighthouses & Seascapes

Color Theory can be intimidating and tedious, but not anymore! Learn more about various emotive color schemes (complementary, analogous, triads, old masters, Zorn) and apply them to various fun study scapes to compare similar subjects with different color moods in this info-dense class. So park your brushes here and let the epic color adventures begin! Suitable for beginning to advanced artists. Students can download the materials list and image refs to prep sketches in advance.

How does it work?

  1. This Class is taught through YouTube Livestream–you do not need a Youtube/Google/gmail account to watch it live (just a phone, tablet, or computer with an internet connection).
  2. Before class starts, students will set up their work areas comfortably at home in front of their device.
  3. At 11:30 am, Hajra will email a private YouTube livestream link to all students enrolled.
  4. Students click the provided link to be connected to the live workshop and wait till 12 NOON PST for the class to go live online.
  5. Students will follow along with Hajra and have live Q&A via Youtube chat box–you do need a Youtube/Google/gmail account to type live, real-time questions and/or comments during the livestream.
  6. Enjoy and learn!
  7. After class, students are welcome to email Hajra images of their work and/or ask questions to receive feedback via email!

Hajra Meeks is an Author-Illustrator, fine artist, and Lecturer from the Bay Area. She has a BSc in Physics from the Univ. of San Francisco, an MSc in International History from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and a Picture Book Certificate from the MA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was a Lecturer in Art History, International History, and Calculus at UC Merced for 4 years, and has taught watercolor, gouache, and ink in-person and online for a decade. Her Youtube channel currently has 1.5 million views, her art has been in exhibitions in Union City, Mariposa, Vermont, Santa Clara, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Merced (where it was viewed by First Lady Michelle Obama), and she had a successfully funded online Kickstarter campaign for an environmentalist picture book about the real wolf OR-7. She also collaborates on digital, interactive Data Visualization projects that combine art and information. Currently, she’s teaching at SCAL, SCMNH, and via Patreon. You can learn more about her artwork and instruction at http://hajrameeks.com 

POSTPONED Building Blocks of Scratch Board

In this two day workshop, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of scratchboard such as, what it is, how to make marks on the scratchboard, and how to develop a vocabulary of patterns and mark-making. We will explore how to create gray values, contrasts, and atmospheric perspective. Students of all levels are encouraged to attend as this will be a chance to focus on honing your skills as well as working towards a finished piece of scratchboard art. At the end of the workshop, students will leave with the confidence and “tool box” of skills to continue exploring scratchboard on their own.

All materials will be provided to students for a materials fee of $15.00 due at the beginning of class

 

 

Logan Parsons is a freelance artist and illustrator living in Santa Cruz. She graduated from the Science Illustration program at UCSC in 2007, and since then has been creating illustrations focused on science and nature while also working as a seasonal park ranger, environmental educator, and high school art teacher. She loves teaching all ages, and is excited to share her knowledge and experience with