Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Seascapes (March 24)

The sea has inspired artists for thousands of years, and this fun one-day painting session is a deep dive one of the most thrilling subjects for art.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Seascapes are a great lesson in color theory, temperature, value, and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition, brushwork, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of great seascapes for you to choose from, and you can also bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Clouds (March 17)

Clouds are a timeless source of fascination, and artists love to explore them. This fun one-day painting session is a deep dive into this popular and rewarding subject for art.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Cloud scenes are a great lesson in composition, color theory, and brushwork. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including value and contrast, volume and light source, style and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of great cloud scenes for you to choose from, and you can also bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Landscape Painting: 2 Part Workshop (March 2024)

Learn all aspects of painting from photographs (local scene, provided by instructor) and en plein air, including paint application, brush control, composition, palette organization, value, color, perspective and more.

For the first part of class, students will work on their own paintings as Barbara demonstrates the process. For the second class we will go outside in the SCAL garden and do a plein aire painting. (Weather Permitting) Students will be able to complete a painting in class (or nearly complete). This class is great for beginners, and experienced painters!



 

Meet the 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.

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Snow Scenes (Dec 17)

Snow Scenes are really fun to paint, with a fantastic variety of lighting effects and colors. This one-day workshop is a deep dive into this popular subject for art.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their skills. Snow Scenes are a great lesson in color theory, temperature, value, and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition, brushwork, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of great Snow Scenes for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will receive individual attention and guidance also.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Beginning Pastel: The Basics Workshop (January 13)

Learn everything you need to know in one fun day to get started drawing and painting in soft pastel! From choosing the right paper, pastels and colors to basic techniques to create different effects. This is your class if you’re just getting started or want a refresher. Demonstrations of step by step exercises in sketching and painting with this exciting and vibrant medium will assist you on your artistic journey.



Meet the Instructor:

Mary Dettle has been enjoying painting with the colorful medium of pastels for over 15 years. She loves them for their versatility and richness in application and rich pigments.  Mary has shown her work in numerous shows including the Scotts Valley Art and Wine where she was the featured artist in 2009, and the California Landscape Shows . She has a bachelors degree in Interior Design and a Credential in Art Instruction . She enjoyed teaching elementary school for 22 years weaving fun, laughter and creativity into her lessons.


Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Impressionist Landscapes (November 19)

Impressionism is one the most beloved styles of painting. It’s playful, passionate, and just plain fun! This one-day session is a deep dive into this popular and rewarding approach to painting.

This one-shot class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Impressionism offers great lessons in composition and color theory. And we will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including brushwork technique, perspective and depth, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of interesting images for you to choose from, and you can also bring pictures of your own to paint.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.


Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Water (October 8)

Water is one of the most wonderful things to paint, with a fantastic variety of effects and colors. This fun one-day painting session is a deep dive into this popular subject for art.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their skills. Water scenes are a great lesson in perspective, light source, color theory, value and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition, brushwork, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of interesting waterscapes for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will receive individual attention and guidance also.


Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Clouds (Sept 10)

This fun one-day painting session is for everyone. Beginners are welcome, and more advanced painters will increase their skills. You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will provide several great Cloudcapes for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Cloud scenes are a great lesson in color theory, composition, and brushwork. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including value and contrast, volume and light source, style and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

Toaa will be painting along with the group, demonstrating and explaining methods and techniques. And everyone will receive individual attention and guidance also. Students will focus on one or two paintings, and everyone will be invited to share their work with the group, for friendly feedback.


Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Urban Sketching Made Easy! with Robert Dvorak (November)

This will be a full day of learning urban sketching for fun. Urban sketching and sketch crawling are now being practiced worldwide. This enjoyable day should prepare you for a lifetime of outdoor drawing pleasure. It will give you great ideas for improving and practicing your drawing skills in public–here at home or when you travel to other urban settings in the world.  Most of the day will be spent practicing drawing outdoors. Bring your lunch to the class. We will eat our lunch when we are hungry giving us more time to practice our urban sketching skills.

Please plan to add watercolor you your drawings so bring a travel watercolor pan set. We will use my book, The Pocket Drawing Book, as a guide to the exercises presented. Bring your copy of this book to the workshop if you have it.

 


You will learn:
  • short and easy practice exercises for drawing urban subjects.
  • 22 tips on how to draw or paint in comfort in a public place
  • ways to add watercolor to your line drawings
  • how to draw quickly and easily with confidence
  • how to include people, trees and other outdoor things.
  • simple and impressive drawing techniques, including hatching and shading
  • how to use pen with watercolor
  • some simple perspective tips and much more
This day of urban sketching is designed to get you drawing anywhere and loving it.  No matter what your skill or background, this workshop will have you drawing more often in public.

Meet the Instructor:
Robert Regis Dvorák, has been making drawing and watercolor painting fun and easy to learn for 35 or more years. He is an artist and popular speaker on subjects of creativity in business and education, He has authored six books on drawing and watercolor painting:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing Without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing As Meditation, and The Pocket Drawing Book. His latest book is The Book About Nothing, a delightful book of verses and drawings.

 

How to Paint a Seascape: Sunday Workshop (Aug 27)

This fun one-day painting session is for everyone! Beginners are welcome, and more advanced painters will increase their skills. You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will provide several great Seascapes for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Seascapes are a great lesson in color theory, temperature, value, and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition, brushwork, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

Toaa will be painting along with the group, demonstrating and explaining methods and techniques. And everyone will receive individual attention and guidance also. Students will focus on one or two paintings, and everyone will be invited to share their work with the group, for friendly feedback.


Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.