Figure Drawing/Portraiture Session (12/15)

Offered every third Thursday (with some exceptions), this evening provides a great opportunity for artists to focus on drawing and painting the head.
Join us for a session with a live model holding a range of poses throughout the evening (with an emphasis on longer poses, for more detailed studies, as the session progresses). Attendance will be limited to 8 people. No instruction will be provided. Painters, please do not use strong-smelling solvents.
Those new to life drawing are encouraged to read Studio Model Etiquette. (Read Studio Etiquette HERE)
No membership discounts.

Study of the Head: Portraiture Session (11/17)

Offered every third Thursday (with some exceptions), this evening provides a great opportunity for artists to focus on drawing and painting the head.
Join us for a session with a live model holding a range of poses throughout the evening (with an emphasis on longer poses, for more detailed studies, as the session progresses). Attendance will be limited to 8 people. No instruction will be provided. Painters, please do not use strong-smelling solvents.
Those new to life drawing are encouraged to read Studio Model Etiquette. (Read Studio Etiquette HERE)
No membership discounts.

(Live Online) The American Impressionists – Art History Talk

Toaa Dallo will be your guide on a visual journey through a fascinating topic in fine art: American Impressionism. This unique Art Appreciation/Art History class is designed for art-makers and art-lovers.

We will explore lots of wonderful art, with an emphasis on painting styles, techniques, and historical context. And we will learn about many artists, including Mary Cassatt, Edgar Payne, William Merritt Chase, Theodore Robinson, Guy Rose, Frank Weston Benson, Edward Henry Potthast, Julian Onderdonk, Childe Hassam, Jane Peterson, and more. And because our class is online, we will benefit from the visual tools and computer technology that can bring the world of art and history to our desktops, laptops, and tablets. Everyone will have a front-row seat! It’s a great way to study art, from an artist’s perspective, to learn about new ideas, and to find inspiration that you can apply to your own artwork or art appreciation.

(We can provide a recording of the Zoom class for those who can’t attend)


 

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.

 

Portrait Workshop (with Live Model)

Banish your fears of drawing the face!

This workshop will be a combination of demonstration and drawing from a live model, focusing on strengthening skills with a personalized approach for each student.

I’ll cover the basics of proportion, anatomy, composition, and likeness to help students overcome common hurdles to drawing the face. We’ll also discuss how to practice your new skills on your own, including how to set up good lighting for your subjects and choosing reference materials to work from.

This workshop is great for anyone who loves figure drawing, portraiture, or just wants to boost their creative versatility.

We’ll be working in charcoal because it’s a painterly medium that will allow students to achieve a fully executed drawing within the time frame. Bring a snack and water/beverage and wear comfy shoes and clothes. Drawing for this long is surprisingly physical! We will take a break half way through.

 

 


Meet the  Instructor

After earning her bachelor’s degree in painting with minors in drawing and art history from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Laurel headed west to Santa Cruz to take up mural painting. Later, she honed her portraiture skills over three summers spent working as a retail caricature artist at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, drawing around 30 faces a day. Laurel has taught at Gabriel Coke Art Studio and studied with internationally recognized portrait artist Noah Buchanan.

In her current work, Laurel finds inspiration in the human form, looking for what is beautiful and strange in every subject. She works mostly in colored pencil or acrylic paint.

Laurel has lived in Santa Cruz since 2009, and now works as a drafting technician and bookkeeper for a busy engineering office. After a forced hiatus from teaching beginning in 2020, she’s looking forward to being back in the classroom.

www.laurelnobleart.com

 

Study of the Head: Portraiture Session (10/20)

Offered every third Thursday (with some exceptions), this evening provides a great opportunity for artists to focus on drawing and painting the head.
Join us for a session with a live model holding a range of poses throughout the evening (with an emphasis on longer poses, for more detailed studies, as the session progresses). Attendance will be limited to 8 people. No instruction will be provided. Painters, please do not use strong-smelling solvents.
Those new to life drawing are encouraged to read Studio Model Etiquette. (Read Studio Etiquette HERE)
No membership discounts.

Plein Air on the Santa Cruz Wharf

This class meets towards the end of the wharf across from Stagnaro’s deli window. Barbara will paint along with students as demonstrations are needed. There is a variety of subject matter to choose from. Color mixing, paint application, composition, brush control, value choices, and much more will be discussed. This class is for those that have some painting experience.


 

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.

July 27th session – Oils and Acrylics Wednesdays

This class can be purchased a la carte – this is for the July 27th session only.

You Can Paint!
This class is for everyone. Beginners are welcome, and more advanced painters will increase their skills. You can use oils or acrylics — or both — and we will explore their differences and similarities. Toaa has years of experience teaching many different styles and subjects, so you can paint whatever inspires you. Landscapes, portraits, still life, figurative or abstract — the choice is yours! Toaa will provide lots of interesting images for you to choose from, but you can also bring pictures or subjects of your own.

We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition and color, structure and brushwork, style and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

August 3rd session – Oils and Acrylics Wednesdays

This class can be purchased a la carte – this is for the August 3rd session only.

You Can Paint!
This class is for everyone. Beginners are welcome, and more advanced painters will increase their skills. You can use oils or acrylics — or both — and we will explore their differences and similarities. Toaa has years of experience teaching many different styles and subjects, so you can paint whatever inspires you. Landscapes, portraits, still life, figurative or abstract — the choice is yours! Toaa will provide lots of interesting images for you to choose from, but you can also bring pictures or subjects of your own.

We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition and color, structure and brushwork, style and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

(On Site) Mounting and Waxing Watercolor

Learn an alternative way to present watercolor, eliminating the necessity of mat, frame and glass.
Participants to provide a watercolor painting of 8 1/2  by 8 1/2 inches and a heavy book of at least that size.

 

(LIVE ONLINE) Art Topics: Subject Matters

Toaa Dallo will be your guide on a visual journey through important topics in art, in this unique Art Appreciation/Art History course designed for art-makers and art-lovers. Each of four weekly sessions examines a fundamental art concept, with an emphasis on visual demonstrations and historical context:

We will explore examples of art through time, from many artists, with the benefit of visual tools and computer technology that can bring the world of art and history to our desktops, laptops, and tablets. We will examine in depth the theories behind effective visual communication. And we will consider the useful rules and guidelines that we can deduce, with an emphasis on applying these concepts to our own artwork or art appreciation.

Toaa Dallo began his career as a professional artist at the age of 16, with a series of theatrical portrait commissions in Southern California. He studied art at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and graduated with honors in 1983.

Working primarily in oil on canvas and pencil on paper, Toaa has pursued portraiture as a specialty. He has also developed a body of work called Mindscapes, fanciful landscapes of spectacular extraterrestrial vistas. His 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 and in Palm Springs.

As an instructor, Toaa 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 worked with more than a thousand students of all ages, interests, and needs.

Toaa believes that teaching is a vital function that connects the past and the future, and he considers it to be one of the most important mandates for any serious professional in the arts.