(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.

 

(LIVE ONLINE) Art Topics: Color & Contrast

 

Have you ever wondered how Monet created such amazing sunset colors? Toaa Dallo will be your guide on a visual journey through important topics in art, in this unique Art Appreciation/Art History CLASS designed for art-makers and art-lovers.

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.

 

(LIVE ONLINE) Art Topics for Artists — The Portrait

Toaa Dallo will be your guide on a visual journey through an important topic in fine art, The Portrait. This unique Art Appreciation/Art History class is designed for art-makers and art-lovers. We will explore the subject of portraiture, with an emphasis on visual demonstrations and historical context, through 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 the theories behind effective visual communication, from an artist’s perspective. 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.

(ON SITE) Gelli Printing from Scratch

Colorful Printing Without  a Press & NO drawing required!
Learn the basic techniques of this wonderful new method of printing  using  acrylic paint.
 Working with both botanical images made from of foraged leaves and grasses and/or  hand cut stencils and found textures we’ll explore this wonderful new method of printing without a press.
Create detailed natural images, playing with colour and layering your designs.
No drawing necessary!
You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve!
You can create a mini Concertina sketchbook like this:
or a sketchbook like this, folded from one piece of paper: 
All basic materials will  be provided.
When you enroll, I’ll send you a list of interesting optional Materials to bring to personalize and enhance your work.

(ON SITE) Fresh & Free — Flowers & Foliage

Watercolour is a magic potion…
Come learn some of its secrets and learn to capture the spirit of the garden using surprising  materials and making exciting marks without drawing. Embrace the happy accidents that inevitably occur with this mercurial medium, and also learn easy and effective techniques  to create beautiful paintings of a wide variety of plants and flowers.
For first time beginners or more advanced painters alike, you will be amazed at what you can achieve.
Materials list:
  • Watercolors
  • An 8 1/2 x 11 or larger pad or sketchbook of 140lb (300gm)cold-pressed or rough watercolor paper
  • Pencil, rubber, old toothbrush, a permanent marker (a “sharpie” or rotring pen, anything with waterproof ink.), scissors, a natural sponge.
Seana Mallen is an internationally acclaimed artist who loves to share her passion for  watercolour. She has exhibited her work in galleries from California to the Middle East, including the Royal Academy.
She has over 30 years teaching experience at university and adult education level. Her favorite thing in life, along with painting, is watching her students blossom and thrive.
To see more of her work and read students’ testimonials, please visit her website,www.seanamallen.com,
 or find her on instagram @seanamallen