Classes in Progress

Journal Sketching – Sundays

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Cynthia Armstrong

Offered: 6 Sunday mornings, beginning 06/02/19 10am - 1pm

Fee: $160 / $140 member price

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.

Plein Air Landscape Painting

Levels: All

Instructor: Mac McWilliams

Offered: 5 Sundays, starting 6/2/19 9:00am-12:00pm

Fee: $160/$140 members

Join us painting on location throughout the Central Coast!

From the mountains to the sea, from slough to farm. Basics of using oils, medium, brushwork are covered as well as composition, color and value. Following meeting places to be discussed and chosen as class progresses. To give an idea of the potential  range of travel, we may go out to Wilder Ranch or up as far as Davenport as well as the hills & farmland north of Watsonville. If you are in need of directions, please click the linked address below for a Google map.

Participants need to wear appropriate attire for traveling and sitting in nature. It is tick season so, wear appropriate foot apparel and leg coverings. Also bug spray, sunscreen, umbrella , and water are advised. 

Location#1.) 6/2/19, 116 Strawberry Road, Royal Oaks (off of Elkhorn Rd.) 



Mac McWilliams is a professional artist and teacher with over 40 years’ experience. Well-known on the Central Coast, his work is represented in collections both public & private. An Open Studios artist and a long-time member of the Carmel Art Association.




Additional Instructions: Class will be held outdoors, please bring proper attire, bug spray, sunblock, hat, water, etc.

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