Classes in Progress

Keeping A Nature Sketchbook

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Cynthia Armstrong

Offered: 4 Monday Mornings beginning 6/11/18 until 7/2/18 9.30am - 12.00pm

Fee: $120 / $105 member price

Sketching can be a pleasant and powerful tool for studying nature.  You don’t have to be an experienced scientist or an accomplished artist to be inspired to enjoy sketching and really ‘see’ the world around you.  Through regular recording of observations and your feelings and thoughts in response to them, you will come away with skills that open the door to endless possibilities to learn about the environment and it’s beauty.

4 consecutive Mondays will give us time to explore a variety of techniques and materials.  A combination of SCAL studio time and outdoor work will be scheduled, with locations to be announced.


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.   As a published illustrator, Cynthia has traveled and journaled extensively throughout her career. Clients include The New York Botanical Garden, The National Park Service, and The California Native Plant Society.

Abstracted Figure – Acrylic Painting Series – Class is Full!

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Cher Roberts

Offered: 4 Tuesday Mornings in June 9.30am - 12.00pm

Fee: $120 / $105 with member discount

Come stretch your creative wings in this series of painting classes designed for the beginning painter.  We will focus on the exploration of the gently abstracted human figure using acrylics.  I will address formal painting elements and give you a “permission slip” to bend all the rules!  The pace is individualized for the level of each participant.  Relax and enjoy as you are guided through the creation of your own contemporary, figurative works of art.

Urban Sketching; Explore and Enjoy where you are through journaling! (Sunday afternoons)

Levels: All

Instructor: Brian Bowes

Offered: 4 Sunday afternoons starting 06/03/18 2pm - 5pm

Fee: $120 / $105 member price

Explore the world, Experiment with new tools and techniques, & Enjoy life!

Urban sketching is a wonderful way to connect with the world around you. While making drawings on location, this workshop will cover a range of different techniques including watercolor, other water-media, collage, pen, ink, and the good old pencil! During the course we will discuss the unique methods and techniques that can help to develop artistic abilities and super-charge your creativity!

The workshop will begin with in-class demonstrations and discussions at the Art League, and followed by field trips to nearby locations.

Increasing our knowledge and extending our ability is an ongoing and continuous process to which everyone is invited! Please join our quest for improvement and ways to make different or better drawings. This workshop is limited to 15 students so sign up today!

Instructor Brian Bowes has an MFA in Illustration from the University of Hartford, a BFA in Illustration from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and an AA in Graphic Design from the Santa Rosa Junior College. He has taught at the Disney Family Museum, Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, among others. Brian is proud of the work he does as the Youth Education Director for SCMAC in bringing Art After School Classes to the children of the San Lorenzo Valley. Brian teaches private lessons, and is a working illustrator.