Levels: All Levels
Offered: Four Tuesday Classes, November 29 - December 20, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Instructor: Toaa Dallo
Location: Santa Cruz Art League
Dates Updated: November 29 through December 20
Exploring the work of the great masters is one of the most time-honored ways of learning how to paint. In this series of four classes, we will take our inspiration from the American Impressionists — great painters like Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Edgar Payne, Theodore Robinson, and more. Their work is available for us to learn from, like unlocking a mystery. How did they do that? Let’s find out!
Toaa will be painting along with the group, demonstrating and encapsulating the lessons for each session, including key concepts like composition, color theory, artistic style, and storytelling. We will have lots of wonderful paintings to learn from, as examples to inspire us. But we won’t be copying them: Everyone will be encouraged to go their own way, to explore and have fun. In the final meetings, students will focus on one or two paintings, developing them to completion. And everyone will be invited to share their work with the group, for friendly feedback.
This class also includes an extra online session about American Impressionism and the specific artists we’re learning about (Thursday, October 27, 2pm to 4pm, though Zoom). We will look at lots of beautiful paintings, with the benefit of visual tools and computer technology that can bring the world of art and history to our desktops, laptops, and tablets. And everyone will have a front-row seat!
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.