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Art Classes

The Santa Cruz Art League has a wide variety of classes at a variety of times. Is your week too hectic for our series classes? Consider taking one of our Weekend Workshops. Already have some skills and looking for a place to draw after work? Consider popping by our weekly, drop-in life drawing session (see description below).



2017 Art Classes

Please note: When you sign up for a class you will get a "receipt" from Presto Biz (that does not mean you are in the class.) PrestoBiz then sends the request to us and we process your payment here at the Art League if there is room in the class.

Drop-in Classes

Monday Night Figure Drawing
Drawing the human figure is acknowledged to be the best foundation for learning the process of really seeing small details and acquiring perspective and measurement skills to benefit all future artistic endeavours. Pop by our classroom every Monday night and sharpen your skills. Live model. Facilitated by Open Studio Artist Richard Bennett.

  • Levels: Previous drawing experience required. No instruction provided.
  • Date and Time: Drop-In, Monday Nights, 7:00 - 10:00pm
  • Location: in the SCAL classroom
  • Fee: $16 non-members, $14 members, $10 students
  • Facilitator: Richard Bennett

2nd Thursday Figure Drawing and Painting
Similar to our Monday Night Drawing class (above) except with longer poses and attendees may choose to either draw or paint. Live nude or draped model. Facilitated by Open Studio Artist Richard Bennett.

  • Levels: Previous drawing or painting experience required. No instruction provided.
  • Date and Time: 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:00 - 10:00pm
  • Location: in the SCAL classroom
  • Fee: $16 non-members, $14 members, $10 students
  • Facilitator: Richard Bennett



Series Art Classes

Loose and Painterly Landscapes
Barbara will demonstrate the process of landscape painting from photographs (mostly local scenes). Students can paint along with the demo or do their own thing with their own photographs. Topics covered: preparing canvas to paint, two difference approaches to painting, abstracting the landscape, color, perspective, brush control, value, edge quality, and much more. Bring your own photos, and lots of questions to ask.

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.

  • Levels: All
  • Offered: 3 Tuesdays: July 11th, 18th and 25th
  • Time: 9:30pm - 12noon
  • Class Fee: $131 / $120 members
  • Instructor: Barbara Bailey-Porter
  • Additional Instructions: Bring your own reference photos.
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Click here to download the materials list (pdf, 254 kb)

 

Loosen Up and Have Fun with Acrylics
Painting from the heart and loosening up are fundamentals of this class. We work fast and loose, layering our canvas with color, blocking in shapes, and adding definition to create a beautiful masterpieces. I want to introduce you to the fun of paint, we will use spray bottles and drip, splat, brush,even use our hands to create magic. We work on several canvases at a time, producing much work. The more you make, the better the results. Themes change every session. Many students repeat the class as it gives them a valuable critique of their work, and time and space to commit to a regular art practice.

Instructor Carrie Clayden is a professional artist and teacher. Carrie graduated from UCSC in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Fine Art in 1995. Her studio isat 17th Avenue and her work can be found on her website www.carrieclayden.com

  • Levels: All
  • Offered: 6 Mondays beginning July 17, (skip 7/31)
  • Time: 1pm - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 members
  • Instructor: Carrie Clayden
  • Additional Instructions: Reference photos are encouraged.
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Click here to download the materials list (pdf, 115 kb)

Introduction to Figure Drawing CLASS FULL
This is a small group to begin a study of the human form from a live model. Immerse yourself in an intimate and comprehensive introduction to the art of REALLY seeing. This class is limited to 10 students per class so sign up today!

Instructor Susie Wilson has a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design (UK), a degree in Illustration and an HNDBTEC degree in Education, also in the UK. . She taught Life Drawing at the Norfolk Institute and was a college lecturer in the subject at the Norwich School of Art. Since arriving in America she has taught private and group classes for approximately 20 years, and has participated in Open Studios.

  • Levels: Beginner
  • Offered: 6 Wednesdays beginning August 16th
  • Time: 10am - 12:30pm
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 members
  • Model Fee: $45 at 1st class
  • Instructor: Susie Wilson
  • Additional Instructions: Class is limited to 10 students.
  • CLASS IS FULL
Click here to download the materials list (pdf, 59 kb)

Traditional Figure Drawing
Drawing can be described as an inquiring investigation into visible appearance, and the learned discipline should never exclude the potential for free and spontaneous input. Intuition, feelings and impulse are essential elements to the personal development of drawing skills. This class offers an opportunity to really look at the form, structure, spaces and surfaces of the nude figure and seek a unique and individual expression of making what we see visible. 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 class is limited to 12 students per class so sign up today!

Instructor Susie Wilson has a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design (UK), a degree in Illustration and an HNDBTEC degree in Education, also in the UK. . She taught Life Drawing at the Norfolk Institute and was a college lecturer in the subject at the Norwich School of Art. Since arriving in America she has taught private and group classes for approximately 20 years, and has participated in Open Studios.

  • Levels: All
  • Offered: 6 Wednesdays beginning August 16th
  • Time: 1pm - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 members
  • Model Fee: $45 at 1st class
  • Instructor: Susie Wilson
  • Additional Instructions: Class is limited to 14 students.
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Click here to download the materials list (pdf, 59 kb)

Watercolor
This class is geared to facilitate those who have never painted and those who have advanced their skills. Most class sessions will include a demo and then time to work on the elements of the demo. Information on materials, including colors and "gimmicks",and tools is given throughout the six-week period. The goal of this class is to encourage the joy of painting, while improving skills and knowledge. This is a "fun" class, so bring a sense of humor and whatever materials you have and enjoy.

Instructor Linda Lord is a self-trained artist and illustrator with over 16 years teaching experience in her studio and via the SC Watercolor Society; an Open Studio artist whose exhibits include Cozumel, Mexico. Linda also publishes with a decorative art publisher.

  • Levels: All
  • Offered: 6 Thursdays beginning August 17
  • Time: 1pm - 4pm
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 members
  • Instructor: Linda Lord
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Click here to download the materials list (pdf, 457 kb)

Watercolor on Mondays
This class is geared to facilitate those who have never painted and those who have advanced their skills. Most class sessions will include a demo and then time to work on the elements of the demo. Information on materials, including colors and "gimmicks",and tools is given throughout the six-week period. The goal of this class is to encourage the joy of painting, while improving skills and knowledge. This is a "fun" class, so bring a sense of humor and whatever materials you have and enjoy.

Instructor Linda Lord is a self-trained artist and illustrator with over 16 years teaching experience in her studio and via the SC Watercolor Society; an Open Studio artist whose exhibits include Cozumel, Mexico. Linda also publishes with a decorative art publisher.

  • Levels: All
  • Offered: 6 Mondays beginning September 11
  • Time: 9:30am - noon
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 members
  • Instructor: Linda Lord
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Click here to download the materials list (pdf, 457 kb)

Pastel Studio
Loosen up and have fun with pastels! Using expressive marks and color we will paint vibrant landscapes and still life. The essentials of pastel painting will be covered including approaches and methods of application, pastels from hard to soft, surface possibilities, color theory and underpainting. Demos, problem solving, and lots of individual instruction are included. This class is appropriate for both beginners in pastel and those who are experienced with the medium. Just bring whatever pastels you may have and explore the possibilities of this versatile medium!

Instructor Joan Hellenthal, BA Fine Art Brown University, MA Fine Art SJSU; CA credentialed art instructor, painter and mixed media artist who exhibits in many private and corporate collections inc. MAH, UCSC and Open Studios. joanhellenthal.com

  • Levels: All but some drawing experience is recommended
  • Offered: 6 Fridays beginning August 4th
  • Time: 9:30am - 12noon
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 members
  • Instructor: Joan Hellenthal
  • Additional Instructions: Bring whatever pastels you have.
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Click here to download the materials list (pdf, 201 kb)

Botanical Art in Graphite, Watercolor and Colored Pencil
Traditional botanical art involves accuracy as well as artistic technique and creativity. It brings out the beauty in detail and leads to a new perception of our plant subjects. But you don't need to be a botanist, and artists at all levels are welcome (some drawing experience helps). We'll work with graphite pencil, watercolor and colored pencil. You'll get plenty of individual attention as you draw and paint, to challenge and encourage you at your own level of skill. You may bring plant subjects of your choice or you may choose to work with botanical specimens that will be provided.

Instructor Maria Cecilia Freeman is a professional artist with over 25 years of experience bridging scientific illustration and botanical fine art. Her award-winning drawings and paintings have appeared in solo and juried exhibitions across the U.S. and in Europe. You can see her work at her website: mcf-art.com

  • Level: All but some drawing experience is recommended
  • Offered: 6 Mondays, No Class Sept. & Oct. Class will resume in November.
  • Time: 9am - 12noon
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 members
  • Instructor: Maria Cecilia Freeman
  • Additional Instructions: Reference materials provided but you may also bring your own (see details above)
Click here to download the materials list (pdf, 322 kb)

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Weekend Workshops

Experiential Drawing
Learn a revolutionary drawing method that transcends technical rules to improve your drawing.  Want to learn to draw or loosen up tight drawing habits? As outlined in Mr. Dvorak’s book,Experiential Drawing, the exercises are innovative and unusual or are new applications to familiar drawing methods. Experiential Drawing is for beginners, artists, and teachers who want to learn a spontaneous method of drawing that will enable you to draw quickly and effortlessly without judgment, and master the Zen-like ability to concentrate in a safe non-competitive environment.  Those with no drawing skills and those who draw and would like to move more deeply into their artistic processes are welcome. This is not an ordinary drawing course.

Instructor Robert Regis Dvorák is an artist and keynote speaker on creativity. He has been conducting drawing and painting workshops for 30 years. He is the author of a number of books on drawing and painting: Drawing Without Fear, The Pocket Drawing Book, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation and Travel Drawing and Painting.

  • Level: All
  • Offered: June 24th (one day only)
  • Time: 10am - 4pm
  • Class Fee: $89
  • Additional Fees: $30 materials fee (paid to instructor)
  • Instructor: Robert Regis Dvorák
  • Additional Instructions: Bring a lunch. All materials will be furnished and will include the book Experiential Drawing, paper, drawing instruments, and other materials needed to present the class — a $30+ value.
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Paper Arts - Silhouette & Diorama
Experiment with paper in ways you never imagined possible! In this weekend workshop you will create two and three dimensional artworks as you think beyond paper's traditional uses. We will explore conceptual implications in art and culture, and learn methods of manipulation such as intricate paper cut outs and dioramas. Students will be introduced to contemporary art work by famous paper artists such as Swoon, Adrien Coburn, Andy Byers and Kara Walker. Students will leave this class with two cohesive and thought provoking paper works.

Instructor Dana Peters, MFA, is a mixed media artist, printmaker, and performance artist. She was also the 2012 Resident Paper Costumer and Performance Artist at Proyecto Ace Residency Program in Buenos, Aires Argentina. She exhibits her two and three-dimensional paper works across the U.S. and internationally. She also exhibits locally in galleries and museums including the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and the R. Blitzer Gallery in Santa Cruz.

  • Level: All
  • Offered: July 8th and 9th
  • Time: 9am - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $160 / $140 members
  • Additional Fees: $50 materials fee
  • Instructor: Dana Peters, MFA
  • Additional Instructions: Materials provided. Bring a lunch.
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Intuitive Painting
This class is designed to inspire creativity and encourage artistic expression. To create in a way that moves you into the mystery of yourself. The process, not the end result will become your focus. If you paint for product you havea result in mind, a direction, a goal, a place you are trying to reach. When you paint for process you can go anywhere. Using your intuition,imagination and spontaneity you’ll playfully paint highly original works of art without judgement, comparing, or concern for outcome. This creates an uplifting sense of inner freedom, where the painting possibilities are endless.

Instructor Laura Shepardson Often inspired by the diverse settings in her life, Laura expresses her imaginative voice through a wide assortment of mediums. With over 25 years of experience in creating art, Laura's various means of expression include clay pottery, bamboo jewelry, mosaics, mandalas, and of course, painting.Much of her work has been exhibited in galleries, and successfully sold at gift shops throughout the Caribbean and Oregon, including her own boutique at the Tropical Treehouse in Rincon Puerto Rico. Laura also enjoys facilitating classes, and workshops that inspire creative expression.

  • Level: All
  • Offered: July 22nd (one day only)
  • Time: 10am - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $89
  • Instructor: Laura Shepardson
  • Additional Instructions: Bring a lunch.
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Make Your Colors Sing!
This is a two day intensive workshop for painters in watercolor or acrylic who want to expand, intensify, and enliven their use of color. Starting with basic color theory, we will explore the concepts of hue, saturation, temperature and value. We will use complementary and harmonious colors to create a series of small paintings inventing and investigating new color ideas in the media of your choice.

Instructor Seana Mallen , MA, an inspiring teacher and great lover of color! She's exhibited her work internationally, in the US, England and Bahrain, and has an MA in Drawing from Kingston University, UK. She has over 25 years experience teaching painting and drawing at university and adult education level, and she loves to share her enthusiasm for painting. www.seanamallen.com

  • Level: All
  • Offered: July 15th and 16th
  • Time: 9am - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $160 / $140 members
  • Additional Fees: $10 materials fee
  • Instructor: Seana Mallen
  • Additional Instructions: Bring a lunch. Some materials provided, but please bring your own paper, and your choice of paints and brushes. Coffee, tea and cookies provided.
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Basic Encaustic Painting
Encaustic painting is an exciting, ancient and cutting-edge art form. Painting with molten beeswax is very forgiving and extremely versatile. The possibilities are endless using: collage, stencils, stamps, ink, oil paints, watercolors, photography and so much more. Explore through demonstrations how to mix paint, fuse layers of wax, apply oil and chalk pastels, embed photos, and apply image transfers. Artist of all media and skill level will enjoy the limitless possibilities and fascination that encaustic has to offer.

Instructor Terry Dowell is a mixed media artist specializing in encaustic work. Her work can be seen in private collections nationwide and in juried shows in Northern California. Other than encaustic, Terry has worked in wheel thrown and hand built pottery, photography, oil painting, watercolors, plein aire painting, and drawing for the last 50 years.

  • Level: All. No drawing skills necessary.
  • Offered: July 22nd and 23rd or August 12 and 13
  • Time: 10am - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $165
  • Additional Fees: $60 materials fee (paid to instructor)
  • Instructor: Terry Dowell
  • Additional Instructions: Bring a lunch. All materials are provided. Limited to 6 students. Please note, this workshop is taught at the instructor’s studio in Aptos.
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Working in Wax
In this workshop you will create one or more small wax sculptures. Subject matter is up to you; bring two or more images, objects, ideas, or sketches to work from. You will be guided in sculpting by hand and with tools, including hot wax techniques. You should be able to finish one or more wax sculptures suitable for bronze casting. All tools and materials will be provided. A handout will provide options for casting your work in bronze as well as sources for tools and materials.

Jeff Arnett, BFA, MA, has been a working sculptor for many years. Mentored by sculptors Doyle Foreman, Peter Hanson and Ante Marinovic, he works primarily in stone and bronze. Contact Jeff at jarnett@ucsc.edu with questions about the workshop.

"Sculpture is the art of the hole and the lump." —Auguste Rodin. Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/augusterod377742.html

  • Offered: August 5 & 6
  • Time: 10-4pm
  • Class Fee: $160 /$140 members
  • Additional Fees: $15 materials fee (paid to instructor)
  • Instructor: Jeff Arnett
  • Additional Instructions: Bring a lunch and work clothes and/or apron.
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Mixed Up: The art of mixed media layering
Experience the infinite possibilities of paper, paint and found materials while creating a ready to hang, mixed-media artwork. The goal of this workshop is to experiment with different techniques, layer them properly and have a good time. Part color theory class, part exposure to fresh ideas about composition with emphasis on creativity, how to loosen up and break the rules. Combing, scribing, rubbings, stencils, stickers, stamping, whitewashes, transfers, gold leaf, rust, glazing, tinting and even smoke are finding their way into FINE ART and we will play with them all. Feel free to bring 2D materials you have questions about or would like to use. Each One Day Workshop is limited to 8 participants.

Instructor Dee Hooker is a professional artist, curator, director of the Cabrillo Music Festival BLUE UMBRELLA ART COLLABORATIVE and a 25+ year Open Studio participant.

  • Level: All
  • Offered: August 12 or August 20
  • Time: 11am - 5ish
  • Class Fee: $145 / $125 members
  • Additional Fees: $10 materials fee (paid to instructor)
  • Instructor: Dee Hooker
  • Additional Instructions: Includes lunch and California wines. Please note, this workshop is taught at instructor's studio.
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