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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: 4 Tuesdays: August 1, 8, 22, 29
  • Time: 9:30pm - 12noon
  • Class Fee: $175/ $160 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 Thursdays beginning September 21
  • Time: 9:30qm - noon
  • 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!

  • 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)

Acrylics &  Mixed Media - Summer Camp for grown ups
Acrylics and beyond! A fun and joyful approach to colour and expression through a variety of waterbased media and collage. Mixing it up with acrylic, watercolour, collage, watersoluble pencils and "inktense" sticks, we'll step into abstraction through a series of paintings inspired by, (but not slavishly copying) YOUR subject matter, photos, drawings or other reference material. Loosen up. It's summertime, let's play!

Instructor Seana Mallen is a mixed media artist who loves to share her enthusiasm for colour and creativity. New to Santa Cruz, she has taught in England and the Middle East for over 30 years and exhibits her work internationally.

  • Levels: All
  • Offered: 4 Mondays beginning August 7th
  • Time: 1pm - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $103 / $90 members
  • Materials Fee: $10
  • Instructor: Seana Mallen
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Click here to download the materials list (pdf, 331 kb)

Traditional Figure Drawing CLASS FULL
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 CLASS FULL
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
CLASS FULL
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Wonderful Basic Drawing Techniques - You can do this!
This class will be an introduction to successful drawing techniques, strategies and exercise to allow you to gain confidence in drawing and enhance your creativity.

Instructor Kathryn Harper: BFA '78 CCAC with distinction California State Teaching Credential- Drawing, Painting and Design Teacher 9-12th grader, 37 years at Santa Cruz High School Education Awards: Art Teacher of the year, Santa Cruz County Cultural Educator of the year for "Innovation" Santa Cruz Eddy Awards, NASA Youth Flight Ambassador

  • Levels: All
  • Offered: 6 Mondays beginning September 11
  • Time: 1:30 - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 members
  • Instructor: Kathryn Harper
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Click here to download the materials list (pdf, 333 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

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: 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
  • 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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Papier-mâché Masks
In this workshop you will learn the construction process of making a mask using the papier mache method: paper, tape , and wheat paste. You will be able to complete the mask over the two day workshop. The mask can be made to wear or as an art object to display. The first day will involve a brief overview of world masks with many examples to stir your imagination. Next the designing of the piece followed by the building of the mask with the papier mache process. The next week ( it takes a day or so for drying) you will paint and decorate your mask. Create an animal, a person, a Day of the Dead skull, a Halloween surprise,or a magical beast. To bring with you: for an animal or person bring a photo image.
Instructor Donna Thompson, BFA MA has been working in the medium for the past twenty five years. She had the amazing opportunity to take a workshop with two members of the legendary Linares family and learned several tips on creating paper sculptures from experts in this very special field.

  • Levels: All
  • Offered: September 23rd and 30th
  • Time: 11am - 4pm
  • Class Fee: $160 / $140 members
  • Additional Fees: $10 materials fee (paid to instructor)
  • Instructor: Donna Thompson
  • Additional Instructions: Class is at instructor's studio.
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Beginning Watercolor
This workshop is an introduction to the medium of watercolor. It will include the basic techniques used in painting with watercolor; wet into wet, washes, layering/glazing and a combination of these. Color theory as well as practical application of those theories. If you have a desire to learn to paint in watercolor, Jo-Neal will prove you can do it! And…she is especially fond of working with beginners.
Instructor Jo Neal Boic has been a teacher for more than 40 years and she has been painting and teaching watercolor for 29 of those. She loves to teach and believes that all students are capable of learning to draw and paint in whatever medium they choose. She fancies a variety of subjects but is particularly drawn to nature.

  • Levels: All
  • Offered: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 23 & 24/li>
  • Time: 9am - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $160 / $140 members
  • Instructor: JoNeal Boic
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Mastering the White Paper in Watercolor
Follow in the footsteps of John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer as you learn, through a series of carefully crafted exercises, how to make your watercolors come alive with light and color. The transparency of watercolor demands that you work from white to dark and from large shapes to small. You will learn that where we put color is just as important as where we leave the paper clean and white. Enhance your color shapes with white paper–dark against light to create luminosity, use lost and found color edges to add mystery and space. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced painter, you will benefit from this workshop. Mastering the white paper is one of the most important skills in watercolor painting.
Instructor Robert Regis Dvořák is an artist and professional speaker who presents workshops and keynotes on drawing, watercolor and creative thinking education and business. He is the author of four books on drawing including The Practice of Drawing as Meditation. His latest book is Travel Drawing and Painting.

  • Levels: All
  • Offered:Saturday, Sept 30 , one day only
  • Time: 9am - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $89
  • Instructor: Robert Regis Dvořák
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