Past Workshops

(LIVE ONLINE) Color Theory: Choosing Emotive Limited Color Schemes

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Hajra Meeks

Offered: LIVE ONLINE, One Saturday Afternoon 3/28/20 12:00pm-3:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $35.00

Color Theory can be intimidating and tedious, but not anymore! Through this live online workshop, students will follow along with Hajra Meeks and learn about the various color schemes, how to choose an emotive limited palette suited for any painting, and create a stack of custom color wheels & limited palettes from your paints in this info-dense workshop for tangible color scheme examples you can return to over and over.  So park your brushes here and let the epic color adventures begin! Suitable for beginning to advanced artists.

How does it work?:

  1. Before class starts, students will set up their work areas comfortably at home in front of their device.
  2. 15 minutes before the start of the class, Hajra will email a private YouTube livestream link to all students enrolled.
  3. At the start time of the class, students click the provided link to be connected to the live workshop.
  4. Students will follow along with Hajra and have their questions addressed in real time by typing them into the comments section during class.
  5. Enjoy and learn!
  6. After class, students are welcomed to text or email Hajra images of their work to receive feedback via email or over the phone!

This Class is taught through You Tube Livestream from the comfort of your own home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hajra Meeks is an Author-Illustrator, fine artist, and Lecturer from the Bay Area. She has a BSc in Physics from the Univ. of San Francisco, an MSc in International History from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and a Picture Book Certificate from the MA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was a Lecturer in Art History, International History, and Calculus at UC Merced for 4 years, and has taught watercolor, gouache, and ink in-person and online for a decade. Her Youtube channel currently has 1.5 million views, her art has been in exhibitions in Union City, Mariposa, Vermont, Santa Clara, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Merced (where it was viewed by First Lady Michelle Obama), and she had a successfully funded online Kickstarter campaign for an environmentalist picture book about the real wolf OR-7. She also collaborates on digital, interactive Data Visualization projects that combine art and information. Currently, she’s teaching at SCAL, SCMNH, and via Patreon. You can learn more about her artwork and instruction at http://hajrameeks.com 

Creative Watercolor Methods and Techniques

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: One Sunday afternoon, 3/8/20 10:00am-4:00pm *Sharp

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $99.00, one price

CREATIVE WATERCOLOR METHODS AND TECHNIQUES 

This class is for people who like to paint watercolors or who would like to get back to painting. This easy one-day workshop will teach you new ways to create beautiful watercolor paintings.  You will learn:

  • new ways to experiment with watercolor
  • a variety of secrets for creating skies, trees, rocks, and water
  • over twenty-five techniques to create patterns and textures including resists, brush techniques, and alternatives to the brush
  • the correct use of sprays and spatters to create colorful textures
  • when and how to use color, gray, black, and opaque white
  • how to create new ideas for paintings

You will watch step-by-step painting demonstrations, try them, and come away from the class with many new and easy techniques for painting in watercolor.  If you have had some previous watercolor painting experience with Mr. Dvorak, on your own, or in some other class, you will find this workshop will open you up to many new and exciting ways to paint.  Please bring your own watercolor brushes, watercolor paint, palette, No. 2 HB pencil, water container and cotton rag (not a paper towel) and one full sheet of watercolor paper.

 

Materials Fee:  $6 for one full sheet of 140 cold pressed paper (if you don’t bring your own). $4 for a mouth atomizer (if you don’t have one). A basic materials kit (one round brush, a hake brush and a travel box of 12 watercolors) will be available from the instructor for $22 for those who need them.

 

 

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting easy to learn and fun to practice for 35 years. A California artist and keynote speaker on subjects of creativity, he has authored: Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing, and The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, The Pocket Drawing Book, and articles on drawing and watercolor painting in American Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magazine.

 

Drawing Portraits the Easy Way

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: One Saturday afternoon, 3/7/20 10:00am - 4:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $99.00, one price

DRAWING PORTRAITS THE EASY WAY

You can easily learn to draw a portrait.  Don’t waste your time trying to learn to draw portraits from a book, or an expensive on-line course, the slow way—practicing bad habits that will frustrate and disappoint you.

If you have always wanted to be able to draw portraits of friends and family, know that your lack of success is not because you don’t have talent or artistic ability, or because you don’t practice enough. Most people who try to draw faces practice the wrong way.  In this workshop you will learn how to do amazing drawings of faces.  You will surprise your friends and family and most important yourself.

You will learn the basics of portrait drawing—the good habits that will give you hours of fun and increase your ability, every time you draw.  You will learn:

  • easy to remember portrait proportions,
  • how to take advantage of lighting so that your faces don’t look flat,
  • how to place the face on the paper,
  • how to make your drawing quickly without a lot of fuss,
  • where to begin and how to proceed,
  • how to practice to increase your skill

a number of different media to use for the best results and much more. No matter what your skill or background, this workshop will have you drawing faces and loving it. Bring to the class–a watercolor brush No. 10 or larger, a water container, a cotton rag. Other drawing supplies, paper, handout materials will be provided for the $16 materials fee. A brush will be available for $6.00 or you can borrow one from the instructor.

 

 

 

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák, has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn for 35 years. He presents workshops and lectures on creativity, drawing, and painting.  He has taught right-brain drawing and painting methods for 35 years and is the author of  the  books: Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, Travel  Drawing and  Painting, The Pocket Drawing Book, and The Practice of Drawing as Meditation.

Rough Cut: An Introduction to Linoleum Block Printmaking

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Molly Brown

Offered: 2 Sunday mornings, starting 2/16/2020 10:00am-1:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $99.00 one price for all

This course is intended to whet the palate, to generate inquiries, and get familiar with the basic tools and techniques of relief block printing. There will be practical demonstrations, and an emphasis on hands on learning and problem solving. Students will leave with the knowledge and materials to continue creating independently.

All materials for this introductory workshop will be provided by instructors for a materials fee of $30

 

 

 

Molly Brown is a printmaker and multi-media maker based in Santa Cruz. She received her education at Bennington College in VT and has been an independent maker since returning to the west coast in 2015. 

Beginning Floral Oil Painting Workshop

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Thalia Stratton

Offered: One Sunday afternoon, 2/9/20 12:00pm-4:30pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $89.00, one price

Working with the accomplished artist Thalia Stratton, students will be learning valuable fundamentals in the beautiful art of floral oil painting. She will cover important processes and techniques to help students in their understanding of crucial subjects such as, canvas preparation and composition of floral design and back ground. Thalia will also focus on educating students in the portrayal of light sources, defining values, color mixing, use of materials, and framing of their artwork. No drawing experience is required for this workshop.

Thalia will be providing all materials needed to students for a $35 materials fee, you are free to just come to class! Detailed list available by clicking blue“Materials List” link below.

If you do not need to purchase a kit, please notify audrey@scal.org, ASAP before 1/26/20

 

 

Thalia Stratton graduated with Honors & Distinction from the University of San Francisco/Academy of Art University 1989 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art Degree in Fashion Illustration. She received a Master’s of Fine Arts in Painting from the Academy of Art University in 2010. She has taught at the college level since her graduation . Professional projects include illustrating for Givenchy-Paris, Neiman Marcus, Playboy Enterprises, the San Francisco Ballet and I. Magnin and Co. She has also developed product lines for the Wine Industry of Sonoma and Napa Valley.

Thalia works have been sold throughout the U.S and have been published in Gentry Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, American Art Collector, Southwest Art and Fine Art Connoisseur. She has won numerous awards and published two books, The Art of Dining and The Art of Dining :Epicurean Delights. She is a current member of the California Art Club in Pasadena, California and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, where she has also exhibited, and is a member of Oil Painters of America, where she has exhibited in both the National and Western Regional Juried exhibitions.

Pastels for the Enthusiastic Beginner: Getting Started with Soft Pastels

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Erika Perloff

Offered: Saturday Morning, 2/8/2020 9:00am-3:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $99.00

Come get immersed in the world of soft pastels. In this one day intensive class you will learn the basics of working with this vibrant, forgiving and addictive medium. We’ll discuss choosing pastels, pastel surfaces, color mixing, layering, mark making, using pastels safely, underpainting, value and color harmony. We’ll do a variety of short exercises and some longer studies, preparing you to paint on your own. No previous pastel experience necessary.

 

Erika Perloff is a Santa Cruz based landscape painter working primarily in pastels. A life long painter, she has been working with pastels for many years and continually works on pushing what she can do with the medium. Erika’s work is regularly exhibited in galleries, solo shows, museums and other venues. She has been honored as an artist in residence in schools and national parks and loves sharing the joy of painting with others. Her teaching style encourages experimentation, process and learning from both successes and failures.

Introduction to Acrylics

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Erin Hunter

Offered: Saturday Afternoon, 1/25/2020 12:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $99.00 one price for all

Acrylic paint is a fast-drying, versatile medium that can be used to create a wide range of techniques—it can be used for thick, textured effects, or thinned down and painted in transparent layers like watercolor. Acrylic paint can be used on substrates ranging from wood paneling to canvas to watercolor paper, and mixed with other media such as pencil, ink, and watercolor. In this class, we’ll experiment with opacity—using thin, transparent layers, and thicker, opaque layers—as well as painting different papers (white watercolor paper, illustration board, and black gessoed paper). If you’ve always wanted to experiment with acrylics, this is the class for you! All skill levels welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erin Hunter is a trained science illustrator with a background in graphic design. She splits her work between fine art paintings depicting the natural world, and technical illustrations for an academic science journal (Annual Reviews). Her personal work focuses on the interactions between plants and animals, with a special interest in plant-pollinator relationships. She also teaches weekend workshops, giving classes in natural history, drawing, and painting. 

Paint Colorful Landscapes in the Studio.

Levels: All

Instructor: Maggie Renner Hellmann

Offered: 1 Sunday afternoon, 1/19/20 12:30pm-4:30pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $89.00

In this Landscape painting class, Learn how to keep colors clean and fresh, and also learn about focal points, composition, value, perspective, shapes and volumes, color, edges, and how to use various contrasts to push and pull compositional elements within a painting. We will paint using personal or teacher supplied photos as reference. Maggie will guide you through the painting process step by step with demos and assist you in creating one painting during the class. For a detailed materials list for both acrylic or solvent free oil paint is available by clicking the blue “Download Materials List” link below!

 

Solvent-free oil or acrylic welcomed to join the class!

 

 

 

MAGGIE RENNER HELLMANN appeared in international publications such as ‘The Artist’s Magazine’ and has won numerous Best of Show and International awards for her Seascapes and Landscapes. Maggie won a painting competition scholarship and received her Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Illustration at SJSU, Advanced fine art studies at ‘Lorenzo de Medici’ Art Institute, Florence, Italy and studies with Ovanes Berberian, Calvin Liang and Ray Roberts. Maggie is a well known painting teacher who teaches locally and in Tuscany, Italy regularly. A long time Open Studios Artists and Gallery Represented Painter, Maggie’s work is collected internationally.

A Day of Delft- Bring a Friend Promotion!

Levels: All

Instructor: Claire Mills

Offered: One Saturday Morning 01/18/20 9:30am-12:30pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $89.00 - one price for this class

Register you and a friend for $89.00! 

*Promotion does not include materials fee of $5.00*

How to redeem listed below

 

Bring a friend and join me in exploring the history and world of Delftware and this unique and beautiful shade of blue – Delft Blue. Painting with just one color invites us to examine the range and tones we can achieve using just water and paint. The 17th Century Dutch  Delftware artists were masters of this, but their techniques and observations of human life and its depiction can still be applied to the art we create today. Using the Schminke Horadam Delft Blue Watercolor paint we will study and learn depth, range and tones of color. After a brief lecture and discussion about the origins of this unique art form, we will jump straight into creating our own Delft Blue color-wheel and replica Delftware artwork, adding a 21st century twist too. Please bring your favorite watercolor brushes (small to medium size) and a small, clean palette. A $5 materials fee will include Arches watercolor paper templates (color wheel, tiles, windmill, plate and grids) and the Schminke Horadam Delft Blue Watercolor paint, all provided by the teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claire is a self-taught artist who discovered painting after attending watercolor classes with Linda Lord at the Santa Cruz Art League. She paints every day, dividing her time between watercolor & acrylic mediums and considers herself a permanent student of art learning and employing new techniques and methods when creating her artwork. She recently started a small fabric & paper design company.

 

 

How to redeem Bring a Friend for Free promotion:

1.)Register for the class through our website.

2.)Forward your emailed receipt to our education coordinator at audrey@scal.org with the name & email of the person you intend to bring by Wednesday 1/8/20 if possible.

3.) You will both be registered for the workshop! **Promotion does not include material fee of $5 person**

Please note: Instructors need an accurate head count so they can properly prepare for classes, please make sure to provide proper notice so the instructor can provide materials for them!

 

 

 

Discovering Water Soluble Oils & Introduction to Early California Impressionism

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Anna Lee Steed

Offered: Saturday Afternoon, 01/11/20 10:00am-4:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $99

A great opportunity to try a new medium without having to invest!  All paint and mediums will be provided for a $10.00 material fee.  Water soluble oils work exactly like traditional oils…they stay wet on the palette, are great for a wet-in-wet approach and can be cleaned up with soap and water.  No solvents are used in the paint, the mediums or in the clean up!  Perfect for oil painters that are tired of breathing solvents.  They are used by many leading plein air painters today.

**Materials list link located below**

 We will explore the beautiful landscape paintings of the Early California Impressionist painters (1890-1930) and see the impact they still have on plein air painters today.  We will examine how they were influenced by the French Impressionists and how they were different.  Anna Lee will demonstrate the process she uses to paint with water soluble oils.  Participants may paint from stunning prints of the Impressionist’s landscape and seascape paintings or from their own landscape photos.

 

 

 

Anna Lee Steed has been painting in oil for over twenty years and has shown her work in many galleries and exhibits.  A five-year apprenticeship with noted colorist painter, the late Michael Linstrom has led her into a ten-year teaching career specializing in color mixing, color composition and the many diverse approaches to handling color effectively in paintings. 

 You may view her work at www.AnnaLeeSteed.com  or if you have questions please email Anna Lee Steed at:   alsteed@earthlink.net.

Botanical Beauty of Winter

Levels: All, some drawing experience helpful

Instructor: Maria Cecilia "Cissy" Freeman

Offered: One Sunday 12/8/19 9:30am-3:30pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $99.00 - one price for this class

Evergreen leaves, berries, nuts, seed pods and more – winter offers many beautiful plant subjects to paint.  Traditional Botanical Art strives for a beautiful portrayal of its subject that is both artistic and accurate in detail. In this watercolor workshop we’ll begin with close observation of our live plant specimens (to be provided) and draw a small composition. We’ll work on approaches to color mixing, and practice techniques of watercolor brushwork particular to botanical art – layering colors and small moist-brush work that allows us to capture fine details of our subjects. You’ll get plenty of individual attention as you draw and paint, to challenge and encourage you at your own level of skill.

**Materials list available for download below**

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor: Maria Cecilia Freeman is a professional artist with 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, and in the Filoli Florilegium. You can see her work at her website: mcf-art.com.

Adire Elecko, African Textile Workshop

Levels: All

Instructor: Donna Thompson

Offered: 2 Saturdays, 12/7/19 & 12/14/19

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $99.00

With their own unique designs, students will make a resist patterned textile pillow, inspired by the artwork of the Yoruba people from Nigeria in West Africa.  Students will learn the dyeing technique of Adire Elecko (hand painted with indigo dye) to complete their Adire Oniko cloth (term for tie dyed fabric) on the back of their pillows.

 

The Adire Eleko cloth is a personal piece of art.  It represents the artist and their family through the creation of patterns using symbolic and geometric designs. In this workshop, we will be using a starch resist that is like Adire and also a contemporary dyeing agent instead of the traditional indigo. The class will be broken down into two days as follows:

 

Day one 12/7/19 (12pm-4pm): Design &  Apply resist

Day two 12/14/19 (12pm-2pm): Paint fabric, tie dye fabric, &  make pillow

 

Bring three ideas for your design.

For instance: fur babies, hobbies, sewing, skiing, surfing, bowling, gardening, cooking, music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Thompson B.F.A, M.A. in Art Education.

 A professional art educator and practicing artist.

Retired Instructor, Art Education San Jose State University

Fulbright Faculty Exchange, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt/San Jose State University.

Twenty five years teaching art with an emphasis on world culture.

 

 

Beginning Floral Oil Painting Workshop

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Thalia Stratton

Offered: One Saturday Afternoon, 11/23/19 1:00pm-4:30pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $89.00

Working with the accomplished artist Thalia Stratton, students will be learning valuable fundamentals in the beautiful art of floral oil painting. She will cover important processes and techniques to help students in their understanding of crucial subjects such as, canvas preparation and composition of floral design and back ground. Thalia will also focus on educating students in the portrayal of light sources, defining values, color mixing, use of materials, and framing of their artwork. No drawing experience is required for this workshop.

 

Thalia will be providing all materials needed needed students for a fee due at the beginning of class, students are free to just come to class!

 

 

Thalia Stratton graduated with Honors & Distinction from the University of San Francisco/Academy of Art University 1989 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art Degree in Fashion Illustration. She received a Master’s of Fine Arts in Painting from the Academy of Art University in 2010. She has taught at the college level since her graduation . Professional projects include illustrating for Givenchy-Paris, Neiman Marcus, Playboy Enterprises, the San Francisco Ballet and I. Magnin and Co. She has also developed product lines for the Wine Industry of Sonoma and Napa Valley.

Thalia works have been sold throughout the U.S and have been published in Gentry Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, American Art Collector, Southwest Art and Fine Art Connoisseur. She has won numerous awards and published two books, The Art of Dining and The Art of Dining :Epicurean Delights. She is a current member of the California Art Club in Pasadena, California and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, where she has also exhibited, and is a member of Oil Painters of America, where she has exhibited in both the National and Western Regional Juried exhibitions.

Start to Finish Oil Painting Workshop

Levels: All

Instructor: Laurel Bushman

Offered: One Sunday afternoon, 11/10/19 12pm-5:30pm

Location: Studio 199 @ Tannery Arts Center

Fee: $99.00

Join Laurel Bushman to create an alla prima oil painting. Alla prima painting is the art of painting wet on wet in oil to complete an artwork in one sitting. It literally means, “first attempt” in Italian. Working alla prima is a rewarding and fun process that helps artists develop their intuition about color, value and composition. Often first time painters surprise themselves from trusting their instincts in response to color and form. Students will learn the simple skills needed to use the palette to find the colors for each brush stroke. This thoughtful approach to organizing colors on the palette saves students years of confusion and helps build good practices. At the end of the workshop each student will have a beautiful painting to take home. Laurel is a well-practiced painter who enjoys  working with any skill level. Students will learn to paint solvent free, working oil-only and cleaning up with soap and water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laurel Bushman is a Santa Cruz based artist whose love for drawing began as a teenager when she first encountered figurative realism. As a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Laurel studied painting, drawing and art history. Using her understanding of foundational drawing techniques has allowed Laurel to express her ideas across multiple platforms, including painting, murals and more recently, caricaturing. Laurel’s teaching philosophy is one of openness to innovative ideas. Both she art and her teaching are fueled by inspiration from a broad spectrum of influences, while being fundamentally rooted in the fine art tradition.

Golden Age Portrait Masters Study (Studio 119 @ Tannery Arts Center)

Levels: All

Instructor: Hajra Meeks

Offered: One Sunday afternoon, 11/3/19 12:00pm-6:00pm, Including lunch break

Location: Studio 119 @ Tannery Arts Center

Fee: $99.00 one price for all

Learn how to capture the romantic realism and Film Noir style of a Coby Whitmore female portrait in this exciting Golden Age Masters Study! Painting techniques including how velvety Gouache can emulate the rich, opaque look of oils, layout deconstruction, color theory, and art history will all be covered in this info dense workshop. Gouache (opaque watercolor) or Watercolors accompanied by a tube of white gouache will both work for this study, so park your brushes here, and let the retro art adventures begin!

 

Detailed syllabus available via “Materials List” on SCAL’s website.

Hajra Meeks is an Author-Illustrator, fine artist, and Lecturer from the Bay Area. She has a BSc in Physics from the Univ. of San Francisco, an MSc in International History from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and a Picture Book Certificate from the MA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was a Lecturer in Art History, International History, and Calculus at UC Merced for 4 years, and has taught watercolor, gouache, and ink in-person and online for a decade. Her Youtube channel currently has 1.5 million views, her art has been in exhibitions in Union City, Mariposa, Vermont, Santa Clara, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Merced (where it was viewed by First Lady Michelle Obama), and she had a successfully funded online Kickstarter campaign for an environmentalist picture book about the real wolf OR-7. She also collaborates on digital, interactive Data Visualization projects that combine art and information. Currently, she’s teaching at SCAL, SCMNH, and via Patreon. You can learn more about her artwork and instruction at http://hajrameeks.com 

 

*This class is being held at the Tannery Arts Center in Studio 119, NOT at the Art League*