Past Workshops

Beginning Pastel: The Basics Workshop (January 13)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Mary Dettle

Offered: One Saturday Workshop: January 13th Noon to 4:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

Learn everything you need to know in one fun day to get started drawing and painting in soft pastel! From choosing the right paper, pastels and colors to basic techniques to create different effects. This is your class if you’re just getting started or want a refresher. Demonstrations of step by step exercises in sketching and painting with this exciting and vibrant medium will assist you on your artistic journey.



Meet the Instructor:

Mary Dettle has been enjoying painting with the colorful medium of pastels for over 15 years. She loves them for their versatility and richness in application and rich pigments.  Mary has shown her work in numerous shows including the Scotts Valley Art and Wine where she was the featured artist in 2009, and the California Landscape Shows . She has a bachelors degree in Interior Design and a Credential in Art Instruction . She enjoyed teaching elementary school for 22 years weaving fun, laughter and creativity into her lessons.


Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Snow Scenes (Dec 17)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: One Sunday Workshop: December 17 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

Snow Scenes are really fun to paint, with a fantastic variety of lighting effects and colors. This one-day workshop is a deep dive into this popular subject for art.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their skills. Snow Scenes are a great lesson in color theory, temperature, value, and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition, brushwork, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of great Snow Scenes for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will receive individual attention and guidance also.



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.


 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Impressionist Landscapes (November 19)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: One Sunday Workshop: November 19 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

Impressionism is one the most beloved styles of painting. It’s playful, passionate, and just plain fun! This one-day session is a deep dive into this popular and rewarding approach to painting.

This one-shot class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. Impressionism offers great lessons in composition and color theory. And we will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including brushwork technique, perspective and depth, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of interesting images for you to choose from, and you can also bring pictures of your own to paint.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.


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.


 

 

Urban Sketching Made Easy! with Robert Dvorak (November)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: One Sunday Workshop: November 12 10:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $120

This will be a full day of learning urban sketching for fun. Urban sketching and sketch crawling are now being practiced worldwide. This enjoyable day should prepare you for a lifetime of outdoor drawing pleasure. It will give you great ideas for improving and practicing your drawing skills in public–here at home or when you travel to other urban settings in the world.  Most of the day will be spent practicing drawing outdoors. Bring your lunch to the class. We will eat our lunch when we are hungry giving us more time to practice our urban sketching skills.

Please plan to add watercolor you your drawings so bring a travel watercolor pan set. We will use my book, The Pocket Drawing Book, as a guide to the exercises presented. Bring your copy of this book to the workshop if you have it.

 


You will learn:
  • short and easy practice exercises for drawing urban subjects.
  • 22 tips on how to draw or paint in comfort in a public place
  • ways to add watercolor to your line drawings
  • how to draw quickly and easily with confidence
  • how to include people, trees and other outdoor things.
  • simple and impressive drawing techniques, including hatching and shading
  • how to use pen with watercolor
  • some simple perspective tips and much more
This day of urban sketching is designed to get you drawing anywhere and loving it.  No matter what your skill or background, this workshop will have you drawing more often in public.

Meet the Instructor:
Robert Regis Dvorák, has been making drawing and watercolor painting fun and easy to learn for 35 or more years. He is an artist and popular speaker on subjects of creativity in business and education, He has authored six books on drawing and watercolor painting:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing Without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing As Meditation, and The Pocket Drawing Book. His latest book is The Book About Nothing, a delightful book of verses and drawings.

 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Water (October 8)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: One Sunday Workshop: October 8 2pm to 6pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $85

Water is one of the most wonderful things to paint, with a fantastic variety of effects and colors. This fun one-day painting session is a deep dive into this popular subject for art.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their skills. Water scenes are a great lesson in perspective, light source, color theory, value and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition, brushwork, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of interesting waterscapes for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will receive individual attention and guidance also.


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.


 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Clouds (Sept 10)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: One Sunday Workshop: September 10th 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

This fun one-day painting session is for everyone. Beginners are welcome, and more advanced painters will increase their skills. You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will provide several great Cloudcapes for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Cloud scenes are a great lesson in color theory, composition, and brushwork. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including value and contrast, volume and light source, style and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

Toaa will be painting along with the group, demonstrating and explaining methods and techniques. And everyone will receive individual attention and guidance also. Students will focus on one or two paintings, and everyone will be invited to share their work with the group, for friendly feedback.


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.


 

How to Paint a Seascape: Sunday Workshop (Aug 27)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: One Sunday Workshop: August 27th 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

This fun one-day painting session is for everyone! Beginners are welcome, and more advanced painters will increase their skills. You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will provide several great Seascapes for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Seascapes are a great lesson in color theory, temperature, value, and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition, brushwork, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

Toaa will be painting along with the group, demonstrating and explaining methods and techniques. And everyone will receive individual attention and guidance also. Students will focus on one or two paintings, and everyone will be invited to share their work with the group, for friendly feedback.


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.

 

Plein Air Painting at Lighthouse Fields (August 19th)

Levels: Some Experience Preferred

Instructor: Christine Crozier

Offered: One Saturday Morning Workshop August 19th 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Lighthouse Fields, Santa Cruz

Fee: $80

Painting en plein-air has about it a freshness, an opportunity for spontaneity that is like nothing else. The essence of plein-air painting is to find what captivates you, edit out the superfluous, and capture your vision quickly and with confidence.

The workshop will focus on simplification of shapes, discovering and maintaining focal points, and coordination of values, temperatures, textures, and color. You will learn how to identify what is important in the scene, lay out the image on the canvas, undercoat the canvas for clarity and interest, and paint a fresh, loose painting. We will strive to understand and practice these concepts on canvas rather than create “perfect” paintings.

 

12×16 oil on canvas

 

12×12 oil on linen

 


Meet the Instructor:

Christine Crozier’s oil paintings are noted for their confident, expressionist brushwork, and rich color. Collectors in the US, Canada, Europe, and South Pacific have sought her award-winning landscapes, figurative works, and portraits.

“I look for the extraordinary in a seemingly, ordinary moment. I invite my viewers to share in the magic and majesty of small, quiet moments.”

Crozier has taught art workshops in the Monterey and San Francisco Bay Areas, at Monterey Peninsula College, and in the Fiji Islands. Her current work can be seen at the Carmel Art Association where she has served on the board and as board president. She is a founding member and past-president of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association.

 

 

 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Mountains and Rocks

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: One Sunday Workshop: August 13th 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

This fun one-day painting session is for everyone. Beginners are welcome, and more advanced painters will increase their skills. You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will provide lots of great mountain landscapes and scenes with rock formations for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Mountains and rocks are a great lesson in brushwork and technique, perspective, light source, value and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition, color theory, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

Toaa will be painting along with the group, demonstrating and explaining methods and techniques. And everyone will receive individual attention and guidance also. Students will focus on one or two paintings, and everyone will be invited to share their work with the group, for friendly feedback.

 


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.

 


 

 

 

Hike and Sketch at the Pogonip (July 2023)

Levels: All Levels Welcome! (Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult)

Instructor: Sami Chang

Offered: Saturday Workshop on July 22 9:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League, and Pogonip Trail Santa Cruz

Fee: $85

In celebration of our 92nd Statewide California Landscape Exhibition, join us on a creative expedition through the Pogonip Trail in Santa Cruz!

Through this workshop, we will be exploring one of the many beautiful trails that Santa Cruz offers and learn how to translate our observations into sketches and notes. Join Science illustrator, Samantha “Sami” Chang, in bringing nature to life in your own work!

You will learn:

  • How to draw with better accuracy and precision
  • How to use quick field sketching techniques
  • How to incorporate various layouts to fit your field sketchbooks

Itinerary:

We will first meet at Art League for some treats and a look at the Landscape show. Then, we’ll head over to the entrance of the Pogonip Trail (Precise location TBA). Our group will follow the trail, stopping along the way to see and sketch our surroundings. You will receive some field guides to help you practice observational sketching. You will end the day with a page(s) in your sketchbook full of drawings and notes commemorating your journey: You will have gained a skill that will follow you wherever you go!

 


Meet the Instructor:

Samantha (Sami) Chang is a proud East Bay Area Native. Growing up, she explored her jungle of a backyard, sketchbook and pens always in hand, and drew everything she saw. Though art was one of her first loves, she became passionate about marine sciences when she was 12 years old. This passion drove her to pursuing a Marine Science degree from California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and allowed her to focus her studies on a large range of marine organisms, from the Humpback whales that visit the bay during the summer months to feed on schools of sardines to the black abalone that hide deep within the rocky crevices of the intertidal to avoid being eaten by sea otters. Combining her love of art and science, she went on to gain her graduate certification in Science Illustration at CSUMB in hopes of educating large audiences on various marine organisms and ecological processes as well as how they are impacted by human interactions.

If you would like to see more of her work, please visit https://www.schangstudios.com/.

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Water (July 9)

Levels: All Levels Welcome!

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: One Sunday Workshop: July 9 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

This fun one-day painting session is for everyone. Beginners are welcome, and more advanced painters will increase their skills. You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will provide several great Waterscapes for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Water scenes are a great lesson in perspective, light source, color theory, value, and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition, brushwork, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

Toaa will be painting along with the group, demonstrating and explaining methods and techniques. And everyone will receive individual attention and guidance also. Students will focus on one or two paintings, and everyone will be invited to share their work with the group, for friendly feedback.

 


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.

 


 

 

Sunday Workshop: How to Paint Clouds

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Toaa Dallo

Offered: One Sunday Workshop, June 4th 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $80

This fun one-day painting session is for everyone. Beginners are welcome, and more advanced painters will increase their skills. You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will provide several great Cloudscapes for you to choose from, or you can bring your own.

Cloud scenes are a great lesson in color theory, temperature, value, and contrast. We will explore key issues of painting and art-making, including composition, brushwork, style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

Toaa will be painting along with the group, demonstrating and explaining methods and techniques. And everyone will receive individual attention and guidance. Students will focus on one or two paintings, and everyone will be invited to share their work with the group for friendly feedback.

 

 

 


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.

 


 

Plein Air on the Santa Cruz Wharf

Levels: Intermediate and Experienced Painters

Instructor: Barbara Bailey Porter

Offered: Friday October 14 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Santa Cruz Warf

Fee: $65

This class meets towards the end of the wharf across from Stagnaro’s deli window. Barbara will paint along with students as demonstrations are needed. There is a variety of subject matter to choose from. Color mixing, paint application, composition, brush control, value choices, and much more will be discussed. This class is for those that have some painting experience.


 

Meet the 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.

ON SITE Art of Pillow-Making, African style

Levels: All levels

Instructor: Donna Thompson

Offered: 2 Saturdays, March 12 & 19 12-4pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $125

In this workshop you will create  a unique patterned cloth  inspired by the Yoruba people, Nigeria, West Aftrica.  The process uses a starch resist technique and tie dying.

The class will  introduce the dyeing technique of Adire Elecko  ( hand painted with indigo dye) In the class we will use a contemporary dyeing agent instead of the traditional indigo. To complete the fabric for the pillow, Adire Oniko cloth (term for tie dyed fabric) will be used for the back.

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.

Step by step instructions on the design aspect will start the class followed by the resist process, think batik with no heat.  First session will make the design and paint the resist. Second session will be dye painting on the resist fabric and  tie dye for the pillow back.  We will also be able to sew the pillow and stuff it.  When you finish the workshop you will take a special, meaningful piece of art that your created home!

Workshop is designed for all, no prior experience necessary.

Donna Thompson is a professional art educator and practicing artist, with twenty five years teaching art with an emphasis on world culture.

(ON SITE) Creative Concertina Sketchbook

Levels: All levels

Instructor: Seana Mallen

Offered: Saturday February 19th & Sunday February 20th From 1-5pm

Location: Seana Mallen

Fee: $150 non-members

A joyful 2- day workshop creating a vibrant mixed-media concertina sketchbook. Learn to face the blank page with enthusiasm and gusto, working quickly and freely.
Inspired by the Landscape and the garden, we’ll  use  all sorts of mixed media techniques, ink, paint,  pencil, pen, acrylic,watercolour,  rubbings,  gelli-printing and collage to freely fill page after page to create a  concertina sketchbook.
Class will be limited to 8 people – small class size with lots of one on one tutoring!
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At full stretch, the concertina is 8 inches high and over 15 feet long! 
This exciting format invites experimentation and letting your imagination run free. 
Starting with a loose and abstract background, you’ll  learn:
  • Loads of exciting ways to make marks and mix colour.
  • That you don’t have to be a great draughtsman, or even draw at all!
  • How to make botanical gelli prints and incorporate them into your design
  • How to transform 15 feet of blank paper into your own garden song!
$150 includes:
 an A5 concertina sketchbook  & a set of anilinky brilliant watercolors for you to keep and all the materials for gelli-printing, and loads of other fun stuff to use and share.
Materials List:
pencil, pens, white acrylic,  a couple of favourite colours of acrylic, watercolours and brush, india ink, masking tape,
Optional:
anything you love to use!
-Posca pens, graphite, other acrylics, oil pastels,watercolour pencils or blocks,
-Collage materials  in an A4 envelope, maybe sheet music, maps, stamps, book pages, menus, newspapers, wrapping paper… (Just don’t go too crazy, space is generous but still limited!)
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To see more of my work, please visit @seanamallen on Instagram, or my website, www.seanamallen.com