Past Workshops

Holiday Watercolor Workshop

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Cynthia Armstrong

Offered: One day workshop, Sunday December 9th, 2018 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

Illustrator Cynthia Armstrong will guide you through this 5 1/2 hour workshop in which you will learn the basics of watercolor painting, experiment with different application techniques and tools, and create your own holiday work of art. Projects include cards, gift tags, bookmarks or a holiday themed work of art suitable for framing.

The workshop will feature an introduction and hands-on tutorial of basic techniques (wet on wet, dry on wet, etc.) as well as an introduction to alternative application tools and techniques.

     

Cynthia will provide a color mixing tutorial, focused specifically on “holiday colors” so you can learn how to mix the saturated reds of poinsettias and holly, or the deep greens from pine trees and wreaths.

Finally you’ll get to work on your final piece, either working from your own inspiration or using one of the pre-prepared design outlines provided by Cynthia. Cynthia will work with everyone to help them achieve their best result.

Introduction to Gouache – 2nd Class

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Cynthia Armstrong

Offered: One day workshop, Saturday 12/08/18 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

Gouache is an overlooked watercolor medium that has amazing versatility and can transcend the boundaries of many other mediums. It can wash like watercolor, blend like an opaque oil, and dry brush like acrylic. Best of all it sidesteps the need to plan and reserve whites as in watercolor. It’s water soluble nature allows for tremendous travel capability and setup ease and cleanup. Since it’s dry time is fast, as in watercolor, you can paint, mat, frame and hang in a day.

This introduction to gouache will cover it’s many strengths, from reintroducing lights (highlights) and delicious velvety matte finish, to intensely rich pigments and luscious handling.

Cynthia Armstrong holds a graduate degree from UC Santa Cruz in Science Illustration and a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University. She has been a freelance illustrator and artist for over 20 years, and a teacher for the past 15 years. Cynthia, as a published illustrator, has traveled and journaled extensively throughout her career. www.cynthiaarmstrongart.com

Introduction to Gouache

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Cynthia Armstrong

Offered: One day workshop - Saturday 11/17/18 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00 - one price for this class

Introduction to Gouache

Gouache is an overlooked watercolor medium that has amazing versatility and can transcend the boundaries of many other mediums. It can wash like watercolor, blend like an opaque oil, and dry brush like acrylic. Best of all it sidesteps the need to plan and reserve whites as in watercolor. It’s water soluble nature allows for tremendous travel capability and setup ease and cleanup. Since it’s dry time is fast, as in watercolor, you can paint, mat, frame and hang in a day.

This introduction to gouache will cover it’s many strengths, from reintroducing lights (highlights) and delicious velvety matt finish, to intensely rich pigments and luscious handling.

Cynthia Armstrong holds a graduate degree from UC Santa Cruz in Science Illustration and a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University. She has been a freelance illustrator and artist for over 20 years, and a teacher for the past 15 years. Cynthia, as a published illustrator, has traveled and journaled extensively throughout her career. www.cynthiaarmstrongart.com

      

 

 

Experimental Approaches to the Human Form

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Seana Mallen

Offered: One day workshop, November 10th, 2018 10am - 4pm

Using a wide variety of traditional and unusual materials, (sponges, sticks and fingertips among them), we will look at the human figure from the inside out, attempting to capture the spirit and movement of the form, as well as the underlying anatomical structure.
This is a fun, dynamic and exciting approach for artists at all levels.
It’s a great introduction for beginners , and an excellent way for more experienced artists to loosen up and rejuvenate their practice.
              
Seana has an MA in Drawing as Process, and has drawn and painted humans (and dogs…) all her life, both as a professional portrait painter for many years, and in life drawing sessions for decades. She has taught in adult education and at university level for over 25 years, and loves to share her experience and enthusiasm for the human form.

The Abstract Figure

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Sefla Joseph

Offered: Weekend Workshop, Nov. 3rd & 4th 10am - 3pm

Fee: $200 / $175 members price

Sefla Joseph’s Abstract Figurative Workshop is a process of exploration and discovery. We will be exploring the inner workings of what lies within the human figure: the aches and joys of human experience. Using color, shapes, bold and loose brushwork, layering, and texturing, we will work intuitively with the figure to convey emotions. This workshop is designed for all levels of painters, both beginners and more experienced painters who would like to loosen up.
Sefla Joseph is a figurative abstract artist who grew up in Montreal, Canada. Sefla’s images remind us of our own resilience and inspire us on our journeys, finding our authentic selves. Sefla’s work is exhibited internationally. She now paints and teaches locally in Santa Cruz, California. She has been an Open Studio artist for over a decade. It is her hope that her paintings will connect those who view them with the compassion in their own hearts, and remind us all of our connection to each other. Please visit Sefla’s website at seflajoseph.com to see more of Sefla’s beautiful artwork.

Pastel Portraits

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Mac McWilliams

Offered: One day workshop, October 20th, 2018 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

This one-day intensive pastel portraiture workshop will concentrate on realistsic modeling of forms with warms and cools, lights and darks, layering techniques and studying the proportions of the human head.

 

                                    

 

 

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Mac returns to the Santa Cruz Art League with over 30 years of teaching experience in a variety of mediums.  In addition to teaching at UCSC , he has also taught Plein Air, Figure/Life Drawing & Portraiture classes in Carmel and Pacific Grove and is part of the Art Faculty at Notre Dame High School in Salinas.  His artwork has been displayed at many galleries and he has been an Open Studios artist for the past 16 years.  Welcome back Mac!  

 

Introduction to Acrylics

Levels: All Levels

Offered: One day workshop, September 29th, 2018 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

Introduction to Acrylics – this is a great place to begin or just be. Using Golden Acrylic paints, I will teach an overview of a few techniques; layering, blending, glazing. You will learn how to work with gels and create beautiful colors that range from transparent to opaque. This class will introduce you to a range of materials we will discover plenty of ways to paint.
Judy Gittelsohn has been painting in the Bay Area for over 30 years. She exhibits widely and her work is collected around the world.  Judy is a Golden Paints Certified Working Artist,  educating artists about the vast variety of Golden products and their uses.

Calligraphy – The Pointed Pen

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Ruth Korch

Offered: (2) Saturday Morning Workshops (09/15 and 09/22) 9.30am - 12.30pm

Fee: $90.00

The pointed pen is a dip pen (dipped in ink, as opposed to a cartridge pen) and can be endlessly variable in style, ranging from totally fanciful to classic elegance.  In this two-part series (Saturday mornings, Sept 15 & 22, 9:30am-12:30), we’ll be learning a casual style alphabet probably best characterized by descriptions such as free-form and whimsical.  I use this style of calligraphy all the time in my correspondence and art journals. It’s very user friendly and so much fun!

Ruth Korch is a professional artist, calligrapher and art coach, relishing the variety and continually changing combinations that these roles provide.  She is especially passionate about beautiful letters (calligraphy) and the lettering arts. On her own she enjoys painting unique visual pairings of text with imagery. She is also an avid art journalist, finding it a wonderful medium for the marriage of illustration and text.  A local Open Studios artist and teacher for over 25 years, she loves sharing her enthusiasm and love of letters with anyone who will listen!

Please visit Ruth’s website at www.ruthkorch.com to see more of her beautiful artwork.

Oil & Acrylics Saturday Painting Studio – Cityscapes from Photo

Levels: All levels

Instructor: Barbara Bailey Porter

Offered: Saturday Morning Workshop 08/11/18 9.30am - 12.00pm

Fee: $45.00 - one price for this class

Learn all aspects of painting Cityscapes from photographs (provided by instructor) .  This class will cover composition, paint application, palette organization, value, color, perspective and more.  Students will work on their own paintings, following along as Barbara demonstrates the step-by-step painting process from one or two photographs . Students will be able to paint along and complete a painting in class (or nearly complete). This class is great for beginners, and experienced painters who want to learn Barbara’s quick, loose, painterly process.

 

Watercolor Plus! (Mixed Media)

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Jo-Neal Graves Boic

Offered: One day workshop - Sunday 08/05/18 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00 - one price for this class

This one-day workshop will explore additions to watercolor. We will begin with a base of watercolor gesso and build on top with a variety of media including:

  • watercolor
  • gouache
  • acrylic inks
  • pastel
  • charcoal
  • inktense blocks/pencils
  • caran d’ache crayons
  • paper

Students may work in abstraction or realism. The emphasis will be on experimentation with the combining of media.

           

 

Jo-Neal 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 paints a variety of subjects but is particularly drawn to nature.

Paint the Landscape in Soft Pastel

Levels: Some prior experience either with pastel or working outdoors is recommended. (Check out my class on July 28, Pastel for the Enthusiastic Beginner.)

Instructor: Erika Perloff

Offered: One day workshop - Sunday 07/29/18 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

Discover the joys (and challenges!) of outdoor painting. In this workshop we’ll use soft pastels to paint the landscape  from life, focusing on interpreting what we see rather than copying exactly. We’ll discuss  simplifying a scene, developing a composition, creating aerial perspective, capturing changing light and making decisions throughout the painting for a stronger result. We’ll work on small scenes on the Art League grounds.

 

 

 

Pastel for the Enthusiastic Beginner: Getting Started with Soft Pastels

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Erika Perloff

Offered: One day workshop - Saturday 07/28/18 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

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, 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.

One Minute Drawing

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: One day workshop - Saturday 07/21/18 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00 - one price for this class

THE ONE-MINUTE DRAWING CLASS

Anyone can draw!  This enjoyable class is for you if you:

  • would like to be able to draw?
  • think that you don’t have any drawing talent?
  • haven’t drawn for years and would like to start again?
  • or want to brush up on your drawing skills

Drawing is easy when you discover one amazing secret. This class will provide a sequence of short exercises that will teach you how to draw and enjoy it, even with the most hectic schedule. You will learn to express your creativity drawing. The drawing exercises and instruction are fun and enjoyable.  During this day you will learn:

  • short drawing exercises
  • easy ways to practice drawing five minutes a day
  • the greatest drawing secret in the world
  • drawing fun for you, your friends and your children
  • simple yet impressive drawing techniques

A lot of choice material will be presented in this day of hands-on exercises designed for success.  No matter what your skill or background, this class will have you drawing and loving it in a matter of minutes.

 

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn for the last 35 years. He is an artist and popular speaker on subjects of creativity in education and business.  He has authored and illustrated a number of books on drawing and watercolor painting subjects:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation and The Pocket Drawing Book.

 

                                                                                         

Saturday Painting Studio – Quick Studies (Landscapes)

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Barbara Bailey-Porter

Offered: Saturday Morning Workshop - 07/14/18 9.30am - 12.00pm

Fee: $45.00 - one price for this class

Learn all aspects of painting landscapes in oil or acrylics from photographs (provided by instructor), including composition, paint application, palette organization, value, color, perspective and more.  In class students will work on their own paintings, following along as Barbara demonstrates the step-by-step painting process from one or two photographs . Students will be able to paint along and complete a painting in class (or nearly complete). This class is great for beginners, and experienced painters who want to learn Barbara’s quick, loose, painterly process..

Palette Knife Roosters (Acrylics)

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Shirley Lehner-Rhoades

Offered: Saturday Afternoon Workshop 07/14/18 1 - 5pm

Fee: $75

Join us for this exciting Acrylic painting workshop!  In this class we will be using the palette knife to create heavy textures with an impressionistic style.  This technique will be demonstrated in a step by step method and as students progress, they are encouraged to experiment and create their own unique interpretation.

Shirley, who studied art at the Academy of Art of San Francisco,  San Jose State University and  Arizona State University has been a professional graphic artist, typographer, and painter for over thirty years.  She is the founder of the Scotts Valley Arts Center which has been providing  fine art, craft and performance painting instruction to students of all ages, from grade-school to adult.

Please visit Shirley’s website at www.lehner-rhoades.com to see her amazing artwork!