Past Workshops

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*

Painting the Luminous Peace Rose

Levels: Some experience recommended

Instructor: Jo-Neal Graves

Offered: One Saturday morning, 10/26/19 9:30am-3:30pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $99.00

In this workshop we will learn the layering processes and colors used to create a beautiful luminous flower with depth and also an interesting background. We will be using the techniques of wet into wet as well as layering/glazing. There will be practice of hard and soft edges. Since this is a one day workshop, I will send students a variety of peace rose images to chose from and  ask that you have your drawing ready for class so we can get started immediately! We will be using a totally transparent color palette so please pay close attention to the materials list with regard to colors. Feel free to write to me with questions. I do suggest that you have some watercolor experience but it isn’t necessary to be advanced or even intermediate.  jonealgraves@gmail.com

*Please have your prepared drawing completed for class on 10/26/19 so we can start painting immediately the day of workshop*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Jo-Neal was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has taught for more than 40 years. She attended what is now called Cal State University East Bay. Although retired from teaching high school in Santa Cruz, California, she is still teaching…adults. She studied fresco painting and restoration as well as oil painting and restoration in Florence, Italy as part of her preparation for teaching art. Teaching at the secondary level encouraged her to add to her repertoire a variety of media. She remains the eternal student! 

One-Minute Drawing Class

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: One Saturday, 10/12/19 10am - 4pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $99.00

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.

** We recommend that students who plan on driving themselves arrive early for parking**

 

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.

A materials fee of $15 includes:  Drawing paper, handouts and drawing materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Sketching with Watercolor, Pen & Ink

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Bonni Carver

Offered: One Saturday, 09/28/19 10am - 4pm

Location: The Castro Adobe State Historic Park,   Address: 184 Old Adobe Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076

Fee: $99.00

Join us at the Castro Adobe in Watsonville for a day full of plein air painting and instruction. Since the adobe has been reserved for our September 28 class, the garden and grounds will be our classroom for the whole day. Watercolor and pen and ink are the perfect portable media through which any place or setting can become a springboard for a creative sketch. Bonni will demonstrate her facility with different approaches to sketching by melding water soluble ink with watercolor paint and producing dynamic results. Discover the power of the imperfect line and how a simple blush of color can convey so much! All levels are welcome. Bring a brown bag lunch. Go to https://www.thatsmypark.org/parks-and-beaches/castro-adobe-state-historic-park/ for directions from your house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Art of Selling Art

Levels: All

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: One Sunday Afternoon, 09/22/19 10:00am-4:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $120, one price for all

 

 

SELLING ART, YOUR OWN OR OTHER ARTISTS’ IS EASY WHEN YOU KNOW HOW!

This is a comprehensive sales program oriented to the individual artist, art representative, or art gallery personnel.  Be prepared for a fun-filled day of lively lecture and in-class games.  You will learn how to sell art to individual clients, collectors, and corporations.  Robert Dvořák, a successful California artist, will demonstrate what works and what doesn’t work so that by the end of the workshop, you can begin selling–and prospering–immediately with confidence and self-assurance. A comprehensive handout is included in the price of the class. The book, Selling Art 101 will be available. 

Important:  Remember to bring one artwork, which is framed or mounted and available for sale.  Frequently sales take place in this class.

 

This workshop will cover:

prospecting for clients                      referrals

developing rapport                            planning sales meetings and phone calls

telephone techniques                        emotions–how to use them

what not to say or do                        closing secrets

what questions to ask                       what words to use

portfolios on phone or pad              artist’s statements

presentations                                     pricing the art

goal setting                                        art gallery selling

internet selling                                  showing work on internet sites

open studio selling                            planning a web site that works

 

About Robert Regis Dvorák  is the author of the new book, Selling Art 101.  He has been teaching The Art of Selling Art to artists, art representatives, and art gallery sales people for 35 years.  His paintings and prints and films are part of many individual, corporate, and institutional collections. His films are in the collections of The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institute, The New York Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Institute, his paintings are in the collections of The Bank of America, Del Monte Corporation, and ICON of California and many private collections including the Vanderbuilts, the Boyds, the Kwei collection and many others.  Phone and Fax:  916.391.5051  Web site: www.youcreate.com.  email: robert@youcreate.com

 

“Aloha Robert, I love your book! If I had written a book like this I would be helping artists reach their highest level. It is simply the best art sales manual I have ever read. It is a bible for me now. I am a moderately successful artist in Kauai. I make over $150,000.00 a year. My sales were really down due to a bump in the road. The first day I perused your book I sold $1400, the second day $1200, and the third day $1440 at an outdoor show. Thank you so much.” Dawn Lundquist 

The Magic of Monet

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Carrie Clayden

Offered: Saturday Afternoon, Saturday 9/14/19 11:00am-4:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $120.00

Come loosen up and have fun with Carrie Clayden in this one day workshop. Carrie has been to Monet’s house and gardens and will bring inspiration pictures for us to paint. She has students of all levels, even beginners, so if you are wanting to give painting a try, she is your teacher. We will use multiple canvases, lots of fun warm ups, and dance to Carrie’s amazing play list. We can enjoy a potluck lunch in the Art League Gallery, while chatting about our art. This one day workshop is a rare gem, so mark your calendars. You will leave with many finished paintings to keep or give to family and friends.

 

“I’m so grateful for Carrie’s class, and I can’t wait to take it again. Her class was not only fun but it helped me connect to my soul. She reignited my love affair with paint by encouraging me and pushing me to get past my creative block and doubts. Her class is personally rewarding, Carrie fosters a community of supportive artists that cheer each other on.” -Illana Ingber

 

“I learned how to splash, drip, push and pull paint, we had so much fun! I mostly learned that there is zero pressure in class! In fact, “Mistakes” turned out to be happy accidents! I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn, have fun and let go in Carrie’s classes! My paintings are so much better and most of all I am having fun!” -Kari Schratz

 

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.  www.carrieclayden.com

 

Palette Knife Painting in Oil or Acrylic

Levels: All

Instructor: Barbara Bailey Porter

Offered: One Sunday afternoon, 9/8/19 10:00am-2:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $89.00

In this workshop brushes are set aside, and palette knives are used to make a complete small, slightly abstracted landscape painting. Instructor will demonstrate and discuss paint application, color, value, perspective, palette organization, and so much more.  This is a casual and fun class and students often say their palette knife painting is their favorite painting.

 

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.

Painting With Texture

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Janet Trenchard

Offered: One Saturday Afternoon, 9/7/19 10:00am-4:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $99.00 one price for all

Learn how to get that highly textured surface using common and uncommon materials!  A highly textured surface evokes the elements of earth and appeals to our sense of touch.  Let’s explore new ways to create textured surfaces and interact with them with sepia washes, scumbling, sanding and more! This workshop is limited to 14 students.

 

 

Janet Trenchard has retired from teaching art in the public schools and now is a fulltime professional artist. She has been in juried exhibitions around the Bay Area and Carmel, and is a Santa Cruz Open Studios artist.

“I work in an abstract contemporary style and often work in large format for the physicality of it, and the sense of expansion. I enjoy the texture for the sense of touch, implied or real. My work is inspired by exploration and the interaction with materials. What’s coming through in my current work expresses the earth, geology, geography, and water.” -Janet Trenchard

 

 

 

Drawing Foundations

Levels: Beginners

Instructor: Jo-Neal Graves

Offered: (2) Afternoons, Sat 8/24/19 & Sun 8/25/19 12:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Fee: $160, one price for all

This course is an introduction to drawing. We will cover the fundamentals, including contour line, form and modeling using a variety of media. You will learn techniques to improve your observational drawing skills and will find that as your abilities improve, your perception of the world around you will as well…in a good way!

 

“Jo-Neal was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has taught for more than 40 years. She attended what is now called Cal State University East Bay. Although retired from teaching high school in Santa Cruz, California, she is still teaching…adults. She studied fresco painting and restoration as well as oil painting and restoration in Florence, Italy as part of her preparation for teaching art. Teaching at the secondary level encouraged her to add to her repertoire a variety of media. She remains the eternal student! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Gouache

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Cynthia Armstrong

Offered: One day workshop, Saturday 07/27/19 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

Introduction to Gouache is back by popular demand!

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

Achieving Exciting Visual Effects with Water Media (Studio 119 @ The Tannery)

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Linda Curtis

Offered: One Sunday Afternoon, 7/21/19 10:00am-4:00pm

Fee: $89.00

This workshop is designed to help jump start your creativity. You will learn how to paint with more drama, distance, and visual excitement by combining water media such as, watercolor, acrylic and water soluble oil paint on the same surface. Also, by adding complementary under- painting you can create optic vibration. An added plus is that you can save money by creating watercolor paintings (and other water media) that won’t need matting, glazing or framing. All materials needed will be provided by the instructor for a small material fee of $10.00 due at the beginning of the first class. Please bring a sack lunch.

 

Linda Curtis has a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art. She is a Signature Member of the California Watercolor Association (CWA) and the Internal Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP). She also is an Open Studios artist. Her work is included in the book, Painting In Acrylics by Lorena Kloostervoer. Linda’s water media works have been accepted into numerous statewide, national and international exhibits. She’s been delightedly teaching watercolor on cruise ships sailing around the world and has done workshops and demonstrations for Bay Area arts associations. She is an enthusiastic instructor and painter. Please feel free to visit her website at: www.paintingsbylindacurtis.us. 

 

 

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