Class Schedule and Information

Fall 9/8/19 - 11/17/19

10 week courses


Beginning Figure Drawing

by Edgar Silva

Monday 3:30pm - 6:30pm

This is a foundation studio course emphasizing the development of perceptual skills through drawing of the human figure from direct observation. Through a combination of in-class and homework assignments, you will learn key elements to figure drawing. Class time will be devoted to hands-on drawing while working directly from the model. Each session will be supplemented with lectures and demonstrations that will simplify the complex structures of the figure into manageable units: gesture, shapes, structure, movement, weight, and volume . This course analyzes the application of both traditional and unconventional principles and techniques for drawing the human figure using any instrument of drawing, whether it is graphite pencil, charcoal, paint or computer software.

Figure Painting

by Edgar Silva

Monday 7:30pm - 10:30pm

This class will guide you through the complexity of figure painting through direct observation of a live model. Focusing on value and color relationships, this class will walk you through a monochromatic palette, a limited palette, and finally a full palette. Through this process, you will learn how the function of light dictates the color relationships on the human form. The teacher will guide you on how to mentally approach figure painting and help you develop the problem solving skills it takes. This course will consist of demonstrations and lectures covering the important elements in painting such as value, color, temperature, edges, color theory, and composition and design.

This class is for all levels.

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Still Life Painting

by Tim Tien

Tuesday 9:30am - 12:30pm

In this class, we will cover

  • the shape and form concept of creative drawing to apply to painting a still-life.

  • Tonal structure and value keys

  • The element of color and its properties and theory.

  • The relationship of light, shadow and color - How to see, how to mix and how to apply.

We'll learn to paint a still life traditionally and also learn to paint one with impressionistic way.

Simply Watercolor & Simply Oil Painting

by Tim Tien

Tuesday 1:30pm - 4:30pm

This class is to learn to paint in watercolor or in oil. This class is ideal for watercolor painter who wants to start painting in oil or for oil painter who want to try painting in watercolor.  The class will cover value structure, color structure, design and composition. We'll also learn to paint in a looser and impressionistic manner.  In this class student will learn how to break down the fundamental of painting from looking at a set up or scenery and restructure them into a painting of their own. In class we will use all means such as still-life, digital image, photo and looking at master's painting to help us to see, to understand and to design the underlying value and color structure of our paintings.



Figure Quick Sketch

by April Connors

Tuesday 7:30pm - 10:30pm

This class focuses on strengthening the gestural and quick-sketch qualities of the student's figure drawing skills.  Lines of Action, Rhythm and Harmony, maintaining Visual Clarity, and Exaggeration will be the Key Concepts explored throughout the class.  Previous figure drawing experience is highly recommended.

Intro to Oil Painting

by Catherine Bobkoski

Thursday 2pm - 5pm

Have you ever wanted to paint in oils but wasn’t sure how to get started? Then this is the ideal painting class for you! This class will focus on the most fundamental aspects of oil painting, beginning with a detailed overview of materials and how to use and care for them properly. Students will work through crucial concepts like using monochrome and limited palettes, mixing color and paint application. We will explore these concepts by tackling a variety of subjects, painting both from life and from photo reference, including: still life, plaster casts and landscape. Each class will build on the previous lesson and feature frequent instructor demonstrations and helpful hand-outs for students.

This class is perfect for anyone who is totally new to oil painting, or for experienced painters who want to review the fundamentals.

Gesture Drawing with Story

by Ron Velasco

Saturday 10am - 1pm

This class will focus on finding the story to have compelling gestures. We will introduce ideas which will push our figure drawings to have more narrative and evoke feeling, intent and emotion. The main goal for the class is to strengthen our drawing ability to create characters with story.

Analytical Figure Drawing

by Andrew Park

Saturday 2pm - 5pm

This class will journey you through the key concepts of figure drawing such as gesture and construction, anatomy, value, and design. We'll be practicing the magic of life drawing in order to further your observational skills. There will be a lecture discussing the topic(s) for the day and from then on it's your drawing time, along with one-on-one critiques. Previous figure drawing experience is recommended.


Head Painting

by Andrew Park

Saturday 7:00pm - 10:00pm

You will be walked through the concepts of painting with oil through the subject matter of the brilliant human head. We will start by learning how to draw the head observationally as well as with construction. Color won't be included right away so we'll be doing monochromatic studies as well as painting with the Zorn palette. You will also learn key concepts of head painting such as the color blocks of the head, the egg effect, color temperature, and caricature.


Long Pose Painting

by Lin Zheng

Sunday 9am - 1pm

This course is designed to help students who struggle to take a painting to a more finished look and yet able to maintain a fresh look. Students will be able to work on one pose for 2 weeks. Your instructor will demonstrate a classical approach to painting both portrait and figure. Composition, value, contrast, color harmony will be discussed throughout the course. Personal instruction and guides will be given. Instructor will also work alongside with students showing his work process.

Color & Light

by SaiPing Lok

Sunday 6:30pm - 9:30pm

This a class designed to resolve light and color problems in order to create an inviting painting. If your paintings are muddy or chalky or you have a hard time to mix the “right” color and you want to learn some knowledge about painting, this is the right class for you. The class contents include : the relationship between color and value, simplification, local, environmental and light source colors, contrast and harmony , warm light vs. cool shadow ….. just to name a few.

Instructor’s demos in both digital and oil.  Homework will be given every week. Suggestive requirement for this class :  basic Photoshop or equivalent digital paintings skills, or one year traditional painting experience .

Student can decide if he or she needs a laptop or desktop computer after the first class.

Uninstructed Workshops

Every Thursday 7:00pm - 10:00pm (one pose)

Every Sunday 10:00am - 1:00pm & 2:00pm - 5:00pm (same pose for both sessions)

Fee: $15      Pay at the door