Class Schedule and Information

Winter 2/4/19 - 4/14/19

10 week courses

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Basic Drawing to Painting

by Edgar Silva

Monday 3:30pm - 6:30pm

An excellent way for all art related endeavors is the introduction to drawing and painting. This class will focus on acquiring basic observational, representational and interpretive skills. The types of concepts that will be introduced are contour drawing, construction drawing, basic linear perspective, chiaroscuro, analysis of form, structure, space and volume using elements of line, light and shadow, and texture. Mediums include graphite, charcoal, white charcoal/pastel pencils on white and toned charcoal paper. The course will include lectures, demonstrations, class discussions and critiques.

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.


Intro to Digital Painting

by Lisa Liang

Wednesday 7:30pm - 10:30pm

In this class, we will learn the essential tools in Photoshop for artists. In the first part, we will learn how to set up your workspace and exercises for editing images. In the second part, we will go through the basics of creating digital paintings. Class will include demos, individual critiques and paintovers. Assignments will be provided to enrich in-class discussions.

Analytical Figure Drawing

by Kirk Shinmoto

Saturday 10am - 1pm

This class will focus on understanding how to draw the figure from the ground up. We will discuss the movement and forms of the anatomy and how they relate to the larger ideas of gesture and structure. The class will consist of drawing from the live model, demos, and one-on-one feedback. Homework will also be given further supplement the topics discussed in class.


Figure Quick Sketch

by April Connors

Saturday 2pm - 5pm

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.


Head Drawing

by Mian Situ

Saturday 7pm - 10pm

In this Head Drawing class, Russian approach method will be explored. Russian approach is based on two principles : observation and knowledge. Combining both drawing with observation and knowledge not only communicates the visual aspect of a subject but the character of it as well. A highly emotionally charged drawing is produced as a result of careful observation and acquired knowledge. Details such as subtle changes of value and edges will also be discussed. Students will be learning from cast drawing to live model in this class.

Beginning Figure Drawing

by Edgar Silva

Sunday 9:00am - 12:00pm

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.

Color & Light

by SaiPing Lok

Sunday 6:30pm - 9:30pm

This course is designed to help students to have a better understanding of how color works in order to create greater visual impact.  Muddy, chalky colors, and the lacking of sense of light are some of the common problems in painting.  Students will be able to use what they learn from this class to solve these problems.

The topics in this class include:  the relationship between color and value, simplification, comparison, creating mood, atmospheric perspective and color reflection. 

Instructor will demonstrate landscape painting in oil or Photoshop.  Individual and assignment will be given throughout the term.  Demos will take place at week 3, 6 & 9.  There will be few weeks of plein air painting (will take place either Sat. morning or Sunday morning)

Class requirement: laptop with Photoshop program and oil painting gear for on location painting.

Uninstructed Workshops

Every Tuesday 7:00pm - 10:00pm (short poses)

Every Thursday 7:00pm - 10:00pm (one 3 hour pose)

Every Sunday 1pm - 4pm (one 3 hour pose)

Fee: $15      Pay at the door