I am a total beginner (or a more experienced painter). Should I take your classes?
Yes! Not only will you receive individualized attention in a small class setting, you’ll also receive the full benefit of Rebeca’s 10+ years of experience teaching painting to adults and teens alike. Every week, you will receive the agenda for next class and a reminder of any work to be done in advance.
Do you offer any discounts?
Get a friend to enroll online to the classes I offer independently and you get 20% discount. The discount will be reimbursed to you on the first day of class. This discount does not apply to the institutions where I teach; however, the Richmond Art Center offers a discount to Richmond residents.
Do I have to enroll online?
Although I would prefer you do it online, you can also send me a check by mail along with an email with your name, your phone number and the name of the class you want.
Where is your studio located?
My studio is located on Parr Blvd and GiantRd in Richmond, CA. I am currently not teaching in my studio but you can make an appointment to see and purchase my paintings.
Can my teenage son or daughter take this class?
Even though this is a class for adults, teenagers older than 15 can take it. I interview them first to make sure they are interested.
Can I use the materials I already have?
Of course! I can also send you a list of recommended materials if you need one.
How can I contact you with my questions?
Just use the contact form on the sidebar. I check my messages every day and respond promptly.
Increase your expressive power and expand your painting repertoire. Enhance the work you already do! Painting experience helps, but is not required to enjoy this class that runs from Jan to March. How can such a friendly and versatile medium be so misunderstood? Acrylic is easy to use, incredibly versatile, and devoid of noxious fumes. The class runs from Jan to March and will be taught at the Richmond Art Center. Exact dates coming soon!
Learn a new acrylic “trick” every week through short and playful experiences designed to expand your knowledge of acrylic additives. You will be able to receive instruction and create something during every class. Instead of lectures, we engage in a series of short exercises coupled with explanations of the acrylic technique we’ll be learning for each session.
During the first hour, the focus will be on exploring various acrylic pigment and additive qualities though a series of fun exercises so you can be aware of the medium’s possibilities. We will go through the steps in the development of an acrylic piece and you will be able to receive as much or as little support as you specify. Click here for a list of materials for the class.
Unlike other classes I teach, this class will be taught at the Richmond Art Center, located at 2540 Barrett Ave, in Richmond. Register early! Classes fill up fast. This outline will give you a sense of what we’ll cover:
Session 1 Jan 11
Introductions, purpose and goals for the class, survey of acrylic additives. Good acrylic colors. How to prime cardboard.
No class on January 18
Session 2 Jan 25
Textures 101: “Fresco,” crackelure, impasto. The palette knife.
Session 3 Feb 1
Glazing to build gorgeous color
Session 4 Feb 8
Texture transfers with gel plates
Session 5 Feb 15
Session 6 Feb 22
Additives to use in clean and “dirty” pours
Session 7 Mar 1
Direct and indirect image transfers: Choosing the best images and additives for the job.
Session 8 Mar 8
Applying direct and indirect images to a background.
Session 9 Mar 15
Time to finish projects and celebration
Cal Create Program
CREATE (Creative Residencies for Emerging Artists Teaching Empowerment) is a student-led group that promotes arts-based services. Through CREATE, Berkeley undergraduates teach classes in visual arts, theater, dance, and/or creative writing to meet the enrichment needs of local schools and community organizations. I am proud to be the visual arts mentor who advises them on curriculum design and age-appropriate activities. Access my CREATE portal with resources here.
Landscape Plein Air at the Richmond Art Center
Spend time painting au plein air at several beautiful great East Bay outdoor locations. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced painting student, you’ll enjoy discovering beginner-friendly painting spots, and improving your technique in the company of new friends. You’ll receive support through the difficulties of painting outdoors. This summer, you will be able to choose one of two days for your plein air class starting June 17. Click here for more info.
Fundamental Drawing Class at the Richmond Art Center
Introduces drawing beginners to concepts and techniques artists use to draw realistically. Gain confidence in your art-making by sharpening your drawing skills with charcoal, graphite or ink. Learn various approaches to drawing and expand your strategy repertoire. Whether you are a stark beginner or a person returning to art after a few years doing something else, this class is sure to leave you excited about drawing, more confident and with a repertoire of strategies to help you tackle difficult subjects. Every Thursday night, beginning June 20 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Register here.
Painting for Total Beginners at the Richmond Art Center
Geared at adults who have taken little or no previous instruction in painting, this 8 week class will allow you to use the media of your choice to explore self-expression in a nurturing environment. Even if you haven’t done much drawing, plenty of short demos and individual assistance during the two hours you’ll be painting will ensure you get the most out of each class. Get more out of the paintings you see in galleries and museums. Gain confidence and a new awareness of your voice as a painter. Begins the first week of September, from 1-4 pm. Check the Richmond Art Center’s website over the summer for exact dates.
Gel Printing Addiction Workshop at the Richmond Art Center
It’s so much fun you won’t be able to stop! No previous printing knowledge is necessary to print multiple gorgeous, multi-hued textures for your collages, sketchbooks, and greeting cards. Use household objects and supplies found in your pantry. After a ten min demo, spend the rest of your time experimenting with colors, techniques and layering. Learn how to create and reuse your own durable gel plates. Leave with a treasure trove of resources. Taught on Saturdays. Taught on April 7, from 9-12 pm. Register here.
Portraiture Basics Workshop at the Richmond Art Center
Set yourself up for success in portraiture, using the media of your choice. Learn how to analyze and “block” the structure of a skull to get a likeness, mix flesh tones, observe and paint facial features, and maintain key value relationships as you complete your portrait. We’ll spend 10-12 reviewing key concepts with demonstrations, and after a lunch break begin the guided painting of a live model until 4 pm. No fume-producing substances can be used. $75, plus a small amount for the model’s fee payable at the workshop. Taught on Sunday, April 28, from 10-4 pm.
Landscape Plein Air at the Richmond Art Center
Spend time painting au plein air at several beautiful great East Bay outdoor locations. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced painting student, you’ll enjoy discovering beginner-friendly painting spots, and improving your technique in the company of new friends. You’ll receive support through the difficulties of painting outdoors. At various East Bay locations starting June 2019.
Some people start learning to paint with acrylics. Others begin with oil then switch to acrylics under the assumption that they are less messy or toxic. Watercolorists switch because it is less difficult and expensive to frame an acrylic painting. Then there are painters who are prevented from bringing their oils to communal spaces.
No matter your reason to try them, rest assured no medium has been more misunderstood than this one. You see, it’s all about the additives. Knowing how to use them will give you a tremendous range of effects that simply cannot be achieved with oils. Yet visiting an art store and knowing which additives to get can be a bit intimidating, so many students continue painting without them and reaching the conclusion that acrylics is a difficult, unwieldy medium.
I can water them down almost like watercolors or I can use them thick like oils. I believe they are respected as oils when the painting is good and they look awful (same as oils) when the painting is bad. Patricia Ann Rizzo
Acrylics are in fact, a great medium for novices and experts alike. They are very forgiving (just paint over your mistakes). They dry fast, enabling you to work on successive layers in an accelerated timeframe. You can clean everything with water, and gel medium has a very mild odor compared with turps. When you mix in a little gel, the results can be undistinguishable from an oil painting.
So, to all the acrylic haters out there, you simply don’t know what you’re missing!