art classes

Plein Air at the Blake Garden

Topics Get to know each other, review of materials, supplies and gear. Goals for the class. How to find a good spot and begin a plein air painting. How to Get To The Blake Garden at 70 Rincon Rd, Kensington, CA and Avoid the Very Steep Streets Leading Directly To It: From Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, SF and San Leandro: Take 80 and get off on Buchanan, which turns into Marin. Cross San Pablo Ave and continue going up until you hit The Fountain at The Circle. Go around and enter Arlington Blvd. Once you pass Kenyon Ave, watch for the Kensington Public Library to your right. Make a left on Rincon and go all the way, almost to the end where you will see a wall with the very discrete garden’s entrance.   From Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Pinole El Sobrante: Get to San Pablo Av...[Read More]

Plein Air Fridays Session 2

Topics How to begin a landscape painting. Foreground, middle ground, background. Please Read Carefully If You Have Been To Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park now has two entrances. We are not going to the Giant Road entrance. We are going to the Atlas Rd entrance. On highway 80, take the Richmond Parkway exit west. Cross San Pablo Ave and make a right on Atlas Rd. Continue past the UPS headquarters and the entrance to the Point Pinole Business Park (with a fountain) all the way to the end of Atlas. You will cross a bridge, and see the Atlas Rd staging area. We will meet at this parking lot and decide whether people want to walk 5 min to the beach with its orange grasses or stay near the lot with views of eucalyptus groves and rolling yellow grass. The...[Read More]

Plein Air Wednesdays Session 8

Topic The cell phone as a tool of the landscape painter. Revising from photos. This magic lake features dozens of shaded “nooks” for curious painters to discover. A cart or a backpack will be necessary, to traverse the five minutes of stairs, paved and dirt paths to the lake’s edge. There are bathrooms and a drinking water fountain close by. Most cell phones do not get good reception. If you have never been, print the 2nd page of this paper map and bring it with you at Tilden Directions To Lake Anza No exact address is provided by Tilden Regional Park.The exact GPS Coordinates are  37.89700°N / 122.25359°W The lake is located at the end of Lake Anza Rd, at the very last Lake Anza parking lot. In fact this particular Lake Anza parking lot is the only thing that shows on a ...[Read More]

Plein Air Wednesdays Session 6

Topic The role of values in a landscape Directions To Meeker Slough Take 580 towards the San Rafael Bridge. Get off on Marina Bay Parkway. Cross Regatta Blvd and continue through the Marina Bay development. Turn left onto Bayside Dr. Our meeting location is the round end of Bayside Dr, where there are approximately ten parking spaces for visitors of the Marina Bay development. Park there, or if this small lot is full, park along Bayside. We will walk together to Meeker Slough. Important Note Please keep in mind that the address is for the house closest to the parking lot where we will meet and that GPS will take you elsewhere if you follow the GPS alone. Follow the written instructions once you get to Richmond, and you will find the parking lot very easily. The closest bathrooms are locate...[Read More]

Cal Create Lesson 4: Sculpture

Printable Version Introduction  Not all of our lessons have to be two-dimensional. Found object sculpture gets your students to “tinker” with discarded small objects until visual ideas arise. You play the role of facilitator and cutting expert. Artists Louise Nevelson and Jerry R Barrish have each made a career out of creating sculpture with found objects. Duration for Adults: Several sessions (2-4), depending on available time. Adult Objectives: Complete a recognizable sculpture with found objects. Duration for Teens: Two to six sessions, depending on the degree of “finish” the students want. Teen Objectives: Complete a recognizable sculpture with found objects. Duration for Children: At minimum, needs to last three to six sessions. Child Objectives: Complete a rec...[Read More]