You’ve done the workshops, bought the books and seen the demos, and now you’re ready for the next stage. For my students this means interacting with a practicing artist to get answers to many types of questions as well as support through the difficult tasks involved in the business of painting.
Summary: This coaching class takes place once a month, with 1-2 other students. You get dedicated time with me, focused on you and your painting needs, in the media you choose. The group discusses the work you’ve done at home during the time between classes. You receive as much or as little support as you specify. The presence of other, congenial students help us maintain the supportive environment that is so important for your development as an artist, and helps you stay accountable to this small community.
Format: Our first session will be spent talking with me about what you want to accomplish as a painter. I use that in the next sessions to craft anything from in-class exercises, meaningful painting assignments that lead you to discover more about yourself as a painter, or questions I will use to get you to expand your repertoire, increase your skills, and realize your untapped potential as a visual artist. All enrolled students have access to the private part of the website where additional resources are posted.
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.
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 Thursday, Jan 17 from 6:30-9:30 pm. Register here.
Introduction to Acrylics Class at the Richmond Art Center
This eight week class will help you begin your painting journey with the most versatile medium. We’ll cover a new acrylic technique every week, how to begin various types of paintings, the use of acrylic additives, and much more. Geared at beginners and more experienced painters alike, this class will get you acquainted with all the possibilities of the medium. You do not need to have any type of painting experience to enjoy this class. Begins Wednesday, Jan 16, from 1-4 pm. Register here.
Gel Printing Addiction Workshop at the Frank Bette 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. Saturday, February 23, 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 a Sunday in March 2019 from 10-4 pm, the actual date is TBA.
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 in April 2019.