east bay art classes

Plein Air at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park

About Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park Probably “the most enjoyable” of all the East Bay Regional Parks, according to several hiking blogs. The area accessible via Giant Rd is quiet and less traversed by dog owners and cyclists. Bathrooms, shade spots and water fountains are plentiful. The trail to Cook’s Point (the beach) is shaded. Please Read Carefully If You Have Been To Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park 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 th...[Read More]

Plein Air at the Blake Garden

Topics Get to know each other, review of materials, supplies and gear. Goals for the class. Aspect ratios. How to use a viewfinder. 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 Ave at Barrett. Go...[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]

Acrylic Still Life

Acrylic is possibly the most versatile and forgiving medium. This day is structured so that beginners as well as more experienced painters can take a tour of its exciting possibilities while painting the still life. We’ll cover the uses of several additives and how to mix acrylic colors. Register here, at the Frank Bette Center’s site. The FBC has a list of materials available once you register. The workshop runs from 9-4 pm. It costs $80 for members and $100 for non-members. Here is the agenda for the day: Goals Learn the most versatile way to begin an acrylic painting Choose the best acrylic paints for the task at hand Understand the possibilities of the medium Complete more than one still life Format You will be able to receive instruction and create one or more still lives ...[Read More]

Plein Air Sundays Session 5

Topic Determining a focal point. Directions To Lake Anza No exact address is provided by Tilden Regional Park, but the lake is located at the end of Lake Anza Rd. The exact GPS Coordinates are 37.89700°N / 122.25359°W If coming from Richmond, el Cerrito, Berkeley or Albany: Go to the intersection of Arlington Blvd and Boynton St. Get on Boynton, go uphill until you see Colorado Ave. Continue going uphill until you hit Michigan Ave, then Spruce. Turn left on Spruce. You’ll cross Grissly Peak later, and find yourself on Wildcat Canyon Rd. Go on Wildcat until you see a Lake Anza sign pointing to your left. You will get to the multiple intersection, and take the one that seems to go in the opposite direction, which should be Lake Anza Rd. We’ll meet at the very last parking lot. If...[Read More]

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