east bay painting classes

One-On-One Coaching or Instruction

Illustration of Rebeca talking with student

You talk, I listen.

My mission as painting coach is to help my students gain new technical skills, overcome the fears and obstacles we face as painters, find their own painting voice, or expand their expressive repertoire.These sessions can also be done virtually if you are traveling, using the communication tools with which you are most familiar.

Summary: I coach my students by listening carefully, asking good questions, and discussing at student work in a supportive manner. If the student requests it, I can assign individualized exercises or set up an instructional session with me painting alongside or assisting the student in the completion of a project.

Format: The session usually begins with a short check-in which is followed by a discussion of work the student has done and the way in which this work reflects the student’s own goals.

Cancellations: If you cancel the booking you will be entitled to a refund of half of the session fee. This fee will be refunded if you reschedule your session before the end of the month.

Rescheduling: Students receive a full refund if able to reschedule another date before the end of the month. The cancellation fee will be refunded at the rescheduled meeting.

FAQ

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.

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Plein Air Fridays

Photo of a female student in front of an easel.

Working in perspective to capture the vast expanse that is the Slough.

This summer, spend Fridays painting au plein air at several beautiful great East Bay outdoor locations. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced painting student, you will 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.

Summary
Learn how to paint the sights you love with as much or as little feedback as you desire. Use the media of your choice. I can help you with acrylic, oil, watercolor, gouache or pastel. We’ll spend two weeks at each painting location so that students can either begin a new painting or complete the one begun in the previous session.

Format
This class is taught on Friday afternoons, from 1-4 pm. Each class consists of a rotating 30 min introduction to painting concepts that may be a demo or a discussion with examples, followed by 2+ hours of painting. Locations are announced well in advance of the first day of class. You will receive accurate driving instructions and Rebeca’s phone in case you get lost.

Registration
Please register at this site. This class is being taught by me and is not associated with any institution. You must register before the first day of class.

This is a rough outline of the class, subject to revisions:

July 6, Session 1 at Blake Garden, Kensington
Get to know each other, review of materials, supplies and gear. Goals for the class. Aspect ratios. How to use a viewfinder.

July 13, Session 2 at Blake Garden, Kensington
How to begin a landscape painting part 1. Foreground, middle ground, background.

July 20, Session 3 at Miller Knox Regional Park
How to begin a landscape painting part 2. Editing elements out.

July 27, Session 4 at Miller Knox Regional Park
Selecting pigments for a Bay Area landscape. Limited palettes.

Aug 3, No Class

Aug 10, Session 5 Point Molate Beach Park, Richmond
Priorities, planning your time. The dangers of overpainting

Aug 17, Session 6 Point Molate Beach Park, Richmond
The role of values in a landscape.

Aug 24, Session 7 at Aquatic Park South, Emeryville
The cell phone as a tool of the landscape painter.

Aug 31, Session 8 at Aquatic Park South, Emeryville
Revising from photos. Making a personal plan for your continued learning.


Bad Weather
Please note that in the unlikely event of bad weather, the session will be canceled. Bad weather is defined as double-digit wind speeds, rain, temperatures in the fifties, all-day fog, or a heat wave. All students will be notified via phone and class will be extended an additional week.

Cancellations

Registration fees can only be refunded in full if canceled up to three days (72 hrs) before class. With less than 72 hrs but more than 24 hrs notice, you receive 75% of your registration. If you give less than 24 hrs notice and do not attend the first class, you’ll receive 50% of the registration fee. No refund will be given to students who attend the first class but decide not to continue.