painting classes

Choosing and Mixing Color

Pattern showing many possible combinations of blue, yellow and white.

These are colors that lie next to each other on the color wheel.

My popular eight-week class on the deliberate, mindful use of color in painting begins Sept 19 from 1-4 pm. We’ll focus on the application of color knowledge to the work you already do. Use the media of your preference and spend time in class painting and applying the concepts you’ll be learning. Take home color theory exercises designed to teach you about color through experience, not theory. Learn to keep your color options open as your painting progresses. Achieve clarity on the role color plays in your painting or illustration projects.

Format
Introduction to the concept, and short exercise in the first 1.5 hours. Painting – independent application of the concept in the next 1.5 hours. During this time, students are encouraged to pose color challenges for their own work and with the help of their instructor, arrive at multiple strategies to use. Optional homework will be assigned on some weeks.

Registration
Do not register on this website, because Choosing and Mixing Color is part of the Richmond Art Center’s Studio Program.  Go to the RAC site instead and register after July 31. The RAC asks that you please register before the first class on Sept 19.

Outline
Session 1 – Sept 19
Introductions. Goals for this class. Discussion of personal goals. Review of materials and supplies. The nature and quality of seven basic pigments. Warm and cold colors.

Sept 26 – No Class

Session 2 – Oct 3
Making secondaries, chromatic blacks and greys with synthetic and natural hues.

Session 3 – Oct 10
Mixing browns and flesh tones. Purple, violet, pink and lavender.

Session 4 – Oct 17
The important role of muted colors. How to mute saturated colors. Tints and shades for creating space and aerial perspective.

Session 5 – Oct 24
Limited palettes for simplicity, unity and easy color matching.

Session 6 – Oct 31
Conveying various moods through color harmonies.

Session 7 – Nov 7
Achieving colors with glazes in watercolor, oil and acrylic.

Session 8 – Nov 14
Light and shadow through the skillful use of color.

Nov 21 – Please reserve this day for a potential make-up session in case I get sick and cannot teach a class.

Create a Web Presence That Sells

Drawing of a loudspeaker

Tasks that all artists hate, made more bearable.

You are working diligently on your art, with little time to spend studying the latest marketing techniques or the way these web tools work together. Or you are getting ready to make some decisions about selling your work online but need someone who understands your needs. Don’t you wish a fellow artist could demystify it all for you?

Summary: In this once-a-month series of four classes, I will lead you through the process of understanding how to photograph and keep files of your work, getting a simple website online, or updating the one you have, building a mailing list, and reviewing some basic best practices for artists who want to sell their work through the web.

Format: The sessions are well-spaced by design, to allow sufficient time for working professionals to do the “homework,” small tasks that will ensure success for you and your individual goals. Each class is three hours long to ensure everyone gets their questions answered and leaves ready to complete their assignments.

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.

Classes

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, March 28 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 Thursday, March 28 from 1-4 pm. Register here.

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. Choose either March 17 or 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 Sundays. Choose March 10 or 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.

About

Rebeca grew up in a suburb of San Juan, Puerto Rico as part of a family of immigrants and sugar cane workers. She went to a public school of the arts and discovered painting through a scholarship from the Art Students’ League of San Juan. At the University of Puerto Rico, she completed a BFA in printmaking and moved to San Francisco immediately after. Rebeca has always been interested in the urban landscape and in the figure. She enjoys painting outdoors and the opportunity to interact with the communities she paints.

Rebeca viene de una familia de immigrantes y trabajadores de la industria del azúcar. Ella se crió en un suburbio de San Juan, Puerto Rico y asistió a una escuela pública dedicada a las artes. Descubrió la pintura al recibir una beca de la Liga de estudiantes de Arte de San Juan. Más tarde estudió grabado en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, donde completó un bachillerato entes de irse a San Francisco. A Rebeca siempre le ha interesado el paisaje urbano y la figura. Disfruta pintar al aire libre y compartir con las comunidades que pinta.

Painting in Acrylics Starts March 18

A student at a table with paints, a palette and brushes.

Use the paints you already have and learn whether there is anything else you might need to buy.

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!

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