painting

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.

Acrylic Bag of Tricks

A female student tilts an acrylic wash she has applied with a spray bottle.

A student tilts an acrylic wash she has applied with a spray bottle.

Increase your expressive power and expand your painting repertoire. Enhance the work you already do! Painting experience helps, but is not required to enjoy this class that runs from Jan to March. How can such a friendly and versatile medium be so misunderstood? Acrylic is easy to use, incredibly versatile, and devoid of noxious fumes. The class runs from Jan to March and will be taught at the Richmond Art Center. Exact dates coming soon!

Goals

  • Learn which additives to use for what effects
  • Choose the best acrylic materials for the task at hand
  • Understand the possibilities and limitations of the medium
  • Use acrylics to mimic oils

Format
Learn a new acrylic “trick” every week through short and playful experiences designed to expand your knowledge of acrylic additives. You will be able to receive instruction and create something during every class.  Instead of lectures, we engage in a series of short exercises coupled with explanations of the acrylic technique we’ll be learning for each session.

During the first hour, the focus will be on exploring various acrylic pigment and additive qualities though a series of fun exercises so you can be aware of the medium’s possibilities. We will go through the steps in the development of an acrylic piece and you will be able to receive as much or as little support as you specify. Click here for a list of materials for the class.

Unlike other classes I teach, this class will be taught at the Richmond Art Center, located at 2540 Barrett Ave, in Richmond. Register early! Classes fill up fast. This outline will give you a sense of what we’ll cover:

Session 1 Jan 11
Introductions, purpose and goals for the class, survey of acrylic additives. Good acrylic colors. How to prime cardboard.

No class on January 18

Session 2 Jan 25
Textures 101: “Fresco,” crackelure, impasto. The palette knife.

Session 3 Feb 1
Glazing to build gorgeous color

Session 4 Feb 8
Texture transfers with gel plates

Session 5 Feb 15
Acrylic-based “inks”

Session 6 Feb 22
Additives to use in clean and “dirty” pours

Session 7 Mar 1
Direct and indirect image transfers: Choosing the best images and additives for the job.

Session 8 Mar 8
Applying direct and indirect images to a background.

Session 9 Mar 15
Time to finish projects and celebration

Oil Painting Bootcamp

Photo of two students using oil paints

Learn to achieve the effects you want.

In this one-day workshop, we’ll review the basics of oil painting, including materials and techniques, with an emphasis on safer practices. We’ll learn how to begin a multi-session oil painting, how to pick good pigments for our palette, when to use oil and when to use turps as we paint simple still lives.

Summary: Students of all levels will be able to work with the materials they already have and sample some new ones. Instead of lectures, a series of short exercises coupled with individual feedback will help you become acquainted with this traditional medium without having to resort to the use of turpentine or gamsol.

Format: The first half of this class is devoted to the exploration of various brushes and pigments by painting very small paintings. The second half introduces the student to thinking in layers, to limited palettes, and to the differences between an alla prima and a multi-session painting.

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.

Finding Your Painting Voice

Two students drawing a skull at a table

Adults appreciate setting their own goals and pursuing them at their own pace.

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.

Booking Group Dates
Finding Your Painting Voice is a monthly, 3 hr class for a small group of students who set their own monthly date after consulting my calendar. Class dates need to be booked at least six weeks in advance. For a class to be booked, all of the students enrolled in the class will need to have paid for a session taking place on the same day and at the same time. It may be easier to designate an ongoing, repeating date each month (i. e. first Saturday of each month).

 

Individual Cancellations
In this small collaborative setting, an absence can have a large impact on class quality. For that reason it is very important that students communicate with each other to find a date where individual cancellations can be avoided. It this cannot be avoided, the class will have to be rescheduled within the same month.

 

Whole Group Cancellations
A monthly meeting can be skipped by the whole group if you let me know 30 days in advance. If this is not possible a make-up session will have to be scheduled within that same month.

 

Rescheduling
The student canceling is responsible for finding a make-up date within the same month that works for all three students. Payment for the cancelled class will be applied to the rescheduled class.

 

If no good date for all students can be found within the same month, the class will continue as originally scheduled, but the canceling student will not receive a refund.