You don’t have to be Picasso to enjoy our Drawing and Painting classes. Artists of all levels have the opportunity to create mini-masterpieces in The Arts Center’s drawing, painting, and printmaking courses.

Not sure where to begin? Try Drawing for the Terrified, Intuitive Painting, or any other Beginner-level class.

Bring your sense of adventure as you explore new tools, materials, and mediums in Studio Art classes at The Arts Center.

 

Beginner

  • Introduction to Letterpress

    Come experience the hands on process of printing type and graphics used in ancient Chinese scrolls, Gutenberg’s Bible, and all printed matter until the 20th century. This intensive workshop covers all th...

    August 27, 2016 — 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeremy Chapline

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  • Painting from Life Workshop

    Painting from life is a foundational skill for learning to paint. In this all-levels class we will work from still life, with a focus on observation and rendering of form, space, light, perspective, and co...

    August 27, 2016 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Marion Reynolds

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  • Traditional Chinese Brush Painting taught by Zhong-hua Lu

    Chinese brush painting is about the interrelatedness of all things in nature. Xie yi hua is one kind of traditional style of painting. Students will learn philosophical and technical aspects of this ancien...

    August 30, 2016 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Zhong-hua Lu

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  • Exploratory Art: Community Inclusion Project

    If you love all things art, you’ll love this class! If you’re ready to join the community and explore new mediums, join us. No experience necessary! ...

    September 6, 2016 — 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Tamara DeMartino

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  • Mixed Media Exploration: Riverside Community Inclusion Project

    If you love all things art, you’ll love this class! If you’re ready to join the community and explore new mediums, join us. No experience necessary! ...

    September 7, 2016 — 09:30 AM to 11:00 PM

    Instructor: Tamara DeMartino

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  • Principles of Oil Painting: A Foundations Class

    This class is designed to give the beginning painting student the skills and foundation to feel confident to start painting outside of the classroom. Initial discussion of the tools & materials that will ...

    September 8, 2016 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 PM

    Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

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  • Botanical Painting

    This class is a continuation of Botanical Illustration. Push your exploration of plants to the next level! We will express the complexity of plants, flowers and more by painting their vivid colors and str...

    September 8, 2016 — 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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  • Figure Drawing Open Studio

    Immerse yourself in an intensive afternoon-long figure drawing experience offered in the "open-studio" tradition. The Arts Center faculty will be available for discussion, but no instruction will be provi...

    September 10, 2016 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • Introduction to Encaustics

    Learn the basics of encaustic painting, a technique that utilizes heated beeswax and colored pigments to create a beautiful piece of art. This class is ideal for artists who would like to explore wax as an...

    September 12, 2016 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Dorothea Osborn

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  • Dabbling with Watercolors

    Come experiment and learn about the fluid and beautiful medium of watercolors and its many applications and techniques in this three week class in color! Students will use a playful approach and explore u...

    September 13, 2016 — 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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  • Drawing for the Terrified

    This is a class for anyone who has ever said, "I can't draw" (but wished it were otherwise!). In this introductory drawing class for new students as well as those looking to build on a little experience, y...

    September 14, 2016 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: David Dowd

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  • Creating Beautifully Expressive Autumn Landscapes in Pastel with Master Pastelist Robert Carsten

    Join master pastelist Robert in this fun and informative two-day workshop designed for you to learn ways to significantly loosen up, create beautiful color, strong design and expressive mark making with th...

    September 16, 2016 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Robert Carsten PSA-mp, IAPS-mc

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  • Introduction to Drawing Surfaces

    This is basic introduction to drawing on a variety of surface with a variety of mediums. . A variety of papers, mylar, vellum, and other surfaces will be covered. In addition, a variety of media will be ex...

    September 24, 2016 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

    Instructor: Dorothea Osborn

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  • Drawing Studio Concepts

    This is a next-level class for the ”slightly less terrified” beginner. Students will be guided through some of the basics, and then explore further topics including studies in line, value, composition,...

    September 26, 2016 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • Diving into Drawing

    In this beginning to intermediate class for the no longer terrified, you will experience drawing a variety of subject matter, sharpening skills and learning techniques while exploring still-life, portraitu...

    September 29, 2016 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: David Dowd

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  • Craft for Credit: Introduction to Printmaking

    This is an introduction to the form of printmaking, monotype. Students will learn a variety of techniques for creating images on monotype plates. Students will work on single-pass and multi-pass printing t...

    October 4, 2016 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM

    Instructor: Sunghee Park

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  • Geometry in Nature, Art & Architecture

    Discover and explore the geometric patterns found everywhere in the world around us. This hands-on workshop will deepen your understanding and appreciation of the universal patterns found throughout nature...

    October 11, 2016 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Kurt Przybilla

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  • Etch-a-Sketch: An Etching Workshop

    This is an introduction to etching as a form of printmaking using zinc plates. As a workshop, much of the preparatory work on the plate will have already been done so the student can concentrate on turning...

    October 15, 2016 — 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM

    Instructor: William Skerritt

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  • Learning the Fundamentals of Drawing

    This class will teach you how to see in perspective and value. We will concentrate on a series of exercises to build and improve drawing skills. Ages 12 and up welcome....

    October 15, 2016 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

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  • Dabbling with Watercolors II

    This class is a continuation of Dabbling with Watercolors. Have you gotten your feet wet with trying out watercolors, but you want to keep developing your comfort and creativity? Continue to expand your kn...

    October 18, 2016 — 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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  • Introduction to Watercolors

    Explore the fun of pure color on wet paper! In this class, you’ll discover your own approach to painting with transparent watercolors. Learn how to use the materials, practice different techniques and ap...

    October 21, 2016 — 10:30 AM to 01:00 PM

    Instructor: Carol Bollinger Green

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  • Figure Drawing Open Studio

    Immerse yourself in an intensive afternoon-long figure drawing experience offered in the "open-studio" tradition. The Arts Center faculty will be available for discussion, but no instruction will be provi...

    October 22, 2016 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • Fundamentals of Figure Drawing

    Drawing the human figure is both challenging and rewarding. An inspiring way to learn to draw, the skills acquired can be applied to drawing almost anything. Through direct observation of a model, you'll l...

    October 24, 2016 — 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: Marion Reynolds

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  • Painting Color Concepts: Oil & Acrylic

    A creative approach to color theory with a focus on adding richness and vitality to your paintings. This class is appropriate for complete beginners or experienced painters who would like to deepen their u...

    November 2, 2016 — 09:30 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Marion Reynolds

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  • Drawing for the Terrified

    This is a class for anyone who has ever said, "I can't draw" (but wished it were otherwise!). In this introductory drawing class for new students as well as those looking to build on a little experience, y...

    November 3, 2016 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

    Instructor: David Dowd

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  • Metaphoric & Symbolic Self-Portraits

    Historically, artists have not only made self-portraits to represent what they look like in a mirror, but also to represent their personal narratives or express their internal selves. In this class, we wil...

    November 3, 2016 — 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

    Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

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  • Keeping a Visual Journal

    ANYONE can learn to draw and be creative, and everyone can begin to do so by keeping a sketchbook, or visual journal. In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of how to use this tool, and come away...

    November 6, 2016 — 12:00 PM to 02:30 PM

    Instructor: Carol Coogan

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  • Relief Printmaking: Linocut

    The student will be introduced to printmaking from linoleum blocks. Linocuts, as they are called, have been made by artists starting in the early 20th century as an alternative to traditional woodblock pri...

    November 7, 2016 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: William Skerritt

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  • Traditional Chinese Brush Painting taught by Zhong-hua Lu

    Chinese brush painting is about the interrelatedness of all things in nature. Xie yi hua is one kind of traditional style of painting. Students will learn philosophical and technical aspects of this ancien...

    November 10, 2016 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Zhong-hua Lu

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  • Figure Drawing Open Studio

    Immerse yourself in an intensive afternoon-long figure drawing experience offered in the "open-studio" tradition. The Arts Center faculty will be available for discussion, but no instruction will be provi...

    November 12, 2016 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Armando Soto

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  • Intuitive Painting

    Painting intuitively connects us to our source of creativity, often bringing about transformative changes. Come have fun with brushes of flowing tempera color on large sheets of white paper, discovering y...

    November 19, 2016 — 10:30 AM to 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Carol Bollinger Green

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  • Learning the Fundamentals of Painting

    This class will focus on mixing your own colors, color theory, and planning a composition. By the end of this class, you will be able to see a color out in the world and be able to mix it for a painting! A...

    November 19, 2016 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Madison LaVallee

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  • Geometry in Nature, Art & Architecture

    Discover and explore the geometric patterns found everywhere in the world around us. This hands-on workshop will deepen your understanding and appreciation of the universal patterns found throughout nature...

    November 29, 2016 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    Instructor: Kurt Przybilla

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Intermediate

  • Landscape Painting in Oils

    Paint with expression the landscapes you love - in oils! This class will explore the popular, inspiring genre of landscape, and will enable the painting student to develop an attitude or “landscape sense...

    September 7, 2016 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 PM

    Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

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  • Individualized Study in Oil Painting

    Learn more advanced techniques in oil painting and work to build upon the skills you already have. The instructor will demonstrate techniques in class and discuss the materials and tools of oil painting. I...

    September 12, 2016 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

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  • Finding Your Painting Voice

    This class explores why we paint, how to choose subject matter and source materials, and how to work toward your own personal style as an artist. Quick and fun exercises will explore expressive possibiliti...

    October 4, 2016 — 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM

    Instructor: Marion Reynolds

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  • Drawing Steps to Painting

    A class designed to take your drawing skills to another level: Painting in oils. Class begins with exercises in charcoal and pencil and gradually progresses to black and white preparatory oil sketches, def...

    November 7, 2016 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 PM

    Instructor: Deborah M. Bayly

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