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Art Classes

The Santa Cruz Art League has a wide variety of classes at a variety of times. Is your week too hectic for our series classes? Consider taking one of our Weekend Workshops. Already have some skills and looking for a place to draw after work? Consider popping by our weekly, drop-in life drawing session (see description below).



2017 Art Classes

Drop-in Classes

Monday Night Figure Drawing
Drawing the human figure is acknowledged to be the best foundation for learning the process of really seeing small details and acquiring perspective and measurement skills to benefit all future artistic endeavours. Pop by our classroom every Monday night and sharpen your skills. Live model. Facilitated by Open Studio Artist Richard Bennett.

  • Levels: Previous drawing experience required. No instruction provided.
  • Date and Time: Drop-In, Monday Nights, 7:00 - 10:00pm
  • Location: in the SCAL classroom
  • Fee: $16 non-members, $14 members, $10 students
  • Facilitator: Richard Bennett

2nd Thursday Figure Drawing and Painting
Similar to our Monday Night Drawing class (above) except with longer poses and attendees may choose to either draw or paint. Live nude or draped model. Facilitated by Open Studio Artist Richard Bennett.

  • Levels: Previous drawing or painting experience required. No instruction provided.
  • Date and Time: 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:00 - 10:00pm
  • Location: in the SCAL classroom
  • Fee: $16 non-members, $14 members, $10 students
  • Facilitator: Richard Bennett



Series Art Classes

Introduction to Figure Drawing
This is a small group to begin a study of the human form from a live model. Immerse yourself in an intimate and comprehensive introduction to the art of REALLY seeing. This class is limited to 10 students per class so sign up today!

Instructor Susie Wilson has a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design (UK), a degree in Illustration and an HNDBTEC degree in Education, also in the UK. . She taught Life Drawing at the Norfolk Institute and was a college lecturer in the subject at the Norwich School of Art. Since arriving in America she has taught private and group classes for approximately 20 years, and has participated in Open Studios.

  • Levels: Beginner
  • Offered: 6 Wednesdays beginning March 1st
  • Time: 10am - 12:30pm
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 members
  • Model Fee: $45 at 1st class
  • Instructor: Susie Wilson
  • Additional Instructions: Class is limited to 10 students.
  • We're sorry. This class is full. If you'd like to be added to our waiting list (in the event of a cancellation), please email info@scal.org. Otherwise, check back for more series of this class in the future.
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Traditional Figure Drawing
Drawing can be described as an inquiring investigation into visible appearance, and the learned discipline should never exclude the potential for free and spontaneous input. Intuition, feelings and impulse are essential elements to the personal development of drawing skills. This class offers an opportunity to really look at the form, structure, spaces and surfaces of the nude figure and seek a unique and individual expression of making what we see visible. Increasing our knowledge and extending our ability is an ongoing and continuous process to which everyone is invited! Please join our quest for improvement and ways to make different or better drawings. This class is limited to 12 students per class so sign up today!

Instructor Susie Wilson has a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design (UK), a degree in Illustration and an HNDBTEC degree in Education, also in the UK. . She taught Life Drawing at the Norfolk Institute and was a college lecturer in the subject at the Norwich School of Art. Since arriving in America she has taught private and group classes for approximately 20 years, and has participated in Open Studios.

  • Levels: All
  • Offered: 6 Wednesdays beginning March 1st
  • Time: 1pm - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 members
  • Model Fee: $45 at 1st class
  • Instructor: Susie Wilson
  • Additional Instructions: Class is limited to 12 students.
  • We're sorry. This class is full. If you'd like to be added to our waiting list (in the event of a cancellation), please email info@scal.org. Otherwise, check back for more series of this class in the future.
Click here to download the materials list (pdf, 59 kb)

Watercolor
This class is geared to facilitate those who have never painted and those who have advanced their skills. Most class sessions will include a demo and then time to work on the elements of the demo. Information on materials, including colors and "gimmicks",and tools is given throughout the six-week period. The goal of this class is to encourage the joy of painting, while improving skills and knowledge. This is a "fun" class, so bring a sense of humor and whatever materials you have and enjoy.

Instructor Linda Lord is a self-trained artist and illustrator with over 16 years teaching experience in her studio and via the SC Watercolor Society; an Open Studio artist whose exhibits include Cozumel, Mexico. Linda also publishes with a decorative art publisher.

  • Levels: All
  • Offered: 6 Thursdays beginning March 2nd
  • Time: 1pm - 4pm
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 members
  • Instructor: Linda Lord
  • We're sorry. This class is full. If you'd like to be added to our waiting list (in the event of a cancellation), please email info@scal.org. Otherwise, check back for more series of this class in the future.
Click here to download the materials list (pdf, 457 kb)

Pastel Studio
Loosen up and have fun with pastels! Using expressive marks and color we will paint vibrant landscapes and still life. The essentials of pastel painting will be covered including approaches and methods of application, pastels from hard to soft, surface possibilities, color theory and underpainting. Demos, problem solving, and lots of individual instruction are included. This class is appropriate for both beginners in pastel and those who are experienced with the medium. Just bring whatever pastels you may have and explore the possibilities of this versatile medium!

Instructor Joan Hellenthal, BA Fine Art Brown University, MA Fine Art SJSU; CA credentialed art instructor, painter and mixed media artist who exhibits in many private and corporate collections inc. MAH, UCSC and Open Studios. joanhellenthal.com

  • Levels: All but some drawing experience is recommended
  • Offered: 6 Fridays beginning March 3rd
  • Time: 9:30am - 12noon
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 members
  • Instructor: Joan Hellenthal
  • Additional Instructions: Reference materials provided but bringing your own is encouraged. (see details above)
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Click here to download the materials list (pdf, 201 kb)

Botanical Art in Graphite, Watercolor and Colored Pencil
Botanical art involves accuracy as well as artistic technique and creativity, but you don't need to be a botanist, and artists at all levels are welcome. In this class we'll follow a traditional approach to drawing and painting a botanical subject – from study to finished work. Some drawing experience is a plus. We'll practice particular methods of applying graphite pencil, watercolor and colored pencil. Each of these media has its own beauty and appeal for artists. The plan will be to render plant subjects in each of the three media first, then to use whatever one or more media you choose in a unified composition. You'll get plenty of individual attention as you work, to challenge and encourage you at your own level of skill. Plant material will be provided for each lesson, but you may bring botanical subjects of your choice (live plant material, not photographs) if you wish.

Instructor Maria Cecilia Freeman is a professional artist with over 25 years of experience bridging scientific illustration and botanical fine art. Her award-winning drawings and paintings have appeared in solo and juried exhibitions across the U.S. and in Europe. You can see her work at her website: mcf-art.com

  • Level: All but some drawing experience is recommended
  • Offered: 6 Mondays beginning March 13th (Make up class , March 6th)
  • Time: 9am - 12noon
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 members
  • Instructor: Maria Cecilia Freeman
  • Additional Instructions: Reference materials provided but you may also bring your own (see details above)
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Click here to download the materials list (pdf, 322 kb)

Loosen Up and Have Fun with Acrylics
Painting from the heart and loosening up are fundamentals of this class. We work fast and loose,layering our canvas with color, blocking in shapes, and adding definition to create a beautiful masterpieces. I want to introduce you to the fun of paint, we will use spray bottles and drip, splat, brush,even use our hands to create magic. We work on several canvases at a time, producing much work. The more you make, the better the results. Themes change every session. Many students repeat the class as it gives them a valuable critique of their work, and time and space to commit to a regular art practice.

Instructor Carrie Clayden is a professional artist and teacher. Carrie graduated from UCSC in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies and Fine Art. Her studio is at 17th Avenue and her work can be found on her website www.carrieclayden.com

  • Levels: All
  • Offered: 6 Mondays beginning March 6th
  • Time: 1pm - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 members
  • Instructor: Carrie Clayden
  • Additional Instructions: Reference photos are encouraged
  • We're sorry. This class is full. If you'd like to be added to our waiting list (in the event of a cancellation), please email info@scal.org. Otherwise, check back for more series of this class in the future.
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Loose and Painterly Landscapes
Barbara will demonstrate the process of landscape painting from photographs (mostly local scenes). Students can paint along with the demo or do their own thing with their own photographs. Topics covered: preparing canvas to paint, two difference approaches to painting, abstracting the landscape, color, perspective, brush control, value, edge quality, and much more. Bring your own photos, and lots of questions to ask.

Instructor Barbara Bailey-Porter holds a Masters of Fine Art, has been an Open Studio artist and has maintained a professional painting studio for well over 20 years. She has taught at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, through Cabrillo and DeAnza Colleges, and in the elementary schools in the past. She works in her studio as well as en plein air. Barbara's work is in various private and corporate collections in the US and abroad.

  • Levels: All
  • Offered: 4 Fridays beginning March 10th
  • Time: 1:30pm - 4pm
  • Class Fee: $175 / $160 members
  • Instructor: Barbara Bailey-Porter
  • Additional Instructions: Bring your own reference photos.
Register online »
Click here to download the materials list (pdf, 254 kb)

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Weekend Workshops

The Art of Selling Art
Selling art, your own or other artist’s is easy when you know how! This workshop will cover: prospecting for clients, developing rapport, planning sales meetings and phone calls, telephone techniques, emotions--how to use them, what not to say or do, closing secrets, what questions to ask, what words to use, portfolios, slides, artist’s statements, presentations, goal setting, pricing the art, art gallery selling, referrals. This is a comprehensive sales program oriented to the individual artist and art representative. Be prepared for a fun-filled day of lively lecture and in-class games. You will learn how to sell art to individual clients, collectors, and corporations. Instructor Robert Dvořák, a successful California artist, will demonstrate what works and what doesn't work so that by the end of the workshop, you can begin selling--and prospering--immediately with confidence and self-assurance.

Instructor Robert Regis Dvořák is the author of the new book, Selling Art 101. He has been teaching The Art of Selling Art to artists, art representatives, and art gallery sales people for 25 years. His paintings and prints and films are part of many individual, corporate, and institutional collections.

A comprehensive handout is included. The book, Selling Art 101 will be available.

  • Level: All
  • Offered: February 11th (One Day)
  • Time: 10am - 4pm
  • Class Fee: $89
  • Instructor: Robert Regis Dvořák
  • Additional Instructions: Bring one artwork, which is framed or mounted and available for sale. Frequently sales take place in this class.
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Courageous Color! Learn to be Brave in the Studio! - Oil or Acrylic
Learn how to see more color and find your courage! Improve your odds of creating a beautiful painting. Learn about Color mixing, Color temperature and Color theories. Also, learn about focal points, composition, value, perspective, shapes, volumes, edges. Maggie will guide you through the painting process step by step with demos, handouts and critiques.

Instructor Maggie Renner Hellmann appeared in international publications such as 'The Artist's Magazine’. She's won numerous International awards recently for her Seascapes and Landscapes. BA in Illustration SJSU, Advanced fine art studies at 'Lorenzo de Medici' Art Institute, Florence, Italy and studies with Ovanes Berberian, Calvin Liang and Ray Roberts. Tuscany, Italy Workshop Instructor. Open Studios Artist. Maggie’s work is collected internationally.

Here's what some of Maggies Students had to say:
"After working with Maggie, my work has taken a huge leap forward"
"delightful teaching: enthusiastic, clear and patient."

  • Level: All
  • Offered: February 18th and 19th
  • Time: 9am - 1pm
  • Class Fee: $160 / $140 members
  • Instructor: Maggie Renner Hellmann
  • Additional Instructions: Bring your own seascape or landscape photos.
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Pastels for the Enthusiastic Beginner
Come spend an intensive two days learning everything you need to get started with soft pastels. We'll explore a variety of materials and techniques so that you can develop your own unique style and paint the subjects of your choice in this vibrant, direct medium. You'll come away with a better understanding of pastel types, application, surfaces, preparation, color, value and mark making. No previous pastel experience necessary but some drawing is helpful. We will work from still life, sketches and photos. Some Materials included.

Instructor Erika Perloff has been painting the local landscape in pastel for over 20 years and is also an experienced educator. Her work is widely exhibited and collected.

  • Level: Beginner (but some drawing is helpful)
  • Offered: February 25th and 26th
  • Time: 9am - 3pm
  • Class Fee: $160 / $140 members
  • Instructor: Erika Perloff
  • We're sorry. This class is full. If you'd like to be added to our waiting list (in the event of a cancellation), please email info@scal.org. Otherwise, check back for more series of this class in the future.

Drawing
This course is an introduction to drawing. We will cover the fundamentals, including contour line, form and modeling with a variety of media. You will learn techniques to improve your observational drawing skills, be introduced to linear perspective and will find that as your abilities improve, your perception of the world around you will as well…in a good way!

Instructor Jo-Neal Boic has been a teacher for more than 40 years and she has been painting and teaching watercolor for 29 of those. She loves to teach and believes that all students are capable of learning to draw and paint in whatever medium they choose. She fancies a variety of subjects but is particularly drawn to nature.

  • Level: Beginner
  • Offered: March 4th and 5th
  • Time: 9am - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $160 / $140 members
  • Instructor: Jo-Neal Boic
  • Additional Instructions: Bring a lunch.
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Watercolor for Beginners
This workshop is an introduction to the medium of watercolor. It will include the basic techniques used in painting with watercolor; wet into wet, washes, layering/glazing and a combination of these. Color theory as well as practical application of those theories. If you have a desire to learn to paint in watercolor, Jo-Neal will prove you can do it! And…she is especially fond of working with beginners.

Instructor Jo-Neal Boic has been a teacher for more than 40 years and she has been painting and teaching watercolor for 29 of those. She loves to teach and believes that all students are capable of learning to draw and paint in whatever medium they choose. She fancies a variety of subjects but is particularly drawn to nature.

  • Level: Beginner
  • Offered: March 18th and 19th
  • Time: 9am - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $160 / $140 members
  • Instructor: Jo-Neal Boic
  • Additional Instructions: Bring a lunch.
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Painting the Figure Simply & Beautifully in Watercolor
This class will be directed to the spontaneous representation of the female figure in watercolor.  There will be a strong emphasis on the use of color, white space and composition.  Color mixing from a limited palette, light, shade, shadow, brush techniques, graded washes, foreshortening, facial details, lost and found edges, and proportion will be demonstrated and practiced.  We will work from professional models.  No matter how much previous instruction you have had, this class will have you seeing and painting the figure in a new way.  Have had some experience with watercolor, drawing the figure? You will learn easy techniques for painting the figure quickly, loose and free. You will build more confidence and skill painting figures. Robert will demonstrate, work with the class and give individual instruction.

Instructor Robert R. Dvorak, FAAR, presents workshops and lectures on creativity, drawing, and painting for colleges, universities and art centers.  He is the author of The Magic of Drawing, Drawing Without Fear, and Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, Travel Drawing and Painting and The Pocket Drawing Book.  He is the author of “Twenty Minutes to a Beautiful Figure” featured in WATERCOLOR An American Artist Publication.   He has presented this workshop many times for the University of California Santa Cruz, Foothill and De Anza Colleges, The University of Hawaii, Hui No’eau Visual Art Center in Maui, the Palo Alto Art Center and others.  For more information email: robert@youcreate.com

  • Level: All
  • Offered: Saturday, March 25th
  • Time: 10am - 4pm
  • Class Fee: $89
  • Instructor: Robert Regis Dvořák
  • Additional Instructions: Bring a lunch
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Intermediate Watercolor
This intermediate level class will include a variety of skills instruction and practice. How do you create the fold of a leaf or flower petal, the fold of fabric or the surface texture of wood? Can you paint a convincing water drop or effectively paint reflections on water. How do you paint a windowpane that looks real? How about the waves out on West Cliff? Do you know how to paint a tree using the technique of negative space painting? We will focus primarily on creating the illusion of form, painting reflections/reflective surface and negative space painting through a series of exercises. Come and join in on the fun!!!!

Instructor Jo-Neal Boic has been a teacher for more than 40 years and she has been painting and teaching watercolor for 29 of those. She loves to teach and believes that all students are capable of learning to draw and paint in whatever medium they choose. She fancies a variety of subjects but is particularly drawn to nature.

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Offered: April 1st and 2nd
  • Time: 9am - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $160 / $140 members
  • Instructor: Jo-Neal Boic
  • Additional Instructions: Bring a lunch.
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Basic Encaustic Painting
Encaustic painting is an exciting, ancient and cutting-edge art form. Painting with molten beeswax is very forgiving and extremely versatile. The possibilities are endless using: collage, stencils, stamps, ink, oil paints, watercolors, photography and so much more. Explore through demonstrations how to mix paint, fuse layers of wax, apply oil and chalk pastels, embed photos, and apply image transfers. Artist of all media and skill level will enjoy the limitless possibilities and fascination that encaustic has to offer. No drawing skills necessary.

Instructor Terry Dowell is a mixed media artist specializing in encaustic work. Her work can be seen in private collections nationwide and in juried shows in Northern California. Other than encaustic, Terry has worked in wheel thrown and hand built pottery, photography, oil painting, watercolors, plein aire painting, and drawing for the last 50 years.

  • Level: Beginner
  • Offered: April 8th and 9th
  • Time: 10am - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $165
  • Materials Fee: $60
  • Instructor: Terry Dowell
  • Additional Instructions: All materials are provided. This workshop is taught at the instructor’s studio in Aptos. This class is limited to 6 students so register early!
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