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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).



August to November 2016 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

Pastel Studio
Loosen up and have fun with pastels!  We will cover the essentials of pastel painting: Approaches and methods of application, surface choices, pastels from hard to soft, color harmony, temperature, value, and underpainting. Still life and landscape are the main subjects. Still life objects will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own props and reference materials to class as well. The emphasis is on improving skills and developing a personal style with this vibrant and versatile medium. Demos, critiques, and lots of individual instruction are included.

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: 4 Fridays beginning September 2
  • Time: 9:30am - 12noon
  • Class Fee: $103 / $90 Members
  • Instructor: Joan Hellenthal
  • Additional Instructions: Reference materials provided but bringing your own is encouraged. (see details above)
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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 October 12
  • 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.
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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 October 12
  • 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.
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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 October 13
  • Time: 1pm - 4pm
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 Members
  • Instructor: Linda Lord
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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 (some drawing experience is a plus)
  • Offered: 6 Mondays beginning October 24
  • 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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Painting the Colors of Fall with Pastels
Loosen up and have fun with pastels!  Using expressive marks and color we will paint the vibrant colors of fall in landscapes, foliage, pumpkins and squash, persimmons and pears.  This class covers the essentials of pastel painting: approaches and methods of application, pastels from hard to soft, surface choices, color theory and underpainting.  The emphasis is on improving skills and developing a personal style with this vibrant and versatile medium.  Demos, critiques and lots of individual instruction are included.

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: 4 Fridays beginning October 28 (no class 11/25)
  • Time: 9:30am - 12noon
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 Members
  • Instructor: Joan Hellenthal
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Loosen Up and Have Fun with Acrylics
Do you want to have fun with painting? Then this class is for you. Art can be intimidating and many people are too afraid to even try it thinking they aren't “artistic”. We will smash that notion. We will just start painting, you learn best by doing. We will work fast and loose, layering our canvas with color, blocking in shapes, and adding definition to create a beautiful masterpiece. First timers are my favorite! 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. The object of this course is to have you fall in love with painting and give you the confidence to see yourself as a good artist. Content includes how to begin, paints to use, supplies, how to set up your space, what to paint, painting at least 3 finished paintings themed on floral, abstract and interior. I guarantee a good time and skills to take you on your way to continued painting.

Instructor Carrie Clayden is a professional artist and teacher. She has taught at Art is You retreats, The Spotted Cow and Hip Chick Designs. Carrie graduated from UCSC in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies and Fine Art. She recently moved to Santa Cruz and has been accepted into Open Studios for 2015. Her studio is at 17th Avenue and her work can be found on her website www.carrieclayden.com

  • Levels: All
  • Offered: 6 Mondays beginning November 7
  • Time: 1pm - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $155 / $135 Members
  • Instructor: Carrie Clayden
  • Additional Instructions: Reference photos are encouraged
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Weekend Workshops

Painting the Landscape with Soft Pastels
In this two-day workshop you'll discover how to use your soft pastels in interesting ways to depict the landscape. Day 1 will focus on adding zing to your pastels by underpainting on pastel paper with a variety of techniques including alcohol wash, watercolor and dry underpainting. We'll play with mark making and layering and learn to make color sing. Prepare to be messy and have fun. Day 2 we'll discuss strategies for successful compositions and practice finding compositions in the landscape. You'll do multiple compositional studies and then work on developing one more fully. We'll work both indoors and out. The class includes demonstrations and lots of hands-on practice.

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: Beginning to Intermediate
  • Offered: August 27 and 28
  • Time: 9am - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $160 / $140 Members
  • Instructor: Erika Perloff
  • Additional Instructions: Bring landscape reference material that inspires you and a lunch.
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Rumi, Creativity and Your Life as an Artist
This two-day workshop offers a unique experience designed to awaken your creative process, connect you to your heart, and uplift your spirit. The work is based on the beautiful, inspiring poetry of Jalāl ad-DīnRumi, the 13th century Persian poet, scholar, and mystic. We will read and explore some of Rumi’s poems, which offer both illuminations in their own right, and passages that we can use as directives for a reconsideration of our lives and ongoing work. Each poem will be a prelude to creating a collage or mandala. The art we imagine under Rumi’s influence is both meditative and healing, and revelatory. With each of these exercises, we will deepen our self-understanding and offer ourselves new paths to self-discovery. This process of reading, art, and conversation can be a life-changing experience that will also be two days of fun.

Instructor Fereshteh Fatemi is a Soul-Centered coach with a BA in Fine Arts and an MA in Spiritual Psychology. She studied Rumi for 11 years in Farsi, her native language.

  • Level: All
  • Offered: November 5 and 6
  • Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $160 / $140 Members
  • Instructor: Fereshteh Fatemi
  • Additional Instructions: Bring a lunch.
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Travel Drawing and Painting
Want to make your next trip the most rewarding of all? Take a sketchbook with you and rather than point and click your camera, take a few extra minutes to make some fine quick sketches and color them with watercolor. Drawing and painting while traveling is fun and will increase your perception and enjoyment. Traveling with a sketch book can also open doors to interesting adventures and new friendships. You will return home with priceless memories. This class will show you how to:quickly draw people, architecture, water, trees, and landscape, simplify your material—capture essence, prepare, pack and what materials to bring, be comfortable and relaxed sketching and painting in public, draw and paint in cafes, restaurants, on the street, on a cruise, on airplanes and boats, draw and paint in public with or without discovery. You will practice simple techniques for drawing and painting in class using projected color travel images and other methods. Make your future travel experiences satisfying and unforgettable.

Instructor Robert Regis Dvorák, is an artist and popular speaker on subjects of creativity in business and education. Robert has travel sketched and painted in 68 countries including all of Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, North Africa, the Middle East and India. He has exhibited and sold work in the USA, Europe, Japan, China, and Indonesia. He has authored four books on drawing: The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, Drawing Without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing and Travel Drawing and Painting. .

  • Level: All
  • Offered: November 12 and 13
  • Time: 10am - 4pm
  • Class Fee: $160 / $140 Members
  • Materials Fee: $25 (Includes all drawing materials, handouts, a travel sketch pad 160 pages and The Pocket Drawing Book)
  • Instructor: Robert Regis Dvorák
  • Additional Instructions: Bring a lunch.
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Introduction to Stencil Making Workshop
Stencil Making is an easy to learn and extremely versatile method of image making, from Street Art to Textile Design to any Printmaking process. In this two-day course, students will learn the basic techniques of making stenciled images in single and multiple layers to create a series of original prints. You will learn about the history of early and contemporary stencil applications. You will practice these techniques by creating several reusable stencil images and patterns working from your imagination and from your own reference material. You will learn techniques and then applying them with free expression through a variety of mediums including fine art printmaking processes, fabric printing, spray paint, and mixed media painting methods created through various uses of acrylic paint. The techniques taught in this course can be easily practiced at home and applied to more advanced processes of printmaking.

Instructor Whitney Humphreys has received a BFA in Printmaking and works as a professional printmaker and muralist. She is an experienced art educator, having lead courses in drawing, painting, and various printmaking processes. Her art portfolio can be viewed at WhitneyHumphreys.com.

  • Level: All
  • Offered: November 19 and 20
  • Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
  • Class Fee: $160 / $140 Members
  • Materials Fee: $15
  • Instructor: Whitney Humphreys
  • Additional Instructions: Bring a lunch. Reference material provided, but you may also bring your own.
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