Painting

Southwest School of Art offers a wide array of classes, at all skill levels, in oils, acrylics and watercolors. Composition, technique, style and conceptual vigor are typically covered in every class – with creative experimentation encouraged along the way.

Painting Material List

  Materials List

Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.

Painting Course Descriptions

 8003 | Introduction to Water-Based Painting | Fall Semester

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Jeannette MacDougall
Dates: Fri, 12/01/2017 to 12/01/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Briscoe Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $75.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $75.00

Want to start painting but don't know where to start? Get a step-by-step introduction to painting with water-based mediums-watercolor, gauche, and acrylic-through demonstration and hands-on practice. All supplies will be provided or students may bring their own. Let this non-judgmental introductory class jumpstart a new creative direction. Please bring a bag lunch.

 8003 | Introduction to Water-Based Painting

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Jeannette MacDougall
Dates: Sat, 3/24/2018 to 3/24/2018 | 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Bowers Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $75.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $75.00

Want to start painting but don't know where to start? Get a step-by-step introduction to painting with water-based mediums-watercolor, gouache, and acrylic-through demonstration and hands-on practice. All supplies will be provided or students may bring their own. Let this non-judgmental introductory class jumpstart a new creative direction.

 8010a | Basic Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Sam Velasquez
Dates: Tues, 1/23/2018 to 3/27/2018 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

Basic Painting is an ideal class for the beginning student who wants a structured approach to painting or for the intermediate student who wants one-on-one instruction. The class will cover color mixing, paint application, selection and use of brushes and other painting tools, as well as painting composition. Students will use a limited color palette in order to learn how to mix a variety of colors. Bring a sketchbook; a materials list will be discussed at the first class. There are no prerequisites; however, Basic Drawing is recommended. Note: Students may work in either oil or acrylic.

 8010b | Basic Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Sam Velasquez
Dates: Thurs, 1/25/2018 to 3/29/2018 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

Basic Painting is an ideal class for the beginning student who wants a structured approach to painting or for the intermediate student who wants one-on-one instruction. The class will cover color mixing, paint application, selection and use of brushes and other painting tools, as well as painting composition. Students will use a limited color palette in order to learn how to mix a variety of colors. Bring a sketchbook; a materials list will be discussed at the first class. There are no prerequisites; however, Basic Drawing is recommended. Note: Students may work in either oil or acrylic.

 8010c | Basic Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Jerry Cabrera
Dates: Sat, 1/20/2018 to 3/24/2018 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

Basic Painting is an ideal class for the beginning student who wants a structured approach to painting or for the intermediate student who wants one-on-one instruction. The class will cover color mixing, paint application, selection and use of brushes and other painting tools, as well as painting composition. Students will use a limited color palette in order to learn how to mix a variety of colors. Bring a sketchbook; a materials list will be discussed at the first class. There are no prerequisites; however, Basic Drawing is recommended. Note: Students may work in either oil or acrylic.

 8011a | Watercolor Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Ric Dentinger
Dates: Mon, 1/22/2018 to 3/26/2018 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Bowers Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $265.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $250.00

This class is for the first-time painter, as well as the student who would like to learn more about the various approaches to painting in this very direct medium. Demonstrations will be given each week showing students how to paint wet-on-wet washes, dry-on-wet washes and with a dry brush. Color theory as it relates to watercolor will be discussed. Intermediate level students, while developing an independent vision, will learn ways to improve their painting skills through advanced demonstration, practice and critique. A materials list will be provided at the first class.

 8011b | Watercolor Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Brad Braune
Dates: Mon, 1/22/2018 to 3/26/2018 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Studio: Bowers Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $265.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $250.00

This class is for the first-time painter, as well as the student who would like to learn more about the various approaches to painting in this very direct medium. Demonstrations will be given each week showing students how to paint wet-on-wet washes, dry-on-wet washes and with a dry brush. Color theory as it relates to watercolor will be discussed. Intermediate level students, while developing an independent vision, will learn ways to improve their painting skills through advanced demonstration, practice and critique. A materials list will be provided at the first class.

 8019 | Intermediate Watercolor

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Ric Dentinger
Dates: Tues, 1/23/2018 to 3/27/2018 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Bowers Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $265.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $250.00

This watercolor course will employ a unique approach to intermediate and advanced techniques. Gouache and other materials will be introduced as a minor element. Creative self-expression and a design mindset will be encouraged; color theory and methods for applying paint will be explored, as will gouache and other materials/methods. Step-by-step demos, along with individual and group critiques, will be regular conduits for learning. Students will work from still life, imagination or photographs. Bring painting supplies currently in use; additional materials will be discussed the first class. Prerequisite: Previous watercolor painting experience required.

 8030 | Studio Time

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Benjamin McVey
Dates: Wed, 1/24/2018 to 3/28/2018 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

This is a course for artists working in all media who want to explore a more self-directed practice. Like an open studio with a classroom environment, artists can finish started projects, start new ones, or push themselves in new directions. Instruction will be tailored to each individual student, with as much feedback as desired. Instruction can help students finish what they've already started, get from idea to completion, bridge skill and concept, (re)discover individual creative interests, or recover from artist's block. Prerequisite: Previous studio experience. Bring images or a sample of finished work and/or a work in progress, as well as supplies you currently are using to the first class; suggestions for additional materials will be discussed at that time.

 8032 | Painting Portraits

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Mira Hnatyshyn
Dates: Thurs, 1/25/2018 to 3/29/2018 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $290.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $275.00

Learn step-by-step techniques for painting portraits from live models in one sitting. Class instruction will include analyzing tonal value and mixing flesh tone colors. Students will produce between three and six portraits. Bring painting supplies you currently use, a sketchbook and pencil to the first class; suggestions for additional materials will be discussed at that time. Includes model fees. Prerequisite: Previous painting experience required.

 8062 | Intensified Abstraction

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Sylvia Benitez
Dates: Wed, 1/24/2018 to 3/28/2018 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Bowers Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $265.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $250.00

This course is geared to empower artists with the many possible creative approaches used in abstract expression. Working with acrylic medium on paper or canvas, as well as mixed media applications, the course will concentrate on color relationships and gradations to provide a foundation for abstract exploration. In addition, compositional resources will be explored through geometric design, texture, pattern, and line. Prerequisite: Prior painting experience required. Please see SSA website for a list of materials.

 8080 | Cartooning, Comics, Caricature, and Anime

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Mike Fisher
Dates: Thurs, 1/25/2018 to 3/29/2018 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $270.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $255.00

Cartooning, or visual storytelling, is more than just an enjoyable indulgence of the imagination; it speaks to interests such as editorial illustration, children's book illustration, comic strips, comic books and storyboarding. Its various forms combine caricature, figure drawing and illustration through the medium of ink and watercolor on paper. Instruction will focus on character development, illusions of movement, sequential staging, setting management, inking, and coloring?all aimed towards the refinement of the student's narratives and ideas. Bring a 9 by 12-inch sketchbook and a sharpened pencil to the first class.

 8087 | Landscape Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Sylvia Benitez
Dates: Fri, 1/26/2018 to 3/30/2018 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Briscoe Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $265.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $250.00

Working from photographs and plein air (outdoor) sketching, students will learn basic landscape principles. Students can explore different grounds and painting media as well as mixed media applications, and study stylistic examples of artists who have worked within these methods. Painting methods and various working approaches will be demonstrated and encouraged. Required materials will be discussed at the first class. Previous drawing or painting experience recommended, but not required.

 
 
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8003 | Introduction to Water-Based Painting
Sat, 3/24/2018 - 3/24/2018 | Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 3/24/2018 and ending 3/24/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 75.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 75.00 ea.

8010a | Basic Painting
Tues, 1/23/2018 - 3/27/2018 | Time: 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 1/23/2018 and ending 3/27/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.

8010b | Basic Painting
Thurs, 1/25/2018 - 3/29/2018 | Time: 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/25/2018 and ending 3/29/2018 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.

8010c | Basic Painting
Sat, 1/20/2018 - 3/24/2018 | Time: 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 1/20/2018 and ending 3/24/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.

8011a | Watercolor Painting
Mon, 1/22/2018 - 3/26/2018 | Time: 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/22/2018 and ending 3/26/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 250.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.

8011b | Watercolor Painting
Mon, 1/22/2018 - 3/26/2018 | Time: 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/22/2018 and ending 3/26/2018 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 250.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.

8019 | Intermediate Watercolor Painting
Tues, 1/23/2018 - 3/27/2018 | Time: 9:00 - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 1/23/2018 and ending 3/27/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 250.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.

8030 | Studio Time
Wed, 1/24/2018 - 3/28/2018 | Time: 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 1/24/2018 and ending 3/28/2018 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.

8032 | Painting Portraits
Thurs, 1/25/2018 - 3/29/2018 | Time: 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/25/2018 and ending 3/29/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 290.00 ea.

8062 | Intensified Abstraction
Wed, 1/24/2018 - 3/28/2018 | Time: 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 1/24/2018 and ending 3/28/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 250.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.

8080 | Cartooning, Comics, Caricature, and Anime
Thurs, 1/25/2018 - 3/29/2018 | Time: 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/25/2018 and ending 3/29/2018 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 255.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.

8087 | Landscape Painting
Fri, 1/26/2018 - 3/30/2018 | Time: 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Friday starting 1/26/2018 and ending 3/30/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 250.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.

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Purchase the classes that you would like to attend. To find classes, visit the Adult Class pages. Be sure to read the descriptions before selecting your class(es). Note: Each area of concentration will have separate registration forms. If you're registering for more than one area of concentration, please follow the prompts shown in the registration form. 

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