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.

Registration

Fall 2018 priority registration for Members opens online Tues, August 7th at 9:00am. General registration starts Tues, August 14th.

Painting Course Descriptions

 8003 | Introduction to Water-Based Painting

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Jeannette MacDougall
Dates: Fri, 11/9/2018 to 11/9/2018 | 9:30 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Briscoe Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $90.00 | 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: Mira Hnatyshyn
Dates: Tues, 9/18/2018 to 11/20/2018 | 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.

 8010b | Basic Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Sam Velasquez
Dates: Thurs, 9/20/2018 to 12/6/2018 | 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. No class Nov 1 & 22.

 8010c | Basic Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Jerry Cabrera
Dates: Sat, 9/22/2018 to 11/24/2018 | 9:30 AM- 12:15 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.

 8011b | Watercolor Painting

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Brad Braune
Dates: Mon, 9/17/2018 to 11/19/2018 | 6:30 PM- 9:15 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

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 advance demonstration, practice and critique. A materials list will be provided at the first class.

 8014 | Pastel Portraiture

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Cindy McBride
Dates: Fri - Sun, 10/12/2018 to 10/14/2018 | 9:30 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Briscoe Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $175.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $160.00

This weekend workshop will introduce you to the energetic qualities of pastels at your own fingertips. Pastels offer a unique means of building saturated and layer colors. Utilizing a live model, the instructor will give a demonstration and then guide you into a study of value and color to produce one expressive and vibrant pastel painting. Individual attention will be given to both the beginner and the more experienced pastelist. Please see SSA website for materials list.

 8019 | Intermediate Watercolor

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Ric Dentinger
Dates: Tues, 9/18/2018 to 11/20/2018 | 9:00 AM- 11:45 AM
Studio: Bowers Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

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 | Painting Studio

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Sam Velasquez
Dates: Tues, 9/18/2018 to 11/20/2018 | 9:00 AM- 11:45 AM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260.00

This class is designed to develop the student's painting style and expand their technical skills. The instructor will tailor discussions and demonstrations to the developing needs of each student-artist. As the class progresses, students will have the opportunity to learn ways of adding other media to their paintings. Prerequisite: Basic Painting or previous painting experience. Bring a blank canvas or a work in progress, images or a sample of finished work, and painting supplies you currently use to the first class; suggestions for additional materials will be discussed at that time.

 8032 | Painting Portraits

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Mira Hnatyshyn
Dates: Wed, 9/26/2018 to 11/28/2018 | 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM
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: Mon, 9/17/2018 to 11/19/2018 | 9:00 AM- 11:45 AM
Studio: Briscoe Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $280.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $265.00

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.

 8087 | Landscape Painting - Date Change

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Sylvia Benitez
Dates: Wed, 9/19/2018 to 11/21/2018 | 9:00 AM- 11:45 AM
Studio: Briscoe Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $280.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $265.00

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.

 8203 | Working Large-Scale

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Chris Sauter
Dates: Wed, 10/3/2018 to 11/7/2018 | 6:30 PM- 9:15 PM
Studio: Bowers Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $165.00

Scale plays an important role in making successful art. Sometimes bigger is better. Making work larger than a standard pad of paper or pre-stretched canvas can be mystifying. This class will break down the process of scaling up smaller work and approaching mark making on a larger scale. Although focusing on drawing, this class is open to anyone wanting to work larger in 2-D. There are no prerequisites; however, Basic Drawing is recommended. Bring a sketchbook or drawing pad (size 11 by 14 or 18 by 24-inches) and a selection of pencils and an eraser; additional materials will be discussed at the first class.

 
 

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8003 | Introduction to Water-Based Painting (Full)
Dates: Fri, 11/9/2018 | 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Friday starting 11/9/2018 and ending 11/9/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 75.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 90.00 ea.

8010a | Basic Painting (Full)
Dates: Tues, 9/18/2018 to 11/20/2018 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/18/2018 and ending 11/20/2018 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.

8010b | Basic Painting
Dates: Thurs, 9/20/2018 to 12/6/2018 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/20/2018 and ending 12/6/2018 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.

8010c | Basic Painting (Full)
Dates: Sat, 9/22/2018 to 11/24/2018 | 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 9/22/2018 and ending 11/24/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.

8011b | Watercolor Painting
Dates: Mon, 9/17/2018 to 11/19/2018 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/17/2018 and ending 11/19/2018 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.

8014 | Pastel Portraiture
Dates: Fri - Sun, 10/12/2018 to 10/14/2018 | 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Friday and Saturday starting 10/12/2018 and ending 10/14/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 175.00 ea.

8019 | Intermediate Watercolor
Dates: Tues, 9/18/2018 to 11/20/2018 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/18/2018 and ending 11/20/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.

8030 | Painting Studio
Dates: Tues, 9/18/2018 to 11/20/2018 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 9/18/2018 and ending 11/20/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.

8032 | Painting Portraits
Dates: Wed, 9/26/2018 to 11/28/2018 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 9/26/2018 and ending 11/28/2018 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 290.00 ea.

8062 | Intensified Abstraction (Full)
Dates: Mon, 9/17/2018 to 11/19/2018 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/17/2018 and ending 11/19/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 280.00 ea.

8087 | Landscape Painting -DATE CHANGE (Full)
Dates: Wed, 9/19/2018 to 11/21/2018 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 9/19/2018 and ending 11/21/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 280.00 ea.

8203 | Working Large-Scale
Dates: Wed, 10/3/2018 to 11/7/2018 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 10/3/2018 and ending 11/7/2018 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.

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If registering during Member's Priority registration, login to the website to 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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