Community Classes

Art for Everyone!

Painting

The SSA 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.

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8003 | Introduction to Water-Based Painting (Full)
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, one-day introductory class jumpstart a new creative direction.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Jeannette MacDougall
Dates: Wed, 5/31/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Briscoe Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $75 | Members/Seniors (65+): $60
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 5/31/2017 and ending 5/31/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 75.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.

8008 | Color Design
Color Design is a three-day, in-depth exploration of color theory and color interaction. This course considers color as a descriptive and expressive element of art, emphasizing color perception and application. Investigations of 2-dimensional design problems and the formal, technical, creative, and psychological aspects of color usage will be introduced and emphasized. This is a basic course essential for understanding how to use color and apply it effectively in all areas of art. Basic Design 1 helpful but not required.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Jessica DeCuir
Dates: Fri - Sun, 7/28/2017 to 7/30/2017 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $150 | Members/Seniors (65+): $135
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Friday and Saturday starting 7/28/2017 and ending 7/30/2017 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 135.00 ea.

8010a | Basic Painting
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, and can elect to work in either acrylic or oil. Bring a sketchbook; a materials list will be discussed at the first class. There are no prerequisites; however, Basic Drawing is recommended.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Jerry Cabrera
Dates: Thurs, 6/1/2017 to 8/3/2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/1/2017 and ending 8/3/2017 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.

8010b | Basic Painting
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, and can elect to work in either acrylic or oil. Bring a sketchbook; a materials list will be discussed at the first class. There are no prerequisites; however, Basic Drawing is recommended.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Sam Velasquez
Dates: Thurs, 6/1/2017 to 8/3/2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275 | Members/Seniors (65+): $260
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/1/2017 and ending 8/3/2017 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 275.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 260.00 ea.

8011a | Watercolor Painting (Full)
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.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Ric Dentinger
Dates: Mon, 6/5/2017 to 8/7/2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $265 | Members/Seniors (65+): $250
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/5/2017 and ending 8/7/2017 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 250.00 ea.

8011b | Watercolor Painting
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. No class on Jul 4.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Ric Dentinger
Dates: Tues, 5/30/2017 to 8/8/2017 | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $265 | Members/Seniors (65+): $250

Irregular classes scheduled starting 5/30/2017 and ending 8/8/2017 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 250.00 ea.

8030 | Painting Studio
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: 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.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Mira Hnatyshyn
Dates: Wed, 6/7/2017 to 8/9/2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $280 | Members/Seniors (65+): $265

Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/7/2017 and ending 8/9/2017 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 280.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.

8062 | Intensified Abstraction (Full)
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 resource will be explored through geometric design, texture, pattern, and line. Prerequisite: Prior painting experience required. Please see SSA website for a list of materials. No class on Jul 4.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Sylvia Benitez
Dates: Tues, 5/30/2017 to 8/8/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $270 | Members/Seniors (65+): $255
Irregular classes scheduled starting 5/30/2017 and ending 8/8/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 255.00 ea.

8080 | Cartooning Comics, Caricature and Anime (Full)
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.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Mike Fisher
Dates: Thurs, 6/8/2017 to 8/10/2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $265 | Members/Seniors (65+): $250
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 6/8/2017 and ending 8/10/2017 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 250.00 ea.

8087 | Landscape Painting
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. No class on Jul 4.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Sylvia Benitez
Dates: Tues, 5/30/2017 to 8/8/2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Studio: Duncan Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $270 | Members/Seniors (65+): $255
Irregular classes scheduled starting 5/30/2017 and ending 8/8/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 255.00 ea.