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Adult Classes

Introductory Classes

These are classes designed for new artists, beginning students, or anyone looking to refresh their skills after some time away from the canvas.

It is strongly recommended that students with little or no experience take at least one of these classes before moving on to a more advanced class.

Intro to Drawing

In this class, students will learn the basics of line, shape, form, value, light theory, spatial relationships and perspective. Using a variety of approaches, students will focus on learning how to see the world around them and how to translate this newly found vision into the two-dimensional world of drawing.

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Intro to Painting

Using a variety of approaches students will be able to confidently enter the world of painting in this knowledge-packed course. This class covers color theory, value, underpainting, and observational and technical accuracy. Students will be guided to develop painterly techniques such as alla prima, impasto, and glazing.

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Painting Fundamentals

Explore the basic techniques and concepts of painting such as color theory, composition, color mixing, brushwork, blending, and glazes. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and pursuing an imaginative and personal approach.

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Art of Color: John Singer Sargent

Students taking this course will learn about muted, tonal colors and how to build and layer with more prismatic color on top. Transparencies, glazing, working with limited palettes and using expressive mark making will all be touched upon. A great precursor for those interested in taking acrylic, oil and/or watercolor classes.

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Drawing
Intro to Drawing

In this class, students will learn the basics of line, shape, form, value, light theory, spatial relationships and perspective. Using a variety of approaches, students will focus on learning how to see the world around them and how to translate this newly found vision into the two-dimensional world of drawing.

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Drawing (Intermediate)

Develop enhanced observational drawing skills as you further investigate line, value, form, perspective, texture, and color. Learn to create dynamic and compelling drawings using charcoal, graphite, pen and ink, colored pencils, and various other media. Beginning drawing required before enrolling.

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Painting & Drawing Studio

This studio class has been designed for students who wish to explore and expand on painting and/or drawing as a comprehensive art form. Students work on their own personal projects under the highly individualized guidance of the instructor, with an emphasis on personal development and experimentation.

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Figure Drawing Studio

Explore classical as well as contemporary figure drawing techniques and approaches to developing the human form. Emphasis is placed upon observation, anatomy, structure, line quality, volume, composition and originality. Techniques with graphite, charcoal, conté, colored pencil, and pastel are demonstrated and developed.

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Pastel Studio

Students will further their pastel painting practice as they take a more independent approach. In this class students choose their own subjects and references as the instructor helps each student advance and grow on an individual level.

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Portrait & Figure Drawing Studio

A model is present each week in this studio class. Techniques with graphite, charcoal, and conte will be demonstrated and developed. Students will work towards the goal of drawing the human form accurately, and develop their ability to capture their model’s unique features and personality.

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Mixed Media Drawing

Sharpen your techniques and artistic decision making processes as you are guided through challenging projects in a variety of media.

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Painting
Intro to Painting

Using a variety of approaches students will be able to confidently enter the world of painting in this knowledge-packed course. This class covers color theory, value, underpainting, and observational and technical accuracy. Students will be guided to develop painterly techniques such as alla prima, impasto, and glazing.

Register

Painting Fundamentals

Explore the basic techniques and concepts of painting such as color theory, composition, color mixing, brushwork, blending, and glazes. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and pursuing an imaginative and personal approach.

Register

Intermediate Painting

This course gives students the skills to further achieve their painterly goals by delving further into color theory, technical precision, and nuanced brushwork.
Students will work on guided projects that introduce new techniques such as complementary underpainting, increased color accuracy and observational accuracy and detail, helping each student to create their best work.

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Art of Color: John Singer Sargent

Students taking this course will learn about muted, tonal colors and how to build and layer with more prismatic color on top. Transparencies, glazing, working with limited palettes and using expressive mark making will all be touched upon. A great precursor for those interested in taking acrylic, oil and/or watercolor classes.

Register

Figure Painting Studio

Students will study contemporary methods for painting the portrait and figure, exploring techniques for mixing and applying paint, analyzing value, seeing color, rendering light and shadow, mixing flesh tones, and developing volume. The instructor will assist students in capturing a likeness as well as achieving an aesthetic and personally expressive style. Some experience in painting and figure drawing recommended.

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Painting & Drawing Studio

This studio class has been designed for students who wish to explore and expand on painting and/or drawing as a comprehensive art form. Students work on their own personal projects under the highly individualized guidance of the instructor, with an emphasis on personal development and experimentation.

Register

Painting Studio

Great for students with painting experience looking to further develop skills and pursue an imaginative and personal approach. Students work from photos or still life depending on needs and interests. Individualized instruction is emphasized and students work at their own pace.

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Painting Studio (Intermediate & Advanced)

Students work on their own individual projects under the guidance of the instructor, developing their skills and techniques with paint and medium while strengthening their art. Students may have a variety of interests and the instructor works to inspire each student, and to build and grow from their strengths to create their best work. Composition, symbolism, the psychology of color, and art history are a large part of the curriculum in this lively class.

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Painting L.A.

Each of us has a unique “Los Angeles Experience”. Bring yours to canvas as we take an unexpected approach to the many layers of this fascinating subject.

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The Portrait: Techniques & Artistry

Have you wanted to further explore the world of portraiture, or improve your artistic and technical skills in portraiture?

In this class, students will hone their skills by working from photographic references in charcoal and black-and-white paints, before bringing together the technical skill learned throughout the course with their individual artistry in a masterpiece portrait, painted in full color from a live model. Drawing & painting experience recommended.

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Mixed Media
Expressive Techniques in Paint & Mixed Media

Create personally meaningful and expressive works of art, inspired by journaling and using paint, collage, mixed media and sculpture. Explore abstraction and heighten your awareness of composition, line, form, rhythm and mood.

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Mixed Media Drawing

Sharpen your techniques and artistic decision making processes as you are guided through challenging projects in a variety of media.

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Art of Collage

Collage is an expressive medium that combines found materials. Students will bring a personal element to their art by including their own photos, papers, and drawings. This class combines drawing and painting using a variety of mediums such as charcoal, graphite, pastels, colored pencils and more. Themes and assignments will be given by the instructor.

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The Collage Poem: Image & Text

In this collage class, students will use found materials to make collage poems, collages that use image and text to create a “third thing,” a new piece made of two parts. Often text is relegated to a graphic element in visual art or, conversely, the visual work serves to illustrate a work of text.

How do we make work where the visual and textual are equally strong and compelling, but when they are woven together, they create a brilliant third thing?

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Abstract Painting
Exploring Abstract Painting

In this class, students will learn a variety of techniques and notions of abstraction, enabling them to develop a greater understanding of the range of possibilities. Students will be encouraged to experiment and use their own creative style that will result in unique and personal pieces of artwork. Some painting experience is recommended.

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Abstract Painting Studio

Develop techniques that create rich textural surfaces, glazed and stained fields of color, and aesthetic ways of organizing space. The strength, sensitivity and rhythm of form, line, value, shape, pattern, and color will be examined. Teacher will work with each student individually, to help them understand the concepts behind non-representational painting. Students are encouraged to explore their own styles and techniques. Painting experience recommended.

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Figure Painting & Drawing
Figure Drawing Studio

Explore classical as well as contemporary figure drawing techniques and approaches to developing the human form. Emphasis is placed upon observation, anatomy, structure, line quality, volume, composition and originality. Techniques with graphite, charcoal, conté, colored pencil, and pastel are demonstrated and developed.

Register

Portrait & Figure Drawing Studio

A model is present each week in this studio class. Techniques with graphite, charcoal, and conte will be demonstrated and developed. Students will work towards the goal of drawing the human form accurately, and develop their ability to capture their model’s unique features and personality.

Register

Beginning Figure Drawing

A model is present each week in this studio class. Techniques with graphite, charcoal, and conte will be demonstrated and developed. Students will work towards the goal of drawing the human form accurately, and develop their ability to capture their model’s unique features and personality.

Register

Figure Painting Studio

Students will study contemporary methods for painting the portrait and figure, exploring techniques for mixing and applying paint, analyzing value, seeing color, rendering light and shadow, mixing flesh tones, and developing volume. The instructor will assist students in capturing a likeness as well as achieving an aesthetic and personally expressive style. Some experience in painting and figure drawing recommended.

Register

The Portrait: Techniques & Artistry

Have you wanted to further explore the world of portraiture, or improve your artistic and technical skills in portraiture?

In this class, students will hone their skills by working from photographic references in charcoal and black-and-white paints, before bringing together the technical skill learned throughout the course with their individual artistry in a masterpiece portrait, painted in full color from a live model. Drawing & painting experience recommended.

Register

Sculpture & Ceramics
Sculpture: Processes & Materials

This class will take inspiration from sculptors such as Rauschenberg, Picasso, Segal, Nevelson, and others to guide students to use an innovative combination of materials to develop unique three-dimensional sculptures. Students will explore a variety of tools and materials such as plaster, wire, balsa wood, fabric and paint along with drills, small saws and sanders. The class encourages independent exploration and a focus on process rather than final product.

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Figure Sculpture

This course is the study of the human figure as sculptural form. Emphasis is on proportion, anatomy, and construction by direct observation of the model. Students will explore the techniques used for understanding contour of form, line, composition, and gesture. Students will purchase materials at the school. Both oil and water clay are used.

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Wheel Pottery Studio

Great for beginners, or those looking to review. Students will become familiar with the ins and outs of the potter’s wheel while learning to throw various vessels including bowls, vases, and mugs. Students will learn glazing techniques and explore the use of texture on the clay body. Materials purchased at the BAC.

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Before The Wheel: Exploring Handbuilt Pottery

Come create beautiful pots and clay forms using your hands and basic tools. Students will learn the fundamentals of hand building with clay – coil and slab construction, mold making and more. Projects include both sculptural work and functional table ware. Open to all!

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Watercolor
World of Watercolor

An immersive introduction to the fundamentals of the watercolor medium. This class will guide students through the painting process and provide an understanding of the materials, tools, techniques and theory of watercolor painting, as well as, exploring formal concepts of value, color and composition. Drawing experience is recommended

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Watercolor: Intermediate & Advanced

This course offers a survey of traditional, as well as experimental watercolor techniques. Learn to appreciate the unique beauty of this medium and its myriad possibilities. Exploring techniques, interpreting varied subjects, and analyzing color theory will help the students to develop a personal style and understanding of the process of creating an aesthetic painting.

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Watercolor Studio (Intermediate & Advanced)

Watercolor techniques and composition are taught with emphasis on developing skills and pursuing an imaginative and personal approach. Students work from photos or still life depending on their needs and interests. Individualized instruction is emphasized and students work at their own pace.

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Studio Classes

Studio classes are open to enroll in at any time. These classes provide an open environment for students to work on their own art practice while the instructor gives personal, one-on-one guidance in technique, composition and style.

Watercolor Studio (Intermediate & Advanced)

Watercolor techniques and composition are taught with emphasis on developing skills and pursuing an imaginative and personal approach. Students work from photos or still life depending on their needs and interests. Individualized instruction is emphasized and students work at their own pace.

Register

Abstract Painting Studio

Develop techniques that create rich textural surfaces, glazed and stained fields of color, and aesthetic ways of organizing space. The strength, sensitivity and rhythm of form, line, value, shape, pattern, and color will be examined. Teacher will work with each student individually, to help them understand the concepts behind non-representational painting. Students are encouraged to explore their own styles and techniques. Painting experience recommended.

Register

Painting & Drawing Studio

This studio class has been designed for students who wish to explore and expand on painting and/or drawing as a comprehensive art form. Students work on their own personal projects under the highly individualized guidance of the instructor, with an emphasis on personal development and experimentation.

Register

Painting Studio

Great for students with painting experience looking to further develop skills and pursue an imaginative and personal approach. Students work from photos or still life depending on needs and interests. Individualized instruction is emphasized and students work at their own pace.

Register

Painting Studio (Intermediate & Advanced)

Students work on their own individual projects under the guidance of the instructor, developing their skills and techniques with paint and medium while strengthening their art. Students may have a variety of interests and the instructor works to inspire each student, and to build and grow from their strengths to create their best work. Composition, symbolism, the psychology of color, and art history are a large part of the curriculum in this lively class.

Register

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