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Adult Classes

Drawing

Drawing Courses

Beginning Drawing
In this class, you will explore the fundamental concepts of drawing, such as line, shape, form, volume, spatial relationships and perspective while working with a variety of drawing materials. 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. A great class to start with if you don’t have much experience!

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Intermediate/Advanced Drawing
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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Mixed Media Drawing
This class is designed to move students beyond basic drawing skills to help them find their unique creative “voice.” Through a series of guided, theme-based projects exploring techniques in a variety of 2-D media, students will start to build a portfolio of personally meaningful artwork. In the past, materials have included collage and transfer techniques in addition to inks, watercolor, acrylic and drawing media. Past projects that have launched new artists to hone their art practice have included such open-ended subjects as personal totems, book arts, mapping and artworks exploring the idea of home.

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Drawing in Pastel (Beginning)
In this class, students learn the basics of pastel drawing. Students spend the first two weeks working in charcoal to strengthen their skill in value before moving on to the more complex techniques of layering such as blending, hatching, transition tones, and controlling and separating values. Class is structured so that each lesson builds on the previous one.

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Drawing Studios

Pastel Studio
Students further their pastel-painting practice by taking a more independent approach. In this class, students choose their own subjects and references as the instructor helps each student advance and grow.

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Painting & Drawing Studio
This workshop 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. Students work from photos or still life depending on their interests, and work at their own pace. The instructor will inspire each student through art history, conceptual creation, technical development, personal aesthetics and the occasional group critique – leading to each student achieving their best work.

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Painting

Painting Courses

Art of Color: Cezanne & Color as Form
In this class students will analyze intense warm and cool color relationships and how they create greater depth in painting. Students will also use abstract shapes to create planes of color, much like Cezanne did with his brushwork in his paintings.

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Art of Color: Pointillism & Seurat
Relative color is important to strong, convincing painting. In this class students will analyze prismatic color, muted color as well as optical color mixing. Some projects will also dabble in the pointillist painting technique.

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Beginning/Intermediate Painting
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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Painting Fundamentals
Unlock the mysteries of color and master painting techniques. This class covers sketching, color theory, and the materials of painting to help students develop techniques such as laying down a grisaille and using glazes. Based on still lifes, photographs, and other creative prompts, students can finish a number of painting projects using a variety of approaches such as direct, observation-based painting and other brush techniques.

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Intro to Abstract Painting
How does an artist create an abstract painting? In this class students will learn how to use elements such as line, shape, color and texture in tandem with the principles of design, for example movement, pattern and rhythm, to create a fully realized abstract composition.

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Beginning/Intermediate Abstract Painting
It can be daunting to enter the world of abstraction. How will you know what to paint when there is nothing in front of you to use as a guide? In this course there will be prompts to guide students new to abstraction into a different mode of painting, where one can play with ideas of composition, color, form, space, and surface in a direct way.

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Landscape Painting
Learn to paint plein aire by studying the techniques of Master Impressionists such as Pissaro, Cezanne and Monet. Create depth by using warm and cool color contrast, vary your paint application with both the brush and palette knife, and learn to sketch landscape elements quickly by grouping dark and light values. Students will work in the classroom as well as on site at Palisades Park in Santa Monica.

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Painting Studios

Painting Studio
Painting 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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Intermediate/Advanced Painting Studio
This class has been designed for students who wish to explore and develop their own personal techniques. 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 & Drawing Studio
This workshop 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 individual projects under the highly individualized guidance of the instructor with an emphasis on personal development, experimentation, process, and encouraging students to create a fulfilling arts practice rooted in drawing. Students work from photos or still life depending on their needs and interests and work at their own pace. Students may have a variety of interests and the instructor works to inspire each student through art history, conceptual creation, technical development, personal aesthetics and the occasional group critique leading to each student achieving their best work.

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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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Watercolor

Watercolor

Beginning/Intermediate Watercolor
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 students to develop a personal style and an understanding of the process of creating an aesthetic painting. Student furnishes own supplies. Drawing skills required for beginning level.

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Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor
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. Student furnishes own supplies. Beginning watercolor required, otherwise portfolio review will be conducted to join intermediate/advanced.

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Watercolor Studio
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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The World of Watercolors
An immersive exploration of the watercolor medium from the compositional process through the methods and skills needed to visualize a finished painting. Learn in-depth fundamentals on how to simplify and render a subject, the value of values, effective brushwork and using subtle palette to paper timing for achieving powerful effects. Discover how to unleash the dynamic qualities of the medium for interpreting a variety of subjects and most importantly how to “see” through the practice of watercolor painting.
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Figure Drawing & Painting Classes

Figure Drawing & Painting

Figure Drawing
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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Portrait & Figure Drawing Studio
This workshop has been designed for students who wish to explore and expand on drawing the figure and the face as a comprehensive art form. A model is present each week. Students work under the highly individualized guidance of the instructor with an emphasis on personal development, experimentation, process, and encouraging students to create a fulfilling figurative arts practice rooted in drawing. Techniques with graphite, charcoal, and conte will be demonstrated by the teacher 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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Figure Painting (Beginning)
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 in achieving an aesthetic and personally expressive style. Student furnishes own supplies. Some Figure Drawing experience recommended.

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Intermediate/Advanced 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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Master Portrait Painting Studio
This class is designed to study the art of portraiture. We will layer the necessary steps from learning proportions, anatomy, and structure of the face, mastering the understanding of individual features of the head (eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair, and neck) to applying light logic and color, texture and brushwork for specific techniques targeted to capture naturalism and likeness. Each participant will both receive the necessary tools and be encouraged to explore their own creativity. This unique course includes a field trip to the Getty with a drawing in the galleries component as well as some sessions working directly from an artist’s model. This class will utilize non-toxic water based oil paints and is designed for beginning as well as the experienced student who wants to learn in-depth about portraiture.

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Mixed Media

Mixed Media

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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Studio Arts
Studio Arts is a class designed for a mixed media experience and is combined with journaling to enhance the creative process. Each class students will explore and complete projects based on a variety of media and subject matter. Supplies included.

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Urban Sketching
This class will help students to observe and capture people in parks, at farmers markets, at coffee shops — wherever there is a potential creative spark. Students will use watercolor, markers, ink and waxy crayons. They will learn how to sketch, paint, and express visually how they see the world through their own unique perspectives. Some classes will be at the Brentwood Art Center; others will take place out and about in the city.

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Sculpture & Ceramics

Sculpture & Ceramics

Figure Sculpture Studio
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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Sculpture: Processes and 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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Wheel Pottery Studio
Great for beginners, or those looking to review. In our pottery courses 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. Come explore this versatile art form with us! Firing/glazes included. Students may purchase clay and tools at the BAC.

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Ceramics: Form & Surface Design
Learn to use molds, coil and slab construction, and surface decoration techniques in this hand-building clay class. Students will focus on creating functional terra cotta earthenware plates, vases, platters and bowls using a variety of methods. Students will also learn surface design techniques including image transfer, stencils, sgraffito and more. Students purchase clay through the school; glazes and firings included in tuition.

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