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All instructed workshops include supplies in the registration fee, unless otherwise noted.

Uninstructed workshops are $15 per session and students must bring their own supplies.

Enroll online on our registration page or by calling us at (310) 451-5657!


Fun & Fearless Watercolor: Irises
Pamela Harnois
Wednesday July 11: 6:00-9:00pm
$75
This workshop is for all level of artists who want to branch beyond realism into a more expressive style. Non-traditional watercolor techniques will be demonstrated to allow students to play with design, texture and contemporary expression. Each class will focus on a different floral subject; mixed bouquet, irises and lilies.

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Abstract Drawing with Pastels
Zahra Pezeshk
Wednesday July 11: 6:00-9:00pm
$75
This workshop is a wonderful chance to explore chalk pastels as a medium as well as the process of abstraction. Since pastels are a dry medium they are well suited for a spontaneous approach and perfect for creating a painting in a loose, abstract style. Multiple exercises will be introduced to help you learn how to deconstruct forms into value, shape, color and composition to create vibrant and expressive pastel paintings.

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Artist Masterclass: Melissa Dyanne
Thursday July 12: 7:00pm-9:00pm
FREE
“The main focus of my work is not only the figure, but the interesting textures that I develop in my paintings. I’ve always freely used a number of mediums in any given painting which can give a very classic subject, like the figure, a contemporary look and feel.”

Artist and BAC instructor Melissa Dyanne will discuss her various technical approaches to painting both in oil and acrylic paint. Most recently, she has developed a technique for making original stencils that she utilizes for background patterns in her paintings. Ms. Dyanne will demonstrate this technique and attendees will create a handmade stencil and a small painting that explores a surface texture created with an acrylic medium.

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Artist Masterclass: Hayley Quentin
Tuesday July 17: 6:00pm-8:00pm
FREE
“My paintings are a vision of pomegranate stained lips, flushed cheeks and impossibly colored hands against an otherwise washed out surface.”

Artist and BAC instructor Hayley Quentin will be guiding attendees through her own process, conceptualization, techniques, and everything you ever wanted to know about painting men in contemporary art but were afraid to ask. Ms. Quentin will also demonstrate how she applies her signature unconventional color to a drawing. Those attending will be able to create their own colored pencil applications to pre-made underdrawings of hands with experimentation strongly encouraged!

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Boundless Watercolor: Mixed Media & Medium (Mini-series)
Shelley Lazarus
Wednesday July 18 & 25: 2:00-5:00pm
$150
In this workshop Shelley Lazarus will lead students on an exploration of less utilized water-based mediums such as watercolor crayons, watercolor pencils, and watercolor inks. Students will also discover how to create texture and depth by adding matte medium papers to the mix.

This workshop is best suited for students with some watercolor experience.

Supplies are included but watercolorists may bring their own paint and brushes if they wish.

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Botanical Monotype Printmaking
Gary Paller
Wednesday July 18: 6:00-9:00pm
$75
In this workshop students will be encouraged to use the monotype process to create prints of leaves and flowers. Monotype is a type of printmaking made by applying etching inks on a smooth, non-absorbent surface to create one-of-a-kind prints. Students are invited to use provided leaves and flowers or bring their own or use photographic sources.

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Mixed Media Painting: Albers’ Color & Texture
Melissa Dyanne
Tuesday July 24: 6:00-9:00pm
$75
During their first visit to Mexico, in the winter of 1935–36, Josef and Anni Albers knew that they were in a “country for art like no other.” Albers developed a passion for pre-Columbian art and architecture that influenced and permeated his work. In this workshop we will look at the architecture that inspired Albers and create an abstract artwork that incorporates harmonized color and rugged texture using paint and collage, as Albers might have done.

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Colored Pencil Portraits (Mini-series)
Hayley Quentin
Tuesday July 24 & Wednesday July 25: 6:00-9:00pm
$150
In this workshop students will be able to pursue both observational accuracy and artistic exploration and experimentation and learn to use one of the most underrated materials – colored pencil.

Color theory, layering techniques, and other applications will be demonstrated and explained. In addition to technical instruction students will be strongly encouraged to explore the medium for unconventional application, as well as fun and new ways to use color. Students may work from photos or create a self-portrait from a mirror.

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Fun & Fearless Watercolor: Mixed Bouquet
Pamela Harnois
Wednesday July 25: 6:00-9:00pm
$75
This workshop is for all level of artists who want to branch beyond realism into a more expressive style. Non-traditional watercolor techniques will be demonstrated to allow students to play with design, texture and contemporary expression. Each class will focus on a different floral subject; mixed bouquet, irises and lilies.

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Relief Printmaking (Mini-series)
Kate Savage
Saturday July 28 & August 4: 2:00-5:00pm
$150
Bring images to life through the expressive media of relief printmaking! Using easy-to-cut blocks, you’ll be able to develop rustic, yet sophisticated images using texture, value and form.

Using “sacrifice” printing methods, you can make multiple images of rich, layered color. Additionally, we’ll explore the use of collage with various printmaking techniques. Reference images will be provided and/or students are welcome to bring their own, including any previous artwork they would like to translate into prints.

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Pop Art Photo Transfer
Melissa Dyanne
Tuesday July 31: 6:00-9:00pm
$75
Photo transfer is a unique process that enhances mixed media artwork and is the basis of many Pop Art paintings. In this workshop we will explore basic photo transfer techniques on canvas using acrylic mediums. Our final images will be completed with acrylic paint and sealed. There will be many prints for you to choose from – or feel free to bring your own printed imagery (a basic, black and white inkjet print on basic paper from your home printer will do).

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Boundless Watercolor: Painting on Yupo Paper (Mini-series)
Shelley Lazarus
Wednesday August 1 & 8: 2:00-5:00pm
$150
In this workshop loosen up and discover the freedom of using watercolor on Yupo paper.

Yupo is a mistake-free surface that allows artists to make changes and experiment as they work. Students will take home a rich, color saturated seascape or landscape painting. This workshop is best suited for students with some watercolor experience.

This workshop is best suited for students with some watercolor experience.

Supplies are included but watercolorists may bring their own paint and brushes if they wish.

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Beginning Portrait Intensive (Mini-series)
Kate Savage
Saturday August 4 & 11: 10:00-1:00pm
$160
Starting with fun drawing exercises followed by fundamentals of facial anatomy and proportion, you’ll learn how to approach realistic portraiture in a step-by-step process. Understanding the head, face and features as three-dimensional forms and using shading, we’ll break down each of the features in short exercises with charcoal. The second session will feature a portrait model when we’ll put all the skills together in a finished charcoal portrait with the possible addition of pastel.

Some basic drawing experience helpful, but not necessary.

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Abstract Painting: Milton Avery
Gary Paller
Wednesday August 8: 6:00-9:00pm
$75
Avery was often thought of as an American Matisse, especially because of his colorful and innovative landscape paintings. His poetic, bold and creative use of drawing and color set him apart from the more conventional painting of his era. In this workshop each student will be provided with a photo of a seated figure (or bring their own if preferred) and will be instructed on how to reduce the image to a limited number of simplified forms. They will be encouraged to paint each of those shapes with subtle, harmonious colors until they arrive at a beautiful Averyesque painting.

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Fun & Fearless Watercolor: Billowy Clouds
Pamela Harnois
Wednesday August 8: 6:00-9:00pm
$75
This will be an informative and fun workshop about painting skies and clouds in watercolor! By observing clouds, their dynamics, and how they appear and change, you can master cloud painting. We’ll review the importance of soft edges, chromatic grays, linear perspective in clouds and more.

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Figure Drawing: The Male Nude
Hayley Quentin
Tuesday August 14: 6:00-9:00pm
$85
Explore the beauty and challenges with representing the male nude in art. Working from a live model, students will be encouraged to work in a variety of dry media to push outside their representational comfort zones and take inspiration from other artists working with the male nude.

This workshop will begin with a brief contextual exploration of the male nude in historical and contemporary art to ensure there is plenty of diverse inspiration. Students will have the opportunity to work in graphite, charcoal, conte, colored pencil, as well as both chalk and oil pastels, with experimentation strongly encouraged.

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Fun & Fearless Watercolor: Dark & Stormy Clouds
Pamela Harnois
Wednesday August 15: 6:00-9:00pm
$75
This will be an informative and fun workshop about painting skies and clouds in watercolor! By observing clouds, their dynamics, and how they appear and change, you can master cloud painting. We’ll review the importance of soft edges, chromatic grays, linear perspective in clouds and more.

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Family Workshop: Sculpting with Paint
Melissa Dyanne
Saturday August 18: 10:00am-1:00pm
$25
Acrylic paint is a fun and exciting medium that can be used for traditional painting as well as sculpture. This workshop will explore poured acrylic paint and how to peel and use it to create 3-D artwork, mixed media paintings and assemblage/collage.

These techniques are easy to understand and fun to apply, making acrylic “sculpture” a great project for the whole family to enjoy.

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Fun & Fearless Watercolor: Lilies
Pamela Harnois
Wednesday August 22: 6:00-9:00pm
$75
This workshop is for all level of artists who want to branch beyond realism into a more expressive style. Non-traditional watercolor techniques will be demonstrated to allow students to play with design, texture and contemporary expression. Each class will focus on a different floral subject; mixed bouquet, irises and lilies.

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Revenge of the Sybarites: 12-Hour Figure Drawing
David Schoffman
Saturday August 25: 10:00am-10:00pm
$275
A one day, 12-hour, life drawing marathon workshop that will include three models on both a rotating and simultaneous basis.

The workshop will run from 10am to 10pm. It will begin with one model doing 3- to 10-minute poses for the first two hours. The third hour and fourth will continue with the same model doing longer poses (20 – 40 minutes). At 2pm the workshop will include a second model doing collaborative poses with the original model. At 6pm, a third model will be added to the first two.

Instruction and guidance will be available but the participants are encouraged to work independently.

The Brentwood Art Center will supply light refreshments. Participants are encouraged to bring their own food as well.

Figure drawing experience recommended. Students should bring their own supplies.

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Uninstructed Life Drawing
Every Wednesday from 2-5pm and Thursday from 3-6pm when classes are in session
$15
Twice weekly, the Brentwood Art Center provides a model for an uninstructed workshop. Wednesdays feature 3 hour poses (to allow for oil painting) and Thursdays are short, 20 minute poses. Students must bring their own supplies to uninstructed workshops.
Please call to reserve your spot at (310) 451-5657.

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