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FINE ART WORKSHOPS

Each semester the Brentwood Art Center offers fine art workshops and mini-series for all levels.

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

Artist Masterclasses are free but attendees must reserve their seat online.

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!

WORKSHOP CALENDAR

October

October 19 – Smartphone Photography

October 23 – European Masters: Morandi

October 26 – Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin Painting

October 26 – Abstract Appliqué

October 30 – European Masters: Modigliani

November

November 2 – The Collage Poem: Image and Text

November 6 – European Masters: Seurat

November 6 – Masterclass: Alejandro Nam

November 9 – Image Transfer onto Clay

November 13 – European Masters: Van Gogh

November 13 – Printmaking Inspired by Kandinsky

November 20 – European Masters: Vuillard

December

December 7 & 14 – Ceramic Plates and Platters

Ongoing

Tuesdays & Wednesdays – Uninstructed Figure Workshops



Smartphone Photography
Gianni Skolnick
Saturday October 19: 2:00-5:00pm
$60
In this workshop, students will learn to improve the quality of their photography with the camera that they already have in their hands. Learn how to get the most from your smartphone’s camera functions, and editing software, and learn to explore the many different genres and styles of photography. The workshop will also aim to provide a better understanding of lighting, composition, and camera technique to create images in your own unique style.
Please bring a smartphone(iPhone or Android), and/or an iPad.

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European Masters: Morandi
Jill Douglas
Wednesday October 23: 2:00-5:00pm
$70
Morandi did repeated studies of simple daily objects, imbuing them with an emanating light and a deeper significance by emphasizing their painterly beauty and simplicity, an alchemy that he alone understood. With carefully crafted tonal relationships and a sense of palpable light and space, his paintings had a minimalist aesthetic that became more distilled and abstract as he matured. Morandi’s poetic style was very much admired by his peers and established a legacy for generations of representational painters.

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Free Family Workshop: Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin Painting
Austyn de Lugo
Saturday October 26: 12:30-2:30PM
FREE
Learn how artist Yayoi Kusama has elevated pumpkins into art throughout her career as an artist.

Participants will each get a pumpkin to paint in the style of Kusama. A great workshop for the whole family!

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Abstract Appliqué
Ivan Lopez
Saturday October 26: 2:00-5:00pm
FREE
Create a unique geometric design, focusing on color and composition, using fabric scraps of various textures, designs, patterns, colors and shapes. You will hand embroider your design through a technique called appliqué.

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European Masters: Modigliani
Jill Douglas
Wednesday October 30: 2:00-5:00pm
$70
Modigliani modernized the portrait and the nude using elongated proportions, and mask-like faces. His portraits are both specific and highly stylized. His trademark stylization of recurring motifs – long necks and almond-shaped eyes – lends them uniformity. Modern in their candid sensuality, his nudes are devoid of the modesty present in earlier depictions of nude figures. Modigliani’s nudes were scandalously received at the time they were created.

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The Collage Poem: Image and Text
Kate Ingold
Saturday November 2: 2:00-5:00pm
$70
Students will make collages using found images and text from magazines, books and newspapers. An emphasis will be placed on creating work that is strong both visually and textually.

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European Masters: Seurat
Jill Douglas
Wednesday November 6: 2:00-5:00pm
$70
Georges Seurat was the pioneer of the technique known as Pointillism, an approach associated with a softly flickering surface of small dots or strokes of color.

He depicted scenes of urban leisure pursuits of the bourgeois and the working class – fully modern, and typically Impressionist, he avoided using the ‘local’ or true color of things. Seurat was fascinated by a range of scientific ideas about color, form and expression.

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Masterclass: Alejandro Nam
Wednesday November 6: 6:00-8:00pm
Free with RSVP
Can art be functional?

Redefining materials and function with an artful backdrop, Australian Designer Alejandro Nam brings his aesthetics to LA. He will be discussing his work which explores the idea of object function and worth against the backdrop of our post-consumer society.

This free masterclass will include a hands-on project where participants will experiment and create their own custom ANBlocks piece (think wood blocks meet design) with materials that would otherwise be discarded.

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Image Transfer onto Clay
Alex Kawano
Saturday November 9: 2:00-5:00pm
$70
Learn a fun and simple way to transfer images onto clay slabs using inkjet printed photos.
Participants will be provided with a wide range of images to choose from, or participants may bring in their own inkjet printed images. Images will be transferred onto clay and fired. At the end of the workshop, each participant should have four to five unique pieces of art.

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European Masters: Van Gogh
Jill Douglas
Wednesday November 13: 2:00-5:00pm
$70
His canvases with dense, visible brushstrokes were rendered in a bright palette emphasizing his personal expression through paint. Each painting provides a sense of how the artist viewed each scene, through his eyes, mind, and heart. He used an impulsive, gestural application of paint and symbolic colors to express subjective emotions.

His dramatic, imaginative, rhythmic, and emotional canvases convey far more than the mere appearance of the subject.

His style has continued to affect artists and movements throughout the 20th century and up to the present day.

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Printmaking Inspired by Kandinsky
Gary Paller
Wednesday November 13: 6:00-9:00pm
$70
Explore the medium of monotype printmaking using the artwork of Kandinsky as a starting point.

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European Masters: Vuillard
Jill Douglas
Wednesday November 20: 2:00-5:00pm
$70
For Vuillard, reticent by nature, the subject of the interior served as a symbol for the interior self, separate from the rest of the world.

Because of his preference for the painting of interior and domestic scenes, he is often referred to as an “intimist,” along with his friend Pierre Bonnard, with whom he shared a studio.

Vuillard painted many pictures of women sewing because his mother worked as a dressmaker, this explains the presence of so many patterned fabrics in his paintings into which his figures were embedded. They appear locked into their surroundings creating a beautiful struggle between figure and space with sumptuous colors and patterns.

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Ceramic Plates and Platters
Rob Homsy
Saturday December 7 & 14: 2:00-5:00pm
$140
Students will utilize a variety of hand building techniques to make plates out of clay slabs, then glaze them.

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Uninstructed Life Drawing
Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-5pm 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 Tuesdays 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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