Art & Design Classes: Painting

Interested in self-expression with a brush? Learn the basics as well as the fine points in our painting classes. Let our expert instructors teach you how to compose your work, mix and apply its colors, and draw and sketch with paint. Explore a wide range of media including watercolor, acrylics, oil, and encaustic, or pigmented wax. Discover how to make your painting rich and dramatic. Learn layering techniques that can add depth and luminosity to a unique reflection of your creative spirit.

Current Painting Classes

  • Abstract Watercolors

    This class combines the expressive, personal, exciting vision of Abstraction with the smaller, particular, intimate beauty of Watercolors... More »

  • Art Rx: Art for What Ails You

    Want a break from your computer? Come and visit your right brain, in this playful, innovative art class that explores the mysteries of crea... More »

  • Encaustic Sculpture

    New!! Enhance your 3-D encaustic skills in Encaustic Sculpture! This workshop will explore the use of wire and plaster bandage to create sim... More »

  • Introduction to Encaustic

    Encaustic painting, also called painting with wax, is an ancient medium of beeswax, damar resin and pure pigment recognized for its visually... More »

  • Landscape Painting in Oils

    If you love painting landscapes or have you always wanted to try it, this class is for you! Starting with basic shapes to develop an underst... More »

  • Oil Painting Beginning and Continuing

    Working from still life, students will learn fundamental oil painting techniques with a focus on composition & color theory, including b... More »

  • Open Art Lab

    Take the opportunity to practice the skills taught in class at your own pace. Labs will be monitored by Art instructors, who will be avai... More »

  • Painting Portraits in Oil

    This course studies the issues and some techniques involved in painting fine portraiture in water-soluble oils, safer than traditional oi... More »

  • Plein Air Painting in Oil

    Plein Air painting, whether actually out-of-doors or an intérieur setting, is about being intimate with your subject, with the light and sh... More »

  • Underpainting and Glazing in Oils for Beginners

    Do you want to learn how to paint more realistically? This class teaches you the classic method of underpainting, then glazing and workin... More »

  • Encaustic Printmaking

    Expand your encaustic repertoire by building an Encaustic Printmaking portfolio! Explore the translucent medium of encaustic (hot wax) using... More »

  • Acrylics: Beginning

    A great intro class for beginners or as a re-examination of fundamentals for any skill level. Working from still life, we'll study compos... More »

  • Acrylics: Continuing

    Take your acrylic skills to the next level and get the most out of your painting. Explore many techniques used to create a rich and unique p... More »

  • Watercolor for Illustration

    Explore the basic techniques needed to plan and create finished watercolor paintings for framing or for the illustration market by experimen... More »

  • Watercolor: Beginning

    This fun, informative and stress-free class is designed for the beginning watercolorist. The course takes you step-by-step from the basic wa... More »

  • Watercolor: Continuing

    This is a class intended for those who have learned the fundamentals of watercolor painting and want to take them to the next level. We will... More »

  • Children's Book Illustration

    Immerse yourself in the world of children's book illustration with this introductory course. Using a variety of media, you'll learn basic te... More »

  • Chinese Sumi Painting and Calligraphy (Beg/Cont)

    Don’t paint just what you see, paint what you feel. Painting with soul is the fundamental idea of sumi painting and calligraphy. Study the... More »

  • Collage and Painting

    Explore the many ways of using paint in combination with collage techniques to create a new ”collage painting.” Combine both painted a... More »

  • Painting and Abstraction

    Discover the art of Modern life: Learn a new way of thinking and seeing, and create dynamic Abstract paintings. Express your inner self in y... More »

Featured Article

Learn How to Use Color and Sculpt in Encaustic with Artist Deborah Kapoor

In addition to two courses on how to use color, artist Deborah Kapoor will teach courses in Encaustic Sculpture and in Found Object & Assemblage this quarter. Read more. . .

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