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. T... More »

  • How to Professionally Photograph and Manipulate Your Artwork

    NEW! How to professionally photograph your Design, drawings, paintings, and 3 dimensional artwork, and bring it into Photoshop, with award w... 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 »

  • Oil Painting Beginning and Continuing

    Learn fundamental oil painting techniques from amazing artist in residence, Cecelia Cooney-Wicket!! With a focus on composition, color theo... More »

  • Underpainting and Glazing in Oils

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

  • Acrylics: Beginning

    A great intro class for beginners, or as a re-examination of fundamentals for any skill level. Starting with still life, we'll study composi... 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: 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 »

  • Intuitive Art

    Feeling blocked or frustrated in your attempts to draw and paint? Learn to access your childlike spontaneity and creative voice through a pl... 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 »

  • Encaustic and the Book

    New! Explore how to incorporate encaustic into the bookmaking process. Examples of different approaches will be shown in class. Text, images... 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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