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

  • Color Theory

    New!! A great class for any artist, designer, or anyone who is interested in color. Learn the fundamental vocabulary and properties of color... More »

  • Color Theory II

    A continuation of Color I, this course will further explore 2-D color relationships. The student develops working skills with thinking and i... More »

  • How to Achieve Realism in Gouache, Acrylic, and Oil Painting

    Learn how to quickly achieve realism! This 10 session class is designed to help you achieve realism in your paintings or illustrations. We w... More »

  • Introduction to Printmaking

    Learn the skills, techniques and materials of fine art printmaking. Transform your drawings, paintings or graphic images into unique handmad... More »

  • Markmaking with Encaustic

    Participants will explore the luminous beauty and versatility of encaustic painting in this workshop focused on markmaking. A wide range of ... 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 »

  • Drawing: Continuing

    Take your drawing skills to the next level! This exciting new course is for students that have taken a beginning drawing class, or have been... More »

  • History of the Art of Encaustic

    Learn the historical development of encaustic use in Western civilization including ancient to the present cultures. In this class you will ... 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 »

  • Art and Soul

    The creative impulse springs from the deepest part of us. It is the seat of our genius and authenticity. Once ignited, there is a longing ... 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 »

  • Calligraphy: Beginning and Continuing Italic

    Express yourself with this elegant and versatile art form. You'll work on various personal projects, with plenty of demonstration and indiv... 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.” The combination of coll... 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

    Learn to create dynamic abstract paintings or drawings. Work with the basic elements and principles of design and learn how to see the color... 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 »

  • Encaustic and Color

    Getting the perfect color and depth can be challenging with encaustic. This class will give you a better understanding of how to work with c... 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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