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.

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Current Painting Classes

  • Abstract Watercolors

    This class combines the expressive, personal, exciting vision of Abstraction with the smaller, particular, intimate beauty of Watercolors. The focus is on basic elements of design, the language of color and harmony, line, shape and space, to create a compelling... More about Abstract Watercolors

  • 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 creativity, offers useful techniques in learning how to get out of your own way, and teaches you... More about Art Rx: Art for What Ails You

  • Collage Art

    Collage is simply the art of pasting together bits of “found” (discarded) or painted paper to create a whole new work of art. Modern collage emerged in the early 1900’s as a popular expressive medium, and is stronger and more... More about Collage Art

  • DP - Business of Art

    Have others been encouraging you to do more with your art? Have you wanted to do more business with you art, to make a return on your investment of time and money? Explore a different topic each evening for 4... More about DP - Business of Art

  • 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 resplendent surface and rich color. Each layer of paint is fused together with heat creating an enamel-like finish.... More about Introduction to Encaustic

  • Oil Painting: Beginning and Continuing

    Working from still life, students will learn fundamental oil painting techniques with a focus on composition & color theory, including basic color mixing and juxtaposition. We will explore different types of paint application (layering glazes and scumbles, impasto, etc.) as... More about Oil Painting: Beginning and Continuing

  • 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 available to answer questions. Art models may be available from time to time. Lab is only... More about Open Art Lab

  • Painting the Figure in Oils

    Figure painting can be challenging but this class is designed to ease into life painting by working first with simple objects, moving quickly to photos, then on to painting from a live clothed and nude model. We’ll cover everything from... More about Painting the Figure in Oils

  • Pastels for Landscape and Figures

    Working with pastels is unlike any other medium. The color you put down is direct and immediate. In this class, you will learn fun ways to apply pastel over various paper stocks, sandpaper, canson, even a gouache base. You’ll work... More about Pastels for Landscape and Figures

  • 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 composition, basic color theory and mixing, as well as various underdrawing approaches. Gain experience with different types of... More about Acrylics: Beginning

  • 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 painting. Instructor's paintings are part of many corporate and private collections. Bring acrylic painting... More about Acrylics: Continuing

  • 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 washes to finished paintings. Learn the importance of value and brush control while discovering ways to make your painting dramatic... More about Watercolor: Beginning

  • 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 be exploring watercolor painting techniques, composition and color in a fun and relaxing environment.... More about Watercolor: Continuing

  • 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 philosophy and theory of this art form and learn the brief history of seal carving and... More about Chinese Sumi Painting and Calligraphy (Beg/Cont)

  • 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 your work with this more personal and expressive mode of painting. This introductory class is designed... More about Painting and Abstraction

  • 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 color and open up your basic color palette to unlimited possibilities. Learn how to mix your... More about Encaustic and Color