Painting Classes in my Oakland Studio and at Alley Cat Books in San Francisco. For Beginners and Advanced Students

A class in Oakland in my studio.

A class in Oakland in my studio.

OAKLAND: I teach oil painting classes Tuesday evenings in my Oakland studio from 7 PM to 10:30 PM. These classes are appropriate for beginners and advanced students. We focus on the relationship of contemporary color theory and apply the science of visual perception to the depiction of light and space.

Classes cost $115 a month . Paint, solvent and easels are included in the price. There will be a live model about a third of the time. When we have a model there is an additional fee of $ 6per class to help cover this cost.

You are welcome to observe part of a class. Call me at (510) 836 - 1681.

A class at Alley Cat in San Francisco

A class at Alley Cat in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO:  Classes in San Francisco at Alley Cat Books ( 3036 24th St. ) begin Wednesday March 1st in Alley Cat Books spacious gallery at the back of the store.. Classes will be ongoing every Wednesday from 6:30 PM until 10:00 PM. Students may enroll at any time but must pay for one month in advance.

These classes are appropriate for beginners and advanced students. We focus on the relationship of contemporary color theory and apply the science of visual perception to the depiction of light and space.

Classes cost $150 a month. Paint, solvent and easels are included in the price. There will be a live model about a third of the time. When we have a model there is an additional fee of $ 6 per class to help cover this cost.

You are welcome to observe part of a class. For further information or to enroll call Alley Cat Books ( 415) 824 -1761

Download my writings on color theory with color charts here:

Color Theory

Painting Supplies for all classes:  (I will provide paint, solvent and easels )

  -     painting palette. It will remain in studio between classes.

-     several oil painting brushes ( Ideally # 2 round, # 3 round. # 4 flat, # 5 flat, # 6 flat,

            # 7 filbert, # 8 flat,   # 9 filbert, # 10 flat )

 -     a canvas, or canvas board, or primed plywood, I recommend small sizes for early classes 

          from 15" X 20" to 18" X 24 "

 -    a palette knife. I recommend an "Italian painting knife" which looks like a miniature trowel -

         about 3/4" wide by 1.5" long but this type is not absolutely necessary.

-    rags or a roll of blue shop towels available in hardware stores.

 

Outdoor Painting Classes in Sicily, Italy : May 8 - May 22, 2018

For Beginners* and Advanced Students. (One or two non-painters also welcome)

Deadline for enrollment: February 1, 2018

 

We will stay one week in a guesthouse in Catania, which you will see if you view my video, below, of our last trip. This guest house is a short walk from the famous fish market and the historic center.  Depending on the size of the group, which should not exceed 7 people, including myself, we would each have a separate room in three apartments. I will be providing easels and oil paint for those who want to paint around town. Day trips will probably include a journey up Mt Aetna, hill towns in Ragusa province and the ancient greek city of Agrigento.

 On our day trips, of which there will be three or four over the two weeks, we will pause for a couple of hours to do watercolors. After a week we will move to the lovely town of La Vittoria which is extremely close to Ragusa. Apart from painting in La Vittoria, which is not very touristy, we would paint and explore some hilltop towns in the region. We will each have a private room in La Vittoria. 

Typically, I paint along with the group for four or five hours, taking regular breaks to give instruction, for those who desire it . The rest of the day, people may continue painting or go off exploring either all together or in smaller groups. 

The first portion of this video, below, covers many of the sites we will visit in our workshop:

DISCOUNT: of $200 for successful referrals.

PRICE :

The cost of the two weeks which includes accommodations, three meals a day,  group transportation in Sicily, and access to my oils and easels will be $ 3900. If you elect to share the same room with a partner or another participant you will each pay $ 3600.

Maximum class size is six. unless people share rooms in which case the class  will be limited to 8. So you should enroll soon. REGISTRATION: Phone me at (510) 836-1681 or E-mail me at [email protected] for further details. A $ 1000 deposit is due upon formal registration which must occur by the beginning of February 2017. Further $ 1000 deposits are due March and April with the balance due the beginning of May. These deposits are non-refundable unless I cancel the trip. * I recommend that beginners attend my evening classes for a few weeks before departure.

Download my writings on color theory with color charts here:

Color Theory

 

Outdoor Painting Classes around Lake Patzcuaro in Michoacan, Mexico

For Beginners* and Advanced Students (one or two non painters also welcome)

October 12- 26, 2017

  Our hosts Kevin Quigley and Arminda Flores pick us up in a van in either Morelia or Patzcuaro, depending on our flight route, and drive us to their ranch in the midst of the indigenous countryside on Lake Patzcuaro in Michoacan. Heartland of the ancient Purepucha empire, the lake is surrounded by pyramids and a vibrant indigenous culture. Craftspeople, farmers, colonial towns and the gorgeous countryside are our subjects.  Arminda Flores is a gourmet, Mexican cook.

We will spend time in the nearby colonial town of Patzcuaro that climbs the hillside above the Lake. This town contains some of the finest early colonial architecture in Mexico and a strong indigenous community. Members of Arminda's extended family will pose for us in traditional dress.

See the video of the last trip below:

COST: $ 2200. This cost includes airfare up to $ 700 (from San Francisco, CA - students arriving from elsewhere will receive a reduction equivalent to the current price.) transportation, meals, accommodations, and all painting supplies except canvases. LIMITED ENROLLMENT: Minimum class size is three. Maximum class size is seven. So you should to enroll soon. REGISTRATION: Phone me at (510) 836-1681 or E-mail me in the "signup" box below.

* I recommend that beginning painters attend my evening classes for a few weeks before departure.

Download my writings on color theory with color charts here:

Color Theory

 

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