MONDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Photography as Art

TUESDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Abstract Art. Color and Meaning

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Materials

WEDNESDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Drawing Over Other Drawings

Materials

THURSDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Impressionism

FRIDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Drawing Sensibility

Materials

SATURDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Monochromatic Painting. Live Model

Level: Absolute Beginner to Advanced

Losina Art Center, 619-630-9278

Art Classes

TEACHING YOUR MIND TO SEE

EVENING SESSIONS

  • Monday 6pm-9pm
  • Tuesday 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday 6pm-9pm

MORNING SESSIONS

  • Thursday 10am-1pm
  • Friday 10am-1pm
  • Saturday 10am-1pm (live model)

MONDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Photography as Art

Taught by artist photographer Dale Scherfling

Beginner to Advanced

Ongoing course, that consists of 4-week modules. It is designed to turn you into a creative photographer. If you want to make art with your camera, join in this coming Monday. Group is limited to 10 people. Each weekly session will have three segments:

  • discussion and examples of leading photographers or artists and their works
  • sharing and constructive critique of the weekly assignment
  • hands-on camera handling and photo sessions to make sure we're all on the same page when shooting  

You will learn:

  1. How to use your camera in manual mode
  2. Techniques for capturing the moment without losing the spark
  3. Creating mood in your work
  4. High speed action shots
  5. Low light situations, what to do and what not to do
  6. Organize your images like a pro
  7. Simple and effective editing both in the camera, or on your computer with easy-to-use software (provided) online editor, or with your cellphone
  8. Location shooting

“When I saw the photos this artist creates, I said, man, this is the kind of shots I am never able to get, no matter what camera I use... Dale assured me that it wasn’t my camera. I just needed some tips that could turn my “snapshots” into art. WOW, that’s what I want!” - Bill Beatty

Cost: $20 per class                                                

Materials you will need

  • Digital camera
  • Laptop

If you have questions about the course or your camera, email or call the studio to get your questions answered info@losinaartcenter.com or 619-630-9278

 

TUESDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Abstract Art. Color and Meaning

Level: Beginner to Advanced

With oil, acrylic or latex house paint on large canvas, stretched or unstretched, at first we will explore the possibilities of COLOR as the main tool of the abstract artist. As a second step, if you are interested in activating your color with texture, we will work with materials to “impregnate” our pigments: salt, sawdust, resin, charcoal, fiber, tape. Fertilize it with written words or photography. When there is less concern for subject-matter, you still may have visual reaction to something seen, in real life, in your memory, in your imagination, or in your dreams. You may be powerfully taken by the process, exploring the subconscious, but you will also acquire a better understanding of composition, rhythm, balance, structure, and tone. Handout included.

At our studio abstract painting can also be practiced on Wednesday 6-9pm, Thursday 10am-1pm, Friday 10am-1pm. Saturday (10am-1pm) is with a live nude model, but you can work on your abstract project if you prefer.

If you are new to art, you may want to begin with drawing, so please bring the Basic Kit, below (in addition to the class supplies OR instead).                                                                                      

Materials

  • Basic Kit for Beginner artists, New Students, and Portfolio Students. Portfolio students should always bring this Basic Kit in addition to the supplies for any class: sketch pad 16x20” or any size; two graphite 4-B pencils; Artgum eraser; roll of paper towels; pencil sharpener; five sticks Willow charcoal, two sticks Compressed charcoal; Conte crayons soft (2 sticks each, black and white); Workable fixative spray (not Permanent and not Final, please); Tempera paints in 8-oz bottles - “Blick” brand only, colors: red, yellow, blue, green, white, black, gold, silver; two inexpensive long-handled filbert bristle brushes - #10 and #2; two 2-inch-wide sponge brushes and two small sponge rollers; four large sturdy paper plates; photo camera or cell phone for recording the progress of your work.  
  • Roll of canvas, not less than 3 yards; roll’s height can be 36”, or 48”, or 60” (unstretched, either primed or unprimed), OR you can paint on stretched canvas no smaller than 30x40”. If you choose, you can paint on paper (90-100 LB, 36-inch roll, or sheets 20x30” or any size).
  • Brushes - bristle and hair; long-handled, different shapes and sizes, including house-painting bristle brushes
  • Acrylic, oil, or latex house paint. Latex house paint must be water-based, tester size, matte (not gloss or semigloss) from any home remodel store (Home Depot, Frazee, etc., see more info below)
  • Acrylic* paints. If you plan to use large canvas, it will require more paint, so I suggest to purchase some of the colors in jars instead of tubes. Colors recommended in jars: Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Magenta (choose the jar that says “Magenta” (not “primary magenta”, not “true magenta”, not “real magenta”, not “magenta hue”, as they have White added), Ultramarine Blue, Viridian hue, Titanium White, Mars Black. Colors in tubes or jars: Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Permanent Green, Cadmium Orange, Alizarin Crimson (*oil paints are also suitable for this painting, however you can not leave your artwork at the studio - you will be transporting your wet painting home after each class)
  • Optional: latex acrylic house paint (NOT OIL-BASED) - a less expensive option than regular acrylics. You’ll need pints or testers, flat or eggshell (not gloss or semigloss!) from Home Depot, Frazee, etc. - any 5-7 colors you like. I suggest the 7 basic colors: 100MPH (red), Grasslands (green), Cosmic Cobalt (blue), Unmellow Yellow (yellow), XOXO (magenta), white (any bright white), and black (the darkest black they have - deep base), plus any additional colors of your liking; acrylic GEL either regular or heavy body, gloss or matte (purpose of gel: you can thicken house paint with gel to make paint hold thicker brushstrokes).
  • Box of gloves, surgical type
  • Palette knife
  • Air-tight jar for collecting recycled paint (baby-food jar or plastic container with an airtight lid)
  • Freezer paper for palette: 18” roll, Reynold’s brand, found at VONS, Ralphs, or Wallmart (NOT parchment or sandwich paper!)
  • Photo camera

WEDNESDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Drawing Over Other Drawings

Beginner to Advanced

Drawing course will provide you with the most fundamental and essential of skills that will help your transition in any creative direction: painting, design, sculpture, illustration, portraiture, animation, etc.

Drawing Courses consist of several levels: Drawing I, II, III, and IV. You will progress at your own pace by means of the personalized exercises that increase in complexity. In one year you will acquire drawing and sketching skills, knowledge of the techniques, control over drawing mediums, and familiarity with the famous master draftsmen in the Art History. You will build confidence and create a body of work in your own style distinguishable from other artists. Whether you are a novice, a struggling artist, an art student seeking instructions, a designer in search of creativity, or a self-taught painter, - in this class you will fulfil that what you’ve been craving - the control over any subject and an expansion of your skills. Portfolio students should give this class a priority.

This week (and for the next 2 weeks) we’ll create drawings from observation, but not in a conventional way - we will work on training and mastering the 3 important skills: “rendering”, “ignoring”, and “overwriting”. The result will be stunning works on paper with the “mixed media” effect. We will start small, then expand to large scale drawings.  

Materials

  1. Drawing pad of any size, 16x20”, 10x14”, 18x24” (not newsprint please)  
  2. Tempera paints, 8-oz bottles, colors: black, white, red, yellow, blue, green, gold, silver (Blick brand only; all other tempera brands are of inferior quality), Blick Art store or DickBlick.com
  3. Brushes: hair and bristle; bring 4-5 brushes in several sizes
  4. Charcoal: willow (2-3 sticks), compressed (2-3 sticks)
  5. Conte crayons, black and white
  6. Graphite pencil 4B
  7. Chalk pastels Nupastel Prismacolor - 2 sticks each black and white
  8. Pencil sharpener with a cap
  9. Artgum eraser
  10. Roll of paper towels
  11. Photo camera (or cell phone), for taking snapshots of your progress
  12. If you are using charcoal, conte crayons or very soft pencil, please bring Fixative spray (Workable ONLY, not Final and not Permanent)

THURSDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Impressionism

Beginner to Advanced

Landscape maybe the best subject for learning Impressionism. The benefits of this lesson are:

  1. understanding of the Impressionism and its historic context
  2. expanding your ability to see color qualities
  3. expanding your artistic arsenal to including the more complex brushwork
  4. exploring the optical relationships of colors
  5. energizing your painting style

Please note that you will be taking your paintings home after the class, so prepare a drop cloth to protect your car, especially if you are using oils.

Materials

  • 2-3 stretched canvases 30x40”, 30x30, or 36x36” (please avoid canvas with staples on the sides).  If you want to paint on unstretched canvas - size can be up to 3 yards (bring either a 36-inch roll of primered canvas, or 48-inch, or 60-inch roll).
  • Sketch pad for composing, taking notes and recording ideas, 9x12” or any size
  • Acrylic or oil paints, any colors you like. Acrylic: you can purchase some of the colors in jars instead of tubes, especially the basic colors: white, yellow, red, blue, black, and your favorite colors. Acrylic or oils - you will need: Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Magenta* (*be alert when buying Magenta, it is a tricky color to find; you DO NOT want magenta that has a two-word name on the tube, such as: “primary magenta”, “true magenta”, “real magenta”, “magenta hue” - these are mixtures of magenta with white). Other colors that you’ll need: Ultramarine Blue, Viridian hue, Titanium White, Mars Black, Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Permanent Green, Cadmium Orange, Alizarin Crimson (*oil paints are suitable, but you will be taking your wet painting home after class, so bring a drop-cloth to protect your car)
  • Optional supplies: latex acrylic house paint (NOT OIL-BASED) - a less expensive option than regular acrylics. You’ll need pints or testers, flat (not gloss or semigloss!) from Home Depot, Frazee, etc. - any 5-7 colors you like. I suggest the 7 basic colors: 100MPH (red), Grasslands (green), Cosmic Cobalt (blue), Unmellow Yellow (yellow), XOXO (magenta), white (any bright white), and black (the darkest black they have - deep base), plus any additional colors of your liking; acrylic GEL - heavy-body, gloss or matte (purpose of gel: to thicken Latex house paint)
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Box of gloves, optional (well-clinging, surgical type, not kitchen type)
  • Palette knife - for cleaning your palette
  • Freezer paper as palette: 18” roll Reynold’s from VONS, Ralphs, or Wallmart (NOT parchment or sandwich paper!)
  • Brushes; bring the ones that you already have, 4-5, in different sizes, long-handled, bristle and hair
  • Airtight jars for recycling leftover paint (optional)
  • Mist bottle for acrylics
  • Photo camera

FRIDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Drawing Sensibility

Beginner to Advanced

This is essentially a “drawing class for painters”. Working from observation, we will make highly creative work on various substrates, training and mastering the 3 important skills: “rendering”, “ignoring”, and “overwriting”. The result will be stunning works on paper with the “mixed media” effect. Later, you will be able to recreate this method on canvas. We will start small, then expand to large scale drawings. Please note that at the end of the class you will be taking your creation home, so please bring Workable Fixative Spray to fix your charcoal or pastels. If you have questions, bring them to class, let’s discuss.

For the new artist, I recommend to begin with the drawing fundamentals, so you may want to bring just a 4B pencil and a sketch pad of any size (plus eraser and a pencil sharpener).  

Materials

  • Fixative spray “Workable” (not “Permanent”, not “Final”), any brand.
  • Dry pastels Nupastel Prismacolor - 2 sticks each, black and white
  • Drawing pad or sketch pad of any size, 16x20”, 10x14”, 18x24” (no newsprint please)  
  • Tempera paints, optional, 8-oz bottles, colors: black, white, red, yellow, blue, green, gold, silver (Blick brand only; all other tempera brands are of inferior quality), Blick Art store or DickBlick.com
  • Charcoal: willow (2-3 sticks), compressed (2-3 sticks)
  • Conte crayons, 2 sticks each black and white
  • Graphite pencil 4B
  • Pencil sharpener with a cap
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Artgum eraser
  • Box of gloves, optional, well-clinging, surgical type, not kitchen type
  • Photo camera (or cell phone), for taking snapshots of your progress

SATURDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Monochromatic Painting. Live Model

Level: Absolute Beginner to Advanced

We will paint a nude female figure from life in black and white. You have several options of which medium to use. If you choose oils, you will be working wet-into-wet. Using acrylics, you will be able to combine mediums (more details - in class). You can choose to paint in tempera on paper. Beginners will focus on the fundamentals (hand, eye and mind coordination), while the experienced artist will create achromatic mixed-media rendering of the setup. R-brain approach will be explained and practiced, with the goal of achieving effortlessness.

Model fee applies, $6 to $10, depending on the number of students in class.

Please remember to bring a drop cloth, etc., for transporting your wet substrate home after class.

Materials

  • Sketch pad, any size (12x16, etc.)
  • Your choice of medium:
  • Acrylic, colors: black, white
  • Oil,  colors: black, white
  • Gouache,  colors: black, white
  • Watercolor,  colors: black, white
  • Tempera paints, (Blick brand only), colors: black, white
  • Additional supplies recommended - willow charcoal, compressed charcoal.
  • Your choice of substrate:
  • Canvas stretched or unstretched, any size, from 12x36 to 30x40
  • 36-inch Roll of paper (Borden & Riley, or any brand), weight 90-100 lb.
  • Sheets of paper, approx. 20x30” or any size, 90-100lb 
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Bristle brushes, long-handled, filbert or flat, sizes #2, #4, #8, #10, #20
  • If you use unstretched canvas or paper, bring a Foam-board 30x40”, white or black, as support board, + 4-6 Bulldog clamps
  • Charcoal: willow (2-3 sticks), compressed (2-3 sticks)
  • Conte crayons, 2 sticks each black and white
  • Chalk pastels Nupastel Prismacolor - 2 sticks each, black and white
  • Fixative spray, “Workable” (not “Permanent”, not “Final”), any brand
  • Photo camera, to capture your work’s progress
  • Model fee $6 to $10, depending on the number of students in class

Questions? Call 619-630-9278

For information about openings in any class, call 619-630-9278 or email info@LosinaArtCenter.com

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Canvas sizes I recommend for your future classes, regardless of which project you want to work on:

  • 36 x 48” - “the size of a washing machine”, the most popular with art buyers
  • 48 x 60” - the size every artist must try
  • 30 x 30” - perfect size for multi-panel installations
  • 8 x 10” - best size for creating art as gifts

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