CLASSES

MONDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Photography as Art

TUESDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Materials

WEDNESDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Materials

THURSDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

FRIDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Materials

SATURDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

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Losina Art Center, 619-630-9278

Art Classes

TEACHING YOUR MIND TO SEE

EVENING CLASSES

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

MORNING CLASSES

  • 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: $10 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

How to Create High Energy Art Like Francis Bacon or Munch

Level: Beginner to Advanced

It’s best kept secret of art. One shortcut, a simple change in a technique of paint application can make a difference in the viewers’ experience. Once you learn this, you will be able to create high energy paintings. You will start on a huge canvas, either stretched or unstretched, by choosing a painting style: classic, expressionist or abstract. Bring a photograph of a face, figure, scenery, or use the studio’s collection of images, or you can bring real objects for a still life setup. If you are new to art, you may want to begin with drawing, so please bring in addition to the class supplies the Basic Kit, below.                                                                                      

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”.
  • Acrylic, oil, or latex house paint (water-based), tester size, matte (not gloss or semigloss) from Home Depot, Frazee, etc.
  • Brushes - bristle, not hair; long-handled, different shapes and sizes, including house-painting bristle brushes
  • Acrylic* paints. Large canvas requires 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 these 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 supplies: 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: if you plan to use Latex house paint, you can thicken it 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!)
  • Photographs of chairs or paint from life
  • Photo camera

WEDNESDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Sketching with a Brush

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 - an expansion of your skills. Portfolio students should give this class a priority.

This week the more experienced students will start sketching with a brush on paper (instead of a pencil or charcoal), facing the challenge of not being able to erase your mistakes. You will learn to embrace mistakes and accidents - by ignoring them, working around them, or including them in several creative ways. Subject matter: you can bring fresh fruit or vegetables. Beginner students will work at their own pace on individual assignments in pencil or charcoal, depending on your level of skills.  

Materials

  1. Drawing pad of any size, 16x20”, 10x14”  
  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 different brushes in several styles and sizes, so you can find your favorite for sketching
  4. Charcoal: willow (2-3 sticks), compressed (2-3 sticks)
  5. Conte crayons, black and white
  6. Graphite pencil 4B
  7. Pencil sharpener with a cap
  8. Artgum eraser
  9. Roll of paper towels
  10. Photo camera (or cell phone), for taking snapshots of your progress
  11. 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

Possibilities of the Brushwork

Beginner to Advanced

How do you create a more exciting painting without changing your subject or color? - We will explore one of the many ways that have been known to produce vivid results - brushwork of various styles. The style of paint application proposed in this class will result in more than a change in appearance of your piece: you will be changing all the optical qualities of the painted surface, including the color perception. Learn how you can achieve a memorable painting by making your brush “dance differently” to reshape your brushstroke. Among the benefits of this lesson are:

  1. this technique works for any subject: portrait, landscape, abstract, etc.
  2. you’ll be expanding your artistic “arsenal”
  3. exploring the new principles of color-mixing - the so called “optical mixing”
  4. This painting style can be learned quickly by virtually anyone
  5. Higher pace of painting becomes possible - you will be able to complete a painting in one 3-hour session or less!

We will begin with a simple study from life: a fruit / vegetable. If you want it to be landscape, bring an image printed in 8x10”. Please note that you will be taking your paintings home after the class, so prepare sheets of drop cloth to protect your car, especially if you are using oils.

Materials

  • 3-5 stretched canvases in sizes: 8x8”, or 10x10”, or 8x10” (please avoid canvas with staples on the sides)
  • Large stretched canvas (30x30”, or 30x40”, (or smaller - 18x24”), or larger), or if you want to paint on unstretched canvas - size can be up to 3 yards (bring a 36-inch roll, 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: yellow, red, blue, white, black, and your favorite colors. Acrylic and oils - you will need: Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Magenta* (*be alert when buying Magenta, it is a tricky color to find; you DON’T want to purchase magenta that has a two-word name on the tube, such as: “primary magenta”, “true magenta”, “real magenta”, “magenta hue” - these are the 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 also suitable for this style of painting, but remember that you will be taking your wet paintings home after class, so bring shallow stackable boxes)
  • Several large cardboard boxes (stackable shallow boxes from Costco are best) to transport wet paintings home
  • 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: if you plan to use Latex house paint, you will be able to thicken it with gel)
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Box of gloves, optional (well-clinging, surgical type, not kitchen type)
  • Palette knife - for cleaning your palette or for painting
  • Freezer paper as a palette: 18” roll Reynold’s brand 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
  • Subject matter: real fruit and vegetables, or a photographic image of a landscape or any subject

FRIDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Optical Color in Mixed Media (Painting and Drawing, Combined)

Beginner to Advanced

We will explore a mixed media technique, that lets us create colors on canvas or paper optically - not by mixing colors in the standard way on a palette, but by creating an “illusion of color”. This method requires completion of at least 3 paintings before you begin to understand how it works and experience it fully (you will more likely want to do more than 3, it’s an amazing technique). You may create a nice body of work in this technique and a subject-matter of your choice. The project will start with a discussion about each student’s favorite colors and directions. On a sketch pad, you will write your ideas for the concept of optical color-mixing, and come up with your own idea that you’ll then put on canvas. This technique in large scale looks the most impressive, so I recommend to pick a large roll of paper or unstretched primered canvas - However please note that at the end of the class you will be taking your creation home, so choose the size with that in mind. 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

  • Sketch pad for recording ideas, 9x12 or any size, and your best thinking tool (pencil or pen)
  • Color wheel
  • Canvas stretched (preferably, bring several canvases, 3 or 4, in 30x40” or any size; OR - a 48-inch roll of unstretched canvas (36-inch roll is fine too) - 3 yards
  • Acrylic paints - any colors you like. Oil paints are not suitable for this project. However, if you want to paint in a “free style” in any technique of your own, you can work in oils. Please remember that you’ll be taking your wet painting home after class, so bring a drop-cloth for your car.
  • This project can be also done on paper (Borden & Riley, 90 lb, white or buff, this paper comes in 36” or 48” rolls or in sheets 24x36 or similarly large size). If you choose to work on paper, then bring tempera paint instead of acrylic. Blick brand, Premium Tempera, colors: white, yellow, red, blue, black. Blick Tempera is the only brand of tempera paint worth buying.
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Palette - 18” roll of Reynold’s Freezer paper from VONS, Ralphs or Wallmart
  • Brushes - several types and sizes, bristle and hair
  • Airtight jars for recycling the leftover paint (optional), gloves (optional)
  • Conte crayons, black and white, 3 sticks each
  • Artgum eraser
  • Box of gloves, optional (well-clinging, surgical type, not kitchen type)
  • Fixative spray, called “Workable” (not “Permanent”, not “Final”), any brand
  • Photo camera

SATURDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Exotic Live Model

Level: Absolute Beginner to Advanced

This class offers an opportunity to paint the human figure from life. If you are a beginner and this is your very first class, or you are at master level studying art for the last three decades - this figurative setup (thin dark-skin model) will be equally inspiring. The instructor will help the beginner learn the fundamentals (hand, eye and mind coordination) while the more experienced student will have a chance to explore creative approaches to portraiture. Instructor will provide the R-brain training to make the process enriching and effortless.

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

Please remember to bring sheets of drop cloth, etc. for transporting your wet canvas home after class.

Materials

  • Sketch pad, any size (12x16, etc.)
  • Acrylic, or oil, gouache, watercolor, or tempera paints, colors of your preference
  • Canvas stretched or unstretched (or paper) of any size for substrate (30x40”, etc.)
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Bristle brushes, long-handled, filbert or flat, sizes #2, #4, #8, #10, #20
  • Foam-board 30x40”, white or black, as support-board for unstretched canvas or paper, + 4-6 Bulldog clamps
  • Charcoal, black and white Conte crayons, or Graphite pencil for those who want to draw, or for sketching
  • Photo camera, to capture your progress
  • Model fee $6 to $10, depending on the number of students in class

Questions? Call 619-630-9278

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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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