TUESDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

WEDNESDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

THURSDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

FRIDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

SATURDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Losina Art Center 619-630-9278

Art Classes

TEACHING YOUR MIND TO SEE

EVENING SESSIONS

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

MORNING SESSIONS

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

Introductory Drawing Classes

2 Special Introductory Classes ($97)

All levels

These two classes can be taken on any day of classes, except Saturday. You will create a baseline drawing so the instructor can see your current level. You will be introduced to the 10 quintessential drawing concepts. After completing these two classes you can choose any direction you want to develop: master drawing skills, learn portraiture, create abstract art, mixed media, and take Saturday classes with live model and learn figure drawing and painting.

Buy 2 Special Introductory classes

Materials

  • Two 4b pencils
  • Sketchpad with white drawing paper (not newsprint), 9x12", 12x16”, or any size
  • ArtGum eraser
  • Pencil sharpener with cap
  • Roll of paper towels

TUESDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Abstract Art or Realism, Drawing or Painting

Level: Beginner to Advanced

This class will help you explore your potential. On Tuesdays we study art techniques applicable to both Abstract art or Realism.

New students: regardless of your level, your first class will start with a baseline drawing and a brief discussion of your objectives, to determine the best way for you to begin. The approach is personalized to each student.

Beginners: your classes will start with the drawing fundamentals.

Portfolio students: you will have your own lesson plan and individual assignments.

Continuing students: If you are attending several classes each week as a Monthly- or Annual member, you have choices of either working on your own project, joining a class project, or letting the instructor suggest a project according to your objective.

Abstract painters, after the two initial baseline drawing classes, if you want to practice abstraction or explore the subconscious through spontaneous painting, you can bring either the materials you already have or the supplies from the list below. The program is highly individualized and you’ll get plenty of one-on-one guidance inside the group session. You can improvise, or use an image to paint from or your imagination, or study a famous contemporary artist.

Regardless of your project, you will be exposed to both the fundamental and advanced techniques of drawing and painting. You will also benefit from the instructions given to other students.

If you are new to art, you will begin with Basic Drawing (Basic Kit, below).                                                                                      

Materials

  • Basic Kit (for beginners, new students, and portfolio students. Portfolio students should always bring Basic Kit in addition to the class supplies): sketch pad 12x16”, 16x20” or any size; two graphite 4-B pencils; Artgum eraser; roll of paper towels; pencil sharpener.
  • Drawing supplies: five sticks Willow charcoal, two sticks Compressed charcoal; Conte crayons soft (2 sticks each, black and white); NuPastel Prismacolor white, 2 sticks; 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 sponge brushes and two small sponge rollers; four large sturdy paper plates; photo camera or cell phone for recording the progress of your work.
  • Returning Student, Choices for Art Supplies: 

Painting supplies (see below) OR Drawing supplies (above; recommended for beginners). Mixed Media, in addition to your regular paints bring found materials: salt, sawdust, resin, charcoal, fiber, tape, photography, lettering, etc.

  • Roll of canvas, no less than 3 yards, roll’s height can be 36”, or 48”, or 60” (unstretched, either primed or unprimed), OR stretched canvases any size: 20x20, 30x40”, etc. If you want to paint on paper, bring Borden & Riley roll, 90-100 LB, 36-inch roll, or bring sheets of drawing paper 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. See details about each below. It’s your choice, which of them to use.
  • Oil Paints. Colors of your choice, any brand. Oil painters can paint only on stretched canvas. Box of surgical-type gloves, odorless turpenoid, linseed oil, rags, paper towels, bristle and hair brushes, Masterson palette holder, pad of paper palettes for oils, palette knife, small jar with airtight lid, photo camera. Suggested colors: Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Magenta, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian, Titanium White, Mars Black, Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Permanent Green, Cadmium Orange, Alizarin Crimson. Oil painters, you can not leave your artwork at the studio - you will be transporting your wet painting home after each class, so bring drop-cloth or plastic to protect your car.
  • Acrylic paints. If you plan to use large canvas, it will require more paint, so I suggest to purchase main colors in jars instead of tubes. Colors (oils* and acrylics): Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Magenta (choose tubes that say “Magenta” - not “primary magenta”, not “true magenta”, not “real magenta”, not “magenta hue” - as those are diluted with  White), Ultramarine Blue, Viridian hue, Titanium White, Mars Black, Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Permanent Green, Cadmium Orange, Alizarin Crimson (you can not leave your artwork at the studio - you will be transporting your wet painting home after class, so bring drop-cloth or plastic to protect your car).
  • Latex acrylic house paint (water-based, 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 for creating texture or thicker brushstrokes).
  • Box of gloves, surgical type
  • Palette knife
  • Paper towels
  • Mist bottle, small (only for acrylic or latex house paint)
  • Air-tight jar for collecting recycled paint (baby-food jar or plastic container with 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 Techniques

Beginner to Advanced

This drawing course will provide the essential fundamental skills that will help you develop your drawing dexterity, and prepare you for transitioning to painting, design, sculpture, illustration, portraiture, animation, etc.

The course consists of learning drawing techniques, mastering sketching, and training observational skills towards a greater control over your hand-eye coordination.  You will progress at your own pace by means of the exercises that will gradually increase in complexity. After approximately one year, you will have acquired practical experience with various drawing mediums and familiarity with the famous draftsmen in Art History. You will build confidence and create work in your own style distinguishable from other artists. Whether you are a novice and want to explore your potential, an artist seeking support, guidance, and feedback, or an art student wanting to expand your creativity, this class is the one you should start with. Portfolio students, give this class the priority.

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 (5-6 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 (6B or 8B graphite), please bring Fixative spray (Workable ONLY, not Final and not Permanent)

THURSDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Creative Self-Portrait

Beginner to Advanced

New students: regardless of your level, your first class will start with a baseline drawing and a brief discussion of your objectives, to determine the best way for you to begin.

Beginners: the best way to join this project is with the drawing fundamentals.

Returning students. Creative self-portrait is not an ordinary self-portrait. It is a mixed media project that adds a contemporary approach to the classic painting, which will require not only a mirror, paints, canvas, but a photo camera as a must-have. You will learn how effortlessly you can transform your own image and develop greater creativity with portraiture in general, while having a blast. It is a contemporary technique, so our conversations will shift to conceptual art, as we look at the most innovative contemporary and abstract painters.

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

Materials

  • Beginner artists and new students - Basic Kit (Portfolio students please always bring Basic Kit in addition to other supplies): 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 sponge brushes and two small sponge rollers; four large sturdy paper plates; photo camera or cell phone for recording the progress of your work.
  • Returning students: 3 stretched or unstretched canvases of the same size: 18x24, or 16x18, 12x16” (avoid canvas with staples on the sides).  
  • Photo camera
  • Flashlight
  • Hand-held mirror
  • Acrylic gel, Heavy Body as glue for mixed media
  • Sketch pad 9x12” or any size, for composing, taking notes and recording ideas.
  • Acrylic (oil paints are not suitable at all for this project), any colors you like; recommended are: Cadmium Red Medium, Raw sienna, Raw Umber, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian hue, Titanium White, Mars Black, Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Permanent Green, Cadmium Orange, Alizarin Crimson, Magenta* (*be careful when buying Magenta, it is tricky to find a good magenta; you DO NOT to buy the pigment that has a two-word name on the tube, such as: “primary magenta”, “true magenta”, “real magenta”, “magenta hue” - all those are contaminated with White). You will be taking your wet paintings home after class, so bring a drop-cloth or a box to protect your car.
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Box of gloves, optional (well-clinging, surgical type, not kitchen type)
  • Palette knife - for cleaning your palette or for painting with.
  • 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 different size, long-handled, bristle brushes.
  • Airtight jars for recycling the leftover paint (optional)
  • Mist bottle 
  • Optional supplies: latex acrylic house paint (NOT OIL-BASED) - a less expensive option than regular acrylics. Buy smaller-size testers, flat (not gloss or semigloss!) from Home Depot, Frazee, etc. - any 5-7 colors you like. I suggest the following colors as the basic set: 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. You may want to also purchase Acrylic Heavy-Body Gel, either gloss or matte. Purpose of gel: to thicken latex house paint.

FRIDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

New Tools in Painting: Sponge Roller

Beginner to Advanced

The objective of this class is to expand your tools and ideas in painting. This is an invitation to “become uncomfortable” in this lab called art class: paint using a sponge roller and create a piece with a new character. By bringing an ambitious (large) size unstretched canvas, expect your work to be more about experimenting than “producing a masterpiece”. Awkward and inflexible, rollers have its own techniques, by mastering which you will be rewarded with a new style of painting - maybe slightly more abstract or just different from how your paintings come out. This tool in a very short time will turn from uncomfortable to favorite. We will make a portrait - the hardest subject to create with a roller. 

Results and benefits:

  • Learning a new technique;
  • A different approach to portraiture;
  • Expansion of your personal style;
  • Working outside your comfort zone;
  • Gaining confidence and ease with large format canvas;
  • Silencing the “internal critic” who goes away when you *play*;
  • Discovering your new higher potential, whether you think you have it or not.

Please note that at the end of the class you will be taking your creation home, so bring drop cloth for your car.

Materials

  • Beginner artists and new students - Basic Kit (Portfolio students please always bring Basic Kit in addition to other supplies): 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 sponge brushes and two small sponge rollers; four large sturdy paper plates; photo camera or cell phone for recording the progress of your work.

Returning students:

  • Unstretched or stretched canvas of any size. Bring enough canvas so you could paint more than one piece. 
  • Sponge roller. You can bring several size rollers, from regular size to very small which is especially recommended with smaller size canvas.
  • Acrylic paints, colors of your choice. Latex house paints are among your options as well. Oil paints are also suitable, but tend to create a more muddy result, and also consider that you will have to take your work home after class.
  • Freezer paper as palette (Reynold’s brand from VONS, Ralph’s or Wallmart. Parchment paper and sandwich paper are less suitable)
  • Mist bottle
  • Drawing pad or sketch pad of any size, 16x20”, 10x14”, etc. No newsprint please.  
  • Graphite pencil 4B + pencil sharpener with a cap + Artgum eraser
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Box of gloves, optional, well-clinging, surgical type, not kitchen type
  • Photo camera (or cell phone), for taking snapshots of your progress
  • DO NOT BRING your brushes!

SATURDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Sponge Roller and a Live Model

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Advanced students, Painting. Try a sponge roller, a wall-painting tool, in place of a brush for painting a figure. Sponge roller, with all its awkwardness and inflexibility, creates on canvas an amazing effect of fresco. It is fun to use smaller rollers for quick figurative sketches (in color or b/w, or for achieving a stunning contemporary portrait (seemingly impossible, but after a brief learning curve you’ll find this technique fascinating). Size of your canvas will help you determine which roller to buy, as they come in different sizes.

 

Our model will be either reclining or sitting, maintaining the same pose for three consecutive Saturdays. If you are not into experimenting with a roller and just want to paint with a brush, or draw, or sculpt (see below), or work in mixed media, you can, - regardless of your level of experience. Model fee applies, $6 to $10, depending on the number of students in class.

Beginner. The most valuable skill in the beginning of artistic development is drawing. You will receive thorough instructions on the drawing fundamentals - eye-hand coordination, composition, and shading, so all you need to bring are: drawing pad, two 4b graphite pencils, Artgum eraser, pencil sharpener, photo camera, and a model fee, $6 to $10, depending on the number of students in class.

 

Advanced Drawing. In pencil, charcoal, or mixed media, set the objective to produce a figure drawing that looks completed and resolved, with the focus on values and expressive shading.

 

Sculpting. Sculpting has a lot of similar issues to painting. The goal of sculpting is not only to create a figure in 3-D, but also to help painters and draftsmen better understand form and see its “facets” produced by light, so on a 2D surface they are able to create an illusion of 3D. You can complete your sculpture by coloring it. Please bring a box or drop cloth for transporting your wet creation home. Quick sculpture can be done with newspapers and masking tape (need cardboard, large scissors, 5-6 rolls of beige masking tape, sketch pad, pencil, photo camera, model fee $6-$10).

Materials

Advanced Students (Painting with Sponge Roller) 

  • Unstretched or stretched canvas of any size. Bring enough canvas so you could paint more than one piece (if using unstretched canvas, bring a styrofoam support board and large clamps). 
  • Sponge roller. You can bring several size rollers, from regular size to very small (especially recommended for smaller canvas). Can be found at Home Depot, 99c stores, and art-supplies stores.
  • Acrylic paints - full palette of colors (see Friday class materials list for color suggestions), or your favorite colors of latex house paint (flat, not gloss)
  • Freezer paper as palette - Reynold’s brand from VONS, Ralph’s or Wallmart (not Parchment paper and not sandwich paper)
  • Mist bottle
  • Photo camera, for recording your progress
  • Model fee $6 to $10, depending on the number of students in class

Beginner Students (Drawing)

  • Sketch pad, any size (12x16, etc.)
  • 2 graphite pencils 4B +pencil sharpener with a cap + Artgum eraser.
  • Photo camera, to capture your work’s progress
  • Model fee $6 to $10, depending on the number of students in class
  • Optional supplies instead of pencil: 2 sticks of willow charcoal; or Conte crayons (black and white, 2 sticks each); or Nupastel Prismacolor chalk pastels (black and white, 2 sticks each), roll of paper towels, Fixative spray - “Workable”, (not “Permanent” and not “Final”)

Questions about materials? Call 619-630-9278

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Canvas sizes we 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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