MONDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Photography as Art

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



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


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

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 or 619-630-9278

Introductory Drawing Classes

2 special Introductory Classes

These two classes can be taken on any day of classes, except Saturday.


Here's what you will want to bring to your first “Introduction to Drawing” class:

- 4b pencils - 2

- Sketchpad - white drawing paper, (not newsprint), 9x12"-18x24' or any size

- ArtGum Eraser

- Pencil Sharpener

All of these supplies can be found at local art stores such as

Michaels, 2740 Midway Dr San Diego, CA 92110

Aaron Brothers, 2740 Midway Dr San Diego, CA 92110

Artist and Craftsman, 3804 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 688-1911

Blick, 1844 India St San Diego, CA 92101. Phone: (619) 687-0050;

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 special techniques applicable to both Abstract art or Realism. Whether you’ve been through our “Learn to Paint in One Day” workshop, or you are an absolute beginner with no art training, or you have had substantial artistic experience and need to train your “weak muscles”, your first class will start with a conversation about your interests, goals, and your taste in art, to determine the best way for you to begin.

If you are in the Portfolio program you will have your personalized lesson plan and individual assignments. If you are attending several classes each week as a Monthly- or Annual member, you can continue the same project regardless of which day you come on.

Oils, acrylics, or latex house paint, size of canvas (either stretched or unstretched), or dry media (especially recommended for a beginner) - the choice is yours, - or you can trust your instructor to propose an assignment.

If you are an artist who want to practice Abstract art and explore the subconscious through spontaneous abstract painting, you can bring art materials you already have or purchase supplies from the list below.

Found materials for those interested in Mixed Media, in addition to regular paints, are: salt, sawdust, resin, charcoal, fiber, tape, photography, lettering.

The program is highly individualized and flexible, and you will get plenty of one-on-one guidance inside the group session. You can bring an image to paint from, or use your imagination, your memory, or your dreams. Regardless of the program you are enrolled in or project you work on, you will be exposed to both the fundamental and advanced techniques of drawing and painting, acquire a better understanding of composition, rhythm, structure, and tonal values. You will learn even more by listening to instructions offered to other students. Handout included.

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


  • 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.
  • Optional supplies: 
  • 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: Two-Step Layering Technique

Beginner to Advanced

This drawing course will provide you with the most fundamental and essential skills that will help lead your transformation in the desired direction: mastering painting, design, sculpture, illustration, portraiture, animation, etc.

The course consists of several levels designed to achieve a greater level of artistic development: Drawing I, II, III, and IV. You will progress at your own pace by means of personalized exercises that will gradually increase in complexity. After completing the four steps, you will have acquired drawing and sketching ability, knowledge of drawing techniques, experience with various drawing mediums, and familiarity with the famous draftsmen in 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 and want to explore your potential, a struggling artist/art student seeking instructions, a designer wanting to expand your creativity, or a self-taught painter needing the feedback, in this class you will accomplish that goal. Portfolio students should give this class a priority.

This week (and for the next two weeks) we’ll create drawings from observation, but not in a conventional way - we will work on the special layering technique to train the three important skills: composing, rendering, and emphasizing. The result will be a stunning work on paper with the mixed media effect. We will start small, then expand to larger scale.  


  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
  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

Three Approaches to Painting Scenery

Beginner to Advanced

The subject of landscape is chosen for the study of this extraordinary Renaissance method for its perceptual immediacy and variability. Learn how by means of this technique, invented in the 16th century, you can create a painting in any style: Contemporary, Impressionist, or Old Masters. Learn how an artist can make an effortless transition from the expressive contemporary to the Renaissance style, and then, seamlessly, to the abstract.

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


  • 3 stretched canvases of the same size: 30x40”, or 30x30, or 36x36”, or 36x48” (please avoid canvas with staples on the sides).  If you want to paint on unstretched canvas - size can be up to 3 yards per painting for the ambitious painter (in this case bring 9 yards of either a 36-inch roll of primered canvas, or 48-inch, or 60-inch roll; however, if desired, you can choose a smaller format).
  • Sketch pad for composing, taking notes on the technique, 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 ONLY with stretched canvas, because you will be taking your wet paintings home after class. 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 following 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. You may want to purchase 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 or 5 in different sizes, long-handled, bristle and hair, and a couple of 3-inch, flat, bristle, house-painting brushes
  • Airtight jars for recycling the leftover paint (optional)
  • Mist bottle for acrylics
  • An image of a complex luscious landscape with a lot of color and texture
  • Photo camera

FRIDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Conceptual Approach to Art. Combining Drawing and Painting

Beginner to Advanced

This Friday is an important class, that will provide you with a new way to use your power of creative thinking. We will follow the three steps:

  1. Paint 10 portraits from observation in tempera on paper;
  2. With the mixed media technique (which will be thoroughly explained), you will add a new conceptual proposition to each portrait’s characteristics - or its personality’ interpretation, by adding to the faces new attributes, drawn from either your past experiences, imagination, or by random juxtaposition.
  3. If desired, several of the most successful mixed-media works on paper can be recreated on canvas in large format.

Results and benefits:

  • Mastery of the portraiture basics in just two or three classes;
  • Exploring that mysterious conceptual approach;
  • Intense practice in drawing and painting;
  • Gaining confidence and ease through working in a small scale, before transitioning to a large format on canvas;
  • A preparation for a large conceptual portrait
  • Ability to paint faster and without an “internal critic”;
  • Discovering your 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 Workable Fixative Spray to fix charcoal/pastels. If you have questions, bring them to class and we will discuss them.


  • 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
  • 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

How to Draw, Sculpt, and Paint a Live Model. Sculpting for Painters

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Sculpting has a lot of similar issues to painting. “Seeing” is one of them. The goal of introducing sculpting to painters is to help painters and draftsmen better understand form and see its “facets” produced by light, so when you are painting you are able to create a more three-dimensional-looking body.

Working from a live model, more advanced students will sculpt, while beginner students will focus on the drawing fundamentals - eye-hand-mind coordination, composition, structure, light, and shading in graphite or charcoal on paper. Bringing your sketchbook will be essential for everyone, as sculpting will start with quick designs in pencil or charcoal.

Throughout the course of several months we will be creating figure sculptures from live models (both clothed and nude) in 4 different techniques. This new project will be based on the papier-mache technique and will take three consecutive Saturdays. You will complete your sculpture by coloring it the way ancient Egyptians did (more details - in class). Model fee applies, $6 to $10, depending on the number of students in class.

Please remember to bring a box or drop cloth, etc., for transporting your creation home after class, as it can still be wet.

Project options:

A. You can sculpt life size.

B. If the amount of materials for the Papier-Mache Technique (see below) seems “too much”, but you still want to sculpt the model, then instead of papier-mache you can use the technique that we studied previously (new students will receive the thorough instructions) - in this case just bring the following materials: a sheet of cardboard, 4-5 rolls of regular one-inch-wide beige masking tape (not blue tape), sketch pad + pencil, large scissors, X-acto knife, photo camera, model fee. 

C. If you prefer to draw or paint instead of sculpting (regardless of your level of artistic experience) - you can do that, as the model maintains the same pose for the 3-week session.


  • Beginner Students (Drawing)
  • Sketch pad, any size (12x16, etc.)
  • 2 graphite pencils 4B. Optional: 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).
  • Pencil sharpener with a cap
  • Artgum eraser
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Fixative spray - “Workable”, any brand (not “Permanent” and not “Final”)
  • Photo camera, to capture your work’s progress
  • Model fee $6 to $10, depending on the number of students in class
  • Advanced Students (Sculpture) - what to bring:
  • Papier-mache clay (must be prepared AT HOME in advance. Store it in refrigerator in an air-tight container (approx. 1 gallon size) or in a ziplock bag, and bring to class. Papier-mache clay takes approx. one hour to make. Directions for making it are at the bottom of this page*).
  • Sketch pad, any size (12x16, etc.) - for composing the figure from four different points of view (more details in class)
  • Graphite pencil 4B. Options: one stick of willow charcoal or black Conte crayon.
  • 4-5 rolls masking tape, beige, 1-inch-wide (not blue Artist tape). You would need 5-6 rolls if you sculpt life size.
  • Cardboard, either plain or corrugated (several brown boxes, but not shoe boxes)
  • Newspapers
  • Soft aluminum wire (Blick Art Store), optional
  • Wire mesh for sculptors (from Blick)
  • Lazy susan (table version) - optional
  • Scissors, robust enough to cut cardboard
  • Metal shears, small size, for cutting wire and mesh
  • Knife or palette knife - for adding the papier-mache clay
  • X-acto knife
  • Well-fitting gloves surgical type
  • Newspapers - the size of TWO Sunday issues of The New York Times (if you sculpt life size, triple the amount of newspaper and tape)
  • 3 clear plastic trash bags 
  • Wooden base (optional) approx. 6x6” or 10x10” for a small sculpture or larger if you want to sculpt life size. As an option, you can use a ready-made small cardboard box as a sculpture base, or you can make the sculpture base out of the cardboard you bring to class (thorough instructions will be provided).
  • White gesso, for priming the sculpture - optional
  • Acrylic paints - full palette of colors, or several exciting colors of latex house paint (flat, not gloss)
  • Brushes in different sizes: flat and round pointy, plus a thin pointy hair paintbrush with extra-long hair (“rigger”) for painting the eyes, folds, etc.
  • Photo camera, for recording your steps
  • Box for transporting your wet sculpture
  • Model fee $6 to $10, depending on the number of students in class


  •  1 roll  toilet tissue Angel Soft 
  • ¾ cups PVA Elmer’s white glue Glue All (not Elmer’s school glue)
  • 1 cup Joint Compound PROFORM (not DAP brand) - sold as paste, not as powder - at home-remodeling stores
  • ½ cup All-Purpose white flour
  • 2 tablespoons linseed oil (optional)
  • Warm water
  • Equipment. To make papier-mache clay, you will also need: glass bowl, mesh sieve, measuring cup, surgical-type gloves, electric mixer or hand-held drill with special mixing bits, air-tight plastic container or ziplock bag for storing your papier-mache clay. Container with papier-mache clay should be refrigerated to avoid molding. For the step-by-step instructions please watch video tutorial on YouTube: “Jonni Air-Dry Clay Recipe with Gram Measurements”.

In the studio we will only use the papier-mache clay prepared at home. Please note, that we will not be making papier-mache clay in the studio.

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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