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CLASSES

TUESDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Abstract Art - Mixed Media

Materials

WEDNESDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Drawing Class

Materials

THURSDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Large-Format Landscape in Mixed Media

Materials

FRIDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Still Life Inspired by Manny Farber

Materials

SATURDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Table for Three

See details below

Losina Art Center, 619-630-9278

Materials for classes

Blick Art, Rhyno Art, Artist&Craftsman and Aaron Brothers offer 10% discount to Losina students, print this list and present at the register. 

If you are a first-time visitor, please start here:

To register for our classes, simply contact us 619-630-9278 and we will help you choose the best class for you. We accept absolute beginners in all the classes we offer.

If you have artistic experience you can register for any class; just choose a class that fits your schedule and call us.

Classes are ongoing, there is no beginning or end of session; new students can join any class at any time.

Students can enroll for one class, 5 classes, 8 classes, a year of classes, or Portfolio Program (see Pricing). In each class the instructor works with you personally. Classes are structured around a specific theme of the day, which is recommended for the new student but not mandatory. For example, if you want to learn to draw but can’t come to the Wednesday Drawing class, you can focus on drawing in ANY class. It is OK to work on a landscape as others are studying portraiture, or to bring your commission to complete, or you can request to learn a specific subject or technique, and the instructor will play your game on your board with you. An exception is College Portfolio Program where the students target the requirements of the chosen college(s).

Contact: olya@LosinaArtCenter.com or call 619-630-9278

NEW! Online Critique with Olya; see Pricing and instructions.  

Instructor Olya Losina, MFA

TEACHING YOUR MIND TO SEE

EVENING CLASSES

  • Tuesday 6pm-9pm - Abstract Art
  • Wednesday 6pm-9pm - Sketching and Drawing

MORNING CLASSES

  • Thursday 10am-1pm - Landscape, Traditional and Contemporary
  • Friday 10am-1pm - New Approaches to Still Life
  • Saturday 10am-1pm - Figure Painting, Figure Drawing and Portraiture

CLASSES

TUESDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Abstract Art - Mixed Media

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Learn a different way of making an abstract work of art. Explore a new approach to creating a surface in an artwork, with a color harmony found as a result of working with the scissors, not the brush.

To join, call 619-630-9278.

Materials

  • 5 sheets of watercolor paper, size 18x24” or large
  • Drawing pad or sketch pad, size 18x24”
  • TEMPERA (!) paints, in addition to your acrylics or house paints (house paints preferred). Please, note: you can not do this project in oils
  • 5 sponge rollers
  • 5-6 sponge brushes
  • Elmers glue - 2 bottles
  • Scissors
  • Canvas stretched, primed, recommended is 36x48”
  • Any cotton or linen fabric in sheets of any size: it can be canvas unprimed or primered, burlap, any thick material (any old clothes will work as well)
  • Paints, acrylic or house paints. House paints must be latex water-based, not oil-based; flat not gloss; colors and brands of your preference (7-10 colors, tester-size and/or “oops”-paint (rejects) from Home Depot or any other paint store. 
  • Regular acrylic gel - one gallon bucket (please, note: this is gel, not acrylic medium)
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Drop cloth the size of your canvas
  • Photo camera (or your cell phone) to keep the record of your work
  • 10 small plastic cups in small or medium size
  • Box of gloves, surgical type  

Call 619-630-9278 to book this class

WEDNESDAY, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Drawing Class

Beginner to Advanced

Join the drawing class to gain the most fundamental and essential skill. Drawing will help you to excel faster in many directions: in painting, design, sculpture, illustration, portraiture, cartooning, architecture, etc. Program consists of 4 levels: Drawing I, Drawing II, Drawing III, Drawing IV. You will progress by means of a series of exercises, gradually increasing in complexity. In one year you will acquire drawing skills, knowledge of drawing techniques, control over drawing mediums and substrates, and familiarity with famous master draftsmen in the History of Art. While in the course, you will build confidence and a body of work that will distinguish you from all other artists. If you are a painter who is “stuck”, a high-schooler wanting to raise your drawing level, an art student needing more instruction, a freelance graphic designer in search of a unique style, a self-taught artist seeking direction, - you will find what you are looking for. Portfolio students, this class is included in your program.

Materials

  1. Graphite pencil 4B
  2. Pencil sharpener
  3. Drawing pad, 18x24” or smaller (please no Newsprint paper)
  4. Roll of paper towels
  5. Photo camera (or your cell phone, for taking snapshots of your progress)
  6. Fixative spray, Workable ONLY (not Permanent/Final)
  7. Artgum eraser
  8. 2-3 sticks of Willow charcoal
  9. White pastel NuPastel Prismacolor - 2 sticks
  10.  5-6 sheets of Canson paper of different colors, size 20x24”

Questions about materials? Want to join this class? Call 619-630-9278

THURSDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Large-Format Landscape in Mixed Media

Beginner to Advanced

A touch of mixed media will expand your vision of what landscape painting can be. We will start by building a special surface for painting and drawing. Project will be especially exciting if you bring materials that you normally throw away, from newspapers to toys. You can transform any junk into beautiful texture! Landscape is a perfect subject for this “creative recycling” concept, but do feel free to use any other subject (an image of a single tree, a flower, or an object, for example). Bring some extra canvases with you, as this technique provides quick results. Call 619-630-9278 to register.

Materials

  • 2-3 stretched canvases in any size: 30x30”, 40x30”, or larger. Unstretched canvas is not suitable for this project. It is a good idea to bring extra canvases with you, as you may complete up to four paintings before the class is over.
  • Sketch pad for composing, taking notes and recording ideas, size 9x12 or any size.
  • Compressed charcoal - 3-5 sticks, medium-thick and thick
  • Willow charcoal - 5-7 sticks, medium-thick and thick
  • Fixative spray, Workable type, not Permanent/Final
  • Artgum eraser
  • Soft pastels, 4 sticks each black and white (Nupastels Prismacolor). If you prefer, in addition to black and white, you can also bring a box of colored soft pastels.
  • Optional - Acrylic paints (oil paint is not suitable for this project)- any colors you like. Suggested but not mandatory colors are: Titanium white, black, red, magenta, lemon yellow, cobalt blue, green.
  • Latex acrylic house paint (NOT OIL-BASED) This is 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 following 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.
  • Optional - Acrylic GEL either regular or heavy body, gloss or matte. Note: this is gel, not to be confused with “acrylic medium”. Purpose of gel: if you plan to use Latex house paint, you can thicken it with gel to make paint less runny.
  • Roll of good-quality paper towels
  • Box of gloves, optional (well-clinging, surgical type, not kitchen type)
  • Optional - Palette knife
  • Palette: 18” roll of Reynold’s Freezer paper from VONS or Wallmart (NOT parchment or sandwich paper!)
  • Optional - Brushes; if you want, bring the ones that you already have (4-5, in different sizes, bristle and hair)
  • Airtight jars for recycling leftover paint, optional
  • Optional - Mist bottle
  • Photo camera
  • Found objects (small, preferably), fabrics, burlap, old socks, mesh, cotton, small toys, eyeglasses, forks, wood scrap, boxes - and whatever else you were planning to throw away.

With questions or to book your classes call 619-630-9278

FRIDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Still Life Inspired by Manny Farber

Beginner to Advanced

This class proposes a different take on still life. The huge benefit of this project is that regardless of your current level, you will quickly develop your painting skills and your “third eye” (the ability to “visualize”). San Diego artist Manny Farber created his beautiful and cluttered depictions of the table tops by composing the objects that when placed together, tell a story. You will be encouraged to brainstorm how you can express something about yourself by organizing random objects (or carefully selected items) on a HUGE canvas. For inspiration we will study Manny Farber's inventive setups painted mostly with the palette knife. You will learn how to create your own story/concept, arrange your work-space, deal with the challenge of painting big, and bring all of the details together to an impressive completion. Enjoy the liberating painterliness of the palette knife and the experience of creating a giant painting rich in detail.

To register call 619-630-9278 

Materials

  • Unstretched canvas, primered (white or black primer, your choice), 60-inch roll (48-inch or 36-inch rolls are fine too).
  • Acrylic paints*, colors of your preference. Suggested colors are: Titanium white, Zinc white, Naples yellow, Lemon yellow, Cadmium yellow medium, Cadmium red medium, Magenta, Cobalt blue, Ultramarine, Viridian hue, Raw sienna, Raw Umber, Black. Optional are any other colors you like, including Gold and Silver.
  • House paint in tester sizes, color suggestions below**
  • Freezer paper 18-inch roll Reynold’s brand, as palette (found at VONS, Ralphs, or Wallmart. Not parchment or sandwich paper, please)
  • Palette knives - a selection with various-shape metal blades
  • Masking tape, called Frog Tape (Home Depot) - a must-have (not the regular Artist masking tape)
  • Brushes large, bristle, or sponge rollers - for background color, not for painting
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Photo camera
  • Sketch pad 12x14 or any size, for taking notes - a must have
  • Selection of objects

*Oil paints are not suitable for this project; learn in class why. 

**Latex acrylic house paint (NOT OIL-BASED) is 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 following 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. For additional colors choose saturated bright hues, not “pastels”.

Questions? 619-630-9278.

To book this class, call 619-630-9278

SATURDAY, 10:00am-1:00pm

Table for Three

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Female model wearing contemporary clothes, at the table, waiting for her two companions. Two others will appear, one at a time, becoming the 3 subjects of the painting: “three friends in a coffee shop”. Setup will be held for 2 consecutive weeks so you can work on a larger canvas.

Model fee applies, $6 to $10, depending on the number of students in class. To join this class, call 619-630-9278 to register.  

Materials

  • Sketch pad, any size, 12x16, etc.
  • Canvas any size/shape (for example, 30x30” or larger (either rectangle, oval, or square), and a couple more canvases, just in case you decide to create “studies”
  • Acrylic or oil paints
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Freezer paper 18-inch roll Reynold’s brand, as palette
  • Brushes with long handles, bristle filberts, flats or rounds in various sizes (hair paint-brushes are optional)
  • Photo camera, to capture the progress of your painting
  • Gloves, surgical type (optional)
  • Model fee, $6 to $10

Questions? Call 619-630-9278

For any information or to book 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” - perfect size for creating holiday gifts