Classes for adults

We help adult art students master various acrylics, oil, watercolor techniques, and refresh the art fundamentals needed for successful representational drawing and painting.  Please find the right fit below and join us for a creative journey! 

 

 

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We offer adult classes in-studio and online, live, and in small groups (6-12 students).

Reasons to choose an online class:

1) Transportation:

  • You don't want to drive (and wait in traffic).

  • you do not live near our studios.

  • you want to take a class together with a distant friend.

 

2) Demonstration:

  • You prefer to see all demonstrations in detail on your screen, not from behind someone's back.

  • Besides live demonstrations, we send out pre-recorded instructional videos, and your connection won't affect their quality.

 

3) Corrections:

  • All corrections are made on a digital version of your work and sent to you immediately. You can add corrections while looking at the screen.

3) Artspace:

  • You can find a spot at your home where you can set up a small painting station: a large table (ideally covered by recyclable plastic), paints, water of thinner, pallete, brushes, and, of course, a computer with a medium to large size screen.

  • You have, or can purchase art materials required for the class.

5) Physical contact:

  • none

Reasons to choose an in-person art class:

1) Transportation:

You live near one of our studios: 

  • 1603 Irving street, San Francisco CA 954122

  • 2105 Old Middlefield Way #D, Mountain View CA 94043

  • 700 S Winchester Boulevard, San Jose CA 95128

2) Demonstration:

  • You don't mind seeing demonstration from a safe distance

3) Corrections:

  • You don't mind the teacher correcting some elements on your work.

 

4) Artspace​

  • You prefer to leave home for your art class

  • You prefer to have art materials prepared and provided to you at the studio (but still, if you are studying art, it's a good idea to have some art materials at home to practice).

3) Physical contact:

  • You love being surrounded by the fellow art lovers.

  • You don't mind wearing a mask, and keeping at least 3 feet distance between yourself and other students while you are at a studio.

 IN-STUDIO & ONLINE ART CLASSES 

Key Elements of Fine Arts

(Adult Art Course)

(Beginners & Intermediate)

2 hours

ONLINE 

& IN-PERSON

San Francisco

Starting May 16, 2022

Mountain View,

San Jose 

Starting in August, Dates TBD

Recommended for beginners and for art lovers who'd like to refresh and pull their skills together.

 

This course introduces you to the key concepts of fine art. Each lesson starts with explanation and examples from the art history.​ Even a complete begeinner by the end of this course will be able to paint a portrait and create a composition with one or several human figures from scratch.

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Portrait Drawing/ Painting 

(beginner and intermediate)

IN-PERSON

San Francisco

starting April 11, 2022

Mountain View
Starting May 2, 2022

Recommended for beginners and for art lovers who'd like to refresh and pull their skills together.

Join us for a portraiture workshop as he teaches a step-by- step method that is guaranteed to improve your portraiture skills. During the first half of the workshop, students will complete numerous head studies and improve their knowledge of proper head construction. The second half of the workshop will allow students to focus on a project of their choice in whatever medium they choose.

 

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Manga for Adults

(Beginners & Intermediate)

2 hours

IN-PERSON

San Francisco

starting April 30, 2022

Recommended for beginners in Manga. Realistic art background is a plus but not necessary.

his course is designed for adult Manga lovers, who are eager to master their favorite art style. You will learn to draw faces and figures figures with distinct manga proportions, and design your own Manga characters. A professional Manga artist Austin Bath will guide you through this journey.

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Acrylic and Oil Painting Class

(Intermediate)

2 hours weekly

IN-PERSON

San Jose,

San Francisco 

Starting in August, Dates TBD

Recommended for Adult Art Course graduates / students with basic experience in drawing and sketching, understanding of art fundametals.

Old Masters Technique is included in course.

This course will help art lovers master various methods of oil and acrylic painting, and find a personal unique style! We will work on painting nature: landscape composition, clouds, waves, waterfalls, trees, sun spots; learn to represent texture of various objects; we will practice expressing character and emotions in portraits, set up the mood of the painting, and deliver the right artistic message through it. 

 

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Pastels, Acrylic, and Oil Painting Class

(Intermediate)

2 hours weekly

IN-PERSON

Mountain View 

Acrylics:

starting April 1, 2022

Oil (Old Masters Technique):

Starting May 6, 2022

Recommended for Adult Art Course graduates / students with basic experience in drawing and sketching, understanding of art fundametals.

Old Masters Technique is included in course.

 

This course is similar to the previous one, but with the addition of pastels technique. Students will master various methods of pastels, oil, and acrylic painting, work on landscapes, still lifes, and portraits using the full range of opaque art mediums.

 

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Figure Drawing Workshop

(Intermediate & Advanced)

2,5 hours

IN-PERSON

San Francisco

Starting April 15, 2022

Mountain View

Starting April 20, 2022

San Jose 

Starting April 25, 2022

Recommended for Adult Art Course graduates / students with basic experience in drawing and sketching, understanding of art fundametals.

Get your figure drawing skills moved to the next level with our Figure Drawing workshop!

 

We’ll focus on the most complicated part - live model drawing. Human proportions, anatomy overview, detailed studies of the head, hands, feet, short and long sketching sessions, and a final well-rendered drawing.

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Plein Air in San Francisco 

(all levels)

3 hours

IN-PERSON

San Francisco (various locations)

Starting March 20, 2022

Recommended for Adult Art Course graduates / students with basic experience in drawing and sketching, understanding of art fundametals.

This course will teach you techniques and tricks that will help you create successful landscape paintings in the field. All skill levels are welcome! Whether you are a beginner trying oil paints for the first time or an experienced painter looking to improve upon your landscape techniques, plein air painting is an immensely rewarding experience that can help you learn & grow as an artist.

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Oil Painting Class:

Old Masters Technique

(intermediate and advanced)

IN-PERSON

San Jose 

Starting May 6, 2022

Mountain View

Starting May 6, 2022

Recommended for students that have experience in drawing and painting portraits.

This class is the last project of Oil&Acrylic painting courses and can be purchased separately.

Master the effects of glowing skin, soft shadows, silky hair and unforgettable eyes! Learn to use traditional oil painting technique of XVII century, leading your work from the grisaille underpainting to glazes.

 

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Watercolor 101 Class

(Beginners & Intermediate)

ONLINE

Starting April 20, 2022

This workshop covers everything you need to know about watercolor to use it fluently in your projects: how to mix colors, use washes, work from light to dark, use reserve and  additives, and even such advanced technique as watercolor underpainting. You will learn the science behind the watercolor fluorescent colors, learn how to lead your work, what to do to prevent and fix watercolor accidents. We will try our hands in both Classical European and Eastern watercolor styles. By the end of the course, students will paint a portrait of a pet, a portrait of a loved one, a couple of watercolor landscapes, and plenty of small studies, and a final project of a choice.

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Pastels & Mixed Media Class

(Intermediate & Advanced)

ONLINE

not available at the moment

Pastels can be so much more than simple crayons and quick sketches! Since 16 century it was used by many great artists to create unique paintings. In this course, we will study not only different techniques but also talk about composition and color theory, to master your painting skills.

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