Taking an art class can improve your life in many ways – sign up today and take advantages of just a few of the benefits of art:

  • Encourages creative thinking
  • Boosts self-esteem and provides a sense of accomplishment
  • Reduces stress - helps you feel calm and happy 
  • Improves personal wellness by increasing positive emotions
  • Creates opportunities for spontaneity and joy

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Drawing

Drawing - Beginners Only
See how basic shapes are combined with line, value, and texture. Students develop fundamental drawing skills with these techniques, close observation and drawing exercises. Instructor: Paul Birchak.

Drawing - All Levels
Explore drawing in all the many mediums available. Use traditional pencil, colored pencil and pastel pencil. Still life, landscape and figurative ideas will be explored. This is a great class even if you have very little experience but want to move that art passion into the next level. Instructor: Paul Birchak.

Travelers Journal Workshop
Capture the sights and experiences of your next trip. Learn the best ways to draw small, quick sketches that evoke memories and tell stories. Experiment with written formats that express emotion and awareness. Be inspired by instructor John Brasaemle’s travels and techniques – leave prepared to use a sketchbook the next time you travel. $15 supply fee includes pen, brush and sketchbook. Bring a snack or light lunch.

Digital Photography

Photography I
Develop basic camera operation skills while creating sharp, properly exposed photos using various settings. Class covers technical and artistic/aesthetic concepts. Focus on digital photography as a fine art medium. Requires a working digital camera, preferably a DLSR with manual adjustments. Outdoor photo shoots are part of this class. Instructor: Harry Olsson.

Photo Editing and Creative Design
Manage your digital photos and edit like a pro with GIMP, a free software that is the best Photoshop alternative. Enhance your photography with customizable filters, masks, layers, color adjustment and transformations. Learn digital photography editing, from RAW processing to complex photo altering. Get the best out of your photos and camera, including smartphone cameras. Instructor: Andreas Beuschel

Oil Painting

Beginners Only
Learn the basics of oil painting materials and their use, then progress to colors and color mixing, values and composition. Each night includes a demonstration and exercise to incorporate lessons learned into a beginning painting. Instructor: Marva Moir. 

Intermediate
Receive individual attention on your projects. Color and value are emphasized; tips and techniques are presented to help artists grow their work. Instructor: Marva Moir.

Watercolor

Beginning
Do you want to use watercolors because of their vibrancy and spontaneity but the last time you tried you created a mud puddle? Learn about watercolor surfaces, mixing and controlling paint, and various types of paints and brushes. Complete a small painting to frame at home. $15 supply fee due at first class. Instructor: John Brasaemle.

Watercolor – Plein Air    
Instructor John Brasaemle guides those with previous watercolor experience the joy of painting outdoors. Workshop includes demonstrations and discussion about challenges. Complete three small format pieces in the workshop. Pre-requisite: a beginning watercolor course. $20 supply fee due at first class.