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. Learn about blending, cross hatching and contrasts in value. Demonstrations and drawing exercises help students develop fundamental drawing skills. Class is limited to those with no or very limited drawing experience.

Testimonials from past participants:

  • "Paul provides individual guidance, suggestions and assistance in creating a drawing that students feel good about. I liked when he described my work as “astronomical” last week. I’m not sure what that means, but I found it amusing!"
  • "Since it requires focused attention, you really see all the details of the people or objects you're drawing and it gives you a better appreciation of everything that surrounds you."
  • "It gives me joy. I learn to express myself through art."

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

Travel Sketchbook
Capture the sights and experiences of your next trip. Learn the best ways to draw small, quick sketches of your impressions that evoke memories and tell stories. Experiment with methods of including personal memories in written form that express emotion and awareness. Leave prepared to use a sketchbook the next time you travel. $15 supply fee includes pen, brush and sketchbook. Instructor: John Brasaemle

Digital Photography

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

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 personal attention on your individual projects. Color and value are emphasized; tips and techniques are presented to help artists grow their work in an encouraging, informal setting. 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 Workshop – The Next Step
If you have taken a class or workshop and have the paints, but need to move along a bit further in your skills, this is the workshop for you. Get the instruction and advice you need to progress. Complete two to three paintings with at least one painted outdoors. $10 supply fee due at class for paper and brush. Instructor: John Brasaemle