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Fall Workshop Schedule Is Here!

By August 19, 2013August 21st, 2013No Comments

Are you looking to increase your art skills?  Need to express your creative energy?  We have an exciting line-up of classes and teachers scheduled for the Fall here at Art Central.   Check them out!  Class sizes are limited so, sign-up early.  


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5 hours per day   10-4pm  

Fee: $85 (per class) + materials. 

Description:  A hands-on overview of the basic elements of painting for beginners to intermediate painters offered in six class sessions. The classes are designed to build on one another, but each one can be taken as a single stand-alone class if you are interested in one subject. These are excellent classes for anyone who hasn’t been able to paint for a while and is interested in getting back into it.  We use acrylics in the classes because of ease of use and cleanup, but the exercises and information is applicable to any painting medium. Class 1: Mixing the Color you want.  Class 2: Dimensional Shapes with Light and Shadow. Class 3: The Mysteries of Perspective. Class 4: Creating Depth with Cool & Warm color. Class 5: Brush Techniques for Painting.  Class6: Giving you inner Critic a day off (Painting with time limits). Each session has a one hour lunch break and one or two short breaks. These are hands-on classes, so wear appropriate clothes or bring an apron. Brushes, pencils, rulers, compass, and erasers, water containers, and cloths are supplied, all other materials are not. Please check each class description for a materials list. Classes are limited to 6 students each. For your convenience, any needed materials can be purchased at Art Central.  Sign up for 1 class, all 6, or anything in between!  Visit Bill’s blog at and/or his website at for more insights.

Contact Bill Eckert at to register and receive material list.



Sept 14    1 day Workshop 1-4pm     02abstractcollage-Jo Swanberg Trading Cards 04Treeandcows-Jo Swanberg Trading Cards

Fee: $15+ materials.  

Description:  Artist Trading Cards were first invented by Zurich artist M. Vanci Stimemann who thought that artists spend too much time in their studios and didn’t meet and exchange ideas with other artists enough.  To solve that problem he called meetings for artists to trade art.  Since then, trading groups have popped up all over the world.   Artist Trading cards are 2 1/2”x 3 ½ inches, the size of a standard playing or trading card.   They must be traded, not sold.  Any media that works is acceptable.  Besides trading in person, there are sites on the internet that offer trading by mail. There will be an introduction to trading cards.  Some materials will be provided such as; watercolor paper cut to the proper size, collage materials, stamps etc.  Bring your favorite media and lots of ideas.

Contact Ardella at or call 805-995-3181 to register and receive materials list.


FLO BARTELL & MERYL PERLOFF:  ENCAUSTIC TREASURE BOX         Sept 20 & 21    2 day Workshop  11-4pm    


Fee: $145 + materials. 

Description:  Participants will be guided through Book Arts methods for the creation of functional lidded box.  To add interest and creativity, we’ll explore basic and advanced techniques of encaustic.  Using wax and collage in creative ways, we’ll make elements to enhance our boxes.  Whether you’re a beginner or experienced, we’ll provide ideas for exploration and inspiration for your creativity.  Come exercise your imagination with us!

Contact Flo Bartell at or call  805-528-7983 to register and receive materials list.



Sept 28, Oct 5, 12, & 19   utoker_sample

4 session Workshop, 5 hours per day 10-4pm

Fee: $45 (per class) + materials. 

Description: Four mini classes, each with two sessions. Students can choose to attend one, multiple, or all classes based on their interest and availability. Class 1: Basic Sketching with Pencil -Sketch Rendering – Tone, texture, shade and shadow, details and patterns Session One: Sketching Basics I – Sketch Media, Negative Space, Contour Drawing, Tone and Detail Session Two: Sketching Basics II – Sketch construction, using grids, defining frames. Class 2: Intermediate Sketching with Pencil – Session One: Sketch Rendering – Tone, texture, shade and shadow, details and patterns Session Two: Field Sketching – selecting the scene, framing the scene, observation, finishing. Class 3: Perspective Drawing – Session One: Perspective Drawing I – one and two point perspective views, horizon line, vantage points, setup and perspective development.  Session Two: Perspective Drawing II – Perspective drawing in the studio – selecting the scene, framing the scene, setup, finishing.  Class 4: Sketching and Perspective Drawing with Ink – Session One: Ink Sketching and Drawing Basics – Ink media and materials, size, basics in ink drawing. Session Two: Ink Sketching and Perspective Drawing in the field – selecting the scene, framing the scene, observation, finishing.

Sign up for 1 class, all 4, or anything in between!

Contact Umut Toker at to register and receive material list.


SUSAN JENKINS:  OIL PAINTING   Oct. 25 & 26  2 day Workshop 10-4pm

iron bed Oil- Susan JenkinsFee: $75 per day $150 total

This Oil painting workshop is for intermediate and advanced painters.  Students will participate in a paint-along teaching method with a lesson in drawing and measuring. Participants will study values in painting and minimal use of color, using bristle brushes, oil paint & thinner on canvas, and will complete a 24″x30″ painting by the end of the second day to take home! Visit Susan’s blog to see her paintings:  She is also the author of “Copper, Silver, Glass and Brass” and “In Full Bloom” (how to paint a still life).  Good quality canvas and good quality paints are very important for a good painting!   

Contact Susan at to register and to receive material list.


 SHIRLEY HORACEK:  WATERCOLOR BATIK ON MASA PAPER               Nov 2nd   One 3-hour Workshop  11-2pm        OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Fee: Earlybird registration (prior to 10/26) $30 + some materials.   After 10/26, $35 + some materials.

Description:  A lovely batik-look texture is created using watercolor on masa paper. A fun to learn process that can be used with any subject matter.  Some materials provided.

Contact Shirley at  or call 805-929-1614 to register.



Nov 16TH   One 3-hour Workshop  11-2pm      OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Fee: Earlybird registration (prior to 10/26) $30 + some materials.   After 11/9, $35 + some materials.

Description:  Enhance your watercolors with mixed media by creating lines using an Elegant Writer, adding collaged rice paper, spotlighting color with Neocolor II Aquarelle Crayons. This process creates strong value contrasts. Some materials provided.

Contact Shirley at  or call 805-929-1614 to register.



Dec 7th One 3-hour Workshop   1-4pm  block print cards -Debbie Whitney 1 block print cards-Debbie Whitney 3 block print cards-Debbie Whitney 

Fee: $30 + some materials

Description:  Create your own unique greeting cards for the holidays or anytime using a block printing technique.  Students will learn how to make a printing block using linoleum cutting tools and linoleum blocks.  Students will explore the design principles of positive and negative space.  Participants will create images on 5×7 cards, using printing ink as well as decorative papers.  Beginners welcome!

Contact Debbie at or call 543-8513 to register.


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