2016/2017 Workshops

David Limrite: "Pushing Charcoal" Mixed Media Drawing, Process, and The Artist                                       Sun. June 11th, 1-3pm                                                               Fee: FREE Demonstration! 

Join David as he creates an original, mixed media drawing, discusses his techniques and materials, and talks about the artist's process. David will talk his way through the drawing so you can hear HIS thought process and decision making. He will also give you his take on such topics as: setting goals, choosing, guess and correct, process not product, fear and self-doubt, getting stuck by staying stuck, momentum, and finding the courage to commit and complete. There will be plenty of time for Q & A, so bring you questions. This promises to be fun, entertaining and enlightening. To enroll, contact Art Central by email: artcentralslo@yahoo.com or phone: 805-747-4200

Ardella Swanberg: Book Making                                          Sat. June 10th, 12:30-4:30pm                                                 Fee: $30

People say that the book is going out. But for artists and writers it will always be important for practicing and keeping their ideas. Learn how to make a small sketchbook or journal starting with the pages. In this 4-hour workshop, you will learn to sew the pages together, and make a cover and finish the book.                  To enroll, contact Ardella by email: ardellajo@yahoo.com or phone: 805-771-0281

Hilda Vandergriff: Watercolor Workshop                         Sat. June 3rd, 1-3 pm                                                                 Fee: $30

Materials list on hand at Art Central. Join Artist, Hilda Vandergriff, for a fun watercolor lesson. You will learn about values, layering, glazing and background. You will receive a lesson handout and follow along the demo step by step. This lesson is for all levels, teens, moms, dads open to anyone who wants to learn watercolor techniques. You will go home with a beautiful seahorse painting. 

To sign up contact: Hilda Vandergriff at 559-322-6557 or email at hvandergri@aol.com

Larry Le Brane: Drawing Foundation Series: “Form, Composition & Critique”

Thurs. May 25th 5pm-8pm
Fee: $45

Draw groups of forms to explore composition alternatives.  Includes individual & popular group critique. These 4 Drawing Foundation mini-classes focus on specific fundamental skills. Take only 1 or all lessons. For ALL skill levels, very beginning to practicing painters & artists.


Lynn Bacigalupo: Calm & Centering Mandalas               Sunday May 14th, 1-3pm                                                           Fee: $25 per workshop

Embrace this ancient art form to calm and center your mind. Learn how to create mandalas, using symmetrical patterning as a form of meditation. We will begin with a guided meditation and set a personal intention for our practice. All levels are welcome, no experience needed. 


Judy Gittelsohn: Golden Acrylic Painting Advanced Workshop                                                                             Saturday April 29th, 10 AM- 4 PM                                       Fee: $125

Participants will explore a range of Golden products and we will paint all day!  The day will be divided into three parts:  1) Using and understanding gels to build texture and create interesting surfaces.  2) Layering and blending to develop intense, rich and surprising colors.  3) Applying Golden Glazing medium for a final glaze.  Artists will experience drizzle, drip, and grit.  Examples of mediums to be used:  clear tar gel, self leveling gel, coarse molding paste, fiber paste, glass bead gel and more. With this hands-on experience to delight or inspire, the participants will work intensely on creating an artwork incorporating these techniques and materials.  The paints will be Golden Heavy Body, Golden Fluid and Golden High Flow.  I will offer prompts and suggestions on materials and concepts during the day. All levels are welcome!  All materials except canvas provided.  Please bring a canvas / purchase one from Art Central. You are welcome to bring additional brushes, although some will be available for your use.


Larry LeBrane: Drawing Foundation Series "Perspective"                                                                                     Thursday April 27th, 5-8 PM                                                 Fee: $45

Learn how to use 1, 2 and 3-point perspective and apply to drawing forms. A popular class and skill that many students like to re-visit. These 4 Drawing Foundation mini-classes focus on specific fundamental skills. Take only 1 or all lessons. For ALL skill levels, very beginning to practicing painters and artists. 


Lynn Bacigalupo: Calm & Centering Mandalas Sunday April 9th, 1-3 PM                                                                         Fee: $25 Per Workshop

Embrace this ancient art form to calm and center your mind. Learn how to create mandalas, using symmetrical patterning as a form of meditation. We will begin with a guided meditation and set a personal intention for our practice. All levels are welcome, no experience needed. 


Larry LeBrane: Drawing Foundation Series "The Magic of Line"                                                                               Thursday March 30th, 5-8 PM                                               Fee: $45

Learn the use of line contour with visual devices to achieve the illusion of "deep space" on a 2-dimensional plane. Explore composition placement. Includes individual feedback and group critique. These 4 Drawing Foundation mini-classes focus on specific fundamental skills. Take only 1 or all lessons. For ALL skills levels, very beginning to practicing painters and artists. 


Jonathan Gaetke: Introduction to Oils for Adults (Painting the Grisaille)                                                     January 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 1-3:30 PM                   Fee: $120 for 4 Classes

This class is geared towards adult students. Artist Jonathan Gaetke believes painting is a skill anyone can learn. Working from direct observation, students will be introduced to basic oil painting skills while learning the grisaille method. Emphasis will be placed on representational painting elements such as drawing, values, edges and composition. Demonstration, exercises and individual instruction at your easel in a fun and supportive environment will provide a solid foundation to create believable works of art in oil. Class size is limited to no more than 10 students. 


Art Central Team: Collage Play-Date                         Saturday February 4th, 11 AM- 1 PM                                     Fee: $15

Come by Art Central for a collage play day! We will supply paper and materials, but you can also bring any other images/mixed media you choose. If you have never collaged before, don't worry, this group event will spark your creativity and imagination! 


Hilda Vandergriff: Chinese Brush Painting Workshop Saturday March 4th, 1-3 PM                                                     Fee: $30

Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint using Chinese Brush Painting techniques? Join artist Hilda Vandergriff, for a fun learning experience. You will be learning century old techniques of the orient. Simple brush strokes you can use for fish, lotus leaves, bamboo, calligraphy, and backgrounds. You will receive a lesson handout and follow along the demo step by step. 


Flo Bartell: 3D Encaustics Workshop                           Saturday March 18th, 10:30 AM- 4:30 PM &               Sunday March 19th, 12:30-4:00 PM                                     Fee: $250 for two day workshop

Learn to use wax to create sculpture or to add dimensional elements to your encaustic painting. No encaustic experience needed. Two day workshop. Tuition includes some materials. Full list supplied after enrollment.