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Ardella Swanberg: Advancing in Watercolor
August 7, 14, 21, 28 and September 11, 18, 25 and October 9, 2017 1PM to 4PM
$180 for 8 weeks by July 31, 2017

After learning the basics of painting, you need to learn more about how to make an outstanding composition.  This class leads you beyond copying photos and paintings into your own vision with unusual color schemes, design, and abstraction in easy to understand steps. Use your own photographs and drawings for originality.  The classes will cover planning a painting, elements and principles of art, color theory, lively whites, designing with collage, value patterns, and how to save a painting. These principles will help to have your paintings accepted into competitions.
To register, contact Ardella by email: ardellajo@yahoo.com
or phone: 805-234-1754

Lesson 1: Materials and planning a painting
Assignment:  In class plan a painting using these steps. Bring it to the next class for critique. Also bring your own photo of a landscape.
Lesson 2: The Elements and Principles of Art.
Assignment:  You will use negative painting to enhance a painting.  Bring that painting and your own photo of any subject to the next class.
Lesson 3: Apply color theory.
Assignment: design a painting that uses a color scheme that you would never have tried before.  Bring the painting to the next class.
Lesson 4: Lively whites in a still life.
Assignment:  Plan and paint a painting of a white still life in class. Finish and bring it for critique the next week.  Also bring your own photo and some textures that you find in magazines, origami, or textiles.
Lesson 5:  Using collage to work out design concepts.
Assignment: Make your own painting using your collage as inspiration. Bring your own photo of shadows of plants or trees to the next class.
Lesson 6: Finding interesting value patterns
Assignment: Use one of your value sketches to make a painting. Look at paintings by Cezanne.
Lesson 7: Abstraction
Assignment: Make a painting in the style of Cezanne.  Bring a painting to the next class that you think is so bad that you want to throw it away.
Lesson 8: Saving a poor painting. Assignment: Fix a bad painting.

Mary Lou Johnson: Introduction to the Basics of Italic Script Calligraphy
Saturday August 12th 10:30am to 3:30pm with 1 hour lunch break
Fee: $40 for 3 hour class

Suitable for beginners or tune up for Italic hand lettering.
Class members will learn basics of using a broad edge pen to produce the beautiful thick and thin patterns of the Italic Script or Italic Calligraphy. Several brands of ink will be available for use as well as 3 styles of broad edge pen; Speedball C-2, Felt tip 2.5mm and Pilot Parallel pen 2.4. Pen patterns, stroke families and the Italic "recipe" for letter height and angle will be introduced. Paper suitable for lettering will be on hand as well as tools to make future lettering projects much easier. Resources are listed on my website for future references.
Class materials list will be on hand at Art Central.
Contact Mary Lou Johnson, 805-441-3246, mljohnson805@att.net for questions and registration.
Class limited to 8.

Mary Lou Johnson: Funky Letters with Pilot Parallel Pens
Sunday August 13th 1 to 3pm
Fee: $30 for 2 hour class

Suitable for beginners or anyone who would like to add an informal lettering style to their art.
Class members will learn basics of using a broad edge Pilot Parallel pen to produce the bouncy, flourished strokes of the Funky Lettering style. This pen can skip, lift and roll to create amazing strokes. Any water-soluble ink, water color or walnut ink works with this pen in a continual stroke suitable for letters, drawing, pen patterns. I will be using Lisa Englebrecht's Funky letters featured in her book, Modern Calligraphy and Hand Lettering. Additional resources are listed on my website for future references.
Class materials list: Pilot Parallel Pen in size 2.4 mm or 3.8 mm, plus lots of copy paper for practice. Arches Text wove will be available for purchase and try outs. Leave the rules at the door and prepare to create your own alphabet!
Contact Mary Lou Johnson, 805-441-3246, mljohnson805@att.net for questions and registration.
Class limited to 8.

Buddhist Monks: Life Drawing Workshop
Tuesday August 15th, 1-4pm
Fee: $20 per person

Instructor Kate Moldauer will lead participants through this 3-hour life drawing workshop.  Monks will take multiple simple poses of varied lengths of time.  All materials included.  Bring your enthusiasm!  Beginners are welcome.  No life drawing experience needed!
Additional donations to monks are greatly appreciated.
Contact Art Central to reserve your place by phone: 747-4200 or email:artcentralslo@yahoo.com

Buddhist Monks: Morning Mani Stones for Children Wednesday August 16th, 11am-1pm
Fee: $10 per child or adult

Geared towards children, this workshop explores the practice of bringing beauty and hopefulness to the world by creating a vibrant Mani Stone.  Participants will create their own painted stone.  Children 8 years old and up welcome.  Parents are welcome to stay and participate.  Materials are included!
Additional donations to monks are greatly appreciated.
Contact Art Central to reserve your place by phone: 747-4200 or email:artcentralslo@yahoo.com

Buddhist Monks: Afternoon Prayer Flags for Children Wednesday August 16th, 2-4pm
Fee: $10 per child or adult

Geared towards children, this workshop explores the practice of bringing beauty and hopefulness to the world by creating a colorful Prayer Flag.  Participants will create their own vibrant flag to brighten the day of others.  Children 8 years old and up welcome.  Parents are welcome to stay and participate.  Materials are included!
Additional donations to monks are greatly appreciated.
Contact Art Central to reserve your place by phone: 747-4200 or email:artcentralslo@yahoo.com

Buddhist Monks: Evening Life Drawing and Meditation for Adults
Wednesday August 16th, 5:30-8:30pm
Fee: $20 per person

This 3-hour, non-instructional, life drawing workshop will feature the monks taking multiple poses of varied lengths of time.  Please bring your own materials.  Workshop may open with short meditation.
Additional donations to monks are greatly appreciated.
Contact Art Central to reserve your place by phone: 747-4200 or email:artcentralslo@yahoo.com

Buddhist Monks: Afternoon Mani Stones for Adults and Children
Thursday August 17th, 2-4pm
Fee: $10

Geared towards adults AND children, this workshop explores the practice of bringing beauty and hopefulness to the world by creating a vibrant Mani Stone.  Participants will create their own painted stone.  Children 8 years old and up welcome.  Parents are welcome to stay and participate.  Materials are included!
Additional donations to monks are greatly appreciated.
Contact Art Central to reserve your place by phone: 747-4200 or email:artcentralslo@yahoo.com

Save Our Science Lab Coat Art Event
Saturday August 19th, 11am to 4pm
Fee: $20 per person or $10 per student

Art and Action come together to celebrate and promote science at all levels. The SOS Project aims to utilize the creative arts as a means of recognizing scientific exploration and to continue the dialogue on the importance of defending and funding science for its enhancement of civilization. By utilizing lab coats as our canvas, the SOS Project, as a traveling movement, will share the message of the importance of science by incorporating education, arts and public displays.
Sign-up online: https://saveourscienceac.eventbrite.com

Larry Le Brane: Drawing Foundation Series “Perspective”
Thurs. August 31st, 5pm-8pm
Fee: $45

Learn how to use 1, 2 & 3-point perspective & apply to drawing forms. A popular class & 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 & artists.
To enroll, contact Larry by email: larron4@charter.net or phone: 805-528-8791

Hilda Vandergriff: Acrylic Painting Workshop
Sat. September 2nd, 1-3pm
Fee: $30.
Materials list on hand at Art Central
Join Artist, Hilda Vandergriff, for a fall inspired acrylic art lesson. You will learn brush strokes, layering, details and background. You will receive a lesson handout and follow along the demo step by step. This art lesson is great for a group of friends, teenagers, and parent with child.  Open to anyone, lesson for all levels. You will go home with a beautiful pumpkin painting. Hilda is passionate about her teaching and wants people to learn about Acrylics. Her goal is to bring out creativity; she brings lots of enthusiasm and positive thinking in her teaching style.

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

The following materials will be needed and maybe purchased at Art Central Art Supply.
Acrylic brushes (Flat size ¾”, Flat 1” and Round size 4) Royal Soft Grip are good
Pre-stretched Canvas – Size 11” x 14”
Liquitex Acrylic brand paint is good. Instructor will be using Ultra Marine Blue, Manganese Blue, Magenta, Perm Rose, Medium Yellow, Light Yellow, and Titanium White
Acrylic paper sheets to mix colors on or acrylic palette
Water container for washing brushes of colors
Pen and Pencil
Paper Towels

Charmaine Martinez: Brush Lettering Workshop
Sat. September 9th, 1-4pm
Fee: $25

This 3-hour workshop will introduce basic brush lettering techniques. Learn how to transform your handwriting into Instagram-able works of art! We will practice the basic strokes that make up the building blocks of beautiful, fluid letterforms. We will also explore different drawing tools and media for lettering. Anyone who has an interest in lettering is welcome. No previous experience necessary. The instructor is right-handed, so the class will be taught from a right-handed perspective. Materials will be available for purchase at Art Central.
Contact Charmaine for questions or to register for the workshop: charmainemartinez@gmail.com

Debbie Gedayloo: Zentangle and The Art of Mindful Creation Workshop
Saturday, September 23rd (12-4pm) and Sunday, September 24th (12:30-3:30pm)
Fee: $75 for two-day workshop and kit

“Anything is possible, one stroke at a time”
Join Certified Zentangle Teacher, Debbie Gedayloo, for an exploration of self-awareness and quieting of the mind through this fascinating method of breath and art. Anyone who can write their name, can utilize this portable, accessible medium. The Zentangle method is not just an art form; it is a self-discovery practice. Students will be introduced to the basics of the method, meditation and the creation of several tiles. The only requirement for participation is a willingness to try something new and to experience one’s self. Newcomers to the Zentangle method, as well as those who have experience, are welcome.
To register, contact: Debbie Gedayloo at debbiegedayloo@gmail.com or 550-2487. 

Larry Le Brane: Drawing Foundation Series: “Form, Composition & Critique”
Thurs. September 28th, 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.
To enroll, contact Larry by email: larron4@charter.net or phone: 805-528-8791

Larry Le Brane: Drawing Foundation Series “Value” Thurs. October 26th, 5pm-8pm
Fee: $45

Study shading & applying principles of value to achieve the illusion of natural & mood lighting. Make your drawings come alive with this skill. 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.
To enroll, contact Larry by email: larron4@charter.net or phone: 805-528-8791