Spring Class & New Member Kickoff ~ Open House!
Saturday February 6 | 2:00 - 4:00

What would it be like to take an art class at Open Ground Studios? What are the instructors like? What if I don't know what "printmaking" is? Or Book Arts? Where can I get an idea if I'd like it or not?

 

JOIN US and find out!  Get to know many of our instructors and see examples of the art forms being taught this spring, including some quick demos and maybe even hands-on experiences that will leave you wanting more! Remember, our classes and workshops are here to serve the enrichment, growth, wellness and creative juices of adults and teens aes 13 and up.  Snacks provided!

 

NEW MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS: This is also a great time to ask questions about our new 2016 Membership options. We have something for every budget that offers access to our inspiring studios and welcoming people! This is your year to make Open Ground Studios your home away from home!

2014

OGSpring 2014 | Workshops & Classes

...where the arts are hoppin'!

What people are saying about Classes and Workshops at OGS:

"I am delighted to have found Open Ground Studios as a source for classes. The small group setting, excellent work space and high-quality instruction are a wonderful recipe for success. I look forward to more bookmaking sessions."

 

"I loved this workshop! It was a fun day, and I left feeling like I had a good understanding of the technique and could do it again on my own. We had a very small class size which seemed to work out perfectly..."  

Printmaking | Click here for all Printmaking Classes and Descriptions
 

Small Scale Multiple-block Woodcuts | 6:30 - 9:15 p.m. | Wednesdays 

April 2 – 30 | 5 weeks | $125/ $115 Members, $15 Supplies Fee

​Instructor: Carrie Grissim

 

Copper Etching  | 12:00 – 3:00 | Thursdays

April 17 – May  29 | 7 weeks | Open Lab Add on: 3-5p.m.

$210 / $195 Members, Supplies Fee $25 | Open Lab, 7 wks: $60

​Instructor: Denese Sanders

 

All ready in progress or completed:

Monotype | Viscosity & Reductive Methods | 12:00 - 3:00 | WednesdaysApril 2 - 30 | 5 weeks | Open Lab Add on: 3-5p.m. * Revised Dates$150/ $140 Members, Supplies Fee $15 | Open Lab, 5 wks: $45

​Instructor: Denese Sanders * Cancelled due to low enrollment

 

Collagraph Intensive | Printing Variations | 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Wednesdays

Jan. 15 – Feb. 26 | 7 weeks | Instruction: 12-3p.m. /open session: 3-5:00 - 7 wks)

$305 / $290 Members, supplies Fee $15 | Instructor: Denese Sanders

 

Polyester Plate Lithography and Monoprints | 1:00 - 4:00 | Thursdays *Revised dates*

March 6, 13, 20 & April 3 | 4 weeks | $130/$120 Members, Supplies Fee $15

Summer FOG Program coming soon!

screen printing

mixed media

bound for books

monotypes

collab-class

Book Arts |Click here for all Book Arts Classes and Descriptions

 

Medieval Wood & Leather Book Binding Workshop

Sat & Sun April 5 & 6:  10:00 – 4:00 p.m.  $155/ $140 Members, Supplies Fee $25 

Instructor: Nicolas Yeager

 

All ready in progress or completed:

11 x 14 Hardcover Screw Post Presentation Portfolio Workshop 

Saturday Jan. 25: 10:00 - 5:00 p.m. $115 / $100 Members, Supplies Fee $25

 * cancelled due to low enrollment

 

Hardcover, Multi-sectional Book Binding *| 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. |Wednesdays

March 5 -26 | 4-weeks | $100/ $90 Members, $20 Supplies Fee

 * cancelled due to low enrollment

Visual Arts | Painting, Mixed Media, Drawing, Collage...
Click here for all Visual Arts Classes and Descriptions

 

Still  Life Drawing in Charcoal | 6:30 -8:45 | Wednesdays

4-Sessions: May 7 -28 | $100/ $90 Members,  Most supplies included.

Instructor: Denese Sanders

 

Drawing Faces | 12:00 - 2:00 | Saturdays *Revised dates*

March 15 – April 26 | 5-Sessions: Mar. 15, 22, April 12, & 26$125 for Series or $30 per session. Supplies included. Instructor: Denese Sanders

 

All ready in progress or completed:

Me, Myself and I: Recording Your Personal History | 6:30 - 9:00 | Wednesdays

Feb. 5 – 26 | 4-weeks | $100/ $90 Members, Supplies TBD * cancelled due to low enrollment

 

Mixed Media Figure Drawing Workshop 

Friday Feb. 7 from 2:00-6:00 & Saturday Feb. 8 from 10:00 -4:00

$165 / $150 Members Model/Supplies Fee $35 Instructor: Claire Thorson

 

Summer 2014 Class Schedule

our fal schedule is still being confirmed. Please check back soon for details.

OGSummer 2014 | Workshops & Classes

Click here for all course descriptions & registration

Volunteer opportunities for students in need of price reduction. Contact us for more information

Weekend Workshops
Monotype Printing with Visiting Artist Glen Rogers

June 7 & 8 | 10 -4 pm $215 members, $230 non-members

Supplies Included (paper available for purchase) See pictures from Workshop

Early Bird Price $190 | limit 9 students

 

Cyanotype Process-Handmade Prints with Hedwig M. Heerschop

July 6 | 10-4 pm $85 members, $95 non-members

Supplies fee: $15

Early Bird Price: $75 | Limit 9 students

 

Week-long Workshops
Bound for Books | Book Arts with Denese Sanders

June 23-27 (5-days: M, T, TH, F: 9-3, Wed. 2-7)

$325 members, $340 non-members

Supplies fee covers all materials: $30

Early Bird Price: $295 | Limit 10 students

 

Screen Printing & Painting: A Colorful Combo
with Visiting Artist Sandra Wolfson

July 14 – 18 (5-days: 11-5)

All 5 days: $315 members, $325 non-members

Any 3 Days: $185 members, $195 non-members

Any 1 Day: $70 members, $80 non-members

Supplies fee varies up to $30, includes use of screen, inks and all emulsions (paper and screens available for purchase)

Early Bird Price: $295 | Limit 9 students

 

Three-day Workshops
Color Reduction Woodcut with Denese Sanders

July 10 - 13 | Thur: 6-9pm, Fri: 3-8pm, Sat. 10-4pm

$215 members, $230 non-members

Supplies fee covers all materials: $20

Early Bird Price: $195 | Limit 8 students

 

Mixed Media Surface Techniques with Jamie Dagdigian

August 14-16 | Thur. 6-9pm, Fri. 3-8pm, Sat. 10-4pm

$215 members, $230 non-members

Supplies fee covers all materials: $20

Early Bird Price: $195 | Limit 10 students

 

Classes
Painting Wild | Abstract Watercolor with Laura Hamill

Saturdays: June 21 & July 19 | 10:00 – 12:30

$35 per class, $60 for both (Supplies included)

 

Co-Lab Class | A collaborative print- lab/ CANCELLED
Initial facilitation led by Denese Sanders

Monday Nights, June 16 - July 21 (6 wks)

$110 members, $125 non-members

Community Supplies included (paper available for purchase)

Early Bird Price: $95

Classes and Workshops | Fall 2014

 

Our education program is rooted in the belief that art is a vital part of life. We offer classes, tutorials and workshops year round, opening the door to hands-on creative exploration. Our educators are selected for their technical, creative and professional abilities to teach beginning through advanced students. (13 and up)

 

 
What people are saying about Classes and Workshops at OGS:

 

"The instructor was extremely effective at guiding us through the process - and very entertaining too!"

 

"I am delighted to have found Open Ground Studios as a source for classes. The small group setting, excellent work space and high-quality instruction are a wonderful recipe for success. I look forward to more bookmaking sessions."

 

"I loved this workshop! It was a fun day, and I left feeling like I had a good understanding of the technique and could do it again on my own."

Weekend Workshops
Medieval Book Binding Workshop | Instructor: Nicolas Yeager

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 8 & 9 10:00 – 4:30 p.m. Click here for more info

$150 member/ $160 non-members |  Supplies Fee $32

 

The Art of Holiday Chocolate | Instructor: Yann Lusseau

Sunday, Nov. 16, 1:00 – 5:00  Click here for more info

$50 member / $60 non-member | Supplies $20 (excellent chocolate!)

 
Drawing | From Object to Abstraction | Instructor: Evelyn Klein

Saturday, Oct. 11, 10:00- 4:30  Click here for more info

$75 member / $85 non-members | Supplies $12

 

Sculpture| Instructor: Lew Aytes - Cancelled

Thur, Fri, Sat: Oct. 16, 17, 18,  9:00 a.m.- noon  Click here for more info

$140 member / $150 non-members | Supplies $20

 

Classes & Open Work Sessions
Creative Habit; Finding Metaphor |Open Practice Mentor: Denese Sanders

Tuesdays Sept. 16 – Dec.  2 | 6:30-9:30pm  Click here for more info

$70 per section or $265 for all four | Community Supplies Included

“Metaphor is the life-blood of all art.”

 

  • Section 1: Sept. 16, 23, 30: Nostalgic Objects (Book Arts)*

  • Section 2: Oct. 7, 14, 21: Personal Narratives (Drawing)

  • Section 3: Oct. 28. Nov. 4, 11: Seeing Micro  (Intaglio Printmaking)*

  • Section 4: Nov. 18, 25 & Dec. 2: Going Macro (Monotype Printmaking)*

* Students with no previous experience in this medium will be taught an

   entry level form with which to work.+

 

Relief Printing on Textiles |Instructor: Denese Sanders

Wednesdays Nov. 5, 12, 19 | 6:00-9:00pm  Click here for more info

$70 non-member / $60 members | $5 supplies fee

 

Copper Etching Series | Instructors: Denese Sanders | Dora Rosenbaum

Fee per section: $130 member/ $145 non-members |  $20/ supplies

Both sections: $250 member/ $275 non-member  Click here for more info

 

Section 1: Line Etching  Wednesdays, Sept 24 – Oct. 15

  • Session A: 12:00-3:00 pm | Instructor: Denese Sanders

  • Session B: 6:00-9:00 pm | Instructor: Denese Sanders

 

Section 2: Soft Ground Etching Wednesdays, Oct. 22 – Nov. 12

  • Session A: 12:00-3:00 pm | Instructor: Dora Rosenbaum

  • Session B: 6:00-9:00 pm | Instructor: Denese Sanders

 

Open Work Session discount available for all students:

Wednesdays 3-6 p.m.  $50 per Section

One Saturday Work Session is free to participating students.

 

Open Work Drop- In | First Saturdays

$10 non-Members/ Members Free | 11-4  Click here for more info

Community supplies available for use, paper available for purchase.

Sept. 6. Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Jan. 3

  • Sept. 6 | Studio Artist: Christine Watten.

  • Oct. 4 | Studio Artist: Debra Smith.

  • Nov. 1 | Studio Artist: Noriko Constant

  • Dec. 6 is our kick off launch to a new co-working space!

  • January 3 | Studio Artist: Yvonne Gorman

 

Frame it Yourself at OGS | Instructor: Denese Sanders

Every 3rd Saturday | 1:00-3:30 Click here for more info

$35 each session or 2 for $60

  • Sept 20 Focus: Basics of archival framing using window mats and pre-made wood frames.

  • Oct. 18 Focus: Framing without a mat: Glass high / Floating art alternatives

  • Nov. 15 Focus:  Basics of archival framing using window mats and metal frames.

  • Dec. 13* Framing frenzy (*2nd Sat):  Open work session with guidance and assistance

 

Painting Wild: Abstract Watercolor | Instructor: Laura Hamill

Saturdays: Sept. 20 and Oct. 25 | 10:00 – 12:30  Click here for more info

$35 per class, $60 for both (Supplies included)

 

2015

Classes and Workshops | Winter & Early Spring 2015

 

Our education program is rooted in the belief that art is a vital part of life. We offer classes, tutorials and workshops year round, opening the door to hands-on creative exploration. Our educators are selected for their technical, creative and professional abilities to teach beginning through advanced students. (13 and up) 

 

Class fees include one complimentary open studio work day per week during the month of the class.

 

 
What people are saying about Classes and Workshops at OGS:

 

"The instructor was extremely effective at guiding us through the process - and very entertaining too!"

 

"I am delighted to have found Open Ground Studios as a source for classes. The small group setting, excellent work space and high-quality instruction are a wonderful recipe for success. I look forward to more bookmaking sessions."

 

"I loved this workshop! It was a fun day, and I left feeling like I had a good understanding of the technique and could do it again on my own."

Classes 
 
Creative Habit | Image Development  Mentor: Denese Sanders

Tuesday Nights 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Member fee per section $80: or $25 per class.

Non-member fee per section: $90 or $25 per class.

Package of 16 week series: Members: $295/ Non-members $335

 

January 6, 13, 20, 27 | Sketching, writing, collecting resource materials, using graphite to sketch

February 3, 10, 17, 24 | Developing a series. Introducing charcoal and pastel

March 10, 17, 24, 31 | Creating a focal point. Introducing wet media drawing

April 7, 14, 21, 28 | Metaphorical self portrait. Mixed media drawing/ collage

 

How-to Classes|Instructor: Denese Sanders

Thursday Nights: 6:00 - 8:50 pm  

$95 members/ $105 non-members (per section)

 

 
Workshops 

Photopolymer KM73 Intaglio | Relief Workshop (Part 2)

Instructor: Bob Rocco

Sunday Feb. 1, 9:00 – 3:00

$90 members / $100 non-members,  Lunch & supplies included

 

Manipulating Photographs In Photoshop for KM73 Plates  (Part 1)

Instructor: Bob Rocco

Sat. Jan. 31, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

$45 members / $50 non-members 

 

Mapping the Soul Through Found Images: Collage- FULL

Instructor: Patrice Vecchione

Saturday February 28, 10:00 – 4:00

$90 members / $100 non-members,  Lunch & supplies included

Second Session is added on JUNE 13. Register NOW on the waitlist for February 28 or save your spot in JUNE!

 

Copper Etching Workshop | Diptych

Instructor: Denese Sanders

Saturday & Sunday March 21 & 22, 10:00 – 4:00

$150 members / $160 non-members,  Lunch & supplies included

 

Coptic Book Binding

Instructor: Denese Sanders

Saturday April 11, 10:00 – 4:00

$65 members / $75 non-members,  Lunch included, $7 supply fee

 

 

Open Studio | Drop-in Sessions New!

Open Studio Sessions give you access to work in our large, well equipped community art studio. Studio sessions are monitored by one of our coop members in case you have any questions. We have many adjustable height tables for you to spread out and do your thing. First-time users are required to have an orientation to the space and our rules of conduct. Orientations are $20 or free on the first Saturday of each month from 11:00-12:00. 

Open Studio Tuesdays: 10:30 – 5:00 Drop-in Printmaking* with shop monitor

$25 members/ $35 non-members. Members-only leapfrog monthly card for $80. *Must demonstrate ability to work independently in the printshop.

 

Open Studio Wednesdays 11:00 – 5:00 RSVP: Printmaking, Book Arts or Mixed Media with Master Printer Denese Sanders. Designed for artists who would like guidance & support during their work session.

$45 members/ $60 non-members. Members-only leapfrog monthly card: $160

 

Open Studio Thursdays: 10:30 – 5:00 Drop-in Drawing & Painting with shop monitor

$20 members / $25 non-members. Members-only leapfrog monthly card: $70

 

Open Studio First & Third Saturdays: 11:00 - 4:00 with shop monitor

Day-rate fee varies between $5- $25 -- click on link above for details

First Saturdays discount:

   Printshop Session: $10 members/ $15 non-members

   Drawing/Painting: $5 members/ $10 non-members

   * Free Studio Orientation from 11:00 - 12:00 on the first Saturday of the month

August 2015 | Workshops & Open Studios

Cancelation Policy: A full refund, minus $10 administration fee allowed if cancellation is requested 7 days prior to class start date. If cancellation request is less than 7 days in advance, 50% of tuition will be refunded. No refunds permitted once the program begins. If course is cancelled due to low enrollment, students will be notified within 5 days of start date and a full refund will be issued.

Monotypes: A Painterly Approach | Saturday August 29, 10:00 - 5:00

Introducing: Instructor Rachell Hester

$85 members/ $95 non-members

Supplies included

 

Create unique prints using additive and painterly processes. This course explores the various characteristics of monotypes using brushes as the tool of choice. Pick your own subject, anything from landscapes, still lives, and portraiture to your furry friend’s adorable face, together we will delve into the fun of transforming your image of choice into a monotype print.

 

Additionally we will make an abstracted version of the first into another similar, but still individual print by retouching the image and reprinting it. No experience necessary, everyone is welcome. 

 

 

The wonder of watercolor: Painting from Photographs 

September 12, 12:00 – 4:00

Instructor: Lindsey Dunnagan

 

$75 members/ $85 non-members ~ Supplies Included

 

Learn how to paint what you see in this exciting watercolor workshop.  In 4 hours, students will learn the techniques of graded washes, flat washes, wet into dry, wet into wet, layered washes, salt technique and others.  All skill levels are welcome and drawing proficiency is not necessary.  The instructor will spend time with each student to help build knowledge in watercolor and complete an excellent final painting.  This is a great opportunity for individuals interested in watercolor to better understand the medium and new processes. 

 

Open Studio Classes

Open Session Figure Drawing | Third Saturdays of the month, 2:00-5:00

June 20, July 18, August 15. 2:00 – 5:00

$18 per session or all three for $45

 

Open session for people who want to keep their drawing/ painting practice fresh and active by drawing from the live model. While these sessions do not include formal instruction, they are unlike other "figure drawing co-op's"in that periodic guidance can be requested by the session's supervisor. First 15 minutes will be dedicated to getting set up. Supervisor will facilitate model poses beginning with short warm-up gesture poses followed by longer poses through out the session. Enrollment limited to 9 people. Secure your spot and register for all three sessions with a discount. participants bring their own supplies, we provide easels and drawing boards. Late entry not permitted.

Supervisor: Denese Sanders, OGS Artistic Director, educator.

 

Open Studio Printmaking | 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month: June-August

June 2 & 16 July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18, 12:00- 5:00

Six Sessions: $130 / Five Sessions: $115

 

Open to experienced printmakers (with demonstrated ability to work independently and in community) who has taken a class at OGS, MPC or other higher education institution or a member of the MPC Printmakers or California Society of Printmakers. Full access to professional etching presses, equipment, blankets, ferric chloride acid bath, traditional and non-toxic etching grounds, photo exposure unit for photo processes, newsprint and ink additives and some hand tools. Course is supervised by studio monitor. Collaboration and peer mentoring is encouraged between participants but no formal instruction provided. Participants provide own plates and inks and any specialized materials, and are responsible for clean-up. Paper available for purchase on site.

Studio Monitor on site -  Denese Sanders

Open Studio Visual Arts -Mixed Media | 1st & 3rd Thursdays: June-August

June 4 &18, July 9 & 23, August 6 & 20

Six Sessions: $130 / Five Sessions: $115

 

Open to all experienced or independent visual artists and creative adults. Work on your own projects (painting, collage, drawing, book arts etc) with access to the various community supplies and tools (excluding printshop) while working in a supportive group setting, no instruction. Course is supervised by a studio monitor. Collaboration and peer mentoring is encouraged between participants but no formal instruction provided. Participants provide their own materials and are responsible for cleanup.

Studio Monitor: Co-op members including Debra Smith, Helen Rudnick or Susie Berteaux

Workshops 2015

Cancelation Policy: A full refund, minus $10 administration fee allowed if cancellation is requested 7 days prior to class start date. If cancellation request is less than 7 days in advance, 50% of tuition will be refunded. No refunds permitted once the program begins. If course is cancelled due to low enrollment, students will be notified within 5 days of start date and a full refund will be issued. To see our list of classes, click here.

Botanical Explorations, Science, Art & Ecology

October 24 & 25, 10:00-4:00

Instructors:

Katie Young, Field Biologist; Erin Hunter, Scientific Illustrator; Denese Sanders, Artist Books

$160 members, $170 non-members

 

This two-day workshop course will dive into the fascinating intersections between art, science and ecology. Join us as we become artist explorers through scientific illustration, and make discoveries about our natural world through the basics of botany and field research. On Saturday your team of instructors will guide you through the historical and contemporary significance of science illustration as a means of documentation and discovery. Students will bind their own field journals and learn observational drawing techniques with the aid of floral anatomy, dissection and strategies for field journaling. Sunday will begin with a brief lesson on ecology in open spaces, field techniques including the use and design of field guides and dichotomous keys. Participants will then take their handmade book and new drawing skills to the field where we will practice observational science, field drawing and data collection at the Frog Pond, a local wetland preserve just over a mile from the studio. Through hands-on experience, we will begin to understand how vegetation patterns, biological diversity, edge effects and human development influence what we see  and are able to capture through drawing and observation in the field. Download weekend agenda

Wonders of Watercolor: Painting from Photographs 

September 12, 12:00 – 4:00

Instructor: Lindsey Dunnagan

$75 members/ $85 non-members ~ Supplies Included

 

Learn how to paint what you see in this exciting watercolor workshop.  In 4 hours, students will learn the techniques of graded washes, flat washes, wet into dry, wet into wet, layered washes, salt technique and others.  All skill levels are welcome and drawing proficiency is not necessary.  The instructor will spend time with each student to help build knowledge in watercolor and complete an excellent final painting.  This is a great opportunity for individuals interested in watercolor to better understand the medium and new processes. 

 

Fabric Printing

November 14 & 15, 10:00-4:00

Instructor: Visiting Artist Victoria May

$165 members, $175 non-members - Supplies Fee $10

 

Create original motifs for hand printing patterns or compositions on your own natural fiber fabric (cotton, linen, silk). Design dynamic 2-part motifs and learn about the variations possible in creating repeat compositions. Students will hand cut stamps and stencils to use with textile paint, and thickened dye. Instruction covers making the dye mixture on your own. Students may create resolved printed artworks or yardage to be used later for sewing projects. All levels welcome.

More Workshops....registration information coming soon

Color Cards | Gifts & Greetings

December 5, 1:00 - 5:00

Instructor: Denese Sanders

$45 members/ $50 non-members, supplies fee $10

 

Figure to Print | Transform Drawings to Monotypes

January 16 & 17, 10:00 - 4:00 

Instructor: Visiting Artist Sandra Wolfson

$165 members/ $175 non-members, supplies & model fee $20

 

Telling Your Story Through Image & Word | Accordion Collage

March 6, 10 – 4:00

Instructor: Patrice Vecchione

$90 members/ $100 non-members, supplies fee $10

Fall 2015 | Class Descriptions

NEW!

Our year-round education program is now divided into four ten-week sections. Our Fall term begins on Sept. 14 and runs through November 20. Winter dates are January 11 – March 18. Some classes are designed for the full ten-week duration to accommodate a comprehensive and sequential learning structure while other classes are divided into two sections for the purpose of breaking down the subject into two parts. To accommodate short term capacities, other classes offer two 5-week sessions that can be taken once or repeated. All classes meet one-time per week and currently enrolled students can take advantage of our five-week Open Studio Sessions at a reduced price. Click here to learn about our instructors.

painting & drawing

Abstract Painting                                

Instructor: Kim Campbell

Wednesdays 6:00-9:00 p.m.

One Five-Week Session: Oct. 21 –Nov. 16

$140 members / $150 non-members

                                                               

Surface, texture, color, shape, expression. Abstract painting made accessible to creative types of all disciplines.  Transform reality or develop nonrepresentational imagery that comes directly from your experience. This class supports your process from culling ideas, accessing your creativity, to developing concepts and your visual and painterly vocabulary. Experimentation is encouraged; the use of collage and non-traditional media to enhance your work will be explored.  All levels welcome. Click here for supplies list.

REGISTER TODAY!

Portrait Painting                                             

Instructor: Robert Burcar

Mondays 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Two Five-week Sessions:

Session 1: Sept. 14 – Oct. 12, Session 2: Oct. 19 –Nov. 16

$140 members / $150 non-members (per session)

                                                                           

This course engages students who are enchanted with capturing the likeness of their human subject. Using acrylic paint and canvas board, students will learn various methods to create representational painting of the human bust. In preparation of the painting process, basic observational drawing and painting skills will be sought with a strong emphasis on shape, proportional measurements, composition, design, color, value, texture, edge control, brush usage as well as care and handling of supplies.
 Students will select head and shoulder reference photos of their choice with a single light source in order to create dramatic effects of light and shadow. In house photo sessions may be included as needed. A step-by-step painting strategy will lead us to completion including initial lay in, adjustments, refinements and the final stages.  All skill levels are welcome. Click here for supplies list

Strategies for Figure Drawing                                                  

Instructor: Denese Sanders

Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Ten-week Class - Sept. 18 - Nov. 20 Class size limited to 9 students

$340 members / $355 non-members  * includes model fee

                                                                  

Students will experiment with various methods of seeing in order to capture the human form on a 2 dimensional surface. With the objective of accurately representing the figure through life-drawing, students will learn to recognize anatomical markers and to incorporate structural design strategies. Students will also be encouraged to allow their drawings to take on a life of its own through expressive mark-making, shape, movement and wet and dry media. The model will arrive on the second day of class to allow students a head start with some basic observational drawing practices and techniques including proportional sighting and identifying positive and negative space. During the ten sessions, students will work from life for at least 20 hours. All levels welcome. Click here for Figure Drawing supplies list

Painterly Monotypes

Instructor: Rachell Hester

Thursdays 2:00- 5:00                        

Two Five-week Sessions:

Session 1: Sept. 17 – Oct. 15, Session 2: Oct. 22 –Nov. 19

$140 members / $150 non-members (per session)


Monotypes, or one-of-a-kind prints, will be created using a variety of painterly methods as well as additive, reductive, and layering tecniques. This class will explore monotypes using different subjects and paper colors. Create individual prints that look like paintings but have the flat surface texture that can only be achieved through a print. Create the look of a three-dimensional object on a flat surface or choose a non-representational image and play with color, shape, composition and space.  No experience necessary, everyone is welcome. Click here for supplies list. Click here for supplies list

Copper Etching: Beyond Technique

Instructor: Dora Rosenbaum           

Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Part 1: Line & Tone, Sept 15 – Oct. 13
Part 2: Texture, Oct. 20 – Nov. 17
                                           

$155 members/ $165 non-members (per section)

$295 members/ $310 non-members (both sections)

 

Explore various copper etching techniques and learn how to use them to create interesting and engaging images. This class is for anyone who has an interest in copper etching, from first time to experienced printmakers. The first 5-week session will cover non-toxic methods for working with line and tone. The second 5-week session will introduce traditional soft-ground etching, which is ideal for working with loose line and textures.  While learning the various techniques, students will also use the medium to explore ideas and concepts and learn how to use etching as a form of expression. Registration is open for sequential learning, as well as stand alone five week sections.  Copper Etching Supplies List

printmaking

Class size is limited and early enrollment is strongly advised. Waiting lists are kept for full classes. There is a point when classes must be canceled due to insufficient advance registration.

So, please enroll early~ and invite a friend!

interesting combinations

Creative Illustration & Mixed Media Watercolor

Instructor: Katie Crawford

Tuesdays 2:00- 5:00
Part 1: Illustration, Imagination & Technique: 5-weeks, Sept 15 – Oct. 13
Part 2: Curious Combinations: Mixing Collage & Watercolor: 5 weeks, Oct. 20 – Nov. 17

$140 members / $150 non-members (per section)

$260 members / $275  non-members (both sections)

 

Part one of this class we will bring your favorite subject matter to life; whether you enjoy drawing animals, nature, or people! We will explore how to create personality through gesture, pose, expression, and accessories. Illustration techniques in pencil and watercolor will be demonstrated with the goal of crafting our unique subjects to reveal emotion and begin to tell their stories. Illustration Supplies List

In part two we will create mixed media artwork with unique and mysterious backgrounds by utilizing varied techniques in collage, drawing and watercolor.  Collage methods will be developed by layering letters, old paperwork, meaningful ephemera and personal pencil drawings with gel mediums. With the application of gesso the collage will become the substrate for watercolor painting. Unique watercolor techniques will be explored to tie all the elements together into a cohesive whole while maintaining an intriguing background. Registration is open for sequential learning, as well as stand alone five week sections. Mixed Media Supplies List

Desert Spring | The Well Within

Instructor: Denese Sanders

Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Ten-week Class: Sept. 16 - Nov. 17

$260 members / $275 non-members*  --- Sliding scale available from $150 up --- contact Sanders

 

“Unlocking one’s creativity has become the latest mantra of personal growth and career success,” says journalist Laura M Holson in her Sept. 4, 2015 NY Times article, “We’re All Artist’s Now.” 

 

Desert Spring is a new ten-week session designed to bring the provocative and introspective aspects of the art-making process into focus. Intended for women of any creative persuasion, this course will merge the practical with the spiritual and the technical with the imaginative. We will address the fears that keep us from “making," and explore the vivid moments of truth that emerge, when we do. During each class, Sanders will present a method of visual arts practice to serve as a hands-on launch pad from which participants may choose to leap, meander or veer into other directions. The class environment is designed to allow women to indulge in their own autonomous practice while being guided as needed, in a collaborative and peaceful group setting. When we sink both hands into the sand with empowered intention, might we find our well within? Click here for supplies list and more details on "community supplies"

* Supplies fee donation encouraged from participants who don't have supplies of their own. Our community supply cabinets will be at your disposal for the duration of the class! Participants are encouraged to bring anything they have to make the experience richer: from supplies, materials, snacks, to the occasional bottle of wine to share. 

Open Studio Sessions

Weekly Open Studio Sessions | Fall term

$90/members, $100 non-members, $60 currently enrolled students 

Drop-in Day Rate: $25

 

Participants work on their own projects in a group setting, no instruction. Studio monitor will be on hand. Participants provide their own supplies and are responsible for cleanup.  Currently enrolled students receive a discounted price. All students must attend the first day of enrolled section for a free  studio orientation. 

 

THURSDAYS: 5:30 - 9:30

Section 1: Sept. 17 – Oct. 15

Section 2: Oct. 22 –Nov. 19

 

FRIDAYS: 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Section 3: Sept. 18 – Oct. 16

Section 4: Oct. 23 –Nov. 20

Open Session Figure Drawing | Third Saturdays of the month, 2:00-5:00 

Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21:  2:00 – 5:00

$18 per session or all three for $45

 

Open session for people who want to keep their drawing/ painting practice fresh and active by drawing from the live model. While these sessions do not include formal instruction, they are unlike other "figure drawing co-op's"in that periodic guidance can be requested by the session's supervisor. First 15 minutes will be dedicated to getting set up. Supervisor will facilitate model poses beginning with short warm-up gesture poses followed by longer poses through out the session. Enrollment limited to 9 people. Secure your spot and register for all three sessions with a discount. participants bring their own supplies, we provide easels and drawing boards. Late entry not permitted.

 

First Saturdays: Open Studio Sessions

Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5: 12:00-4:00

$10 members, $13 non-members

 

Open to all artists, members and non-members who have attended a studio orientation within the past two years. Currently enrolled students may also register at a discounted price and must attend an open-studio overview prior to use. Participants work on their own projects in a group setting, no instruction. Studio monitor will be on hand. Participants provide their own supplies and are responsible for cleanup.  

2016

Spring 2016 | Class Descriptions

Our spring term begins on Feb. 8th and runs through May 13 with a two week break around Easter. The classes are offered in six-week sessions and are open to students of all levels of experience. All classes meet one-time per week for three hours and currently enrolled students can take advantage of six-week Open Studio Lab classes at a discounted rate of $50 per session.  Click here to learn about our instructors.

painting & drawing

REGISTER TODAY!

Class size is limited and early enrollment is strongly advised. Waiting lists are kept for full classes. There is a point when classes must be canceled due to insufficient advance registration.

So, please enroll early~ and invite a friend!

printmaking & book arts

Lively Watercolor 

Instructor: Katie Crawford

Thursdays 10:00 – 1:00

Six-Week Session: Feb. 11 – March 17

$180 / Member discounts applied at check-out

 

In this class we will bring life to your paintings; whether you paint animals, nature, or people! We will learn watercolor and pencil techniques while exercising our creativity. Students will learn watercolor techniques including graded washes, flat washes, wet into dry, wet into wet and layered washes and abstraction techniques. Through the study of pose, gesture and expression we will craft our paintings to reveal emotion and begin to tell our stories. Click here for supplies list.

 

Landscape Painting                                             

Instructor: Robert Burcar

Mondays 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Six-Week Session: Feb. 8 – March 14

$180 / Member discounts applied at check-out

                                                                           

This course engages students who want to capture the essence of their love of land, water, and earth. Using acrylic paint and canvas board, students will learn various methods to create representational paintings of various types of landscape. In preparation of the painting process, basic observational drawing and painting skills will be sought with a strong emphasis on shape, proportional measurements, composition, design, color, value, texture, edge control, brush usage as well as care and handling of supplies.


Students will select reference photos of their choice, preferably with a strong light source in order to create dramatic effects of light and shadow. A step-by-step painting strategy will lead us to completion including initial lay in, adjustments, refinements and the final stages. All skill levels are welcome. Click here for supplies list. Click here for supplies list

Portrait Painting                                                         

Instructor: Robert Burcar

Mondays 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Six-Week Session: April 4 – May 9

$180 / Member discounts applied at check-out

                                                                           

This course engages students who are enchanted with capturing the likeness of their human subject. Using acrylic paint and canvas board, students will learn various methods to create representational painting of the human bust. In preparation of the painting process, basic observational drawing and painting skills will be sought with a strong emphasis on shape, proportional measurements, composition, design, color, value, texture, edge control, brush usage as well as care and handling of supplies.

 

Students will select head and shoulder reference photos of their choice with a single light source in order to create dramatic effects of light and shadow. In house photo sessions may be included as needed. A step-by-step painting strategy will lead us to completion including initial lay in, adjustments, refinements and the final stages.  All skill levels are welcome. Click here for supplies list

 

PRINTMAKING 101

Instructors: Rachell Hester & Denese Sanders

 

Get creative while learning the basics various printmaking processes! This class will be co-taught with Printmaker Rachell Hester and Masterprinter Denese Sanders. We’ve divided the course into two parts so that students can discover one method at a time while gaining confidence in the practice of making images on various surfaces, using both oil-based and water-soluable inks.

 

PRINTMAKING 101 | Beneath the Surface

Six-Week Session: Feb. 9 – March 15

Tuesdays 11:00 – 2:00 (NEW TIMES!)

$190/ Member discounts applied at check-out

 

Beneath the Surface will explore the rich and incredibly diverse possibilities of intaglio printing. Students will create drypoint prints from plexiglas or copper and rich textural prints by making collagraphs using various textures, fabrics, and papers. We will also cover important basic printmaking practices such as paper tearing, ink modification, chine colle, registration, and printing variations. These printmaking methods work with both representational imagery as well as abstract mark-making, layers and even working outside the typical rectangular construction. Open to all, this is a great course for anyone interested in making beautiful prints that have embossed edges. Some basic supplies will be required, but much of what you need will be provided by OGS. Click here for recommended supply list. The items on this list will be discussed during the first class. No prior purchases necessary.

 

PRINTMAKING 101 | On the Surface

Six-Week Session: April 5 – May 10

Tuesdays 11:00 – 2:00

$190 / Member discounts applied at check-out

 

This section of Printmaking 101 will cover the fundamental techniques of relief and planar printmaking. Students will learn to carve and printing linoleum or wood blocks, and explore the versatile medium of monotype printmaking in both painterly (additive) and color-field (subtractive) methods. We will also use various tools and materials – crayons, brayers, Japanese papers and stencils to create wonderfully textured, layered images. Open to all, this is a great course for anyone interested in making beautiful prints by hand and with the use of the press. Some basic supplies will be required, but much of what you need will be provided by OGS. A supply list will be provided on the first day of class.

Miniature Book Arts   

Instructor: Paul Ritscher

Wednesdays 6:00- 9:00 p.m.

5-weeks:  Feb. 17 – March 16 Date Change

$150 / Member discounts applied at check-out

 

A miniature book is defined as a book that is no larger than three inches in any one direction Although the books are small, the same skills and many of the same tools that are needed to bind a large book are necessary in creating a miniature book structure. This class will explore at least six structures that are popular in bookbinding today, starting with a folded paper structure made without adhesive, and graduating to a hand-sewn trade binding. Participants are encouraged to bring decorated papers to personalize their work, but otherwise materials and tools will be provided.

creative visual art practice

Desert Spring | The Well Within

Art Coach: Denese Sanders

Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Session 1: Feb. 9 - Mar. 15

Session 2: April 5 - May10

$170 per session / Member discounts applied at check-out

$320 for all 12 sessions / No other discounts apply

 

“Unlocking one’s creativity has become the latest mantra of personal growth and career success,” says journalist Laura M Holson in her Sept. 4, 2015 NY Times article, “We’re All Artist’s Now.” 

 

Desert Spring is a six-week session designed to bring the provocative and introspective aspects of the art-making process into focus. Intended for women of any creative persuasion, this course will merge the practical with the spiritual and the practice with the imaginative. We will address the fears that keep us from “making," and explore the vivid moments of truth that emerge, when we do. At the beginning of class, Denese will present a topic or demonstrate a method of visual arts practice to serve as a launch pad from which participants may choose to leap, meander or veer into other directions. The class environment is designed to allow participants to indulge in their own autonomous practice while being supported in a collaborative and peaceful group setting. When we sink both hands into the sand with empowered intention, might we find our well within? Click here for supplies list and more details on "community supplies"

 

**This class does not offer explicite technical instruction, but rather guidence for practicing visual art with trouble shooting support. The instructor holds the harmonious space in which she and the collective of participants work together and independently with opportunities to learn from observation, reflection, and increased practice in a supportive environment. 

 

Participants are encouraged to bring materials & supplies to make the experience richer. Our community supplies will be available to share as well as pot-luck sharing of snacks and the occasional bottle of wine.

Weekly Open Studio Lab| Spring term

$80 / per session  $50 currently enrolled students 

Drop-in Day Rate: $15

 

Participants work on their own projects in a group setting, no instruction. Studio monitor will be on hand. Participants provide their own supplies and are responsible for cleanup.  Currently enrolled students receive a discounted price. All students must attend the first day of enrolled section for a free  studio orientation. 

 

THURSDAYS: 1:00 - 5:00

Session 1: Feb. 11- March 17

Session 2: April 7 – May 12

 

 

THURSDAYS: 5:00 - 9:00

Session 1: Feb. 11- March 17

Session 2: April 7 – May 12

First Saturdays: Open Studio Sessions |  12:00-4:00

$15 

 

Open to all artists, members and non-members who have attended a class or studio orientation within the past two years. Participants work on their own projects in a group setting, no instruction. Studio monitor will be on hand. Participants provide their own supplies and are responsible for cleanup.  

Workshops Spring 2016

Cancelation Policy: A full refund, minus $10 administration fee allowed if cancellation is requested 7 days prior to class start date. If cancellation request is less than 7 days in advance, 50% of tuition will be refunded. No refunds permitted the day of the program. If course is cancelled due to low enrollment, students will be notified within 6 days of start date and a full refund will be issued. To see our list of classes, click here.

Creative Watercolor Techniques

Instructor: Katie Crawford

Sunday, May 22,  1:00-5:00

$65 and $5 supplies fee (member discounts applied at checkout)

 

In this workshop we will bring your paintings to life, regardless of the subject matter that attracts you. Combining watercolor and pencil, we will exercise our creativity while learning watercolor methods of expression with paint. We will cover graded washes, flat washes, wet into dry, wet into wet and layered washes and abstraction techniques. Paper, brushes and watercolor will be provided~ you just bring your ideas and motivation to create!

 

Botanical Drawing & Nature Journaling Workshop

Instructors: Erin Hunter, Scientific Illustration & Nature Journaling

Denese Sanders, Bookbinding and Observational Drawing

Saturday May 14, 10:00-4:00 and Sunday May 15, 1:00-4:00

$160 - $8 supplies fee (Member discounts applied at checkout)

 

This workshop integrates the love of nature, natural history, scientific illustration, drawing and travel journaling. During this weekend workshop, participants will learn about the significance of historical documentation through illustration of our natural world, native plants and scientific discovery. Make your own hand-bound journal, learn observational drawing techniques and increase your skills of botanical illustration using watercolors, pencils and pens. On Sunday afternoon, participants will enjoy an outdoor illustration and nature journaling expedition at a local native garden habitat. (Location TBD). Open to students all ages from 13 and up.

Medieval Bookbinding

Instructor: Nicolas Yeager

Saturday January 30, 10:00 – 5:00

$110 - $15 supplies fee (member discounts applied at checkout)

 

The Medieval Book Binding workshop, back by popular demand, with a small twist: pocket size! Professional bookbinder and medieval book specialist Nicky Yeager, leads students through an indepth experience learning this traditional binding method that has withstood the test of time. Each student will walk away with an original, small wooden cover, leather spine pocket-size blank book, embellished with personal touches and scrap metal. Medieval and renaissance books were bound with quarter sawn wooden boards because it was a robust, dependable structure that kept the contents safe. Learning this structure will help you understand the history of bookbinding as well as show you a method of construction that can provide your artwork or journal a unique and durable housing. 

 

 

Telling Your Story Through Image & Word | Accordion Collage

Instructor: Patrice Vecchione

April 16, 10:00 – 4:00

$100 - $6.00 supplies fee (member discounts applied at checkout)

 

In this one-day workshop with artist and writer Patrice Vecchione, participants will make and embellish the blank pages of an accordion book via collage and text. Patrice will offer inspiration and guidance. Discover the story you didn’t know your life was telling you. Hold close the details of your world and deepen your understanding of them though word and picture.

 

Figure to Print | Transform Drawings to Monotypes

Instructor: Visiting Artist Sandra Wolfson

March 19 & 20,  10:00 - 4:00 - Cancelled due to low enrollment

$195 - $20 supplies & model fee  (member discounts applied at checkout)

-- If you are interested in participating in just one of the two days, contact Denese for information.

 

Innovative two tiered workshop for participants interested in honing their skills in figure drawing, and then learning ways to transform those drawings into figurative works of art using printmaking techniques.  Images will be reworked and transferred into multiple drop monoprints during one dynamic weekend. We'll draw directly from the live model on Saturday for several hours with guidance and instruction concerning form, movement and proportion warming up with gesture and several longer long poses.  We'll transform those drawings into new compositions that abstract the figure in ways that invite creative exploration. The second day will be filled with printmaking using a new, inexpensive large format 'plate' that can be carved (like butter) into a woodcut like plate that can be preprinted and repositioned. Throughout this printing/carving day, students will learn a variety of loose, painterly and printmakerly color techniques while producing a variety of monoprints using a non-toxic ink, Akua! 

* If you are a printmaker, and would like to join us for a Saturday Printmaking day with Sandra Wolfson, please click here for more information and registration.

Fabric Printing

Instructor: Victoria May

Saturday Feb. 20, 10:00 – 5:00

$110 and $10 supplies fee (member discounts applied at checkout)

 

Create original motifs for hand printing patterns or compositions on your own natural fiber fabric (cotton, linen, silk). Design dynamic 2-part motifs and learn about the variations possible in creating repeat compositions. Students will hand cut stamps and stencils to use with textile paint, and thickened dye. Instruction covers making the dye mixture on your own. Students may create resolved printed artworks or yardage to be used later for sewing projects. All levels welcome.

 

Book Arts: Layered Leporello

Instructor: Victoria May

Sunday, Feb. 21 1:00- 5:00 

$65 including supplies

 

Use the modular folded structure of the Leporello format to create an accordion book with layers, windows and pop-ups. Explore telling a story through structural shifts in the treatment of the paper and pages. Learn how to translate abstract concepts into visual motifs that transition over the course of the pages. Use easy and fun stenciling, rubbings and collage to create dynamic texture and imagery.

Summer 2016 

This workshop has been REVISED due to small class size

PRINTMAKERS BOOT-CAMP | June 7 - 10

Tues-Fri 12:00-5:00                                                                     

Instructor: Denese Sanders

$350 members / $370 non-members

$20 supplies fee

 

This week may be the most enjoyable and productive week of your summer! You’ll experience the daily practice of making hand-pulled prints with color, line, texture, and shape while working in a beautiful studio surrounded by an inspired community of peers. Students from all artistic practices are invited to expand their art-making repertoire through printmaking and nurture their capacity for creative expression with master printer, Denese Sanders.

 

OGS professional printmaking studio is equipped with three presses and will be set up for an intensive experience where students will have their own work stations for the week. We will experiment with intaglio, planar, and photo-based printmaking techniques that can produce images from digital photography or drawings. The daily format is designed to yield a high level of productivity: 12-3 will include demonstrations, instruction and work-time, while the later afternoon (3–5) will be dedicated to your studio practice, working alongside the instructor who will be available for occasional assistance. Friday will end with a pot-luck review and discussion of our prints and future goals. Class size limited for optimal small group interaction~ early registration highly encouraged. 

 

If you are unable to join us for the whole week and want to attend just one of two days, the day rate will be $85 for members/ $90 for non-members.

REGISTER TODAY!

PRINTMAKING EXPLORATION FOR ALL | June 13 - 17

Mon-Thur 12:00-5:00, Fri: 10:00-5:00                                        

Instructor: Denese Sanders

$400 members / $420 non-members

$25 supplies fee

 

Adults sometimes crave a good creative challenge, and this Printmaking Exploration for All summer camp is just the ticket! You will expand your art-making repertoire and advance your artistic voice with master printer, Denese Sanders. Our professional printmaking studio is equipped with three presses that will be set up for an intensive experience where students will have their own work stations for the whole week. The small class size allows for a mentorship-type environment where students can focus on their studio practice while working together in a supportive shared space.

 

Students will experiment with various printmaking techniques including intaglio, and planographic methods including a photo printmaking process. By week’s end each student will have the opportunity to work in the medium that best suits their imagery and skills, gaining a deeper understanding of the process while producing unique, hand-pulled prints.  Friday will be extended to 7 hours (lunch provided) and dedicated to finishing pieces, and learning best practices for displaying works on paper, including conservation and portfolio presentation. Class size limited for optimal one-on-one interaction~ early registration highly encouraged. For experienced and novice printmakers.

PAINTERS BOOT-CAMP | July 18-22                 

Mon-Fri 12:00 – 4:30

Instructor: Robert Burcar

$315 /Members / $330 Non-members  

*$20 supply fee if student would like to use OGS paints and brushes

                                                   

This summer camp is a dream come true for people who want to paint!  Whether you are dusting off your box of paints, or you have always been lured by the idea of painting, this can be the switch that lights up your world. Using acrylic paint and canvas board, we will explore various painting methods to create paintings that carry the likeness and feel of the subject. Basic observational drawing techniques will be practiced emphasizing shape, proportion, value, measurements and composition.

 

Students will learn how to set up their color palette to capture the essence of their chosen subject and as the paintings evolve, we’ll dive deeper into painting strategies, refinements for visual effects as well as best practices for painterly habits. Students will use reference photos of their choice, preferably with a strong light source in order to create dramatic effects of light and shadow. The small class size consisting of engaging peers will allow for a unique time of inpsired and social interaction. All skill levels are welcome. Oil painters also welcome, although oils will not be provided. * Students may bring their own supplies, or we will gladly provide them for you. A recommended supply list will be sent in advance of the class. 

First Saturdays: Open Studio Sessions |  12:00-4:00

$15 

 

Open to all artists, members and non-members who have attended a class or studio orientation within the past two years. Participants work on their own projects in a group setting, no instruction. Studio monitor will be on hand. Participants provide their own supplies and are responsible for cleanup.  

MINIMALIST ACRYLIC KNIFE PAINTING  |Saturday, July 30       

Saturday 10:00 – 3:00

Instructor: Visiting Artist: Zoya Scholis

$85 /Members / $95 Non-members 

Optional Supplies Fee: $12**

 

Painting with a knife, forces one to execute with a looser and more simplified approach. Best of all, its great fun and helps us see the possibilities with minimal strokes. The instructor, Zoya Scholis will demonstrate when, where and how to use the palette knives for the best texture, line and impasto. Most of the day will be spent painting with a time to reflect and share at the end. Make as many as 2 paintings in one day!

 

** If you have your own paints, canvas and supplies, bring 'em. If you want to use our paint, brushes, and one 11 x 14 canvas board, you are welcome to pay the supply fee of $12. More information will be sent to participants about supplies and options!

Fall Classes 2016 | Sept. 26 - Nov. 18

Dreaming in Color | Abstract Printmaking with Color and Texture

Instructor: Cindy Davis 

Tuesdays ~ 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Sept. 27 - Nov. 1

6-weeks

Class fee: $170 non-members / $161 members

 

During this six-week class, students will explore the visual language of abstraction with color, shape and texture, while learning the basics of traditional and contemporary printmaking methods. Using adhesives, aluminum foil, and carborundum we will merge deliberate shapes with spontaneous gestures to create dramatic textural and colorful images. Then, employing the magic of layers in printmaking, students will create watercolor monotypes on a second plate to produce prints that are a rich combination of color, movement and abstract expression.

Observational Painting

Instructor: Robert Burcar 

Mondays ~ 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Sept. 26 - Nov. 18

8-weeks 

Class fee: $225 non-members / $215 members

 

This course engages students who are committed to learning how to capture the likeness of their subject. Using acrylic paint and canvas, students will learn various methods to create representational paintings using their selected photograph or still life as a reference. Subjects can include, but are not limited to: portraits, landscapes, animals, objects and even characters. In preparation of the primary painting, we will explore studies in observational painting with an emphasis on shape, value, proportion and composition. As your paintings come to life, you will practice color-mixing, edge control, brush usage and finally the care and handling of supplies.Students will choose reference photos or set up objects that feature dramatic effects of light, shadow, color and value. In-house photo sessions may be included as needed. A step-by-step painting strategy will lead us to completion including initial lay in, adjustments, refinements and the final stages. All skill levels are welcome.

Modern Calligraphy

Instructor: Debra Ferreboeuf 

Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  | Sept. 27- Oct. 4

2-weeks

Class fee: $55 non-members / $50 members

 

This contemporary, lively and versatile script is a perfect introduction to the pointed pen. You will learn about the pen, ink and paper of calligraphy, the basics in practice strokes and technique, upper and lower case letters and numbers. During the two weekly sessions, participants will be encouraged to apply their skills while working on a variety of projects both at home and in class. The supplies fee covers everything  you need for class and to continue writing and exploring calligraphy projects at home No previous experience is necessary. Supplies fee $22 (*supplies fee may be waived for students who bring their own).

Desert Spring

Artist Mentor: Denese Sanders

Tuesdays 6:30 - 9:30 | Oct. 4 - Nov. 22 * new start date!

8-weeks

Class fee: $225 non-members / $210 members

              When we sink both hands into the sand with empowered intention,

              might we find a desert spring?

 

Desert Spring is an 8-week course designed to bring art-making back into focus for adults who decide they want regular access to that rich part of themselves. This course allows time, space and support for individual explorations back into artwork~ be it collage, painting, drawing, or new beginnings. Denese Sanders serves as colleague, mentor and facilitator of the sacred space needed for your creative renewal. During the fall session of Desert Spring, Sanders will deliver three presentations and optional exercises that focus on the theory and practical application of color and value as essential elements of 2D art. Each participant can sign up for at least two one-on-one mentor-consultations during the eight weeks, and will also be part of a collegial environment where mindful sharing of ideas occurs. The class environment is designed to allow participants to indulge in their own autonomous practice while being supported in a peaceful group setting. Participants are encouraged to bring materials & supplies to take ownership of their practice; however, our community supplies will be available to share as well as the occassional pot-luck of snacks, wine and chocolate.

 

**This class does not offer lessons in technical instruction outside of the individual consultations. The instructor holds the harmonious space in which she and the collective of participants work together independently with opportunities to learn from observation, reflection, and increased practice in a supportive environment.

 

P. I. T. | Printmakers in Training

Monitor & Assistant: Susie Berteaux

Wednesdays 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Sept. 28 - Nov. 16

8-weeks

$175 non-members / $166 members (OGS printshop community supplies included)

 

For printmakers and printmaking students who need time, equipment and a community environment to hone the skills they’ve already learned. This “class” is akin to an Open Lab with no formal instruction; however, a seasoned printmaking monitor will be on site to hold the space with intention and guidance as needed. Participants are welcome and encouraged to collaborate, learn from, and connect with fellow PITs. The tradition and community behind printmaking is rich and deep, and this class helps foster such a community for Peninsula printmakers.  

 

*Non-printmakers who wish to use this time as an open lab for their two-dimensional art are welcome to register with a discount.

Basics of Darkroom Photography

Instructor: Char Colton

Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Sept. 30- Nov. 18

8-weeks 

$420 Non-members / $399 Members

 

This small, intimate class (limit: 4 students) will cover the basics of darkroom photography. Whether you are a novice photographer interested in learning darkroom photography or returning to the darkroom after a digital hiatus, this class is for you! Students will print from negatives, mix chemistry, operate the enlarger, and work with light as a core artistic medium.

During the first 2 weeks all students will work and learn together.  In weeks 3 and 4 they will have darkroom access in pairs for team practice. During the second four-weeks, students will have 1:1 solo instruction and private darkroom practice. Scheduling will be determined on the second day of class. * All chemicals, test papers and supplies included. Photo paper available for purchase. 

 

*The OGS darkroom is a shared community space; students are expected to graciously share, cooperate and collaborate with their classmates, and to help one another learn.

Open Lab Sessions: In addition to class and instruction time, one or two Open Lab Sessions may be available once students have completed the first 4 weeks of instruction and have signed a safety and etiquette agreement for safe practices in the darkroom.

Open Lab Classes

Thursdays: 1:00- 5:00 or 5:00- 9:00

Drop in: $20 non-members/ $15 members

8-week Fall Session: $130 Non-members / $123 Supporting Members

5-class Punch Card: $85 Non-members / $70 Supporting Members *must be used within 3 months of purchase

 

Open to artists, creative adults and OGS students seeking to develop their craft or create a rhythm of weekly focused time for studio practice. 

Participants work on their own projects in a group setting with out instruction. A studio monitor will be on-site. Participants provide their own supplies and are responsible for cleanup. Community supplies may be available for use as well; paper available for purchase.

 

First Saturdays: Open Studio Sessions |  12:00-4:00

$10 Non-members / $5 Supporting Members

 

Open to all artists, members and non-members who have attended a class or studio orientation within the past two years. Participants work on their own projects in a group setting, no instruction. Studio monitor will be on hand. Participants provide their own supplies and are responsible for cleanup.  

Cross-Structure Softcover Binding | Dec. 17

Instructor: Denese Sanders

Saturday:  10:00-2:00

Course fee: Non-Members $75 / Members: $70

Materials fee $10

 

During this four-hour workshop, you will create a personal, hand-bound journal or sketchbook using a heavy canvas material for the cover. We will begin by applying a beautiful wet-wash abstract painting to our raw canvas covers. From start to finish, you will learn measuring, paper tearing, cutting, and hand sewing the binding that will yield an intimate, portable and durable multi-section book. No experience necessary. Great to give as a gift for a budding artist, writer or friend.

Fall Workshops 2016

WATERCOLOR MONOTYPE WORKSHOP | Sept 17       

Instructor: Cindy Davis 

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

$80 non-members/ $75 members

 

This workshop provides an easy way to transform your favorite photos into original works of art. Bring an 8-1/2" x 11" color image that we will place under a plexiglass plate. After tracing a few outlines with a crayon, you simply fill in areas with watercolor, and then print the plate on our press. The vibrant colors and lacy white lines produced by this method give a unique charm to every piece. The result is an exciting new piece, not a copy of your photo. This simple method is ideal for first-time printers and anyone who wants a fast-track to creativity without the tedium of drawing. Great fun for teens too! Bring a snack and a couple of letter-sized photos. $10 supplies fee includes printing paper and paints. *Supplies fee may be waived for students who bring their own.

 

FIGURE PAINTING: From Reality to Abstraction | Oct 8 & 9 
Cancelled due to low enrollment. :(    

Instructor: Paul Richmond

October 8 & 9, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$250 non-members / $ 238 members (includes model fee)

 

Using the human figure as inspiration, this two-day workshop will help artists bridge the gap between representational and abstract painting. Participants may work in their preferred medium - oil, acrylic, watercolor, etc. On day one, we will work with a live model in a series of quick gestural and more extended poses to study anatomy, planar structure, value, and proportion. Students will receive individual demonstrations and instruction on techniques to help capture the subject in a representational manner. Photos will also be taken of the model for reference on day two, when the emphasis shifts from accuracy and detail to a more personal response to the subject. Artists from throughout history who used the figure in an imaginative way will be shared and discussed, and participants will be encouraged to create a second piece that uses the figure as a point of departure into their own more abstract interpretation. All experience levels are welcome. Bring your own supplies (click here for supplies list) or pay a $25 supplies fee and OGS will set you up with everything you'll need.

 

WHIMSEY CALLIGRAPHY with INK PENS | Oct 29 & Nov 19
Instructor: Debra Ferreboeuf

Three-hour workshop dates:

Saturday Oct. 29th - 10:00 - 1:00

Saturday Nov. 19th - 10:00 - 1:00

Workshop Fee- Either Date: $60 non-members/ $56 members


Spirited and playful, these sweet letters dance from your pen to create charming prose and projects. During this 3-hour workshop, we will explore how to create this alphabet through a step by step process using a pointed dip pen, ink and paper which are all supplied. No previous calligraphy or art experience is necessary. Just arrive with your willingness and whimsy in hand! Participants will create a small art piece--incorporating either prose or a short poem--that you can use as a greeting card or keep as a work of art. You'll be amazed at the many ways you can use this delightful lettering style. And the best part, it's always right at your fingertips. Supplies fee $22 includes personal tools that participants keep.

COLOR REDUCTION WOODCUT | Nov 12 & 13

Instructor: Denese Sanders

Saturday: Nov. 12, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday: Nov. 13, 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.

$180 non-members / $171 members

 

During this two-day workshop participants will have an in-depth experience carving and printing a woodblock using 3 colors. Color reduction woodcut is easiest to understand by doing. It is a process where the image comes to life through the progressive carving of the block, one color at a time. By cutting away more and more of the block in between each color printing, the previous colors are revealed and the image emerges in rich stages of detail. By the end of the process, the block is sometimes “reduced” to almost nothing. Basic image transfer, carving, paper handling and registration will be covered for newcomers to relief printing.

Students will be asked to bring their own woodcarving tools- or may pre-order tools through OGS. All other supplies, including paper will be provided. Recommendations for tools and suppliers will also be provided. No previous experience necessary.

PASTE PAPER WORKSHOP | Sunday, Dec 4

Instructor: Frank Trueba 

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

A half-day introduction to the art of paste paper making. Using acrylic paints and wheat paste participants will learn of the variability and versatility of this centuries-old art form. At the end of the workshop, participants will leave with an understanding of the process, be equipped to produce papers at home, and will have a number of paste paper sheets to use for projects, hand-madeb books or display.

Spring Programs 2017

Fundamentals of Drawing

Session 2, 6-weeks: March 20 – May 1

Monday Nights  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Instructor: Paul Richmond 

Class Fee: $170 non-members/ $162 members

 

This class will introduce basic drawing, perspective, and sketching techniques in a fun, relaxed environment. It’s a perfect opportunity for beginners who want to learn fundamental drawing skills and also more experienced artists who want to further develop their techniques. Students will learn how to see with an artist’s eye and capture what you see on paper. We will cover basic techniques such as contour line drawing, shading, controlling tones, composition, and many other tips and insights. Primary subject matter will be still life and photographic reference material, as well as the opportunity for you to explore subjects and concepts of your own choosing. In session two, we will build upon all of these skills as well as cover the basics of figure drawing. Anyone who has the desire to learn how to draw is capable of doing so! Classes are kept small to ensure individualized attention and instruction. Session 2 will be an expansion on Session 1, but each can be taken independently without any pre-requisite. Click here to download supplies list.

Roll-out Printmaking- Shape and Color

Session 2, 4-weeks: Mar. 21 – April 11

Tuesday Nights: 6:30-9:30

Instructor: Denese Sanders

Class Fee: $130 non-members/ $124 members

Supplies fee: $15

 

This four-week course is such a relief! Learn the basics of carving into wood, linoleum and Soft-Kut™ which can mesmerize even the most distracted mind. Working in a small format, students will learn everything from designing a successful image, carving, printing techniques and taking time out to learn how to sharpen your tools! Once you get into the carving, you’ll be rolling over and giddy to print! Supplies fee includes three "blocks" and inks. Paper and additional blocks sold separately.

Modern to Whimsy Calligraphy with Pointed Pen

Section 2, 6-weeks: March 21 – April 25

Tuesdays 10:00-1:00

Instructor: Debra Ferreboeuf

Class Fee: $170 non-members/ $162 members

 

Everyone can write.

Let me introduce you to the versatile world of calligraphy and explore your writing talent. Whether you are a new beginner or you've written with a pointed pen before, this class offers the time and instruction to become proficient in these  two alphabets. In one, the script is edgy and “Modern”, the other playful and full of “Whimsy”. Each has its own use in your repertoire of lettering skills.

After introducing the alphabet, we’ll spend class time writing prose, poetry, correspondence and creating art projects of your choosing. There will be an introduction of using gouache and watercolor instead of ink so you can write with a range of metallics as well as white and lighter colors on dark papers.

All Calligraphy supplies are available for purchase at Imagine Art Supply; approximate cost is $26. Required for first class.  

 

Multi-color Reduction Woodcut

6-weeks: March 22 –April 26

Wednesdays 10:30-1:30

Instructor: Alyssa Endo

Class Fee: $220 non-members/ $209 members

 

During this six-week class, students will learn all the steps to create a woodcut print edition, using four colors. Color reduction woodcut is easiest to understand by doing. It is a process where the artist carves the block in progressive layers. By cutting away more and more of the block in between each color printing, the previous colors are revealed and the image emerges in rich stages of detail. By the end of the process, the block is sometimes “reduced” to almost nothing. Basic image transfer, carving, paper tearing and preparation, color-mixing, registration and print-finishing will be covered. Students will be asked to bring their own woodcutting tools. All other supplies, including paper for one edition will be supplied. Recommendations for tools and suppliers will also be provided. All levels are welcome.

CANCELED Due to low

enrollment!

Portrait Painting                                            

Session 2, 6-weeks: March 23 - May 4

Thursdays Nights: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Instructor: Robert Burcar

$140 members / $150 non-members (per session)

                                                                           

This course engages students who are enchanted with capturing the likeness of their human subject. Using acrylic paint and canvas board, students will learn various methods to create representational painting of the human bust. In preparation of the painting process, basic observational drawing and painting skills will be sought with a strong emphasis on shape, proportional measurements, composition, design, color, value, texture, edge control, brush usage as well as care and handling of supplies.
Students will select head and shoulder reference photos of their choice with a single light source in order to create dramatic effects of light and shadow. A step-by-step painting strategy will lead us to completion including initial lay in, adjustments, refinements and the final stages.  All skill levels are welcome. Click here for supplies list.

 

PIT: Printmakers in Training Open Lab Days

Session 1, 4-weeks: January 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8

Session 2, 4-weeks:  March 8, 15, 22, 29

Wednesdays 1:30-5:00

Printmaking Monitor: Susie Berteaux

Drop in: $24 non-members/ $22 members

5 Class Card (Expires March 30) $105 non-members, $95 members

8 Class Card (Expires March 30) $160 non-members, $140 members

 

For printmakers and printmaking students who need time, equipment and a community environment to hone the skills they’ve already learned. This “class” is akin to an Open Lab with no formal instruction; however, a seasoned printmaking monitor will be on site to hold the space with intention and guidance as needed. Participants are welcome and encouraged to collaborate, learn from, and connect with fellow PITs. The tradition and community behind printmaking is rich and deep, and this lab-class helps foster an independent community for local and visiting printmakers.

 

Exploration of Collagraph Printing

Session 1, 6-weeks: January 23 – Feb. 27

Mondays 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Instructor: Cindy Davis  

Class Fee: $195 non-members/ $185 members

Supplies Fee: $15

 

This class is designed to expand your printing capabilities using the diverse collagraph plate! You will be introduced to the methods and means to make several collagraph plates during two of the six sessions. The four remaining sessions will be dedicated to exploring the many ways to bring variations to the printing process including intaglio, relief, a la poupée (multi-color) and chîne collé (adding decorative or Japanese papers). Class size will be limited to allow for personal instruction.  Students are welcome to bring plates (including dry point) from earlier classes, or ones you have made at home. Supplies fee includes a few plexi plates, inks and materials for plate making and printing. Paper sold separately.

 

Photopolymer Printmaking: Etched and Relief

Session 1, 6-weeks: January 24 – Feb. 28, 2017

Tuesdays 10:00-1:00

Instructor: Bob Rocco

Class Fee: $195 non-members/ $185 members

Supplies Fee: $20

 

This exciting photopolymer-based printmaking course will allow you make the best transparency for your image, teach you best practices for exposing these light-sensitive plates and learn printing skills for the production of beautiful intaglio and relief prints. Whether you are passionate about digital photography as the centerpiece for your prints, or excited to experiment with the many variations inherent in this process using direct drawing, mark-making or creating multiples of a drawing done in a different media~ this class will take your work to a whole new level!

 

Bonus- for those artists who know photoshop well and have CS5( or a newer version) on their laptop, there will be a discussion of how to greatly expand the value range of your image with photoshop tools.

Supplies fee covers one photopolymer plate, 3 transparency prints and inks. Paper and additional plates sold separately.

 

Roll-out Printmaking- Line and Photo

Session 1, 4-weeks: Jan. 31- Feb. 21

Tuesday Nights: 6-9

Instructor: Denese Sanders

Class Fee: $130 non-members/ $124 members

Supplies Fee: $15

 

This four-week class will get you rolling into printmaking with the wildly flexible polyester lithography plate. If you love lines, text, calligraphy, and photographs, or you like to color between and outside the lines, you will love what you can do with these prints. Oil and water don’t mix, but that’s part of the magic of this method of printing that will get you rocking and rolling into multiples! 

Supplies fee includes plates, sponges, and inks. Paper sold separately.

 

Abstract Painting Inspired by Collage

Session 1, 4-week Class: February 2 - 23

Thursdays, 10:00-1:00

Instructor: Kirstine Reiner Hanson

Class Fee: $130 non-members/ $124 members

Supplies Fee: $20*

 

This four-week class is an exploration of composition, color and abstract oil painting. Using collage as a means to develop reference materials, students will expand their understanding of abstract imagery through observational and expressive painting.  During the four sessions, various painting applications such as impasto, glazes, palette knife, templates, drips, splatter and mark making will be demonstrated and investigated. No previous experience necessary. Supplies fee covers one 11 x14 canvas board and use of community paints. *Supplies fee waived if student brings own supplies. Additional canvases  available for purchase.

 

The Ebb and Flow of Watercolor

Session 1, 6-weeks: January 26 – March 2

Thursday Nights: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Instructor: Robert Burcar

Class Fee: $170 non-members/ $162 members

 

This course is designed to explore the basic skills of watercolor painting. In the beginning of the course, students will learn techniques of watercolor painting on paper such as wet on to wet, wet on dry and experimenting with various mediums to create vibrant effects in their paintings. Students will also learn how to control their water and paint, troubleshoot issues and use materials properly. A review on supplies, drawing, color, design and value will also be discussed and demonstrated in class. A series of quick watercolor studies will be completed from various still life objects and or photo references. Finally, the student will then complete a final project of their choice by using all the skills they've learned from their previous watercolor exercises. Subject matter is representational. Students can include, but are not limited to: portraits, landscapes, animals, objects and even characters. This class is for beginners and beyond. Click here for supplies list.

Get Your Practice On! Spring 2017 Open Lab Days

 

Wednesdays & Thursdays 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  

Drop in Open Lab: $20 non-members/ $18 members

5 Class Card (Six-week card) $90 non-members, $80 members

8 Class Card (throughout the season) $140 non-members, $130 members

12 Class Card (throughout the season) $210 non-members, $195

 

First Saturdays every month, Open Lab Special: 12:00-4:00

Drop in: $10 non-members/ $8 members

 

Open to artists, curious adults, teens and OGS students seeking to develop their craft or create a rhythm of weekly focused time for studio practice. People of all backgrounds and goals come to OGS to work on their own projects in a relaxed, congenial shared environment without formal instruction. An artist studio monitor will be on-site; participants may use community supplies as needed, are expected to provide their own project materials, and are responsible for cleanup. Paper available for purchase. Printshop is open for members who have proven printmaking experience only. A community supplies fee may apply.

 

Abstract Collage to Painting | April 2

Instructor: Kirstine Reiner Hanson

Sunday: April 2, 10:00 – 4:00

Workshop Fee: $110 non-members/ $105 members

Paint and canvas are included in fee. Community brushes available, but personal brushes encouraged. (A note to all participants will be sent out prior to workshop with suggestions for materials to bring)

 

This workshop is a playful two-step treatment of composition and abstract oil painting. By the end of the course you’ll come away with several small paintings of your own expression. We’ll explore composition through collages created from magazine and book cutouts. These will serve as a visual source of inspiration as we delve into the many applications of abstract painting such as impasto, glazes, palette knife, templates, drips, splatter and mark making. No previous experience necessary.

 

 

Collaged Treasure Box Workshop | April 23

Instructor: Patrice Vecchione

Sunday: April 23, 10:00-4:00

Workshop Fee: $110 non-members/ $105 members

Supplies Fee: $10 (includes cigar box)

 

Join collage artist Patrice Vecchione for a day of thinking inside and outside of a box, a repurposed cigar box, that is. Create art to define and personalize a box in which to keep your treasures. Boxes may include mini bulletin boards on the inside of their lids, 3-d collage work on the outside, and so much more. Or consider opening the box to make an art piece to hang on the wall.

 

Note to participants: Please bring magazines and any other paper for yourself and to share with the group. Also any small 3-d objects, photos or color copies of photos, ephemera and decoration of any kind that you might like to incorporate into your work. You’ll need a pair of small and full-size scissors. Patrice will provide one, mostly wooden, cigar box per participant, adhesive, decorative papers, and various other accouterments.

 

Easy Collagraph Workshop | Jan. 14

Instructor: Cindy Davis

Saturday: January 14, | 10:00-4:00

Workshop Fee: $110 non-members/ $105 members

Supplies Fee: $12

 

Discover how simple printmaking can be! In this one-day workshop you will make and print your own collagraph or “collage print”. This is a method that creates fascinating shapes and texture by combining embossed patterns with your natural gestures. Uzing a unique process combining aluminum foil with epoxy and plexi plates, this is a very accessible technique for people who who love to work abstractly and with color.  Participants will learn traditional intaglio printing methods, without the painstaking process of making an etching plate.

 

Cross-Structure Softcover Binding | Jan. 28

Instructor: Denese Sanders

Saturday: January 28, 10:00-3:00

Course fee: Non-Members $85 / Members: $80

Supplies fee $12

 

During this five-hour workshop, you will create a personal, hand-bound journal or sketchbook using a heavy canvas material for the cover. We will begin by applying a beautiful wet-wash abstract painting to our raw canvas covers. From start to finish, you will learn measuring, paper tearing, cutting, and hand sewing the binding that will yield an intimate, portable and durable multi-section book. No experience necessary. Great to give as a gift for a budding artist, writer or friend.

The Never Ending Love Story~ Accordion Bookarts | Feb. 11

Instructor: Denese Sanders

Saturday: Feb. 11, 10:00 – 3:00

Workshop Fee: $95 non-members/ $90 members

All supplies included, even Valentine’s day cookies!

 

Whether your story is about the love of your life, the joy of your furry companion, or a treasured friendship, telling it through collage and photos in a one-of-kind hand-made book, is a timeless experience to behold. You will make a beautiful artistic hard-cover accordion book that will hold your story forever; and may be the best Valentine you’ll ever create! You’ll learn all the skills needed to continue making various size accordion books from folding, gluing and closure techniques. No experience necessary. Early registration encouraged.

Watercolor Monotype | March 11       

Instructor: Cindy Davis

Saturday: March 11, 10:00-4:00

Workshop Fee: $110 non-members/ $105 members

All supplies included.

 

This workshop provides an easy way to transform your favorite photos or drawings into original works of art. Bring an 8-1/2" x 11" color image that we will place under a plexiglass plate. After tracing a few outlines with a crayon, you simply fill in areas with watercolor, and then print the plate on our press. The vibrant colors and lacy white lines produced by this method give a unique charm to every piece. The result is an exciting new piece, not a copy of your photo. This simple method is ideal for first-time

 

Summer Program 2017

Drawing, Painting, Creating | on-going sessions

Instructor: Paul Richmond

Mondays, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

August Session: Aug. 14, 21, 28, Sept. 11

September Session: Sept. 18 & 25, Oct. 2 & 6

Class Fee: $130

Drop in rate: $35 (please reserve your spot within 24 hours of the class you want to drop in.)

 

Join artist Paul Richmond for a personalized drawing and painting class at OGS. Participants can work in any 2D medium of their choosing - graphite drawing, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic and oil paint, and more. This class is for everyone - from beginners to experienced artists - with an emphasis on the creative process. Students will work independently on projects of their choosing with feedback from the instructor in a relaxed, informal setting. Whether you are looking to explore a creative outlet for the first time, hone your skills, or find a community that shares your artistic interests, join us at OGS for this exciting, creative opportunity. Community supplies included, suggested supply list will be provided by instructor.

Practice to Projects: Printmaking & Bookarts| August 9 - 30

Instructor: Denese Sanders

Wednesdays, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Section 2: August  9, 16, 23, 30 

Class Fee: $130

 

Join master printer Denese Sanders for a personalized printmaking class at OGS. Emerging and veteran printmakers are invited to work in any print or book-related medium: relief, pronto plates, photopolymer, copper etching, book-binding, artist’s books or anything else that goes through a press or bound in a book! This class has an emphasis on the creative process and technical skills building. Students will work independently on projects of their choosing with support and guidance from the instructor in a relaxed, informal setting. Inks, glues, and misc. supplies included; plates, paper and additional materials available for purchase.

Swedish Lapland Sami Bracelets | August 13

Instructor: Tinna Dinesen

Sun, August 13, 10:00 - 4:00 

Workshop Fee: $100 non-members/ $95 members

Supplies Fee: $5

 

The Sami people are the aboriginal people of North of Scandinavia, with a 10,000 year old history. Though there are only about 17,000 Sami people living in Sweden today - many of whom still subsist on Reindeer breeding - they are well-known for their pewter and silver bracelet designs. These bracelets are made of the softest Reindeer leather (or often lamb or recycled leathers), spun pewter wire (nickel free, with 4% silver), and antler buttons - some designs also include silver beads and other decorations. They are fun to create and the combination of materials makes them elegantly earthy. No experience necessary!

Classical Oil Painting | June 1, 6, 8 & 13

Instructor: Kirstine Reiner Hansen

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Class Fee: $210 non-members/ $199 members

 

The techniques of classical painting will deepen your understanding of what can be achieved with oil paint, giving you the artistic foundation and tools to more confidently approach other styles and techniques, both realistic and abstract. In this 4-session introduction to Classical Painting we’ll be working from a still life of your choice, creating an under-painting, color layers and glazes. Through hands-on demonstrations we will cover the topics of color mixing, brush work, mediums and more. Paint, brushes and mediums supplied for in-class use. A supply list will be provided. Students bring own canvas(es).

Flower Power Monotypes | June 10

Instructor: Cindy Davis

Saturday, June 10, 12:00 - 4:00

Workshop Fee: $65 non-members/ $60 members

Supplies Fee: $5

 

Cindy has learned many printmaking techniques but her favorite methods are the spontaneous ones! These watercolor monotypes are one of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to print, perfect for celebrating Summer! This "no experience necessary" workshop will transform your letter-sized photos or sketches of flowers into a splashy and joyful watercolor monotype.

Valuing Color ~ Building Foundations

Taught by a team of five professional artist instructors including Paul Richmond, Kirstine Reiner Hansen, Chris Leib, Charlsie Kelly, and Denese Sanders, this 3-week foundational series of 2-day workshops will explore the world of visual arts through the lens of color, value and personal expression. Each two-day session can be taken independently or as part of the larger series for a holistic experience of the creative process.

 

Mondays - Thursdays, 1:00-5:00 pm

Art to the Max: All Three Weeks:   $625

Art Infusion: One Week:                  $250

Art Hopping: One Session:             $130

 

Coptic Binding & Watercolor | July 10 - 13

Instructors: Denese Sanders & Charlsie Kelly

$130 per workshop/ $250 for both  

 

Coptic Binding: Monday & Tuesday

Art making begins with an idea, and the artist’s sketchbook is the most loyal friend for capturing the journey. Join Denese in building your own hand-bound coptic book~ from designing your unique, one-of-a-kind cover to binding it with mixed media paper and leather for a reinforced spine. Instructor: Denese Sanders

 

 

Watercolor: Wednesday & Thursday

With Charlsie, you will discover one of the most fascinating of all the wet-media: watercolor. Whether you love control or want to "let it all hang out", watercolor is for you. This introduction to materials and methods will leave participants with renewed confidence, artwork in their handmade books, and several paintings done in a variety of styles. Instructor: Charlsie Kelly

The Art of Color | July 17 - 20

Instructors: Kirstine Reiner Hansen & Chris Leib

$130 per workshop/ $250 for both  

 

Exploring Color: Monday & Tuesday

Exploring Color with Kirstine will help you turn theory into practical application. Together we will disspell the mystery of hue, value and contrast while doing hands-on exercises through acrylic color mixing and abstract compositions. Instructor: Kirstine Reiner Hansen

 

 

Quick Painting Studies: Wednesday & Thursday

Once saturated with color you can learn to do what Chris has done: “when I started making a quick 30 minute painting every day, it improved my understanding of color, and how to mix pigments on an intuitive level.” Students will learn basic quick painting techniques in acrylic or oil, brush handling and acquire the ability to edit your work. Instructor: Chris Leib

CANCELED (Due to low enrollment)

Go Figure in Color| July 24 - 27

Instructors: Paul Richmond (July 24 & 25) The team: July 26 & 27)

$130 per workshop/ $250 for both  

 

Go Figure (Figure Drawing): Monday & Tuesday

From the beginning of time, artists have been drawn to the figure. Paul will guide you through drawing strategies to capture the figure in its full-bodied glory~ from basic guidance in seeing structural landmarks to experiencing the gesture of a pose and expression. Live models will be present for part of the time. Instructor: Paul Richmond

 

 

Drawing & Painting Freestyle: Wednesday & Thursday

Open Session: draw or paint the figure and still-life alongside our team of professional artists using any of the tools you’ve learned along the way! These two days will allow you additional guidance, inspiration, and individual attention as you deepen your artist tool box and fatten your portfolio!

Contact Open Ground Studios

1230 Fremont Blvd. Seaside, CA 93955

831.204.8578 | Email Us

Gallery Hours During Exhibits

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 - 4:00

and by appointment 

 

Thank you!

Open Ground Studios' programs and facilities would not be possible without the on-going, generous support of our community, volunteers, members and artists.

Additional support is provided by the Arts Council for Monterey County and our Fiscal Sponsor, Fractured Atlas. Thank you!!

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