Le Lam was born in 1944 in Vietnam under French rule and grew up in Hai Phong in Northern Vietnam. At the age of 18 he enrolled at Cao Dang My Thuat, an established art university in Vietnam.
After graduating in 1966 he enlisted to fight with the Republic of Vietnam in 1968. Le Lam was an officer in the war until the Fall of Saigon in 1975. In the aftermath, he was taken prisoner until 1983.
Without missing a beat, he returned to painting and started a family. In 1994, Le Lam immigrated to the United States with his family. He continues to paint to this day.
Figure drawing is a cornerstone of artistic training. The figure presents many technical issues including form, structure, foreshortening and more. Stripped of the cultural baggage of clothing, the nude figure can express every aspect of humanity, from the heroic to the pathetic.
Join us every Wednesday for our life drawing session that focuses on the figure. This uninstructed session is great for students young and old. Starting with shorter poses to warm up your artistic brain, we range from 2 minute poses to 20 minute poses. All mediums are welcome. Easels, benches, and refreshments are provided. Please bring your own paper and drawing materials. Faber-Castell has provided Charcoal, Pastel, Graphite, Pitt Pens and other drawing pencils for attendees to try out during the session.
We request courtesy, maturity, and respect to the model and other artists. Photography is not allowed. We promote an open atmosphere where artists can interact, view, discuss, and encourage each other. Please note that models are subject to change without notice.
Registration is $15 per person, per session. OR you can purchase a pass for $60 for five sessions ($12 a session) valid for Wednesday and Sunday sessions (this is available in-store only)! Limited seats are available, first come first serve.
Your upcoming models Wednesday afternoon 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.-
Your upcoming models Wednesday evening 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.-
Join us Sunday evenings for long pose sessions. During this session the model will strike one pose for the entire session. This allows the attendee to make an advanced study of the figure or portrait. With a longer pose one can not only study the figure, but focus on color issues as well. Painting from life rather than a picture can achieve more realistic results. This session is designed for painters, pastel artists, and anyone who desires time for a more in depth study, all mediums are welcome. Models will be nude or costumed. Please note that the models are subject to change without notice.
Registration is $15 per person, per session. OR you can purchase a pass for $60 for five sessions ($12 a session) valid for Wednesday and Sunday sessions (this is available in-store only)!
Your upcoming models:
Great for young artists interested in learning a variety of skills. During this fun series artist Jorge Mujica will lead students through projects with a wide range of art materials, including clay, painting, drawing, and more. Learn about color and composition through a range of projects. Parents are welcome to join in on the weekly project with their kids. This class is bilingual Spanish/ English. Great for kids ages 7-11.
Durante esta divertida serie, el artista Jorge Mujica dirigirá a los artistas jóvenes a través de proyectos con una amplia gama de materiales de arte, como arcilla, pintura, dibujo y más. Aprende sobre el color y la composición a través de una variedad de proyectos. Los padres son bienvenidos a participar en el proyecto semanal con sus hijos. Ideal para niños de 7-11 años. Esta clase es bilingue ingles/ espanol.
Registration is $30 per session -or- $110 for the series. All materials provided. Skill Level: All.
Every Thursday join Jacki Long for a project focused on creating a unique portrait. Use collage, graphite, acrylic, watercolor, paint markers, and more during this fun class. Each session try out a different technique and combine as many mediums as you wish. All materials provided. Skill Level: All. Ages: 16+.
Registration is $160 for the series -or- $45 per class, limited seats available.
Learn how to hand print your own cards. Instructor and artist Marissa Suto will demonstrate how to carve a linocut and print it during this class. You will have the chance to make two designs and print multiple cards during this class. You are welcome to bring your own design (no larger than 4"x6").
Registration is $45 per class and includes all materials. Skill Level: All. Ages: 14+.
Please note this class has been cancelled. If you wish to attend this class future please contact email@example.com
Join LA based artist Pamela Smith Hudson for an inspirational class. Jumpstart your creativity by experiementing with wax, solar printing, drawing, and collage during this fun class. You will have the opportunity to try out a variety of techniques while relating them to your own art practice.
Registration is $45 per class and includes all materials. Skill Level: All. Ages: 16+.
Play with using expressive color and combining pen with your watercolor paintings during this watercolor sketching workshop with Joseph Stoddard. Learn about color mixing, how to layer color without getting muddy, and how to use pen to accentuate. Materials list is available here.
Registration is $99. Skill Level: All. Ages: 16+.
Learn how to paint a landscape Bob Ross style. Judy Lugo will lead you through the process of painting with oils step-by-step. No painting experience necessary for this class! As Bob Ross once said, "painting is not just for the chosen few -- it is for everyone." Skill Level: All. Ages: 18+
Registration: $45 and includes all materials. Skill Level: All. Ages: 18+.
Try out a wide range of materials with artist Kathryn Duncan. Test out a variety of different acrylic mediums and techniques and leave with multiple sample paintings. You will learn a wide range of acrylic painting techniques using Golden Acrylic paint.
Registration is $45. Must purchase the GOLDEN A-Z Acrylic Starter Set for this class available here. Skill Level: All. Ages: 16+.
Trekell has been producing professional brushes for 34 years. Join us as President, Courtney Bridges, tells the back story of the copany. Trekell artist, Mat Hurtado, will explain different types of brushes Trekell offers and what each of them can be used for. Mat will demo a piece and each attendee will be able to try the brushes out for themselves. Registration is $10, attendees receive a coupon for $10 towards your Trekell purchase.
Take a break from the busy holiday season and join us for this fun workshop. Create a large mix media canvas painting with the help of Jacki Long. Use paint, acrylic mediums, collage and more to create a one of a kind painting. Bring a reference if you like. You will go hom with your own 30x40 painting. Registration is $99, and includes all materials.
During this watercolor workshop with Lawrence Yun beginners will develop a solid foundation in watercolor, while more advanced students will incorporate complex ideas and techniques. Lectures will focus on materials, techniques, concepts and design. Pease bring a selection of seed pods, branches and tree bark (please be aware of a limitation of space). Skill Level: All.
Registration is $199, limited seats available.
Working outside with all senses immersed in the scene gives an artist an ultimate painting experience. Keiko Tanabe, a plein-air watercolor painter, explains how to tackle basic outdoor elements and key artistic elements to build a landscape painting that is strong in composition and content. On Saturday and Sunday 10AM - 4PM with two demos a day, various subjects and locations will be explored learning how to capture light and atmosphere. This class meets offsite. Instructor will confirm locations before class.
Registration is $250. Materials required.
The Illustrated journal is the creative process of merging images and words together on a page. In the workshop we will explore fun and exciting ways to be creative with images, words and page design. Each day we'll explore different drawing technqiues, watercolor, and ink. Whether you're interested in creating an illustrated journal for travel, gardening, daily life.. amazing things happen when you put images and words together. You will come away from the workshop excited and inspired about your work! Best of all your illustrated journal will uniquely reflect your style and creative voice.
Brenda Swenson is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Finalist, Award of Excellence) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her artwork has been featured in Splash 11, 12, 14 and 19, Artistic Touch4, Creative Freedom, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Wheels of Time, Plein Air Magazine and numerous other publications. She also has two DVD's on watercolor techniques. Brenda has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS. An active participant in the arts community she has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.
The supply list for the class is available here.
Registration is $375. Skill Level: All. Ages: 18+.
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