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I'm looking for a creative outlet for myself and my husband. We are parents and artists. We need a place to go to express ourselves in order to keep sane! We aren't interested in therapy (got that covered!), just an outlet to create, move, play music... preferably all at the same time! Any suggestions?
Berkeley City College also has a wide variety of courses, but the intensity of the schedule (twice a week) may be more than what you're looking for. Good luck! Barry
-Scrapbook Territory (4th Street): scrapbooking, collage -Kate Weese's The Workshop (by Monterey Market): watercolors, felting -ASUC Studio on campus: ceramics, art, photography -Castle in the Air (4th Street): various paper and modeling -Knit One One Studio (Adeline): knitting, crocheting, etc -classes at yarn stores -StoneMountain Daughters (Shattuck): sewing -Spun Sugar: candy, cakes and cookies -Brushstrokes Studio: painting pottery + mosaicsThere are also more and more online classes for journaling, scrapbooking, collaging, and more. Have fun. artsy wannabe
I am looking for drawing or water color painting instructions for
adults held on the weekend or in the evening - Class or Lessons is
fine. Prefer Berkeley, Albany. El Cerrito, or Orinda locations.
Contact Patrice Stone. She teaches in various locations (UCB, Pinole, her home studio, etc). She has contact information on her website, patricestone.com! I have a Patrice Stone original in my house!
My husband took water color painting classes from Wendy Yoshimura in Oakland. It was an all adult class, mostly women over 50, but everyone was welcome. Wendy is a lovely woman, and a fabulous painter. You can find out more at wendyyoshimura.com. artist's wife
I want to learn collage
Due to some stressful events in my life, and to a \223messy play\224 art class I\222ve been attending with my two-year-old son, I\222ve suddenly found myself really wanting to be able to use paint and collage techniques as a mode of expression. The problem is \255 I haven't a clue how to do this! I\222ve always considered myself a total non-artist. I don't want to take water-color or oil-painting classes to learn how to paint landscapes or still lifes (I'm much more fond of abstract stuff and mixed media); what I do want to learn is the properties of various paints and papers, as well as something about color and form (e.g. how to \223balance\224 an abstract painting or collage). I\222ve seen the posts on the web site, and most seem to relate to basic watercolor or oil painting or drawing, which is not what I want. Can anyone recommend a place where I could take classes, or an art teacher I might talk to, who would give individual or group lessons to adults? Karen
I would like to take up painting, and am looking for any recommendations of good classes for a beginner. I'd prefer to stay in the Oakland/Berkeley area, but would consider something farther afield. I have virtually no experience with painting and feel like I need a comprehensive introduction to it. I'm also really interested in mural painting, though I think that may be a more advanced discipline. Anyway, I'd love to hear what others have done. Diana
I have had very good experiences at Vista College, which is part of the Peralta Community College District. I have taken beginning and intermediate drawing, beginning painting (with acrylic paint), and am currently taking life drawing.
They have a website (http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us/) and offer a class schedule there or at their main campus on Milvia Street at Addison in downtown Berkeley. Many of the Vista art classes are held on the U.C. campus, with some during the day and others in the evening. The cost is negligible for California residents; I think $5 a unit plus materials. Other Peralta locations include Laney College and Merritt College in Oakland. At least one of them offers painting with oils. Though, I've never taken classes at either of those sites.
Classes have already started for this semester (late August). You
see if you can add? Or consider them for the future.
Good luck! Robert
PAINTING AND DRAWING CLASSES with M. Louise Stanley "How anxious is your muse?" Do you have a distant memory of art classes you loved years ago but don't know how to get back there on your own? We will experiment with three water based media: watercolor, gouache(opaque watercolor) and acrylic. Beginners are encouraged to try watercolor as its a good stepping stone to other media. Gouache is a good transition from transparent watercolor to more viscous mediums such as acrylic and oil. Classes are ongoing / entry at any time. You may pay for one introductory class ($35.) before committing to a session of 6 ($210.)or 8 ($280.)classes. Classes are small, 3-5 students / emphasis will be based on individual needs. Louise's studio is a 3-ring circus full of props,knick knack's, and reference materials, a conducive atmosphere for the production of masterpieces. Classes:Sat. 10am - 1pm; Wed. 7 - 10pm. Call Louise at (510)658-8468 for more information.
Check out the Peralta Colleges, esp. Vista. They have some great classes, great instructors, and they're CHEAP. Laney has some good facilities. Vista uses facilities at other schools or locations. Vista caters more to people who are not looking for degrees in art, just want to take classes.
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