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Fall Classes

We have a variety of classes and workshops for all interests and ages!

Call for Submissions

Photography Exhibition coming in October

Still Life Painting in Gouache

Working from displays of snacks, drinks, and household items, we will explore the unique qualities of still life painting in gouache.  Gouache is a magnificent, water-based media used for creating rich, opaque, paintings that have a wonderful, velvety surface. With this versatile media, you can create flowing washes, big bold shapes, or even delicate, fine lines. We will start with some basic exercises to build confidence and understanding of the unique properties of gouache. Each week, we will focus on one or two objects with simple shapes such as glass bottles, pitchers, fruits, and vegetables as we practice the basic elements of art such as value, color, design, composition, and form. During week four, we will combine these objects using our recently acquired techniques to create a composition.  Join us as we explore this exciting medium!

Materials List: You may purchase your own from most art suppliers such as Riley Street in Santa Rosa or Jerry’s Artarama and Trekell online. You may also purchase the day of class from Healdsburg Center for the Arts.

Gouache paints: Titanium White (2 oz.), Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Permanent Yellow Deep, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Spectrum Violet, Ultramarine Blue, Payne’s Gray, Sap Green, Viridian, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber

Recommended brushes: Princeton Snap 1” Stroke, Princeton Snap 3/4” Stroke, Princeton 4050ST ½” Stroke, Trekell 1000 Crimson Taklon Flats (1 small, 1 medium)

Strathmore Visual Journal, Watercolor 140lb or watercolor paper (pads or sheets)

Airtight Paint Storage, Ceramic Mixing Palette, Small spray bottle, Cotton rags for cleaning and wiping brushes

Date: Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Instructor: Sergio Lopez

Age / Level: Adults ages 18 plus, beginning-to-intermediate students

Class Size: 10 max

Location: Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 334 Center St.

Deadline to enroll: Sept 20

Fee: $195

Instructor: Sergio Lopez

Recently featured in Sonoma Magazine, Sergio Lopez was born in 1983 and attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco from ’01 to ’06. He has been a professional fine art painter for 11 years. When teaching, Sergio introduces a method he developed over my years of painting called ECR (Establish-Compare-Refine). Why Gouache? He feels this is a great medium for study because it takes little setup and dries very quickly, making it very portable for both still life and en plein air painting. Results are fresh and immediate. He exhibits his work at Christopher Queen Galleries in Duncans Mills. What he hopes to bring to the world is an understanding of the importance of beauty for the human soul by creating the most beautiful awe-inspiring works he is capable of and helping others create their art to the greatest capacity, then communicating why these works matter.