Adult Classes:

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Online payment option is available at the end of each class description.

YOU MUST CALL OR EMAIL TO RESERVE A SEAT FOR ART CLASSES OR CRAFT CLASSES. Call 480-329-6494 or use the Contact page to email which class and dates to the instructor.
Classes are limited to 8 participants.

Acrylic Painting – Basics

Basics Class, Tuesdays, 2 – 3:30 pm
Basics Class, Tuesdays, 6 – 7:30 pm

Class Cost $25. There are NO make-up sessions. Please signup by contacting me either via email or phone. Be prepared to attend and please be on-time.

Learn the basics about canvases, brushes, paints, foundation (underpainting), mixing colors, blending, cool and warm colors, and finally…the Color Wheel. Class size limited to give each participant optimal time and attention.

Instructor provided materials:  Paints, Brushes, Canvases, and other needed materials.


Canvas: Board, Stretched, ¾”, 1-1/2” Gallery Wrap.
Tighten a canvas:  Wet/spray; blow-dry or air-dry.
Brushes: See handout. 
Foundation: Purposes – Fill in canvas divots, the “tooth”; makes painting fine lines easier/smoother. Multi-colored makes repairs easier.
Primary Colors = Blue, Yellow, Red
Secondary Colors = Green, Orange, Purple
Hue = pure color
Tint = hue + white
Tone = hue + grey
Shade = hue + black

Blending: The action of mixing or combining things together.  That can mean we want to mix an entirely different color, OR it may mean we want a smooth transition from one color to another.


TASK:  Make a wheel of Primary and Secondary Colors.

Homework:  Add Tint, Tone, Shade.

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Advanced Acrylic Painting Lessons

Prerequisite: “Basics” class.

Advanced Class, Thursdays, 2 – 3:30 pm
Advanced Class, Thursdays, 6 – 7:30 pm

Class Cost $20. There are NO make-up sessions. Please be prepared to attend and please be on-time.

Instructor will teach a new skill/technique/tool at each class.

How many paintings should I be working on at the same time? 
As many as you need to keep you from obsessing on one! 

Each week we will do another topic as numbered below. Check the calendar to see what the class is each week.

  1. Brushes/brush strokes and Other Tools:  Demo of Round, Filbert, Flat, Angle, Liner, and Chip.  Other tools:  Demo of Sponge, Q-tip, toothbrush.  Class practice.
  2. Underpainting (foundation):  Use enough paint to fill in the divots…you do not want to see canvas.  The bump on the canvas is referred to as “the tooth.”  Demo and class practice.  Think about your painting and paint the foundation (colors) with that in mind.  Class practice.
  3. Palette knife:  Demo on background and subject.  Class practice.
  4. Value:
    • Take a photograph of it.  Look at it in Black and White….that will show you if you have enough VALUES.  Five (5) is the magic minimal number. 
    • “Value in art is essentially how light or dark something is on a scale of white to black (with white being the highest value and black being the lowest value).  It is widely considered to be one of the most important variables to the success of a painting, even more so than your selection of color (hue).”
  5. Color:  Acrylic paint is water-based and composed of pigment particles dispersed in an acrylic polymer emulsion.  Most acrylic paints are water-based but become water-resistant when dry. 
    • Mix Colors – Turquoise, Magenta, Brown.  Why brown?
    • Highlighting – Consider using a lighter color before adding white.
    • Shading – Consider using a darker color, or even a different color rather than black.
    • Wash – a semi-transparent layer of color.
  6. Perspective“The art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other.”  Demo and class practice.
  7. Still life:  Discussion of “Wine glass, green pitcher, pear” painting.  Class practice.
  8. Clouds & Water:  Demo of various clouds and water.  Class practice.
  9. Trees, leaves, grasses:  Demo on brushes and other tools to use for different effects, how to hold the brush, and pressure.  Practice.
  10. Texture:  Demo on spackle, tissue paper (commercial).  Class practice.
  11. Portrait:  Demo and class practice.  A drawing class is a great idea for practice.
  12. Sealing, Wiring, Framing:  Bring a painting.  Demo for each.  SIGN YOUR WORK!

Students bring their own materials (paint, palettes (Styrofoam plates), brushes.)

Instructor provides aprons, specialty brushes to try, washcloths, water containers, sponges, easels, palette knives, and has extra paint available if someone needs some.

Click link to Order Advanced Painting Supplies

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Painting for Fun – Friendsday Wednesday!

This is NOT a class, but a time to practice, practice, practice…start a new painting or continue to finish a painting. It’s a time to be with other artists and be in a creative atmosphere. It’s fun and inspiring to paint with others! Instructor available for support. Cost: $10 per session, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

You do not have to attend every Wednesday; come any Wednesday….
but you MUST Call to signup. Bring all your own materials.

Click link to pay for Friendsday Wednesday Class.

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Adult Crafts:

Crafts – Cost is $25. Not everyone wants to be a painter, so various crafts will be offered and may include projects such as:

Birdhouse painting
Textured glass
Card painting
Alcohol ink
and more!

Craft projects may vary in cost due to materials.

If you have questions,
please call 480-329-6494 or visit the Contact page.

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