Welcome to the Art Academy of San Diego. Our goal as an art institution is to provide you with the instruction and support to help you achieve your goals as an artist. This goal is what guided us in our design of curriculum and class offerings at the Academy. It is my belief after more than three decades as an artist that what is most critical to your success as an artist is a strong foundation. The history of art has shown the importance of drawing as the foundation to train the eye to see and to form the connection between the eye, the brain and the hand. It is through drawing that you develop your own style or way of interpreting what you see. Drawing is where the concept begins to take shape. Next to the Idea itself, the drawing is the most important part of the puzzle; the key to the future of the idea. It is where the artist resolves the composition, the positive and negative shapes and their relationship and values. Once you understand and accept this, you are ready to move on to your chosen medium: Painting, sculpture, printmaking, stained glass, mosaic. The only thing between you and your goals as an artist is your willingness to practice, practice, practice. Just like everything else you have done in life, you get out of it what you put into it. There are no shortcuts to good art. Just hard work, and out of that the satisfaction and enjoyment of a job well done. We look forward to helping you in your journey with art. Stuart Burton Director, Art Academy of San Diego
1. Introduction to Drawing: Preparation for Painting This 7-week class is basic, designed for beginners, as well as those who have had some prior experience in drawing and wish to again explore its concepts or prepare for painting classes. Using the still life as primary subject matter, the class is progressive, with an emphasis on developing a clear understanding of line, shape, value, composition and spatial relationships. While applying these principles, learn to create simple, well-balanced drawings as you work in a relaxed environment. Book here—https://www.artacademyofsandiego.com/new-products-1/introduction-to-drawing-preparation-for-painting 2. Portrait Drawing Learning to draw a portrait is a fantastic way to improve your drawing skills in all aspects. In this course you will learn the importance of proportion of the face, value control, measurement and shape recognition. We will spend time on individual features, quick gestures, and long studies from master portrait artists. Returning students may choose to bring in their own photo reference to work from in order to create a more personalized drawing. Book here—https://www.artacademyofsandiego.com/new-products-1/portrait-drawing 3. Creative Painting in Oil or Acrylics This course is for oil and acrylic painters of all levels looking to learn the basics of paint application, color and composition. Instruction will range from traditional techniques of representational painting to contemporary and abstract approaches to creating interesting compositions. Whether you have never picked up a paint brush and are not sure how to start a painting or you are an experienced painter just looking to refine skills and techniques, students will receive one on one instruction, while enjoying the energy and excitement of the group classroom setting. Book here—https://www.artacademyofsandiego.com/new-products-1/creative-painting-in-oil-or-acrylics Prerequisite: Drawing 4. Contemporary Approaches; Traditional to Abstract Loosen up and take creative flight! In this self-directed class, you will have as much one-to-one guidance as you’d like. You’ll be encouraged to expand your understanding of various materials and techniques, in order to develop and refine your unique voice. Your work may be representational or abstract, rendered in acrylic or oil, on canvas, paper or any other surface. Subject matter can come from your imagination, or from a visual reference (photo, sketch, landscape, figure, etc.). Individual and group critiques provide support and increase visual perception. Expand your painting horizons in a lively, congenial atmosphere. Enjoy the process as you take your work to the next level! Book here—https://www.artacademyofsandiego.com/new-products-1/contemporary-approaches-traditional-to-abstract Prerequisite: Drawing 5. Watercolor A watercolor class for the beginner or advanced, exploring representational and abstract art geared to your particular interest whether landscape, still life, portrait, abstraction or realism. Explore the wonderful, expressive qualities that are unique to this medium. Book here—https://www.artacademyofsandiego.com/new-products-1/watercolor-1 6. Relief Printmaking I Loretta received her MFA in Printmaking in 1994 from CA State University, Long Beach. She won a Printmaking Fellowship at the Kala Print Institute, Berkeley, in 1996. While earning her BA at UC, Davis, during the 1980s, Loretta studied printmaking with Roland Peterson and painting with Wayne Thiebaud. She taught printmaking at Palomar College for five years. Her recent work has focused on Monoprints. She has exhibited her work internationally and is included in many collections. She is currently a member of North County Printmakers of San Diego, Los Angeles Printmakers Society, San Diego Artists Guild and the San Diego Art Institute. In this course, you will begin with a monoprint, then a linocut, woodcut or etching, depending on the student’s goals for the course. Book here—https://www.artacademyofsandiego.com/printmaking-1/relief-printmaking For more classes, go to our website—https://www.artacademyofsandiego.com/
We will share a Zoom link to join the class once you have registered for the class.
1. Introduction to Drawing: Preparation for Painting Monday 1:00pm - 4:00pm 2. Portrait Drawing Monday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm PST, or Wednesday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST 3. Creative Painting in Oil or Acrylics Wednesday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST 4. Contemporary Approaches; Traditional to Abstract Thursday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST 5. Watercolor Wednesday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST 6. Relief Printmaking I Tuesday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm PST, Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST, or Saturday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm PST