Drawing & Painting


How to Paint in Watercolor - Beginning Level

This introduction class for beginners will give you a very broad overview of painting in this wonderfully expressive medium. You will start by learning some of the main techniques involved in painting with watercolor. Then, using a limited number of colors, you will learn how to mix and use these colors to paint flowers, fruit, glass, skies, water, trees, rocks, landscapes and simple buildings. Working on small paintings and the step-by-step instruction throughout this class will ensure that you progress very quickly. First, you will watch how to paint each step and then you will paint. Each week you will take home one or two small completed paintings. In this way, you will also learn a lot about how composition works in painting.

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Section Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enroll Online
01 How to Paint in Watercolor - Beginning Level Tricia Reichert 4/21/18 - 5/26/18 Saturdays
9:00 A.M. - Noon (6 Sessions)
$189 Enroll Now
02 How to Paint in Watercolor - Beginning Level Tricia Reichert 4/21/18 - 5/26/18 Saturdays
1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
$189 Enroll Now
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Painting with Pastels

Soft pastels are the purest form of artist color, made almost exclusively from pure pigment with only enough binder to allow them to be formed into useable sticks. Whether you are a beginner starting your study of art, or an advanced artist looking to explore a different medium, this four week class will provide you with a strong foundation in the creation of paintings using soft pastels. This is a painting medium that is direct and easy to use.

In this class, through weekly demonstrations, you will find out how to paint a landscape, a still life subject with flowers and fruit, a seascape and an animal or bird subject in soft pastel.

Other painting considerations that will be covered include the drawing for painting, choosing color for harmony, color value relationships and the choice and arrangement of the subject matter for painting. Materials list will be supplied.

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Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enrollment Deadline Enroll Online
Painting with Pastels Tricia Reichert 6/2/18 - 6/9/18,
6/23/18 - 6/30/18
(4 Sessions)
Saturdays
9:00 a.m. - noon
$169 5/31/18 Enroll Now
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Pencil Drawing and Sketching

Drawing is fundamentally learning how to “see” and then to translate what you are seeing onto the paper. It is a skill that anyone can learn – much like riding a bike or learning to drive a car. The criteria for success are the desire to learn and a willingness to put in some time to practice.

In this very comprehensive six week class, you will learn not only how to sketch, but also how to create realistic, detailed, pencil drawings of a wide variety of subjects. Through demonstrations and lots of drawing practice you will learn how to control the size of your drawings, understand perspective, see and quickly measure proportions, simplify complicated subjects and artistically arrange your subjects on the paper.

You will also discover how to see light and shadow and then translate that information into your drawings. The many subjects that you will be learning how to draw in this class include buildings, interiors, people, birds and animals, still life subjects and landscapes.

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Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enroll Online
Pencil Drawing and Sketching Tricia Reichert 9/22/2018 - 10/13/2018,
11/03/2018 - 11/10/18
Saturdays
9:00 a.m. - noon
$189 Enroll Now
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Drawing with Sumi Ink

A bottle of ink, a bamboo pen, a brush and paper open up a world of possibilities. In this class you will learn how to make your drawings with Sumi ink and then, adding ink washes, along with a little watercolor if you wish, you will create a variety of beautiful ink and wash drawings. The subjects that you will be exploring during this class include animals and birds. You will start all of the drawings in pencil until you are comfortable with drawing directly with ink.

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Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enroll Online
Drawing with Sumi Ink Tricia Reichert 11/17/2018,
12/01/2018 - 12/15/2018
Saturdays
9:00 a.m. - noon
$169 Enroll Now
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About the Instructor

Tricia Reichert obtained her formal teaching credentials from Battersea College, University of London. Although she had always been keenly interested in art, most of her artistic expressions were made through her chosen major of Home Economics and minor of Textile Art. When more time became available, Tricia developed her true passion for art and for the past twenty eight years has studied and practiced drawing and painting in a wide variety of media. She specializes in the art of portraiture in pastel and watercolor. Her other areas of expertise and interest include many forms of printmaking and figurative sculpture. Tricia also teaches a wide range of classes, workshops and individual students. In teaching, she uses her broad experience and highly developed, natural teaching ability to present all material and explanations in the most accessible way.

“I believe that in art, as in writing, a developed vocabulary and an understanding of grammar are necessary fundamental requirements for self expression. In art the vocabulary could be attributed to the use of the materials, while the grammar may be considered the design and composition of the finished work. My aim as an art teacher is always to devise and present the fundamental vocabulary and grammar of art related skills, (in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking) in ways that make them accessible and easy to understand”.

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Art Materials Resources

Local Sources for Supplies

  • Art Central, Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo
  • Aaron Bros, Higuera Sreet, San Luis Obispo
  • Michaels, Broad Street, San Luis Obispo
  • The Artery, Atascadero

Online Sources for Supplies

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