Drawing & Painting


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.


Materials Information

Materials List for Painting with Pastels


Information and Registration

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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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.

Materials Information

Here is the materials list for How to Paint in Watercolor. The list is a guide for those who need to purchase supplies.

Information and Registration

Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enrollment Deadline Enroll Online
How to Paint in Watercolor - Beginning Level Tricia Reichert 4/7/18
4/21/18 - 5/19/18
Saturdays
9:00 A.M. - Noon (6 Sessions)
$189 4/5/18 Enroll Now
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Drawing with Mixed Media

In this six week class you will use charcoal and gouache (gwash) to make painterly drawings of still life subjects or interiors. This is an experimental drawing class where you are strongly encouraged to express your vision of the subject throughout the process. The still life subjects will be set up and lit from one side for dimension and could be your choice or the instructor’s. Photographs will be used for interior subjects (yours or the instructor’s as you wish). You will draw the subjects with charcoal on tinted or white paper and add accent color and tonal areas with gouache paint. You will choose a range of color accents to enhance your mostly tonal drawings. Your paper selection will add to the color, texture and tonal appearance of the final drawings.

Media to be used – charcoal sticks and gouache paint on kraft, pastel or watercolor papers. A materials list will be supplied.

Information and Registration

Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enrollment Deadline Enroll Online
Drawing with Mixed Media Tricia Reichert 1/6/2018 - 2/10/2018 Saturdays
9:00 A.M. - Noon
$189 12/15/17 Enroll Now
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Drawing and Sketching Pets, Animals and Birds

This six week class will show you how to use a variety of drawing and sketching media to portray animals and birds in their environments. Pencil, pens and various inks with the addition of a little watercolor will be the media that you will be using to explore your choice of subject.

You will learn how to draw the subject first and why it is so important to understand the proportions of each animal or bird that you choose. Simple ways to assess the proportions will be demonstrated along with all the media.

You will also learn how to simplify and depict the fur, feathers, backgrounds and any other details needed to make these drawings and sketches of your chosen subjects. You will working mostly with your own photographs, (photos taken with a flash are more difficult to use), or mine if you prefer.

Materials list will be supplied.

Information and Registration

Course Title Instructor(s) Date(s) Schedule Fee Enrollment Deadline Enroll Online
Drawing and Sketching Pets, Animals and Birds Tricia Reichert 2/17/2018 - 3/24/2018 Saturdays
9:00 A.M. - Noon
$189 12/31/2017 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 seven 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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