Drawing & Painting


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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Understanding Color and Color Mixing

Whether you are painting in Watercolor, Oil, Acrylic or Gouache, this class is for you. This class will help if you have ever had any difficulty mixing colors or choosing a combination of colors for your paintings.

Using just a limited number of tube colors, you will learn how to directly and accurately mix the exact colors you need and want for each painting. You will also learn, with the help of the Three Bears, how to understand the Color Wheel and use it as an invaluable aid to making your paintings more harmonious overall.

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Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enroll Online
Understanding Color and Color Mixing Tricia Reichert 1/5/19 - 1/26/19 Saturdays
9:00 a.m. - noon
$169 Enroll Now
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Miniature Watercolors

Miniature watercolors exquisitely capture the essence and personal memory of a scenic location. In Europe, they have always been highly regarded as unique souvenirs by discerning travelers. Using your own photographs of favorite locations you will learn how to compose, simplify and draw the subject. Then, you will find out how to mix all the colors needed to paint all the various elements involved in these scenes. This class also serves as an excellent introduction into watercolor painting.

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Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enroll Online
Miniature Watercolors Tricia Reichert 2/2/19 - 2/23/19 Saturdays
9:00 a.m. - noon
$169 Enroll Now
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Ink Line and Wash

This class will explore the possibilities of drawing with ink and adding color to the drawing with watercolor washes. Starting with a very light pencil drawing, until you get used to the idea of using ink. You will start by exploring the subjects in line.

A variety of pens and inks will be demonstrated and suggested for you to try to make your drawings original. Then you will decide how much color you want to add to your drawing to make it complete.

You will have time in this four week class to really develop this process in your own style. After the first week you are free to explore your own subject matter for the rest of the class if you wish. You will be encouraged to express the essence of the particular subject with a 'less is more' philosophy.

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Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enroll Online
Ink Line and Wash Tricia Reichert 3/2/19 - 3/23/19 Saturdays
9:00 a.m. - noon
$169 Enroll Now
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Painting Figures and Portraits in Watercolor

This six week class will teach you how to use the medium of watercolor to paint loose, impressionistic figure and portrait sketches and also more developed finished portraits of your favorite people. You will begin with how to draw the figure and face for painting, how to achieve a likeness and how much detail to include in the drawing. Skin tone colors and how to paint all the facial features will also be covered. Finally, to complete your paintings you will learn different ways to paint the clothing and backgrounds.

You will also have the opportunity to paint directly from the clothed model in this class.

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Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enroll Online
Painting Figures and Portraits in Watercolor Tricia Reichert 3/30/2019 - 4/6/2019
4/20/2019 - 5/11/2019
Saturdays
9 a.m. - noon
$189 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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