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ADULT ART CLASSES

The Vita Arts Center offers studio classes in a wide range of visual arts. Whether you are a novice or professional the Vita Art Center has a class just right for you. Be sure to register early, as classes fill. Advance registration is strongly encouraged to secure a spot. You may mail your registration form in or register online, but your space in a class cannot be confirmed until payment is received or payment arrangements are made with the office.

NEW LOCATION: 28 West Main St., Ventura, CA 93001 805-644-9214

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WATERCOLORS
Friday Workshops
 
Instructor: Dyan Berk
Dates: Fridays, weekly see dates below
Time: 9:30am - 12pm
Class Code: wtrfll
Adults
 

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In this weekly watercolor workshop, you will be encouraged to experiment and take risks and make the “process” of painting the priority, not the end result. We will explore the basics of watercolor painting. You will be introduced to various materials, application of paint, color mixing, values and composition. We will focus on staying true to your own personal expression, intuition and artistic response. Your own visual expression will become clearer, deeper and fuller as you paint. Both the novice and the more experienced artist will enjoy and benefit from this class.

Sign up for all 4 sessions for $100.

*IMPORTANT: PUT DATE IN COMMENTS FIELD WHEN REGISTERING

October 19

October 26

November 2

November 9

 
Fees: $30. per class
 
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Drawing form Observation
FALL 2018
 
Instructor: Colin Fraser Gray
Dates: Tuesdays, Nov 13 - Dec 18, 6 weeks
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Class Code: Flldrw
Adults
 

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Develop skills in the elements of drawing and composition. This class will focus on traditional drawing techniques, while drawing directly from simple Still Life imagery. We will explore volume, shading, foreshortening, perspective, line quality, positive and negative space and composition.

 
Fees: $150. 6 weeks
 
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CERAMICS, Wheel Throwing
 
Instructor: Sara Carlson
Dates: Wednesdays, see schedule below
Time: 10:00 - 12:30pm
Class Code: WDPTTR
Adults
 

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This is the perfect class for beginners and intermediate level students who would like to learn or perfect their skills on the potter’s wheel.

DATES:

Session 1: Sept. 5 thru Sept. 26, 4 classes

Session 2: Oct. 10 thru Nov. 7, (no class Oct. 24), 4 classes

Session 3: Nov. 14 thru Nov. thru Dec. 12( No class Nov. 21), 4 classes

 
Fees: $150. per session (includes material fees)
 
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CERAMICS. Wheel Throwing
FALL 2018, evening classes
 
Instructor: Sara Carlson
Dates: Wednesdays, see schedule below
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Class Code: pmhndfall
Adults
 

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This is the perfect class for beginners and intermediate level students who would like to learn or perfect their skills on the potter’s wheel.

DATES:

CLASS FULL - Session 2: Oct. 10 thru Nov. 7, (no class Oct. 24), 4 classes

CLASS FULL - Session 3: Nov. 14 thru Nov. thru Dec. 12( No class Nov. 21), 4 classes

 
Fees: $150. per session (includes material fees)
 
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Symbolism: From the Surreal to the Abstract
Painting in acrylics or oils
 
Instructor: Lauren Volk
Dates: Thursdays, Oct. 4 thru Nov. 29, no class 11/22
Time: 12:30- 3:00
Class Code: FLSURPNT
Adults
 

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Since the beginning of history, human beings have used visual images to signify concepts, beliefs, and ideas. In this course on the history of symbolism in art, students will explore the universality of visual vocabularies and how artists have used images of the earth (stone,) animals, and geometric forms (the circle) in some of their most powerful pieces.

In this 8 week course for adults, students will create 4 interpretive surrealist paintings: 1] a symbolic rock painting (such as Magritte’s floating stones,) 2} a symbolic animal painting (such as Kahlo’s parrots and monkeys,) 3] a painting using circles and orbs as symbols [such as, Dali’s clocks,] and 4] a more abstract painting using abstract symbols [as in the works of Kandinsky and Miro.

This course will give student a solid foundation in oil and/or acrylic painting (student’s choice.) This will include lessons on color mixing, color theory, various types of brushstrokes, spatial relations, and the use of rhythm and form.

A material list be sent to student before the first class

 
Fees: $200., 8 weeks
 
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CERAMICS, Hand building
FALL 2018
 
Instructor: Sonya Burke
Dates: Thursdays, See dates below
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Class Code: hndfall
Adults
 

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Week 1: Pressure , Pinch Pots, Score, Slip and Attach Students will be shown how to use varying degrees pressure to get the best results. Pinch pots will be introduced and demonstrated. Students will learn how to join or add pieces by scoring, adding slip and attaching for a strong construction.

Week 2: The art of the coil. Review of pressure and introduction of the coil technique. Students will be shown various projects created from the use of a rolled coil (snake).

Week 3: The wonderful slab. Students will learn different techniques of slab building. (pancake/ rolled) Various projects using the slab will give students experience with this method.

Week 4: Glaze. Students will apply glaze to their unfired pieces. Pieces will be ready for pick up 1-2 weeks after the last class. This allows for complete drying of pieces to avoid breakage in the kiln. Ask Sonya for information of pick up date.

REGISTRATION INFO: Please put the sessions and times you are interested in the comments field on the registration page.

DATES:

FALL 1: Sep 27 - Oct. 18, 4 weeks

FALL 2: Nov 29 - Dec 20, 4 weeks

 
Fees: $95. for 4 classes (supplies included)
 
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Pablo Picasso Inspired Workshop
Studio Sunday
 
Instructor: Amy Schneider
Dates: Sunday, October 14
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Class Code: picafll
Adults
 

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Inspired by artist Pablo Picasso's Cubism period we will use a variety of collage and painting techniques.

Come join us us for a glass (or two) of wine in a relaxed, fun environment, with expert guidance. No experience necessary. You will be lead, step-by-step, through the creation of an original piece of art to take home! These are not a "paint by numbers" type of art class, we provide instructions, guidance and inspiration at the end of class each student will have their own unique creative interpretation of the project.

 
Fees: $40.00
 
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Watercolor/Collage One Day Workshop
Disassembled,,reconstructed. Reinvented
 
Instructor:
Dates: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Class Code: A1DWTR
Adults
 

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We will reference a giant still life using many objects, or purely work from your imagination, making several quick watercolor paintings/sketches . Then we will cut tear and reconstruct these pieces paying attention to color, values , composition rhythm and unity. Trying out many variations of composition and layering materials before they are glued in a final position is encouraged. Bring in your watercolors, old watercolors paintings if you like and other papers that could be used in the collage. Other materials will also be provided for expermentation and inspiration

 
Fees: $45.00
 
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Urban Sketchbooks
One Day Workshop
 
Instructor: Lauren Volk
Dates: Saturday, October 27
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Class Code: urbfll
Adults
 

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The purpose of this course is to learn to sketch on location - people, landscapes, cityscapes, and more. Build the skills an artist needs to draw vibrant city sketches and urban landscapes full of people. Learn to see the world one drawing at a time. Connect with the energy of place and capture the decisive moment.In this course, students learn to see pictorially on location. They will also develop a good foundation in basic drawing. We cover 2D and 3D shapes, proportions, silhouette, contouring, value, shadow, texture, and perspective.

 
Fees: $40.00
 
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DADAISM, HANNAH HOCH, AND THE ART OF COLLAGE
One Day Workshop
 
Instructor: Lauren Volk
Dates: Saturday, November 4
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Class Code: dadafll
Adults
 

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Fantastical or serious, personal or political, the art of collage is a popular art technique accessible to beginner and professional alike

The Dadaists were the first serious artists to fully explore the technique of collage. Dada was an art movement that came into being after and as a response to the First World War in Europe. The techniques adopted by the collage artists gave expression to a new way of looking at and interpreting the world.

Hannah Hoch was a female Dada artist renowned for her collage art innovations. Her work was highly original, political, and intellectual, skillfully merging feminist ideas with the overall Dadaist aesthetic.

Students in this workshop will be given a foundation in the elements and principles of design (color, composition, perspective, etc.) They will also learn about the Dadaist art movement and its place in the social structure of the time. Students will be creating their own journals of collage art pieces.

 
Fees: $40.00
 
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MONOTYPE PRINTS
One Day Workshop
 
Instructor: Kathleen Kaller
Dates: Saturday, November 17
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Class Code: monofll
Adults
 

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An Introduction to handmade Monotype prints using a gelatin plate. This type of plate offers a unique and fun surface. We will apply ink onto the plate, mold our image with brushes and transfer the image to paper by pressing. This gives the final picture the imprint effect and only one print can be produced from each process. So the monotype is as unique as an original drawing.

 
Fees: $40.00
 
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The Japanese Art of Marbling
One Day Workshop
 
Instructor: Kathleen Kaller
Dates: Sunday, December 2
Time: 1:00 -2:30
Class Code: mrbl
Adults
 

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An introduction to the meditative practice of Suminagashi- The Japanese Art of Marbling. Using brushes, we will float special inks on the surface of water and create unique prints on paper. You will leave this workshop with a new skill and (3-6) 8.5x11 Original Rice Paper Prints. This is a special craft and enjoyable for all. No prior art experience necessary! All supplies included.

 
Fees: $30.
 
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Color Linocut Workshop
Summer, One Day Workshop
 
Instructor: Lauren Volk
Dates: Saturday, December 8
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Class Code: adltlino
Adults
 

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Create multiple color linocut cards in this 3 hour beginner’s workshop. Learn the basics of an old art form popular once again. Use your own hands to create colorful cards of your own design.

So what is a linocut? A linocut is a print similar to a woodcut only the design is carved out of a rubber block (called a lino block) instead of a piece of wood. Rubber is much easier to carve making this an easy way to print a design.

In this workshop you will learn how to transfer a design onto lino blocks, what tools to use and how to carve your design, and how to print your design in multiple colors. You will also learn some of the basic elements of design: Line, Shape, Form, Color, and Composition.

 
Fees: $50. Includes all supplies
 
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