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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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OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Course Title: Portrait Painting in Watercolor and Gouache

Course Code: XPTG1910

CRN: 35438

Instructor: Alvalyn Lundgren

Dates: September 8 & 9

Days: Sat/Sun

Time: 10a-4p

Tuition Fee: $185

Location: Vita Art Center

Course Description:

Students explore fundamentals of portrait painting using watercolor and gouache as primary media. A review of structure, proportion and anatomy of the head and hands sets the stage for application of color to communicate form. Watercolor and gouache techniques will be explored, including palette set up, color mixing, surface preparation, layering, blending, wet into wet, and dry-brush. Students learn the principles of light logic and facial color zones, how to mix flesh tones for all skin types, and principles of composition. Students complete a series of exercises and three finished portraits using photographic reference. Prerequisite: None First class materials: Watercolor paper sheet or block, art board or tabletop easel, 1" artists or painters tape, watercolor or gouache (red, yellow, blue, and black - your choice of specific hue and brand), watercolor brushes, two buckets (1 gallon capacity each), blue high quality paper towels available at Home Depot or Loews, a printed photographic image of a person (include head & shoulders). Be sure the image is not distorted or blurry. It may be from a magazine, an actual photo, or downloaded and printed. Can be color or b&w. Minimum recommended size - 5x7 inches.

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Joseph Cornell Inspired Assemblage Workshop
Studio Sunday
 
Instructor: Amy Schneider
Dates: Sunday, September 16th
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Class Code: ssadu
Adults
 

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Looking to Joseph Cornell's work we will create an assemblage using a variety of found objects including paper and 3 dimensional items.

Cornell collected source material for his work, which became artistic creations about his inner thoughts, desires, and imagination.

You can bring your own found objects or items of personal significance to use or select from our collection.

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!

 
Fees: $40.00
 
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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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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 potterís 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 potterís wheel.

DATES:

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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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 Magritteís floating stones,) 2} a symbolic animal painting (such as Kahloís parrots and monkeys,) 3] a painting using circles and orbs as symbols [such as, Daliís 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 (studentís 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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Color Linocut Workshop
Summer, One Day Workshop
 
Instructor: Lauren Volk
Dates: Saturday, July 21, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Class Code: adltlino
Adults
 

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Create multiple color linocut cards in this 3 hour beginnerís 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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The Japanese Art of Marbling
Class Full
 
Instructor: Kathleen Kaller
Dates: Saturday, August 18
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: Class Full - waiting list
 
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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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CERAMICS. Wheel Throwing (Ages 10 & Up)
FALL 2018
 
Instructor:
Dates: Tuesdays, see dates below
Time: 4:00 - 5:30
Class Code: FllWhly
Adults
 

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This class is designed for beginners thru intermediate and will provide instruction in a relaxed fun atmosphere with lots of help and encouragement. You will learn the basic techniques of throwing on the wheel. All materials and kiln firing are included in the class price

***IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please put the 6 week session you are signing up for in the comments field on the registration page

This class is open to students ages 10&Up

FALL 2018

FALL 1: Sept. 25 thru Nov. 6 (No Class 10/23)

FALL 2: Nov. 6 thru Dec. 18

 
Fees: $100., 6 weeks
 
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