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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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CERAMICS, Hand building
FALL 2018
 
Instructor: Sonya Burke
Dates: Thursdays, Nov 29 - Dec 20, 4 weeks
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Class Code: hndfall
Adults
 

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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 1: Pressure , Pinch Pots, Score, Slip and Attach

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.

 
Fees: $95. for 4 classes (supplies included)
 
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Copper Forming (Bowls)
One Day Workshop
 
Instructor: Michelle Wilson
Dates: Saturday, December 1
Time: 12-4 p.m.
Class Code: mtlfll3
Adults
 

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In this workshop, we will form our own copper bowls. Skills will include torch work, hammering and finishing. All materials included. Sign up for all 3 metalsmith classes with Michelle Wilson for $225.

 
Fees: $80.ºº
 
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Color Linocut Workshop
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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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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Drawing from Observation
WINTER/SPRING 2019
 
Instructor: Colin Fraser Gray
Dates: Tuesdays, See dates below
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Class Code: wntrdrw
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.

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION NOTE: Put the session you are signing up for in the comments field on the registration page.

Session 1: February 5 March 12, 6 classes

Session 2: March 19 thru May 7. No class 4/2, 6 classes

Session 3: May 7 thru June 11, 6 classes

 
Fees: $150. per 6 class session
 
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CERAMICS, Wheel Throwing
WINTER/SPRING 2019
 
Instructor: Sara Carlson
Dates: Wednesdays, see schedule below
Time: 10:00 - 12:30pm
Class Code: WNTRWHLAM
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.

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION NOTE: Put the session you are signing up for in the comments field of the registration page.

Session 1: Feb 6 thu Feb. 27, 4 classes

Session 2:Mer 6 thru Mar 27, 4 classes

Session 3: Apr 10 thru May 1, 4 classes

Session 4: May 8 thru May 22, 4 classes

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

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION NOTE: Put the session you are signing up for in the comments field of the registration page.

Session 1: Feb 6 thu Feb. 27, 4 classes

Session 2:Mer 6 thru Mar 27, 4 classes

Session 3: Apr 10 thru May 1, 4 classes

Session 4: May 8 thru May 22, 4 classes

 
Fees: $150. per session (includes material fees)
 
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CERAMICS, Hand building
WINTER/SPRING 2019
 
Instructor: Sonya Burke
Dates: Thursdays, See dates below
Time: 6:00 - 8:00
Class Code: hndwint
Adults
 

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When you put your hands to clay, the natural inclination to form, shape, and ultimately create something is inescapable. Hand built objects can be produced by pinching balls of clay, joining slabs, or creating coils. Hand building is a combination of coil, carving, pounding, and squishing. During this 6 week course students will learn the 3 basic techniques consisting of pinch pots, coils, and slabs, with these 3 techniques the students will be encouraged to create a variety of projects. All materials and firings are provided.

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

WINTER/SPRING 2018

Session 1: Feb 7 thru Mar 14, 6 classes

Session 2: Mar 21 thru May 2, no class Apr 4, 6 classes

Session 3: May 9 thru Jun 13, 6 classes

 
Fees: $150., per 6 class session
 
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