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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.

We are located at the Bell Art Factory 432 N. Ventura Avenue Studio 30, Ventura, CA 93001 805-644-9214

The Vita Art Center has created an adult scholarship program based on financial need. Each class has a limited number of partial tuition scholarships that are given to qualifying students. Scholarship will not exceed 50% of the total tuition. Interested parties need to fill out an application and return it to the Art Center before the programÕs start date. Spaces are limited, so we encourage early submission of scholarship applications.

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OTIS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN

Saturdays, Portrait Painting in Watercolor and Gouache

February 3 - April 14 (no mtg. 3/24)

Sat 9:30am-12:30pm /10 sessions / 15 students

Reg# 15473: $435 Non-Credit

Reg# 15474: $475 Certificate Credit

Reg# 15475: $1370 College Credit

Instructor: Alvalyn Lundgren

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The Class is offered at Vita Art Center in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design. 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.

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST REGISTER THRU THE OTIS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN WEBSITE

OTIS REGISTRATION LINK

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OTIS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN

Plein Air Painting

Sundays, February 4 - April 22 (no mtg. 3/25 & 4/1)

Sun 10:00am - 1:00pm / 10 sessions / 15 students

Reg# 15337: $435 Non-Credit

Reg# 15338: $475 Certificate Credit

Reg# 15339: $1370 College Credit

Instructor: Mike Cedeno

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The Class is offered at Vita Art Center in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, Plein Aire Painting in Gouache, derived from the French, en plein aire means "in open air." This approach to painting is considered one of the best ways to develop an understanding of both color and light. Course explores use of color, composition, and value. Discussion, demonstration, and critique emphasize a realistic and representational approach to painting the natural landscape. Instructor works with students individually to ensure a strong understanding of the medium. Prerequisite: Drawing or painting experience -First class materials: TBD

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST REGISTER THRU THE OTIS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN WEBSITE

OTIS REGISTRATION LINK

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, entrepreneurs, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.

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STUDIO SUNDAYS at VITA ART CENTER
Paint, Drink, and be Merry
 
Instructor: Megan Bisbee & Mary Perez
Dates: Sundays, monthly
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Class Code: STSUFL
Adults
 

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Come join us for a glass (or two) of wine and painting 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.

Seating is limited to 20 people per class.

IMPORTANT: Please put the class date you are registering for in the comments field on the registration page

Sunday, JANUARY 14, 2018 - Mixed media paint and play

Explore painting techniques creating texture and interest with the use of layering paints collage and stencils.

 
Fees: $40.ºº per person
 
To register for this class click here

Meditate & Create
 
Instructor: Megan Bisbee
Dates: Mondays once a month
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Class Code: AM1
Adults
 

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Explore mindfulness and creativity during a stress free evening. Starting with guided meditation get in touch with your creativity and make a personal Mandala. Drawing Mandalas can increase focus and creativity, provide artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.

Megan Bisbee, BFA, CTY 200-hr, MFTt has been teaching art, yoga and mindfulness meditation for over ten years. She is also currently a practicing psychotherapist specializing in depth work. Her teaching is based on her own work around the power of self-knowing to ease stress, find self-acceptance, embrace joy, and live deeply.

Mondays 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

October 2, 2017

November 6, 2017

 December 4, 2017

January 8, 2018-CLASS FULL additional class added for January 11 at 6 PM - 8:30 PM

 February 5, 2018

 March 5, 2018

 April 9, 2018

 May 7, 2018

 June 4, 2018

 
Fees: 100.ºº for 4 sessions, drop-ins $30. per class
 
To register for this class click here

MEDITATE & CREATE
DROP-IN REGISTRATION
 
Instructor: Megan Bisbee
Dates: Mondays once a month
Time: 6:00 - 8:30
Class Code: AM12
Adults
 

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Explore mindfulness and creativity during a stress free evening. Starting with guided meditation get in touch with your creativity and make a personal Mandala. Drawing Mandalas can increase focus and creativity, provide artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.

Megan Bisbee, BFA, CTY 200-hr, MFTt has been teaching art, yoga and mindfulness meditation for over ten years. She is also currently a practicing psychotherapist specializing in depth work. Her teaching is based on her own work around the power of self-knowing to ease stress, find self-acceptance, embrace joy, and live deeply.

Monday, September 11

 
Fees: $30. Drop - in, one class
 
To register for this class click here

CERAMICS, FALL 2017
Art n' Soul Ceramic Studio
 
Instructor: Sonya Burke
Dates: Tues. & Thurs., see dates below
Time: Two times available: 1-3:00 pm, or 6-8:00 pm
Class Code: ACHB2
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.

Class Overview:

But first...a peek into my thoughts on… learning new skills. We can have knowledge on how to ride a bike, ...but gaining the skills to actually ride the bike takes “doing it” and making a ton of mistakes……each mistake is a lesson. Mistakes are celebrated in this class……Mistakes means we will grow and achieve greater degrees of proficiency. Because of the amazing properties of clay…..dirt and minerals……we will practice 3 basic skills that give us a higher degree of a successful firing. Our clay pieces will literally be tested by fire, (about 2000 degrees) so the construction techniques are as important as the creative vision. Being involved with art requires the artist to take responsibility for themselves and their work space. Students will independently set up and clean up their work spaces.

Adult Ceramic Classes are taught offsite at Art n' Soul Ceramic Studio, 220 NORTH OLIVE, VENTURA, 93001

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

Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you have 2 times to choose from, 1-3:30 or 6:00 - 8:00

WINTER 1: Jan. 9 thru Feb. 2

WINTER 2: Feb. 6 thru Mar. 8 (No Class 2/13, 2/16)

SPRING 1: Mar. 13 thru April 5

SPRING 2: April 10 thru April 26

SPRING 3: May 1 thru May 24

 
Fees: $130. for 8 classes (4 weeks, twice weekly)
 
To register for this class click here

MOSAICS
One Day Workshops
 
Instructor: Maribel Hernandez
Dates: Saturday,See dates below
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Class Code: MOSFL
Adults
 

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In this fun and inspiring class students explore the many possibilities of mosaic art. Students will learn how to work with materials and tools while creating a one of a kind mosaic art piece to take home!

Please put the day your signing up for in the comments field of the registration page.

Saturday, February 10, valentine day hearts.

Saturday, April 21, Spring Flower pots

 
Fees: $65.00
 
To register for this class click here

PRIVATE PAINTING PARTY
 
Instructor: Mary Perez
Dates: July 17
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Class Code: prvt
Adults
 
Come join us for a glass (or two) of wine and painting 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.ºº
 
To register for this class click here