Town Hall Arts/ Galerie Copper
Calendar of Classes and Events

Please note, a small deposit will be required to hold your place in most classes.  $2 classroom fee will now be charged for each class as well.


Checks can be made payable to Town Hall Arts; all fees due at sign-up unless otherwise indicated.  Classes excluded from this fee are Kids’ Klub, 39ers, and Copper Art Club Wednesdays.


PLEASE scroll down to the descriptions for requirements for classes currently offered. 

Galerie Copper

Featured artist for the month of March at Galerie Copper is Betty Woodward, First Place winner of the Anniversary Art competition.

Galerie Copper artists include Dorothy Babinsky, Kim Barrington, Diana Boyd, Judie Cain, Patricia Cherry, Barbara Conley, Kitty Davids, Geneva Davis, Marlene Dotur, George Allen Durkee, Diana Eppler, Sarah Evans, Libby Fife, Margo Flanagan, Brent Frazer, Debbie Gurich, Gemma Gylling, Renetta Hayes, Susie Hoffman, Don Hukari, Frank Hynes, Marie Jobes, James Kelly, Randy Klassen, Nancy Macomber, Carolyn Macpherson, Pamela Mejia, Ken McBride, Ruth Morrow, Pat Rohovit, Mary Jean St. Claire, Selma Sattin, Sunny Sorensen, Dianne Stearns, Ellie Stone, Irene Taylor, Rey Varela, Eva Walker, Staci Williams, Janet Wilmeth, and Terri Wilson.


Congratulations to our
Anniversary Art Contest Winners:
First Place: Betty Woodward
Second Place: MJ St. Claire
Third Place: Judie Cain
Thank you Diana Boyd for judging!
Town Hall Arts, under the clock, 145 Stone St., Copperopolis Town Square.  

Atelier Copper
Classes starting April 14, 2014
Occasionally scheduled class days or times will change, so please check this website regularly.
Please sign up for classes with Larry,, or phone the gallery @ 785-2050
 A deposit is required to hold your place in most classes.

Expressions in Oil with Diana Boyd of Sonora

Tried and true right brain methods have made this oil painting class fun and popular. Classes include instruction in painting from upside-down photos, right-side-up still lifes, and timed pieces, using a variety of grounds. Diana's style both on canvas and as an instructor is loose, expressive and full of spirit!


Morning Expressions in Oil
Mondays 9:30am - 12:30pm

April 14, 21, 28

Cost is $125 for 4 weeks or $200 for 8 weeks

Afternoon Expressions in Oil
Mondays 1pm - 4pm

April  14, 21, 28

Cost is $125 for 4 weeks or $200 for 8 weeks

Copper Art Club

Wednesday, April 16 • 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Watercolor Tulips with Kim Barrington of Angels Camp

 Bring your usual watercolor supplies.  Cost of class is $10 members; $20 non-members.

Kids’ Klub

Wednesday, April 16 •  1 pm to 2:30 pm
Bunnies with Kim Barrington of Angels Camp

This is a vacation watercolor class for kids in grades K-3.  There is no cost for this class, but purchase of a $5 supply kit is required at sign-up to hold your place. 


Class size is limited, so sign up now with Larry at Town Hall Arts.

Thursdays, April 17 • 10 am to noon
(Class is repeated on these dates:  4/24, 5/15 and 5/29)
Six- Color “Split” Primary Mixing Chart for Watercolors with Libby Fife of Valley Springs

In this one-day class you will learn to make a version of a “split” primary color chart that uses both a cool and warm version of each of the three primary colors in your watercolor kit. You’ll learn how to mix a variety of primary and secondary colors as well as some lovely grays and browns (neutrals). The class is designed for beginning watercolorists who are interested in the concept of creating a limited palette to use as a guide in painting or sketching. Limited palettes can help to unify your sketches, express a particular mood or highlight a particular subject, teach you about your paint properties, and are a useful compositional tool.  The following colors are suggested and supply a warm and cool color of each hue. Town Hall Arts also sells a beginner’s kit of watercolor cakes which you may use.

  • Ultramarine blue/Phthalo blue; cobalt blue, cerulean blue are OK for warm alternate colors
  • Cad red light or pyrol red/quin rose/magenta or Alizarin perm; other versions of warm or cool reds are also acceptable
  • Azo or cad yellow light/ cad yellow medium; other versions of cool and warm yellows are also acceptable. 
  • Mat board about 8x10 available from Susie/Larry
  • Ruler, black Sharpie, pencil
  • Round or flat wash brush-enough to carry a good water and pigment load
  • Palette
  • Paper towels/water container

Cost of instruction is $15 with an additional $2 classroom fee.
Copper Art Club

Wednesday, April 23 • 10 am to 1 pm

Watercolor Parrot with Susie


We will start with a short color lesson and technique practice. You will need a 9x12 sheet of Arches watercolor paper, your usual  watercolor supplies, including a rigger brush, Pro-White, sketchbook, paper towels, and these Graham watercolor paints: Quinacridone Violet, Turquoise, and  Gamboge. Cost is $10 members/ $20 non-members.

Copper Art Club

Wednesday, April 30 • 10 am to 1 pm

Open Painting with Zorn Basic Skin Color Chart Project in Oils

Join club members to make this basic skin tone chart or just bring a project to work on.  Please view the Zorn palette, recommended by Sunny Sorensen, at:

Life Drawing
Mondays • 1 to 4 pm May 5, 12, 19, (skip 26), June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Drawing and Painting the Nude with Sunny Sorensen


This spirited life drawing session has become more instructional by popular demand, and is geared toward those who want to improve their observational and drawing skills. Students will be able to explore various techniques for loosening up. Emphasis is on gesture, correct measurement, line quality, form and cast shadows, creating volume, and placement of the form. Drawing materials include vine or hard charcoal, Conte crayon, graphite, kneadable eraser, chamois, and a 18x24 newsprint pad. Hour long poses accommodate painting for those with painting skills. Now in its fourth year, this class has been very popular and fills up quickly. Class size is limited to 8. Class is suitable for beginning and intermediate life drawers. Sunny has a BA in Studio Art from UC Davis. Trained in figurative painting and ceramic sculpture she studied with Wayne Thiebaud, Roland Petersen, and Bob Arneson. In addition she has taken several workshops in plein air painting, and conducts workshops in California and Mexico.

4 weeks= $50 includes model fee,
8 weeks= $100 includes model fee


Enroll for 4 or 8 weeks. $50 deposit with Larry holds your place. Walk-ins OK when space available--$15 session.


Thursday and Friday, May 1, 2 • 10 am to 3 pm
Watercolor on Japanese Masa Paper with Martha Wallace
Experience watercolor on this unique Japanese paper in a two-day workshop with well-known foothill watercolor teacher Martha Wallace of Avery. You may need beginning-intermediate level of drawing and watercolor experience to make the most of this workshop.

Cost is $80 for this workshop.


CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD the supply list.


You will need to provide your own paper and Yes glue (available for purchase).

Improve Your Painting
Mondays • 10 am to noon     May 5, 12, 19,
June 2, 9, 16


Improve Your Painting with Sunny Sorensen of Hathaway Pines

Lesson plans will include instruction and practice in creating the armature (structure) with line and notans, massing and abstracting shapes, keying value to color and creating color shapes, types of edges and how to use them effectively, and various methods of guiding the eye through the painting-­‐-­‐when you need a focal point and when you don't. All work will be done from life, most in studio, and some outside in the second month. Students should be willing to do one half -­‐hour drawing a day on their own. Beginner’s welcome. Class size limit: 8. Cost is $70.

Copper Art Club

Wednesday, May 7 • 10 am to 1 pm

Members may read along together to create a tiny 4x4 oil painting. Learn to block in shapes before you paint. Supplies used in this painting include a 4x4 canvas and small foam board backing larger than the canvas; brushes round 00, and 0, palette knife, pencil, transfer paper; oils colors--phthalo green, permanent rose, chrome green, cad. orange, sap green, permanent green light, purple madder, permanent green deep, and Indian red. No instruction; no cost.

Copper Art Club

Wednesday, May 14 • 10 am to 1 pm (time change)
White-on-Black Tangles with Margo Flanagan of Manteca
For this exercise you will need a white or silver fine line pen, 2H pencil,
and black zentangle paper (all supplies available at Town Hall Arts). Cost
is $10 members/$20 non-members.

39ers Club

Friday, May 16 • 2 pm to 4 pm

Painting Sunflowers with Carol Earle of Oakdale


Our seniors just got younger! The 79ers club has changed its name to the 39ers Club and includes everyone born in 1939 or before! Paint a beautiful sunflower with Carol. Class is completely free for anyone born in 1939 or before--supplies are included. Funding for this class was obtained through silent auctions of local artists’ donated works. Class is limited to eight students. Please sign up with Larry by Wednesday, May 14. Younger seniors may take the class for $15.

Copper Art Club

Wednesday, May 21 • 10 am to 1 pm

Parrot in Oil with Susie


Bring your usual oil painting supplies. 9x12 is a good size for this painting. Cost of class is $10 members/$20 non-members.

Copper Art Club

Wednesday, May 28 • 10 am to 1 pm

Open Painting with Optional One-Drawing-A-Day #10 Warm-Up—a color study


For the drawing exercise, you will use colored pencils and pastels. Bring a photo of a child’s face. No instruction; no cost.

Friday and Saturday • May 30, 31
Wet-into-Wet Transparent Watercolor Landscape
Workshop with Alvin Joe of Foster City
Friday: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Saturday:  9:30 am to 3 pm
Award-winning watercolorist Alvin Joe will conduct this two-day landscape workshop at Atelier Copper. A career artist with over 35 years in advertising design and illustration, Alvin has won numerous awards and recognitions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Alvin is a signature member of the California Watercolor Association and has two of his paintings published in Splash 10. 
Students will work from photographs provided by the instructor the first day and outside on Saturday. Alvin encourages students to bring a sack lunch so that they may spend as much time as possible on their project.  Suggested supply list for beginners:  Arches cold press 11x15 watercolor paper or 10x14 block, #4 and #10 round brushes (synthetic or sable), 1” and 2” synthetic flat brushes, 2B pencil and eraser, water container, paper towels, palette, and Graham watercolor paints in these colors: alizarin crimson, raw sienna, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, Payne’s gray. Extended palette includes cad yellow, cad orange, burnt sienna, and quinacridone rose. Experienced watercolorists may bring their usual watercolor supplies. Cost for the two-day workshop is $100, with a $50 deposit at sign-up. You may also sign up for one day for $55. All levels of experience are welcome. Class size is limited to 15 students, so please sign up soon.
Life Drawing
Thursdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26 • 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Life Drawing with George Allen Durkee

Draw from a live nude model on Thursday mornings. No experience needed. Limited instruction if you want it, or George will stay out of your face if you don’t.  Materials available at Town Hall Arts. You will need an 18x24 newsprint pad and drawing pencils (charcoal or graphite – 4B and/or 6B).  $40 for four weeks pluse $8 classroom fee. Sign up with Larry. Town Hall Arts is always looking for life drawing models.  If you are interested, please contact Larry at 785-2050.


Saturday, June 7, 10 am to 2 pm and

Sunday, June 8 noon to 1 pm

Stained Glass Mosaic Stepping Stones with Kathie Peery of Copperopolis


Saturday: glue pieces in place 

Sunday: grout stone and polish (sealer will be given to apply the following day)


Kathie will provide a pattern and jars and jars of colored glass for your background. All supplies are included for this project. Kathie has been doing stained glass for ten years and has expanded into mosaics as a means to use all of the scraps from glass panels. You can never have too many stepping-stones!

Class cost: $20/ $4 classroom fee.

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