Town Hall Arts/ Galerie Copper
Calendar, Classes & Events
To sign up for classes, please contact Larry
 larry@townhallarts.com or call 785-2050


PLEASE scroll down for descriptions and requirements for all classes currently offered.
Atelier Copper
Classes starting January 15, 2018
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 @ 209-785-2050
 
 A deposit is required to hold your place in most classes.

A Word about Painting at Town Hall Arts:
Standing easels, table covers, and water containers are provided for students. Please use table covers with acrylics and oils. You do not need to put easels away -- please leave them out for cleaning after each class.

Masking tape, paper towels, rags, pencils, paint, brushes, spray bottles, and table easels are not provided (unless otherwise stated by teacher).  These items are available for purchase.

Please dump acrylic water in the “Acrylic Dump” bucket and not down the sink.  Please plan to wash out your oil brushes at home.  A turp pot is available for used Turpenoid if you do not wish to transport it home.
Oil with Diana
Mondays • 1 pm to 4 pm

Session I:  January 8, 15, 22, 29
Session II:  February 5, 12, 19, 26

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!   Paint from your own photo or use one of Diana’s.  Please have your own tape, turp pot with lid, and container for your brushes.  Paint list available at sign-up.  Cost is $150 for one session or $250 for two months if you pay at or before your first class.  $50 deposit holds your place.
Open Paint Wednesdays--Oil
Wednesday, January 17  • starting at 10 am
Blurred Edges and Simultaneous Contrast

Learn to combine blended areas with the freshness of stroke marks.  Also read about the importance of contrast and how to achieve this in your painting.  If you are new to pastels, there is a box of 12 assorted colors in the classroom that you may use. Plan to work on sanded paper or Ampersand Pastel Boards.  No instruction; you will be given a handout to follow.  Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.

Life Drawing with Sue
Every Thursday • 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Life Drawing with Sue Smith of Mokelumne Hill

Sue will be running the Life Drawing Group on Thursdays, now that George has moved to Tuscon.   No experience needed.  Limited instruction if you want it.   Materials available at Town Hall Arts. You will need an 18x24 newsprint pad and drawing pencils (charcoal or graphite – 4B and/or 6B).  Model is Dellamae Jan. 11.  Cost for session is $15.
Beginning Art with Susie
Thursdays, January 18 1:30–4pm
Introduction to Oil Painting Continues

This class is designed for beginners and artists new to oil painting. You will learn the basics of painting with oil while creating this little black lab or “Klay” pup (right) painting (your choice) from a photograph.  Paint, brushes, and turp are provided for the class.  You will need an 8x10 canvas.  Class size is limited to 4, so sign up early.  Cost of class is $25.
Oil--Fridays with Heinie
Every Friday • 10 am to 4 pm 

Old Masters’ Oil Techniques with Heinie Hartwig of Soulsbyville

Learn to paint the way the old masters from 1860 to 1900 painted—detailed, yet fast and loose.  You will complete a good-sized painting in this six-hour class.  Paintings will include landscapes, seascapes, still life, abstracts, and barns. Heinie is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and is listed in American and international auction houses.  He paintings hang in museums in America and Russia. 
You may choose your canvas size.  Heinie prefers these sizes for students:  9x12, 12x16, 12x24, 18x24, 5x7, and 8x16.  Heinie will demo the first lesson on 12x16.  Your medium will be a mixture of mineral spirits, linseed oil, and drops of Cobalt Dryer—see Heinie for measurement amounts.  Bring rags, paper towels, turp pot, rounded tip and palette knife.  You will need these brushes: either Princeton or Briston Silver in flats 4, 8, 12, and fan brush size 6, and Princeton Neptune watercolor script brush #6.  Oil paint colors:  ivory black, Permabla white, yellow light, cad yellow deep, cad red light, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cerulean or thalo blue, sap green, cad green, and burnt sienna. Cost is $300 for four lesson, which you may start at any time.

Saturday Open Pastels
Saturday, January 20  • 10 am
Come share your pastel experience with friends.  Bring your unfinished pastels or start a new one.  No instruction provided.  Bring or buy your own supplies.  Pictured is pastel painting by Susie.  Cost of SOP is $5, which may go towards any purchase as Town Hall Arts that day.
Open Paint Wednesdays-- Acrylics
Wednesday, January 24 • starting at 10 am 
Painting Texture in Trees

Learn easy tricks for creating realistic tree trunks.  Bring your usual acrylic supplies, plastic wrap, alcohol, and paper towels.  Follow handout; no instruction provided. Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.

Oil with Eva
2nd and 4th Thursdays, January 25, Feb. 8 • 1 pm to 4 pm
Oil Painting with Eva Walker of Angels Camp

If you’d like to achieve a more painterly touch to your oil paintings, this class is for you! Eva has studied with Diana Boyd, David Shevlino, Kathleen Dumphy, and Milt Kobiashi.  Class size limited to 10 students.  Class cost is $35 per class or $90 per 3-class session.

Open Paint Wednesdays-- Oil
Wednesday, January 31 • starting at 10 am 
Painting the Color of Snow

Snow is anything but white—it always reflects the sky and everything around it. Follow handout to paint this colorful snow scene; no instruction provided.  Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.
Open Paint Wednesdays--Graphite
Wednesday, February 7 • starting at 10 am 
Drawing the Child’s Body

There are no straight lines anywhere on a child’s body.  Learn tips on how to draw the torso of a child.  You will need graphite pencils and drawing paper, or sketchbook.  Follow handout; no instruction provided.  Bring a photo to work from afterwards if you like.  Also, this is Open Painting; so feel free to work on your own project with us.  Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.

Open Paint Wednesdays--Any Medium
February 14 starting at 10 am
Red on Red—Paint the Red Church on Valentine’s Day!

Always wanted to paint the Red Church?  Here is your chance—you pick the medium.  Bring your own photo of the church to paint—there are plenty online if you don’t have one.  No instruction—just painting with friends on Wednesdays.  Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.
Open Paint Wednesdays –
Pastel Pencil on Toned Paper
February 21 • starting at 10 am 
Anatomy of the Eyes

Eyes are the focal point of your portrait.  All measurements are take from and adjusted to the eyes.  Learn how eyelid, pupil, and iris are described by value.  If you like, bring a photo of with clear focused eyes as reference material and draw your own portrait after reading the handout.   Supplies include CarbOthello pastel pencil Caput Martuum Red #645, CarbOthello pastel pencil in Titanium White #100, and 1/4 sheet of Strathmore Velvet Gray Charcoal Paper, kneaded eraser.  All supplies are available at Town Hall Arts.  Follow handout; no instruction provided.  Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts
Open Paint Wednesdays-- Watercolor
February 28 starting at 10 am  

The Range of the Monochromatic Color Scheme

You might think a monochromatic color scheme means using one color, but the painter can lighten the color, darken the color with black, and neutralize the color with its complement.  Learn to organize values in a monochromatic scheme by making 6 small watercolor studies on 1/4 sheet Arches cold press, or by using 6 blank watercolor cards taped to backboards.  Bring a photo or work from example and your usual watercolor supplies.  Colors you will need are Cad Scarlet, Phthalo Blue, and Black. You will follow a handout; no instruction provided.  Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.
Open Paint Wednesdays--Oil
Wednesday, March 7 starting at 10 am
Vibrating Color--Using a Contrasting Underpainting

Come with a prepared square canvas painted entirely with cad red acrylic.  (If you would like a bit of texture, apply a heavy acrylic gel to the canvas first with a palette knife.)  Suggested oil colors:  white, ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, cobalt blue, indigo, and cad orange.  Bring your usual oil painting supplies, including paper towels or rags, and tape.  You will be given a handout to follow; no instruction provided.  Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.

Open Paint Wednesdays-- Watercolor
Wednesday, March 14 • starting at 10 am
Common Properties of Watercolor

Always wondered which colors are transparent, opaque, staining, or granulating? Receive a handout that will explain it all and paint a luminous lighthouse with layers.  Follow handout; no instruction provided.  Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.