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

PLEASE scroll down for descriptions and requirements for all classes currently offered.
Atelier Copper
Classes starting July 17, 2017
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 Eva
July 17, August 7 & 21 - 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 fo r you!Eva has studied with Diana Boyd, David Shevlino, Kathleen Dumphy, and Matt Kobiashi.  Class size limited to 10 students.  Cost of three class session is $90, or $35 per session.
Open Paint Wednesdays--Pastel
Wednesday, July 19 • starting at 10 am
Pastel Tips and Techniques

Many of the perceived difficulties of pastels may be overcome with some basic tips and suggested tools.  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.  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 George
Thursday, July 20, 27 • 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Life Drawing with George Allen Durkee of Sheep Ranch

Want to improve your drawing skills?  Draw from a live 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).  Model is Laura July 27. Cost for session is $15.
Beginning Art with Susie
Thursday, July 20 • 1:30 – 4 pm
Tweet Tangles with watercolor and collage

Make this delightful piece of art while learning three new tangles.
You will need a 5-1/2 x 11-1/2 piece of 300 lb. Arches watercolor paper (you can get a couple of these from 1/4 sheet), watercolor paints in primary colors, backboard, old brush, paper towels, and matte medium.  Scraps of fabric are provided, but bring any favorites you have.  Beginners to zentangle are welcome.  Supplies for zentangling include a Micron 01 pen in black and red, a 6-shade graphite pencil set, some Q-tips, a Magic Rub eraser, and a Robert Bateman 3 ½ x 5” Artist Sketchbook.  Also helpful with this lesson is the 08 Micron pen and a Mono Zero Elastomer Eraser.   Size of class is limited to 8 students.  Cost of class is $20.
Oil--Fridays with Heinie
Fridays • 10 am to 4 pm
July 21, 28, August 4, 11
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.

Masa Morning
Saturday, July 22 • starting at 10 am

Have several unfinished masa watercolor projects?  This workshop is for you!  Bring your unfinished paintings and work on them with fellow artists.  If you are new to masa watercolor, we can show you how to do it, but you will need Arches 140 lb. cold press paper, masa paper, Yes or Nori glue, brayer, paper towels, and your regular watercolor supplies. Bring your own reference material to work from. Cost of Masa Morning is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.

It’s time for you to MOO (Monday Open Oils)
Now with Paint & Pizza!
Monday afternoons 1-4 pm
July 24, 31; August 14, 28
Come paint with friends on Monday afternoons!  No instruction—bring your own photo or still life to work from.  Enjoy the valuable Critique-Aperitif at 4 pm.  Bring your own art supplies and refreshment to share.  Standing easels provided.  Cost of MOO is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase at Town Hall Arts that day.  MOO is limited to 10 artists, so please sign up by the Friday before.  New this summer--Paint & Pizza!  Let’s go over to our new pizza place—Gold Dust Pizza—afterwards.  You will receive 15% off you bill with your Town Hall Arts receipt!
Open Paint Wednesdays--Pastel
Wednesday, July 26 • starting at 10 am
Watercolor Catch-Up and Composition Review

Bring those unfinished watercolor projects and work on them while reviewing pattern schemes and composition.  Handouts available.  Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.

Watercolor with Doris
Thursday, July 27 • 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Details to follow

Illustration with Nicole
Saturday, July 29 • 1 – 4 pm

The Art of Illustrating Animals with Nicole Caldwell of Stockton

Learn how to interpret your favorite animals into simple and stylish illustrations. We will practice transforming fun fauna forms into simple line drawings, then inking in the details freehand with micron pens, and shading with illustration markers for a polished professional look. Our creative critters will be adorned with pen work patterns inspired by the zentangle method. So let your creativity run wild with an evening of inky enjoyment!
Nicole is an art and archaeological conservator trained at SACI in Florence, Italy. She is a California native, recently moved back to Stockton after three years of working as an objects conservator at the Baha'i World Center in Haifa, Israel. As the new head Curator of Collections at the Haggin Museum, Nicole has a minor in Studio Arts and has sold paintings and illustrations in every country she where she has lived (US, Canada, India, Italy, and Israel).
Bring 2-4 sheets of 5x7 to 8x10 paper (thicker paper with a smooth surface if best), illustration paper, bleed-free marker paper, or ideally brown craft/illustration paper (for contrast) such as toned tan paper or mixed media pad, and 1-3 photos of animals (full body if possible). You will also need a mechanical pencil, gum eraser, black micron pens 005, 01, and a 05 or 08, white gel pen or white colored pencil, Prismacolor double-ended art markers in 3 shades of grey- a light, medium, and dark.
Class size is 4 to 14 students.  Please register by June 22.  Class cost is $25.

Open Paint Wednesdays--Oil
Wednesday, August 2  • starting at 10 am
Oil Catch-Up Day—Play with Design

Bring those unfinished oil paintings and work on them while learning the one basic rule of composition that is the secret for designing great paintings.  Handouts available.  Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.

Beginning Art with Susie
Thursday, August 3 • 1:30 – 4 pm
Easy Watercolor—Sunset on the Lake

Details to follow. 
Size of class is limited to 8 students. 
Cost of class is $20.
Open Paint Wednesdays--Graphite
Wednesday, August 9 • starting at 10 am 
Drawing the Child’s Body

One day you may be working on a portrait of a little boy and you know something is wrong, but you can’t figure out what.  Very often it is the misplacement of the ears.  Learn some tips on the correct way to draw children’s ears.  You will need graphite pencils and drawing paper, or sketchbook.  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.

Watercolor and Acrylics
Saturday with Carol
Saturday, August 12 • 9 am to 4 pm
Carol Earle of Oakdale
Watercolor in the Morning • 9 am to noon 
Carol will furnish paint and brushes. Cost is $25.
Oil in the Afternoon • 1 pm to 4 pm 
Class cost is $25.
Open Paint Wednesdays-- Watercolor
Wednesday, August 16 • starting at 10 am 
Vineyard in Italy

Get ready for your European adventure with this loosely painted Italian vineyard.  Learn steps to painting en plein air in your watercolor journal for your trip.  (You may want to include this as the first painting in your journal.)  Bring your usual watercolor supplies, including paper towels and tape.  This quick study may also be done on a 1/8 sheet of Arches paper.  Colors used by this artist are raw umber, burnt umber, Payne’s grey, terre verte, Hooker’s green, yellow ochre, yellow, Prussian blue, and cad red. Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.

SOP--Summer Open Pastels
August 19 • 1 to 4 pm  
Yin and Yang

We must have both dark and light to make a whole painting.  Learn how to use notans to put the two together.  Bring your unfinished pastels or start a new one.  We will read about using notans to help you plan your composition before we start painting.  Cost of SOP is $5, which may go towards any purchase as Town Hall Arts that day
Open Paint Wednesdays-- Watercolor
Wednesday, August 23 • starting at 10 am
Doorway in Italy

Layering color over dry paper is a very traditional way to begin your artwork.  Layering the cast shadows in first gives you a road map for a successful painting.  Tracing of doorway is available for 1/8th sheet watercolor paper.  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
Wednesday, August 30 • starting at 10 am 
Common Properties of Watercolor

Always wondered which colors are transparent, opaque, stainin
g, or granulating? Receive a handout that will explain it all and paint a luminous lighthouse with layers.  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
Wednesday, September 6 • 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.  Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.
Oil with Diana
Mondays • 1 pm to 4 pm,
Session VI:  September 11, 18, 26, Oct. 2
Session VII:  October 9, 16, 23, 30
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 --Acrylic–
Wednesday, September 13 and 20 • starting at 10 am 
That Old Black Magic

Here is another fun acrylic painting on music.  Bring your acrylic paint supplies, 9x12 canvas, and matte medium.  We will prepare the ground with antiqued music September 13 and bring this back on the 20th to finish with the snowman Halloween painting.  Copies of That Old Black Magic sheet music will be provided, along with a picture of the snowman painting.  Also bring along an unfinished acrylic to work on if you finish early. Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.
Pastels with Tina
Saturday, September 16 • 10 am to 3 pm  

Pastels with Tina Moore of Stockton

A pastel workshop to help you get the most out of the wonderful medium of pastels will be offered by award-winning artist/instructor Tina Moore.  Tina is a Distinguished Pastellist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast and a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Women Artists of the West and the Sierra Pastel Society.  Learn to put life, depth, and drama in your pastel paintings.  Both experienced pastel painters and those new to the medium will be able to make a beautiful painting with plenty of one-on-one instruction.  Participants can make their own choices regarding subject matter.  The principles apply whether you are painting a portrait, landscape, or anything else.   Bring a photo to draw or still life to set up.  Supply list available from Larry at Town Hall Arts, 785-2050,  Cost of class is $25.
Open Paint Wednesdays--Oil
Wednesday, October 18  • 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.  Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.

Open Paint Wednesdays—Watercolor & Acrylics
Wednesday, October 25 and Nov. 1 • starting at 10 am 
Printing with Leaves

Take your art to a new level.  Combine a loose watercolor painting with acrylic leaf stamping for this unique art experience.  Printing with leaves is an interesting way to use natural materials to create intriguing patterns using the principles of design and elements of composition.  In this two-week session, you will practice the technique of direct printing, tracing, stenciling, layering, and glazing.  Bring interesting leaves!  Besides your usual watercolor supplies, you will need a sketchbook and pencil, acrylic gloss gel medium, gesso, newspaper, paper towels, and brayer.  Also, bring a piece of plexiglas if you have it.  Watercolors suggested are Daniel Smith quin crimson and quin gold; Graham cobalt blue, dioxazine purple, Hooker’s green, thalo blue, and titanium white. 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.
Open Paint Wednesdays--Oil
Wednesday, November 8  • starting at 10 am
Painting with Complements

Try a painting using only a pair of complements.  Notice the incredible variety of interesting effects that can be obtained using this limited palette.  Choose one of your favorite photographs or work from example. Bring your usual oil painting supplies. You will be given a handout to follow.  No instruction is provided on all Open Painting days.  You can also use acrylic paint for this project if you like.  Cost of Open Paint Wednesdays is $5, which may be applied toward any purchase that day at Town Hall Arts.

Paint in Croatia - October 2017

View the Slikamilina website for workshop details! This is scheduled as a Pastels and Oils workshop, but stay tuned, this too may expand.


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Croatia Tour Payment Details:
     $300 Deposit to reserve your place
      50% – 90 days before start date of your tour
      Balance – 60 days prior to departure date