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Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
March 5, 2017 (24/7 online) — Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can’t draw. Use paint, oil pastels, water-soluble pencils & crayons. Begin with color. Then collage for texture & images. Add visual texture with stencils, stamping & other tools. Finally, a few easy tricks with paint let you turn your creative play into a real painting, even if it’s your first. If you’re already skilled, you’ll learn new techniques, discover new ways to apply your knowledge & have fun. Over 4 hours of on demand short videos. Camera is 3 ft. from my painting. Watch when you choose. Questions? Email to ask. Free vintage papers. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85. includes free package of vintage papers
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Intermediate Level

Experiments in Abstract and Impressionistic Photography
March 6 - April 16, 2017 — Examine styles and learn techniques that produce abstract and impressionistic photography: framing, realistic abstracts, mining an image, camera movement, digital manipulation, and more. Participants will experiment with different ways of making images with their cameras and will have opportunities to share their work and exchange ideas with others in the workshop. Note: participants may use any type of camera they wish, including a film or digital SLR, a point-and-shoot, or a cell phone camera. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Susan Ruach
Sponsor: Shanti Arts
Cost: $190
Email: Christine Cote
Phone: 207-837-5760

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Introduction to Visual Journaling Online Workshop
March 19, 2017 (24/7 online) — Art Journaling engages your creative imagination as you learn to design your ideal life & reach your goals while making art for yourself. You’ll awaken your creativity, your heart & your soul with simple art journaling that connects your inner world with your outer world while nourishing your soul. Your visual journal will become your favorite, hardest working, most important art tool because you’ll learn how to ask questions that encourage the best, possibility-expanding answers. And you’ll understand the many different ways your art journal can serve you, from art playground to powerful life-improvement tool. And you'll learn simple, quick ways of working with paint. All skill levels. All media. On demand access. Encourages creativity. Free journal. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $75. includes free journal
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Intermediate Level
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Writing Place: Landscape, People, and the Natural World
March 27 - April 30, 2017 — Learn about and practice writing about place, a subgenre that includes any of the elements that make a specific place what it is. It can include layers of history, natural history, human culture, the spirit world, and the built environment to bring us to this present moment. We can be advocates, critics, or lovers of a place. For many of us, specific places are connected to our spirituality and deeper self. Through writing, we not only express ourselves but also discover more about our subject. By developing our craft, we can better understand and present our world and experiences. Open to writers or aspiring writers of any level. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Linda Buckmaster
Sponsor: Shanti Arts
Cost: $175
Email: Christine Cote
Phone: 207-837-5760

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
April 2, 2017 (24/7 online) — Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. Learn to use any tool that will let you express your ideas, even if you can’t draw. Use paint, oil pastels, water-soluble pencils & crayons. Begin with color. Then collage for texture & images. Add visual texture with stencils, stamping & other tools. Finally, a few easy tricks with paint let you turn your creative play into a real painting, even if it’s your first. If you’re already skilled, you’ll learn new techniques, discover new ways to apply your knowledge & have fun. Over 4 hours of on demand short videos. Camera is 3 ft. from my painting. Watch when you choose. Questions? Email to ask. Free vintage papers. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85. includes free package of vintage papers
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air Essentials
Ongoing - web/online — Have you always wanted to paint en plein air, outdoors, but didn't know how to begin? Then this is the course for you! Online web course includes downloadable textbook and a series of videos to get you going. In this course, award-winning painter Michael Chesley Johnson will teach you the basics. Supplemental material available for more advanced painters. All levels of painter will benefit from this course. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $10.00
Email: Michael Chesley Johnson

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Notan
Begin your course any time — Why does a certain painting win first place in an art competitions? The answer lies a lot in the harmonious arrangement of black and white in the painting. A synthetic arrangement of dark and light creates an impression of beauty, regardless of either the colors used or of the subject matter. This is called "notan" from the Japanese word that means dark/light harmony. The idea is simple, but effective notan paintings are hard to do. It requires an understanding of dominant values and how to flatten values into a narrow value range. This course will help you strengthen your paintings with a simplified value transition structure. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Self-Study Painting Courses: Design & Composition
Begin your course any time — This module introduces all the basic concepts in design and composition. We cover all the key principles and illustrate them with both examples of how to do it, and how not to do it. These courses cover important principles such as: how to layout the space in your painting effectively, how to increase the interest in your painting, how to control your viewer's eye movement, and how to utilize design elements effectively. A solid understanding of the principles in this module is essential to the visual music of your work. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Intermediate Level
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Self-Study Painting Courses: Color
Begin your course any time — Color is what makes a painting exciting, and color harmony is what makes a painting beautiful. However, color is a complex topic and takes years to master. Here are some of the things you will learn: Grays: how to use them to make your color stand out; Color notans: exploring color strategies faster; Complementary, analogous, triadic, and tonal color schemes; how to diagnose color harmony problems; The Munsell color wheel: how to get more accurate complements; Pigment biases: how to use biases to get purer colors; Limited palettes: how to get color harmonies quickly; and Color dragging. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Intermediate Level
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Self-Study Painting Courses: Brushwork
Begin your course any time — Brushwork (and how you apply dry media such as pastel or graphite) enhances the visual music of your work by giving it a second level of abstraction. If you zoom in on any part of the painting, it becomes an abstract painting in itself. This is one of those other skills that differentiates the real master artists. Here are some of the things you will learn in these courses: Basic brushwork techniques, Descriptive brushwork, Creating focal areas, Using suggestion, Edge variation, Optical color mixing. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Self-Study Painting Courses: Visual Poetry & Music
Begin your course any time — In this course you will learn how to take into account both the abstract and representational aspects of a painting. A painting consists of visual poetry combined with visual music. The poetry of a painting is what the artist is trying to communicate to the viewer through his or her painting, and the emotion that is elicited from the viewer. The music of a painting is its sensuous, non-intellectual part. It derives from the physiological pleasure the human brain gets from making visual order out of the visual chaos of nature. Combine the two in the right way and you have a very powerful painting. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Sponsor: Virtual Art Academy Painting Courses
Email: Barry John Raybould

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Twelve Online Palette Knife Painting Classes
online class - anytime — My twelve Online Palette Knife Painting Class consists of eleven traditional oils and one abstract painting classes. Each class is a videotaped demonstration that takes you through the experience of painting a palette knife painting from start to finish. The next step is setting up the composition on canvas, followed by how I premix my color palette. Then I paint the entire painting with a palette knife which includes blocking in the shapes of my painting, matching values and temperatures, adding detail and finishing with highlights. Each online class has it's own webpage that you can visit indefinitely. Each class consists of 10 - 18 videos. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $300.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 626-799-4764

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Intermediate Level
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Online Palette Knife Painting Classes
online class - anytime — My Online Painting Classes teach traditional oils and acrylic abstract painting with a palette knife. Each class is a videotaped demonstration that takes you through the experience of painting a palette knife painting from start to finish. The video starts with the selection of subject matter. The next step is setting up the composition on canvas, followed by how I premix my color palette. Then I paint the entire painting with a palette knife, which includes blocking in the shapes of my painting, matching values and temperatures, adding detail and finishing with highlights. Each online class has it's own webpage that you can visit indefinitely and consists of 10 - 18 videos. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Leslie Saeta
Sponsor: Leslie Saeta Fine Art
Cost: $35.00
Email: Leslie Saeta
Phone: 626-799-4764

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2D Anatomy
Ongoing — In this online self-study course, students analyze the important muscles needed to create convincing figures and learn about surface anatomy such as the fat distribution and the fascia that surrounds every inch of the living form. Through thought out, easily understood assignments, the student better understands the living form of the model and is able to more easily create from the imagination. Most importantly, the student will have the confidence to edit the living model and therefore interpret more poetically what he/she sees to make their drawing or painting more personal. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Intermediate Level
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Drawing From Imagination
Ongoing — Prepare to learn about how to draw using critical thinking and visualization in this online self-study course. Master Artist Glenn Vilppu teaches you that drawing does not occur on paper, but in the mind. He offers a fascinating insight on how to draw analytically while still managing to make it life like. You will find out what it takes to communicate the story your drawing is trying to tell, and how it can be best expressed. This is a great class for all artists; it even includes Glenn’s critiques of student work in this classroom video experience. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Glenn Vilppu
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Beginning Composition
Ongoing — In composition, there are no standardized or predetermined rules. Beginning Composition will introduce students to a unique and proven method of learning the fundamental concepts of composition and visual literacy. Students will be exposed to information and demonstrations that will enable them to see problems and correct their own compositions and become more visually expressive. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Bill Perkins
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Intermediate Level
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Fantasy Illustration
Ongoing — Explore the aspects of Fantasy Illustration, including the successful design of the fantasy elements in an illustration such as costumes, props and architecture. Improving the structure and underlying emotional impact, and the composition of the illustrations will be discussed. Composition of real and limited space (graphical space) will be compared and experimented with. Creature and human character design though posing and integration into the composition will also be explored. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Craig Elliott
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818*708-9232

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Intermediate Level
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Visual Development Fundamentals
Ongoing — In this online self-study course, learn the critical components of making great Concept Art by studying Film, Animation, Games and Painting, as well as developing your own project to flex your artistic muscle. You will select a classic story to redesign by choosing a style and creating that world with much reference and sketching, leading to a final concept painting. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Peter Markowski
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Introduction to Creature Design
Ongoing — In this self-study Creature Design course, we will fully develop 2-3 creatures using guided creativity while grounding students with real-world plausibility. Students will learn early stage ideation, rendering and color techniques to create new and original creatures from a blank page, all the way to a finished portfolio piece. We will go over more grounded earthly creatures all the way to creatively designed aliens. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eric Ryan
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Intermediate Level
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Sketching for Environment Design
Ongoing — Sketching and drawing rough and clean final layouts, interiors, buildings and other environment elements, for animation and concept art, will be discussed in this self-study course. In this online self-study course, there will be demos and lectures on perspective, blocking in scenes and simple composition. Prop design and sketching demos will also be included. In this class the student will learn: -Quick visualization of perspective and elements in a scene -How to build and design buildings and structures -How to visualize and draw quick interior spaces -Methods of developing sketches for props and vehicles Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Craig Elliott
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Introduction to Character Design
Ongoing — Introduction to Character Design caters to those who are new to or at an intermediate level in terms of design knowledge when it comes to characters. We will be producing 3 characters (and their 3 variants) that fit together in the same world based off of classic archetypes. There will be a significant amount of freedom but the instructor will act as an Art Director to help make your work coherent and imaginative. This class is structured in a way that helps you have 3 or more portfolio worthy images showing competent character design. Prerequisites: Significant understanding of human anatomy, some level of knowledge of animal anatomy, a decent foundation in the fundamentals of drawings/painting. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eric Ryan
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting From Life (Emphasis on Drapery & Folds) - Self Study
Ongoing — In this self-study online class, Painting from Life will emphasize the mechanics of material through color, temperature, and abstraction. In addition, Ron will break down the drapery into its anatomy: the 7 folds principle and the fold characteristics of certain fabrics. You will also observe texture and reflection of light on the weave of fabrics from velvety materials to cloth with sheen. Although this class is taught traditionally, students may work digitally on their own. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ron Lemen
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Intermediate Level
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Animal Anatomy - Imaginatomy (Self-Study)
Ongoing — A class created by Rey Bustos to augment entertainment and character designers, by bringing in anatomy and mechanics into the thought process of character design. This course is designed for those who want to invent a completely imaginative animal or creature while keeping the same logic of human and animal anatomy. With Rey’s excitement and deep knowledge of all things anatomical, he will guide you first in drawing, then sculpting a creature from your imagination that will make sense in terms of realism. This is a great way to know how and why we are different from other animals, and how species evolve. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Visual Journaling Online Workshop
Begin any time — Visual Journaling offers an easy intuitive way to connect with your creative spirit, capture emotions & ideas, access inner knowledge, record life's special moments, and envision your future. This powerful tool is available to everyone, even non-artists, although many artists use it as a rich resource to develop new work & to access intuition. Carl Jung said "The soul speaks in images." You'll learn simple ways to create interesting color & texture on your pages, how to add images, personal photos & text. This powerful tool is yours forever after this introductory class. Watch online as many times as you like. Receive bonus journal if you register early. 6 weekly video lessons. Or receive all right away. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $75. Free journal
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Intermediate Level
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Creative Collage Online Workshop
Begin any time — Learn Creative Collage at home, any time. Connect with your creative spirit as you express your personal ideas. My camera is only 3 feet from my hands as I clearly show you my perfect-every-time collage technique and my easy ways of painting texture with acrylic paint. I share my thoughts & choices. I explain what I'm doing & why, in detail. Over 4 hours of instruction. You'll learn to make real paintings (not just things glued on a surface), even if you are a new painter. Watch videos as many times as you like for at least 6 months. You'll have fun making your own original collage paintings. The best art comes from creative play. Free vintage papers. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Mixed Media Online Workshop
Begin this online class at any time (24/7 on your computer) — Learn mixed media in the comfort of your own home, no matter where you live. You'll learn how to connect with your creative spirit as you express your personal ideas. In this online class, you'll watch videos to learn collage & simple printing techniques. You'll learn to cut a stencil & apply paint or texture through it. I'll explain clearly & show techniques in a series of short videos. You'll learn & have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll have so much fun making your mixed media paintings. The best art comes from creative play. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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