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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 program¹s start date. Spaces are limited, so we encourage early submission of scholarship applications.

For an Adult Scholarship Application click here

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CERAMICS
Introduction to Hand-building and Special Projects
 
Instructor: Marianne McGrath
Dates: Mondays, October 13 - November 17, 6 sessions
Time: 9am-12pm
Class Code: AF11
Adults
 

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Students will be introduced to, and will immediately engage in, the basic hand-building techniques of clay. While working in the studio, participants will be exposed to historical and contemporary artists, and will learn of the historical path of the medium, discovering how it has integrated into and helped shape the modern world. Students will learn the technical side of the medium, including the firing, glazing and finishing of ceramic objects. Students will work on self-decided projects under the close direction of the Instructor. With a class size limited to only 10, students will receive intimate instruction from a current expert in the field. Students of all levels are welcome and are invited to contact the Instructor prior to the start of class with any questions, thoughts, or concerns.

All classes will take place at the VITA Art Center. The first class will start with several short demos and a discussion lead by the Instructor. The remainder this class and the remaining classes will consist of the students working independently under the close direction of the Instructor, with additional group discussions and demos happening as needed. The specific student projects will be formed decided by the end of the first class. Students should come to class with any project ideas, inspirations, or questions if they have any. And all the more exciting if they don't!

Due to the nature of the medium, students will return two weeks after class has ended to glaze their work. Works will then be fired and available to pick up two weeks after this date. (These dates to be given the first day of class.)

All clay, necessary tools, firings, and some glaze material will be provided and are included with the course’s tuition. Students will also have the option to purchase their own tools and additional clay from the Instructor.

A native of Ventura County, Marianne McGrath recently returned to the area after 20 years out of state. Holding a BA in ceramics from CU Boulder, and a MFA in studio art from UT Austin, Marianne has taught Ceramics and Sculpture at the University level for over 11 years. A professional practicing artist, she has participated in over 100 exhibitions throughout North America, receiving numerous awards, honors, and fellowships. She has participated in international residency programs, and her work is included in several private and public collections throughout the country. You can see more of Marianne’s work and contact her directly through her website: www.mariannemcgrath.com

 
Fees: $185.ºº
 
To register for this class click here

Drawing & Composition
Fall 3, 2014
 
Instructor: Colin Fraser Gray
Dates: Tuesdays, Nov. 4 - 25, 4 sessions
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Class Code: AF12
Adults
 

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Develop skills in the elements of drawing and composition. Through demonstration, class exercises, and critiques students explore concepts including line, space, perspective, scale, and positive/negative space.

 
Fees: $80.00
 
To register for this class click here

Watercolors
Beginning - Intermediate
 
Instructor: Julie Merrill
Dates: Thursdays, Oct.9 - 30, 4 sessions
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Class Code: AF14
Adults
 

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Ages: 16 to 100. Julie works with students on landscapes, buildings, water, florals and more working to improve each aspect of these subjects. Often using plein air as a learning tool. Purpose of the class is to have fun, create beautiful and interesting images while improving your understanding of watercolor. This is an ongoing class and you can join in at anytime. Contact Julie for supply information 805-340-3987

 
Fees: $80.ºº
 
To register for this class click here

Drawing & Composition
Fall 2, 2014
 
Instructor: Colin Fraser Gray
Dates: Tuesdays, Oct. 7-28, 2014
Time: 10-12 p.m.
Class Code: AF22
Adults
 

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Develop skills in the elements of drawing and composition. Through demonstration, class exercises, and critiques students explore concepts including line, space, perspective, scale, and positive/negative space.

 
Fees: $80.00
 
To register for this class click here

Watercolors
Beginning - Intermediate
 
Instructor: Julie Merrill
Dates: Saturdays, Oct. 4-25 4 sessions
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Class Code: AF26
Adults
 

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Ages: 16 to 100. Julie works with students on landscapes, buildings, water, florals and more working to improve each aspect of these subjects. Often using plein air as a learning tool. Purpose of the class is to have fun, create beautiful and interesting images while improving your understanding of watercolor. This is an ongoing class and you can join in at anytime. Contact Julie for supply information 805-340-3987

 
Fees: $80.00
 
To register for this class click here