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

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MOSAICS
One Day Workshop
 
Instructor: Maribel Hernandez
Dates: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time: 2 - 6 p.m.
Class Code: MSIC16
Adults
 

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In this fun and inspiring class students explore the many possibilities of mosaic art. Students will learn how to work with materials and tools while creating a one of a kind mosaic art piece to take home!

 
Fees: $65.
 
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STUDIO SUNDAYS at VITA ART CENTER
Eat, Drink, and be Merry
 
Instructor: Megan Bisbee & Mary Perez
Dates: Sundays, monthly
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Class Code: STSUFL
Adults
 

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Vita Art Center is excited to continue offering Studio Sundays. Come join us for a glass (or two) of wine and painting in a relaxed, fun environment, with expert guidance. No experience necessary. You will be lead, step-by-step, through the creation of an original piece of art to take home!

Seating is limited to 30 people per class.

IMPORTANT: Please put the class date you are registering for in the comments field on the registration page

Sunday, JANUARY 15 from 1-4 p.m., Rauschenberg, Collage with Mixed Media

Robert Rauschenberg was a master of using found objects in his art. Found objects, photographs, and wrappers along with paint will be incorporated into our art work to create a layered effect.

"I think a painting is more like the real world if it is made out of the real world." - Robert Rauschenberg

Sunday, FEBRUARY 12 – Jim Dine, Hearts

Jim Dine developed his distinct style of using popular symbols in his art. Inspired by Jim Dine we will use The simple shape of the heart as a foundation for an exploration of color and texture. Using acrylics we will play with different painting techniques and color palettes creating a dynamic and original art piece.

Sunday, MARCH 19 – Kandinsky, Abstract Painting

Like Kandinsky we will look to color, line, shapes, and angles to paint expressive abstract art works. Wassily Kandinsky , One of the pioneers of abstract modern art, he used the relationship between color and form to create an aesthetic experience that engaged sight, sound, and emotions.

Sunday, APRIL 9 – Van Gogh, Vase of Flowers, acrylic paints

Characterized by bold colors with dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork a vase of flowers will take on a whole new life. Van Gogh was a post-impressionist painter whose work, notable for its beauty, emotion and color, highly influenced 20th century art.

Sunday, MAY 14 - Thiebaud, Cupcakes

Wayne Thiebaud is known for his bright paintings of pastries and cakes. Simple shapes, complemetary colors, and shadow will be discussed to help us create almost portrait like paintings of cupcakes.

Sunday, JUNE 11 – Ventura Beach Landscape

Ventura beaches have long been a source of inspiration for many artists. With our beautiful landscapes, palm trees and endless beaches we are the embodiment of the California dream.

Sunday, JULY 9 – Tamayo, Watermelons, acrylic paints

A bold and vibrant color palette gives life to the abstracted subjects in the paintings of Tamayo. Tamayo’s color mastery maintains sophistication while adding playfulness and tension to the paintings. The textures are coarse and velvety at the same time.

Sunday, AUGUST 13 – Joseph Cornell, Found Object Assemblages

Looking to Joseph Cornell’s work we will create assemblages using a variety of found objects including paper and 3 dimensional items. Cornell collected source material for his work, which became artistic creations about his inner thoughts, desires, and imagination.

Sunday, SEPTEMBER 10 – Warhol, Pop Art Portraits with print transfers

In the Warhol fashion we will use bright colors and iconic celebrities to create pop art portraits.

Sunday, OCTOBER 15 – Abstract, color exploration – Delauney

French artist, Robert Delaunay used color to create form in his paintings and color contrast to excite the eye.

Sunday, NOVEMBER 12 – Matisse cut outs

During the last decade of his life Henri Matisse deployed two simple materials—white paper and gouache—to create works of wide-ranging color and complexity. A pair of scissors, was the tool Matisse used to transform paint and paper into a world of plants, animals, figures, and shapes.

Sunday, DECEMBER 10 - Mixed media paint and play

Explore painting techniques creating texture and interest with the use of layering paints collage and stencils.

 
Fees: $40.ºº per person
 
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Meditate & Create
FALL/WINTER, 2016
 
Instructor: Megan Bisbee
Dates: Mondays once a month
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Class Code: AM1
Adults
 

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Explore mindfulness and creativity during a stress free evening. Starting with guided meditation get in touch with your creativity and make a personal Mandala. Drawing Mandalas can increase focus and creativity, provide artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.

Megan Bisbee, BFA, CTY 200-hr, MFTt has been teaching art, yoga and mindfulness meditation for over ten years. She is also currently a practicing psychotherapist specializing in depth work. Her teaching is based on her own work around the power of self-knowing to ease stress, find self-acceptance, embrace joy, and live deeply.

Monday, September 12

Monday, October 3

Monday, November 7

Monday, December 5

Monday, January 9

Monday, February 6

 
Fees: 100.ºº for 4 sessions, drop-ins $30. per class
 
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Drawing from Observation
One Day Workshop
 
Instructor: Colin Fraser Gray
Dates: First Saturday of every month, (see dates below)
Time: 9am - 12 pm
Class Code: ADRWC
Adults
 

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Develop skills in the elements of drawing and composition. Through This class will focus on traditional drawing techniques, while drawing directly from simple Still Life imagery. We will explore volume, shading, foreshortening, perspective, line quality, positive and negative space and composition.

*PUT THE DATE YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR IN THE COMMENTS FIELD ON THE REGISTRATION PAGE:

Saturday, Feb. 3

Saturday, Mar. 4

Saturday, Apr. 1

Saturday, May 6

 
Fees: $40. per class
 
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Drawing from History
One Day Workshop
 
Instructor: Colin Fraser Gray
Dates: Second Saturday of every month, (see dates below)
Time: 9am - 12 pm
Class Code: ADDRWH
Adults
 

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This class provides a unique opportunity to look to art history and observe the work of great artists and art movements while learning from them. This is a hands on class that will explore different drawing styles, borrowing inspiration from the greats while fostering our own creativity.

*PUT THE DATE YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR IN THE COMMENTS FIELD ON THE REGISTRATION PAGE:

Saturday, Feb. 11

Saturday, Mar. 11

Saturday, Apr. 8

Saturday, May 13

 
Fees: $40. per class
 
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Creative Drawing
One Day Workshop
 
Instructor: Colin Fraser Gray
Dates: Third Saturday of every month, (see dates below)
Time: 9am - 12 pm
Class Code: ADRWC
Adults
 

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This class will emphasize a creative approach to drawing, bringing in the basics when needed. Through demonstration, class exercises, and critiques students explore creative concepts.

*PUT THE DATE YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR IN THE COMMENTS FIELD ON THE REGISTRATION PAGE:

Saturday, Feb. 18

Saturday, Mar. 18

Saturday, Apr. 15

Saturday, May 20

 
Fees: $40. per class
 
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OPEN STUDIO
 
Instructor: Colin Fraser Gray
Dates: Fourth Saturday of every month, (see dates below)
Time: 9am - 12 pm
Class Code: AOS
Adults
 
Studio Space: $20.

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Open studio is a place to bring art you’re currently working or start a new project. This is an independent work environment with instructor Colin Gray available for critiques and guidance as needed. *PUT THE DATE YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR IN THE COMMENTS FIELD ON THE REGISTRATION PAGE:

Saturday, Feb. 25

Saturday, Mar. 25

Saturday, Apr. 22

Saturday, May 27

 
Fees: $20. per class
 
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CERAMICS
Art n' Soul Ceramic Studio
 
Instructor: Sonya Burke
Dates: Tues. & Thurs., see dates below
Time: Two times available: 1-3:00 pm, or 6-8:00 pm
Class Code: ACHB2
Adults
 

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Week 1: Pressure ,z Pinch Pots, Score, Slip and Attach Students will be shown how to use varying degrees pressure to get the best results. Pinch pots will be introduced and demonstrated. Students will learn how to join or add pieces by scoring, adding slip and attaching for a strong construction.

Week 2: The art of the coil. Review of pressure and introduction of the coil technique. Students will be shown various projects created from the use of a rolled coil (snake).

Week 3: The wonderful slab. Students will learn different techniques of slab building. (pancake/ rolled) Various projects using the slab will give students experience with this method.

Week 4: Glaze. Students will apply glaze to their unfired pieces. Pieces will be ready for pick up 1-2 weeks after the last class. This allows for complete drying of pieces to avoid breakage in the kiln. Ask Sonya for information of pick up date.

Contact Sonya Burke with any questions: 805 620-2075

Class Overview:

But first...a peek into my thoughts on… learning new skills. We can have knowledge on how to ride a bike, ...but gaining the skills to actually ride the bike takes “doing it” and making a ton of mistakes……each mistake is a lesson. Mistakes are celebrated in this class……Mistakes means we will grow and achieve greater degrees of proficiency. Because of the amazing properties of clay…..dirt and minerals……we will practice 3 basic skills that give us a higher degree of a successful firing. Our clay pieces will literally be tested by fire, (about 2000 degrees) so the construction techniques are as important as the creative vision. Being involved with art requires the artist to take responsibility for themselves and their work space. Students will independently set up and clean up their work spaces.

Adult Ceramic Classes are taught offsite at Art n' Soul Ceramic Studio, 220 NORTH OLIVE, VENTURA, 93001

REGISTRATION INFO: Please put the sessions and times you are interested in the comments field on the registration page.

Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you have 2 times to choose from, 1-3:30 or 6:00 - 8:00

Session 1: Jan 31 - Feb. 23, 2017

Session 2: Mar 7 - Mar 30, 2017

Session 3: Apr 4 - Apr 27, 2017

Session 4:May 2 - May 25, 2017

 
Fees: $130. for 8 classes
 
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COMMUNITY ART DAY
$5. Sundays
 
Instructor: Mary Perez
Dates: First Sunday of every month, (see dates below)
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Class Code: CMART
Adults
 

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All ages are welcome to come and join the fun! The first Sunday of every month Vita Art Center will be hosting community art classes with a new project each month. You bring your creativity and we provide the rest. Ages 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017

Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017

Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday, Jun. 4, 2017

 
Fees: $5. per person at the door
 
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PRIVATE PAINTING PARTY
 
Instructor: Mary Perez
Dates: July 17
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Class Code: prvt
Adults
 
Come join us for a glass (or two) of wine and painting in a relaxed, fun environment, with expert guidance. No experience necessary. You will be lead, step-by-step, through the creation of an original piece of art to take home!
 
Fees: $40.ºº
 
To register for this class click here