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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.

For an Adult Scholarship Application click here

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CREATE, DRINK AND BE MERRY

STUDIO SUNDAYS at the MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY

Vita Art Center is excited to continue offering Studio Sundays at the Museum of Ventura County. 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!

Sunday, April 17 from 1-4 p.m., Frida and A Margarita

Master the self-portrait as Frida Kahlo did, incorporating symbolic elements and bright colors.

Sunday, May 22 from 1-4 p.m., Van Gogh and Merlot

Create Van Gogh's distinctive almond blossom paintings in your own vibrant palette.

Sunday, June 26 from 1-4 p.m., O'Keeffe, Flowers & Wine

Learn to draw the sensual shapes and gorgeous flowers of New Mexican maven Georgia O'Keeffe. This class will be held at Vita Art Center.

Sunday, July 17, Color Me Happy

Combine styles of painting as Beatriiz does with her mash-up of Brazilian Folk art and modernism.

$40 per person, $35 for MVC members. Fee includes (up to) 2 glasses of wine and art materials. Seating is limited to 40 people per class.

Click here to reserve your space online.

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Mothers Day Art Celebration
 
Instructor: Mary Perez
Dates: Sunday, May 8
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Class Code: mdpty
Adults
 

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Come and spend the afternoon making a beautiful mixed media mosaic heart with Mom or in honor of your Mother. You can work collaboratively to create one special heart or create your own. This workshop is open to all ages 6 & up, children must be accompanied by an adult.

 
Fees: $35. per person
 
To register for this class click here

Meditate & Create
Winter/Spring 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, May 2

Monday, June 6

Monday, July 11

Monday, August 8

Monday, September 12

Monday, October 3

 
Fees: 100.ºº for 4 sessions, drop-ins $30. per class
 
To register for this class click here

DRAWING
WINTER/SPRING
 
Instructor: Colin Fraser Gray
Dates: Tuesdays,on going
Time: 10:00 - 12:00 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.

REGISTRATION:Please put the class you are signing up for in the comments field on the registration page.

Class 5: February 2 - February 23, 2016

Class 6: March 1 - March 22, 2016

Class 7: April 5 - April 26, 2016

Class 8: May 3 - May 24, 2016

 
Fees: $80. per class, (each class has 4 sessions)
 
To register for this class click here

CERAMICS
Art n' Soul Ceramic Studio
 
Instructor: Sonya Burke
Dates: Tues. & Thurs., April 19 thru May 12, 2016, 8 classes
Time: Three times available: 10-12:00, 1-3:00pm, or 6-8:00 pm
Class Code: ACHB
Adults
 

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Week 1: Pressure , 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 meets twice weekly, Tuesday and Thursdays, 2 hour classes and open studio time, includes instruction, 25 lbs clay, glazing and firing.

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

 
Fees: $130.ºº, 8 classes
 
To register for this class click here

CERAMICS
Art n' Soul Ceramic Studio
 
Instructor: Sonya Burke
Dates: Tues. & Thurs., May 24-June 23, 2016 (No class June 14 or 16), 8 classes
Time: Three times available: 10-12:00, 1-3:00pm, or 6-8:00 pm
Class Code: ACHB2
Adults
 

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Week 1: Pressure , 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

 
Fees: $130. for 8 classes
 
To register for this class click here

CERAMICS
Art n' Soul Ceramic Studio
 
Instructor: Sonya Burke
Dates: Tues. & Thurs., June 28 – July 28, 2016 (no class July 12 or 14), 8 classes
Time: Three times available: 10-12:00, 1-3:00pm, or 6-8:00 pm
Class Code: ACHB3
Adults
 

ceramichandbuilding.jpg

Week 1: Pressure , 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 meets twice weekly, Tuesday and Thursdays, 2 hour classes and open studio time, includes instruction, 25 lbs clay, glazing and firing.

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

 
Fees: $130. for 8 classes
 
To register for this class click here