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. Your space in a class cannot be confirmed until payment is received or payment arrangements are made with the office.

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Drawing from Observation
150.00
  • Dates: Tuesdays, See dates options

  •  Instructor: Colin Fraser Gray

  • Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm 

  • . No class 4/2

  • Fees: $150. per 6 class session

Develop skills in the elements of drawing and composition. 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.

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Saturday, CERAMICS, Wheel Throwing
150.00
  • Saturdays, see date options

  • Time: 10:30 - 1:00 p.m.

  • Fees: $150. per 4 class session

  • Instructor: Wyn Matthews
    This is the perfect class for beginners and intermediate level students who would like to learn or perfect their skills on the potter’s wheel. Materials included.

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Tuesday Evening. CERAMICS, Wheel Throwing
150.00
  • Tuesdays, see date options

  • Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Fees: $150. per 4 class session

  • Instructor: Wyatt Amend
    This is the perfect class for beginners and intermediate level students who would like to learn or perfect their skills on the potter’s wheel. Materials included.

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Wednesday Morning, CERAMICS, Wheel Throwing
150.00
  • Wednesdays, see date options

  • Time: 10-12:30pm

  • Fees: $150. per 4 class session

  • Instructor: Sara Carlson
    This is the perfect class for beginners and intermediate level students who would like to learn or perfect their skills on the potter’s wheel. Materials included.

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Wednesday Evening, CERAMICS, Wheel Throwing
150.00
  • Wednesdays, see date options

  • Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Fees: $150. per 4 class session

  • Instructor : Wyn Matthews
    This is the perfect class for beginners and intermediate level students who would like to learn or perfect their skills on the potter’s wheel. Materials included.

 
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CERAMICS, Hand building
150.00
  • Dates: Thursdays, see dates options

  • Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

  • Instructor: Sonya Burke

  • no class Apr 4

  • Fees: $150., per 6 class session

When you put your hands to clay, the natural inclination to form, shape, and ultimately create something is inescapable. Hand built objects can be produced by pinching balls of clay, joining slabs, or creating coils. Hand building is a combination of coil, carving, pounding, and squishing. During this 6 week course students will learn the 3 basic techniques consisting of pinch pots, coils, and slabs, with these 3 techniques the students will be encouraged to create a variety of projects. All materials and firings are provided.

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Matisse Inspired Sun Painting
40.00
  • Sunday, April 14 from 1-4pm

  • Instructor: Amy Schneider

  • Adult

Henri Matisse created some of his best-known art in the final decade of his life, and he made it from the simplest materials: shapes cut from colorful sheets of paper. He described these “cut-out” works as “drawing with scissors,” and he used this technique for works of various sizes and subjects. inspired by Matisse we will cut various shapes from simple paper and then learn techniques in sun painting a process using fabric paints, our paper shapes and the sun to print onto fabrics. We will be supplying fabrics and supplies needed, you are also welcome to bring your own 100% cotton pre-washed fabric.

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Meditation & Drawing
from 30.00
  • Monthly, first Mondays

  • Dates: Feb. 4, Mar. 4, Apr. 1, May 6

  • Time: 6-8:30pm

  • Fees: $30. per class $110. for all 4

  • Instructor: Lauren Volk

  • Category: Adult

“Drawing is the urge to illustrate what we see and feel.” -The Zen of Seeing

 Awareness is very important. We are here, nowhere else. Since we are here why not be here?

In this course students will learn meditative exercises to become more intuitively aware of enhancing their perception. The first step toward creation is to see everything as it really is. This approach to art can be seen as a form of meditation, a way of getting into intimate touch with the visual world around us and become fully awake. You cannot be an artist without relating to some practice of meditation. The key to drawing is to set conditions to cause a mental shift to an altered state of consciousness that enables you to see truly and well. In this drawing mode, you will be able to draw what you perceive even for those who have never studied drawing. Students develop the perceptual skills necessary for realistic drawing: contour line, positive/negative space, perspective and proportion, light and shadow, and seeing and drawing the whole.

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Urban Sketchbook
from 40.00
  • Monthly, Second Sundays

  • Dates: Feb.10, Mar. 10, Apr. 14, May 12

  • Time: 1-4 pm

  • Fees: $40. per class $130. for all 4

  • Instructor: Lauren Volk

    The purpose of this course is to learn to sketch on location - people, landscapes, cityscapes, and more. Build the skills an artist needs to draw vibrant city sketches and urban landscapes full of people. Learn to see the world one drawing at a time. Connect with the energy of place and capture the decisive moment.In this course, students learn to see pictorially on location. They will also develop a good foundation in basic drawing. We cover 2D and 3D shapes, proportions, silhouette, contouring, value, shadow, texture, and perspective. 

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Dadaism, Hannah Hoch, & the art of Collage
40.00
  • Dates: Sunday, March 24, 2019

  • Time: 1-4 pm

  • Instructor: Lauren Volk

Fantastical or serious, personal or political, the art of collage is a popular art technique accessible to beginner and professional alike.

The Dadaists were the first serious artists to fully explore the technique of collage. Dada was an art movement that came into being after and as a response to the First World War in Europe. The techniques adopted by the collage artists gave expression to a new way of looking at and interpreting the world.

Hannah Hoch was a female Dada artist renowned for her collage art innovations. Her work was highly original, political, and intellectual, skillfully merging feminist ideas with the overall Dadaist aesthetic.

Students in this workshop will be given a foundation in the elements and principles of design (color, composition, perspective, etc.) They will also learn about the Dadaist art movement and its place in the social structure of the time. Students will be creating their own journals of collage art pieces.

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Herbal Arts
from 55.00
  • Sat., April 20. 1-5 pm. , Featured plant: Rosemary

  • cost: $55 

  • 4 classes: $200

  • Instructor: Jiling Lin

  • Adult

Deepen your relationship with medicinal plants through complete sensory engagement. Focus connection with one plant each month by drinking tea, making art, and crafting herbal medicines. Learn historical and scientific practices and perspectives, while cultivating experiential intuition. Art processes hone observational and technical skills, and encourage multi-media exploration, through life-drawing, print-making, book-binding, and photography. Creating herbal preparations empowers health resilience. Rotating projects include salves, tinctures, honeys, vinegars, and incense. Take home herbal preparations, art projects, and informed inspiration for optimal life expression, wellness, and thrival.  

Jiling is a Taiwanese-heritage California native with eclectic roots. After graduating from UCLA with a studio arts degree in 2006, Jiling traveled for a decade across USA and southeast Asia, studying and teaching Earth-based skills. She taught outdoor education in New England, studied and taught yoga in India, led adventure trips and taught more yoga in China, and studied acupuncture in Taiwan, before returning to the USA for graduate level herbal and acupuncture studies. Jiling is an acupuncturist, herbalist, and yoga teacher in Ventura, CA. When not teaching or seeing patients, Jiling is surfing, climbing, hiking, backpacking, and botanizing around Ventura, and beyond. Passionate about living fully and expressively, Jiling is stoked to share her loves of wilderness and creativity in the monthly Herbal Arts series. 

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2 day, Surrealist, Pen & Ink Workshop
90.00
  • Dates: Sundays, May 19 & 26

  • Time: 1- 5 pm

  • Instructor: Lauren Volk

Explore the depths of your imagination. Reveal your wildest dreams. By using the techniques of the Surrealists, explore your subconscious as a valid form of reality.

 In this workshop/course students will be given a solid foundation in basic drawing techniques (contour drawing, cross hatching, scumbling, etc.) and the elements and principles of design (color, line, space, etc.) Then they will learn about the Surrealists and their revolutionary attempts to plum the subconscious and release their true creative potential.

For their project, students will take what they have learned and merge it all together to create dream-like, surreal images inspired by the works of Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Merit Oppenheim, and their contemporaries.    

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Sumi & Sip
35.00
  • Sumi & Sip  

  • Saturday, May 11th 4-6pm

  • Instructor: Kathleen Kaller

  • Adult

  • $35.

Japanese inspired refreshments and creative exploration.  A introduction to the mediative practice of Suminagashi- The Japanese Art of Marbling.

Using special inks we will float them on the surface of water.  We will print our work on rice paper and transform them into beautiful stationary for your loved ones!

Just in time for Mother’s day!  All supplies included.

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GELLI PLATE Workshop
40.00
  • One Day Workshop

  • Instructor: Kathleen Kaller

  • Dates: Sunday, March 24, 2019

  • Time: 1-4 p.m.

  • Adult

Gelli plate is a (table-top) printing surface that makes it easy to produce beautiful, one-of-a-kind artwork with amazing colors and textures without having to use a printing press. This workshop will demonstrate how to create monoprints using gelatin printing to create stunning layered prints, pages for art journals, greeting cards, and much more. Gelli printing is the perfect medium for beginners and experts alike. Durable and reusable, Gelli plates are easy to clean with water, so you can quickly change paint colors and move on to your next project. Exciting results can be obtained quickly, and simple variations give each print its own unique personality. You will be inspired to create colorful backgrounds, textured pages, multiple layers. You’ll learn how to use stencils, stamps, found objects and work with different surfaces to create interesting and innovative textures and exciting works of art.

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Click for more information about “A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women” by Siri Hustvedt

Read, Sip, Chat (CANCELED for Thursday, March 21)
5.00
  • CANCELED- Thursday, March 21

  • Book Club at Vita Art Center

  • Book Selection:

    “A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind”

    by Siri Hustvedt

  • Thursday, March 21 from 6:30-8:00

  • $5., (Members Free)

join us for an evening as we discuss and take a deeper look at the month’s featured book and sip on tea or wine (your choice). Book selections will focus on making connections with our exhibitions or art related themes.

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MEMBERS FREE