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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Ceramic Plate Evening Workshop
  • Saturday, Oct. 5

  • Instructors: Sue Pollack & Mary Perez

  • 6-8 pm

  • $35

Come join us in the ceramic studio for a relaxed and fun evening creating art and enjoying a glass (or two) of wine. We will be carving texture and design along with painting with glazes on preprepared plates. The plates will then be fired in the kiln and ready for pick up in a week or two. No experience is necessary.

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Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing
  • Sept 14- Rings & Things

  • Oct 13- Bracelets & Bangles

  • Oct 27- Pendants & Charms

  • Instuctor Michelle Wilson

  • 1-4pm

  • $75/class, $210/series

  • ages 16 & up

  • Limited to 6.

Join Michelle WIlson for three fun one day project based workshops We’ll be working with copper, brass, nickel and sterling silver, beautiful Pacific beach glass and vintage silver flatware to create unique, one of a kind personal accessories. We’ll learn basic metalsmithing skills as we design and craft our pieces.

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Drawing from Observation
  • Dates: Tuesdays, Nov. 5-Dec. 10

  •  Instructor: Colin Fraser Gray

  • Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm 

  • 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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Mixed Media, Image Transfer, Workshop
  • Sunday, September 22 from 10-4pm

  • $75.

  • Instructors: Amy Schneider & Mary Perez

Join us for a full day learning multiple techniques in transferring images and incorporating them into your paintings. You can bring in your own photos or images printed from a laser jet (not ink Jet) or choose from the many images we will have available. Transfer techniques include: heat , citrisolv, carbon, tape and oil pastel. All supplies are provided. We will take a lunch break, either pack a lunch or you can grab something from any of the nearby restaurants.

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Ceramic Fish
  • Saturday Sep. 21 & Oct. 5

  • 3-5pm both days

  • $60.

Join Sue Pollack and Mary Perez for a 2 day workshop. The first day will be spent making our fish and the second glazing. The class will cover slab, carving, and glazing techniques.

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Traditional Japanese four – hole stab bookbinding
  • Sunday, Sept. 29 from 2-5pm

  • $40.00.

  • Instructors: Lauren Volk

In this workshop, students will create a four-hole Japanese stab binding. This is the perfect project for someone looking to try a scrapbook, a family memento book, or a personal sketchbook.  In stab binding you will learn the importance of working with the direction of the grain of your paper which is important for bookbinding. One thing great about working with stab-bound books, you can use scraps of papers of different weights, textures, and colors as long as they are cut to the same size to line up to create the four-stab stitching technique. In this workshop you will also learn a simple dying technique for the cover of your book. Once you’ve learned this stab binding technique, you can learn more advanced techniques.

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Ceramic Cup Workshop
  • Sunday, Oct. 6 from 2-5pm

  • $40.00.

  • Instructors: Patricia Keller

In this 3-hour workshop, we will learn how to make a ceramic cup using slab construction and an image transfer technique to apply your design. By the end of the workshop you will have a fully constructed and decorated cup that will be fired for you.  Your finished work will be available for pick up on a later date.  Beginners welcome.

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Mixed Media, Beatriz Milhazes Inspired
  • Sunday, Oct. 20 from 2-5pm

  • $40.00.

  • Instructors: Amy Schneider

    Combine styles of painting and collage looking to Beatriz Milhazes mixed media work with a mash-up of Brazilian folk art and modernism.

    Come join us in a relaxed and fun environment creating art and enjoying a glass (or two) of wine. With expert guidance,, you will be lead, step-by-step, through the creation of an original piece of art to take home! These are not a "paint by numbers" type of art class, we provide instructions, guidance and inspiration at the end of class each student will have their own unique creative interpretation of the project. No experience necessary.

    Beatriz Milhazes is well known for her vibrantly colorful, kaleidoscopic collages, prints, paintings and installations which draw on both Latin American and European traditions. Milhazes’ rigorously structured compositions are punctuated by a recurring set of arabesque motifs inspired by Brazilian culture, ceramics, lacework, carnival decoration, music, and Colonial baroque architecture.

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Metalsmithing Basics
  • Nov 10- Sawing & Piercing, Get up close and personal with a jewelers saw and flex shaft.

  • Nov 17- Forming & Surface Enrichment, Play with hammers, stamps and patinas.

  • Nov 24- Torch Soldering. Learn various techniques and their applications.

  • Instructor: Michelle Wilson

  • 1-4pm

  • $75/class, $210/ series

  • 16 & up

  • Limited to 6.

Learn Metalsmithing Basics with my Skill Set Series in November. In these workshops, we’ll focus on a specific skill set and create practice pieces in order to become confident and efficient in the various processes of basic metalsmithing. Classes may be taken as a series or individually.

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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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Monday, Morning, CERAMICS, Wheel Throwing
  • Mondays, see date options

  • Time: 10-12:30pm

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

  • Time: 10-12:30pm

  • 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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Thursday Evening, CERAMICS, Wheel Throwing
150.00
  • Thursdays, 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: 12:30- 2:30 pm

  • Instructor: Sonya Burke

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  • 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 4 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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Meditation & Drawing
30.00
  • Monthly, first Mondays

  • Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2

  • Time: 6-8:30pm

  • Fees: $30. per class

  • 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
40.00
  • Monthly, Second Sundays

  • Dates: Jun 9, Jul 14, Aug 11, Sep 8

  • 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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