Painting Fundamentals: The Elusive Qualities of Color and Light

JMW Turner/ Venice

JMW Turner/ Venice

Napa Valley College, Saint Helena

Whether you are a plein aire, still life or abstract painter, the complexities of making a painting present problems to solve. In this focused 5-session class we will look at how color and light can create form and movement in a painting. Looking at examples of Turner and Eric Fischl and their techniques, we will examine how to effectively use light and color to achieve compelling results.

Class includes research, in-class and take home painting assignments as well as some independent painting. A perfect way to start a summer day whether you are a beginner or advanced painter. For beginners and advanced painters. 

Thursdays 9:30 to 2:00 PM  
June 13th to July 25th / 5 sessions over 7 weeks $225. 
NO class July 4th and 18th
 course #75096 NVCUVC  707.967.2900

Summer Painting & Déjeuner Series


CIA Greystone in Saint Helena, CA

Paint from the terrace of the Culinary Institute of America / Greystone and enjoy delicious lunch in the cafe.

Monday June 17th
9:30 to 12:30; 12:45 to 2pm lunch
$85 includes lunch, dessert and instruction
reservations required

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Starmont Winery in Napa, CA

Paint the beauty of the Carneros vineyards from Starmont Winery and enjoy a charcuterie style lunch with delicious Starmont wines

Monday, July 29th
9:30 to 12:30; 12:45 to 2pm lunch
$125 includes charcuterie lunch with wine and instruction
reservations required


Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, CA

Pack up your car and head to the coast for some JMW Turner inspired painting. Crashing waves and blustery skies can make for some dramatic paintings be they small or large. 

Thursday August 1st
10am to 1pm
$60 includes protein snack, fruit and water and instruction
reservations required


Printmaking Workshop - Intro to Monotype


Nimbus Arts in Saint Helena, CA

Whether you are already a printmaker, or have yet to discover the joys of a hand pulled print, join us at Nimbus Arts new printmaking studio for four weeks of creative bliss and discovery.

Monotype can be the most painterly printmaking process and also the most accessible. After a brief demo+ lecture, we will create images on Plexiglas plates and transfer them to paper using the Conrad French American printing press. Each week we will focus on one of the many approaches to monotype, working from photos or drawings, abstractly and with organic material. Bring sketchbook + ideas to first class. $175

*Inks and most materials are included. One sheet of RIVES BFK will be provided at first class with paper available to purchase on site.

PM–2 Teen/Adult Wednesdays June 26, July 10, 17, 24 9:30 to 12:30pm

Small & Large Format Printmaking
Nimbus Arts In these one-day workshops you can discover the beauty of the artist hand pulled print. Working with both and additive and subtractive process, students will apply ink to Plexiglas plates, and transfer to paper using the Conrad French American printing press. Create a series of small scale work or go BIG and discover the joys of living large. We will develop imagery from photos, drawings, or organic source material to create a series of prints that will leave you smiling and high-fiving the artist within you. $175

PM – 8 Ages Teen/Adult Saturday July 13 10:00-4:00pm

PM – 9 Ages Teen/Adult Saturday August 17 10:00-4:00pm

Price includes ink and most materials. Additional paper available to purchase on site.