Open Studio

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.
So do it!” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

Come in and apply what you learned in class. Or experiment with a new idea. For just $15, you can come in and use the studio for up to 2 hours. Add a 22×28 canvas and use of our acrylic paints for just $5.

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Contemporary Art

Explore your artistic identity across all the contemporary mediums: drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Learn about new materials and techniques each day and make unique, personal art.

$325 includes all instruction, materials and snack

Sample Schedule
  • Day 1: Sculpting with Alternative Materials
    Why be limited to clay or plaster? We’ll use materials that might otherwise end up in a landfill to make a personal statement with art that helps heal the planet.
  • Day 2: Contemporary Painting
    No, we’re not going to paint bowls of fruit. Rather, emphasis in this class will be to experiment with materials, techniques and color. .
  • Day 3: Monotype Printmaking
    Working from your own personal inspiration, realistic or imaginary, we’ll work on plates that will be run through a press to create one-of-a-kind prints.
  • Day 4: Drawing the Abstract
    Expand the way you think about drawing. The subject of our work will be mark making and materials rather than the literal world.
  • Day 5: Curating the Show
    Studio instructors will review the week’s work, considering the unique points-of-view expressed. This will result in a group show, open to parents and guests when camp ends.

Contemporary Art Camps for ages 7-10

June 25-29 from 9am to noon. Register here.
July 16-20 from 9am to noon. Register here.
August 20-24 from 9am to noon. Register here.

Contemporary Art Camps for ages 10-14

June 25-29 from 1pm to 4pm. Register here.
July 16-20 from 1 to 4pm. Register here.
July 23-27 from 9am to noon. Register here.

“Big” Art

This is your chance to experiment with scale and space. Paint a giant 6-foot canvas. Create a massive 10-foot tall sculpture. This camp will stretch your child’s creativity to the max.

$325 includes all instruction, materials and snack

Sample Schedule
  • Day 1: Big Painting
    On the first day, we’ll spend a little time looking at inspiration and conceptualizing our “big” paintings. Should it be realistic or abstract? Actual size or exaggeration? By the end of the day, we will have begun our large-scale works.
  • Day 2: Big Painting
    A lot of new ideas have probably popped into your head since yesterday. Today, we’ll implement any new thoughts and finish up our paintings.
  • Day 3: Big Sculpture
    Starting with a contextual discussion about large scale sculptures, we’ll find inspiration and begin conceptualizing our “big” sculptures. We’ll experiment with small versions and begin the framework for our eventual masterwork.
  • Day 4: Big Sculpture
    Again, you’ll probably come in with a lot of new ideas you want to try out on your sculpture. We’ll spend most of today exploring, implementing and adjusting.
  • Day 5: The Big Show
    We’ll put final touches on our paintings and sculptures and install our show. Parents and guests are welcome to come see the show an hour before camp ends.

“Big” Art Camps for ages 7-10

July 2-6 from 1 to 4pm. Register here.
July 30-August 3 from 9am to noon. Register here.
August 6-10 from 9am to noon. Register here.

Sculpture Garden

Experimenting with a variety of materials from clay to plaster to recycled objects, we will work individually and collectively to create a themed sculptural art installation that opens day 5!

$325 includes all instruction, materials and snack

Sample Schedule
  • Day 1: Evolve a New Species
    Using painted paper and collage materials, we’ll let our imagination make an artistic commentary on Darwinism.
  • Day 2: Recycled Materials
    What can you make using only packaging materials? What does this say about consumerism and it’s use (and misuse) of materials? And most importantly, how much fun will it be to make egg carton butterflies?
  • Day 3: Mars Needs Sculptures
    How far can you take cardboard tubes and tape? Unleash your creative spirit, and the sky’s the limit.
  • Day 4: Sculptural Self-Portrait
    Utilizing everything you’ve discovered about materials and process over the past week, create an abstract representation of your inner being.
  • Day 5: Sculptural Installation
    We’ll put the finishing touches on our individual pieces and then arrange them as a sculptural installation. The show is open to parents and guests an hour before camp ends.

Sculpture Garden Camps for ages 7-10

July 9-13 from 9am to noon. Register here.
August 13-17 from 1pm to 4pm. Register here.

Art of Photography

Learn to take great photos through playful experiments. We’ll shoot portraiture, still life, and action images using digital and other technical processes. The week ends with a student show!

$325 includes all instruction, materials and a snack (but bring your own camera – DSLR preferred)

Sample Schedule
  • Day 1: Introductions
    Learn about camera settings, composition, and light. Then get to know your camp-mates through in-studio photography projects. We’ll project the results and highlight the unique points-of-view.
  • Day 2: Still Life: Toys
    Introduce still-life concepts and apply them to photographing a toy brought from home. We’ll challenge ourselves to think in new ways, bring the toy to life and build a story. Then we’ll highlight and discuss the results.
  • Day 3: Portraits
    Introduce portraiture concepts and apply them to photographing camp-mates. We’ll break to review the results, then come back to a white seamless where we’ll practice capturing different personas and implied stories.
  • Day 4: Action!
    See how sports, fashion, photojournalism all capture action. An in-studio action photography exercise will illuminate the inherent challenges. We’ll review the results and learn about photographic solutions.
  • Day 5: Retouching and Exhibit
    We’ll review the best photographs of the week, and then see how retouching can enhance them even more. A final exhibition is open to parents and guests when camp ends.

Art of Photography Camps for ages 10-14

July 2-6 from 9am to noon. Register here.
July 30-August 3 from 1pm to 4pm. Register here.

Fashion as Art

Explore the use of form, shape, color, pattern and texture to make a personal statement through clothing design. At week’s end, we’ll do a fashion photo shoot with the textiles and garments you’ve made! Click here to see the photo shoot from our last camp.

$325 includes all instruction, materials and snack

Sample Schedule
  • Day 1: Inspiration
    We’ll start the camp by looking through magazines, swatches, photographs and art, looking for the kernel of inspiration that will be the foundation of your new collection.
  • Day 2: Textiles
    Today we’ll explore the process of fabric painting, printing, or dyeing. This is the foundation of all fashion design.
  • Day 3: Shapes and Silhouettes
    Sleek or billowy? Wide or narrow? These are choices you will learn to make based on the effect you hope to create.
  • Day 4: Illustration
    Illustration style can profoundly affect the impression of your designs. Today we’ll experiment with a variety of techniques to capture the essence of your collection.
  • Day 5: Creating the book
    Using the materials, drawings and inspiration we’ve collected over the past several days, we’ll put together a concept book for your new fashion collection.

Fashion as Art Camps for ages 10-14

July 9-13 from 1pm to 4pm. Register here.
July 23-27 from 1pm to 4pm. Register here.
August 6-10 from 1pm to 4pm. Register here.
August 13-17 from 9am to noon. Register here.

Stop-Motion Animation

Working individually and as a production crew, we’ll create the characters, develop the story, and build the set. You’ll go home with a stop-motion animated film on DVD.

$325 includes all instruction, materials and snack

Sample Schedule
  • Day 1: Introduction, Concept and Story
    We’ll start by watching some examples of award-winning stop motion animation and talk about what we like about it and why it works. Then through as series of individual and group exercises, we’ll develop our own concept and storyline.
  • Day 2: Characters and Set
    Working from the concept and story developed yesterday, we’ll break into groups and develop our characters and set.
  • Day 3: Shoot
    Taking turns working as one cohesive production crew, we’ll shoot our characters on set and get all our footage in the can.
  • Day 4: Edit
    This is where all the magic happens. Story. Emotion. Timing. Cutaways. We’ll explore lots of techniques and learn about the technology.
  • Day 5: Premier
    Today we’ll put the finishing touches on our production and get ready for our premier screening. Parents and guests are welcome one hour before camp ends.

Stop-Motion Animation Camps for ages 10-14

August 20-24 from 1pm to 4pm. Register here.
August 27-31 from 1pm to 4pm. Register here.

Daniel Bilmes

Daniel Bilmes is an artist in the classic figurative genre, whose paintings are noted for their elegance, refinement and serene humanism.Daniel’s work has been influenced by such masters as Rafael, Repin and Rembrandt, but the artist he most admires is his father and teacher, Semyon Bilmes. Daniel began his artistic education at the age of eight under Semyon’s tutelage. His schooling is deeply rooted in classic 19th century Russian painting tradition, and his style inspired by his multi-cultural upbringing and international travels.At the age of 15 he became an instructor at the Ashland Academy of Art in Southern Oregon (where he taught for 6 years). His work aims to capture the character of his subject in the most sensitive and truthful way possible. He achieves this by digging ever deeper into the human experience, looking for hidden insights, bringing them into significance and onto the canvas.

Thinh Nguyen

Thinh Nguyen work is a complex contemporary look at a few converging issues investigating the personal, social, cultural, and historical while innovatively engaging the public in the process. He explores formal and conceptual process in different media as a strategy to continue the development of critical exchange and aesthetic innovation. He received a BFA from California State University, Fullerton and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University.

Nguyen has performed at the Museum Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, The Pasadena Armory Art Center, and numerous venues while wearing a black or brightly colored hood over his entire head. He exhibited at Track 16, Santa Monica Bergamot Station, UCLA New Wright Gallery, Marymount College Art Gallery, Truman State University Art Gallery, College Art Association Conference Un-Ground Space: “Art In The Public Realm”, and Art in Odd Places: MODEL 2012 performance festival in New York.

Sharry Lai

Sharry Lai is a graduate from Pasadena Art Center. Sharry aims to use her skills to communicate a new perspective on fashion. Instead of seeing fashion just for its superficial standards of beauty, she desires to share the freedom and the power fashion and fashion illustration can provide.

“The art of fashion can inspire, comfort, enable, and assist. She cures her fashion cravings and works through controversial issues of the industry by drawing, freelancing as an illustrator, creating illustrative pitches for clients and retouching photos. Sharry believes that fashion illustration can encourage a way to translate and challenge personal perspectives on beauty and images.

Matt Garofalo

A professional Animator and Illustrator, Matt most recently has worked as a Character Designer and Animator on a pilot and series for Adult Swim on Cartoon network. Additionally, Matt has worked as a Flash Animator, Illustrator, and video editor on multiple Educational Software projects, and as the sole artist on many animated shorts and pilots for web series.

Matt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Arts and Animation from The New England Institute of Art, and is eager to share his experience and passion for Storyboarding, Character and Background design and Flash Animation.

More of Matt’s artwork can be viewed on his website at www.mattgarofalo.com

Henderson Blumer

Henderson Blumer studied at UC San Diego, receiving his BA in both studio art and art history. His focus is currently on crafting arts education for younger students, emphasizing modern and contemporary art history, as well as personal development.  Henderson works in a variety of mediums: paint, sculpture, drawing and digital; all the while emphasizing that the development of the idea behind the artwork is the most important part of the process.

Lisa Young-De Leon

Lisa has two bachelor’s degrees, one in Early Childhood Education and the other in Art History.

While teaching preschool in Manhattan Beach in the early 90’s, Lisa began to develop and implement art projects that promoted the arts and encouraged school age development.

Today, Lisa continues to create fun, educational, and developmentally appropriate art projects and workshops.  She has been a working artist for over 20 years and has been teaching art to children for over 10 years.

Jessica Pons

Jessica Pons earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Photography at San Francisco State University. In 2008 she worked as a production assistant for Link TV and in 2010 she worked as a photo reporter for the daily San Francisco Chronicle. She has also worked as a photo guide to teenagers traveling in South East Asia for the Travel Company Rustic Pathways.

For the past 2 years, Pons has been working as a freelance photographer, working on various projects for advertisers, magazines, newspapers, publishes, and individual clients. She has also worked on personal projects, which have landed her international awards and recognitions. Ultimately, Pons hopes that her photos will inspire people to reflect upon themselves and the complexity of human nature.

Christian Cox

Throughout her fashion career, Christian has had the opportunity to work on both sides of the camera. She signed with FORD models at the age of 17 and continued to model for approx 6 years around the world appearing in magazines such as Elle, Sportswear International, Max and more.

After this very successful run, Christian decided to go back to design school and become a fashion designer earning a degree from FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in Los Angeles. She has worked for Aiko Fashion House, Style Bible and assisted in many of the runway shows for London and New York Fashion weeks.

Christina Carroll

Southern California native Christina Carroll lives and works in the same rustic canyon that was her childhood home. She found an early companion and teacher in the natural world surrounding her. Both parents were creative and supportive, each at ease in a variety of creative media, and Carroll’s own expression grew toward the peacefulness found in nuances of detail, color, pattern and line.

The monotype process (yielding only one unique image) is a technique used as long ago as the 1640′s by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. The spontaneous process resonated with the artist’s own qualities: A tumble of marks and color while inking the plate indulge an impulsive energy while the resulting print, with its edges crisp and polite, allow both impulse and order to be indulged and explored.

Following a B.A. in Studio Art from Connecticut College, she was introduced to monotype printmaking at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by artist Robert Siegelman. Over the years she has explored course work in book arts, drawing and graphic design from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, MA, and resources in Los Angeles. Christina works in her home studio as well as at Freehand Gallery and gives workshops at Craft in America’s Study Center and the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai, CA. She has brought her press into the classrooms of Park Century School in Culver City, igniting the free creative and curious spark in these children with learning disabilities. The artist has affiliations with the American Print Alliance, Cambridge Art Association, Santa Barbara Printmakers and Monotype Guild of New England and has exhibited in galleries across the country.

Printmaking

Taught in a workshop atmosphere, classes are structured to help printmaking students develop personal visions and instill the self-confidence necessary to allow ongoing creative growth.

Printmaking Classes
  • Monotype
    This class emphasizes the monoprint printmaking process—a direct and immediate form of printmaking that allows for spontaneity and experimentation. Direct drawing and transfer processes as well as other additive and reductive monoprint methods such as painting with printmaking inks, stenciling, chine colle and embossing are all explored in this experimental class. Learn how to make one-of-a-kind prints without using solvents or chemicals—safe and fun for all ages!
Class Schedule
Printmaking Teachers
  • stART, age 5-11, Saturdays, 10:30AM-12PM Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/mbartdep/public_html/wp-content/plugins/event-espresso/templates/event_post.php on line 60 September 10, 2016 – September 10, 2016 Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. At SBAD, we believe young children have the advantage when it comes to art. They respond with absolute honesty and have no preconceptions about what things “should” look ...
  • Photoshop Class: All ages, Friday, 4PM-5:30PM September 5, 2016 – December 20, 2017 Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. Learn Adobe Photoshop to create, enhance and modify amazing images. Photoshop is used by professional and amateur photographers plus graphic and web designers to manipulate images. If you’re new to Adobe Photoshop, you’ll learn the fundamental concepts and features you’ll need ...
  • Manga/Cartooning: Age 8 and Up, Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. All great comics have two things in common: a unique character and a memorable story. That’s why all of our cartooning/manga classes start with character design and evolve into visual storytelling and rendering. Classes topics include: building character from shapes, portraying personality through action line, conveying emotion, ...
  • Contemporary Painting: Adult, Saturdays 12:30-2:30PM First class begins 9/30/2017 1075 Aviation Blvd. Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. SBAD Painting Workshops embrace the notion of exploration and encourages a risk-taking attitude. Beginning and intermediate students work with water-based mediums exploring the visual challenges of color, scale and space. Interspersed throughout their studio experiences are references to historical and contemporary ...
  • stART, Age 5 & up At SBAD, we believe young children have the advantage when it comes to art. They respond with absolute honesty and have no preconceptions about what things “should” look like. That’s why so many artists including Matisse, Miro, Klee and Picasso looked to children’s art for inspiration. In the st•ART program, we embrace this innocence, encouraging children ...
  • Welcome to South Bay Art Department At the South Bay Art Department, we aim to nurture individuality and confidence through personal, creative expression. Our art classes encourage students to work from personal experience and interest, to enjoy the PROCESS of making art. There’s no right or wrong. Rather, we offer inspiration and guidance to help each student develop their own unique artistic ...
  • Digital Photography, age 12-Adult, Every other Saturday, 10am-noon Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/mbartdep/public_html/wp-content/plugins/event-espresso/templates/event_post.php on line 60 February 4, 2017 – May 27, 2017 Map and Directions | Register Description: Class starts Feb 4th, and will be held on every other Saturday over 16 weeks (8 classes total). Learn to take better photos with your DSLR through playful experiments. Just got a shiny new ...
  • Mixed Media Workshop, Age 8 and up, Wednesdays, 5-6:30pm September 7, 2016 – December 20, 2017 Map and Directions | Register Description: Designed for young artists who are interested in exploring fine art, this mixed media workshops embrace the notion of exploration and creative discovery. Using a variety of techniques from painting to drawing, we focus on the basics of how to create your own complete masterpiece. ...
  • Intro to Manga/Cartooning: Age 5 and Up, Mondays, 3:30-5pm Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/mbartdep/public_html/wp-content/plugins/event-espresso/templates/event_post.php on line 60 September 5, 2016 – December 25, 2017 Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. All great comics have two things in common: a unique character and a memorable story. That’s why all of our cartooning/manga classes start with character design and evolve ...
  • Manga/Cartooning: Age 8 and Up, Thursdays, 3:30-5pm Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. All great comics have two things in common: a unique character and a memorable story. That’s why all of our cartooning/manga classes start with character design and evolve into visual storytelling and rendering. Classes topics include: building character from shapes, portraying personality through action line, conveying emotion, ...
  • Drawing Foundation, All Ages, Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm September 6, 2016 – December 20, 2017 Map and Directions | Register Description: Drawing is not an exercise of particular dexterity, but above all a means of expressing intimate feelings and moods. ~ Henri Matisse Ongoing. Sign up at any time. Learn about perspective, proportion, and spacial relationships. Then apply these concepts on paper as you develop your rendering skills. ...
  • Illustration & Fashion Design, Age 8 and Up, Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/mbartdep/public_html/wp-content/plugins/event-espresso/templates/event_post.php on line 60 September 6, 2016 – December 20, 2017 Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. This is the course to develop your ideas and creative skills through the medium of illustration, especially with fashion design. We will delve into a wide variety of ...
  • Illustration & Fashion Design, Age 8 and Up, Thursdays, 3:30-5pm Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/mbartdep/public_html/wp-content/plugins/event-espresso/templates/event_post.php on line 60 September 8, 2016 – December 20, 2017 Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. This is the course to develop your ideas and creative skills through the medium of illustration, especially with fashion design. We will delve into a wide variety of ...
  • Manga/Cartooning: Age 8 and Up, Thursdays, 5-6:30pm Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. All great comics have two things in common: a unique character and a memorable story. That’s why all of our cartooning/manga classes start with character design and evolve into visual storytelling and rendering. Classes topics include: building character from shapes, portraying personality through action line, conveying emotion, ...
  • Manga/Cartooning: Age 8 and Up, Wednesdays, 5-6:30pm Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. All great comics have two things in common: a unique character and a memorable story. That’s why all of our cartooning/manga classes start with character design and evolve into visual storytelling and rendering. Classes topics include: building character from shapes, portraying personality through action line, conveying emotion, ...
  • Manga/Cartooning: Age 8 and Up, Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. All great comics have two things in common: a unique character and a memorable story. That’s why all of our cartooning/manga classes start with character design and evolve into visual storytelling and rendering. Classes topics include: building character from shapes, portraying personality through action line, conveying emotion, ...
  • stART, age 5-11, Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/mbartdep/public_html/wp-content/plugins/event-espresso/templates/event_post.php on line 60 September 14, 2016 – December 20, 2017 Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. At SBAD, we believe young children have the advantage when it comes to art. They respond with absolute honesty and have no preconceptions about what things “should” look ...
  • stART, age 5-11 Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/mbartdep/public_html/wp-content/plugins/event-espresso/templates/event_post.php on line 60 September 13, 2016 – December 20, 2017 Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. At SBAD, we believe young children have the advantage when it comes to art. They respond with absolute honesty and have no preconceptions about what things “should” look ...
  • stART, age 5-11, Mondays, 3:30-5pm Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/mbartdep/public_html/wp-content/plugins/event-espresso/templates/event_post.php on line 60 September 12, 2016 – December 20, 2017 Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. At SBAD, we believe young children have the advantage when it comes to art. They respond with absolute honesty and have no preconceptions about what things “should” look ...
  • Juan Carlos Diaz Juan Carlos Diaz is a graduate of the prestigious Pratt institute in Brooklyn, NY. He also teaches at FIDM in downtown Los Angeles.  
  • Rent the Studio Rent the South Bay Art Department for your next private event or party (with art or without). Click here for details.
  • Contemporary Painting: Adult, Wednesdays 7 to 9pm Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/mbartdep/public_html/wp-content/plugins/event-espresso/templates/event_post.php on line 60 September 7, 2016 – December 20, 2017 1075 Aviation Blvd. Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. SBAD Painting Workshops embrace the notion of exploration and encourages a risk-taking attitude. Beginning and intermediate students work with water-based mediums exploring the visual challenges of ...
  • Figure Drawing, Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm This weekly session offers artists of all levels to practice drawing the human form with nude art models. Beginners are welcome. Each session involves short, 1-minute gestural poses as well as longer 10 to 20 minute poses. Paper and charcoal available. Models are female unless otherwise noted. $15 for 2 hours. Pay at the door or reserve your ...
  • Contemporary Painting: Adult, Tuesdays 11am to 1pm Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/mbartdep/public_html/wp-content/plugins/event-espresso/templates/event_post.php on line 60 September 6, 2016 – December 20, 2017 1075 Aviation Blvd. Map and Directions | Register Description: Ongoing. Sign up at any time. SBAD Painting Workshops embrace the notion of exploration and encourages a risk-taking attitude. Beginning and intermediate students work with water-based mediums, exploring the visual challenges of ...
  • Art Camps Summer Camps. Holiday Camps. Day Camps. And Art Nanny. We’ll paint. We’ll draw. And most importantly, we’ll have fun being creative! For details and registration, click on your desired dates using the calendar below.  
  • Classes by Discipline Drawing Contemporary Painting Fashion Cartooning Watercolor Sculpture iPad Arts Photography st•ART (ages 4-6) Family Art Workshops
  • Classes by Age Group Age 3 to 4 Ages 5 to 7 Ages 7 to 10 Ages 11 and up Adult Family Art Workshops
  • Open Studio To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it!” ~ Kurt Vonnegut Come in and apply what you learned in class. Or experiment with a new idea. For just $15, you can come in and use the studio for up to 2 hours. Add a 22×28 ...
  • Contemporary Painting Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun. ~ Pablo Picasso Contemporary Painting Workshops at the South Bay Art Department embrace the notion of exploration and experimentation, encouraging a risk-taking attitude. We do not focus on the accuracy of the representation, but rather we strive to elicit ...
  • Contemporary Art Explore your artistic identity across all the contemporary mediums: drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Learn about new materials and techniques each day and make unique, personal art. $325 includes all instruction, materials and snack Sample Schedule Day 1: Sculpting with Alternative Materials Why be limited to clay or plaster? We’ll use materials that might otherwise end up in a ...
  • “Big” Art This is your chance to experiment with scale and space. Paint a giant 6-foot canvas. Create a massive 10-foot tall sculpture. This camp will stretch your child’s creativity to the max. $325 includes all instruction, materials and snack Sample Schedule Day 1: Big Painting On the first day, we’ll spend a little time looking at inspiration and conceptualizing our “big” paintings. Should it be realistic ...
  • Sculpture Garden Experimenting with a variety of materials from clay to plaster to recycled objects, we will work individually and collectively to create a themed sculptural art installation that opens day 5! $325 includes all instruction, materials and snack Sample Schedule Day 1: Evolve a New Species Using painted paper and collage materials, we’ll let our imagination make an artistic commentary ...
  • Art of Photography Learn to take great photos through playful experiments. We’ll shoot portraiture, still life, and action images using digital and other technical processes. The week ends with a student show! $325 includes all instruction, materials and a snack (but bring your own camera – DSLR preferred) Sample Schedule Day 1: Introductions Learn about camera settings, composition, and light. Then get ...
  • Fashion as Art Explore the use of form, shape, color, pattern and texture to make a personal statement through clothing design. At week’s end, we’ll do a fashion photo shoot with the textiles and garments you’ve made! Click here to see the photo shoot from our last camp. $325 includes all instruction, materials and snack Sample Schedule Day 1: Inspiration We’ll start ...
  • Stop-Motion Animation Working individually and as a production crew, we’ll create the characters, develop the story, and build the set. You’ll go home with a stop-motion animated film on DVD. $325 includes all instruction, materials and snack Sample Schedule Day 1: Introduction, Concept and Story We’ll start by watching some examples of award-winning stop motion animation and talk about what we ...
  • Terri Burris Terri paints from focused perspectives of the natural world, filtered and infused with memory and nostalgia. Her palettes emerge directly from her intimate observations of life’s minute details. She is inspired by nature, the character of the weather, faith, music and her family. Terri’s stunning use of color creates subtle layers of imagery, which is ...
  • Daniel Bilmes Daniel Bilmes is an artist in the classic figurative genre, whose paintings are noted for their elegance, refinement and serene humanism.Daniel’s work has been influenced by such masters as Rafael, Repin and Rembrandt, but the artist he most admires is his father and teacher, Semyon Bilmes. Daniel began his artistic education at the age of ...
  • Thinh Nguyen Thinh Nguyen work is a complex contemporary look at a few converging issues investigating the personal, social, cultural, and historical while innovatively engaging the public in the process. He explores formal and conceptual process in different media as a strategy to continue the development of critical exchange and aesthetic innovation. He received a BFA from ...
  • Sharry Lai Sharry Lai is a graduate from Pasadena Art Center. Sharry aims to use her skills to communicate a new perspective on fashion. Instead of seeing fashion just for its superficial standards of beauty, she desires to share the freedom and the power fashion and fashion illustration can provide. “The art of fashion can inspire, comfort, enable, ...
  • Matt Garofalo A professional Animator and Illustrator, Matt most recently has worked as a Character Designer and Animator on a pilot and series for Adult Swim on Cartoon network. Additionally, Matt has worked as a Flash Animator, Illustrator, and video editor on multiple Educational Software projects, and as the sole artist on many animated shorts and pilots for ...
  • Henderson Blumer Henderson Blumer studied at UC San Diego, receiving his BA in both studio art and art history. His focus is currently on crafting arts education for younger students, emphasizing modern and contemporary art history, as well as personal development.  Henderson works in a variety of mediums: paint, sculpture, drawing and digital; all the while emphasizing ...
  • Chelsea Schreiber As a photojournalist and reporter for the Easy Reader News, Chelsea focuses on documenting day-to-day life in the South Bay.  She recently worked on a local story documenting the daily lives of traveling circus performers and works full-time as the newspaper’s Hermosa Beach editor. Chelsea graduated from the University of Missouri’s Photojournalism program and has worked ...
  • Lisa Young-De Leon Lisa has two bachelor’s degrees, one in Early Childhood Education and the other in Art History. While teaching preschool in Manhattan Beach in the early 90’s, Lisa began to develop and implement art projects that promoted the arts and encouraged school age development. Today, Lisa continues to create fun, educational, and developmentally appropriate art projects and workshops. ...
  • Jessica Pons Jessica Pons earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Photography at San Francisco State University. In 2008 she worked as a production assistant for Link TV and in 2010 she worked as a photo reporter for the daily San Francisco Chronicle. She has also worked as a photo guide to teenagers traveling in South East ...
  • Christian Cox Throughout her fashion career, Christian has had the opportunity to work on both sides of the camera. She signed with FORD models at the age of 17 and continued to model for approx 6 years around the world appearing in magazines such as Elle, Sportswear International, Max and more. After this very successful run, ...
  • Christina Carroll Southern California native Christina Carroll lives and works in the same rustic canyon that was her childhood home. She found an early companion and teacher in the natural world surrounding her. Both parents were creative and supportive, each at ease in a variety of creative media, and Carroll’s own expression grew toward the peacefulness found ...
  • Printmaking Taught in a workshop atmosphere, classes are structured to help printmaking students develop personal visions and instill the self-confidence necessary to allow ongoing creative growth. Printmaking Classes Monotype This class emphasizes the monoprint printmaking process—a direct and immediate form of printmaking that allows for spontaneity and experimentation. Direct drawing and transfer processes as well as other additive and ...
  • Why study art? It’s not always about turning pro. In the same way that playing a sport isn’t necessarily about becoming a professional athlete, studying art isn’t necessarily about becoming a famous artist. In fact, playing sports and studying art accomplish many of the same things. Just for different types of individuals. Both sports and art offer many of the same ...
  • Manga/Cartooning All great comics have two things in common: a unique character and a memorable story. That’s why all of our cartooning classes start with character design and evolve into visual storytelling and rendering. Classes topics include: building character from shapes, portraying personality through action line, conveying emotion, building a plot, as well as working with a ...
  • Tandem Art Classes Now you and your child can take an art class at the same time. Together, you can stretch your creativity in a variety of disciplines including painting, drawing and photography.Click here for more information.
  • Art After Dark Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~ Pablo Picasso Be an artist for a night. No experience necessary. Tonight, we’re not following directions or rules. We aren’t being judged as good or bad. And we’re certainly NOT painting by numbers. We’re going to escape all of the rigid results-oriented tasks of our ...
  • Illustration & Fashion Design This is the course to develop your ideas and creative skills through the medium of illustration, especially with fashion design. We will delve into a wide variety of illustration topics: Master sketching an anatomically correct high fashion model…from proportions to hair and make-up Learn to use a variety of illustration techniques, from watercolor to markers to india ...
  • Free Trial Classes Drawing, Painting, Cartooning, Printmaking & Photography Complete the form below to schedule your free trial class. Use this form to let us know which free trial class you’d like to at attend.
  • Fundraising We love helping raise funds for community programs. Art After Dark events. Silent auction donations. Special “fundraising” checkout codes. These are just a few of the ways art can help your organization raise funds. Please contact us directly to create a customized fundraising program.

Tandem Art Classes

Now you and your child can take an art class at the same time. Together, you can stretch your creativity in a variety of disciplines including painting, drawing and photography.Click here for more information.

Art After Dark

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~ Pablo Picasso

Be an artist for a night. No experience necessary.

Tonight, we’re not following directions or rules. We aren’t being judged as good or bad. And we’re certainly NOT painting by numbers. We’re going to escape all of the rigid results-oriented tasks of our daily lives by making spontaneous, personal art!

  • Contemporary Painting: This kind of painting isn’t about recreating what you see. It’s about painting what you feel! Working at your own easel, you can paint a portrait, a pet, a landscape, or any other subject matter of your choosing (just bring a photo). Or you can work like Pollock – on the floor, pouring, dribbling, scraping and stamping (you might even use a brush)! There are no formulas or “how-to’s”. And you don’t have to be an experienced artist either. If you like, we can project your image onto the canvas so you can get a sketch down. So all you need is a spirit of adventure and a willingness to let yourself go.

Art After Dark is a truly unique and inspiring art studio experience perfect for a girls night out, birthday, bachelorette party, bridal shower, baby shower, date night, corporate team-building, or fundraiser. And everyone goes home with a personal work of art.

$30 per person. Reservations are required.

  • Each session lasts 2 to 3 hours
  • Includes instruction, paint, and a 30×22 canvas.
  • Larger canvases available: 40×30 ($20) or 60×40 ($40)
  • Stretch any size canvas: $39 – $59.
  • Bring your own food and refreshments

Click on the calendar below to reserve your Art After Dark experience.