Show the world what you can do with a blank canvas and register for a Columbia Association (CA) art class. Offered throughout the year and held at Columbia Art Center, there are classes for artists of all ages, including children, teens and adults. Choose from pen and ink, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, and even colored pencils. Just bring your creative energy and remember — even Michelangelo had to start somewhere!
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Alcohol Ink PaintingCreating with alcohol ink is fun and relaxing because it is easy and the results are fabulous. Anyone can do this. There is no need for sketches, plans or previous art experience of any kind. Just relax and let the ink blend itself. Enjoy pouring, painting and stamping techniques while using all the tools that will instantly have you creating vibrant alcohol ink paintings. All supplies and materials are included in tuition.
Colored Pencil Drawing for Adults and TeensIf you have always wanted to try drawing with colored pencils, then this is the class for you. Designed for both teens and adults. The class will focus on drawing basics, including line, form, mark marking and perspective. You will learn how to incorporate color mixing, color relationships, and optical mixing into your drawings for more vibrant results. At the time of your registration, you will be given a supplies list.
Coninuing WatercolorFor ages 18 and up! Designed for continuing students! Enjoy a variety of new techniques and demonstrations for painting multiple subjects. You are required to bring your own supplies and watercolor paper.
Dabble in Acrylic PaintTry your hand at acrylic painting in a comfortable learning atmosphere. Enjoy teacher demonstrations and hands-on exercises that explore different techniques and strokes with acrylics. You will create a painting that you will take home with you. All supplies included.
Dabble in Oil PaintingIn a relaxed, learning environment, enjoy dabbling in oil painting. You will be guided in hands-on exercises, as well as watch instructor demonstrations of the medium. Bring a friend for a fun afternoon outing. All supplies included.
Dabble in WatercolorTry your hand at watercolor painting in a comfortable learning atmosphere. You will be instructed in fun hands-on exercises, as well as have the opportunity to watch instructor demonstrations. Bring a friend for a fun and creative evening. All supplies included.
Drawing: Pencil Charcoal ConteDesigned for adult beginners and intermediate students of all disciplines. Have fun using drawing media such as charcoal, pencil, and conte, to explore different drawing techniques. Learn about value scale, mark making, proportion, and perspective. This is an ideal class for beginners and those with experience who want to hone their techniques. Each session will include teacher demonstrations, technique practices, and drawing from life. At the time of registration, you will be given a supplies list.
Fluid Acrylic Flow Painting ClassDesigned for intermediate students! All supplies provided. Take your acrylic flow pouring to the next level with more new techniques and time to practice the ones you already have explored.. Be amazed at the fabulous results you will achieve on boards and canvases! Make sure to bring a smock or wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Fun with Fluid: Acrylic Flow PaintingDesigned for both beginners and continuing students.! All supplies provided. Have fun exploring the art of fluid acrylic pouring which gives fabulous results. Instead of applying paint with a brush, learn techniques for pouring and dripping paint onto a canvas or paper. Though the paints are runny, they flow and spread easily without compromising the color intensity. Your results will reflect swirls, waves and marbled effects. As you tip and tilt your canvas, you will get comfortable with this fun process that gives eye-catching results. Enjoy learning other techniques, including the chain pull. Make sure to bring a smock or wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Hot Wax Encaustic PaintingBack by popular demand! Encaustic painting is an easy-to-learn technique using colored pigments mixed with hot wax. Enjoy incorporating photographs, collages, fabrics, drawings and paintings into your encaustic masterpiece. Tools and techniques will be introduced and demonstrated; the class is suitable both for beginners and those with experience. All supplies included. Bring your own lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided.
introduction to Watercolor PaintingFor ages 18 and up! Designed for beginners! Ideal basic class for those who have tried Dabble in Watercolor and want to go to the next step.You will be introduced to materials, color-mixing, painting washes, value scale, different types of brushes and color theory. Enjoy teacher demonstrations and discussions, plus complete one painting. This class is also a wonderful refresher for those who haven’t done watercolor in a while. You will be given a supplies list at the time of your registration. Limit to 12 students.
Kids Painting -Bird and AnimalsLearn the basics of painting and explore color values, color mixing, and other principles of design while exploring various techniques developed by famous painters. Content adapted for returning students. Supply list will be provided at the time of registration.
Landscape Painting: Acrylic or Oil for ages 17 andDesigned for intermediate acrylic and oil painters! In this six week class, focus on landscape painting by exploring different exercises for simplifying information and incorporate techniques for atmospheric perspective. Photos of scenes will be projected onto the wall for you to paint. Teacher demonstrations and discussion of composition and paint application will be included. Note: this is a structured class, not open studio.
Themed Acrylic Painting WorkshopAcrylic painting done with pigments in a solution of an acrylic resin: it dries quickly with a brilliance and depth comparable to those of both watercolor and oil paints. Explore design techniques to develop painting compositions using acrylics.
Get into the spirit of the holiday season with this fun sampling acrylic workshop! You will create a winter-themed painting of a winter fox or snowman that you will take home with you. Ideal for display through the holidays.