OIL PAINTING TECHNIQUES 4 weeks
All the basics for people who want to give oil painting a try. Learn where to begin and how to proceed. Explore composition, design, color mixing and how to get the subject onto canvas. Set up your palette and work station, and practice how to paint safely, move past your fears and get paint where you want it. You will be given loads of information to help you decide if oil painting is for you, plus hands-on help to get going. Paint from the still life or from reference material of your own. Materials list given upon registration. Some materials will be provided.
$156 Bravo Member / $180 non-member + $25 Materials fee
Fridays, May 5 - 26 9:30am - 12:30pm
Fridays, June 2 - 23 9:30am - 12:30pm
Fridays, July 7 - 28 9:30am - 12:30pm
DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS 4 weeks
Stacie Birky Greene
Learn to see like an artist during this 4-week course while exploring a variety of approaches to representational drawing. Practice basic strategies for developing accurate drawings brought to life through a strong emphasis on learning visual language as it relates to line, composition, value, and basic perspective. This class is designed for beginners, as well as those who want to deepen their practice. Materials list provided upon registration.
$156 Bravo Member / $180 non-member
Mondays, June 5, 12, 19 & 26 9am - 12pm
Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20 & 27 9am - 12pm
Wednesdays, Aug 2, 9, 16 & 23 9am - 12pm
DRAW TO PAINT 4 weeks
This class is designed for beginners as well as those with some prior experience in drawing who wish to further develop their drawing ability in preparation for painting. Using the still life as primary subject matter, develop your skill beyond line to encompass shape, value, composition and spatial relationships. A clear understanding of tonal value, variations of light and shade, can help your drawings go from a sketch to a finished work of art! It is also a great way to prepare for painting. Materials list provided upon registration.
$156 Bravo member / $180 non-member + $5 Materials fee
Thursdays, May 25, June 1, 8 & 22 12:30 - 3:30pm
Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20 & Aug 3 1 - 4pm
Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 23 & 30 1 - 4pm
SKETCHING WITH WATERCOLOR AND PENCIL 4 weeks
There is nothing more fresh and immediate than a great pencil sketch with watercolor. Document your daily life whether at home, the park, or at an intimate coffee house with a great sketch. Learn simple and effective observational techniques to capture the world around you. Learn basic sketching, perspective, observational drawing methods and simple watercolor techniques. Capture the moments of your life today with a great sketch! This class will initially meet outdoors in Balboa Park and then other central San Diego locations. Materials list and specific location provided upon registration.
$156 Bravo member / $180 non-member + $20 Materials fee
Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17 & 24 1 - 4pm
Saturdays, July 8, 15, 22 & 29 1 - 4pm
Saturdays, Aug 5, 12, 19 & 26 1 - 4pm
WATERCOLOR 3 weeks
Learn the fundamental techniques of watercolor painting. Explore a variety of different topics and techniques including how to understand color, temperature, intensity and value relationships, as well as wet on wet techniques, dry brushing, and texture. Using the still life as a guide, develop your observational abilities and how to communicate it through watercolor. Individuality is encouraged and all levels are welcome. Materials list provided upon registration.
$144 Bravo member / $162 non-member + $20 Materials fee
Thursdays, June 8, 22 & 29 9am - 12pm
Wednesdays, July 5, 12 & 19 1 - 4pm
Thursdays, August 10, 24 & 31 1 - 4pm
BEGINNING ACRYLIC PAINTING 4 weeks
Create beautiful acrylic paintings! Learn the basics, from color mixing and glazing, to setting up your palette and paint application. We cover all the basic principles of using acrylics through step by step demos, lecture, and exercises. Learn to paint with acrylics with confidence. Materials list provided upon registration.
$156 Bravo member / $180 non-member + $40 Materials fee
Fridays, June 2, 9, 16 & 23 1 - 4pm
Fridays, July 7, 14, 21 & Aug 4 1 - 4pm
Thursdays, Aug 10, 17, 24 & 31 9am - 12pm
ABSTRACT PAINTING: SEARCHING FOR COLOR AND LIGHT 4 weeks
Learn how to create captivating abstract compositions with a focus on two important visual elements: color and light. Using acrylic paint as a medium, explore a different theme each week to help you find your unique voice. If you are new to abstract painting, the techniques for using color and creating light introduced in this class will guide you to start exploring your potential. If you have embraced this style for a while but need a breakthrough, the various themes and different approaches discussed each week will help you discover new possibilities. Materials list provided upon registration.
$156 Bravo Member / $180 non-member
Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16 & 23 1 - 4pm
Tuesdays, May 30, June 6, 13 & 20 1 - 4pm
Tuesdays, July 11, 18, Aug 1 & 8 1 - 4pm
COLORING BOOK COLOR EXPLORATION
Do you use colors in your artwork and want to improve and expand your color horizons? Or do you feel a bit nervous when it comes to color choices? In this workshop, use gouache (an opaque watercolor) to explore basic color mixing and combinations to express certain feelings or achieve specific effects, while creating your own unique color designs. Please bring apron or smock to protect your clothing. All materials will be provided.
$48 Bravo member / $54 non-member + $10 Materials fee
Saturday, May 20 9am - 12pm
Saturday, June 24 1:30 - 4:30pm
Sunday, July 30 2 - 5pm
Friday, August 4 9am - 12pm
PAINT YOUR PET
What a great way to honor the bond between you and your pet! This class is delivered in a simplistic and encouraging manner; great for those that have never painted as well as those who have. Lovejoy is a very gifted and positive instructor who will guide you through, not only the steps of painting your pet but also through the mental steps of self-acceptance as you do something you may have never done before. Trust; as Lovejoy walks you through both processes. Painting is like handwriting, everyone has their own style and with practice you will develop skills and a comfort level and is highly therapeutic and healing. Many people in these classes have painted one of their pets who had passed and have stated how much better they felt after honoring their loved one. You will paint from a photo, so please email 2 - 3 in-focus photographs of your pet at least 3 days prior to class (sooner is better). Class will be held in Lovejoy’s studio. Location and directions given upon registration. Space is limited, enroll early.
$40 + $15 Materials fee
Sunday, May 14 12 - 3pm
Saturday, May 27 12 - 3pm
Sunday, June 4 12 - 3pm
Saturday, June 24 12 - 3pm
Saturday, July 1 12 - 3pm
Sunday, July 30 12 - 3pm
INTRODUCTION TO PALETTE KNIFE PAINTING
Forget the brush and let’s slap some paint on a canvas. A palette knife can be used for much more than mixing paint. Recreate a subject, using Lovejoy’s scraping knife style. Learn about color and positive/negative spaces. Explore the simplicity of laying blocks of solid color and building the details using bold strokes. This is a very fun and expressive painting style and ideal for beginners as well as advanced painting students. Select from a Butterfly, Dragonfly, Sea Turtle, Seahorse or Hummingbird. Due to the scraping method, paint will splatter so please wear clothing you won't mind getting paint on. Work at your own pace. All supplies will be provided. Feel free to bring a beverage to enjoy. Class will be held in Lovejoy’s studio. Location and directions given upon registration. Space is limited, enroll early.
$32 + $8 Materials fee
Sunday, May 21 4 - 7pm
Saturday, July 29 4 - 7pm
PAINT YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL
Wondering which Spirit Animal to call your own and how to engage once you do know? During this playful workshop, Psychic Artist Crystal Daigle shows you how to welcome your guide(s) during a special meditation. Learn drawing and painting techniques to create an amazing portrait of your guide(s). The workshop finishes with sweet sharing about the process and how to use the artwork to connect daily with your Spirit Animal’s medicine.
$64 Bravo member / $72 non-member + $10 Materials fee
Wednesday, May 17 9am - 1pm
Sunday, June 11 1 - 5pm
Saturday, July 15 1 - 5pm
Friday, August 11 1 - 5pm
ART STUDIO ON DEMAND
Bring your unfinished projects and work in Bravo's studio. We'll provide guidance, suggestions, critique or simply provide you a place to work. Work on your painting, drawing, mosaic, weaving, collage, mixed media, printmaking, etc. Bring your own supplies or purchase from us. Stay as long as you like. Advanced reservations are required.
Only $10 an hour. Pay by the hour.
Tell us when you want to come
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Paint! Enjoy a time out with your friends or on your own! It’s all about having fun, making a painting while enjoying snacks and creativity. No special talent or experience required; only a willingness to have a good time. Everyone will have the same painting as inspiration and paint along as artists take you step-by-step to create your masterpiece on a 16″ x 20″ canvas. Your inner creativity is opened up and takes over. You may have never picked up a paint brush or you may have years of painting experience. It doesn’t matter! It's not a competition. And you just might get hooked on painting!
Take home with a finished painting and the memory of a fun-filled time.
For the artistic and not so artistic, experience creative fun with your friends or on your own as you paint in a real artist’s studio at Bravo School of Art. Feeling a little bit nervous? Don’t worry., it’s easy and totally stress-free. Be amazed at the artwork you create!
Come early to get a choice seat and to mix and mingle. Feel free to bring snacks, your favorite growler from Stone Brewing, a bottle of wine or beverage. Cups and a corkscrew are available for your use. Abundant free parking. Please register in advance!
Paintin' Parties are open to the public and if you are interested in your own private Paintin' Party, that can be arranged! Gather together a group of 6 or more friends or co-workers, select from any of these paintings below, pick the date and contact Bravo School of Art to reserve your own Private Paintin' Party.
$45 includes paint, canvas, use of brushes, easels and apron.
Make Art! Have Fun! Be Happy!
You may schedule your own Private Paintin' Party. Below are others from which to choose. Gather a group of 6 or more friends or co-workers, select from any of these paintings on this page, pick the date and contact Bravo School of Art to reserve your own Private Paintin' Party.