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. Class will not meet Thanksgiving week.
$156 Bravo Member / $180 non-member + $25 Materials fee
Fridays, Sept 8, 15, 22 & 29 9:30am - 12:30pm
Fridays, Oct 6, 13, 20 & 27 9:30am - 12:30pm
Fridays, Nov 3, 10, 17 & Dec 1 9:30am - 12:30pm
DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS 4 weeks
This class is designed for beginners as well as those with some prior experience in drawing who wish to develop their skills. Learn to see the world like an artist through various lessons and in-class exercises designed to develop observational drawing skills and basic object drawing. Concepts such as the use of line weight, composition, tone, and basic perspective are also explored. Drawing provides a great foundation for fundamental studio practice and principles for all visual art expression. Materials list provided upon registration. Class will not meet the week of Thanksgiving.
$156 Bravo member / $180 non-member + $5 Materials fee
Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21 & 28 9:30am - 12:30pm
Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26 9:30am - 12:30pm
Thursdays, November 2, 9, 16 & 30 9:30am - 12:30pm
OUTDOOR SKETCHING WITH WATERCOLOR & PENCIL 3 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.
$144 Bravo member / $162 non-member + $5 Materials fee
Saturdays, September 9, 16 & 23 1 - 4pm
Saturdays, October 7, 14 & 21 1 - 4pm
Saturdays, November 4, 11 & 18 1 - 4pm
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, September 12, 19, 26 & October 3 1 - 4pm
Tuesdays, October 10, 17, 24 & 31 1 - 4pm
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, September 24 12 - 3pm
Saturday, September 30 12 - 3pm
Saturday, October 14 12 - 3pm
Sunday, October 15 12 - 3pm
Saturday, November 4 12 - 3pm
Sunday, November 26 12 - 3pm
Saturday, December 9 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
Saturday, July 29 4 - 7pm
Saturday, September 30 4 - 7pm
Sunday, November 12 4 - 7pm
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.