Oil paints have been most artists' first choice for hundreds of years, with good reason. The colors are amazing, the media is flexible and they last forever. Oil paint is slow drying so you can remove what you don't like while it's wet or you can paint over it when it's dry. Oil paint is easy to use once you learn the basics.
Our instructors help students in a wide variety of styles and subject matter. Students may choose to work in either oil or acrylic media, and might also consider the new water soluble oil paints that offer many of the advantages of both oils and acrylics. Students study basic drawing, color theory, and numerous application techniques. Approaches include both representational and abstract schools of expression. We've taught beginners to masters and we've learned that everything builds on just a few basic concepts that we will teach you here.
Over the past 35 years, our art teaches at the Almaden School in our San Jose studio have taught thousands of young artists with many going on to successful careers in the arts. Even more have gone onto successful lives that include art as part of well rounded and successful lifestyles.
Our instructors also always work to maintain the child’s self esteem and personal sense of creativity. Classes meet once a week for 60 minutes year round to ensure continuity for the students. As students complete a painting, their artwork is prominently displayed as part of the Art of the Week or Artist of the Month program.
Each of these classes has an additional $10 per month materials fee which covers all materials and supplies needed for the class.