Classes & Workshops

DRAWING CLASSES with Brent Eviston
ONGOING CLASS: “Mastering the Fundamentals of Figure Drawing and an Introduction to Human Anatomy for the Artist" Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-noon 

See Brent's inspiring TedX Eureka talk!

with Jim McVicker
Don't miss this rare opportunity to spend two full days painting with one of the north coast's most beloved and accomplished painters. Jim will begin his workshop at ESA on Saturday morning by talking about his process and giving a painting demo. In the afternoon, students will paint outdoors at a location in Eureka. On Sunday, students will meet in Trinidad for a full day of plein air painting. Jim will help each artist understand how to see values, warm and cool color and light. He'll give individual instruction and guidance to each student as their paintings progress. Enrollment is limited and we expect this class to fill up, so register early!

"McVicker's light-filled, airy representations of the landscape capture more than his love for the Northern California scenery. They describe those fleeting moments in life where everything is perfect, where harmony prevails and nature sings. By slowing us down enough to literally feel the flow of time as it caresses the earth, Jim McVicker's landscapes inspire his viewers to appreciate the landscape that one might otherwise take for granted. Through his brush, he becomes a teacher, presenting the lessons that the natural world can offer us."  Ken Weiderman, First Street Gallery, Eureka, CA


silk painting with Tina Gleave
A fun day of creativity. We will discuss the marbling process, the tools of the trade, the batching process and the materials and supplies needed to produce a piece of Marbled Silk. You will make: 2 silk scarves (Chiffon, Charmeuse) and a pillow case!
No painting skills needed, no art background necessary, no color sense required! Just a no-nonsense approach to a fun way to create!
DATE AND TIME: July 26th, 10-4
PRICE: $135 Includes all materials!
Materials Provided: • Chiffon Scarves • Charmeuse Scarves •14" Pillow Case Outer lining with zipper • Materials & paints for marbling • Marbling Tub and tools
Note to Students: The pillow case will be completed in an open fashion with a zipper. Each student is responsible for finishing the seams and providing the insert at home.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Tina Gleave is a Fine Art Silk Dyer. She is constantly pushing the limits of her medium to create new, vibrant creations. Always in pursuit of learning new techniques, Gleave has studied with several Master Silk Artists in Washington, Russia and France. In 2012, Gleave's painting "Hero" was included in the Santa Fe, New Mexico, International Silk Painting Exhibit. She recently accepted an invitation for a week long Silk Painting Workshop at Yosemite National Park in June 2014. Gleave is currently the Art Director for the Non-Profit she created, Art Work! The program brings Silk Painting Classes and a Young Entrepreneurship Program to children in an After School Art Program. Currently running through the Tish Non Village Community Center, Gleave aims to open a new location each year.
EXPLORING MIXED MEDIA with Rachel K. Schlueter
Rachel has designed this ongoing class with experimentation and creativity in mind. Join her each week for three hours of exploring innovative ways of using a variety of materials, including paints, mediums, drawing implements, stencils, found objects, magazine clippings, etc. Exercises will be provided each week to get your creative juices flowing, and Rachel will even supply the materials! Drop in for a single session or buy a 4-session pass.
DATE & TIME: Wednesdays from 10:00 -1:00
PRICE: $25 per session or $90 for a 4-session pass
SUPPLIES: Instructor supplies all the materials, but contributions from students are always welcome.
INSTRUCTOR STATEMENT: "Prior to painting in oils, I worked primarily with mixed media. Recently I have started making collage art again using acrylic paint, magazine images and found objects. I find this creative process fascinating and I see it on the rise again in the world of modern art, which is no surprise. There is tremendous potential for achieving a depth of
personal expression with this medium."

CLASS TITLE: "Oil Painting"with Micki Dyson-Flatmo
DESCRIPTION: Micki's popular ongoing class focuses on understanding the key principles that every artist needs to know in order to improve their work. Study begins with an emphasis on drawing, including understanding value, and then expands into painting through color, edges, and how to create a good design. Students will work from their own photos or still life objects; individual goals and needs will be addressed on a one-on-one basis.
DATES/TIMES: The Evening Session of this ONGOING CLASS meets every Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

PRICE: $100 for a four week pass
MATERIALS: Supply link
INSTRUCTOR BIO: Micki is a contemporary realist painter whose fascination with drawing and painting began in her earliest years. She studied oil painting at Illinios State University and later graduated with honors from Humboldt State University with a BA in Anthropology; emphasis in Mayan Archaeology. She has been a professional painter for the past 30 years, focusing first on pastels and then for the past 12 years on oils. The focus of her current work draws inspiration from the figure, but her life long artistic goals have always been to express a clear personal vision through the technical skills of the contemporary realist. Micki's work is collected both nationally and internationally and she is currently represented by the Cole Gallery, Seattle, Washington and Sewell Gallery, Eureka, California. Visit Micki's website at
REGISTER HERE if you are already enrolled in Micki's afternoon class

CLASS TITLE: “Mastering the Fundamentals of Figure Drawing and an Introduction to Human Anatomy for the Artist: The Naked and the Dead” 
with Brent Eviston
DESCRIPTION: This on-going class takes a deeper look into the essential skeletal and muscular systems of the body from a drawing perspective.   Each week a new muscle or bone group will be studied through demonstration drawings, examinations of a live model and time for students to draw.  Students will gain a wider  understanding of the human body in figure drawing which can be applied immediately to their own drawings as well as give them a foundation for further anatomical study.

These sessions are a great boost to any serious figure drawer's study.  Tuesday sessions are fully instructed,  filled with live demos and discussions about key concepts that improve the way students approach and conceive of their work.  Thursday sessions focus on practice time for students to draw and apply those concepts.  With Brent available for questions, demos and critiques, every session is like a mini workshop that is sure to improve your figure drawing.  
All sessions draw from a live model.  If there's a topic that interests you,  join us!  
DATE/TIME: ONGOING CLASS beginning August 20 /Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. - noon
PRICE: $100 for a four-session pass (need not be consecutive) PLUS modeling fee (modeling fee is dependent on number of people in class -- will not exceed $10 per session)
MATERIALS: See supply link

CLASS TITLE: "DIRECT PAINTING" ongoing class with Rachel Schlueter
DESCRIPTION: Rachel Schlueter has a direct approach to painting that is uniquely her own. Join her for this exciting three-week workshop and learn how to draw with paint; how to mix paint directly on the canvas; how to make intuitive color choices; and how to use the paint itself as a means of expression. Rachel will focus on the use of photographic or print materials in an interpretive, highly personal manner that honors the individuality and creative spirit of each student. STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO USE OILS OR ACRYLICS. All skill levels are welcome.
DATE & TIME: 5:30 - 8:30 Thursday evenings, beginning January 9, 2014
PRICE: $100 for a 4-session pass
MATERIALS: See supply link
INSTRUCTOR STATEMENT: “Direct painting is all about uninhibited, spontaneous creative expression. My class is designed to help painters develop an understanding of intuitive process and subjective use of color. Painters will learn how to use the paint itself to express their thoughts and feelings as they arise, so the experience of painting will become an act of emotional and intellectual balance.” Read more about Rachel on her blog!

DESCRIPTION: This ongoing class meets weekly and is open to all skill levels. Each week, Linda sets up a still life and gives students an exercise designed to teach the fundamental skills of oil painting. Expressive brushwork, interpretive color choices, and the art of composition are emphasized. The creative voices and personal goals of individual students are fostered and developed.
DATE/TIME: Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 8:30
PRICE: $100 for a 4-week pass (need not be consecutive). Once you have registered here online, print out the Eventbrite ticket and bring it with you to the first class. The instructor will initial and date your ticket for every class you attend. If your schedule changes, this allows you to miss a class (or two) while still getting to take all 4 of your classes. You can renew as often as you like and continue taking the class on an ongoing basis.
MATERIALS:  See supply list
INSTRUCTOR BIO: Linda Mitchell studied art at San Jose State University and Otis Parsons School of Design and has been painting on a full-time basis for more than two decades. Her work has garnered many awards and is collected internationally. Active in the local art community, Mitchell co-owned the Cody Gallery in Eureka in the late 1990's, wrote the North Coast Journal's Art Beat column for three years, co-founded Lost Coast Daily Painters, and has taught private oil painting lessons since 2000. Visit Linda's website at