Classes & Workshops

"Plein Air Painting" 
with Jim McVicker
DESCRIPTION: Don't miss this rare opportunity to spend three full days painting with one of the north coast's most beloved and accomplished painters. Jim will begin his workshop at ESA on Friday morning by talking about his process and giving a painting demo. In the afternoon, students will paint outdoors at a location in Eureka. On Saturday and Sunday, students will meet in Trinidad for two full days 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 rapidly, so please register early!
DATE AND TIME: June 5, 6, and 7 / 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
PRICE: $300
"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

"Painting the Plein Air Landscape" 
with Kathy O'Leary
Kathy O'Leary is a nationally recognized landscape painter who has been painting en plein air for more than two decades. Join her for two days of painting on location and learn her approach to working directly from nature. Kathy will meet students at ESA on Saturday morning for a brief introduction, and students will spend the rest of the weekend painting on location. She'll demonstrate her painting approach and give students individual attention and feedback. Kathy is accepting a limited number of students so register early!
DATE AND TIME: May 23 and 24 from 9-4 pm. REGISTER HERE
PRICE: $175
SUPPLIES: See Kathy's supply list here 

Intro to Watercolor on Yupo
DESCRIPTION: This workshop will be an introduction to the range of effects possible with watercolor on Yupo, a recycled polypropelene product with a smooth, glasslike surface. With this surface, the pigment stays on top of the material and leaves a characteristic reticulated edge between each application of color. The result is gemlike, with the intensity of stained glass. Brilliant color is the reward of painting on this surface.
Judy will show students how to apply, remove and manipulate paint to achieve the effects that are unique to this material, introducing a range of tools including rollers, sponges, screens, sprayer as well as brushes. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to play with this unique material!
DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 9 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
PRICE: $55    SUPPLIES: Just bring your watercolors and Judy will supply everything else!

"Painting the Figure"
ongoing class with Andrew Daniel
Thursdays from 1:00-4:00 pm
Price: $100 for a 4-week pass plus model fee (model fee is split between students each week)
Have you always been inspired by the portraits and figurative paintings of art history and wanted to try your hand at oil painting from a live model? Local artist Andrew Daniel will break down the process of painting the figure into a systematic step by step approach, enabling students to go from drawing out the model, painting the simple light and dark shapes, and then modifying each shape into more subtle planes and textures. Andrew will guide students through various topics, including the use of a limited palette versus a more complex color approach, alla prima painting (painting wet into wet) versus layering techniques, and so forth. Each class will include an instructor demonstration, painting from a live model, individual feedback, and a critical discussion period. Poses will range from quick 30-minute painted sketches to lengthy 9 to 12 hour poses (broken up over several weeks). Themes will range from semi-nude figurative to costumed models and portraits. Students will also be encouraged to bring in independently produced work for group or individual feedback as well.

About the Instructor: Andrew Daniel has over 20 years experience painting in a variety of different approaches from traditional to contemporary. He has been painting from the model regularly throughout his career. Andrew studied painting at Humboldt State University as well as with the University of Southern Maine in Portland. He has been living and showing his work locally since 1996.

“There is no other subject that is quite as fascinating to work with as the human form. There are so many qualities to work with at once; rhythm, beauty, mood, attitude, expression, texture, fashion, narrative... It’s much more then just an exercise that makes us more accurate painters, it is a chance to slow down and watch the world go by. It’s a beautiful way chronicle the passing of time and explore what it is to be human.” - Andrew Daniel

"Mixed-Media in Art Making"
with RK Schlueter
Want to try something new? Rachel has designed this workshop with experimentation and creativity in mind. Join her and explore innovative ways of using a variety of materials, including paints, mediums, drawing implements, stencils, found objects, magazine clippings, etc. Specific techniques and exercises will be provided each month to get your creative juices flowing, and Rachel will even supply the materials!

"Mastering the Fundamentals of Figure Drawing & an Introduction to Human Anatomy for the Artist" 
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: 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)

MATERIALS: See supply link  
INSTRUCTOR BIO: In 2012 Brent Eviston gave a talk at TEDx Eureka  arguing that drawing and visual literacy are as important as language and mathematics. He is a full-time artist with a passion for teaching and interacting with other artists. He has taken his years of drawing and teaching experience and created a unique set of workshop experiences that combine clear technical instruction with the encouragement to experiment and explore. Students leave his workshops with a new technical proficiency as well as a fresh mindset about their relationship to the medium. More information about Brent is available at brenteviston.comMastering 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!
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: This class meets from 1:00 to 4:00 on Tuesdays
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

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
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!

with Linda Mitchell 
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 guide them through the process of painting from life. 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.
PRICE: $100 for a 4-week pass. 
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

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.

"The Art & Science of Drawing" 
with Brent Eviston
Drawing is part scientific exploration and part creative act. This workshop clearly defines the rules behind representational drawing but also explores the opportunities for expression within them. Brent puts the myth of talent to rest by demystifying the thought processes behind good drawing while encouraging each student to experiment within those rules. Students are challenged to explore any blocks they might have that keep them from producing successful drawings and taught new methods of thinking about the drawing process.