Classes & Workshops

"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. She will provide an introduction for those new to plein air, and assist in the continuing development of those wishing to improve their plein air skills. Students will receive individual attention and feedback throughout the workshop. Kathy's main focus will be composition, value and color in plein air painting. She will demonstrate her painting approach, including preliminary thumbnail and small oil sketches in preparation to painting a larger piece. Participants will meet at ESA for a brief introduction on Saturday morning, then spend the rest of the weekend painting on location. Kathy is accepting a limited number of students so register early!
DATE AND TIME: August 22 and 23 from 9:00 to 4:00 pm
PRICE: $175
"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

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