to Sep 10

Colored Pencil and Drawing with Maryann Kot

Instructor: Maryann Kot

Classes are for all levels for students. Please contact Maryann for details on classes session dates, fees and material lists.

Learn the properties of the colored pencil, color theory, and how to create realistic drawings.  Intermediate students will review basic principles of colored pencil and learn more colored pencil techniques.  Drawing classes also offered on a regular basis. Adults.  Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore CA. 

Contact Maryann with questions, registration or more information:   or call 520-429-6300.

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Avianne Academy of Arts: Fine Art Classes for Adults, Teens and Kids
to Sep 10

Avianne Academy of Arts: Fine Art Classes for Adults, Teens and Kids

Avianne Academy of Arts: Fine Art Classes, Camps, Workshops and more for Adults, Teens and Kids (www,


Artist: Avianne (Engela Wilson)


Learn to make Art like a Real Artist would. Draw and paint from real life, reference and imagination. Classes cater for individual needs and preferences if it applies. Learn different techniques, styles and processes used in drawing and painting. Learn Art Theory, Art History and several mediums and practical applications. For more information, scheduling and easy on-line sign-ups, please go to

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Drawing class: Focus on Nature
to Oct 19

Drawing class: Focus on Nature

Colored Pencil with Maryann Kot.  Thursdays 9:30am- 12:00 6 week sessions on going

FALL sessions: First: Thursdays Sept 14 - October 12, 9:30 - noon

Second session: Oct. 26-Nov. 23

This class is for beginners and the artist who wants to improve drawing techniques.  Instruction includes site techniques, three dimensional development and composition.  Class start Thurs, Sept 14th, 9:30 - Noon for 5 weeks.  Adult  $135.  Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore CA.  Contact for more information or to sign up.  Or call: 520-429-6300



Maryann has a certificate in nature illustration from the Tucson Desert Museum, Art Institute. The three-year certificate program has a strong curriculum in drawing and colored pencil.

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Linda Ryan Pour Painting
to Sep 10

Linda Ryan Pour Painting

All Linda Ryan’s Livermore Classes are held at the Bothwell Arts Center 2466 8th Street and searchable on Facebook or Eventbrite.

Basics – Intro to Pour Painting (Last Chance in 2017)

Monday, 7-31-17, 6-8pm (class may go later depending on number of students)

$65     Register here:

Learn the basics of using this freeing and addictive Medium to tilt, swirl and create a 12x12 or 11x14" abstract work of art. No experience necessary. Designed to let you learn the basics and try the medium before you decide if it's for you.  This is a special type of pour painting with luminosity of transparent pigments being the key that makes it sing.

Price: Special Price of $65 Includes all Materials ($25 Value!)

This medium separates pigment particles out, reflecting light and giving a luminous feel to the painting. Color option choices for this are 1) warm golds, oranges and browns with metallics and interference gold, or 2) blue/sea tones with interference golds, bronzes as accent, 3) Purple/blues with magenta, alizarin crimson, with metallic golds, bronzes and interference pearl blues/violets, or 4) warm greens with golds & blacks as in event photo.

▪ Wear painting clothes (this stuff is messy!)

▪ Plan to leave your art overnight - it needs to dry level

▪ This workshop is highly recommended prior to taking Intermediate A or B Pour Painting classes. 

Note - Instructor will be Artist-in-Resident at Mendocino Art Center from October through May, so East Bay classes will be suspended until next May/June - if you have considered taking it before, do it now!

Intermediate Pour Painting Levels A/B, Livermore (Last Chance in 2017)

3 Dates – note time change for 2nd Class!!

Aug 13, Sept 10 1-3:00

August 20, 11-1pm*

$90    Register here:

This course is designed to give you the tools to free yourself up to create some beautiful abstract art with a type of painting that is on the rise in popularity for its results, but with quality techniques gleaned from years of experimentation by the instructor.  No housepaint, glue, or non-archival techniques taught here!

First, you will learn and expound on the basics, learn how to layer to achieve stronger art with more depth and better composition, use pigment interaction to your benefit, and get a better understanding of how to work the medium.

In this class, you will continue with basic pours as desired and then begin to learn layering techniques to take what you've learned in the Basics Workshop to a higher level, including experimenting with layers of Golden's High Flow Acrylics, GAC 800, gelskins and Airbrush Medium, depending on your interests.

Level A Materials purchase of initial basic Golden Fluid Acrylics & Pouring Medium through Way Up Art & Frame is necessary - approximately $90 total materials kit charge in addition to Class Fee. Initial material kit to purchase will include: Liquitex Pouring Medium (32 oz), specific Golden Fluid Acrylics, at least one cradled board. Teacher will bring material to the first class; plan to bring a check with you.

Additional Fluid Acrylics, High Flow Acrylics and GAC 800 medium is per student interest and desire, a suggested list will be provided during the first class.

For Level B, the teacher will provide a few specialty fluid paints and mediums to try, but Level B students need to mix and bring their own supplies which will depend on their interest.

Expect to leave your work overnight to dry each class date. Instructor strongly suggests taking the "Basics" workshop first so that you will be familiar with the process and medium.

Note - Instructor will be Artist-in-Resident at Mendocino Art Center from October through May, so East Bay classes will be suspended until next May/June - if you have considered taking it before, do it now!

Pour Painting Party!

Sunday, August 20th, 4pm-6pm

$55     Register here:

Come let go and have fun creating something unique and beautiful!

You may have gone to a painting party where everything is directed.  While those are fun and can be instructional, this is different, a more freeing method of painting, using Liquitex Pouring Medium.

You pour your paints, tilt, turn, tilt, maybe pour some more, maybe manipulate it with a gloved finger or even add a bit with an eyedropper, and all the while the medium and gravity become your tools.  No brushes necessary, and we’ll do all the mixing for you.  We’ll also help you as you work.

A little adult beverage is fine to bring - I just can't supply it or I'd have to charge quite a bit more.

To help you be successful with your early forays into the medium, we will have several sets of pouring paints that we’ve pre-mixed for you.  I’ve tested these groups to work well together, and I’ll ask you to email me or post on the Facebook event page with your choice.

1. Warm greens, golds, bronzes & blacks (as in the event photo)

2. Cool greens and green-blues, turquoise, black, burnt oranges and metallic

3. Purple-blues, magentas, interference blue (pearl blue), interference violets, alizarin crimsons, possibly interference (pearl-like gold) or metallic golds for contrast

4. Warm burnt oranges, golds, blacks, browns, metallic and interference paints of your choice, and possibly a bit of blue for contrast

Pour Painting Partiers have great fun and take home cool works afterwards. 

NOTE:  The paintings have to be left overnight to dry.  We will arrange for pickup on the date of the event.  Also, wear painting clothes!  This can be messy!

Your price includes all materials.


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Summer Colored Pencil Experience with Maryann Kot
to Jul 24

Summer Colored Pencil Experience with Maryann Kot

Summer Colored Pencil class with Maryann Kot. 6-week session, starting Mondays June 19 through July 24    9:30 am - noon


This class will combine colored pencil and graphite using several techniques and drawing surfaces. Each technique will result in a beautiful and unique finished drawing in realism. Surfaces used will be drafting film, vellum, and smooth drawing paper and fine art photographic paper. All paper provided by instructor. Plan on doing a given sample exercise of each technique and then go on to develop your own creation. Plan on a fun summer drawing experience. 

Adult class - some colored pencil experience helpful  

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Adventures in Colored Pencil
to Feb 6

Adventures in Colored Pencil

2017 classes:

Monday’s 9:30 -12:00, 5 weeks Jan 9-Feb 6  

Thursday’s 12:30 - 3:00, 5 weeks Jan12 - Feb 9

Instructor: Laurie Miille

Classes are open to everyone 18 years and older. Beginners will learn the properties of the colored pencil, color theory, and how to create realistic drawings. Intermediate students will be in an open studio environment and will learn additional colored pencil techniques. A variety of projects will be available to all students. Students are encourages to also create their own colored pencil projects during the five week course. 

Laurie Miille is a California native who currently resides in San Ramon, CA. She has degrees in Drafting Technology, Interior Design and Photography. She worked as a Printed Circuit Designer for 35 years before retiring from her full time professional career and committing herself to her life-long interest in art. She has been drawing and painting landscapes, portraits and still life in oils, acrylics, pastel, watercolor and colored pencil. Contact:

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Adventures in Colored Pencil
to Oct 6

Adventures in Colored Pencil

Monday’s 9:30 -12:00

Sept 12, 19, 26 and Oct 3, 10

Thursday’s 12:30 - 3:00

Sept 8, 15, 22, 29 and Oct 6



Instructor: Laurie Miille

Beginner and Intermediate Color Pencil techniques, drawing from life, photos and imagination.

Monday Mornings and Thursday afternoons.

To sign up contact:

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