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Adult Art Classes Enrolling Now in Pasadena

Strengthen your current skills, learn that new technique, or simply meet other adults who love art as much as you do. All skill levels are welcome. Small classes enrolling now in letterpress, ceramics, painting, drawing, graphic design, photography, embroidery, collage, book arts, and more. Nonprofit and donor-supported, Armory Center for the Arts is the Los Angeles region’s leading independent institution for contemporary art exhibitions and community arts education. Tell a friend and sign up together. Our winter art classes start January 14.

 

Featured Adult Art Classes


 

COLLAGE & ASSEMBLAGE

Collage & Assemblage

 

Learn principles of design and color theory while exploring a wide range of materials and collage techniques. No experience in drawing or painting necessary and individual expression is encouraged. With assemblage, you can create in 2D and 3D.

Mondays (10 Class Meetings)
January 14 - April 1 
No Class Jan 21 & Feb 18
$275, member $248

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Cartooning

 

Conceptualize, draw, format, and make cartoons, comics, and zines by hand with the option of using digital media tools. From simple cartoon drawing techniques to more detailed comic book illustrations, your art will reflect contemporary themes. Explore genres and techniques of cartooning and its many reaches in comics, film, advertising, graphic design, and more. We’ll study work of cartoonists such as Walt Disney, Charles Schultz, Robert Crumb, and Philip Guston. 

Mondays (10 Class Meetings)
January 14 - April 1 
No Class Jan 21 & Feb 18
$275, member $248

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Beginning Drawing

 

Draw from observation and gradually build knowledge to create work from simple sketches to finished pieces. Learn techniques like shading, hatching, and controlling line weight. Develop proficiency and artistry as we study space, value, form, and composition. View works by old masters and contemporary artists to gain inspiration and develop a personal style.

Mondays (10 Class Meetings)
January 14 - April 1 
No Class Jan 21 & Feb 18
$275, member $248

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Screen Printing on Fabric

 

Learn techniques to transfer images, photos, and plate film development, using screen printing, a process used by Shepard Fairey and Andy Warhol. Bring shirts, sweatshirts, fabric, wood, paper, or any flat material, and transform them into works of art! Use several DIY methods to create prints.

Mondays (10 Class Meetings)
January 14 - April 1 
No Class Jan 21 & Feb 18
$275, member $248 (plus $50 materials fee)

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Watercolor Illustration

 

Explore storytelling and illustration through drawing, ink, and watercolor. Experiment with different techniques while looking at the work of illustrators, cartoonists, and contemporary artists as inspiration. Beginning and advanced students welcomed.

Mondays (10 Class Meetings)
January 14 - April 1 
No Class Jan 21 & Feb 18
$275, member $248  

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More Painting

 

For beginning and continuing painting students, this class offers experience in painting techniques and concept development. Contemporary methods and artists will be explored with a deeper emphasis on color, composition, space, and texture.

Tuesdays (10 Class Meetings)
January 15 - March 19 
$275, member $248 

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Photoshop

 

Even inexperienced Photoshop users can excel in this class about the all-powerful digital darkroom and design software. Whether you’re looking to learn the fundamentals of editing images or entry-level job skills, this class offers a solid foundation. You’ll learn to master a wide variety of skills and techniques.

Tuesdays (10 Class Meetings)
January 15 - March 19 
$275, member $248 

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Drawing as Meditation

 

Meditate through art. Unwind after a busy day as you relax into a mindful art experience that cultivates your inner, untapped creativity. Discover new ways of seeing and drawing by tuning into your right brain attributes that nurture your inner sense of calm, ease, and slower pace. This course will explore various drawing techniques to build patience, focus, and mindfulness such as Shodo, the fine art of Japanese calligraphy. Beginning and advanced students welcomed. 

Tuesdays (10 Class Meetings)
January 15 - March 19 
$275, member $248 

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Explore mixed media in three dimensions while pursuing scale and experimenting with collage, shape, color, photos, found objects, and beautiful and precious objects, all pertaining to your personal story. The possibilities are endless as you juxtapose elements of surprise, symbol, and whimsy with storytelling, framing, and composition. Inspirations for our assemblage include artists Joseph Cornell and Lucas Samaras, as well as contemporary artists that use the box to explore their creativity. 

Tuesdays (10 Class Meetings)
January 15 - March 19 
$275, member $248 

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Figure Drawing

 

Boost your drawing skills with this essential class in observational drawing of professional (clothed) figure models. Learn anatomical proportion, line weight, shading techniques, and composition as well as the placement of the bones, movement of muscular mass, and the shading of the skin. Experiment with different media and techniques. Study figure drawings by artists like Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Titian, and John Currin.

Wednesdays (10 Class Meetings)
January 16 - March 20 
$365, member $329

(price reflects figure model fee)

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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 

Digital Photography

 

You’ll learn all basic camera functions including: proper exposure, depth of field, composition, lighting, and the challenges of shooting. You’ll also learn how to edit your work in Photoshop and prep images for print. Bring your own manual digital camera. 

Thursdays (10 Class Meetings)
January 17 - March 21 
$275, member $248 

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Learn the art of handmade books with projects ranging from traditional to experimental: Japanese stab binding, accordion books, collaged tunnel books, manipulated found books, and even book sculptures. Dig into the history of artists’ books to find inspiration. Bring your own quotes, short poems, or images and craft multiple books as you delve into the joy that is book arts. 

Thursdays (10 Class Meetings)
January 17 - March 21 
$275, member $248 

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NATURAL DYEING & SHIBORI 

Natural Dyeing & Shibori

Experiment with dyeing techniques to create one-of-a-kind wearable and/or functional pieces. Learn shibori, a Japanese resist dye technique. Bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress fabric and salvaged cloth to achieve different patterns and designs. Explore technical elements of working with natural dyes and the fixatives used to set them. Make your own natural dyes from kitchen compost and foraged plants.

Saturdays (6 Class Meetings)
January 19 - February 23 
Note: This 4-hour class meets 6 times, January 19 through February 23. 
$248, member $223 (plus $35 materials fee) 

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