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Art Classes

The Desert Art Center offers adult classes seven days a week in variety of different art mediums. Unless otherwise indicated, classes are held in the art education center at the Desert Art Center.

All of our instructors are accomplished, professional artists/craftsmen with years of experience in the subjects they're teaching. For a complete list of Desert Art Center Instructors click here. You can also connect to their bios from the class list shown below. Please contact the instructor for more information and to sign up for a class.

Download a printable summary of classes here.(Classes may have been added or removed since last printing; please refer to this web page for the most up-to-date list.)

 Click on the day to jump to classes for that day of the week:

 
  MONDAY 
9 to Noon    MODERN ABSTRACT ACRYLIC PAINTING with JULIANNA POLDI

Julianna is an award winning artist with over 25 years experience as a painter and workshop leader, she holds an MFA in Arts and Consciousness from John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley, CA.

  • Learn basics of acrylic abstract painting
  • Discover new approaches to abstract painting
  • Explore new techniques, tools, and materials
  • Learn how to edit, critique, and create a series of paintings
  • Be in the moment, relieve stress, have fun!

Workshops for beginners to advanced; all materials provided, $35 extra for canvas. Students will work on 3 paintings and leave with frame-ready art!

Private (1 student) $350; Couple (2 students) $250 each; Group (3-6 students) $150 each.

www.jpoldi.com  juliannapoldi@gmail.com   (505) 603-2658

 1 to 4 pm   ACRYLICS with JEAN BRADLEY
Jean has been teaching painting for 30 years. Her gentle approach brings out the best in beginners to advanced students. Jean’s focus – the keys to making a great painting! 
$120 for 4 classes. $35 for 1 class. Auditorium
www.KauaiArt.com  artsouljean@gmail.com   (760) 770-3777
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 TUESDAY 
 9 to Noon    OILS with TERRY MASTERS
Terry was raised here in the desert and has a beautiful appreciation of our valley and desert life. Classes are for students at all levels who wish to learn more about Desert Landscape and Plein Air Painting. Terry’s class includes a live demo at the close of each Session
$130 for 4 classes. Auditorium
www.desertpainter.com  tmasters452@earthlink.net  
(760) 778-8855
 1 to 4 pm    OILS & ACRYLICS with ELAINE MATHEWS
Elaine holds a BA in Art and an MA in teaching. Her large paintings are included in several corporate collections. Classes are for beginner to intermediate students who will paint from photos and learn plein air techniques. 
$120 for 4 classes.  $35 for 1 class. Auditorium
elaineartist@yahoo.com       (760) 328-4911
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  WEDNESDAY  
 9 to Noon    SCULPTURE with KAY HENKEL

Learn to work with clay making figures or animals with accurate proportions.  Hand build pots, or learn the process of making portraits of yourself or others with the time saving use of face masks.  Lean the use of tools, drying, and firing the kiln.  “Tell me what you want and I can help you make it.”  

Call for rates. Auditorium

Classes are small.  All levels welcome.

www.kayhenkelsculpture.com         (760) 320-5276
9 to Noon
   BASIC DRAWING with JESSICA SCHIFFMAN
 
 
Why re-invent the wheel? This class will de-mystify basic drawing problems you’ve struggled with in the past. Exercises and projects will combine instruction with creativity. Students may work on their own art projects in class and receive individual guidance. This class is useful for  beginning to advanced students. All materials provided, drop-ins welcome.
$120 for 4 classes. $35 for 1 class.  Small Studio
jscaschiffman@gmail.com                 (951) 212-3783
1 to 4 pm     WATERCOLOR with MOIRA JOHANNESSEN

The class is for beginner to intermediate students.  In each class there will be a demonstration of the painting techniques required.  We will usually complete a painting each session.  Call for Supply List.  Maximum class size is 12.  

$100 for 4 classes. $30 for 1 class. Auditorium

 moirajohannessen@gmail.com       (760) 322-2523
1 to 4 pm    PAINTING - ALL MEDIA, ALL LEVELS with ELAINE STARRETT 

Fun, relaxing class learning new painting skills. "Discover the artist within" is a non-judgmental approach for exploring creativity and expression.
Just bring your imagination, photos, and art supplies, or contact me for supply list. I demonstrate at each class, leaning toward abstract images, using brush and palette knife techniques I've developed over the years. Please free to paint in any style or subject matter you wish. 

$125 for 4 classes or $35 for 1 class. Small Studio. Please contact me for further information and to sign up.
ecstarr22@gmail.com   (808) 298-9551
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  THURSDAY  
9 to Noon      PAINTING - ALL MEDIA with DAVID FAIRRINGTON
David has an extensive background in painting and drawing. He has painted over 500 personal portraits, ballet subjects and he was a Combat Artist for the US Army. He will emphasize drawing, designing, painting and most importantly.... seeing. You bring in a project and I will help you produce a great piece of work:  landscapes, still life's seascapes, abstracts and portraits.   
$140 for 4 classes.  Auditorium
www.davidfairrington.com     fairrington@verizon.net   
(951) 966-6800
 9 to Noon    STAINED GLASS with DON DIETZ

Students will learn glass selection, pattern transfer, cutting, grinding, foiling, soldering, and finishing techniques.  Each student is expected to complete a basic project.  The instructor will furnish supplies for the first project.  After the first project students will pay for materials.  Students will be encouraged to select projects of their choice with the aid of the instructor.  Students will be able to purchase tools through the instructor, may decide to explore stained glass mosaic techniques and can learn to create patterns from personal photographs.  

$25 per class. Classes are held at Don's studio.

www.donalddietz.com      donald.dietz1@gmail.com   
(415) 722-7931
 1 to 4 pm     WATERCOLOR with MOIRA JOHANNESSEN

The class is for beginner to intermediate students.  In each class there will be a demonstration of the painting techniques required.  We will usually complete a painting each session.  Call for Supply List.  Maximum class size is 12.  

$100 for 4 classes. $30 for 1 class. Auditorium

moirajohannessen@gmail.com    (760) 322-2523
    PHOTOGRAPHY with SCOTT KLINGER
Scott is a photographer and college professor with over 15 years of experience, whose work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. He has an MFA in Studio Art. This class will teach you the tips and tricks of professional photographers to create better images no matter what camera you are using. The class will focus on composition, understanding how to use all the functions of your camera or mobile device and how to recognize ideal lighting scenarios. Students must bring a camera. Mobile devices, such as, iPhones are acceptable.
February 2017 Photography Class Schedule:
DATETIMEPLACECLASS DESCRIPTION
Thursday,
Feb 2, 2017
3pm-5pm*

DAC Raw Processing of Night Photos (Bring your laptops so we can process the images from last week!)
Thursday,
Feb 9, 2017
1pm-4pm DAC The Photographer's Playbook: Introduction to Fine Art Photography and Working with Intentionality
This class will introduce the concepts of using photography as an expressive art form beyond just a recording device. We will do several assignments out of the book "The Photographer's Playbook" and then come back and critique them in class.
Thursday,
Feb 16, 2017
1pm-3pm DAC Bring in your favorite images in print or digital format and we will discuss the process of critique and participate in an in-class portfolio review and group critique covering technical issues, content, and ways to improve! 
Thursday,
Feb 23, 2017
1pm-5pm  Thousand Palms Scenic Photography Workshop: Thousand Palms Oasis
We will meet in Thousand Palms at the parking lot by the visitor's center for the Coachella Valley Valley Natural Preserve. The preserve is free to enter and we will go on a scenic walk to the Thousand Palms oasis. From Palm Desert: take Monterey Avenue to Ramon Rd., then go east on Ramon Rd. for 3.4 miles to Thousand Palms Canyon Rd. Turn left onto Thousand Palms Canyon Rd. and go for 2.0 miles to the entrance of the Coachella Valley Preserve, which will be on the left side of the road. www.coachellavalleypreserve.org.

*Please note, the Thursday, Feb 2 class will start at 3:00 pm due to a scheduling conflict.
$120 for 4 classes, $35 for 1 class. In the Small Studio.
If you have any questions or suggestions, contact Scott at klinger.scott@gmail.com or call (310) 386-7614.
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  FRIDAY  
 9 to Noon    OIL PAINTING TECHNIQUES with LOUISE PASSEY

Students are guided through the basic use of the medium and its tools, then on to the various techniques used by the masters of yesterday and today. The discussions are fortified by handouts where ever appropriate. Emphasis is put on the amazing results that can be obtained by handling the paint in various documented applications as well as by individual experimentation. “ Realism” is not necessarily the ultimate goal of every student and creativity is encouraged. Beginners and experts can each bring their individual contribution to the class.  

$100 for 4 classes. $30 for 1 class. Auditorium

passeylouise@gmail.com      (310) 629-8155
1 to 4 pm     WATERCOLOR with JEAN BRADLEY
Jean has taught watercolor painting for 20 years. The keys to a great painting are her focus: value,color balance, composition etc. Her techniques make it easier to learn. Come join her for some painting fun! 
$120 for 4 classes. $35 for 1 class. Small Studio
www.KauaiArt.com      artsouljean@gmail.com      
(760) 770-3777
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  SATURDAY  
9 to Noon     LIFE DRAWING with MERIDY VOLZ

Learn to draw the figure. This class teaches you to draw the nude figure, it trains your eye to see, and helps you to loosen up. Major risk-taking and innovative approaches are encouraged. Students who attend bring a wide range of talents and styles, making the class exciting. Beginners are welcome. Easels and large newsprint are provided. Bring charcoal, clips, and whatever your medium of choice is for longer poses.  

$120 for 4 classes. Drop-ins welcome @ $35. Auditorium

mersart@hotmail.com      (760) 668-9852
 9 to Noon    STAINED GLASS with DON DIETZ

Students will learn glass selection, pattern transfer, cutting, grinding, foiling, soldering, and finishing techniques.  Each student is expected to complete a basic project.  The instructor will furnish supplies for the first project.  After the first project students will pay for materials.  Students will be encouraged to select projects of their choice with the aid of the instructor. Students will be able to purchase tools through the instructor, may decide to explore stained glass mosaic techniques and can learn to create patterns from personal photographs.  

$25 per class. Classes are held at Don's studio.
www.donalddietz.com  donald.dietz1@gmail.com    
(415) 722-7931
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_SUNDAY  
1 to 4 pm   PAINTING IN OIL & ACRYLICS with JESSICA SCHIFFMAN
A full-time painter, Jessica's background also includes children's book illustration. Jessica can teach you her step by step system and help you solve visual problems. A still-life in a lighted shadow box will be available; however, you may paint any subject you choose. All levels are welcome. Materials can be provided for a modest fee.
$120 for 4 classes. $35 for 1 class.
jscaschiffman@gmail.com      (951) 212-3783


550 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262  ●  PH: (760) 323-7973    info@desertartcenter.org

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