Painting Classes

Painting in Oil, WaterColor, and Acrylic, learn the basics all the way to professional level. All ages in both private and group lessons. We paint outside where nature gives us the best light and inspiration, in the painting garden adjacent to the music studio with full amenities. The best of both worlds! Since painting sessions run an hour to 2 or more there is always plenty of fresh tea, drinks, and snacks to keep you going. 

Note: Painting Parties for birthdays and such are also available. Contact here for a Painting Session or email me at Aja@Ajalee.com.

Mini Color Pallette

This is a beautiful class study where we start with color as the inspiration before doing a miniature ( which dries fast and you can take home in one day, also a great gift ) abstract style landscape. Students pick the color palette and landscape. Think of your favorite combination of colors or do a quick Pinterest search for Colo Pallette to get your creative inspiration flowing:)

 

Artist Tip #1: Anything can be a color palette you do not have to use house paint samples to get mixing, take these macaroons they will make a beautiful summery painting when combined with a field of flowers landscape.

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Colorful Macarons

Cloud Study

Ah, the puffy, creamy, wonderful cloud. One of my favorite things to paint. Learn a few techniques to help you develop the kind of cloud you most want to paint, do you like old antique-style clouds? Or happy puffy ones, maybe storm clouds building overhead? You pick, and as with all classes, everything you need will be here including paints aprons canvas mediums, and snacks:)

 

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On Black

Reverse your entire perspective of color in this fun class on Painting on Black. Every color that you lay down over the darkness absorbs it tenfold, pinks, greens, everything is bolder, more beautiful, different, students as always choose their subject, this is a great one for the study of flowers like a beautiful peach rose in a clear glass or a neon green orchid, for example, you can go bold or delicate, new or old style. Belo is a fun study of vibrant raw Cacao Pods that surely looks better on black than white!

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Shoreline Study

In this class we will study how to make the effects of a shoreline more realistic, there are a few fun tricks to making the bubbling whitewash come up over the sand and back into the deeper blues of the water. A Study is a fun way to work on and learn one single technique you can use for the rest of your painting life. As always students pick their own photo to work from so you can be sure it is inspiring to you.

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Kids on the Shore

Faux Oil 

Wondering how to get amazing texture with your acrylic paints? Oil (although my favorite) is heavier, stains clothes need ventilation, and takes a few classes just to get the hang of mixing, using, and applying to canvas. I make my own non-toxic limestone mixture we apply to acrylic to get the best of both worlds. Think of the texture and viscosity of oil with the ease of setup clean up and usage of acrylic- not to mention dries the day of versus weeks or months with true oil.

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Abstract Texture

Time-Lapse Video

Make your very own time-lapse video that speeds up your hour of painting into a 30-second video to take home with you! A fun way to share your work with others and great posting material. I will set you up with all you need, this is a great time to do a painting style and subject you are familiar with as it does feel like someone is watching you when the camera gets turned on- there is no pausing when making a timelapse, which makes for a quick and easy project:)

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Video Editing Timeline

Seed Packet

I love the design principles of the Art on Seed Packets, we get to combine old-world fonts with beautiful types of flowers or vegetables. This is a really fun project to do for yourself with your own name or fun saying "Sophias Magical Unicorn Seeds" or do one for a personalized gift. Start by finding some seed packet art at a local store or Pinterest away, as always the student (that's you!) decides what subject we will be painting.

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Seed Wholesale Distribution

Pet Portrait

No surprise this is one of the top most popular class requests. How to turn your favorite furry friend into a painting that I promise you will want to hang! I am always surprised how well these ones turn out, every single one in fact that I have done in my classes has been so adorable we are literally giggling when their cute little face appears on the canvas.

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Cocker Spaniels

Spirit Animal

Talk about a FUN class, in this class, we will determine your spirit animal (if you don't already have one) and do a whimsical meets realistic portrait style of your sloth, unicorn, llama, eagle, etc. to resemble your personality with clothing effects, drinks in hand, or any other creative add ons- we start with a matching character wallpaper that goes behind your spirit animal. This si also one that I LOVE to do for gifts!

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Beautiful Skin

I still remember wishing I could paint skin that looked beautiful and not like a cartoon- in this class we will do just that! All classes can be in Oil Acrylic or Watercolor:)

 

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Portrait

Still Life

This is a beautiful class study where we start with color as the inspiration before doing a miniature ( which dries fast and you can take home in one day, also a great gift ) abstract style landscape. Students pick the color palette and landscape. Think of your favorite combination of colors or do a quick Pinterest search for Colo Pallette to get your creative inspiration flowing:)

 

Artist Tip: Anything can be a color palette you do not have to use house paint samples to get mixing, take these macaroons they will make a beautiful summery painting when combined with a field of flowers landscape.

Contact here for a Painting Session or email me at Aja@Ajalee.com.

Flower Arrangement

Palette Knife 

In this class I share the love for my own style which is a very loose way of painting called Alla Prima (The first! which sort of translates to letting the first smear of paint be the only one in that spot, so you can see every stroke when it is finished) where we use ONLY a palette knife, and yes it is as wonderful as it sounds. This can be done in Oil and also with Acrylic mixed with a thickening agent. You can also see the California Heatwave series in my painting store to see even more variations on this style of painting.

Artist Tip #2 : When you use only a knife, cleanup is a dream!

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Hills Bushes Flower Feild techniques

This is a study in landscapes where we come across all kind of fun things in one picture, scrub bushes, lakes, trees, hills covered in different plants- as always you pick the picture and we will tackle it in class.

Artist Tip #3: When you are not sure what pictures to use, go through old trips you have been on, you are sure to want that memory hanging on your wall.

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Scenery

Plein Air Mini-Outing Retreat!

For the adventurous artist, we will pick a nice place to go down, either to the beach or a vantage point above town, pack a little lunch and head out at the best light. Bring a hat & I will have the rest for us to learn how to paint in the field!

 

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Painting Outside

Artists Choice!

As with all lessons you get to pick your subject and style which I tailor to you & this selection of class is just that- absolutely anything you can imagine, size, medium, style, & subject matter! See you at the easel:)

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