Interview with Artist Manon Sander visiting Instructor

Artist Lecture Series- July 26th, 2016 Sign up Here
Teaching "Switch on the Light-Luminous Paintings" July 30th, 2016 Sign up Here

SCAS: Tell us the basics: Where are you from? 
I was born in Berlin, Germany. I lived close to Munich and in Berlin until I moved to the US in 1995.

SCAS: What type of art/medium if your favorite to work with?
I LOVE my oils. The juicy consistency, the ability to build up texture, the luminosity, and the fact that oils dry exactly the way you apply them are the main reasons why I prefer them to other mediums.

 SCAS: How long have you been sculpting/painting/drawing? How did you get into it?
Even as a child drawing and painting were my favorite pastimes when I was bored. Cartooning kept me sane during suffering through business school. After moving to the US I painted murals for over a decade. I plunged myself into oil painting after standing in front of one of Ken Auster’s beautiful San Francisco scenes. That moment I knew I had to learn how to paint in oil. The stars aligned and I found exactly the right teachers. Since then I have not stopped learning and hope I never will.

SCAS: Who has been your biggest influence and why?
The artists I most admire are Sargent and Sorolla. But the artists who have most influenced me are all contemporaries I have studied with: Ken Auster, Camille Przwodek, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Morgan Samuel Price, Elio Camacho. All incredible artists and very giving teachers.

SCAS: Why do you like teaching? Do you have a particular style of teaching? 
 In 2011 I was invited to teach a weekly plein air class. I wasn’t sure if teaching was for me and I was very nervous in the beginning. But I found out that I very much enjoy sharing everything I know about painting with others and feel it’s a privilege that others let me be part on their journeys as painters. I love when I see a light bulb go on because I showed a student something at their easel.
I definitely have a particular style of teaching. It evolved after spending a lot of time thinking about why some classes and workshops I have taken myself stood out to me and were my favorites. The most important factor for me to like a class was (and is) when the instructor could tell me the reasons for their choice of composition/color/brushshtrokes etc. I do exactly that, breaking it down into small steps, explaining my choices when I demo or why a student might benefit from changing something in their painting. I try to help my students to eliminate randomness from the painting process and to replace it with intention.

SCAS: We're excited about your workshop. What skills we learn? What will we do? 
I’m super excited about the workshop, too. You will learn how to see values better, how to nail them in black-and-white studies, and how to connect the appropriate color to those values. You will learn how to make clean and luminous colors and how to fill your painting with light. We will use still life set-ups to paint from and will start with exercises to separate the values in the light from the ones in the shadows. I will then show you how to use that exercise to add color to your study. And usually I sprinkle in a lot of useful little painting tips, too.

SCAS: Anything else you want to add?  
I’m looking forward to teach in California and to meet painters who feel as passionate and enthusiastic about painting as me. The workshop will be fun and informative, and of course there will be a lot of painting. One comment I get during every workshop is: “Why didn’t anyone tell me that before?”.  I share a lot and I’m sure you will make progress by taking the workshop.

SCAS: Once again, thank you! We're so excited to have you sharing your skills with our artist community. 

The pleasure is all mine.

Be sure to sign up for both her Lecture and Class coming up in July!

Catch up on Jane laFazio's latest Blog!



Jane laFazio recently taught "Abstract Collage and Gelli Plates" and did a little write up on her experience. She shares photos of the class, student work, and more! She comes back in November so be sure to sign up for our newsletter to see upcoming classes.

She's back! Debroah Goldman brings the fun with ZENTANGLE!

Explore the Exciting World of Zentangle®!
With Deborah Goldman, Certified Zentangle Teacher
Saturday, June 11, 2016   10am-4pm
$85 per person, includes starter kit*!
Join us for an exciting day of dreaming and doodling with Certified Zentangle Teacher, Deborah Goldman, and learn the secrets for creating your own dazzling designs! The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. A Zentangle practice builds on the Zentangle Method of simple deliberate strokes which build on each other in beautiful, mesmerizing and surprising ways. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. *Kit includes everything you’ll need for class!

About the Instructor: Deborah Goldman has lived in Southern California for most of her life. She enjoys sketching, watercolor, printmaking, and more. She has two grown children, one son-in-law, one grandson, and has finally turned that extra bedroom into her art studio! When she is not traveling the world, Deborah enjoys teaching workshops to future Zentangle fanatics! Deborah is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT).


Interview with teacher Bobbi Baldwin

This month, we are offering the class "A Focus on Animal Life" with Bobbi Baldwin. In this class you will learn how to get create a beautiful portrait of animals with the use of chalk pastels. Receive tips and tricks on how to focus on the features of each animal and paint soulful eyes. You will learn how to paint noses, mouths, ears, paws, hooves, horns, fur, and hair as you are guided through the easy steps of creating a fine art painting in soft pastel. Gain confidence with the use of soft pastels, color mixing, composition, and how to make animals look natural. Join the class Fri-Sun, May 27th, 28th, 29th, 2016 from 10-4pm. Some previous experience with pastels is encouraged. Register here or sign up by calling (949)369-6603

Interview with Bobbi Baldwin

SCAS: Tell us the basics: Where are you from? 

I was born in Woodland Hills in Nov, 1958. I moved to Colo, NY, NJ, FL, & Conn. Between the ages of 3-7. My dad was a computer engineer in training.

SCAS: What type of art/medium is your  favorite to work with?

I have two favorite mediums to work with, Soft Pastels and Oil paint.  But, I also love to work in all mediums including clay and wax sculpture. 

 SCAS: How long have you been sculpting/painting/drawing? How did you get into it?

I started drawing, sculpting, and painting as a child and took every class I could, but then took a job at a computer company by the time I was 18.  Knowing my heart was in art, I started to do commission portraits at the age of 24 while working.  I began teaching at the age of 27 while working for the computer industry.  At the age of 30, I became a full time artist and teacher.  I have always loved to paint animals and people since my first drawings at the age of 10. 

SCAS: Why do you like teaching? Do you have a particular style of teaching?

I love to feel the excitement in my students when they really get what I am telling them and it feels like the light has finally gone on in their concepts and understanding.  It is a passion for me to teach.  There is nothing more gratifying to me than to see my
students proud of their work. 

SCAS: Who has been your biggest influence and why? 

I have been influenced by the great Renaissance, Russian, and Past masters and many contemporary artists as well.  I am a founding member of the Portrait Society of America and have learned from some of the greatest living masters on the East Coast. 

SCAS: We're excited about your workshop. What skills will we learn? What will we do? 

This class will focus on how to create a beautiful portrait of any animal with the use of chalk pastels.  We will look at the overall features of each animal introduced according to the interests.  We will learn to paint soulful eyes and also look at how to paint noses, mouths, ears, paws, hooves, horns, fur, and hair.  I will guide you through the easy steps of creating a fine art pastel painting that you will want to frame!   We will discuss many things including how to use soft pastels, color mixing, composition, how to make animals look natural, and most of all character, while creating a colorful and exciting painting!   
Additionally, there will be instruction throughout on the specifics of how to see negative space, angles of lines, simple bone structure concepts to line up the anatomy, thinking in shapes vs. thinking of the model as a whole, shadow and light division, composition, how to train your eye to see, and how to comparatively measure your subject out and get your drawing accurate. Plus, smoothing, edges, and subtle changes to get the real likeness you are wanting. 

SCAS: Anything else you want to add?

I am SO excited to be teaching at San Clemente Arts again!  I really love meeting the artists of this area!  It’s going to be a very fun workshop!  I believe in having fun while you learn.  This class will be filled with enjoyable moments, lots of learning, and a great group of people.  I explain things as easily as possible while giving you some really simple steps to make your work stand out.  I look forward to meeting many new and wonderful people at this workshop! I can also help for ideas with marketing your work as well. 
My work ranges from fun and fast to detailed and intricate so I am good at teaching everyone in their own style.  I have30 years of teaching experience; I teach at least 5 classes per week, year round, because I love to teach and my devoted students.  Whatever level you are at, I guarantee I will give you new ideas to enhance your work. 

  SCAS: Will you help us paint a portrait of our favorite pet?

Yes, bring your favorite photos of your pets or animals and let’s finish one or more portraits! (The quantity of finished pastel paintings will depend on your own speed as an artist.)

SCAS: Okay, I'm coming to the workshop. Can I do anything to prepare?
To be prepared ahead of time, you can draw your subject lightly on your colored paper (Canson Mitientes or pastel paper)

SCAS: Once again, thank you! We're so excited to have you sharing your skills with our artist community. 


New! Life and Costume Class Stamp Cards

Introducing Brand New Stamp Cards!

Introducing brand new stamp cards for Life and Costume Drawing sessions. This card allows you to purchase five classes at a time and then you will receive the sixth class free. You no longer have to attend monthly as this card is stamped as you attend. Come in and ask us how you can get one today!