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1435 North Oak Street
Calistoga, CA 94515

(707) 942-2278

Adult Classes

The Calistoga Art Center offers classes to nurture your creativity.  Beginners and professionals learn together in a relaxed, fun-filled atmosphere. Classes and workshops are small enough to receive a lot of individual attention.  Please scroll down to see all classes.

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Participation Choices

4 Week Session: Cost $75

Plein Aire/Calistoga

Tuesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm starting March 6th for 4 tuesdays

Join us as we paint Calistoga, in the fresh air! 

 $75. or 4 classes  or $25. drop-in

All media welcome…We meet at the Calistoga Art Center, Rain or Shine and will paint inside if it rains. 

Suggested materials are what you are comfortable with and probably have allready. That can be acrylic, watercolor, oils or pastel. Keep it simple for outside painting. An easel or tripod- portable. The French easel has space for paints, brushes, or pastels ( If we paint inside we have easels ). A portable chair if you like sitting, otherwise most of us stand. A hat, an artists umbrella is optional. Appropriate supports- canvas or paper etc and don't forget those clips to hold them. If painting with acrylics or oils we need water or solvents...and rags- much better then paper towels.

NOTE: Since I have been teaching for years I can supply most materials, but I have to know in advance. Call the art center and they can reach me.

 Your instructor Channing Rudd. 

Acrylic Painting & mixed media

Fridays 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Do you want to get back to painting or learn how to paint for the first time?  Or do you want to explore how to paint from a different perspective and acquire new skills?  Karen teaches people how to tap into their creativity, tame the inner critic and make better paintings. 
Instructor: Karen Lynn Ingalls
Materials List


January 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

4-week session cost: $75 (doesn't need to be consecutive)

Drop-in for a day cost: $25 to be paid in class


Monthly Session Cost: $100

Drop-In Fee: $20

Materials fee: $25

Ceramics class

Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30pm - 8:30pm

February     Mondays and Wednesdays

Have you been waiting to try your hand at creating clay?  Would you like to push your current clay skills to a new level?  Then this is the class for you. Demonstrations will include pinch, coil, slab and wheel throwing techniques.  Trimming, texturing and handle/spout attachments will also be covered.  Discussions will include design, decoration and glaze techniques.  The focus of this class will be on students refining their personal style and constructing high quality, structurally sound functional pots and/or sculptural forms.

Instructor:  Jules Stout


class in action March 2017


Course fee: $165

The classical approach to portrait & figure painting

Thursdays 9:30am-1pm

Next session beginning; (it is happening)

January 18th, 2017 - March 1st, 2017   

In this class, we will be working from a live, clothed model.  We will be using a lifting technique, and a limited palette...                                 This 5 week course will include a focus on anatomy, compositions, measuring for accuracy and the use of thumb-nail sketches.  I will work with artists individually and in your chosen medium.  Artists are welcome to use mediums other than oils, however the demonstrations and examples will be pertaining directly to the use of oil paints.            A portion of the beginning of the class will be dedicated to a lecture and demonstration and handouts will be available.  

All abilities welcome.

Instructor: Deirdre Shibano

For supply list & other inquiries contact instructor directly:

7-week course cost:  $165  (pre-registration required)                         *The models fee will be divided amongst the number of attendees per session and will be collected at the first session. 

Red Umbrellas, Clos du Val Winery, Napa Valley

Red Umbrellas, Clos du Val Winery, Napa Valley

Lookout towards Lanai from Wailea, Maui

Lookout towards Lanai from Wailea, Maui

NEW! Watercolor Painting

Tuesdays 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Beginning January 23rd and will continue bi-weekly

February 6th, 20th                March 6th, 20th

Whether you are a novice or an experienced watercolorist, this class will reveal the mystery and magic of the watercolor medium. Having studied watercolors at the SF Academy of Art as well as under the private tutelage of accomplished painters, Travis will use his expertise to guide and nurture you towards fulfilling your potential and realizing your promise as an artist.

He will not only demonstrate a variety of techniques but also review preparation and progression as well as 12 Fundamental Principles of meritorious painting.

Come with whatever materials you may or may not have.

All levels are welcome.

Instructor: Travis White

$30 / class


Advance enrollment is appreciated, if possible.

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(707) 942-2278