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Art Classes Fall 2017

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.

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day to jump to classes for that day of the week:
MONDAY

9:00 AM
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12:00 PM
 
MODERN ABSTRACT ACRYLIC PAINTING
Instructor Julianna Poldi
Open Studio Monday’s will provide students opportunities to develop their creative voice with group and instructor feedback. 
Emphasis will be on creative gesture, mark making and creating a series. Julianna holds an MFA in Arts and Consciousness from JFKU.
Private sessions available.
Cost: $35 open studio, $425 private
Location: DAC Auditorium

Phone: (505) 603-2658
Email: juliannapoldi@gmail.com
Website: www.jpoldi.com

1:00 PM
to
4:00 PM
 
ACRYLIC PAINTING
Instructor 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!

Cost: $120 for 4 classes, $35 for 1 class
Location: DAC Auditorium

Phone: (760) 770-3777
Email: artsouljean@gmail.com
Website: www.KauaiArt.com

TUESDAY

  9:00 AM
to
12:00 PM
 
OIL PAINTING
Instructor
Terry Masters

Terry was raised here in the desert and has a beautiful appreciation of our valley and desert life. These classes are for beginner to advanced students. Terry’s art is known nationally as well as here in the desert. 
Cost: $130 for 4 classes 
Location: DAC Auditorium
Phone: (760) 778-8855
Email: tmasters452@earthlink.net
Website: www.desertpainter.com

 9:00 AM
to
12:00 PM

DRAWING TO ENHANCE YOUR SKILLS
Instructor Rik Phillips

Class will focus on composition, shading, one point perspective drawing the human head and more. Rik has a degree in Education and Art from the Univ. of Mass., and an MA in dimensional design from Montserrat School of Visual Arts.

Cost: $120 for 4 classes, $35 for 1 class
Location: DAC Small Studio

Phone:(760) 770-3777
Email: artsoulrik@gmail.com
Website: www.KauaiArt.com

 1:00 PM
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4:00 PM
 
OIL & ACRYLIC PAINTING
Instructor
 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. 
Cost: $120 for 4 classes, $35 for 1 class
Location: DAC Auditorium
Phone: (760) 328-4911
Email: elaineartist@yahoo.com
WEDNESDAY
  
9:00 AM
to
12:00 PM

 
BASIC DRAWING
Instructor
 Jessica Schiffman
 
 
This class will de-mystify basic drawing problems. Beginning to advanced students. With a BFA in painting, Jessica is a full-time painter and has illustrated sixteen children’s books.
Cost: $120 for 4 classes, $35 for 1 class
Location: DAC Small Studio
Phone: (951) 212-3783
Email: jscaschiffman@gmail.com

9:00 AM
to
12:00 PM

SCULPTURE
Instructor Kay Henkel

Kay works as a full-time artist out of her studio and gallery in Palm Springs. An honored member of the National Sculpture Society, she uses varied media including clay, plaster and bronze. Many celebrities have purchased her works. Beginner to Advanced students.

Cost: Call for rates
Location: DAC Auditorium

Phone: (760)320-5276
Website: www.kayhenkelsculpture.com  

1:00 PM
to
4:00 PM

WATERCOLOR PAINTING
Instructor Moira Johannessen

Moira’s popular classes are well attended, so call for reservations. She has won many awards in local and national shows. She teaches the different techniques of watercolor to students from beginner to intermediate.

Cost: $100 for 4 classes, $30 for 1 class
Location: DAC Auditorium

Phone: (760)322-2523
Email: moirajohannessen@gmail.com  

1:00 PM
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4:00 PM
 
 
PAINTING - ALL MEDIA
Instructor Elaine Starrett

Elaine painted and gave classes for twenty years while living on Maui, receiving excellent reviews from her students.  Her focus is on accessing creative imagination, while introducing and demonstrating unique painting techniques.  Fun and relaxing!

Cost: $125 for 4 classes, $35 for 1 class
Location: DAC Small Studio

Phone: (808) 298-9551
Email: ecstarr22@gmail.com
THURSDAY
  
9:00 AM
to
12:00 PM
 
 
PAINTING - ALL MEDIA
Instructor
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, values, color and edges.

Cost: $140 for 4 classes
Location: DAC Auditorium
Phone: (951) 966-6800
Email: fairrington@verizon.net
Website: www.davidfairrington.com
9:00 AM
to
12:00 PM


STAINED GLASS
Instructor Don Dietz

This class is not held at the Desert Art Center, it takes place at Don's studio in Desert Hot Springs.

Don is a retired teacher with an MA in Vocational Education. He has been making stained glass for 12 years. Students learn glass selection, pattern transfer, cutting, grinding, foiling, soldering and finishing. Students will complete a basic project.

Cost: $25 per class
Location: 69525 Dillon Road #4,
              Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241

Phone: (414) 722-7931
Email: Donald.dietz1@gmail.com

1:00 PM
to
4:00 PM

WATERCOLOR PAINTING
Instructor Moira Johannessen

Moira’s popular classes are well attended, so call for reservations. She has won many awards in local and national shows. She teaches the different techniques of watercolor to students from beginner to intermediate.

Cost: $100 for 4 classes, $30 for 1 class
Location: DAC Auditorium

Phone: (760) 322-2523
Email: moirajohannessen@gmail.com

FRIDAY
  
 9:00 AM
to
12:00 PM
 
OIL PAINTING TECHNIQUES
Instructor
Louise Passey

Louise has been an artist all of her adult life. Her professional experience ranges from clothing and costume design to oil painting in which she holds a Master’s and a teaching credential.  She specializes in figure painting, with an emphasis on classic oil techniques.  

Cost: $120 for 4 classes, $35 for 1 class
Location: DAC Auditorium

Phone: (310) 629-8155
Email: passeylouise@gmail.com
1:00 PM
to
4:00 PM

WATERCOLOR PAINTING
Instructor 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!

Cost: $120 for 4 classes, $35 for 1 class
Location: DAC Auditorium

Phone: (760) 770-3777
Email: 
artsouljean@gmail.com
Website: www.KauaiArt.com

SATURDAY
 
9:00 AM
to
12:00 PM

LIFE DRAWING
Instructor Meridy Volz

Meridy is one of our most popular teachers. Her subjects are nude models. You will have exercises to loosen up and instruction on how to render the human figure. Warmup is usually in charcoal on newsprint with longer poses in the medium of your choice.

Cost: $120 for 4 classes
Location: DAC Auditorium

Phone: (760) 668-9852
Email: mersart@hotmail.com

9:00 AM
to
12:00 PM


STAINED GLASS
Instructor Don Dietz

This class is not held at the Desert Art Center, it takes place at Don's studio in Desert Hot Springs.

Don is a retired teacher with an MA in Vocational Education. He has been making stained glass for 12 years. Students learn glass selection, pattern transfer, cutting, grinding, foiling, soldering and finishing. Students will complete a basic project.

Cost: $25 per class
Location: 69525 Dillon Road #4,
              Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241

Phone: (414)722-7931
Email: Donald.dietz1@gmail.com

SUNDAY
  
9:00 AM
to
12:00 PM

LIFE DRAWING
Instructor
David Fairrington

This class will have both nude and clothed models. Drawing from the “inside out” will be taught to get more volume and depth in your drawings and paintings. Painting with various media covered. Line work and capturing drama in the drawing emphasized.
Cost: $35 for 1 class
Location: DAC Auditorium
Phone: (951) 966-6800
Email: fairrington@verizon.net
   
Website: www.davidfairrington.com  
1:00 PM
to
4:00 PM

PAINTING IN OIL/ACRYLICS
Instructor
 Jessica Schiffman
 
 
Jessica has a BFA in painting. She can teach you her step by step system and help you solve visual problems. Still life supplied or paint your own subject. All levels are welcome. Materials supplied for a modest fee.
Cost: $120 for 4 classes, $35 for 1 class
Location: DAC Small Studio
Phone: (951) 212-3783
Email: jscaschiffman@gmail.com

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