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Sold Out – Drawing & Painting Atelier: Wednesdays, June session

June 5 @ 1:30 pm 4:30 pm

Date: Wednesdays, June 5th – June 26th
 1:30 – 4:30 PM
Total Sessions:
 Melisse Herman
Location: Room 208, Print Studio
Adults, 18+
Skill Level:
 Intermediate – Advanced
Sliding Scale:

About the class

In this studio course, students will bring their paintings or drawings and work in a community environment with other artists. This is an opportunity to expand your work alongside other students, learn from each other, share ideas, and participate in critiques guided by the instructor. Each student will receive as much instruction as they want and can work with the instructor to develop projects based on their next level of learning. Each week there will be a critique at the end of class where students can practice speaking about their own work and others’. This course is for students who have been painting and drawing and are ready to push their work to the next level.

Tables and easels are provided. Students bring their own art supplies.

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when register or by emailing Sean at

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Melisse Herman

Instructor / Artist

Melisse Herman works with themes of Absence and Presence, compelling a dialogue in which the viewer draws their own meaning from each work – engaging with what is first unseen, then subtly visible, and finally clear. Melisse graduated with distinction from California College of the Arts, and received her MFA with honors in painting and drawing from Mills College. She has exhibited on both the East and West Coasts and has featured in a number of significant collections, including the Chevron Corporation and the United States Embassy in Hong Kong. She helped to compose a young adult novel, and has taught at both California College of the Arts and Mills College as well as other institutions for over 35 years.

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