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Summer Evenings & Sunsets in Oil

July 9 @ 4:30 pm 7:30 pm

Date: Tuesdays, July 9th – August 27th
 4:30 – 7:30 PM
Total Sessions:
 Michael Bartlett
Location: Room 208 and off campus
Adults, 18+
Skill Level:
 Intermediate – Advanced
Sliding Scale:
 $200 / $275 / $350

About the class

Giving pause to fleeting last light and breathtaking color of sunsets inspires the artist in all to want to paint. Yet it is gone so quickly and we are only left with a lingering desire to see it again. In this course you will paint these fleeting moments as we examine changes in lighting, color mixtures for luminous blending, and strategies for rapid applications. This is a live painting course using our own visual experiences to capture impressions of color. We will also learn some of the limitations of photography and discover how it is possible to gather useful photographic references with our cameras.

This course is for students who have some experience handling oil paint up to experienced painters who want to expand their subject matter into the changing light of evenings and sunsets. Students should be able to work out-of-doors in the open air. Participants should be able to complete four paintings during this eight-week course. We will have regular critiques of work in class along with group discussions and lectures. Please see the materials list to learn what to bring to this class.

When and where you will meet:

  • July 9 – Room 208
  • July 16 – Depot Park Museum*
  • July 23 – Room 208
  • July 30 – Sonoma Garden Park*
  • August 6 – Room 208
  • August 13 – Sonoma Plaza*
  • August 20 – Room 208
  • August 27 – General Vallejo’s Home*

* Note – All plein air sites are subject to change based on changing conditions. More detail on locations will be announced in class or by email in advance.

Want to learn all about what is needed to paint outdoors? There will be a separate two-hour workshop, Paint Out Gear Up, offered on June 25th for those who want to get plein air painting gear and learn what you need to get out and go paint.

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 registering 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

Michael E. Bartlett

Instructor / Artist

Michael E. Bartlett – an artist of the west. Has practiced fine and commercial arts for over 50 years. An award-winning oil painter of landscapes and coastal scenes, master craftsman and innovator, from Montana, working now in Northern California, lives paints and teaches in Sonoma, California. Member of the California Art Club and Oil Painters of America.

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