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Summer Evenings & Sunsets in Oil

June 14, 2023 @ 5:30 pm 8:00 pm

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:

  • June 14 – Room 208 Sonoma Community Center
  • June 21 – General Vallejo’s Home parking lot
  • June 28 – Room 208 Sonoma Community Center
  • July 12 – Depot Park Parking Lot by the Railway Caboose
  • July 19 – Room 208 Sonoma Community Center
  • July 26 – Sonoma Garden Park
  • August 2 – Room 208 Sonoma Community Center
  • August 9 – General Vallejo’s Home parking lot 

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 May 31st for those who want to get plein air painting gear and learn what you need to get out and go paint.
Click the link below to learn more!

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.

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.

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.

Date: June 14 – August 9, 2023.
Note: No class on July 5
Total Sessions: 8
Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Instructor: Michael Bartlett
Location: Room 208 and off campus
Ages: Adults, 18+
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Sliding Scale: $150 / $250 / $350
Financial aid application available

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