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The Challenge of Painting

March 21 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Date: Thursdays, March 21st – April 25th
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM 
Total Sessions:
 Melisse Herman
Location: Room 208, Print Studio
Adult, 18+
Skill Level:
Sliding Scale:
$200 / $230 / $260 

About the class

This acrylic painting class is meant to inspire you to take a deeper dive into your painting practice. Students will learn more basic techniques and build upon skills already learned in previous classes. You will be challenging your knowledge of how to use shape, value, color and composition to develop your creative voice. Projects are meant to inspire students to move beyond learning techniques to a deeper experiential understanding of how to develop through the medium of painting. Challenging your skill can be fun. This class is suitable for those with some painting experience.

Please see the supply list to learn what to bring to class. It is important to use professional quality paints and high quality watercolor paper.

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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