Monday, July 23, 2012

Special offer:  Sign up before September 3rd and receive  
25% off of one Adult class or Adult workshop!

Studio 4 Art has listened and are excited to be offering a ton of new workshops and classes.... for ADULTS!

Sign up for any using email or calling 415-596-5546  
Classes and Workshops beginning in August and scheduled through December.  Some are one time workshops (for you busy folks), and others are for those that want to dive into the creative process, meeting once a week.

IMPORTANT:  All classes have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10.

PaintingAdult Painting
Marilyn Creamer Don't miss out on these painting workshops and classes.  Studio 4 Art prides itself on allowing everyone to learn to be creative with simple approaches to painting.  Designed to ease any fear you may have about paints, how to paint, what kind of paints, colors, how to use a brush, etc.  This workshop will demystify painting with oil!

Painting Classes
Seeing by observing the relationships of color, value, shape and texture.  Demo's will be given in acrylic, oil and water paints.  Traditional techniques are taught.  Personal style and expression, highly celebrated.  If you have been looking for a place to paint and to feel supported, while learning along the way, this class is for you!
Beginning September 13th and will be ongoing
Time: 12:00-2:00
Price: $190.00 (4 consecutive Thursdays)
Includes all supplies except canvas. 
Purchase supplies at S4A and receive 20% off.
Oil Painting Workshop
This workshop will demystify painting with oil!
Sunday August 12th
Time: 10:00-4:00 (with a lunch break)
Price: $165.00
Includes all supplies

Oil Painting Workshop
Traditional techniques, from underpainting, glazing and how to implement light.
Sunday September 16th, 23rd, 30th and October 7th
Time: 11:00-2:00
Price: $225.00
Includes all supplies

Learn fundamentals through traditional teaching techniques.  Including composition, perspective, shading, sketching and the development and celebration of personal style.  Learn how to train your artist's eye and the ability to break down anything into shape, value and line.  Dry and wet mediums will be demonstrated.
Beginning and Beyond
Monday's Ongoing Beginning September 10th
4 consecutive weeks, join anytime
Time: 10:00-12:00
Time: 6:30-8:30
Price: $150.00
Includes all supplies
*Bringing in your own supplies (S4A will email a list)
Price: $95

wheel throwing Plates, mugs, sculpture, platters, vases, anything your mind can imagine, Studio 4 Art will help you learn how to execute!  Techniques in surface design, sgraffito, printmaking on wet clay and the use of unusual tools to create art in all forms.  You can also use this class to continue any workshop, class or as a time to work on your own projects in our studio.  We do have the ability to fire large scale pieces.
Beginning and Beyond
Wednesday's Ongoing
Time: 6:30-9:00
Price: $185.00
Includes all supplies
*When bringing own clay, tools and glaze $125.00
Drop-in fee: $60.00  (24 hr advance notice needed)

Form and Function Workshop
A three day hands-on workshop teaching soft slab construction of elegant pots and platters from paper templates and molds.  Incorporating the learned knowledge of surface design using underglazes, stencils, image transfer and screen printing on greenware and wet clay.
Wednesday August 8, 15, 22
Time: 6:30-9:00
Price: $185.00
Sunday October 21st, 28th and November 4th
Time: 1:00-3:30
Price: $185.00
Includes all supplies

Clay Surface Design
Learn to incorporate composition and drawing on wet clay surfaces including transferring imagery with basic to no drawing skills, carving line work, using resist and printmaking to create amazing designs.
August 25-26 Saturday and Sunday
Time: 10:00-2:00
Price: $95.00
Wednesday; October 17th, 24th
Time: 6:30-8:30
Price: $95.00
Includes all supplies 

Sewing Learning to sew is a skill that can be fully accomplished by anyone with proper instruction, guidance and support.  Studio 4 Art will be there every step of the way!  We have machines or bring in your own.  We also have a serging machine!
Beginning Sewing
Tuesdays: September 11th, 18th, 25th, October 2nd, 9th and 16th
Time: 11:00-1:00
Time: 6:30-8:30
Price: $195.00

Drop-in fee: $60.00  (24 hr advance notice needed)
Does not include materials (S4A will email material list)

Montoype Workshop
Monday's September 20th, 27th, October 4th, 11th
Time: 6:30-9:00
Price: $200.00
Includes all supplies
This comprehensive class will introduce you to one of the most enlightening and free forms of printmaking, with an emphasis on experimentation and creativity.  Learn to create one-of-a-kind prints using drawing, painting and collage.  Explore color mixing, color theory, brushwork, stencils and unique tools to create fun, expressive prints.  Learn to pull highly developed monotypes by hand and with the aid of a press. 
We will be using only non-toxic inks in this class.

Linocut Printmaking Class
Thursday August 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
October 18th, 25th, November 1st, 8th
Time: 6:30-9:00
Price: $200.00
Includes all supplies
Students will learn about tools, transfer methods, how to pick an image, how to carve, and inking to create relief prints.  Students will use high quality inks and Rives BFK paper.

Encaustic Painting (hot beeswax)
Transparent Encaustic Painting Workshop
September 15th (Saturday)

December 2nd (Sunday)
Time: 10:00-4:00 (with a lunch break)
Price: $150.00
Includes all supplies and tools included
Students will be working on a 8"x10" piece of plexiglass.  Encaustic work is usually created on a solid wooden form, but when created on a piece of see-through material, you get the luminosity that is intrinsic to the hot wax medium.  We will also cover directions on how to make your own encaustic material and what supplies you may need if you want to continue creating at home.  Great way to play with a new medium and/or a new surface.

Stencils and Embossing with Encaustics
August 19th
November 18th
Time: 10:00-4:00
Price: $165.00
Includes all supplies
You will complete a 11"x11" encaustic painting.  This is full of experimentation, learning about hot wax and how to use with the ease of using stencils, stamps and other objects to create a fun, abstract work.  No experience necessary.  This medium and this method allows you to just play and not worry about your results, although you will love your work!

Mosaic and Surfaces
Tuesdays beginning September 11th
Time: 7:00-9:00
Price: $150.00
for 4 consecutive classes
Includes all supplies
If bringing own substrate, tiles and adhesive $100
At time of registration you will decide on which project you would like to work on; 12"x12" substrate, frame, mirror (12"x12"), stepping stone, name plaque or address plaque.
A perfect introduction to mosaics using ceramic tile, found objects and small ceramic sculpture.  This is a great building block for those that love to explore and experiment, have future ideas in mind for school fundraising projects, or further mosaic projects.  This is a class that covers design, terminology, types of materials (historical and newer approaches), substrates, fixatives, tools, grouting, sealing and finishing.

Mosaic Wall Art Workshop
Saturday August 11th
Time: 10:00-4:00 (with a lunch break)
Tuesday's August 7th and 14th
Time: 6:30-9:00
Price: $165.00
Includes all supplies
Students will make a 12"x12" wall piece to take home.  A perfect introduction to design through the use of broken tiles.  This is a great building block for those that love to explore and experiment, have future ideas in mind for school fundraising projects, or further mosaic projects.  This is a class that covers design, terminology, types of materials (historical and newer approaches), substrates, fixatives, tools, grouting, sealing and finishing.  If you have an image that you would like to use as your art inspiration, please bring (simple is best.

About Us
We are very excited to be bringing all of these wonderful workshops and classes to our adult audience!  All classes are taught by instructors that love what they do and are practicing artists themselves!

Call: 415-596-5546 to sign up
email: for questions

Monday, July 9, 2012


June 25-29

August 27-31 (different techniques and projects from first week)

Different animal theme and materials, everyday!  Painting, ceramics, drawing, sewing and mixed media explored.

Step 1 and 2: Creating a cone from a hunk of clay.  Then carving out center so that it is not too thick and won't explode in the kiln.

Step 3:  Smoothing the hollowed cone shaped form out on the outside.

Step 4:  Creating your own animal by attaching on head, limbs, tail, ears etc. to your original hollowed cone shape.

Step 5: Once everything is attached, smoothed, secure and hollow, time for underglaze.
 All of the pieces created in Zoolicious! clay exploration, were unique to each of the individual artists.  Campers used their creative problem solving skills to: shape a cone, hollow out the form, design a head from a pinch pot, and decide on dimensions and shapes of legs, feet, tails, eyes and ears.  There was a lot of team work involved when brainstorming the best solutions to each step. 


Acrylic painting on canvas.  First designing and sketching were important before campers moved onto painting.  Once their sketch was what their mind saw, we began the process of painting with layers, proper brush size, color mixing (we mix all of our colors from the primary colors, black and white), and how to use a brush appropriate and effectively.
Friends coming into the camp.  The camper on the right first came to Studio 4 Art when she was 4!

New found friends.  Love their paintings.  It is great when they can paint objects that they love.  That love is then transferred into their work!


Finger puppet free choice time.  Sewing, ceramics, painting and mosaics are all a part of free choice time.  This always happens after our warm up project of the day.

When a 5 year old boy can learn to design, cut, sew buttons and sew a seam, I get extremely happy!  And the fact that it is my son, extremely proud!

 Many steps were taken before this Eric Carlisle inspired mixed media piece come to be. 

Mixed media piece.  So complete, with the details of the underground environment and the character of these wolves.

Step 1: We begin the process by freely creating sheets of acrylic painted paper.

 In the first step, artists are beginning to create freely, while learning about visual texture, coloring mixing a pallet of monochromatic colors, hues and values using blacks and whites.

Step 2: Begin to create an environment for your animal.  This step is first designed in pencil, then traced with a sharpie.
Beginning step 2 with a pencil that is then traced with a sharpie builds the eye hand coordination that is essential to drawing, painting, sculpting and all sports!  Other things talked about were; what is an environment, what is a horizon line, perspective and scale.

Step 3: Once traced, it is time to add color with water paints.  The water paints that Studio 4 Art uses are not going to be Crayola.  We use a high grade, heavy pigmented water paint.  Huge difference for the kids because they don't have to "scrub" the paint to get color, they simple dab.

Step 4: Using scissors to cut out our animals.  Looking at shape, size, and details needed.
 Always so colorful, whimsical and fun!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Clay Play! Camp

June 18-22

July 23-27 (new projects and techniques!)

All ceramics will be explored; wheel throwing, sculpture, mugs, plates, bowls!

This reads: I love, enjoy, devoure, adore, and will never stop doing art!!!!  I hope she is looking forward to being Studio 4 Art's marketing department.
Clay play is always enjoyed by young and old.  Our philosophy in this camp is all about personal style and ideas.  In the beginning of each day, we introduce a new technique or approach in using clay, along with a challenge to build on the creative process.
What can you create with a boxed, hollow form?
The above picture does not show scale, these were created by using a tile as a template, 4x4 and 2x2.  From robots, to mice to jewelry and treasure boxes, all individually unique!  It is our style, no two should be alike, because we are all different!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Food + Art = Yummy fun!

June 11-15 Camp

August 20-24 (different projects will be created than those shown from first week.) 

Most of our inspirations were our own, creating in clay, chalk pastels, detailed pencil drawings and paintings.  All inspiration was from foods we love.  It is always fun to play with your food!

This was our exercise before we played with our food.  Portraiture, placement, texture, shape, line and details all explored.
Personal style, excessively cute!
 Blending, layering, shape, shade and definition assisted in creating our still life drawn with chalk pastels.  This drawing below is the beginning of an exercise that Studio 4 Art has all of its students exercise, which is training the eye to see like an artists sees.  Artists are the most observant people on this planet, I guarantee it!
Beginning to see like an artist, begins with closing your eyes and feeling the shape and texture.
Could she be any more focused!
On our last day of camp, as a treat and exercise to combine all that we have learned throughout the week...a study of a cupcake.  Then, we eat it!  This artist is so focused, looking at different colors in the frosting, the paper cup and the shadow.  Even to the little bits of chocolate on top! 

The number one response I heard from parents, "Oh, my gosh.  I have to get this framed!"