Studio Art Classes

Bring out your inner artist!  Whether you are an art enthusiast or have untapped artistic ambition, you can feed your creative side at The Tucson J!  Stop by the Welcome Desk or call 520.299.3000 to register for a class or register online below. Please note: no refunds once the class has begun.

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Drawing

Anyone Can Draw & Paint

Tuesdays and Fridays • 9:30 a.m.- Noon
1/8 – 6/28

An open studio for beginners and advanced students with individual instructions and demonstrations according to your needs. Through an atmosphere of class support and critiques of the work at each session, discussions lead to greater learning and skill development.  In the spring, each artist displays his/her work as a class in the Gallery at The J.  Each session is 4 classes, which can be taken anytime in the spring. 

Instructor: Murray Keshner
$80/ $70 members (Four punch class card)
Perlman Art Studio

Drawing It Out
Thursdays, 5 – 6:30 PM 

Have you ever thought, I’m not an artist. I can’t draw a straight line. I am an artist, but I could use a new method of seeing things. I am in need of healing. I need a spiritual practice that will connect me with my soul. Address all of these questions and more, through the easy and enjoyable process of creating a mandala, which you could hang as art or use as the first entry in an ongoing journal. Either way, you will leave the workshop with a renewed sense of self in terms of creativity and intention.

3/7 – 3/28

Instructor: Lynn Rae Lowe
$75/ $50 members
Perlman Art Studio

Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal
Mondays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Charcoal is a fast, expressive and forgiving medium, perfect for exploring and learning about the face and head. The concepts and techniques used for charcoal drawing go hand in hand with painting. Your painting skills will greatly benefit from your practice of drawing the portrait in charcoal.

3/4 – 3/25

Instructor: Christine Lytwynczuk
$220/ $200 members
Perlman Art Studio

 

Painting

Painting 1:  Absolute Beginners
Mondays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

You will be gently guided, taking baby steps through essential foundational skills and technique overlooked in most art classes. Go from novice to knowledgeable as a painter in just four sessions. ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED. NON-TOXIC environment, with only safe materials and solvents. Oil or Acrylic.

1/28 – 2/18

Instructor: Christine Lytwynczuk
$220/$200 J members
Perlman Art Studio

Open Studio: Long Paint Clinic
Mondays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Get one on one attention, helping you achieve your specific goals in art at your own pace. Bring in whatever you want to work on, including started paintings that are giving you trouble. ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED. NON-TOXIC environment, with only safe materials and solvents. Oil or Acrylic.

4/1 – 4/29

Instructor: Christine Lytwynczuk
$275/$250 J members
Perlman Art Studio

Open Studio: Short Paint Clinic
Mondays, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Get one on one attention, helping you achieve your specific goals in art at your own pace. Bring in whatever you want to work on, including started paintings that are giving you trouble. ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED. NON-TOXIC environment, with only safe materials and solvents. Oil or Acrylic.

4/1 – 4/29

Instructor: Christine Lytwynczuk
$275/$250 J members
Perlman Art Studio

 

Watercolor 1
Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Discover how to use watercolor with its translucent qualities to create your personal masterpieces. This hands-on class will guide you through the basics of watercolor. Have fun and gain a better understanding of color while enjoying the company of others. No experience necessary; all levels welcome. Materials included. 

2/6 -3/13

3:30 – 5:30 

Instructor: Ann Lapidus
$150/$125 J members
Perlman Art Studio

 

Watercolor 2
Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

A continuation of Watercolor 1.

3/20 -4/24

3:30 – 5:30 

Instructor: Ann Lapidus
$150/$125 J members
Perlman Art Studio

 

 

Sculpting

Portrait Sculpting
Tuesdays, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

This is a comprehensive class of practical instruction and hands-on sculpting in how to create a three-dimensional sculpture of the human face and head in clay. You will create and sculpt a generic portrait and learn the bones and anatomy of the face, how to correctly block in the human face, how to use variation in forms to create ?movement?, how to use relative comparison to make features the correct size, and how train your eyes to recognize natural shapes and sharp/soft transitions. Supplies included with $30 fee applied.

1/8 – 2/12

2/19 – 3/26

4/2 – 5/7

Instructor: Raymonde Zlotnikoff
$275/$250 J members
Perlman Art Studio

 

Ceramics

Ceramics 1
Sundays, 9:30  a.m. – 12:30p.m.

No class 3/17, Passover or Easter

This class is an introduction to clay as an art medium. It includes an introduction of ideas for clay making. Learn numerous ways to use rollers, stamps, cloth, molds, and glaze colors on clay. In this class you will enhance your hand-built objects beyond the basic pots, create special tiles, make a small mosaic, form small sculptures, or with instruction give the pottery wheel a try. Come enjoy clay, no experience necessary but all levels of experience welcome.

1/6 – 2/10

2/24 – 3/31

4/7 – 5-19

Instructor: Gerrie Young
$125/$100 J members
Perlman Art Studio

Hand Building
Mondays, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

* No class 3/18 or 4/1

Learn to hand build clay objects like a pro. Hand building requires you to learn how to use sprigs, score, slips (liquid clay) for raised designs, molds to make duplicates that can be one of a kind, stamps, stencils and so much more. Hand out guides are added to help you achieve some of your goals. Your creativity is limitless.

1/7-2/11

2/25-4/15

Instructor:
$125/$100 J members
Perlman Art Studio

Thursday Evening Clay Experience
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

* No class 3/18 or 4/1

Learn to hand build clay objects like a pro. Hand building requires you to learn how to use sprigs, score, slips (liquid clay) for raised designs, molds to make duplicates that can be one of a kind, stamps, stencils and so much more. Hand out guides are added to help you achieve some of your goals. Your creativity is limitless.

1/3 – 2/7

2/21 – 3/28

4/11 – 5/23

Instructor: Gerrie Young
$125/$100 J members
Perlman Art Studio

 

Printmaking

Printmaking 1:  Monoprints
Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

You will learn a lot from printmaking via Monotype or Woodcut without a press. Composition and color applications on a small window of space, textures and shapes by exploring relationships in a tight space strengthening artistic expression, printing an idea, a composition, or type by hand without a press, incorporating original images of art in handmade books with old and new type (alphabet text), engaging with the medium of wood towards making fine art, making rolling inks from pigments, cutting the surface of wood for the purpose of relief printmaking, registering the block in order to print a limited edition, cutting the paper in order to print on it, using the barren, the brushes and the cutting knives in woodcuts or monoprints, and making a register and a barren.

1/10-2/14

Instructor: Kostas Lekakis
$150/$125 J members  

Printmaking 2:  Woodcuts
Thursdays, 2.pm. – 5 p.m.

You will be working with an instructor who has developed a way of generating B&W and color woodcut prints without a press, using pigments mixed with oils. These pigments are made into a rolling-oil-paint applied on the surface of the carved block by different size rollers. The paper used to pick up the ink from the surface of the wood is preferably handmade. You will use a special barren that fits in the palm of your hand and rub the backside of the paper in order to pick up the rolled ink. Use a Japanese set of five carving tools. You will be working with pine, the best wood for this class.

1/10-2/14

Instructor: Kostas Lekakis
$150/$125 J members  

Printmaking 3:  Advanced
Fridays, 3.pm. – 6 p.m.

For students who have taken courses 1 & 2 or are familiar with printmaking. May include field trips to the artist?s studio. Does not include supplies.

1/11 -1/25

2/1 – 2/22

3/1 – 3/22

4/5 – 4/26

Instructor: Kostas Lekakis
$100/$75 J members  

 

Basket Weaving

Basket Weaving
Mondays, 3.pm. – 6 p.m.

Participants will learn basket making techniques and create their own one-of-a-kind baskets.

3/18 -4/22

Instructor: Ann Lapidus
$100/$75 J members  

Floral Design

Floral Design 1
Thursdays, 6.pm. – 8 p.m.


Learn how to create beautiful floral arrangements for events, clients, friends and family with tips and techniques from Jerri Fortunato, the J’s Rental and Events Coordinator. This six week course will take you through everything from setting up your tool box to creating a hand tied bouquet at one of Tucson?s premier floral shops. No supplies are included in this class. A list of supplies will be sent to you upon registration. A limited amount of supplies will be available to purchase at each class. Please bring a $20 fee for a starter supply kit

1 /17 – 2/21

2/28 – 4/4

4 /11 – 5/16

Instructor: Jerri Fortunato
$175/ $150 members
Perlman Art Studio

Floral Design 2
Thursdays,  3 pm. – 5 p.m.

This workshop is a continuation of Jerri?s floral and design class. Each week will feature a basic project to advance your skills and grow your confidence. Successful completion of the basic floral arrangement and design class is required. Join your friends and grow your network while creating stunning works that will be the envy of your friends. No supplies are included in this workshop. Supplies will be available to order or purchase at each workshop.

1 /17 – 2/21

2/28 – 4/4

4 /11 – 5/16

Instructor: Jerri Fortunato
$1125/ $100 members
Perlman Art Studio

 

For more information please contact Jeremy Thompson, Arts & Culture Program Manager, at jthompson@tucsonjcc.org or 520.299.3000.

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