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Upcoming Workshops


Christie Beebe • Pouring Fluid Acrylics Workshop.
Monday, November 13. 1-4 p.m
Learn how to do an abstract painting using acrylics, medium and water.
Use acrylics that have been thinned down with medium, water and a drop of silicone. The paint is then poured onto a canvas or board, manipulated, and finished with a heat-gun. The results are always abstract, but very interesting! For examples of this type of work, see Christie’s website at Scroll the tab "ABSTRACT PAINTINGS."
No experience needed. Contact Christie for a supply list; some materials will be provided.
Fee for this one-day workshop is $15.00 plus lab fee.
Contact Christie 877-7629 / Limited to 6 people.


Paradise Art Center Classes
Times and days of all classes and workshops are subject to change.


Watercolor Exploration I - Instructor, Kathy Presentati
Mondays, 9 am-12 pm.
This class runs six to eight week sessions with a one week break between sessions. It is for those who want to expand basic watercolor techniques broken down in more detail. The class includes basic and some exploratory techniques with additional instruction as needed. Fee: $10 per class plus lab fee. The first class is free.
For more information: Kathy Presentati - 873-1009


• Pottery - Instructor, Cathryn Hudin
Mondays 2-5; 5:30-8:30 pm.
This class resumes Sept. 11, 2017 and meets for 15 classes until Dec. 18. Students need to commit to the full class; this is not a drop in class. All types of clay working will be covered including glazing, Raku and high firing. Fees: $9 per class plus lab fee. Students buy their own supplies.
Please contact Cathryn Hudin, 530-534-8417 for available space.


• Chinese Brush Painting - Instructor, Jan Walker
Tuesdays 9am-12 pm.
Jan Walker has studied Chinese painting since 1974 and has exhibited internationally. She uses demonstration and individual one-on-one instruction to teach brush technique, color blending and composition along with traditional meanings in Chinese painting. Fee: $12 plus lab fee. For the first class, materials can be borrowed and no instructor fee is charges (lab fees apply).
Contact Jan Walker at 966-6280 for a list of supplies. Printable Flyer


• Drawing & Colored Pencil - Instructor, Barbara Ramsey
Tuesdays 1-4 pm.
For beginning to advanced artists. This class covers the basics of drawing in all drawing media. Instruction is given as needed. Fee: $10 per class plus lab fee. Contact Barbara Anne Ramsey - 872-2953 or Printable Flyer


• Northern Plains Indian Art - Instructor, Edward Kicking Horse
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 5-7 pm
Learn traditional Plains Indian leather work and beading to create low or high-top moccasins, pouches, hand bags, with Edward Kicking Horse. Stories about the Indians and their designs enrich the class. We are planning a new lesson in wood carving of traditional "dance sticks" with carved, painted and beaded horse head, and we may make/paint our own drums. Materials needed: paper, pencils, and ledger book. Fee: $10 plus lab fee. Sign up at the Art Center or contact Edward Kicking Horse 876-1199 Printable Flyer


• Watercolor Exploration II - Instructor, Kathy Presentati
Wednesdays 9 am-12 pm.
Six to eight weeks with one week breaks between sessions. This class is for intermediate artists with some background in watercolor who want to expand their skills with new techniques and experimentation. This class will also explore some old and new experimental materials and techniques.
Fee: $10 per class plus lab fee. The first class is free.
Contact Kathy Presentati - 873-1009 -


• Acrylic & Oil - Instructor, Barbara Ramsey
Thursdays 1-4 pm.
An ongoing class for all artists, beginners to advanced. Learn the basics of painting and have fun in the process! Fee: $10 per class plus lab fee.
Contact Barbara Anne Ramsey - 872-2953 or Printable Flyer


• Beginning Pottery - Instructor, Jeanne van Nostrand
Saturdays, 10am to 1pm -
Beginning class in throwing, trimming, glazing, and·hand building. Students need to purchase their own tools and clay. Everything needed will be·covered in the first class. Existing pottery students may use the class time as a studio provided wheels are available.
$12 per class members / $15 per class non-members.
Contact Jeanne van Nostrand or 408-313-1156


Studio Time - No Instruction - Lab Fees Only



• First Sunday Monthly Collage & Mixed Media • Open Studio
- Facilitators, Nancy Sowarby and Susan
Meets the first Sunday of each month, 1-4 pm.
Collage group is open to all art works. There is no instruction; bring your own projects. We share fancy papers, fabrics, paints, and offer help and suggestions. Plein Air Painters are invited to join us indoors in the winter when necessary.
Call Nancy Sowarby - 873-8729 or Susan Kincaid - 876-9006 or


• Plein Air Outdoor Studio
Meets Tuesdays at 9am, unless otherwise stated, at various locations in Butte County.
For more information contact Rob Milberg:





• Ceramics / Sculpture - Facilitator Jeanne van Nostrand
Thursdays, 9 am-noon.

There is no formal instruction for clay work; it's a great time to share tips and build with your clay. For more info contact Carole Sheller 877-9761 or Jeanne van Nostrand
408-313-1156 or


• Advanced Watercolor - Facilitator, Cathy Hales
Thursdays, 9 am-noon

For average to experienced watercolor artists who are working toward perfecting their craft with their own chosen subject matter. We begin the day with a critique of paintings by the artists in attendance. Our members share new information or techniques with the group. Occasionally we have a guest artist come in to inspire us; class members pay this artist directly. If you feel that you would like some suggestions or guidance on your watercolors, or you would like to come and paint with other artists, please come and join us. Lab fees only.·
If interested, contact Cathy Hales, 873-0579 or



• Creative Water Media : Driven to Abstraction
- Facilitators Cindy Price and Caryl Quinones
Fridays, 9 am-noon.
Driven to abstraction! An experimental mixed-media class using acrylic as our base taught from a woman’s perspective. Challenge yourself by digging deep and breaking the rules to uncover the real artist within. Albert Einstein’s quote is the inspiration for this class: “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Usually every second week an instructor presents a project while the week in between is used to finish the work. For more information contact Caryl 864-4630 or Cindy 343-6165.


• Open Studio
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 1-4pm
Do you hate to work alone? Open studio is a time when participants are free to come into the art center to work on their own in any media - pencil, watercolor, acrylics, and oils and more and critique each other’s work when requested in an informal atmosphere of creative sharing.





Sally Owen and Karen Voigt

Michele Myers

Sally Armstrong
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Workshops, Ongoing Classes, and Studio Times

Lab fees are established per blocks of time:
Up to 4 hours: $2 members, $5 non-members
Over 4 hours: $4 members, $10 non-members

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