Acrylics with Jen Livia

All levels are welcome and lots of personal coaching will be provided!

Supplies can also be rented for $15 per class, so if you want to try a new medium this is a great way to do so without investing in all of the supplies. Please arrive 10 minutes early, class will start on time. All class reservations must be paid in advance and cannot be cancelled or changed less than 72 hours prior to class. Sorry, no exceptions.

 If you have ever wanted to try Acrylics but didn't know where to start or have dabbled in Acrylics and need direction these are the class for you.   Each class will have a different focus and a wide variety of samples to inspire you.  We encourage you to explore this fun and unique medium as we learn a variety of techniques that can be applied to any subject.  You can choose to work on a larger painting over a series of classes or work on a new project each week or even start several pieces in one class.  Each class is tailored to the students that come to the session and are great for beginning students and intermediate students who want a more formal art session to explore a more in-depth process of using acrylics.   Check the supply list at the bottom of the page for recommended products and info.

Call the gallery for more information 805-643-6400.  To see more samples of Jen's work please click Jen Livia.     


Soft Skies and Clouds of All Kind

September 6th 5:30-8:30pm

$49 each or $64 w/ supplies

Learn to paint big fluffy clouds, soft wispy clouds and everything in between with hints of blue skies peeking through.  You can choose to paint several smaller paintings with big skies with minimal landscapes or choose to paint one larger painting with lots of sky.  We will practice with a few warm up exercises to get you into painting clouds of all kinds.



Crashing Waves

Wednesday, September 20th 5:30-8:30pm

$49 each or $64 w/ supplies

Capture distance, depth and transparency as you learn to paint a crashing wave landscape.  Choose to paint from within the tube of the wave or the view of the wave from a distance.


Liquid Acrylics, Inks, Pouring Liquids and Resin

Saturday, Sept 23rd 2m-5pm

$49 each or $70 with supplies

Learn to create a kaleidoscope of colors without brushstrokes in this fun class of random accidents and more.  We will combine fluid acrylics and inks in layers to create a soft background similar to a watercolor, we will then add layers of drips, streams of paint, pouring mediums and resin.  You will learn how to combing pouring mediums and self leveling gel with paint to create a variety of dirty pours, soft edge, hard edge and supreme pours.  Once the base is dry we will add other elements to make it come to life, choose from a variety of inspired pieces and have a blast in this slightly messy class.
Supplies Required for this class: 3-5 Golden Hi-Flow Acrylics, 1-2 Golden Hi-Flow Iridescent Colors, 1-3 Acrylic Inks, Liquitex Pouring Medium, Golden Self Leveling Gel and 3 canvases or canvas boards (any size).  All other supplies will be provided (Resin Included). Please do not bring craft paint.

Bold Summer Sunsets, Clouds and Silhouettes

Wednesday, October 4th 5:30-8:30pm

$49 each or $64 w/ supplies

Learn to capture big Summer Sunset Skies full of clouds with sunset colors in Acrylics.  This class will focus on creating big skies, we will capture back-lit clouds, sun reflections, and various cloud shapes.  We will first paint a couple of acrylic sketches to get comfortable with painting clouds and then you will choose your inspiration for your main painting



Rincon Magic

Wednesday, Oct. 18th 5:30-8:30pm

$49 each or $64 w/ supplies

Incorporate the various techniques from the last 4 weeks of class to create your own bold sky, water reflections and silhouettes as you learn to paint our own Rincon coastline.  There is magic in the water and in the colors of this scene.




Paint Your Zen, Summer Flowers, Buddha and More

Saturday, Oct 28th 2-5pm

$49 each or $64 w/ supplies

Learn to paint a Zen experience with your choice of happy Buddha or summer flowers from a photo or another painting sample. You will learn how to create depth, layering and more in your painting as you paint your own version of a zen setting realistic or abstract.




Mini Paintings and Small Studies

Wednesday, November 1st 5:30-8:30pm

$49 each or $64 w/ supplies

Learn to create your own mini works of art, we will focus on a variety of local mini landscapes.  You can learn to paint these fun little creations on smaller surfaces 2-3 small pieces ready to paint (3x6, 5x7, 5x5, 4x6 or your choice) and we will explore a variety of fun creations full of color and magic.   This is a fun class where you can really try some new ideas without committing to a large painting, this is great to try something new and Jen will help guide you through the steps. 




Supply List for all classes:

-Canvas - you pick from either several small pieces that you start for the class, 11x14/ 12x12 standard size to finish in class, or larger to work on beyond 1 class.

-Variety of Flat, Filbert, Round, Angled and Fine Point synthetic brushes (to create smooth blends in your work you must work with synthetic acrylic brushes to produce the best effects)

-Golden Acrylic Glazing Medium

-Paint Golden and Liquitex Brands are recommended (I highly recommend a wide variety of colors, below are a list of some of the must have colors. Stay away from transparent colors)

  • Titanium White
  • Ultramarine Blue, Pthalio Blue, Cobalt Blue (stay away from Primary Blue and Cerulean)
  • Sap Green, Pthalo Green, (Oxide Green for any natural landscapes)
  • Naples Yellow, Hansa Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red, Quinacridone (Red and or Magenta)
  • Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber
  • Dioxazine Purple