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.      


Trees and the Forest

Sunday, April 30th 1-4pm

$49 each or $64 w/ supplies

Learn to capture depth and how to layer elements in your tree landscapes to create a variety of interest points and a little magic.  Choose from several samples to get your creative juices flowing or bring a picture of our favorite forest for inspiration.  You will learn to create color layers, light windows, perspective and a focal point as you paint the Trees and the forest.


 This and That - A Little Wacky

Thursday, May 4th 11am-2pm

$49 each or $64 w/ supplies

Have a little fun with your art and create a painting or two inspired by some fun.  Explore a wide variety of techniques to create the painting of your choosing from Gummy Bears, to Balloon Animals, Marbles and more.  You will learn to capture depth, dimension and add a little shine to your word.



Graphic Touch

Saturday, May 20th 9am-12pm

$49 each or $64 w/ supplies

Learn to transform your landscape paintings into something a little extra magical with some touches of graphic elements and bold lines.  Explore a variety of landscape options from Trees, Waves, Surfers, Tropical Scenes and more.  Jen will teach you the techniques you need to paint your landscape and then add some elements to make it come to life.



Sea Critters of All Kinds

Monday, May 29th 11am-2pm

$49 each or $64 w/ supplies

Learn to paint a Magical Jellyfish, Colorful Octopus, Happy Turtle or Whale's Tail.  Jen will teach you how to realistically capture the Sea Animal of your choosing with both realistic and whimsical elements.  Depending on the animal you choose you will learn to capture eyes, skin/ shell texture, tentacles, moving water and more.  This fun class will challenge you and let you create something magical.



Transform Your Photo Into A Painting

Saturday, June 10th 2-5pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

This is a great class where you can bring your own inspiration or choose from one of Jen's many samples and she will teach you how to transform a photo or a few into a magical painting.  Choose form any subject that inspires you to create. Jen will teach you the various techniques you need to create your painting.  The sky is the limit, choose from a more traditional landscape to any animal to something more abstract, anything is possible in this class.  Please email the subject you want to paint to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so she is read for you.



Tropical Escape - Lazy Days

Thursday, June 15th 11am-2pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Paint your own escape into a tropical world with Jen as you learn to paint a distant sky, reflecting water, and a few focal palm trees.  This class is a fun way to take a tropical escape without leaving home.  Choose your favorite escape and add your own flair.



Skies and Water in Acrylics with Jen Livia

Saturday, July 8th 2pm-5pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Learn to capture color layers to create depth, movement and perspective while painting clouds and the soft sea.  Bring something that inspires you or choose from one of the many samples Jen has.  Clouds make a sunset, sunrise and afternoon sky sing.  Jen will teach you how to paint a variety of layered clouds with paint sketches a great way to get started with several paintings or choose to work on one larger painting. Bring 2 8x10 canvas or 1 11x14.



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