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.   

Tranquil Waters

Saturday, March 3rd 2-5pm

$49 each or $64 w/ supplies

Some scenes seem simple yet are full of small elements that create a dynamic impact.  This class is all about creating a balanced painting with minimal colors that creates a calming effect.  You will learn to paint soft water movements and will create distance with simple color variations.



Liquid Acrylics, Inks, Pouring Liquids and Resin

Sunday, March 11th 1-4pm

$49 each or $70 with supplies

Eventbrite - Liquid Acrylics, Inks, Pouring Liquids and Resin with Jen 

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).



Mermaids and Surfers

Saturday, March 24th 2-5pm,

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Learn to paint a sea siren in this class of imagination and fanciful delight, we will paint a fun fanciful mermaid or surfer at the water.  Choose from a variety of mermaids or surfer pictures and make her your own. You will learn a variety of techniques to capture the environment and the mermaid/surfer.


April Showers

Saturday, April 7th 2-5pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

We will be painting rain and people, you can either pick to paint one person or a whole group of people.  With both options you will learn to paint flowing water, splashes and people. We will provide samples and drawings to help you get the right shape for your people and umbrellas.  This class is all about exploring color and creating something fun.


Pick Your Subject or Bring Your Picture

Saturday, April 21st 2-5pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Choose from any of Jen's painting classes or bring your own inspiration and Jen will lead you to create your own piece of art.  Sometimes we know our schedules don't match up with yours so Jen wanted to offer her students a unique opportunity to create the painting they were wanting to make but missed the class.  Please email Jen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with what you would like to paint.   The sky is the limit, choose from a more traditional landscape to any animal to something more abstract, anything is possible in this class.



Critters Class - Silly, Realistic and Colorful Animals of All Kinds

Sunday, May 6th 1-4pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Choose from any animal domestic, wild or whimsical and learn to paint your own critter in this fun class with Jen.  There are endless options and styles that you can explore in this fun class. You will learn to create contour shapes, shadows, light reflections and more as you paint their personality and environment.  You will learn how to paint feathers, fur, hair, skin and more - all the techniques to create your unique animal.


Magical Skies

Saturday, May 19th 2-5pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Explore how to paint clouds, in this class we will start several smaller paintings and paint a variety of skies.  Choose to focus on soft sunrises, vibrant sunsets, stormy dramatic skies, fluffy afternoons softness, or you can even choose a start filled night sky there are more skies to paint then you can imagine.  Pick which inspires you and start a few great pieces, this is a key element in creating a time of day in your painting.  You can choose to start several pieces or work on one from start to finish.




Sand Dunes and the Sea Shore

Sunday, June 10th 1-4pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Lean to paint depth and layers in this class all about the sea.  We will capture a wind blown seascape with layers of water, sky, dunes and sea grass.





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