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.       


Bubbles the Turtle

Saturday, June 24th 2-5pm

$49 each or $64 with supplies

Learn to paint this half under / half above water scene with crashing wave, bubbles and baby turtle.  Jen will walk you through how to paint the various layers in this painting that help it come to life and have a real depth.  You will love painting this cute picture and go home with your own.





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.



Graphic Touch

Saturday, July 15th 2pm-5pm

$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.


Mini Paintings and Painting on Wood

Saturday, August 12th 2-5pm

$49 each or $64 w/ supplies

Learn to create your own mini works of art, we will focus on a variety of landscapes local and tropical, as well as florals and even abstracts.  You can learn to paint these fun little creations on canvas or wood but please bring along 2-3 small pieces ready to paint (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.  Wood is a fun alternative surface to paint on with has a unique texture so if you have any small pieces available this is a fun time to bring it to paint with.


Animals of All Kinds

Thursday, August 24th 11am-2pm

$49 each or $64 w/ supplies

Learn to paint any animal you can imagine, Jen will walk you through how to create the magic and sparkle in the animals eye, the contours of their structure, fur, details and more.  Jen has samples of horses, safari critters, sea animals, your pet and more.   Pick from her ideas or bring your own inspiration.



Paint Your Zen, Summer Flowers, Buddha and More

Sept. 7th 11am-2pm

$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.




Liquid Acrylics, Inks, Pouring Liquids and Resin

Saturday, Sept 23rd 11am-4pm

$95 each or $120 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 3-5 canvases or pieces of wood (any size).  All other supplies will be provided (Resin Included). Please do not bring craft paint.


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