5330-B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael, CA 95608


Two classes to choose from:

Tuesday 10 am -1 pm - ALL mediums/subjects - large studio

Wednesday 10 am - 1 pm - Human Face & Form - Portrait Painting - small studio gallery

$150 per calendar month




Art Lessons: ongoing in studio classes

Tuesdays: Students may study any subject and medium.  We will cover a multitude of subjects in the lectures, technique, drawing, light/shadow, temperatures of color, color mixing, composition, use of color, subject, etc.  I am very proficient in all mediums, but my lectures will mostly be in oil. You are welcome to use any medium you are comfortable with. The supply list is below, click on photo.

Wednesdays: My specialty is portraits of people.  I have been successful as a portrait artist since the beginning of my career in 1982.  Even though I paint every subject, I consider myself a portrait artist first.  We will be exploring all aspects of the human face and form as well as light, shadow, temperature, etc.  Each week we will have a new subject or technique to talk about and I will give a demonstration for the first hour of each class.  The supply list is below, click on photo.


Format and Fees:

Each class has one three hour meeting per week. -  The first hour will be a lecture / demonstration

The cost is $150 per month of instruction. Credits are only given when the instructor cancels.  No weekly fee schedule is available, by month only.   All 5th week classes within a calendar month are included free in the monthly fee.


Instruction Style:

Everyone learns in a different manner, so I try to get to know my students and tailor instruction to their needs.  My goal, however, is to train students to draw and paint in their own style.

Classes are limited in size, so each student receives a maximum of individual attention.  Based on their interests and abilities, each student works on their own paintings, from a photograph of their choosing.

Lessons include value, perspective, proportion, depth, mixture of color, composition, how to use tools (i.e.. brush, paint, thinner, canvas, paper, pencil etc.), and tips on becoming a professional.  My students learn by lecture and by hands-on experience.

I am particularly strong in teaching drawing.  I have developed a method using graphs and a divider, which makes it easy to recreate and resize a picture from a photograph.  This method also helps students learn to look at objects as shapes and shades, eventually making it much easier to draw from life.


The Instructor:

Although I studied art in college, most of my skills have been self-taught.  I have been a successful portrait artist since 1982, and have been teaching in the Sacramento area since 1985.  I have been a teacher for the Crocker, Sacramento Metropolitan Outreach Program, Placer School for Adults, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, University Art, Grants Pass Museum of Art, and traveled to teach in many places.  I am also a past member of the Portrait Society of America, American Society of Portrait Artists,  and the founder of the West Coast Society of Portrait Artists.  My greatest strength is that I love my work.  I love people and art.  I work in all mediums.  Education is a lifelong process for me.  I invite you to join me on that journey.




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Color Mixing & Theory 

AUGUST 17 & 18, 2024



At the Sacramento Fine Arts Center

Color Mixing & Theory - oil, acrylic, w/c, or pastel

1) What will be covered in the class: The elements of theory relating to mixing color according to how we see (scientifically) using the color wheel, lighting (and shadow) temperature, understanding how and when color bounces or influences the subject near, color mixing, when and how to define the temperature of the color, how to paint from still life, the elements of shadow, color compliments, color transitions, and color terms.  We will also talk about how to understand what is in your color.

2) The participants will gain skills: in visually seeing three-dimension and translating it into a two-dimensional surface, in color mixing confidently, knowledge of how to create the best color balance between shadow and light, better compositions, and knowledge of the importance of use for gray and brown. They will also learn many valuable other basic tools as to overall value and ways to make a painting far better than they previously painted.

3) The activities that the participants will experience: Creation of a reusable color wheel with graphs of primary color mixtures, tint mixtures, gray and brown mixtures, and transition maps for both primary and secondary colors. Each week I will demonstrate while I lecture on the different subjects involved in color theory. I will then have the students apply their newly learned concepts to a still life they will be painting from objects, fruit, and vegetables set up in still life arrangements in the center of the room.

This is the class that all my students ask for! Please be sure to put it on your calendar and register with me.

The information I share in this class took 38 years to gather. It will make a huge difference in your work. No experience necessary! -Bobbi





Small Palette Knife Paintings

as gifts

November 9, 2024 (tentative date)



At the Sacramento Fine Arts Center





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