SPECIAL WEEKDAY CLASSES           1-3pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur

Fiber Art Workshop with Erica:  Discover the art of felting loose sheep roving into soft sculpture by using specialized needles that tangle the fibers together. A very easy and forgiving craft that has endless possibilities in what you can create. It's relaxing and is inspired by ancient traditional craftsman techniques.     All supplies and instruction is included: ( ages 13 - adult)


Origami with Erica  Explore into the Japanese art of paper folding! Create beautiful, yet simple pieces of art that have many decorative and practical uses.

All supplies and instruction is included: (ages 8 - adult)


Digital Art Workshops with Erica:  Choose from two course offered that begin June 2016. Beginner basics and intermediate digital art and foundations for starting a career, building a portfolio and more...



Going Digital for the Traditional Artist:

This class will be an introduction on using the computer as a tool to help edit and prep their existing traditional artwork, and to make it accessible for a continuingly more technology based world.


We will cover:

  1. How to take scanned or photographed images of your artwork and clean them up for printed projects, email, or online.

  2. How to take these images and make them ready for print.

  3. Go over important terminology. Such as file names (ie: JPEG, PNG), DPI, CYMK or RGB?

  4. How to handle file sizes and how to avoid pixilation and resizing issues.

  5. How to make back-ups of your work, in case something happens digitally or physically to your paintings.

  6. How to create a simple and easy online blog, and how to use online art gallery sites such as Behance, to showcase your artwork to the world!


Supplies needed for students:

Class will have to bring their own working computer with Photoshop on it. 

A few clear and clean photos or scans of their current artwork.

A graphics drawing tablet is not needed for this class. Photoshop version CS2 to Creative Cloud is fine for what we'll be doing in this class. Adobe offers a free trial that can be used.



Going Digital for the Traditional Artist 2 :

This will be an introduction to using the computer as an artistic medium for someone who has experience as a traditional artist. The computer is a wonderful tool that can help enhance your ideas, as well as being a painting medium. Not many know that you can paint on a computer! But it’s a new yet familiar experience.



We will cover:

  1. Clear up misconceptions and fears about digital painting. For example: people may be scared that using a computer to paint would be considered “cheating.”

  2. What layers are and how they can help when you’re drawing. This will cover layer styles, as well as basic functions of them.

  3. How to set up and use your graphics tablet to create a more natural painting experience.

  4. Digital brushes - How to make your own, use ones you find, and how to use the sampling tool and opacity to mix colors on your screen. How to apply this to a painting.

  5. Basic functions such as zoom and saving your work. Review of file types from first class.

  6. How the stuff they already know about making art can translate to the computer.

  7. Masking and Selection tools - How to block of portions of your painting you don’t want to edit at that time. How to move portions of your drawing around, and how to resize.

  8. How to scan in a cleaned up pencil sketch or inked line work, and use that to make a digital painting.

  9. How to mix traditional and digital. How to use digital to fix mistakes or damage on a painting.

  10. Digital tools, such as the graphics tablet, and different programs you can try. (Photoshop, Illustrator, Medibang Paint, Paint Tool SAI, etc.), Sculptris

  11. Raster vs. Vector images. I can also cover vector if there is time/interest!

  12. Near the end a couple self guided projects/artwork of their own using the skills they learned.


Supplies Class will need:


  • A painting program they are comfortable with. I will be using Photoshop CS5 in my demonstrations, however if they are comfortable or more familiar with a similar program, that is ok since a lot of techniques can be translated easily.

  • First class above is recommended if incredibly new to computer painting or computers altogether. Since I will be using a lot of things from that class to apply to this one.

  • A graphics tablet (such as the ones made by Wacom or Monoprice are HIGHLY recommended.) They are not completely required, but they allow a much more natural experience while painting/drawing. THEY DO NOT NEED TO BE BIG even though tablets come in large sizes. I have college professors who use the smallest one, and they do professional work for many major companies. I prefer the medium because I have big hands. It’s whatever the specific artist finds comfortable. (Plus mice can lead to carpal tunnel if used too much! So if you plan on using digital for a long time, it is VITAL to get a graphics tablet to save your hands/wrists)

  • If you don’t have a tablet, you need a mouse. Touch pads unfortunately aren’t very good for digital art. You can get by with a mouse.