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This is a studio class.  Students bring in their artwork for each meeting and spend the time working.  Nick will provide insightful comments, suggesting direction or experimentation possibilities. You will have a one on one with Nick throughout these sessions.


The classes present discussions and critiques that focus on intention, subject matter, and context. Instruction may include lectures on contemporary painting and discussion of conceptual strategies and studio practices. You will be encouraged to investigate new ways of thinking, broaden your range of materials and techniques, and create work that is self-reflective and ambitious in scope.

Nick received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and currently teaches in the Department of the Arts at the UCLA Extension program in Los Angeles. Brown's work has been shown at The Drawing Center, NY, NY; P.S. 122, NY, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; as well as at galleries, both nationally and internationally. Nick's site:



Fee:   $50/class  Location: deb3321.  Wednesdays, 7-10pm

RSVP's (affirmative) are required.  Please sign up at or use the contact form below.  4 student minimum for each class.


Open to all 2 dimensional work (painting [acrylic, oil], drawing, collage, etc.) and small 3-D. You are required to furnish your own supplies.  You may not leave your work nor supplies at the studio, sorry.



COMING IN September 2014. SIGN-UP NOW!

The Strictly Charcoal class is pairing up with More Than Colorful! Using the same great oversized still life as inspiration, Christine will teach you how to find vibrant colors in black and white, within shadows and unusual colors in regular objects that surround us.


Strictly Charcoal teaches ancient European shading techniques for charcoal, a fragile yet bold drawing medium consisting of burned vine. Charcoal has been used by European Masters for ages and it has the unique properties to transform your emotions onto paper.

The purpose of More than Colorful is to create a natural transition from Strictly Charcoal into the world of color. Using colored markers, colored pencils, soft pastels, oil pastels, gouache paints, water color paints, and ultimately, acrylics and oils, this class is a great and safe environment to explore how you interpret your world of color while learning various techniques along the way.


If you want to work with charcoal or graphite only, you are more than welcome

This workshop is good for the beginner, those returning to their art activities, those who would like to experiment with different mediums and/or learn Master Techniques.



Materials to bring:

  • 18x24 sketch pad, newsprint and/or medium grade sketch paper. Minimum paper size for this course: 18x24.

  • If you are working in color: any of the above listed artist’s color materials.

  • If you are using charcoal either alone or with color: box of vine & willow charcoal, ¼” diameter or thicker (this class does not use compressed charcoal), a kneaded rubber eraser, a chamois, paper stumps and/or tortillons and a sketchpad. 


Variety and experimentation is encouraged.


RSVP's (affirmative) are required.  Please sign up at or use the contact form below.  




Christine Haenan

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Christine obtained her MFA (equivalent) degree at the Jan Van Eyck Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, specializing in Painting and Monumental Design. She has made a name for herself as a portrait painter. Throughout the years she has taught at community colleges and at her own studio.


In the "Subject" line, please indicate which class you are interested in ("Nick Brown," and/or "Christine Haenen").  Thanks!

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