with shelly chess
Explore the fundamentals of abstraction through the lens of landscape painting and learn to get loose with the help of sketching, reference photos, and abstraction techniques!
Together, we’ll discover how to marry abstract language with landscape painting through various drawing and painting exercises, followed by some “open studio time” where you can further experiment and explore in a more involved artwork, applying what we’ve learned.
Students will walk away with a beautiful painting on a medium to large canvas.
Proficient artists who have taken this class may want to investigate our Mentorship Program.
About the instructors
Shelly is an artist and art instructor with a love for landscapes, rich colors, and natural textures. She is also one of Art on 30th's gallery assistants. Her work can be found in various shows in the San Diego area and has earned many awards for her expressive style of abstract landscapes.
Kristen Guest is an award-winning and published full-time artist and art instructor in San Diego, California. She graduated from art school at Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Art Education, that focused on painting, book arts and printmaking, and has been teaching realism painting since 2004 and abstract painting since 2018.
Currently, Kristen is the Resident Artist at Bernardo Winery in San Diego, where her studio is located, and she is a Mentor and the Director of Education at Art on 30th, an arts community in San Diego's North Park historic arts district. Kristen recently became a Teaching Artist for R&F Paints and shares her love and knowledge of their Pigment Stick product line.
Her work is represented through Ashton Gallery in San Diego and Janssen Art Space in Palm Springs, and has been displayed on exhibit with The Athenaeum Arts & Music Library in California, Huntington Beach Art Center in California, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center in Washington, Jen Tough Gallery on Artsy.com, Saatchi's The Other Art Fair Online Studios Los Angeles, and Guest House Staging in San Diego.
I started painting when I was young. I moved to the United States in my 20's and mix my Persian culture with my abstract inspirations. The pomegranate is a sacred symbol for me and often shows in my work as well as Persian Calligraphy. As I have evolved, my work has become more abstract.
Barbara is a part of the Professional Artist Program at Art on 30th, an award-wining artist, member of the Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance, and has been painting for over 10 years.
Roberta Dyer is a Signature Member of the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, The International Society of Acrylic Painters, and The San Diego Watercolor Society. She has received numerous awards in a variety of venues. She has served as a juror for competitive shows and has demonstrated and led painting groups for several years. Roberta is the past Director of the International Exhibition for the San Diego Watercolor Society and has served as president of that same organization. Roberta's art is best described as expressive, whether figurative or abstract. She uses a combination of bold color and mixed media techniques to present her subjects in unusual ways.
A professional actor and director, Bruce Turk has maintained a practice of visual art for many years. He studied drawing at Northwestern University, was mentored by artist Yukio Nishinarita in Japan, and studied painting with Ronnie Landfield at the Art Students’ League of New York. Most recently, his work has been shown in several juried shows at Art on 30th and has been published in numerous literary journals. His solo show, Archive, will be exhibited as part of the 2022 Art Night Encinitas.
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