By Brentwood Art Center January 05

"I've grown to learn and appreciate that art is a channel to express different attitudes and perspectives towards all aspects of life."

Zahra is a charcoal and pastel artist who recently came to us from Tehran. For the past 12 years she has studied under some of the most prestigious professors in Iran. This coming semester she will be teaching pastel drawing for both beginners and as well as an intermediate/advanced class. 

"Contrary to what seems to be the current opinion, pastel is a powerful medium in which numerous painting styles can be applied. In my courses I strive to improve my students' drawing and layering techniques to execute different styles while still maintaining their personal methods and aesthetic."

Join Zahra this coming semester: 

Artwork Zahra Pezeshk

Beginning Pastel

Session 1: 1/18 - 3/22, Wednesday 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Session 2: 3/29 - 5/31, Wednesday 2:00pm - 5:00pm

In Beginning Pastel students will spend the first two weeks working monochromatically in charcoal to strengthen their ability to draw value before moving on to the more complex art of layering color. The class is structured so that each lesson builds on the previous and students will see themselves improve from project to project. 


Artwork Zahra Pezeshk

Intermediate/Advanced Pastel

Session 1: 1/11 - 3/15, Wednesday 10:00am - 1:00pm

Session 2: 3/22 - 5/24, Wednesday 10:00am - 1:00pm

Intermediate/Advanced students will work on their own indivdual pieces with guidance and encouragement to acheive their desired goals. 


Student work:

Student Hadi Morshed

pastel class

Student Tom Lifka

pastel drawing

Student Claudia Ryan


For full schedule and tuition click here

By Brentwood Art Center December 29

"As an artist I seek to explore composition, texture and space while maintaining a clear color key and value structure. I travel often and consider my ongoing study of history, science and language as an essential part of my work. The subjects of my work range from portrait, to figurative, landscapes and still lives as they are directly inspired by life."

This semester (winter/spring) Kathiucia will be teaching Beginning Figure Painting and a plein air class, "Painting the Outdoors." Below she decribes her upcoming classes. 

  self portrait

Beginning Figure Painting 

Session 1: 1/9 - 3/20 (no class 1/16 & 2/20) Mondays 2pm - 5pm

Session 2: 3/27 - 5/22 Mondays 2pm - 5pm 

"This class will be centered around the accurate depiction of the human form. A variety of traditional methods for tackling the complexity of the live model will be discussed and demonstrated and instruction will be catered to each individual student. Techniques for the accurate representation of shapes, anatomy, proportion and rhythm will be examined in depth as will an understanding of light and the rendering of volume. 

The class will begin with simple exercises to understand different applications of the medium and basic artistic principles. As the student advances they will gain consistency and be able to tackle more complex concepts, color palettes, and application methods. Please note: some drawing principles will be addressed. 

The class is structured so that the student can continue to build on past lessons and experience. This allow serious students to keep forward momentum as they progress in their understanding of fundamental concepts and as artists." 


Painting the Outdoors

Session 1: 1/12 - 2/10 Thursdays 10am - 1pm

Session 2: 2/16 - 3/16 Thursdays 10am - 1pm

Session 3: 3/23 - 4/20 Thursdays 10am - 1pm

Plein air classes are held off-site at different locations throughout the session. In these classes students will be working on small panels, 5"x7" and 4"x6"

"Through plein air painting students will learn about color, light and composition. We'll cover basic perspective as well as review materials, and different application methods and procedures. 

Emphasis on color matching and basic color concepts will be covered and re-enforced as we encounter different painting situations. By starting with simple technique we will be able to improve and add on new layers of understanding for a more dynamic and complex execution, eventually leading to highly realized finished paintings as well as a deeper connection with nature and life. It's a win-win!"

See a full schedule with tuition here