ArtStudio - Winter Classes

On-site art classes are offered throughout the year in a variety of media for all ages and levels of training. Together with our professional artist/educators, students explore the creative process in a supportive and experimental environment, and all classes involve educational experiences in the museum galleries.

The winter class schedule is shown below. Drop-ins are available for many classes. See ArtStudio Fall class schedule.

Triton Museum of Art School students receive a student discount on purchases of art supplies at University Art in San Jose with proof of class registration..

For All Level Students

Ray Mendieta

Monday evenings, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Jan 14 - April 1 , (no class 1/21, 2/18) 10-week session

Landscape Painting with Ray Mendieta

$215 TMA members, $235 General, Drop in fee: $30/session

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California has a rich tradition of landscape painting. The western light has drawn artists from the era of California Impressionism to the present day. Landscape Painting with Ray Mendieta will help you refine your personal approach and response to this tradition. This class explores both traditional and contemporary methods of landscape painting. Students will work from photos as well as plein air studies.

Ray Mendieta
Tues evenings, 6:30-9:00 p.m.Jan 15 - March 19, 10-week session

Head Drawing with Ray Mendieta

$280 TMA members, $300 General ( includes $65 model fee) Drop in fee: $35/session

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Achieving a likeness is easier than you think, once you learn the steps from seeing to applying your vision to paper. This class provides in-depth instruction of drawing principle, using live models. Gesture, proportion, shadow and edge control, and the rendering of light and dark on tone paper are some of the techniques to be explored. All levels welcome.

Thursday mornings, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Jan 17 - March 21, 10 week session

Classical Portrait Painting in Oil with John Robert Peck

$280TMA members, $300General (includes $65 model fee) Drop in fee: $35/session

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Learn to paint classical portraits using the time-honored techniques from European ateliers. This class is designed for artists who want to improve their skill at painting life-like portraits, while learning the methods employed by past masters. This class will improve your discernment at seeing facial shapes as well as more accurate colors and values. Students will focus on using a limited palette of paints to achieve more harmony in the final painting.  The skills of underpainting and the application of painterly effects will be studied. Live demonstrations of the painting process, as well as personal and encouraging critiques of student work will be provided at each class.

Kristin Lindseth-Rivera
Friday Afternoons, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Feb 1 - Mar 29, (no class 3/1) 8- week session

Sculpture: Classic Human Figure with Kristin Lindseth-Rivera

$290 TMA members, $310 General (includes $65 model fee)

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Join noted sculptor Kristin Lindseth-Rivera for this classic figure sculpture class, where artists of all levels experience sculpting from life. This class covers the basics of armature building and sculpting, following the approach used in the École des Beaux-Arts since before the turn of the 19th Century. Lindseth-Rivera has more than 20 years of experience in sculpting and teaching figurative sculpture and drawing. Professional artist’s models will pose for four consecutive three-hour sessions, with alternating male and female models. Turntables and pedestals are provided for working on, or artists may bring their own modeling stands.

For Beginning to Intermediate Students

Cuong Nguyen

Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Jan 17 - Mar 21, 10-week session

Beginning Life Drawing with Cuong Nguyen

$255 TMA members, $275General (includes$65 model fee), Drop in fee: $30/session

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Focusing on the fundamentals of drawing the nude, this class will providing the student with a basic understanding of the male and female figure. Students will learn a variety of techniques, such as gesture drawing, contour drawing and modeling in pencil, charcoal, ink and pastel pencil with a view toward rendering the figure with perception and sensitivity.  This class is most suited for students who already have some experience drawing, but would like to learn specifically about drawing the human form.


Friday Mornings, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., jan 11 - mar 29, no class 2/22, 3/1, 10-week session

Beginning Still Life & Oil Painting with Sandra Smith-Dugan

$150 TMA members, $175 General, Drop in fee: $20/session

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Every great artist, every master painter, began his or her artistic journey by mastering the skills of producing a successful still-life. Through the use of still life objects and tableaus, students will learn about the characteristics of light and shadow, as they develop their ability to convey volume and form with oil paint. Students will work in a variety of techniques, including wet into wet and the alla prima style, and will start a new painting/oil sketch each session. Emphasis will be placed on design composition and drawing skills.

The Old King

Friday evenings, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Jan 18 - mar 29, no class 3/1, 10-week session

Explorations in Drawing with Jeff Brambschreiber

$150TMA members, $175 General, Drop in fee: $20/session

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“Drawing is the basis of art. A bad painter cannot draw, but one who draws well can always paint.
~Arshile Gorky, 1905-1948

By exploring traditional and contemporary approaches to drawing, students will learn the fundamentals of drawing and illustration techniques. Media explored will range from charcoal and pencil to conté, pastels, ink, and much more. Jeff will introduce you to the various media as well as the historical use of each. A variety of surfaces, including illustration board, watercolor paper, and pastel paper will also be explored.

Rock Hollowr

Saturday evenings, 6:30-9:00 p.m., jan 19 - mar 23, 10-week session

Pastels with Jeff Bramschreiber

$150 TMA members, $175 General, Drop in fee: $20/session

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Master pastel artist Jeff Bramschreiber shares the amazing versatility of both soft and oil pastels as students learn to create still lifes, landscapes, wildlife, and undersea subjects. This class explores the basics for color and techniques, playing with various combinations of mixed media, and the unique qualities each type of pastel have to offer. Projects will be studied in depth, over a number of classes, allowing the student to experience the creation of a serious pastel work from beginning to end, finishing with a critique, and even framing pointers.

For Intermediate to Advanced Students


Wednesday evenings, 6:30-9:00 p.m., jan 16 - mar 20, 10-week session

Life Drawing with Kristin Lindseth-Rivera

$255TMA members, $275 General, (includes$65 model fee) Drop in fee: $25/session

For the serious artist, there is no substitute for learning to draw the figure from life. For centuries artists have honed their skills by drawing from live models, the underpinning of classical drawing and painting. Join the Triton Museum of Art School’s life drawing atelier, where you will draw direct from live models in short to medium range poses. Kristin Lindseth-Rivera assists with instruction, critiques, and feedback. Bring your own easel and materials. Tables and chairs provided.


every fourth wed, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., jan 23 through june 26

Watercolor Master's with Jane Hofstetter

$200 TMA members, $220General

Using her book, 7 Keys to Great Paintings, as a manual for the class, Jane R. Hofstetter will teach six (6) master classes presenting techniques and posing solutions to problems encountered when using watercolor. Many examples of famous artists will be looked at in each class with Ms. Hofstetter demonstrating techniques. Students will work at home and bring their work for critique to each class. Full--Wait list only.

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