Art Classes

29 Palms Art Gallery ~ Art Classes 2014-2015

29 Palms Art Gallery adobe, Ada Bigler Drawing 1985

Gallery drawing by the late Ada Bigler, 1985

YOUNG ARTISTS (5 to 17): Youth classes are offered monthly on Saturdays for $5 per class.
ADULTS (ages 17 & Up): Adult classes are offered on weekdays for $10 to $15 per class.
Sign-up at the Gallery or contact us by
phone (760)367-7819
or call Ed Keesling at (760)365-8193
Click here for a Class Registration Form
 you can print and mail to us.

Teachers are invited to bring their classes to the 29 Palms Art Gallery for a docent-led gallery tour and drawing lesson. Call the gallery to schedule a tour, September to June, at 760-367-7819, or email: ... Or contact Ed Keesling 760-365-8193,

2014-2015 Classes

CLICK HERE for a PDF of the ART CLASSES brochure for 2014-2015

The focus of the art classes this season is learning from the artists who are exhibiting at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. By attending the classes taught by these artists, participants will have an opportunity to get to know the artists and understand their process and philosophies.

Saturday, January 17Youth 7th to 12th grade – 9 a.m.–12 noon — $5
Junior high and high school students are invited to bring the artwork they intend to enter in the annual Students Show to matt and frame. Learn the proper way to prepare works of art (paintings, drawings, collage, photography), to be hung in a gallery. Donated frames and matting will be available. Students may also bring their own materials, for hands-on assistance.
Click here for more information (PDF) about the Matt and Frame Workshop!

Tuesday, January 20Adults – 9 a.m.–12 noon — $10
•A SCULPTOR’S VISION—Seeing Four Dimensionally with Eva Montville
This experiential workshop will focus on how we see and how to actualize our vision in 3-dimensional form. Bring a sharp knife for carving (paring, whittling or jack knife), a small rasp or file, an old towel or apron, and gloves. The gallery will provide some tools, balsa wood, and sandpaper.

Tuesday, February 10Adults – 9 a.m.–12 noon — $10 + $5 Model fee
Focus on developing skills, painting and drawing from a costumed live model with special emphasis on proportion, lighting, and personal stylistic development. The class will be taught using acrylic paint; however, students are encouraged to bring the media they are most comfortable using. Stand up easels and table easels are available.

Saturday, February 7Youth 5–16 – 9–11 a.m. — $5
In this class, taught by a Yucca Valley High School art teacher, students will learn techniques for using oil pastel chalk to create two-dimensional designs and illustrations.

Tuesday, March 3Adults – 9 a.m.–12 noon — $10
Through this workshop, get to know Vann Nguyen and learn his unique approach to designing and painting. Let him guide you into the mystical world of abstraction.

Saturday, March 21Youth 5–16 – 9–11 a.m. — $5
Through demonstration and directed hands-on instruction, learn to draw and paint some of your favorite desert critters like the ones in Chuck’s works in the gallery this month. All materials will be supplied by the gallery.

Wednesday, April 8Adults – 9 a.m.–12 noon — $10
•PLEIN-AIR WATERCOLOR painting with Esther Shaw
Students will have the opportunity to study specific techniques related to watercolor painting in an outside setting. Those without portable easels may reserve one from the limited supply at the gallery. A supply list will be available at the gallery in March.

Saturday, April 18Youth 5–16 – 9–11 a.m. — $5
•RECYCLED ASSEMBLAGE Earth Day Art with Ed Keesling
In this class, students will learn to apply basic principles of 3-dimensional design to creating assemblage works of art using recycled materials to celebrate national Earth Day.

Tuesday, May 5Adults – 9 a.m.–12 noon — $10
•PAINT WITH OIL with Karine Swenson
In this class, students will develop a deeper understanding of Karine’s process of using the formal elements of art and color to create her paintings. A materials list will be avail¬able in the gallery and on the website prior to the class.

Saturday, May 16Youth Artists – 9–11 a.m. — $10
In this class, students will be provided with the materials to make a personal sketchbook to use all summer long. Students will also be given a lesson on sketchbook strategies and be invited to enter their sketchbooks in the August youth art show at the gallery.

June-July Summer Youth Arts Program  — To be annnounced!

July 31–August 23, 2015 — Summer Youth Art Show
Reception: Sunday, August 2, from 12 to 3 p.m.
Artwork In: Monday, July 27 (9 to 11:30 a.m.)
Artwork Out: Monday, August 31 (9 to 11:30 a.m.)

Twentynine Palms Art Gallery - Art Classes
Register in person at 29 Palms Art Gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive, (at National Park Drive),
 Twentynine Palms, Wednesday through Sunday, 12 Noon to 3 PM. ... or by Phone or Email:
Phone: Gallery 760-367-7819 or call Education Chair Ed Keesling at (760)365-8193
Click here for an online Registration Form ... which can be dropped off at the gallery or mailed to:
29 Palms Art Gallery, P.O. Box 115, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Classes are made possible in part by grants from the Officers Spouses’ Club of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and the Public Arts Advisory Committee of the City of Twentynine Palms, and are supported by volunteer efforts of 29 Palms Artists’ Guild members and ongoing donations from our community friends and supporters.   We thank you!

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