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​Advanced Painting MasterClass

Course dates

July 13 to July 26, 2020

Application deadline

May 11, 2020

Hone your artistic practice as you master contemporary oil painting techniques and develop a cohesive body of work.

  • Spend two uninterrupted weeks painting alongside nationally and internationally known master artists.
  • Gain an understanding of art theory and contemporary art history that can provide a foundation for your own approach to painting.
  • Work with non-toxic painting materials to develop a sustainable artistic practice.
  • Build a cohesive body of work that can be used for grad school or gallery applications.
  • This course will culminate in a gallery exhibition of student work.
  • A public gallery show of work completed will conclude the course.

graphic of swirling dots 


Undergraduate: ART 421, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: ART 621, 3 units




Advanced students who have taken at least one advanced painting class, painters who are working on or already have a master’s degree in painting and painters who want to hone their skills and refine their body of work.


  1. Prepare a letter of application explaining why you would like to be in the class and what you hope to get from it. Attach your bio or résumé and a link to a website with at least 10 images of your paintings.
  2. Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by May 11, 2020.


Professor Clea Felien
(707) 481-2311

Guest Artists

Cate White

Raised in the backwoods culture of guns, 4x4s and meth in Northern California, White is familiar with the margins. Her symbolically charged narrative paintings illuminate many of our personal and collective shadows in relation to class, race, gender, trauma, morality and power. To communicate and represent across social strata, White uses a democratic aesthetic of humor, emotional vulnerability and vitality. While primarily a painter, she often exhibits her work in multimedia installations that include sculpture, video and books.

Elizabeth Huey

Elizabeth Huey's paintings explore human connection and healing by engaging passion and delirium and our society’s extraordinary attempts to create or cure these conditions. Her figures are often immersed in scenes of rehabilitation and recreation. Born from a substratum of wild, expressive paint, the architectural and figural elements of her work invoke multiple styles and eras and create a disjuncted sense of seeing things from the inside out. Huey’s canvases often revisit radical historical figures, such as Marie Curie and the 13th century activist nun Hildegard von Bingen, who fought corruption in the Catholic Church. Huey draws imagery from her own photographs as well as an ever-expanding collection of found photos, Googled snapshots and historical research.


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