Creative Painting with Afsaneh Michaels  February 27- April 2, 2024  Tuesdays 9:30- 12:30  Studio 1

Creative Painting With Afsaneh Michaels

Perception, the Picture Space, Abstraction and Beyond

 February 27- April 2, 2024     Tuesdays 9:30- 12:30      Studio 1


In this six-week painting course you will gain an understanding of painting as a creative art form that may or may not evolve beyond the traditional boundaries of three dimensional space to express your own ideas, style and understating of the visual space. This evolution can happen in landscape painting, still-life painting and beyond.

If you are inclined to paint in traditional form, be it a favorite landscape or painting a revered object from your home, you still have a place in this class. You will gain insights that will improve your painting and show off your own hand.

For those of you who would like to experiment beyond that, you will gain an understanding of the frameworks that help you move outside of that and create something new that might even surprise yourself. In this course painting is a dynamic interactive process that evolves. Abstraction is all about “moving outside” of traditional processes.

The best mediums for painting are oils, acrylics, water soluble oils and to some extent watercolors (please email the instructor to discuss watercolors) . I do ask that you have some level of comfort with your medium as this is a class in the art of painting and not a specific medium. I will discuss color, value, and each medium as we go.

Materials: Please have your supports (canvas, canvas paper, paper, board, etc.), paints and brushes handy and always have a sketchbook to take notes or to try things out before painting begins. I will discuss material possibilities in the first class.


February 27- April 2, 2024

Tuesdays 9:30- 12:00

Studio 1

Instructor: Afsaneh A. Michaels

Class Fee: $180.00 Members  $200.00 for non-members

Number of students: 15


Afsaneh Michaels, Instructor

Afsaneh A. Michaels is San Francisco Bay Area fine artist, illustrator, graphic designer, and teacher with over 30 years of creative experience. Afsaneh was raised from an early age in Europe and the U.S. She studied art and design at Edinburgh College of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2000. She has exhibited work in galleries around the Bay Area, and the east coast. In the early part of her career Afsaneh worked as an urban and country planner with the United Nations in Africa in Kenya and Malawi and later transitioned into art and exhibit design and worked at the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi where she designed an exhibit for anthropologist, Richard Leakey. Later she worked at the Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Designing exhibits and collaborating with colleagues in various International museums. Afsaneh has always been an artist and after Edinburgh she moved to Florence in Italy where she started teaching small groups of adults and children in painting and drawing. Afsaneh loves to teach and uses a coaching style- mentoring each individual, guiding and developing their vision and direction while building foundational skills towards the student’s art practice.