Sacramento has a thriving arts community, with numerous studios, galleries, museums and exhibitions open to the public. With so many talented individuals living in the capital city, there are unique opportunities for adults to learn how to paint. Classes are available for everyone from working artists to those who may have only dreamed of expressing themselves through art.
Kirk Miller Art Studio
805-1/2 Sutter St., Suite 250
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 989-1977

Among his other experiences, Kirk Miller has been the art director for a major design firm, has illustrated numerous books and magazines, written two books on art instruction and lectured about art at universities; his paintings can be found in businesses and homes around the world. Miller offers classes, workshops and demos for adults, including an introductory course on oil painting. All courses include instruction on composition, drawing, color and other design principles.

Patris Studio And Art Gallery
3460 2nd Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 397-8958

This Oak Park studio offers painting clinics with different esteemed artists, and classes including oil painting, figure painting and plein air painting; the latter involves methods for painting outdoors under diffused lighting, as done by Renoir and Monet. Weekly classes incorporate the techniques used in modern art with the classic methods of Renaissance masters, and students learn through the use of live models, still life displays and more. Classes and workshops are available for artists of every level of experience, from beginners to those with advanced skills.

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Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7000

As is fitting for this world renowned museum, the Crocker offers classes for those wishing to develop their own painting and illustration techniques. Courses include Spontaneous Watercolor, which focuses on the creation of expressive still-life works, and Illuminated Inspirations, with techniques of using eggs, tempera, gold leaf, watercolors and other materials to embellish a favorite quote or poem.

Sacramento Art Classes
3400 Cottage Way, Suite G
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 802-5830

Sacramento artist Margaret Blanchfield Sarantis opened a studio to display her own work and to offer art instruction to the public. Fifteen other art teachers have since joined her studio, and classes can be taken in a wide range of topics and for those with different levels of experience. Private lessons are available, as well as workshops and classes for small groups. The environment is fun and supportive, and classes include art journaling, watercolor, and acrylic techniques.

Just For Fun Art
4700 Northgate Blvd., Suite 155-A
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 928-3001

Beginners and budding artists enjoy the supportive, entertaining and comfortable atmosphere at this spacious Natomas studio. Artist Carolyn Hadin offers step by step instruction, and even beginners get to create beautiful works of art. All materials are provided for attendees, and private group painting parties are available. The studio can also have dual painting events, with instructors working in one room with the adults and in a separate room with kids and other family members.

Learning Exchange
1111 Howe Ave., Suite 115
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 929-9200

Learning Exchange offers numerous courses and special events for adults. Art classes include acrylic and oil painting for beginners, figure drawing, ceramics, sculpture and another in The Art of Painting on Silk. The majority of the courses are held at the Howe Avenue building, while others are available off site.

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