Art Classes

Barbara's art classes and

the Figure Drawing Workshop

are held at the Bothwell Arts Center,

2466 8th St. Livermore, Ca. 94550 


The Figure Drawing Workshop is Temporarily Closed

Keep your eyes on this page for news of when we can start up again!

Hopefully very soon!

Info about the Workshop:

Live nude models, no instructor, on Friday mornings 9:30 - 12:30. Artists bring their own materials and easels. We start with one and two minute gesture poses, then two ten minute poses and twenty minute poses for the rest of the session. On the last Friday of the month we have gestures and then one long pose for the rest of the session. Coffee and refreshments are available. $20. per session. Cash and Checks are accepted. 

If you are interested in being on the e-mail reminder list, Click on the subscribe button above and send a note to Barbara at to tell her that you want to be on the reminder list. You will be sent an e-mail the day before telling you about the model we will be drawing.

Open to all artists. Students under 18 need a parental permission to attend.

Note to inquiring models: We only hire models through the Bay Area Modeling Guild. For information about them go to:


To reach Barbara on Fridays, call 925-518-9273.


ADULT ART CLASSES are Temporarily Closed

Keep your eyes on this page for news of when we can start up again!

Hopefully very soon!

Class Info:

The classes are small and intimate. Beginners welcome! You will get individual instruction in either drawing or painting in a variety of mediums, depending on your current skill level or interests. The class is geared towards each student and their goals. You tell me what you really want to learn. If you haven't drawn much before, I always recommend some drawing lessons, before painting. Some students have already drawn a lot and want to get to the next level and that's great too. Some students have begun painting already but are having trouble. Color mixing can sometimes be a challenge! Want to try out different mediums but don't want to invest a lot in case you hate them? Not a problem!  Most materials are included!

I have pen & ink, scratch board, block printing, dry point etching, colored pencils, pastels, watercolors, fabric paint, acrylics and oils. 

Whatever your goals are, I'm here to help you out.

Friday evening class (12 & up) flexible hours from 6:00 - 7:30 or 6:00 - 9:00, depending on what you prefer.
The price for the evening class depends on how long you want to stay.

1.5 hours is $30.
3 hours is $40.
I offer a discount if you commit to a whole month! 
$90. per month for 1.5 hour classes or
$120. for 3 hour classes. 
Most of the time this means "buy 3 get 1 free!"

I take cash, personal checks or PayPal.

(sorry not refunds if you don't show)

If a month has 5 Fridays in it, I usually take one of them off. I post the days that I'm taking off above, for my students reference.


CHILDREN'S ART CLASSES are Temporarily Closed

The Bothwell is closed until further notice.  

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Class Info:

Your child will start out learning basic drawing skills and be introduced to drawing from life. He/she will also experiment with pastels, watercolor, oil painting, color pencil pen & ink, scratchboard, etc. Kids will be allowed free drawing time after their group projects are done. The students need at least eight classes of drawing before they are introduced to oil painting unless they show they already have good drawing skills.

Classes are open to children ages 8 and older. Class is every Friday afternoon from 3:30pm until 5:00pm. $90. per month or $30. to drop in. Students should have a spiral bound sketchbook (9x12, 11x14), a 4B graphite pencil (not charcoal) and a kneaded eraser. A tote bag to carry supplies is also nice. The pencil and eraser set is available from Barbara for $1.50.

Students should wear old clothing that they won't have to worry about getting paint on and they should tie back long hair. Class size is kept small (around eight students) so Barbara can give each child the attention they may need with their projects.

 Write or call to be put on the waiting list.


Contact me for more info  at my home/studio at (925) 373-9638. or e-mail:

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Barbara is available as a workshop instructor and has taught at the IGMA Guild School in Castine, Maine (2001 & 2003).


Barbara teaches groups of five to ten students to paint miniature oil paintings. Ask your local Dollhouse Shop or Miniature Club to put a class together or you can put one together yourself with a group of friends! It's ton's of fun and no experience is necessary! Honest! 


Barbara Stanton, I.G.M.A. Fellow, is well known in the dollhouse world for her miniature oil paintings. You've seen her at the shows painting under a magnifying lens. You can give it a try yourself! Classes are geared for beginners and intermediate students. Barbara will carefully guide each student every step of the way. YOU CAN DO IT! Learn some basic color mixing, composition, how to make a mini canvas, tips on framing and miniature painting techniques. A simple wooden frame is provided also. 

Student Painting
Palette Class