Art Classes

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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

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, Checks and PayPal 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.

MASKS ARE REQUIRED WHILE INDOORS. All participants should be vaccinated to attend.

Note to Figure Artists:

No figure drawing on November 25th, December 23rd or 30th due to the holidays.

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.



Ask to be put on the waiting list.

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, egg tempera, acrylics and oils. 

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

Friday evening class (12 & up) 6:00 - 9:00.   $120.  per month.

(sorry not refunds if you don't show)

I take cash, personal checks or PayPal.

 Contact Barbara to be put on the waiting list.

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.

Note to Students: There will be no classes on November 25th, December 23rd or 30th due to the holidays.



Ask to be put on the waiting list.

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, scratch-board, 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.

Friday afternoon class (8 & up) from 3:30pm until 5:00pm. $90. per month .

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.

 Contact Barbara to be put on the waiting list.

Note to Students: There will be no classes on July 1st due to the 4th of July weekend.


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.