Upcoming Fine Art Classes
Fine Art Department
Instructor: Paul Kratter
I teach with a very lighthearted approach and we finish up the class with a group critique. Be prepared to learn and have fun!
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
After graduating from high school I attended College of San Mateo, where I received a degree in Graphic Arts. I spent four years at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Illustration in 1980.
My two great passions have always been sports and wildlife. I was fortunate to make a living mainly in advertising, which included a long relationship with the National Football League and various Major League Baseball clubs.
As time went on, I concentrated solely on wildlife illustration. I worked for a variety of zoos and the Nature Company. I illustrated a number of children's books, including The Living Rainforest with award-winning paintings in Communication Arts Annual in 2002. Around the same time I became interested in the immediacy and spontaneity of the plein air approach and started painting in the east bay hills near my home. I soon had a collection of works and began to show in galleries and join various plein air events.
My style changed almost overnight, although my approach remained intact, utilizing solid drawing skills and portraying strong graphic shapes. Painting outdoors has become a passion. I continue to participate in a number of plein air events annually in California. Each has its own unique topography, light and challenges, which forces me to keep my work fresh and loose.
My wife Tia, whom I met at Art Center College, is an artist at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA. We have two grown boys, Joel and Marshall, both artistic and athletic. Zipper is our ever-faithful dog.
– Paul Kratter
TUITION & FEES
There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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