Center for Community Arts

classes held through

Center for Community Arts
formerly known as
City of Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education
111 N. Wiget Lane,
Walnut Creek, California

link to my classes (enter Jody Mattison in the instructor drop down)

Into the Abstract
Wednesdays 9:00am – 12:00 pm

3/29/23 – 5/24/23 (9 Sessions)

A new class format to explore abstraction through composition! Both the abstraction of reality and the process of creating non-representational art will be our focus; compositional principles will be discussed and implemented in our paintings and drawings. There will be technique demonstrations each onsite session (beginning with first week), with time for questions and individual advice.

This is a mixed media class; materials can be both painting and drawing media, even some collage materials may be used.

Hybrid: Old Masters Painting: Exploring Western Classical Techniques
Thursdays 9:00am – 12:00pm

3/30/23 – 5/25/23 (9 Sessions)

Learn the technique of the old masters. Using oils or acrylics, work through the processes of under-painting, grisaille, layering and glazing to achieve beautiful and timeless three-dimensionality. Previous experience with paint is not necessary. Come to first class with materials from list, ready to work! Materials list online at This course is in person and has online access for students who prefer to view the class from home. Zoom login information is sent via email with your registration.

Material list online at

NEW!  Open Studio Painting

Thursdays 1:00 pm – 05:00 pm 

3/30/23 – 5/25/23 (9 Sessions) 

Paint or draw in an open studio environment with other artists. Not for beginners. Instruction is not provided, but advice/consultation available to all during first hour of each week. Participants provide own materials and are responsible for cleanup. No heavy solvents or mediums.

Figure Drawing

Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM

3/31/23 – 5/26/23 (9 Sessions)

Quick gesture sketches and longer poses train your eye to observe and render the human form. Learn to use blocking, foreshortening, value shapes and other techniques to enhance your drawing skills. Beginners bring vine charcoal, drawing board and 18×24 rough newsprint to first class. Supplies and materials discussed in class. Experienced students bring own supplies. Undraped models used.

Material list online at

Open Studio Figure Drawing and Painting

Fridays 1:00 – 4:00 PM

3/31/23 – 5/26/23 (9 Sessions) 

Studio available for working from the figure, short and long poses, supervised use; no instruction. Participants provide their own supplies. Different model each week. Enrollment limited. Concerning oil paints: Light solvents only (low voc), only Turpenoid or Gamsol, and only Gamblin’s Solvent Free Galkyd.


2 thoughts on “Center for Community Arts”

  1. Hi! I saw that you are teaching at the Walnut Creek community center in the fall. I was really excited to take a drawing class but none of the classes offered are in the evening and I have two small children. I’m wondering if you offer or know of any other drawing classes in the evening? I’m new to the area and not sure where else to look! Thanks for your help!

  2. I was told you teach a figure-drawing class On Zoom every Tuesday morning.
    Is that happening now?
    I’m looking to participate in such a class.
    Please let me know the possibilities and perhaps we could talk by phone?
    My phone is (925) 393-5993

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