Free Online Paint Night

The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts presents a free Paint Night through Facebook live!  Join the Arts Education Program featuring visual arts instructor Amanda Trask for a 1-hour painting you can do from the comfort of your own home! Participants can follow along in the video below to create their one-of-a-kind painting!

This Paint Night is family friendly and appropriate for school-age students as well as adults.

You will want the following supplies to complete this painting:

  • canvas, canvas board, or canvas paper (we used a 14″ x 11″ canvas)
  • one small paint brush
  • one large paint brush
  • one paper plate for mixing colors
  • one plastic cup for water
  • paper towels used to make the leaf texturing on the painting
  • 6 colors of paint:
    • White 
    • Black
    • Yellow
    • Red/Orange
    • Dark Green
    • Blue

Or you can opt to use any supplies you have available at home!

Please click on the video below to begin painting!

Young Rembrandts

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Fetter applied her fine arts education and background in child development to create an original, step-by-step method to teach children drawing, the fundamental skill of all visual arts.

Research and education experts say what Young Rembrandts has always delivered: there is a significant correlation between involvement in the arts and achievement in the classroom. Children who learn to draw using the Young Rembrandts method develop spatial reasoning and fine motor skills, order and sequencing abilities, visualization, and self-discipline as well as fundamental art skills. Our original curriculum introduces concrete ideas and techniques that enlarge their visual vocabularies, enrich their imaginations and their minds.

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Vince Walsh

Vince Walsh was born and raised in Oakland, California and resided in Tracy, California for over 30 years. Vince has been painting for over 35 years, mostly outdoors and in the studio. His style of painting is a blend of realism and impressionism with a preference to paint still life and landscapes in oil and acrylic. His goal is to express a realistic and painterly approach that allows the viewer to participate in the painting.

Vince was fortunate to have studied with Van Waldron, who encouraged him to develop his own style. He also studied with Delores DePharr and E John Robinson. Vince is a member of “The Valley Sun Catchers”, “Friday Painters” and “Da Group” a group of Plein Air Painters. He is also a member and past president of the Tracy art League.

Amanda Trask

Amanda Trask is a local artist who has received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a focus in Mixed Media and minor in Art History from California State University, Stanislaus. Amanda creates work using different media such as sculpture, painting, digital (computer), and film. Her work has been seen within various galleries in Stanislaus County and she is a published artist.

Amanda’s goal through her courses is to bring, not only the joy of creating art, but also the tools to allow individuals to learn about the medium, its uses, and how to create/expand on projects even after completing the course.  Through her educational background and self-taught explorations with art, Amanda hopes that every person that comes through her class is able to gain a foundation for exploring the medium themselves and ways to bring out their creativity using various methods and techniques.

Amanda enjoys working with children and has taking several Child Development courses when she was pursuing her Associate Degree. She is also a mother to a 14-year-old son who is on the autism spectrum and encourages anyone, regardless of their abilities, to take her courses! She would be more than happy to adapt the coursework towards the needs of any individual. The courses she will be instructing for children are designed to be fun, informative, and create a foundation to help students continue to discover art.

Amanda started teaching classes with the Arts Education Program at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in 2017.  She has taught a variety of classes throughout the years including but not limited to ceramic, fused glass, drawing, painting, sensory art classes, and Paint Night events.

Melanie Smith

Melanie Smith is a ceramic artist and a member of the Tracy Art League. A longtime regular at the Grand’s ceramics lab, she enjoys sharing the craft with fellow potters and newcomers.

Melanie’s focus is functional ceramics, including wheel throwing and hand building. Her first exposure to throwing pots was at the Crafts Center as an undergraduate at University of California, San Diego. She has also learned from many instructors and ceramics techs over the years at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, and she continues to explore new forms and techniques.

Viktor Rheims

Viktor Rheims is a member of the Tracy Art League, an illustrator, author, and art instructor. His book “Rediscovering Our Creative Mind: Digital Arts Drawing and Painting with Viktor” is published by Covenant Books.

He used to be a designer for a printing company overseas and eventually conducted his own art business of providing shirt designs, logo creation, photo editing, and printing services. With a desire to impart the knowledge, he developed his digital art instructional material and teaching style that both focus on what the learners’ need – subject analysis, layout, and proportionality. The goal is to make learners realize that drawing and painting are not just for the gifted; they are also skills that can be acquired.

“Gadgets, such as tablets and cell phones, are not just for social media. Let me help you revive your artistic capability. My instructional material will give you the skills you will truly appreciate – for personal or professional use.” – Viktor Rheims

Natalie Pyers

Natalie Pyers is a member of the Tracy Art League, and she comes to us with many years of professional experience as an Art Instructor in various medias including ceramics, watercolors, acrylics, colored pencils, and fused glass. She has experience working with young and older adults, as well as children.

Natalie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art/Studio Art and her Masters of Science in Education/Educational Leadership. Natalie is a retired school teacher who started teaching ceramic classes at the Grand in 2017.

“My life’s work is to create art. My purpose and passion is to be creative, help other people find their artistic talent, and inspire emerging artists. I’m grateful every day for such a fulfilling opportunity.” – Natalie Pyers

Sarah McNamara

Ms. Sarah began her career as an Associate Producer in 1991 at the Fox affiliate, KTVU Channel Two, and was responsible for writing and producing segments on the Mornings on Two News Show.  In 1996, she became a Communications Specialist for Corporate Safeway Inc. where she was responsible for educating over 180,000 employees about their health and welfare benefits.  In 1999, she joined the Alamo Learning Systems team where she was the Director of Training and responsible for managing, training and developing their training programs.

To spend more time with family, starting in 2008, Ms. McNamara stepped down as the Director of Training and now consults exclusively.  She still works regularly with Alamo Learning Systems as well with the City of Tracy teaching children’s art and communication classes for the Parks and Recreation Department and the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. Ms. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech/Communications with a minor in Racism and Cross Cultural Analysis from San Francisco State University.   She also holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.