Free Online Paint Night

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

Founded in 1988 by Bette Fetter, Young Rembrandts has become a recognized leader in art education. What began as one person, working with children in her home, has developed into an international franchise business with franchisees who teach drawing to thousands of students every week.

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.

Today, Young Rembrandts franchisees partner with preschools, elementary schools and community centers to either augment or supply their art education programs. The Young Rembrandts franchise network has a solid reputation for offering well-organized classes and teaching original, high-quality curriculum in a positive environment.

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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. Vince has been offering introduction and intermediate painting classes with the Arts Education Program at the Grand since it opened in 2007.

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 teenage 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.

Jennifer Lock

Jennifer believes that making art is a transformative experience and having a regular creative outlet empowers all aspects of our lives. Her creative outlet is painting in acrylics and teaching art to all ages and stages.

For over a decade, Jennifer has been showing, selling, and teaching art.  Her creative journey led her to study art at the college level, under dynamic professional artists, and as self-guided practice.

With a Masters of Education in Instructional Design, she skillfully crafts each of her lessons to allow the time and space for learners to explore their creativity, practice techniques, and learn how to properly use and care for their art materials.

For students to feel empowered and supported is her ultimate objective. Jennifer’s students inspire her to keep making art as she hopes to inspire them to do the same.

Matt Farnsworth

Matt Farnsworth is a local Californian graphic artist whose style is strongly influenced by the great American comic book artists of old. In 2012 Matt’s first published work was released at the first Stockton Con. Matt did the pencils on the comic book “The Amazing Fist”.

Matt began teaching drawing and ceramic classes with the Arts Education Program in 2017.  Matt can’t wait to teach you how to draw dynamic characters and the fundamentals of visual storytelling!

“For me, comics and art combined a love for the dramatic visuals and compelling stories. It’s really just modern mythology.” – Matt


Maria Carrasco

Maria’s personal belief is that art comes from the Creator as the source.  Maria explores all mediums and pursue themes of hope, restoration, and encouragement through visual means. Working in oils, acrylics, pastels, pencils and clay. The work she creates is representational, colorful and impressionistic. She especially LOVES the freedom of pour painting.

Maria has an AA in General Ed from Las Positas and has formally studied art under some phenomenal teachers, Engela Wilson, Ozell Hudson Jr., and Linda Ryan focusing on skill building and mastering her craft. 

She is a wife, mom of 2, and grandma of 6, and looks forward to staying creative with her family. Maria is the Director of the art ministry at The Well Christian Community, and is fortunate to be part of a wonderful community of artists.

Richard Beebe

Richard has been involved with photography in excess of 30 years, including over 20 years of professional experience and skills in a variety of aspects. Despite this strong background, he still believes he is a “work in progress.”

“I have no desire to sit down and rest on my laurels – I now expose more original images consistently, than I ever did with just film, continually exercising and stretching my visual experience. That’s where the fun of this image-making medium is.”   – Richard

Photography remains a strong passion for Richard. He loves pushing his own visual creativity and expanding his own expressiveness further. Richard has been instructing others on the art and craft of the photographic medium since 2009 here at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.


* Formats – 35mm (30+ years), 6×6 square (25+ years), digital (10+ years), 4×5 (infrequent).

* Experience – photographer, assistant (lighting, sets, logistics, camera), instructor (classroom, field, workshops), writer/editor.

* Styles/Genres – portrait, fashion, and figure (studio & location); landscapes, cityscapes; night imagery, b&w infrared (35mm, 6×6, digital); and expressive interpretations/impressions.

* Please view examples of Richard’s photos here: Richard’s Facebook Profile