Adult Summer Programs

Paint en plein air in Saint Mary’s 400 acres of scenic land. Compose a life drawing. Outline an icon in gold.

Whether you’re refreshing old skills, honing your craft or developing new appreciations, Saint Mary’s offers the best in continuing your arts education.

Past Workshops

Figure Drawing for Teens - Teresa Onoda

August 19 & 20 or August 26 & 27, 1 to  4 PM in Studio 1. Six Participants minimum.

Workshop fee: $65   Model and materials fee: $35

Time will fly by in this classical figure drawing class. Students will learn how to draw a live model with various drawing tools: conté, chalk, pencil, India ink and Japanese brush.  Exercises will include: volume and mass, proportions, positive and negative shape relationships, and gesture and contour drawings to strengthen line drawing and eye-hand coordination.  Live clothed model. All materials provided.  Ages 13 to 18.

Teresa Onoda earned a BFA at Creighton University, and has taught in Omaha, Houston, Memphis, Bloomfield Hills, and Benicia.  She studied plein air painting for many years with Pam Glover.  She can be contacted at her website -

Byzantine Icon Workshop - Katherine Osenga
August 16 & 23, 9 AM to 3 PM in Art 105. Six Participants minimum.
Workshop fee: $200   Materials fee: $100

The workshop begins with a presentation on the history of the icon. Participants will select a prepared woodblock, learn how to draw the image and apply gold leaf. The second class will focus on color mixing and paint layering.  Wood blocks, gold leaf, paint, brushes, and palettes will be provided.  A half-hour lunch break each day. Adults (high school advanced art students may enroll).

Katherine Osenga, is a PhD candidate in Art History and Theology at USF.  Katherine has taught art and art history for 15 years, and given icon workshops for the last 9 years throughout the country.  Her icons will be on view in a one person exhibition next summer at the International Marian Library in Dayton, Ohio. She can be contacted at

Adult Figure Drawing Workshop - Jim Whiteaker
August 23, 9 AM to 4 PM in Studio 1. Six Participants minimum.
Workshop fee: $65    Model and materials fee: $45

Two 3 hour sessions with a nude model and an hour lunch break. The morning session will begin with a short lecture and demonstration and continue with a series of quick warm-up poses leading to longer poses before the lunch break. The afternoon session will consist of much longer poses allowing for more detail and rendering of each drawing. Drawing boards are provided. Participants may bring their own easels. The drawing studio has large flat tables and drawing stools.

Jim Whiteaker earned a BFA in Drawing with Distinction from CCAC with extensive graduate work there in Drawing and in Video. He has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Philadelphia Museum and has work in the di Rosa Preserve, the Achenbach Collection, Simon Fraser University, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Jim has taught figure drawing for Walnut Creek Civic Arts. He can be contacted at

Plein Air/Outdoor Landscape Painting - Warren Dreher
August 16 & 17, 9 AM to 4 PM in Studio 1. Six Participants minimum.
Workshop fee: $130

The campus is nestled among more than 400 scenic acres, with the area immediately surrounding the Gallery offering incredible vistas. Warren will give an introductory session in the studio before the day’s outdoor painting adventure begins.  Artists will return to the art studio at 4 p.m. for a one-hour critique session on day two. Participants who prefer not to walk can set up easels next to their cars. Participants are welcome to work in any media they wish, including acrylic, oil, pastel, oil pastel, or watercolor.  Artists should bring their own materials, portable stool and easel, lunch and beverage.  A hat, sunglasses, and painting stool are recommended.  Extra bottled water provided.

Warren Dreher studied at Rhode Island School of Design and is a highly regarded landscape painter, teacher, and curator who has exhibited widely; his work is in numerous private and public collections including the Hearst’s. He can be contacted at

Ample free parking is available nearby. Coffee, donuts or bagels and bottled water will be provided in the morning. Bring a bag lunch or purchase one on campus at Cafe Louis.

Please contact Heidi Donner at or 925.631.4069 for more information. Thank you.