Explorations in Creative Painting

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Explorations In Creative Painting is a series of focused classes that teach a process driven, intuitive approach to painting, designed to help participants unleash their imagination, develop personal symbolism, and to shed fear and resistance to creating at a deep and meaningful level. Mixed media, materials, collage, personal iconography, layering, vision journaling, and other creative processes and techniques will be discussed and demonstrated. Group and individual critiques will be given, with the end goal of helping each student to find or further explore their own personal artistic path.

The class is offered on Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. See the Campus Map at the bottom of the page for classroom location.

To learn more about the instructor click on the link- Instructor Sam Nettles Artist Bio 

Student Supply List

Upcoming Classes

Exploration in Creative Painting: Focus on the Figure: April 16 – May 21, 2022

In this session students will explore the human figure, its emotive complexity and its inexhaustible source of creative possibilities. Figurative imagery as a design motif stretches back in an uninterrupted continuum all the way back to Neolithic cave paintings. The figure can be expressed in limitless styles and variations from academic realism to near total abstraction. Figure construction and anatomy will be examined and explained.

We will use creative and unexpected concepts, materials  and techniques to express and celebrate the figure in art.

The figure is the starting point. Where you go is up to you.

Past Classes

Explorations in Creative Painting: Reflection on Life’s Journey: September 18 – October 23, 2021

In this session students will create paintings that explore some aspect of life’s journey. This journey could be literal in nature, as in the places you have been, or it could be metaphorical in nature, as in the arc of one’s life. Paintings could be anything from representational images based on travel photos to abstract imagery evocative of a personal inner journey.

The concept of “journey” is the starting point. Where you go is up to you.

The class is located in the Martha Brooks McKee Education Annex. Building #3




Sam Nettles


Beginner and Intermediate




Martha Brooks McKee Education Annex: Building #3


  • Students will be required to purchase additional supplies.

Cancellation Policy

Students will receive a refund of tuition minus 10% if the student contacts us no later than 7 days prior to the first day of class. Cancellations up to 48 hours before the start of the class will receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations within 48 hours before the start of the class, or after the class has begun will not be refunded. In the case of an emergency, the student may be able to transfer their payment towards another class based on availability.

Class sizes are limited and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Unfortunately, FCAC is unable to prorate students for missed classes or classes that they are unable to attend. We strive to provide the highest quality art classes and we value your feedback. If you would like to share your experience or have questions or concerns, please email us at create@firstcityart.org.

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