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Soraya Sarah Nazarian Program in Fine Arts

The Soraya Sarah Nazarian Program in Fine Arts upholds American Jewish University’s legacy of supporting the fine arts. Our classes range from painting and drawing to stone sculpture and carving. The Whizin Center’s extraordinary faculty, all professional working artists, mentor and guide each student, some of whom may be taking their first class while others are mastering a technique. The Soraya Sarah Nazarian Program in Fine Arts develops new classes, nurtures top-notch faculty and provides state-of-the-art studio space. We encourage you to become part of our exciting community of artists. Explore our class list and register today.

  • Mixed Media Collage

    Mixed Media Collage

    Collage is a work of art that includes glued papers/objects. In this Mixed Media Collage course we will discover various ways to create interesting papers for use in collage while learning how to incorporate paint, printing and image transfer techniques. No previous experience is necessary and while basic compositional principles are discussed, there is room for an experimental and personal approach to the projects. Read More

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  • Right Brain Figure Drawing with Live Models

    Right Brain Figure Drawing with Live Models

    Draw what you really see, rather than what you think you see. Skills are cultivated in exercises about perception of edges, spaces, gestures, and include achieving entire compositions. Employ your intuition. Experiment with a variety of media. Learn the value of patience and persistence, in a welcoming group setting. Tuition: $300.00 Materials Fee: $10.00 Model Fee: $85.00 Read More

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  • Stone Carving and Sculpture

    Stone Carving and Sculpture

    Students will learn to use stone carving tools and all technical instruction to working with stone. The class also includes discussions of aesthetic approaches from the Renaissance to post-modern times to help students develop their own personal style and artistic expression. Basic tools and equipment are provided on loan to first-time students. Students supply their own stone, with advice from the instructor. Read More

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  • Find Your Artistic Focus

    Find Your Artistic Focus

    Learn the technique of painting and develop your craft through analyzing, exploring and practicing the art of modern masters. Discover the source of their inspiration. Draw from life in each artist-influenced session, culminating in finding your personal voice. Together we will explore: Henri Matisse: Fauve colors; Pablo Picasso: Expressive portraiture; Giorgio de Chirico: Surrealism; Jean Arp: Aleatoric (Chance) painting; Marc Chagall: Dream imagery; Wassily Kandinsky: Expressionism and in the final sessions: your Personal Style. Acrylic and/or color pastels on paper or canvas. Read More

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  • Watercolor Painting Wednesday

    Watercolor Painting Wednesday

    Learn to paint glowing watercolors from the heart, and release your creativity using right-brain methods. Contour, line, shape, values, movement, and composition will be discussed. Read More

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  • Oil Painting & Drawing Wednesday Evening

    Oil Painting & Drawing Wednesday Evening

    If you're an experienced artist, or always wanted to paint and draw and are ready to dive in, this course offers a supportive Right Brain approach to personal expression. Beginning with contour drawing, students work on individual projects with guidance from the instructor, learning about color and shape, how to use oil paint, and developing their own style. Read More

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  • Acrylic Painting Wednesday

    Acrylic Painting Wednesday

    This course is a comprehensive exploration of the creative and expressive sides of acrylic painting and mixed media, with the accent on a more contemporary approach. While all styles and genres are welcomed and encouraged, the emphasis in this class will be on personal expression and finding your inner artist. This course is open to students of all levels with individual attention given to each student. Read More

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  • Stone Carving and Sculpture - Wednesday Afternoon

    Stone Carving and Sculpture - Wednesday Afternoon

    Students will learn to use stone carving tools and all technical instruction to working with stone. The class also includes discussions of aesthetic approaches from the Renaissance to post-modern times to help students develop their own personal style and artistic expression. Basic tools and equipment are provided on loan to first-time students. Students supply their own stone, with advice from the instructor. Read More

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  • Stone Carving and Sculpture - Wednesday Evening

    Stone Carving and Sculpture - Wednesday Evening

    Students will learn to use stone carving tools and all technical instruction to working with stone. The class also includes discussions of aesthetic approaches from the Renaissance to post-modern times to help students develop their own personal style and artistic expression. Basic tools and equipment are provided on loan to first-time students. Students supply their own stone, with advice from the instructor. Read More

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  • Acrylic Painting Thursday Morning

    Acrylic Painting Thursday Morning

    This course is a comprehensive exploration of the creative and expressive sides of acrylic painting and mixed media, with the accent on a more contemporary approach. While all styles and genres are welcomed and encouraged, the emphasis in this class will be on personal expression and finding your inner artist. This course is open to students of all levels with individual attention given to each student. Read More

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  • Acrylic Painting Thursday Morning

    Acrylic Painting Thursday Morning

    This course is a comprehensive exploration of the creative and expressive sides of acrylic painting and mixed media, with the accent on a more contemporary approach. While all styles and genres are welcomed and encouraged, the emphasis in this class will be on personal expression and finding your inner artist. This course is open to students of all levels with individual attention given to each student. Read More

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  • Oil Painting & Drawing Friday Morning

    Oil Painting & Drawing Friday Morning

    If you're an experienced artist, or always wanted to paint and draw and are ready to dive in, this course offers a supportive Right Brain approach to personal expression. Beginning with contour drawing, students work on individual projects with guidance from the instructor, learning about color and shape, how to use oil paint, and developing their own style. Read More

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  • L.A. Art Now Tour: An Insider's View to Local Art Histories, Narratives, & View

    L.A. Art Now Tour: An Insider's View to Local Art Histories, Narratives, & View

    This L.A. art historical and contemporary art overview features lectures, discussions, and visits to a few of the most vital art destinations. Our visits and excursions will help each participant open themselves up to the pleasures, and (yes!) even beauty that can be found in the best of today's art. Our adventure begins at AJU with an introductory discussion about the current Contemporary Art scene, keeping in mind Bruland's favorite motto: "Fear No Art." Each week, we'll meet a local artist or visit a gallery, studio or workshop presenting contemporary exhibitions. Past tours have included visits to The Broad, the Museum of Contemporary Art and artists' studios. We'll conclude with a discussion to celebrate our learning. Read More

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  • Meditate and Create: Sparking Creativity in and out of the Studio

    Meditate and Create: Sparking Creativity in and out of the Studio

    Access your unique creative expression in a supporting setting, during monthly sessions held in the studio and outdoors. Studies show that meditation increases brain activity in areas that are specifically associated with creativity. Our meetings will begin with a guided meditation, after which we will engage in a contemplative art project that will release stress and enhance creative freedom. Read More

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  • Meditate and Create: Sparking Creativity in and out of the Studio - October

    Meditate and Create: Sparking Creativity in and out of the Studio - October

    Access your unique creative expression in a supporting setting, during monthly sessions held in the studio and outdoors. Studies show that meditation increases brain activity in areas that are specifically associated with creativity. Our meetings will begin with a guided meditation, after which we will engage in a contemplative art project that will release stress and enhance creative freedom. Read More

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  • Woodworking for Beginners

    Woodworking for Beginners

    In this beginner wood turning class, each student chooses from a variety of 6" tree logs and places them on the lathe to turn or shape them. The lathe spins the log and the student uses an array of knives to carve this piece into an object that peaks the student's imagination. No experience required and much experienced gained. Read More

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  • Meditate and Create: Sparking Creativity in and out of the Studio - November

    Meditate and Create: Sparking Creativity in and out of the Studio - November

    Access your unique creative expression in a supporting setting, during monthly sessions held in the studio and outdoors. Studies show that meditation increases brain activity in areas that are specifically associated with creativity. Our meetings will begin with a guided meditation, after which we will engage in a contemplative art project that will release stress and enhance creative freedom. Read More

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  • Meditate and Create: Sparking Creativity in and out of the Studio - December

    Meditate and Create: Sparking Creativity in and out of the Studio - December

    Access your unique creative expression in a supporting setting, during monthly sessions held in the studio and outdoors. Studies show that meditation increases brain activity in areas that are specifically associated with creativity. Our meetings will begin with a guided meditation, after which we will engage in a contemplative art project that will release stress and enhance creative freedom. Read More

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