New classes to begin at Tacoma Gallery


Tacoma Gallery, a new art establishment in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood, is dedicated to Tacoma-themed art and creative training: art classes and creative strategy for individuals and companies. Two classes, taught by the dynamic and talented artist Jason Sobottka, are about to begin:

Design A Character
Saturday, May 19 and May 26, 1-4 p.m.

During this two-day class, design and draw your own character suitable for video games, comics, or animation. Illustration and video game design is big business in the Puget Sound area. Drawing is a core skill for this growing job market. This class will focus on how to begin a concept with gestural sketches and add refinements and details and finally concluding with an inked orthographic character sheet. 

Ages 14-adult. Younger students may attend with a paid, participating chaperone. This class prepares you for the advanced level course: Refine Your Character.

$60 tuition, $10 material fee.

Paint Your Pet’s Portrait
Thursday, May 24 and 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

During this two-day class, paint your beloved pet, a memorial for a passed furry friend or a gift for the pet parent in your life – or just learn how to accurately paint any animal. Paint your portrait using tonal underpainting and transparent color glazes (grisaille technique) and learn how to apply convincing fur or scale textures.

Students will supply two printed photos of their pet/animal, one of which will be used to transfer the design to the canvas and the other to observe during the painting. The initial painting will be done tonally (black, white and gray) and subtle, transparent colors will be applied on top of the dry tonal painting. The finishing touches will be applied with opaque paint. While you will be painting a beloved animal, you will also be learning traditional oil and acrylic painting techniques.

This workshop will use professional-quality acrylic paints with no fumes or solvents.
 Ages 14 through adult. Younger students may take the class with a paid, participating chaperone.
$60 tuition, $15 material fee (or provide your own).
Register by e-mailing, Visit:

Tacoma Gallery is located at upstairs at 1120 S. 11th St., #203, Tacoma.

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