Raw Materials Art Supplies hosts and sponsors classes, workshops and other special events in downtown Los Angeles.

Teachers and Models Wanted! We are looking to schedule more classes and start a regular schedule for uninstructed figure drawing workshops (nude and costumed). If you are interested in teaching or modeling, please email us.

Classes and Workshops

Join us for regular workshops and classes in our new classroom!

$99 Chiaroscuro Selfie with Alex Schaefer

Sat, Feb 15, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

What is "painting"? What is Light and Shade? What did Vincent Van Gogh mean he said "Painting is like Algebra"? You're going to learn in this class.

You'll need to come up with a one-minute line drawing "selfie" sketch-doodle: a "head-and-shoulders" portrait that also shows you wearing a top/shirt/dress/etc. The top needs to be white and some other color, any color. (See the event image for an idea.) This is a simple line-drawing likeness that you can get onto the canvas fast because we don't want to spend more than a minute drawing, this workshop is about mixing colors!

All materials are included in the class fee.

$49 Acrylic Pouring Basics

Sat, Feb 22, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The defining characteristic of the technique of acrylic pours is that you don't apply the paint with a brush or palette knife but rather use gravity to move the paint across a canvas. The results are unlike anything you can get with a brush: fluid flows of paint. Join us for Acrylic Pouring Basics. We’ll show you a few different methods of pouring and you’ll create some paintings to take home.  Have you tried doing an acrylic pour yet? So much fun.

All materials are included in the class fee.

$99 Parallel Pen Calligraphy with Emmanuel Sevilla

Sat, Feb 29, 2020 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Calligraphy made easier!

Step into calligraphy with the popular Pilot Parallel Pens and learn the fundamentals of working with a broad edge pen to create single stroke roman letters.

In this workshop we will learn a variation of roman serif styles while focusing on letter formation, pen scales, pen angles, and spacing to create unique hand-lettered designs.

Parallel Pens are a great way to sustain a daily calligraphy practice, clean up is easy and the required tools are minimal. With this contemporary approach and with some daily practice, you’ll be on your way to creating calligraphic works on paper. 

All materials are included in the class fee.

Bob Ross Painting Class at Raw Materials Art Supplies taught by David Arquette, Photo by Mia Fesmire

Want to teach a class at our store? Contact us with your proposal and let's see if we can make it happen! Our classroom space is also available for rental for private classes or events.

Los Angeles Plein Air Festival

The Los Angeles Plein Air Festival will return to downtown Los Angeles in April 2020. Artists are invited to join us in capturing the beauty of downtown, culminating in a group show and competition.

Learn more…

John Kilduff, "Farmer & Merchants Bank", Oil on Canvas, 10" x 20"