Athenaeum's School of the Arts Student Testimonials
 

Read testimonials from real Athenaeum School of the Arts students and see examples of their art works. You, too, can create art and join the Athenaeum's artist community!

 

 

2. LOOSE AND EASY PEN & INK & WATERCOLOR—ONLINE

Lori Mitchell

Spring 2020

 

Learn more about the current Summer Session art class with Lori Mitchell.

 

Diane Tindall

Instagram: @dtindall982020

Staff (Amanda) and instructors (Lori and Jill) were so patient and helpful in helping all of us become comfortable using the Zoom format. Any hesitation I had in using an online format was quickly put to rest and I quickly enjoyed the time to have fun and create with inspiring instructors!

 

Ron Jessee

I have spent 45 years as a high school teacher and administrator. I am currently a professor at CSUSM. Lori Mitchell is one of the finest instructors I have met. Her classroom management is of the highest quality. Lori's instructional methodology is in full alignment with the latest research in teaching and learning. Her interpersonal skills are filled with nurturing and care. Simply stated, she is at the very top of her instructional game in every way.

 

Lacey Colmore

The zoom class was great and Lori did an amazing job of giving us great things to create and so enjoyed the closeness of the class. It was such a success.

 

Carol Broad

The Zoom format was really successful. We were able to receive instruction and share work easily. We are a community of artists and that community came through.

 


 

4. FOCUS ON THE FEATURES—ONLINE

Stephanie Goldman

Spring 2020

 

Learn more about the current Summer Session art class with Stephanie Goldman.

 

Robin Flink

Instagram: @1californiagirl

The online experience was better than I expected. It enabled us to get the same viewpoint for our portraits and this was helpful to see the way in which each student differed in their interpretation-when Stephanie critiqued each of us, the information was applicable to all of us since the pose was identical. This increased the amount of useful information I could take away from her evaluations. The models were also very professional and fun to draw. Great course!

 

 

Jain Malkin

I have now taken ten Zoom classes (not all at the Athenaeum) and find it to be a terrific platform with few problems. It is remarkably consistent and the functionality is great. They have anticipated what people would be looking for and have made it easy to use (for example, the private "conference" rooms). I also work with my private trainer on Zoom now. It is very user-friendly. I am looking forward to joining Ken Goldman's class which normally causes me to have to drive to Bread and Salt (near Imperial Ave.) and it is sheer joy to now be able to have the same class while sitting at my 27" monitor at my desk with great lighting and not have to leave home! A total win!

 

Kath Howarth

A much better experience than I had hoped for.

 

Pamela Foley

While not quite the same as "live" classes, Zoom classes help students to maintain and continue to use and improve their artistic skills as well as to enjoy being with their art class friends!

 


 

5. WILD ABANDON IN SKETCHING AND WATERCOLOR—ONLINE

Jill Badonsky

Spring 2020

 

Learn more about the current Summer Session art class with Jill Badonsky.

 

Karen Sage

Zoom is the perfect way to learn to do art. No one is looking at your ‘mistakes’ and you can get personalized help any time you want it. So easy!

 

Chuck Laughlin

Zoom opens up incredible opportunities to take a class with family and friends who live in other cities. A fun way to enjoy the experience together.

 

Susan O’Brien

 Jill’s course and teaching style lends itself to online. It’s fun, personalized and she is so dang ‘positive.’

 

Candy Cumming

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candy.cumming.5

Instagram: @cummingcandy

Jill did an amazing job of making her class enjoyable online! I’d certainly take another online class with her.

 

 

Carla Fox

I had not had much experience with watercolors or formal art classes and was really happy with the practical introduction to creativity and some very basic techniques to start watercolor painting with pen drawings. There was limited time for a lot of technique training but lots of hands on practice. The online class format was new to me and at times cumbersome but class would not have been possible otherwise. It was also much easier than driving from La Mesa where I live. I would be interested in what others thought of the experience.

 


 

8. FINDING YOUR VOICE USING MIXED MEDIA—ONLINE

Rivian Bütikofer

Spring 2020

 

Denise Paccione

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/denise.paccione

Instagram: @denise.paccione

I’ve found my Zoom art class to be even more productive and inspirational. The class is more interactive—inspiring and supporting one another. It’s also much easier to ask questions and get feedback from the instructor—and from other participants. Best of all, no traffic or parking fees.

 

 

Ma Nelly Barquin

I so enjoyed my online class I couldn’t believe it. The interaction with my peers and the teacher’s control of the class was wonderful!

 


 

11. IMPRESSIONISM/ POST-IMPRESSIONISM USING ALLA PRIMA—ONLINE

Sharon Carol Demery

Spring 2020

 

Learn more about the current Summer Session art class with Sharon Carol Demery.

 

Bella Bishop

Sharon’s Alla Prima class was instructive, inspirational & so fun!

 

Josephine Von Herzen

What fun to have this class online. It was very interactive with our teacher Sharon and the other students as well. I really appreciated being able to continue my art learning during this difficult time!

 

 

13. WATERCOLOR FOR EVERYBODY—ONLINE

Stan Goudey

Spring 2020

 

Learn more about the current Summer Session art class with Stan Goudey.

 

Anne Finch

Being able to take an art class while being in my own studio is the best. No long drives, no searching for parking, no carting art supplies, just fun from the comfort of home. Best silver lining of the quarantine!

 

Caroline Hightower

I am very appreciative of the Athenaeum's quick, creative and flexible response to the COVID 19 pandemic. You have organized a wonderful selection of classes and with a variety of delivery systems. Your teachers are to be commended for their courage to try something new, for their creativity in presenting lessons in this new format, and for their love of ART and their willingness to move forward into this new COVID 19 world.

 


 

15. INTRODUCTION TO dSLR AND MIRRORLESS PHOTOGRAPHY—ONLINE

Ernesto Rivera

Spring 2020

 

Learn more about the current Summer Session art class with Ernesto Rivera.

 

Jill Murray

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/j.murray.va

Instagram: @stem_girlz

Twitter: @stem_girlz 

I was amazed at how well the Zoom course was developed and managed. I'm thankful the online opportunity presented itself just at the time I needed it. Once we're back will be great but I think online courses should be available also.

 

Adriana Heldiz

So much of what is happening in the world is out of our control right now. But having the opportunity to learn and improve a skill we’re passionate about is a true luxury. Online classes can be scary, but I encourage you to take a leap of faith for all those who can’t.

 


 

17B. IPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP—ONLINE

Dr. Cliff Oliver

Spring 2020

 

Learn more about the current Summer Session art class with Dr. Cliff Oliver.

 

Adele Fader

The Zoom format made it extremely easy to learn and experiment with the material. I think it's an ideal combination of the social experience of being in a class and the privacy and comfort of being in my own home.

 

Robin B. Luby

The Zoom format actually made it easier for the class to meet since we didn't have to leave home. We were able to submit our photos for critique online as well, and that made it much easier to see everyone's work and learn directly.

 

Robyn Bottomley and Glenn Gutridge

Robyn:

Loved it. We are all finding our own way.

Glenn:

Robyn Bottomley and I took Cliff’s class… excellent. It has opened my iPhone to new creativity. ZOOM is for every skill set. It is perfect for presentation and interactive training. I was able to immediately apply Cliff’s recommendation and see results. Cliff is an excellent instructor.

 

 

 

17C. TATTOO YOUR CLOTHES/VISIBLE MENDING

Michelle Montjoy

Spring 2020

 

Learn more about the current Summer Session art class with Michelle Montjoy.

 

Mark Pullin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mark.pullin.5

Instagram: @mbpullin

Interesting ideas and information shared by the instructor and fellow students. Fun!

 

Anne Porter

While Zoom itself depends on our own computer's cameras and our techno-abilities, it provides a forum where the companionship and class-room experience is fully present. I don't know what I would've done during the darkest days without these classes.

 


 

51. PAINTING FOR THE ADVENTUROUS—GO ABSTRACT—ONLINE

Sharon Carol Demery

Spring 2020

 

Learn more about the current Summer Session art class with Sharon Carol Demery.

 

Chuck Laughlin

Zoom means you can take the class anywhere... even when traveling. And friends, in different cities, can join you... making the class even more fun.

 

Robin Nordhoff

The zoom format lets you enjoy the instruction without the hassles. I am able to continue my journey remotely. I’d love to have the lectures presented on Zoom also.

 

Karen Sage

Take a Zoom art class! You don’t have to haul your art materials to a location only to discover you forgot something. Zoom is so much easier.

 

Pauline Beausoleil

Instagram: @PBeauArt

Website: paintingsbypauline.com

I have taken this class in person and on Zoom. I have enjoyed both immensely! The zoom class is so convenient and easy to use--anyone can join and it is not overly technical to get started. I would love to have the option for both formats in the future.

 

Sue Alper

I personally thought the zoom format worked very well. I will be signing up for two more classes.

 

Suzanne Kuempel

I loved the zoom format. I live in Texas and my sister takes from Sharon. I’ve been very impressed by her work since she’s been taking from Sharon. As a result of Covid 19, Pauline told me about the class. I got to have the great instruction with my sister and loved every minute of it, since I don’t live in La Jolla. I have enrolled to take her color theory class coming at the end of June, got my daughter to join in as well. 👍👍👍. Hope it is also on zoom.

 

Sara Matta

Taking Sharon Demery’s class (Going Abstract) in the ON-LINE format is just as inspiring as the regular studio experience and it is a whole lot easier on the students. I loved having no commute time and not having to pack up and transport my art supplies both ways. The technology took a little bit of getting used to, but no-one needs to be intimidated by it. I think the instructors may have to work a bit harder at ensuring and encouraging the broad participation and transmission of enthusiasm among students, since we can’t wander around and engage with each other. But with an attentive instructor, much of that great interaction is still possible on Zoom. I hope the Athenaeum will keep the on-line option going after we’re ‘back to normal’.

 

 

 

52. PAINTING & DRAWING THE HUMAN FIGURE—ONLINE

Ken Goldman

Spring 2020

 

Learn more about the current Summer Session art class with Ken Goldman.

 

Ingrid Turner

I have been thrilled to be able to take their classes (just finishing Ken's class, and adding Stephanie's at the end of the month).  I live in Orange County and am not able to attend local San Diego classes. This was a marvelous opportunity for me to study with these two wonderful artists from the comfort of my own home.  What a gift! Thanks to the Athenaeum!

 

 

57. LOOSE AND EASY PEN & INK & WATERCOLOR—ONLINE

Lori Mitchell

Spring 2020

 

Learn more about the current Summer Session art class with Lori Mitchell.

 

Anne Finch

Generally, I can't take art classes because I live a couple hours from La Jolla, and it would be inconvenient to take a weekly class at the Athenaeum, but using Zoom has been great. Not only can I stay in my own studio, with all my supplies at hand, I don't have to make a long drive, find parking, etc. Zoom is a good substitute for the classroom.

 

Susi Graff

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susi.graff

Instagram: @smgraff1

Twitter: @SGiraffe

Zoom was a great venue for Lori Mitchell's Pen and Ink and Watercolor class. Lori was able to both talk through her lessons and feature her demonstrations, both very visible to all. The day we had a live model was a bonus, because we all got the same view of the model (unlike in the classroom, where it depends where you sit). Although I would prefer to be back in the classroom, Zoom is an excellent alternative.

 

Gail Titus

Lori Mitchell is among the best instructors that I have had over my more than 30 years of studying art. The time that I spend in her classes pay excellent dividends for me as a full-time working artist. Her classes are as appropriate for the first-time art student as well as full-time professional artists.

 

Cindy May

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Cindy-May/100009465113473
Instagram: @2maymay6

The staff and instructor were very helpful in explaining how Zoom works and making sure each student was comfortable with the format for an art class. Although I prefer the physical studio, Zoom is the next best way to stay inspired and creative.

 

 

60. WILD ABANDON IN SKETCHING AND WATERCOLOR—ONLINE

Jill Badonsky

Spring 2020

 

Learn more about the current Summer Session art class with Jill Badonsky.

 

Katherine Johnsen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katherine.johnsen.9

Instagram: @auntie_faffy

Imagine enjoying your learning in the comfort of your own creative space with all your favorite things around you. Zoom classes are the next best thing to being in a classroom because they are live...you get to see everyone and connect via discussions, questions, sharing, show and tell, breakout sessions and you get personal attention. Video demonstrations and presentations are very easy to view. I enjoyed the ZOOM classroom very much...the bonus is I live over 2000 km away from where the course was offered. Lucky Me!

 

Diane Tindall

Instagram: @dtindall982020

Staff (Amanda) and instructors (Lori and Jill) were so patient and helpful in helping all of us become comfortable using the Zoom format. Any hesitation I had in using an online format was quickly put to rest and I quickly enjoyed the time to have fun and create with inspiring instructors!

 

 

77. ROCK PAPER SCISSORS: COLLISIONS OF BRILLIANT MOMENTS IN COLLAGE—ONLINE

Sibyl Rubottom

Spring 2020

 

Learn more about the current Summer Session art class with Sibyl Rubottom.

 

Anne Porter

In addition to wonderful art training, we signed on for a Zoom training and it made everything so much easier. This class was a two-fer!

 

Beth Manke

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beth.manke.5/

Instagram: @bethmanke

I was interested in the collage class (when it was slated to be offered in person) but could not attend as I live in Long Beach. When it shifted to an online format I was able to join. At first I wondered how we could fill 3 hours of time together on Zoom, but the time flies. We learned new techniques, shared our work (easily done using the Share Screen function), and spent time collaging in real time. The online format also allowed other artists to join our class to talk about their work, something that would have been difficult to accomplish if we met in person as many artists don't live locally or would not have been able to make the trip to the studio. Doing the class online also allowed us to see "inside" the artists' studio. We were able to see Sybil's studio and the ways she organizes her work space. Other positives include no commute time, a relaxing environment where we all had access to our own tools at home. I'm a big fan of the online class. Keep them coming as I will continue to register!

 

 

 

Athenaeum's School of the Arts

Since its inception in 1986 as part of the long-established Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, the School of the Arts has grown to reflect the artistic spirit of the San Diego art community. Our mission at the school is to provide educational arts programs which offer meaningful art experiences for all ages and to fulfill the library’s goal of having a depth and accessibility of resources and programs found nowhere else in the region. The School offers classes at two locations: La Jolla (1008 Wall Street) and at the Athenaeum Art Center at Bread & Salt (1955 Julian Ave, San Diego, California). Athenaeum students learn the history, traditions, and principles of the fine arts. School faculty are experienced artists as well as outstanding educators, dedicated to inspiring students of all backgrounds. The School provides the opportunity for individualized instruction in its intimate class sizes, allowing students to develop their own styles and artistic identities. Appropriate for the full range of student abilities and ages - beginner, intermediate, and professional artist - the School's curriculum includes courses that focus on helping students to develop technical skills, creativity, critical thinking, respect for diverse aesthetic and intellectual views, and the pursuit of excellence.  

The School of the Arts currently offers weekly classes and weekend workshops during fall, winter, and spring sessions. Summer classes are typically scheduled in one-week blocks. Courses include drawing, painting, (oil, watercolor, acrylic, encaustic), sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, letterpress, book arts, photography, mixed media, floral design, and new media. The School publishes a quarterly brochure, listing scheduled classes, workshops, and other Athenaeum events. The class schedule is also listed online.