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Exploring your artistic freedom and creativity is very easy to do with all the classes available in Southern California. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced in your artistic skills, there are classes for all level of adults in Orange County. Here are the best places to explore these skills in the Orange County region.
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The Art Studio
6450 Westminister Blvd.
Westminister, CA 92683
(714) 899-6001
theartstudio.us

What began in 1997 as an art studio in Westminister has grown to be an environment for children, teens and adults to explore their creative expression through art. The non-competitive environment is very proficient in giving the students the opportunity to grow, no matter the level of proficiency in art. Building the skill in weekly art classes helps develop the confidence to take the art to the next level. The classes available for adults include live model Mondays, Friday night paintings, portrait and flesh tones bootcamps, oil painting, acrylic painting and watercolor painting.

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Mission Art Center
1730 N. Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92865
(714) 402-8535
missionartcenter.com

Owner and founder of Mission Art Center Shabnam has had a love for art since she was a young girl. That love for art led her to win many competitions and festivals. Her specialization includes realistic and portraiture oil painting, and she provides classes for both children and adults. The classes help students gain the self-esteem and satisfaction of completing a project. She offers a free lesson to new students if you aren’t sure if art is the right path for you.

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Barbel’s Art Center
17055 Newland Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 847-5414
barbelsartcenter.com

For more than 35 years, there are a variety of art lessons available for adults to explore their artistic creativity. The classes available range from the morning, afternoon and evenings. The various classes available include portraiture, landscapes, seascapes, still life and wildlife. The instructors come from various backgrounds and years of experience.

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La Habra Art Gallery
215 N. Orange St.
La Habra, CA 90631
(562) 691-9739
www.lahabraartgallery.org

The La Habra Art Association first started in 1955 to help promote local artists and provide a location for these artists to showcase their work. Beyond exhibiting the work, the location also provides lessons for the public to help them explore their artistic talents. The schedule of classes available include an open studio water medi and pastels on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is free for anyone wanting to join, but you will need to bring your own materials. Wednesdays from 7pm to 9 p.m. is a life drawing session that is $10 for the model fee and you will need to bring your own materials. There are many more art sessions available and the schedules are subject to change. Make sure to check in online or call in before heading to these classes.

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San Clemente Center For The Arts
1531 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 369-6603
scartsupply.com

The family-owned business was founded with the intent of providing quality products and the opportunity to explore art at a fair and reasonable cost. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, you will enjoy the products and the classes available at this space. Some classes available for adults include “how to watercolor succulents and cacti,” “abstract collage using Gelli Plates for mono printing supply list,” “An evening with artist Paul Bond” and much more. These classes are available to book online and are available at amazing rates.

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