Tōmye: Living Artist

Encouraging Art Engagement


Project / Workshops / Classes

You will not feel alone in the art class…  There are no more than 15 chairs set-up, which allows you and all participants, access to individual attention. Trust that a group setting with me leading as a knowledgeable Instructor, will give You good experiences.  I’m a patient person within an environment I like to maintain as calming. I’ve had my share of disparaging comments to overcome and stay inquisitive with the various ways to create Artworks.

However many classes it takes for You to tap into the substantial skills I’ve learned and continue to learn, teaching You will keep me positively engaged.

It’s fortunate to have skills that are considered worthwhile, especially these days.  My credibility is 15 years with the City of Oakland’s Office of Parks and Recreation (OPR) as a Recreation Specialist Visual Art Instructor.  The last 3 years I’ve offered classes within the historic Beaux Arts building that houses the popular performance center known as The Malonga Casquelourd Center For The Arts. That’s a rather longer name than the previous name, The Alice Arts Center.

This is what I’ve been told…Malonga Casquelourd was a drummer who offered his vast talents and advocacy for the Arts within The Alice before his untimely death. Subsequently the performance center was named after him.  Previous to working within the Malonga (that’s staff’s affectionate reference to the Center) I worked 12 years within Studio One Art Center.  I do get around.  In fact I offer throughout Oakland, classes and workshops within Senior Residences Activity Rooms / School District Classrooms and Business Board Rooms. I’ve a history in the Art world before working with the City of Oakland, but I want to stay on point.

See Class Updates/Schedule for more information.
Class rates vary depending on the class. If you’d like to be a participant, call (510) 238-7526 or email, tneal-madison@oaklandnet.com to receive the activity numbers, cost, procedure to pre-register and any other answers.

The location of The Malonga, 1428 Alice St., off 14th St. almost equal distance between Lake Merritt BART and Downtown Oakland 12th St. BART.

Previous Class Schedule

Moving Pictures: Artists Interpreting Axis
Tues. Feb. 5  &  Thurs. Feb. 7, 1:30 – 3:00
Sketch the action of the nationally renown “AXIS Dance Company” while members rehearse within a Malonga Casquelourd Center For The Arts performance studio. You should have some experience with quick figure drawings. Art materials are supplied, though you can bring your own pencil, color pencils or ink pen. Ages 21 and older.

Experimental Fused Glass
Sat. Feb. 16, 10:00-2:00 & Sun. Feb. 17, 2:00-3:30
Recyclers Come Out and Play with beer bottles, wine bottles and pieces of fuse-able colored glass. After cutting and breaking  the glass, design a unique garment pin, miniature award, paper weight  or your own creation. The instructor will place your glass in the kiln to fuse and cool overnight.  Return the following day to add whatever is needed  to complete your “Art Piece”.  No experience neccesary. Art materials are supplied, though you’re welcome to bring empty bottles & fuse-able glass.

Life Within Eyes
Wed. Feb. 20 & 27; 10:00-11:30 / also Wed. March 13, 20, 27 (with a model)
The art of capturing the various features which make up a face, will be taught in easy steps. The instructor is an accomplished portrait painter. Photos will be the primary reference to enable you to practice when not in the class. Pencil, charcoal, paint and paper will be provided. You’ll provide a willingness to take your time, and accomplish a complete portrait.

Beginning GIMP (Photoshop Like Program on PC)
Mondays, 6:30-8:00 Sept. 26,  Oct. 3, no Class Oct. 10, 17, 24 & Nov. 7        5 sessions

Sketching Public Art and Drawing
Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25               6 sessions

Fused Glass Mosaics  (17 & older)
Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 Sept. 20, 27. Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25                   6 sessions
Assemble fused glass pieces

Student Studio
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 Sept.  20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1                        7 sessions

Crock Pot Eats & Ceramics
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 & Nov. 1                              5 sessions
While participants take turns providing something to ad to the food to fill the air with savory smells, we’ll create hand built ceramic items. Dinner anyone!

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 4 sessions

Figure Drawing  at Studio One Art Center
Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM, Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, & 16, 9 sessions
Drawing models gives you real reference

Art Creativity for Children With Adult
Fridays,  10:00-11:30, Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 7 sessions

Seniors’ Open Mike
4th Friday, Sept. 23, Oct. 28, (no Mike in Nov. ) Dec. 23, 7:00-9:00 PM

Related Events

“Ceremonial Interpretations” Reception / Public Meet & Greet Artists / Light Refreshments
Thu. Oct. 6, 7:30-9:00 PM

“What On Earth” Local Artists Fine Art Auction
Thu. Nov. 17,  7:30-9:30 PM

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