Our free Family Workshops is one of our most exciting programs. It is an opportunity for families to come together for a few hours here in our studios to make art together! 

We know it's challenging to find time at home to organize art projects and sometimes art isn't offered during the school day, so we try to make this easy. All supplies included, just bring the family and be inspired!   

All workshops take place on the second Saturday of each month from 12:00-2:00pm. 

Register your family here

Below you will find descriptions for each 2017 workshop. Our projects are unique in keeping with our mission, we develop projects around local influential artists that have made an impact on the arts throughout California and the US. 

January 14
Millard Sheets
Watercolor and Oil painting

Kona Surf, 1982, California art by Millard Sheets. HD giclee art prints for sale at - original California paintings, & premium giclee prints for sale

(June 24, 1907 – March 31, 1989) was an American painter and a representative of the California School of Painting, later a teacher and educational director, and architect of more than 50 branch banks in Southern California.

The Millard Sheets Art Center first began as the Fine Arts Program of the Los Angeles County Fair in 1922. The 20,000+ square-foot art center was built in 1937 by the Works Progress Administration to house the program, the first major gallery dedicated solely to art in Los Angeles County. Each year the gallery provided visitors to the Los Angeles County Fair with access to art work found throughout the world. In 1994 the building was dedicated to Millard Sheets and in 2013 was identified by Fairplex as the home for year round art education and exhibitions and is currently a part of The Learning Centers at Fairplex.

Project Idea:
Create landscape collage using papers with different textures. Layer papers to add dimension and create perspective.
Students decorate papers with different colors and then use those to make a collage. Can cut shapes with scissors or tear paper to make more organic shape
Construction Paper
Tissue Paper
Glue/glue sticks

February 11
Milford Zornes
Utah, 1990 - Milford Zornes
Project Idea:
Create landscape using watercolor and tape.
Apply tape in shape of tree, paint over with watercolor to create background.
Using different colors and adding texture with salt.
Remove tape. Trees are created from the negative space.
Paint more detail into trees
Watercolor paper
Masking Tape
Table Salt
Blow dryer

March 11
Betty Davenport Ford
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During Ford’s early years she discovered the beauty of the animal form, a fascination that thematically reoccurred in her sculptures throughout her professional career. It was through the study of the form and anatomy of these creatures that Ford gained the ability to capture not only the likeness of her animal subjects, but their essence as well.

A professional sculptor, teacher and author, Betty Davenport Ford was born in Upland in 1924. She received her BA degree from Scripps College and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy in Michigan in 1950. Her award winning work has been exhibited throughout the country and she has taught at Scripps, Pasadena City College and throughout California for the Visual Arts Program. She created numerous public works of art including the large tiger of Chaffey High School in Ontario and several fountains for the Pomona Mall.
Project Idea:
Create animal sculpture from aluminum foil 
Use lamp to cast shadow and trace 
Explore the different forms made by different angles of light
Parent and child put their sculptures together to interact and explore the shapes made by the two figures
Sharpies or black markers
Aluminum foil
Pipe cleaners
Construction paper
Glue or tape to anchor object

April 11
David W Scott
Before joining what is now the National Museum of American Art, David W. Scott was criticized for his own abstract artwork in his home.'Storm Fragments' David W. Scott Original Abstract Mixed Media
Artist and art historian
Founding director of National Museum of Art
Raised in Claremont, CA
Studied under Millard Sheets
Project Idea:
Pick an instrumental or classical song and play it in class
Create an art work that reflects how you think the music looks 
How to express the feeling or spirit of music on paper
Paint, markers, paper
Beautiful abstract sketchbook paintings by Ashley Goldberg:

May 13
Karl Benjamin
(December 29, 1925 – July 26, 2012) was an American painter of vibrant geometric abstractions, who rose to fame in 1959 as one of four Los Angeles-based Abstract Classicists and subsequently produced a critically acclaimed body of work that explores a vast array of color relationships. Working quietly at his home in Claremont, CA, he developed a rich vocabulary of colors and hard-edge shapes in masterful compositions of tightly balanced repose or high-spirited energy. At once intuitive and systematic, the artist is, in the words of critic Christopher Knight, "a colorist of great wit and inventiveness."

Benjamin continued teaching in public elementary and middle schools until 1977, balancing his time in the classroom with work in his studio. He had a second teaching career from 1979 to 1994, when he was a professor and artist-in-residence at Pomona College in Claremont and taught classes at the Claremont Graduate School. He won National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1983 and 1989.

Project Idea:
Collaborative collage
PART 1: Students design and color papers with markers, paint. Once finished, put all the papers together and trade within the classroom. 
PART 2: Cut papers to make abstract collage, explore different compositions and textures that can be created with shapes, overlapping, weaving
Paint, paper, scissors, glue
Using 2-4 painted abstract pictures, cutting them up in strip and using them to create a new artwork by weaving the pieces. Would be fun to have the whole class create the papers, then I would cut it up and sort them by colors scheme. It would become a collaborative artwork.:

June 10
John Svenson
In this 1998 file photo, Upland sculpture John Svenson is seen siting with several pieces of his work at his studio.

Carved "Ranchero," the sculpture outside the Millard Sheets Art Center which was installed in 1953.
Has many other public works of art: Porpoise sculpture in Pomona 2nd St, Birds sculpture outside Montclair City Hall, and Ram sculpture in Rancho Cucamonga

John Svenson was born in Los Angeles in 1923 and grew up on a citrus grove in the Pomona Valley (Montclair). After WWII, the GI Bill allowed him to attend Claremont Graduate School to study art at Scripps and Pomona College. For many years he worked with sculptor Albert Stewart and artist/designer Millard Sheets. During his prolific career, Svenson produced over 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and many public works in California and Alaska. His sculpture and medallic work are held in numerous public and private collections in national and international locations. Teacher Albert Stewart and mentor Paul Manship nominated Svenson to the National Sculpture Society in 1966 and he advanced to “Fellow” in 1971.

Birds, fish and forest creatures were frequent themes, and although Svenson was not religious, he completed many ecclesiastical pieces, including at Claremont’s St. Ambrose Episcopal, Pomona’s Trinity Methodist and Montclair’s Our Lady of Lourdes. His world travels with his wife and his friendship with Tlingit Indians in Alaska influenced his work..

Project Idea
Learn about Tlingit Indians art, look at examples of their art and talk about how it influenced Svenson's work
Create scratch art with inspired by Tlingit art and Svenson (animals)
African Masks with Scratch Art Paper:

Sturdy paper or board
Oil pastels or crayon
Black acrylic of tempera paint to coat (Biocolor)


The Reed Fine Arts program provides advanced art courses in drawing and painting on a no-cost, scholarship basis to students who demonstrate a willingness to commit to an entire year of study. The mission of the Reed Fine Arts program is to support the ambition and passion of young artists to explore and unlock their creativity. Through a combination of weekly instruction, open studio, guided practice, and extracurricular responsibilities, our students will develop the skills needed to become the artists they dream to be.

Our students work within the Millard Sheets Art Center, a WPA building (Works Progress Administration) erected in 1937. The art center values the joy the arts bring to our lives and in the past has exhibited works by artists Henri Matisse, Auguste Rodin and Vincent Van Gogh and will continue in this tradition by nurturing the talent and beauty created by emerging artists.

The Reed Fine Arts Program is dedicated to improving the creative endeavors of our young artists and we hope you will join us on this incredible journey.

Program Overview

Students meet once a week, beginning with a five-week summer session and continuing with semester programs in fall and spring. The course concludes with an art exhibition and presentation of certificate of completion. Students who have successfully completed the Reed Fine Arts Program will have participated in 96 hours of classroom instruction, explored museums in and around Southern California, hung their artwork on the same walls that showcased Monet and Degas, learned from professionals in the art world, and discovered new career pathways in the arts.

Course Overview

Summer Session - 5 weeks

  • Drawing and painting techniques
  • Observational drawing
  • Figure studies
  • Theme development
  • Utilizes graphite, charcoal, conte crayon, acrylic paint, water mixable oils

Fall Session - 12 weeks

  • Color theory
  • Drawing and painting on location
  • Figure studies
  • Utilizes graphite, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic paint, canvas, graphite pencil, mixed media

Spring Session - 15 weeks

  • Advanced drawing and painting techniques
  • Drawing and painting on location
  • Advanced figure studies
  • Portraiture
  • Portfolio construction
  • Utilizes acrylic paint, canvas, graphite pencil, mixed media

Enrollment Requirements

The Reed Fine Arts Program offers 20 students the opportunity to join the program as a participant, working together as they advance through each stage of the curriculum. Our students participate at no cost and are provided all of the supplies necessary to accomplish the program goals. As such, it is necessary to select those students that best demonstrate the qualities and skills it will require to commit and successfully complete the year-long program. Students are asked to submit an application and supporting materials, as stated below, to be considered for one of the 20 positions. Students may also be asked to participate in an interview if further consideration is required.

Each student that applies to the Reed Fine Arts Program must submit the following:

  • Student application
  • Teacher recommendation
  • 2 representational drawings of artwork


March 1 - Applications available - Reed Fine Arts Application 
April 4 - Applications due
May 2 - Students notified

To learn more about the admission process, please contact Thomas Canavan –



is a pathway within our Career and Technical Education Center. The curriculum within CTEC Art focuses on 2D and 3D Design and meets here in the art center studios.

This program offers high school students an introduction to painting, drawing and ceramics with an emphasis on commercial arts and provides students with up to 10 vocational education credits they need toward graduation.

Please visit CTEC to learn more about CTEC Art and how you can participate.


Studio Arts - Winter Session 2017 - 
January 23 - March 27

Oil Painting Workshops - $50 

2nd Saturdays - 2 - 5 pm - Jan - June
(1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13, 6/10)

Instructor: Joe Pastor

The still-life workshops offer students an opportunity to learn painting in oils. We will have six Saturdays where we will paint still-life paintings in oil. We begin with an introduction (or review) in values study. In this workshop we will introduce a simple setup, composition, and the importance of values in composition.

In the second class we will explore a limited palette and the benefits of unifying a composition.  After that we can introduce working with a full range of colors. Register

Supplies for each course are not provided by the art center. All students are responsible for purchasing their own. A supply list is given to the students prior to the beginning of the course.

If the class does not meet the minimum enrollment of 10 students you have the option to enroll in another class or request a refund.

All fees are non-refundable, unless the class is cancelled.  



The 2017 season of Palates and Palettes is upon us!

Whether you're a novice or pro artist who also has a passion for fine dining and wines, all are invited to Palates & Palettes. Held each month, the events highlight a famous artist from a particular geographic location and guests, guided by an experienced art teacher, either recreate one of his famous works or use the art as inspiration. Meanwhile, cuisine and wines from the artist’s homeland are served.

Guests will be encouraged to work in the style of the featured artist for their paintings, which they will take home after the event.  The food, catered by Twisted Sage of San Dimas, and wines, provided by the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, will salute Klimt’s native Austria.  Cost is $75 per person and includes instruction, painting supplies, as well as the food and wine. Event size is no larger than 25 people to ensure everyone receives the support they need to create their own masterpiece. 


Attendees include everyone from students and art enthusiasts to those on a date and even entire families.

Space is limited and reservations are required.

Each Palates and Palettes runs from 6:30-9:30 pm and is located here at the Millard Sheets Art Center. Parking is free and located at Gate 1.

Instructor: Renee Brandenburg - Visit her website
Food: Chef Jolyn Thompson - Twisted Sage Cafe
Wine - Mary Ellen Cole - LA International Wine Competition


2017 P+P Schedule:
January 14 - Monet - France
February 11 - Van Gogh - Netherlands
March 11 - Dali - Spain
April 8 - Lichtenstein - US
May 13 - Picasso - Spain
June 10 - O'Keefe - US

Advanced registration only. Walk-in's unavailable. 

April details - 

Our April artist is Roy Lichtenstein who was a pop artist among others like Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns who became prominent in the 1960's and 70's. 


Roy Lichtenstein-Inspired


Our menu for April is:
New York Steak and Roasted Vegetable Kabob
Blue Cheese Potato and Stuffed Tomato
Fried Mac and Cheese
Mini Apple Pie Bite

Wine: On it's way!