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At Academy of Fine Art in the Pines, students work on individual projects during regular class hours.  We teach acrylic, oil, pastel, charcoal, drawing, gouache, conte, plein air and watercolor painting.  We also offer highly advanced seminars in all of these media.  At times we offer sculpture classes as well.  Please refer to our workshop page for advanced classes.


Wednesday thru Friday 10:30 to 1:00   and   3:30 to  5:30

Saturday 9:30 to 11:30


All Prices can be prorated should a student wish to upgrade:

1 class $30

2 classes  $50

4 classes  $85

8 classes  $100

Classes are to be used one month from date of first class.  Exceptions for emergencies or vacations.

Some scholarships available for siblings if the family is disadvantaged.


Come and paint with Charles White,

one of the top 10 artist in the United States who is also on the Faculty of the Plein Air convention and with Vanda Lavar, owner of Academy of Fine Art in the Pines. 

This is a rare opportunity to paint with two highly experienced artist at once , both who will be guiding our Plein Air painting experience at the beautiful, Lava Cap Winery.

Lava Cap Winery located at 2221 Fruitridge Rd, Placerville, CA 95667.  Please see sample images from previous events