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Discover Upcoming Classes at UpMarket Gallery

Begin the journey of artistic growth with UpMarket Gallery’s art classes, designed to help artists improve their skills, gain knowledge, connect with a supportive community, and expand their networks.

What Type of Art Classes can you Expect to Find in 2024?

After our Grand Opening in 2024, you can expect a diverse range of art classes at UpMarket Gallery, covering various mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media. Additionally, specialized workshops focusing on techniques, styles, and conceptual approaches will be offered to cater to different interests and skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner looking to explore your creativity or an experienced artist seeking to refine your craft, there will be something for everyone to engage with and learn from at UpMarket Gallery’s art classes.

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Painting Classes

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Calligraphy Classes

Drawing Classes

Drawing Classes

Mixed Media

Mixed Media


Leatherwork Classes

Jewelry Classes

Jewelry Classes

Meet Our Instructors

Michael Shemchuk

Michael Shemchuk is an abstract artist living and working in Northern California.

Largely self-taught, Shem did not emerge on the art scene in a conventional fashion. Following his native skills and sensitivities as an artist, his career has criss-crossed the world of applied arts and visual expression. Influenced by studies at the Academy of Art College and California State University, SF, Shem combined his love for photography, color, and abstraction. The result was an unusual amalgamation of interest and influences. Leveraging his practical skills, Shem supplemented his nascent career as a mixed media artist by practicing the craft of faux finish from the late eighties until 2000. His work from this period is evident in some of the most noteworthy homes and buildings in the Bay Area. With a keen eye for hue and value, Shem served as a color consultant to numerous architects and interior designers in and around Northern California. His day of reckoning came at the turn of the millennium, when he resolved to focus his efforts on painting and abstraction full time. With the support of his wife, noted interior designer Kathy Farley, he was all in.

Shem’s work has evolved over the last two decades, shaped directly by a close engagement with material and process. From the onset, Shem’s focus has been on abstraction and design. Influenced by his earlier faux finish work, Shem’s Meridian series, begun in the late nineties, used paint and plaster as primary media. In 2014, Shem became interested in the changes in art-making stemming from shifts in technology. His response was to re-evaluate traditional materials such as paper and paint, thus simplifying his approach to abstraction with the Tags series. In 2017, Shem was inspired to further his pursuit of abstraction and design by streamlining his materials and employing process as integral to his work. The result is his Surface Tension series, which is based on an organic process involving water, paper, pressure, friction, and time.

Donna Downey Artist

Donna Downey

I consider myself to be on a creative journey that continues to surprise me every time I step in front of my canvas. My paintings continue to evolve in style and technique, but one thing stays constant: I am in love with painting the human figure. I use unfinished lines and painterly strokes to express the emotional vulnerability of human existence in everyday life. The impermanence and fragility of life is the essential focus of my work.

I love to experiment with either a monochromatic palette or an explosion of vibrant colors, depending on my mood. The process of applying paint to canvas is an emotional experience for me and I even find it a bit sexy. Exploring the use of shadow and light as a push and pull of interest for the viewer is a constant theme in my art. I often start each painting with a simple concept or idea in mind then I start placing color throughout the canvas, letting the colors intuitively reveal the composition. The paintings develop in response to the energy created between myself and the paint. I use painting as a meditation and I deeply enjoy the never ending challenge to evoke a particular mood or emotion for the viewer.

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