! FREE !

'Plein Air/On Location' 

Irving Art Association sponsored Workshops and Classes:

FREE Basic Art Classes 




Contact: IAA Workshop Chair Cynthia Padilla

Supplies: A $5 supply fee due to the instructor collected at first class.



Scribble, Splash, Smash!
Discover the art-making processes to match your natural abilities in this unique immersion in drawing [scribble]; painting [splash], and then mixed media combining of any or all [smash] ! Ideal for the complete novice, the journaler desiring to add image to word, or the advanced artist needing a creativity stretch. From the newest alternative applications. Lecture or demo of each technique, followed by one-on-one guidance and then time spent in personal exploration.
End product can be a workbook of techniques and exercises. (An invaluable resource to refer back to for years to come).
[Series below arranged in a suggested order but sign in to any or all in any order. Discount for registration of the series].

WorkshopScribble! (Dry Media Exploration)
WorkshopSplash! (Wet Media Exploration)
WorkshopSmash! (Mixed Media Exploration) 

2015 'Scribble/Splash/Smash' Workshops
Spring 2015:
Workshop: 'Splash!' (1) Sun. March 22,  1- 5pm. Creative Arts Center, Dallas, TX. Register:

Summer 2015:
Workshop: 'Scribble' July 1- 5pm. Creative Arts Center, Dallas, TX. 
Workshop: 'Splash' July 1- 5pm. Creative Arts Center, Dallas, TX

2013 'Scribble/Splash/Smash' Workshops
Collin College Cont Ed Plano, TX
Creative Arts Center, Dallas, TX. 

2013 'Scribble/Splash/Smash' Demos
Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, TX for the CAC [Creative Arts Center].
NorthPark Center Mall, Dallas, TX for the CAC

2012 'Scribble/Splash/Smash' Demos
Rockwall Art League

Am I presenting this fun demo/workshop to your venue? Request me! 


Workshop: Fashion

Workshops/Classes/Private Lessons/ Camps/ Retreats to Youth/'Tween/Teen/Adult/Community audiences across the USA, Canada, Internationally with Cynthia Padilla. Am I coming to your town? Request me:
  • Fashion Sketching & Illustration
  • Fashion Design 
  • Sewing
  • Needle Arts
  • Silk Painting
  • Textile Arts & Design


When: (8) Tue. 1 - 4pm. Jan Sept 4, 11,18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16  
Where: CAC
(8) weeks, Tuesdays, Jan 19 - March 15, 2015. 1:00 - 4:00 P.M.


Fashion Design l 
Where: Collin College Cont Edu 
Courtyard Center Campus, 4800 Preston Park Blvd., Plano, TX.
Emphasis on heavy sketching practice of the fashion figure, compiling a silhouettes, garments and an overview of color mediums standard to the industry.
Supply List:

Fashion Design ll 
Where: Collin College Cont Edu 
Courtyard Center Campus, 4800 Preston Park Blvd., Plano, TX.
Course Description: Explore the basic principles of developing silhouette illustrations to fashion industry standards. Emphasis on heavy sketching practice, language of silhouettes, basic principles of proportion of the fashion figure and an introduction to color.


Workshops: Pastel

Workshop: Pastel Interested in pastels but don’t know how to get started? Sign up to an introductory level class designed for the true beginner or those desiring to review technique by learning the principles through practice and exploration, not producing finished pastel paintings. Emerge with an invaluable workbook sampler of exercises, notations
Retuning artists work on advanced techniques toward small pastel studies and projects of their choice.

Workshop: Pan Pastels - Introduction and Exploration
A new and exciting pastel product uniquely packed in a pan format! [Think old school glam rouge]. Complete beginners to pastel are introduced to pastel basics such as blending, layering, mark making.   

Pastel painters explore how with this new ultra soft, low dust, highly pigmented pastel in a pan, they can now cover backgrounds in one swath,  layer thin glazes, block in colors, and  or achieve painterly effects with water by adding  this new medium to the existing tools and materials.

Workshop: Pastel
Workshop: Introduction to Pastel
Workshop: Pastel Essentials
Workshop: 'Mastering Mediums - Pastel
Workshop: Sketching from the Masters 
Workshop: Figure Drawing – Clothed & Costumed - Pastel
Workshop: Portrait - Pastel 
Workshop: Landscape - Pastel 
Workshop: Intro to Figure Drawing - Pastel 


Workshops: Pencil

FREE Basic Drawing Classes in September
Cynthia Padilla  instructs Basic Drawing for the Irving Art Association (IAA) Sept. 4, 11 & 18, 2014. (3) Thurs evenings 7-9pm. Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving, TX. Register online Free Basic Art Classes page

Drawing Supply List:

$5 supply fee, due to instructor first class meeting, provides your use of supplies and materials. You are welcome, however,  to bring in your own drawing supplies and materials to learn how to use what you have or to compare yours with instructors favorite brands ... both invaluable lessons.
You Bring:
o   Pen, Pencil, Eraser - Any.

o   Sketchpad - Spiral bound. 8 1/2 x11 or 9 x12  pad of drawing paper or sketching paper.  Note: This item is very specific to lesson plan. Do not sub out with something other than these specs.
Workshop: Introduction to Pencil
Interested in all the many drawing mediums but don’t know which or where to get started? This introduction is for both the true beginner as well as returning students desiring to advance technique via practice and exploration, not producing finished works. Emerge with an invaluable workbook sampler of exercises, notations and small pencil studies.

Workshop: Pencil
Begin a workbook sampler of techniques, exercises and notations.

Workshop: Scribble! (Pencil Exploration)
Discover the art-making processes to match your natural drawing abilities in this unique immersion in dry mediums.

Workshop: Sketching from Photographs
Sketching from your own photographs or instructor supplied reference. 

Workshop: Sketching from the Masters  
Sketch inspired by the works of the Great Masters of drawing.

Class: Quick Sketching - On Location 
An introduction to working ‘on location.