Exploration of your creative self


We are excited about the coming of summer with longer days; more time for art! We have several new art classes, workshops and instructors. In addition to classic art training such as drawing, painting and printmaking, we have more than 50 unique art, craft  and creativity classes from which to choose. Many classes are for beginning students, some are for an experienced creative person and all are to foster your inner exploration of your creative self.

  • Mosaic
  • Soul Collage©
  • Jewelry Making
  • Digital Photography
  • Weaving
  • Zentangle®
  • Children’s Art Camp
  • Mixed Media
  • Paper Mache and more

Spring and Summer art classes are now ready for your enrollment. Please visit Bravo’s Website to see the creative possibilities. All registration buttons should be published on our website within the week!

This summer Bravo School of Art and Theatre Arts School of San Diego team up once again to create one-of-a-kind arts camp experiences for children, ages 7 – 11. Campers can “Globe Trot with the Arts” as they explore the world of visual and performing arts taught by professional artist teachers

In the meantime, we have many workshops from which to choose during April.

Our 20+ instructors are anxious to teach you a new art technique or help you improve your skills. Please visit our website to see what’s new for 2014.
See you in the studio!


So many to pick from. So little time

The next four days are jam-packed full of art classes at Bravo School of Art. How do you pick just one?? Can you attend them all?? I say yes, Yes, YES!!!!

•  SHOOT WITH A PRO… Walk around historic NTC Promenade with professional photographer, John Thurston as he guides you to put your camera and your skills through their paces? Have some fun shooting great photographs of the City Skyline, wildlife along the bay, and the architecture of Liberty Station. Your imagination is the limit and it’s time to exercise it! Specially scheduled: Saturday, July 16   9 – 11am. Register now!

•  WATERCOLOR BOTANICAL … Last chance this summer to learn from the best. Helen Shafer Garcia will focus on luminous watercolor techniques used when painting flowers and plants. Explore wet into wet, dropped in color and resist methods creating magnified, close-up botanical compositions. Learn about color combinations and the use of metallic, iridescent and interference watercolors. Saturday, July 16    10am – 4pm. Register now!

•  WIRE WRAPPED BRACELET…  Create a beautifully crafted bracelet (or anklet) using copper and your favorite beads. Learn the proper technique for making secure evenly wrapped eye-pins to connect your beads in style. A graceful wire clasp that’s easy to secure will complete your new bracelet. Sunday, July 17   9am – 12pm. Register now!

WEAVE A BEAUTIFUL SCARF… Christie Dunning will teach you the simple yet satisfying process of weaving. Complete a hand woven scarf in this one-day introduction to weaving. Explore and experiment with up to 15 different patterns, using all kinds of yarn, from plain to very novel! Monday, July 18   10am – 4pm. Register now!

Weave a Beautiful Scarf

Look and think about gratitude

What are YOU grateful for??

My gratitude box

I am grateful for my family, my husband, art, abundant food, education, weaving, painting, opportunity, pickles, Mac computers, color, pattern, good health, my home, electricity, running water, roads, cars, good weather, air, Utah desert, memory, friends, my dog, peace, love, tie-dye, heritage, legacy, laws, freedom, the right to choose, telephones, wireless, wine, self confidence, heat, wind, mail…

I’m teaching a workshop on Monday at Bravo School of Art called, Gratitude Box. Join me for this fun class. Make your list.


Lauren Becker Downey

Create a 3-dimensional collage where gratitude and your innate creativity will be explored. Collage is the ultimate playground of materials, mediums and synchronicity. Use copies of photographs, images from magazines, trinkets, maps, greeting cards, buttons, cut and torn textured and patterned papers, paint, ink and other mediums to tell your story. You will be reminded of the riches and positive moments in your life. Be amazed at what is possible through this process of allowing and intending, as you experience the flow of creativity. Please bring a cardboard shoe box.

$55 Bravo member / $63 non-member

Material fee $8

Monday, June 13 & 20     3 – 5pm