Digital Illustration: 2-day Procreate Workshop with Fred Ventura

Alissa Maddren

Digital Illustration: 2-day Procreate Workshop with Fred Ventura

WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., Morro Bay, CA 93442
WHEN: Saturday, March 9 from 1-3pm AND Saturday, March 16 from 1 - 3pm
COST: $60 MBAA Members / $70 Non-MBAA Members

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present a workshop exploring digital art techniques with artist Fred Ventura, PhD., on Saturday, March 9 from 1-3pm & Saturday, March 16 from 1 - 3pm.

  • Basic Tools and Working with Layers
  • Tips and Tricks, and Symmetry
  • Simulated Artistic Effects and Special Brushes

Each 2-hour workshop introduces students to the basics of creating digital art using an iPad, Apple Pencil, and the Procreate App. This class will emphasize the steps artists take to create amazing images using digital tools.

In this course, students will experience step-by-step demonstrations that allow for individual guidance and real-time interactions between the teacher and participants. The goal will be to complete several digital works of art with increasing complexity.

In this workshop, we will use an iPad, and Apple Pencil, and Procreate. This class is appropriate for those with no prior experience and anyone who wishes to improve their skills.

About the instructor: Fred creates vibrant, bold, and detailed paintings. He uses contrasting colors with precise brush or pen work to create appealing images of natural subjects. In pursuing his artistic goals, he has embraced the use of an iPad with an Apple Pencil. His work also includes traditional watercolor and acrylic paintings, however digital is now his preferred medium. His recent artwork, “Rainforest Rhapsody” exemplifies his style.

Drawing inspiration from the beauty and awesomeness of nature, Fred is a long-time Central Coast resident. As an undergraduate, he studied painting and drawing at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Fred ultimately earned a master’s degree and doctorate in education from UCSB. He taught in the Conejo Valley and at California Lutheran University. Fred, with his wife Marne, started a software company in 1982 and continues to develop educational apps that are sold exclusively by Apple Computer through the App Store.

Through his work, he continues to expand his knowledge and skills in computer graphics and software development. In addition, he collaborates with other local artists through local art groups and by teaching a variety of art classes including watercolor and digital art for the community. Fred admires and his work is influenced by well-known artists such as Henri Rousseau, Wassily Kandinsky, M.C. Escher, and Kranyansky. These artists and others have influenced his artistic journey.

Connect with other artists and learn digital art techniques. This workshop is designed for beginners and appropriate for intermediate artists. An iPad, Apple Pencil, and Procreate App are needed.

Questions should be addressed to Fred Ventura at or (805) 709-2281.