Current Classes & Workshops
Tues 5-6 pm
This class is aimed at young-at-heart artists of all ages who like to draw and/or want to learn to draw better. Ernie will share her tricks of the trade while you re-imagine characters from Mother Goose. All you need to bring with you is creativity.
Wed 4-5 pm
Undertale is a computer game where you play as a human child who has fallen into the "Underground" and is on a quest to return to the surface. In each class you will draw, ink and color a character from Undertale.
Wed 5-6:30 pm
Kubo & the Two Strings tells the story of Kubo, son of the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known, and friends Monkey & Beetle. Inspired by Kubo, the class will focus on print making, using foam and wood to create blocks, then printing Japanese-style scrolls.
Fri 4-5 pm
Inspired by Little Witch Academia, the tale of a near-disastrous autumn festival at a school for witches, this class focuses on drawing anime figures. Learn about “shape psychology” in design and creating "showy" personalities.
Fri 5-6:30 pm
In this class inspired by Pokemon Go you’ll have an opportunity to build pocket-sized Pokemon of your own. Each week you'll get to form, bake and paint a different character using oven-bake polymer clay. For this class we'll build without armatures. Mini-sculptures will stand on their own.
Supported by a Muller-Nivens grant.
Jagged Lines of Imagination Academy is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting art as a vital component to developing self-expression and character.
- From 2006-2015 JLI, operating as a tax-exempt nonprofit, developed an art studio and all-ages educational programs at various locations in Stockton. In 2015 JLI accomplished a primary part of its mission by establishing a public art studio where young artists can learn and practice art skills under the leadership of professional artists.
- The Academy now provides all ages art classes out of that art studio, located at the Podesto Teen Impact Center (725 N El Dorado in Stockton), while the Family Resource & Referral Service supports the studio and pays expenses through grants, sponsorships and tax deductible donations.
- The Academy now serves as a promotional arm for the TIC/JLI art studio, offers on-line learning resources, and continues to develop career-oriented art education programs for artists of all ages, and classroom-oriented art integration programs for teachers.
JLI Lead Artists
Lead Artist Ernie Martin
Ernestine Luke (professionally Ernie Martin) has owned and operated her own business – Custom Art Designs – since 1978. During that time she’s met client demand by turning her hand to everything from sign painting, through wall murals to the more exotic realms of tattoo art and airbrush paintings on motorcycle gas tanks.
Ernie’s personal art tends toward the fantastic – mermaids, fairies and wonderful animals. She works in all mediums, but favors pen & ink, charcoal and pastels.
Ernie studied art at Fresno City and San Joaquin Delta colleges but credits her skills to apprenticing with her own father, artist Don Martin. That experience informs Ernie’s teaching. She focuses on what students can already do, and invariably encourages them to exercise their creativity. She teaches them that she’d rather see something new than something perfect.
Ernie joined JLI’s team of Lead Artist’s early in 2015 and has become a loyal volunteer and supporter of JLI’s mission. She is also an active member of Art Expressions of San Joaquin, showing her work regularly at area galleries and art events.
Lead Artist Betsy Luntao
Betsy has been developing and leading classes and workshops, especially focusing on figure drawing, for JLI since 2011. Her personal art mission is to “aid blossoming artists in developing their art skills with which they can tell their stories.”
Betsy grew up watching cartoons and animated films, wanting to be an animation style artist from the age of 12. She still loves animation to this day and enjoys being able to connect with younger generations through animation and love of drawing. Betsy attended and graduated San Joaquin Delta College with an AA in Liberal Arts in 2005. She then founded the Graphic Cartel, a group of Stockton cartoonists who continue to meet and draw together to this day.
Before joining JLI Betsy worked freelance as a mural painter, website designer, graphic artist, private art tutor, and caricature artist. From 2011 to 2014 she attended Academy of Art University in San Francisco, graduating with an AA in Visual Development Art for Animated Feature Film. She is currently writing how-to-draw books in her free time. Betsy also serves the community as a volunteer instructor for non-violent self-defense.