About Us

Our goal is to share the rewards of art: learning new techniques, self exploration and keeping art fun.

“I hope that my students realize they can do more now than they ever thought possible, while eliminating fear from the creative experience.”

The Chico Art School & Gallery, conveniently located in downtown Chico, offers children over age 7 and adults ongoing instruction in painting and drawing.

Janet Lombardi Blixt opened the Chico Art School in 2009, where students learn the basics of drawing and painting in a fun, supportive environment. They work with various mediums, including charcoal, watercolor, tempera, colored pencils and watercolor pencils. More advanced students can work in acrylics, pastel, oil and collage. Perspective, shading, cartooning, art history, painting methods, and much more are discussed.

Instruction is given in small class settings, allowing individual attention. The school nurtures the creative spirit in all of us, no matter what skill level.  Home school, after school, private and evening classes are offered.  Weekly classes run year long and the popular summer camps are held annually. We also do super fun birthday parties!

Visit the gallery to view Janet’s latest icon of Chico landmarks and rotating guest artist’s work.  Janet has been voted 1st place Best Local Artist for seven years in the Chico News & Review competition, and Best Instructor for two years.  Gallery hours are during class times and by appointment.