Classes for 2017

2017 Classes for Adults  

Our Cancelation Policy:  Cancellation Prior to one week before start of class will be refunded or transferred, minus a $15 processing fee for each transfer or cancellation. (Transfer is good for one year.) Cancellation less than on week prior to first day of class or after class begins will not receive a refund or transfer. If the Sebastopol Center for the Arts cancels a class, you will receive a full refund.



Sonoma County Book Arts Guild

Make books, alter books, or want to learn to make books? Contact Dena Bliss 707.324.9301 about SoCoBAG.

LifeLines — Memoir Writing Workshop
Instructor: Suzanne Sherman

Our lives are filled with memorable experiences, important relationships, and transformative events. Here’s your chance to write about some of yours, for personal pleasure or publication.

You’ll learn useful memoir craft:
•How to shape a story
•How to bring your stories to life (show and tell)
•How to write dimensional characters

You’ll get constructive feedback on writings done at home as you build a collection of short memoirs and grow your writing skills. There are occasional short writings from writing prompts. Limited to 10.

Mon, 1-3p 
$325 new members; $295 continuing members

Jul 10-Aug 28  
September 11 - October 30

Fireside Room
Register with Suzanne at 707.478.3819 or

Fall Poetry Workshop: Let’s Write Now
Instructor: Ellery Akers

Jumpstart your poetry in this playful, supportive workshop. We’ll do a lot of breakthrough exercises— childhood memories, surrealism, persona—and have fun coming up with pages of new material. We’ll also explore craft, language, voice, rhythm, and repetition.

4 Sun, 2-4:30p
Oct 29-Dec 3 (No class Nov 19 & 26)
$200 member/$205 non-member
Fireside Room

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Ceramics "Drop In" Open Studio *NEW HOURS*

Non-instructed studio time for experienced potters,
for hand-building, sculptural & wheel work.
Studio has 8 wheels, slab roller, extruder, glazes &
electric kilns (fire cone 5.) No production potters.
For ages 14+ Questions?
Mon, 9a-12:30p
Tues, 6-9p
(cancelled if no one shows by 7pm)
Wed, 11:30a-3p
Thurs, 9a-12:30p
Sat, 9a-12:30p
Sat, 12:30-4p (each Saturday session requires
a separate open studio fee)
$60/6 session punch card
$90/10 session punch card
$12 per session/$6 if currently enrolled in an
SCA ceramics class
$30 clay, includes glaze & firing. All clay
must be purchased from SCA.

**NOTICE: When you purchase this card, please print out your receipt/proof of purchase and bring it with you to any open studio session. You can show your receipt to the facilitator, who will hand you your punch card. We do not ship punch cards after purchase, they must be redeemed in studio.

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Holiday Pottery Class *THIS CLASS IS FULL*
Instructor: Randy Snyder

Come play with clay and make gifts for the holidays. This class will focus on the potters wheel learning to wedge, center, and pull the clay to create bowls, cups, and vases. Other techniques like pinch, slab, and coil will also be covered. We will glaze and high fire our finished projects. Great for beginning and seasoned potters trying to bring it to the next level.
Sign up early space limited.

6 Thurs, Nov 9 - Dec 21(no class Nov 23) 6:30pm- 9pm
$150 members/$155 non-member
$30 materials
Ceramics Studio

Beginning Figurative Sculpture
Instructor: Sandy Frank 

Come join this 4-week hands-on course where students will sculpt the human figure from live models in clay. We will utilize basic techniques to understand the main building blocks to approach the human form. This class will cover proportion, anatomy, gesture and composition.  The first hour will contain instruction and exercises in technique.  A 3-hour pose will start at 10am and run to the end of the session. Clay, tools and firing are included. A separate model fee of $50 will be charged at the beginning of the class to cover the cost of the models.

Oct: 4 Fri, October 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov-Dec: 4 Fri, November 10, 17, December 1, 8
$210 member/$215 non-member
$50 model fee due at first class (not included)
Ceramics Studio

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Intermediate/Advanced Figurative Sculpture
Instructor: Sandy Frank

Come join this 4-week hands on group where we will sculpt the human figure from live models in water-base clay.  A 3-hour pose will start at 10am. We will have 2 different models each coming for 3 sessions.  This class is for sculptors who have already have experience with clay and the figure and would like to further explore with a live model. Clay, tools and firing are included. A separate model fee of $50 will be charged at the beginning of the class to cover the cost of the models.

Oct: 4 Fri, October 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov-Dec: 4 Fri, November 10, 17, December 1, 8
$155 member/$160 non-member
$50 model fee due at first class (not included)
Ceramics Studio

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Tuesday Morning Drawing Group

Group meets from 9 AM to 12 noon every Tuesday morning.
No registration required. Must be over 18 years of age.
Group has live model, no instructor. We have tables, chairs, and free standing easels.
$60 per month or $20 drop in fee.
If you have questions, contact Joyce at:

Go Figure!
Facilitator: James Curtis

Non-instructed, open studio figure study sessions. Draw, paint or sculpt the human figure from a live model in a well-lit studio. All levels welcome. Bring your own materials. No turpenoid or turpentine solvents! Tables, easels, sink, lighting and model set up provided. Must be 18.

Every Wed, 7-10pm
 Fee: $50/4-prepaid sessions / $15 single session

Photography or sketching on occasional Fri or Sat 7-9pm

Register at: 707.332.7877 or

Thursday Watercolor Group 
No instructor

Painting for fun, encouraging each other.
Thurs  9:30 - 11:30 am
Fee: $10 month/$5 drop-in
Register at:

Drawing Nature
Instructor: Nina Antze

Colored pencils are a fun, safe, and portable way to express oneself artistically.  Learn the basics of colored pencil drawing, including blending, burnishing, and impressed line, and apply them to botanical studies. Ongoing class; all levels welcome. Contact Nina at for space availability & supply list.

Tuesdays, ongoing
Per month: $84 member/$89 non-member
Contact instructor for space availability.

Drawing Nature for Beginners
Instructor: Nina Antze

Learn to draw & use colored pencils! Learn techniques using simple shapes that relate to nature and the basics of using colored pencils. This ongoing class focuses on the process of observing, drawing, and adding color to your work. Contact Nina at for space availability & supply list.

Session 1: Tuesdays, 1-3:30pm
Per month: $70 members/$75 non-members
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room

Session 2: Wednesdays, 9-11:30am
Per month: $70 members/$75 non-members
Fireside Room

The Creative Process in Watercolor
Instructor: Jean Warren

We’ll use design principles, color theory and watercolor techniques to discover who we are as artists and how we can visually tell our stories and experiences. Come play with the paint and appreciate watercolor’s immediacy and versatility. Demos, individual help and critiques. Jean’s paintings are represented in public, corporate and private collections and she is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. Materials list:, 707-875-9240

2017 Dates:
Sept 27 – Nov 1 *THIS CLASS IS FULL*
Nov 8 – Dec 13 *THIS CLASS IS FULL*

2018 Dates:

Jan 10 - Feb 14
Feb 21 - Mar 28
Apr 4 - May 9

6 Weds, 10am-1pm
$135 / $130 members
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room

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Artists and Models Night: Figure Painting Long Pose
Instructors: Richard Wisinski and Stanley Mouse

Figure painting & drawing of one of our many captivating models for a three hour pose.
Gain momentum in your figure painting style, color palette and design. Come paint with an inordinately talented group get pointers, give pointers, realize your figure and portraiture ambitions.

Mon, ongoing 7-10p
$25 per session/ $100 per month
Painting/Drawing/Weaving room
To register, contact Richard Wisinski at 707-486-9904 or

Mix Those Media! Expressive Painting and Design Workshop
Instructor: Susan Cornelis,

Explore rich textures and spontaneous applications of inks, acrylics, collaged papers, dry media and more. This workshop is designed to engage your intuitive voice while offering tools and guidance to carry you through to finished paintings. New lessons for returning students, and beginners welcome! 

Sat, Nov 11 and Sun, Nov 12, 2017
10am-4pm both days
$160 member/$165 non-member
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room
Register with Susan at or call 707-824-8163

SoulCentric PaintingTM
Instructor: Mardi Storm

Freely express yourself in this safe, nurturing space for honoring your intuition and allowing whatever wants to be seen to magically appear under your brush! In this class we practice deep self-acceptance, while simultaneously feeling witnessed and held. For artists and artists-at-heart, get some “me time” with this act of self-love. This is a fun and colorful practice for honing the skills of listening to one’s inner guidance, heal the inner (creative) child, and open to deeper connection with self and others. No art experience necessary. There is ample support for individual process and journey.

Tuesdays 4-7pm
Fee: $35 a class if purchase a package of 4, $40 drop-in. Includes all materials.
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Studio
Register: 707-872-5577 or 415-515-7995, or email via

Mixed Media Photo Lab *Postponed*
Instructor: Justine Reichman 

Come experience how mixed media can turn a photograph into something even more extraordinary. Instructor Justine Reichman will guide you through the process of seeing the world of possibilities in a single black and white photo by exploring the addition of color, shapes, and textures. No two creations are the same! Participants will first alter a print of a photo provided by the instructor, and then will alter a print of a photo they provide- a perfect opportunity to express yourself and to be inspired by important moments in your own life. Two large prints are included in class cost. $15 materials fee due to instructor on first day of class.

5 Wed, Jan. 17th - Feb. 14th
Before Jan 10th:
$170 member/$175 non-member plus $15 materials fee due to instructor
After Jan 10th:
$190 member/$195 non-member plus $15 materials fee due to instructor
Fireside Room

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Pattern Weaving for the Home
Instructor: Marta Shannon

A mixed level class open to both new and experienced weavers. Beginners will weave a sampler, learning the complete process from designing, warping, weaving, to finishing the fabric. (sample warp fee $5) More experienced weavers may focus on weaving something for the home… placemats, table runners, pillows, towels etc…in a pattern of your choice. We will learn about choosing appropriate materials, reading your pattern, and how to adopt your pattern to your project. Materials not included. Shaft looms available courtesy of the Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts.
6 Thurs, 9:30a-12:30p
Sep 14 - Oct 19
$145 members/ $150 non-members
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room

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Weaving for the Holidays
Instructor: Marta Shannon

Weave something extra special for giving or using during the holidays. Your choice of project... pattern or plain, skinny or wide, sparkly or sedate! Scarves, shawls, placemats, table runners, tea towels... great gift ideas or use it on your holiday table. Open to all levels including Rigid Heddle weavers (with their own loom). Materials not included. Shaft looms available courtesy of the Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts.
6 Thurs, 9:30a-12:30p
Nov 2 – Dec 14 (no class Thanksgiving, November 23)
$145 members / $150 non-members
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room

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Basic Weaving & Double Weave
Instructor: Marta Shannon

A mixed level class where new weavers will experience the complete process from measuring a warp, dressing the loom, weaving a sampler using basic threading and treadling patterns, through finishing techniques. More experienced weavers will focus on learning the basics of double weave by making a double weave sampler and then, time allowing, weave a project of their choice. Materials fee for sampler $5. Project cost will vary. 4 and 8 shaft looms available courtesy of the Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts.

8 Thurs, 9:30am-12:30pm
January 11- March 1, 2018
$190 members/$190 non-members
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room

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Women’s Zen Meditation
Teacher: Hoka Chris Fortin

Relaxed forms and dialog. Beginning and experienced meditators welcome. 
Movement Studio
Tues, 5-6:30pm, Drop in, $10 donation
Information at: 707.527.8106 or

Rosen Method of Movement
Instructor: Elizabeth Brennan

Rosen movements are based on physical therapy.  They increase balance and mobility, engage the core, lubricate joints, and improve range of motion. Done in a circle, to a background of world music, the movements invite the body to relax, move and release underlying muscle and emotional tension. Experience the joy of moving with ease not only in class, but in your daily life.  Come join us!

Tues ongoing, 10:30-11:30a
Fri ongoing, 9:30-10:30a
$12 per class, $15 drop-in
Movement Studio (entrance rear of building, top of ramp)
Register with Elizabeth at or 707-486-5305

Awareness Through Movement
Instructor: Chris Stribling

Are you ready to feel better? Reduce pain? Let go of unnecessary tension? You can experience comfort and a sense of ease as you learn to reorganize your body in new and more effective ways. Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® lessons consist of comfortable easy movements. These verbally guided lessons can be done by anyone, regardless of age or physical ability. Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a blanket or matt to lay on. Learn to move smarter not harder.

Fri, ongoing 11a-12p
$10 per class with 6-class package/$15 drop in
Movement studio (entrance at back of building)
To register, contact Chris at