Upcoming Classes

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

The Sonoma County Book Arts Guild is a membership organization whose purpose is the making of books — book forms, blank books and books with content.  Each month we have a workshop on some aspect of book making or related paper arts.  For more information, contact Dena Bliss at 829-1732. 

LifeLines — Memoir Writing Workshop
Instructor: Suzanne Sherman

Fireside Room
Mondays, 1pm-3pm

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. www.suzannesherman.com.

$325 new members; $295 continuing members
Register with Suzanne at 707.478.3819 or suzannesherman@sonic.net.


Writing from the Body Workshop for Women
with Margo Perin

One Day Workshop
May 12: 10-4pm
Fireside Room

Our bodies are the storehouses of our experiences and the source of our most potent storytelling. When we write from the body, the home of our intuition and most authentic self, we are able to release our most compelling narrative voice(s), put form to our stories, and move toward transformation. In this writing workshop, you will be introduced to a wide range of writing techniques and exercises and leave the workshop with a deeper understanding of craft and your own individual creative process.

$175 members
$180 non-member 

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Ceramics "Drop In" Open Studio *NEW HOURS*

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)

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? info@sebarts.org

$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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Pit Fired Pottery
Instructor: Joel Bennett

Ceramics Studio
5 Weds, April 4- May 2  7pm-9:30
5/12 at Dillon Beach

Explore the techniques used by potters over the centuries to burnish (polish) their work, rendering a smooth, hard, and shiny surface, in lieu of using glazes.  Traditional hand building, wheel throwing, and surface decoration techniques will be covered. The final session will be pit firings, involving both greenware, and bisque fired ware.

Class fee: $150.00
To register contact jclayart@sbcglobal.net or call (707) 887-1631


Spring in to Pottery *This Class is Full*
Instructor: Randy Snyder

Come play with clay.  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.
Ceramic Studio
6 Thurs,  April 12-May 17  6:30pm- 9pm
Fee $150.00 member/$155 non-member + $30.00 material fee.


Earth Magic Ceramics Generational - Ages 5 to Adult
Instructor: Meryl Juniper

April 9th-May 21st
7 Mondays  3:30-5:30
April 12th-May 17th
6 Thursdays  3:15-5:15
Ceramics Studio

Delve into your intuition & inspiration in a supportive open studio environment. Experience being masterfully guided in technique, enlivening your practice, passion, presence & play. Align your somatic imagination within the affects of a grounding medium, working on hand-building, potters wheel, surface treatment, glazing techniques, of functional wares & sculptural forms. Being in the heart of true community, as we enjoy the spark & influence of IntraGeneration creativity & learning through expression.
Mondays Tuition: $125
Thursdays Tuition: $105
(10% Discount each additional family member)
$30.00 Materials Fee... 25lbs of clay $30.00 - paid to SCA

Space is Limited... Pre-Registration Required
Please send a check for the registration fee to hold your spot.
Or use my email address to deposit the fee into my PayPal account.
Meryl Juniper
7755 Bodega Avenue
Sebastopol, CA  95472
Home 707.823.5843
Cell    707.477.6069
Email  meryljuniper@gmail.com


Visual Arts

Tuesday Morning Drawing Group 

(no courses will take place July 9- August 10)

Painting & Drawing Room
Tuesdays 9am-12pm

No registration required. Must be over 18 years of age.

Group has live model, no instructor. We have tables, chairs, and freestanding easels.

Fee: $60 per month or $20 drop in
If you have questions, contact Joyce at: joycebobart@aol.com

Go Figure!
Facilitator: Chris Mckee

Painting & Drawing Room
Wednesday 7pm-10pm
Photography or sketching on occasional Fri or Sat 7-9pm

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.

Fee: $50/4-prepaid sessions / $15 single session

Register at: Text 707.318.4405 or email Chrisamckee@me.com

Thursday Watercolor Group
No instructor

Painting & Drawing Room
Thursdays 9:30 - 11:30 am
Painting for fun, encouraging each other.

Fee: $10 month/$5 drop-in
Register at: dluizartist@gmail.com

Drawing Nature
Instructor: Nina Antze

Fireside Room
Tuesdays 9am-12pm

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 antze@pcquilt.com for space availability & supply list.

Fee: $84 member or $89 non-member/month
Contact antze@pcquilt.com for space availability.

Drawing Nature for Beginners
Instructor: Nina Antze

Fireside Room
Session 1: Tuesdays 1pm-3:30pm
Session 2: Wednesdays 9am-11:30am

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 antze@pcquilt.com for space availability & supply list.

Fee: $70 members or $75 non-members/month
Contact antze@pcquilt.com for space availability.

The Creative Process in Watercolor
Instructor: Jean Warren

Painting & Drawing Room
6 Wednesday 10am-1pm

2018 Dates:
Feb 21 - Mar 28
Apr 4 - May 9

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: jean@jeanwarren.com, 707-875-9240.

Fee: $135 / $130 members

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Painting Poetry
Instructor: Sherrie Lovler

Weekend Workshop
Painting & Drawing Room
May 19 and May 20, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Using poetry as our starting point, we will discuss what elements can help abstract paintings have an intrinsic connection to a poem. This includes the quality of line, size of strokes, shapes, direction of energy, color, value, and texture. We will use sumi ink and watercolor to do exercises in calligraphic mark-making, choosing colors, using value, and cropping the page.
This workshop is a journey of exploration and innovation that incorporates the strokes and gestures of calligraphy, use of different tools and materials, and inward reflection. The more we can reach our intuitive self, the more honest and alive our paintings will be. We are not after “illustrating” a poem or lettering a poem in our painting. No calligraphy experience is needed.

Fee: $185 (Plus $25 materials fee to cover most of the paper, ink and bamboo brush and more to be collected in class.) Additional materials list will be sent on request or when registered.
To register contact sherrie@artandpoetry.com or https://shop.inkmonkey.com/painting-poetry-p/30061.htm

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

Painting & Drawing
Mondays 7pm-10pm

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.

Fee: $25 per session/ $100 per month
To register, contact Richard Wisinski at 707-486-9904 or rikwiz@gmail.com

SoulCentric PaintingTM
Instructor: Mardi Storm

Painting & Drawing Room
Tuesdays 4pm-7pm

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.

Fee: $35 a class if purchase a package of 4, $40 drop-in. Includes all materials.
Register: 707-872-5577 or 415-515-7995, or email via www.awakentoyourdeeperself.com

Botanical & Beyond- Pen and Ink Workshop *This class is full*
Instructor: Amber Turner

Fireside Room
Saturday, April 28 10am-3pm

Have you admired pen and ink drawing and wanted to try it? Then this is just the class for you. This is an inclusive, gentle, all levels class but no previous experience is needed. In this class we learn to use technical pen, dip pen, brush and colored ink. With the artist’s primary skill of observation, using pen and ink techniques, we will draw a variety of natural subjects. Additionally, we will study the historical, scientific and artistic practices of pen and ink art. Our emphasis is learning techniques to create form with texture, light and shadow. Materials fee includes a basic pen set along with paper and demonstration materials, inks and dip pens.

Fee: $80.00 member/$85 non-member+ $10.00 material fee.

Warped Square Earrings and More
Instructor: Kim Van Antwerp

Painting & Drawing Room
Sunday, April 29, 9am-1pm

A basic beadweaving stitch leaps into the air to create sophisticated geometric earrings.
Through creating a simple pair of earrings, students will be introduced to the exciting Warped Square shape. We will talk about the squares and learn about how they can be joined to make larger, dimensional pieces of jewelry or sculpture. Students may expect to finish at least one earring in class. Beginners are welcome!
$40 Kit includes everything necessary to make one pair of earrings: printed pattern, beads, earring findings, needle and thread, plus additional Warped Square patterns and extensive handouts.

Fee: $35 member/$40 non-member + $40 material fee.

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Instructor: Marta Shannon

Painting & Drawing Room
Thursdays 9:30am - 12:30pm
March 15 - May 3

A mixed level 8 session class where new weavers will learn the magic of weaving... how to measure a warp, dress the loom and weave a simple project on a 4 shaft loom using plain weave and pickup lace techniques. Experienced weavers will explore woven lace by weaving a project of their choice in a pattern such as Bronson, Atwater or Huck lace. Project costs will vary. Looms provided courtesy of the Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts.

Ages 16 & up
Fee: $190 member/ $195 non-member

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Instructor: Marta Shannon

Painting & Drawing Room
Thursday, 9:30am-12:30pm

May 17 & 24

A hands on designing class for beginning & experienced weavers who would like to use more than one fiber, color or texture in their warps. Students will design a warp, figure the calculations for materials, translate the design from paper to the warping board and learn how to technically handle multiple thread & color changes. You will finish the class with a warp ready to wind! Materials not included.

Ages 16 & up
Fee: $75 member/ $80 non-member

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Instructor: Marta Shannon

Painting & Drawing Room
Thursdays, 9:00 am -1pm

June 14 – 28

Weavers....join us for a 3 session exploration of simple collapse weave! Weave ruffles, scallops, spaced & crammed etc. Each student will design and weave a scarf using differential shrinkage. We will complete the process through the washing stage. Fun and spontaneous results! Students should be comfortable with warping their own looms and have some weaving experience. Rigid Heddle weavers welcome (with your own loom). 4 & 8 shaft looms available courtesy of the Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts. Project costs will vary...shrinking wool and other materials will be available for purchase in the class.

Ages 16 & up
Fee $110 member/ $115 non-member

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Jeweled Wooly Brooch
Instructor: Kim Van Antwerp

Painting & Drawing Room
Saturday, April 28, 9am-1pm

Needlefelting basics extend to set a glass jewel in colorful art to wear.
Learn the basics of needlefelting and create a unique felt bezel for a sparkling glass jewel, then embellish to your heart’s content! Needlefelting is fun and simple. Class includes tools for students to keep and use again. We will complete at least the basic brooch form in class.
$30 Materials Kit includes custom made felting tools, all wool and embellishment packet, beading needles and thread to complete projects, felting surface, and printed handout.

Fee: $35 member/$40 non-member + $30 material fee.

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Sculptural Needlefelted Bracelet
Instructor: Kim Van Antwerp

Painting & Drawing Room
Saturday, April 28, 2-6pm

Basic skills and imagination combine to create a showstopping art bracelet.
Simple needlefelting technique has a big impact when combined with armature wire and imagination to create a sculptural bracelet that bends to fit the wrist. Follow the sample design or your own inclination. You can do it!  Class includes tools for students to keep and use again. Students may expect to finish a basic bracelet form in class.
$30 Materials Kit includes custom made felting tools, all wool and embellishment packet, beading needles and thread to complete projects, felting surface, and printed handout.

Fee: $ 35 member/$40 non-member + 30 material fee.

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Mosaic Basics - Introduction to Shrine Making
Instructor: Jane Kelly

Weekend Workshop
Saturday, March 10, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, March 11, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This is a collage and assemblage workshop, with no mosaic work required. The class will introduce students to the concept of making a shrine as a personal expression of a special or sacred person, place, idea or deity. It can also be a memory box. We will use a mixture of provided materials: paper, paint, figurines, silk flowers, gems, jewels and charms. Students are encouraged to bring personal items that are meaningful and/or decorative. Mementos and photographs work well but are not required.

Fee: $150 includes all materials
To Register, please contact Jane Kelly: j.k.mosaics@gmail.com or 415-302-2770.

Mosaic Hanging Planter
Instructor: Jane Kelly

Weekend Workshop
Saturday, April 7, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 8. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Basic mosaic experience recommended.
In this fun workshop, students will create their own hanging wall planter using ceramic cups that have been cut in half. Cups will be adhered to a prepared surface to be tiled and grouted. Dish shards, tile and a variety of provided materials will be used to create a finished mosaic planter ready to be planted with small succulents.

Fee: $175 includes all materials (except for plants).
To Register, please contact Jane Kelly: j.k.mosaics@gmail.com or 415-302-2770.



Women’s Zen Meditation
Instructor: Hoka Chris Fortin

Movement Studio
Tues, 5-6:30pm, Drop in, $10 donation

Relaxed forms and dialog. Beginning and experienced meditators welcome.

Information at: 707.527.8106 or chrisfortin@comcast.net

Rosen Method of Movement
Instructor: Elizabeth Brennan

Movement Studio (entrance rear of building, top of ramp)
Tuesday, 10:30am-11:30am
Friday, 9:30am-10:30am

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!

$12 per class, $15 drop-in
Register with Elizabeth at ebrennan@sonic.net or 707-486-5305

Awareness Through Movement
Instructor: Chris Stribling

Movement studio (entrance at back of building)
Friday, 11a-12p

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.

Fee: $10 per class with 6-class package/$15 drop in
To register, contact Chris at FeldyChris@comcast.net