Classes for Spring/Summer 2017

Spring/Summer 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.

 

LITERARY & BOOK ARTS

Sonoma County Book Arts Guild

Make books, alter books, or want to learn to make books? Contact Dena Bliss 707.829.1732 about SoCoBAG.

LifeLines — Memoir Writing Workshop
Instructor: Suzanne Sherman

Life is filled with experiences that weave a fascinating and important story. Whatever your age, it's good to write about some of those experiences to share them with others, to "connect the dots" as you see the bigger picture of your life, or to simply savor the best of times again. You'll get valuable guidance and helpful lessons in memoir craft as you create a collection of writings and practice turning truth to art. Writings done at home are shared in the workshop for constructive feedback. Limited to 10. Suzanne is a professional memoir teacher, editor, writing consultant, and author coach with over thirty years in the publishing field. For more, see www.suzannesherman.com.

Mondays, 1:00–3:00 p.m. 

$300 ($20 discount for continuing students)

Fireside Room

Winter 2017
Jan 9 - Feb 27 — 8 weeks (no meeting Feb 20)

Spring 2017

March 13 - May 8 (8 weeks: no meeting April 10)
May 15 - July 10 (8 weeks: no meeting May 29)

To register, contact Suzanne at suzannesherman@sonic.net or call 707.955.5456.

Write That Story!
Instructor: Bridget Burke

Want to write a book? A short story? A memoir? Come join this six-week writing course that explores the mechanics of story: plot/structure, character/point of view, description, dialogue, setting, and theme. Through lecture and writing exercises, you will develop your story toward the goal of completing a first draft!

6 Mon, 10am-12pm
Sept 11-Oct 16
$200 member/$205 non-member
Fireside Room

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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

Ceramics "Drop In" Open Studio

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
Mon, 9:30am-12:30pm
Tues, 6-8:30pm
(cancelled if no one shows by 7pm)
Wed, 12-3pm
Sat, 9am-12pm
Sat, 12-3pm (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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Spring Into Pottery *THIS CLASS IS FULL*
Instructor: Randy Snyder

Come play with clay.  This class will focus on the potter's wheel and learning to wedge, center, and pull the clay to create bowls, cups & 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. Ages 14-adult. Materials included.

6 Thurs, 6:30-9pm
March 2-Apr 6
$180 member/$185 non-member
Ceramics Studio

Pottery and the Potter's Wheel *THIS CLASS IS FULL*
Instructor: Randy Snyder

We will use the potter's wheel and learn to center and raise the clay, then shape to make plates, cups,  jars, and other functional pieces that we will glaze and fire for you to cherish at home. Other techniques like pinch, slab, and coil will also be covered. This class is perfect for beginners and beyond. Space limited, sign up early. Ages 14-adult. $30 materials fee (included in class cost at checkout) covers clay, glaze, and firing.

6 Thurs, 6:30-9pm
April 13-May 18
$150 members/$155 non-member
$30 materials
Ceramics Studio

Decorating with Sgraffito
Instructor: Liz Russell

Learn how to decorate your pots with sgrafitto. We’ll discuss tools, how to mix/buy underglaze and colored slip, and designing the pieces. In addition to decorating wheel-thrown pieces, we will discuss and use hump forms & the slab roller for making large platters to paint on. Whether you’re a total beginner or have been a potter for years, you’ll learn something new from Liz!

4 Wed, Apr. 5-26
6:30-9pm
$155 members/$160 non-members
Ceramics Studio

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Pinch Pots, Basics to Advanced Techniques
Instructor: Alan Porter

Think perfectly round is overrated?  Does the wheel make you anxious?  Join us for an in-depth exploration of pinch pots, the most ancient form of pottery.  This two-session workshop will cover the basics, explain the principles and then move on to more sophisticated forms and techniques. All materials (clay, glaze, firing) are included. This class is open to all levels. Class fee includes one open studio fee, which you can use to come finish your piece outside of class.

2 Sun, 10a-1p
Apr 2 and Apr 9
$110 member/$115 non-member
Ceramics Studio

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The Portrait in Clay
Instructor: Sandy Frank

Come play in this 5-week session where students will develop a life-sized portrait from the model in water base clay. Focused study on planes of the head, facial features and character will be demonstrated. Beginners will start at 9am for an hour of instruction. Intermediate/Advanced will start at 10a.  All levels are welcome!

A separate model fee of $40-50 depending on enrollment will be charged at the beginning of the class to cover the cost of the models.
Clay, tools and firing are covered by the Art Center in the supply fee.

5 Fri,  Apr 14-May 12
Beg:  $230 members/$235 non-members
Int/Adv: $180 members/$185 non-members
$40-50 model fee depending on enrollment

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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.
 
A separate model fee of $40-50 depending on enrollment will be charged at the beginning of the class to cover the cost of the models.
Clay, tools and firing are covered by the Art Center in the class cost.

2017 Dates
Feb-Mar: 4 Fri, Feb. 17,24, Mar. 3, 10

9am-1pm
$210 member/$215 non-member
$50 model fee due on first day of class (not included)
Ceramics Studio

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Intermediate/Advanced Figurative Sculpture
Instructor: Sandy Frank

Come join this 6-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.

A separate model fee of $40-50 depending on enrollment will be charged at the beginning of the class to cover the cost of the models.
Clay, tools and firing are covered by the Art Center in the class cost.

2017 Dates
Feb-Mar: 4 Fri, Feb. 17,24, Mar. 3, 10

10a-1p
$155 members/$160 non-members
$50 model fee due on the first day of class (not included)
Ceramics Studio

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DRAWING/PAINTING/ENCAUSTICS/PRINTING

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: joycebobart@aol.com

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 jcurt@sonic.net

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: dluizartist@gmail.com

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

Tuesdays, ongoing
9am-12pm
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 antze@pcquilt.com 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: jean@jeanwarren.com, 707-875-9240

2017 Dates:
Feb 22–Mar 29 *THIS SESSION IS FULL*
Apr 5–May 10 *THIS SESSION IS FULL*
May 24–June 28

6 Weds, 9:30am-12:30pm
$135 / $130 members
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room

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Unleash Your Creativity! Start the New Year Fully Alive with Soul Painting
Instructor: Mardi Storm

Give yourself the gift of being creative, playful, present, and set the tone for the year. Whether you think you are artistic or not will fall away by learning new ways of allowing creativity to flow unhindered, as an act of self-love and self-acceptance. This is powerful practice for anyone wanting to listen more to intuition, be seen, surrender self-judgements and limitations, and open to deeper connection with self and others. No art experience necessary. The day will include gentle meditative breathwork. There is ample support for individual process and journey.

January 8, 2017
Sun 10am-4pm
Fee: $85 early by 12/26/16, $95 after. Includes all materials.
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room
Register: 707-872-5577, contact form at www.mardistorm.com

Soul Painting Weekly Class
Instructor: Mardi Storm

Cultivate the practice of being creative, playful, present, and in a state of deep self-acceptance to create healing change in your life. Whether you think you are artistic or not, you can learn to allow creativity to flow unhindered, as an act of self-love. This is a fun and colorful practice for anyone wanting to listen more to intuition, be seen, practice authentic voice, surrender self-judgements and limitations, heal the inner child, and open to deeper connection with self and others. No art experience necessary. There is ample support for individual process and journey.

On-going, Tuesdays 4-7pm
Fee: $35 for a package of 4, $40 drop-in. Includes all materials.
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Studio
Register: 707-872-5577, contact form at www.mardistorm.com

Spring Into Creativity with SoulCentric PaintingTM
Instructor: Mardi Storm

Cultivate being creative, playful, present, and in a state of deep self-acceptance to create healing change in your life. Whether you are an artist or artist-at-heart, you can allow creativity to flow unhindered, as an act of self-love. This is a fun and colorful practice for anyone wanting to listen more to intuition, be seen, practice authentic voice, surrender self-judgements and limitations, heal the inner child, and open to deeper connection with self and others. Gentle SoulCentric BreathworkTM will help us increase awareness. No art experience necessary. There is ample support for individual process and journey.
 
Sun April 9
10a-4p
$85 early by April 1, $95 after. Includes all materials.
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Studio
Register with Mardi at 707-872-5577 or contact form at www.mardistorm.com

Quick Capture Sketching in Ink and Watercolor
Instructor: Susan Cornelis

Learn to capture life's moments in colorful sketches at home and on your travels. This workshop will give you the tools and opportunity to practice. Topics will include decisive line making, simplifying a complex scene, strategies for adding color, and gaining confidence with sketching in public.

Sat, Apr 29 & Sun, Apr 30
10a-4p
$160 member/$165 non-member
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room
Register with Susan at susan@susancornelis.com

Experimental Mixed Media Painting Workshop: "Patina"
Instructor: Susan Cornelis

Allow your imagination to take flight as you push the boundaries of acrylic painting with texture and collage. Day one we'll explore acrylic and paper-made textures to create lively painting surfaces. Day two we'll enter the realm of "patina" with inks and acrylics to capture the metallic look, the subtle light catching sparkle and appearance of aged, worn shiny surfaces.
This workshop is designed to engage your intuitive voice while offering tools and guidance to carry you through to finished paintings. Daily demonstrations and individual guidance will be provided along with ample opportunity to develop your own paintings.

Sat June 24 & Sun June 25
10am-4pm
$160 member/$165 non-member
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room

To register, contact Susan at susan@susancornelis.com

Beginning Italic Calligraphy
Instructor: Sherrie Lovler

Learn the basic skills of calligraphy. Using a step-by-step approach, students will be introduced to the versatile and elegant letterforms from the Italian Renaissance. Beginning with the proper holding of the pen and understanding how it works, we will study the individual shapes and spacing needed to make beautiful letters. Using copious handouts and a workbook approach, students will leave this class with a good foundation of calligraphy and create a finished piece on quality paper. www.artandpoetry.com, www.inkmonkey.com

6 Thurs, 6:30-8:30p
Mar 2-Apr 6
$160 plus $20 materials fee
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room
To register, contact Sherrie at sherrie@artandpoetry.com or 707-528-1723

Calligraphic Abstractions
Instructor: Sherrie Lovler

The fluidity and beauty of calligraphic marks don’t only belong to calligraphers! In this weekend workshop, we will look at three different lettering styles that have distinct personalities and create unique moods. We will then gather the essence of each style to develop abstract paintings based on calligraphic form. Working with ink, watercolors, various tools, gestures, our senses and intuition, we will discover the images, thoughts and feelings that spontaneously arise within us in relation to each lettering style. We will follow the expression of these marks to complete works of art and a book that each participant will make. No experience required. Materials list sent on request. www.artandpoetry.com, www.inkmonkey.com

Sat, Mar 18 & Sun, Mar 19
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
$185
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room
To register, contact Sherrie at sherrie@artandpoetry.com or 707-528-1723

Controlling Color Creativity and Effectively
Instructor:  Chris Carter

The workshop begins with a clear and simplified explanation of basic color theory and how we experience color in the world.  Next, we learn to create a full range of color with a limited palette of three to four pigments. From that strong foundation and working with a limited palette of six pigments we mix beautiful neutrals that enhance our fully saturated hues. Finally, we explore color temperature and how it effects the strength of a painting.
Sat morning-Full Color with a limited palette: learn the characteristics of your pigments. Afternoon-Beautiful Neutrals: mix neutrals to enhance color schemes and express moods.
Sunday morning -Color Value: determine the color value for strong design and composition. Sunday afternoon-Color Choices: Choose color for its value and temperature rather than its hue. www.ChrisCarterArt.com

Painting/Drawing/Weaving Studio
Sat & Sun, April 1 & 2
10:00am – 4:30pm
Fee: $150.00
To register contact: chris@ChrisCarterArt.com or 908-399-5186

Monotype Without a Press and Beyond.
Instructor: Larry Stefl

In the 2 day workshop we will work with non-toxic Akua water based inks. A wide range of
monotype processes will be covered that include Transfer Prints, the subtractive and additive
techniques, developing the "ghost" image and multiple plate printing. Also, we will explore combining the
monotype with collage and chine colle' to extend the image into mixed media. The emphasis will be an exploratory
process where intuition is a guide and a key ingredient is the artist as inventor. There will be a $55 materials fee
due at the beginning of class that will cover all Akua inks, Arches 88 paper and other related items. No experience
necessary and all levels welcome, particularly beginners.

Sat, Aug 26 and Sun, Aug 27
10-4pm
$155 member/$160 non-member
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room

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FIBER ART

Weaving Winter Woolies
Instructor: Marta Shannon

In this 8-session class, new weavers will learn all the steps from measuring a warp and dressing the loom to weaving a sampler using basic threading and treadling patterns. $4 materials fee for warp. Experienced weavers will weave a project of their choice focusing on the use of winter fibers and appropriate patterns... blankets, shawls, ruanas, ponchos, etc. in wool, alpaca, silk, and blends. Project costs will vary. 4 & 8 shaft looms available courtesy of the Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts. Ages 16-Adult or permission of the instructor

Jan 12-Mar 2, 2016
8 Thurs, 9:30am-12:30pm
$180 member/$185 non-member
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room
Register with SCA at 707-829-4797 or sebarts.org

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Exploring Double Weave (& basic weaving too!)
Instructor: Marta Shannon

A mixed level 6 session class where new weavers will learn the magic of weaving...how to measure a warp, dress the loom and weave a beautiful sampler using basic threading and a variety of treadling patterns. More experienced weavers will deeply focus on double weave by making a complex double weave sampler. Double weave means twice the width, twice the layers and more!  Students may design and weave a project in double weave following their sampler study. 
Materials fee for sampler warps $5. Weft and project costs will vary. 4 & 8 shaft looms available courtesy of the Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts.

6 Thurs, 9:30a-12:30p
Mar 9- April 13
$145 member/$150 non-member
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room

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Collapse Weave
Instructor: Marta Shannon

Join us for a 4 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). Basic materials not included...shrinking wool available for purchase in the class. Project costs will vary.

4 Thurs, 9:30a-12:30p
NEW DATES: May 11-June 1
$95 member/$100 non-member
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room

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MUSIC

 

MEDITATION/HEALTH

Women’s Zen Meditation
Teacher: Hoka Chris Fortin

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

Rosen Method of Movement
Instructor: Elizabeth Brennan

Rosen Movements increase balance and mobility, engage the core, lubricate joints, improve range of motion.   Based on physical therapy exercises they re-educate and rehabilitate the body.  Done to a background of world music, the body relaxes, moves, and releases underlying muscular and emotional tension.  Come join us and move with ease in class and in your daily living.

Tues ongoing, 10:30-11:30a (beginning in Jan)
Fri ongoing, 9:30-10:30a
$12 donation, drop-in $15
Movement Studio (entrance rear of building, top of ramp)
Register with Elizabeth at ebrennan@sonic.net or 707-486-5305

DANCE                                                                                                      

Beginning Egyptian/Arabic Bellydance
Instructor: Kathy Wolf 
                                                                                                            

Traditional, authentic Egyptian and Arabic bellydance with some modern fusion. Learn basic moves and technique, finger cymbals, veils, and dance combinations.
Mon, 6:30-7:30pm ongoing.
Fee:  $12 per class, $15 Drop-in
Register with instructor: 707-477-2757 or faerykat@gmail.com.                               

Intermediate Egyptian/Arabic Bellydance
Instructor: Kathy Wolf

Build on the basic bellydance knowledge, and learn more complex moves and technique. Students will also work on improvisation and choreography, and have opportunities to perform.
Mondays, 7:40-8:40pm ongoing
Fee:  $12 per class, $15 Drop-in
Register with instructor: 707-477-2757 or faerykat@gmail.com.