Classes for Summer/Fall 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.



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 (New Evening Class Offered)
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 or Mon, 6-8p
$325 new members; $295 continuing members
May 1-Jun 26 (no meeting Memorial Day
Jul 10-Aug 28  
Fireside Room
Register with Suzanne at 707.478.3819 or

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 "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, 9:30a-1p
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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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

Potter’s Wheel *THIS CLASS IS FULL*
Instructor: Randy Snyder

We will use the potters wheel and learn to centering 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. This class is perfect for beginners and beyond. Space limited, sign up early and come play in clay.
Ages 14-Adult.

6 Thurs, 6:30-9p
Jun 1-Jul 6
$150 members/$155 non-member
$30 materials
Ceramics Studio

Fall Pottery Class
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. Ages 14-Adult.

6 Thurs, 6:30-9pm
Aug 31-Oct 5
$150 members/$155 non-member
$30 materials
Ceramics Studio

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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
$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
Jun 18 and Jun 25
$110 member/$115 non-member
Ceramics Studio

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The Portrait in Clay *THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED*
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


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 *THIS CLASS IS FULL*
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:

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

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 (June TBA, contact instructor.)
Fee: $35 for a package of 4, $40 drop-in. Includes all materials.
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Studio
Register: 707-872-5577, contact form at

Full Body Expressive Painting
Instructors: Mardi Storm & Sage Abella

Let your true feelings come to light with full body expression on oversize paper. Allowing yourself to express your emotions during tumultuous and intense times opens the pathway to healing. Come prepared to get messy.  Bathing suits or painting clothes recommended. Breaking out of your box will be encouraged. Participants will be invited to paint involving their entire bodies.  Open to letting your body, soul, and emotions all get a turn being seen.

Sat Apr 15
$50 early by Apr 9, $60 after. Includes all oversized paper and paints.
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room
Register with Mardi at 415-515-7995 or Sage 707-995-1078 or contact form at

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
$160 member/$165 non-member
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room
Register with Susan at

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
$160 member/$165 non-member
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room

To register, contact Susan at

No Idea Is Too Small
Instructor: Susan Starbird

Join other playful people for a fast-paced, low-tech session of creative experimentation with pen and paper. No prior drawing, writing, or other creative ability or talent is required. Break away for a day from your ongoing projects, shed your cloak of analysis, take a vacation from your inner critic, dive into your subconscious, and surprise yourself with new ideas in a nonjudgmental atmosphere of total encouragement and creative collaboration.

Sun, May 7
$75, includes materials and lunch
Fireside Room
To register, contact Susan at or visit

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
$155 member/$160 non-member
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room

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

3 sessions
Thursdays, 9:00 am - 1pm
May 18- June 1, 2017
$95 members / $100 non members

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Designing & Executing Multiple Fiber Warps
Instructor: Marta Shannon

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.

Thursday, June 15 & 22
$65 members/$70 nonmembers
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room

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Learn To Weave- Weekend Workshop
Instructor: Marta Shannon

In conjunction with the International Fiber Arts Show being held in our gallery we are offering a special Learn to Weave weekend workshop... a "jump right in" experience suitable for true beginners or those who need to remember how. Join us for the full weaving experience in one weekend! Students will wind a warp, dress the loom, and weave a simple scarf on a 4 shaft  loom in 2 busy days.  Warp, weft and looms provided ( $20 materials fee ). Bring your lunch, snacks and your inquisitive mind!

Sat & Sun, 10a-4p
August 12 & 13
$120 members/$125 non-members
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room

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Workshop in Bojagi
Instructor: Youngmin Lee

In the past, Jogakbo, patchwork bojagi, was made with leftover remnants of fabric from other projects. Using Korean traditional techniques such as Gamchimjil, Settam Sangchim and Ssamsol, Youngmin will teach basic jogakbo construction in this workshop. Bojagi construction involves hand stitching, which can be very relaxing. While working on your bojagi, wish for the happiness and well-being of the recipient of your finished bojagi.
During the workshop, Youngmin will show how to use many small pieces of ramie fabrics, silk organza and Korean silk gauze to create a geometric patterned bojagi. The finished project will have a unique composition of different shapes, lines and texture. Youngmin's workshops are hand sewing class unless other notice.

Supply list: basic sewing tools such as needle, thread, pins, cutting mat (12" x 18" or bigger), rotary cutter (27 mm), Omni grid rulers, scissors, Hera Marker (can purchase from Youngmin).

KIT (fabrics and instruction) will be provided with additional cost $30.
Additional fabrics are available to purchase at the workshop.

Saturday, August 5 (Full Day Workshop)
10 am - 4 pm
$100 members/$120 non-members
Little Red Hen Dining Room

Sunday, August 6, Half Day Workshop
10 am - 1 pm
$50 members, $60 non-members

$70 1 adult and one young person (12-18 year old)
Little Red Hen Dining 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


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                               

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