Plein Air Painting at Eagle Ranch with Clark Mitchell

Tuesdays, Sept. 29 – Nov. 3, 9 a.m.– noon • All levels of experience, Ages 18+

Demonstrations will be in soft pastel but artists using other mediums are welcome.

Take your outdoor pastel paintings to the next level!

  • Six sessions of Plein Air Pastel Painting with local artist Clark Mitchell   (
  • Covers scene selection, sketching, dynamic underpaintings, values.
  • Daily demos and plenty of at-easel assistance; demos in pastel; other mediums welcome.
  • Drawing experience a must.
  • Held in-person at wonderful Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol ($7 entry fee or Sonoma County Regional Parks pass required)

Classes held weekly
Starts Tuesday Sept. 29
Dates: 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3
Time: 10 a.m.-Noon
Cost: $240
Student limit: 11

Materials list provided upon registration.

Introduction to Wood Sculpture with Charlie Churchill

Saturday, Oct. 3, 12-2 p.m. • All levels of experience, Ages 18+

Learn the art of wood sculpture- technique, and design principles. Charlie will lead you through hands-on demonstration, where you will create unique pieces, inspired by Charle’s concept of “Industrial Scrap Magic”

To see more of his work, Visit Charlie’s Website

Class held once on Oct. 3
Time: Noon-2 p.m.
Suggested Donation: $25-40
Student limit: 6

Materials list provided.

Drawing Autumn Leaves in Colored Pencil with Nina Antze

Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.– noon • All levels of experience, Ages 18+

Autumn is the perfect time to explore colored pencil techniques with all the beauty of the changing leaf colors. Their unique colors provide the opportunity to practice mixing and layering color. Learn to create rich reds, browns, and purples. We will work on drawing, creating veins and edges, experiment with shine and texture, and learn various ways to use under-painting to simplify and enhance our work.

Gather some leaves and come and draw! 

Class held once, Sat. Oct. 10
Time: 10 a.m.-Noon
Cost: $50
Student limit: 20
Location: Zoom
All drawing levels are welcome.
A supply list will be provided

Nina Antze is a California artist and quiltmaker.  She has a degree in Fine Art and a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens and recently studied with Sarah Simblet at the Ruskin School of Art at Oxford. She teaches Drawing Nature classes throughout California and is a member of the Filoli Florilegium and the Alcatraz Florilegium and curated the Luther Burbank Florilegium in Sebastopol. Her botanicals can be viewed at her web site, 

Live from Amsterdam with Dr. Kees Kaldenbach:
Vermeer – Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Caravaggio – Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts is excited to introduce a new series of online art talks by famed Dutch Art Historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach. whose credo is “Telling short stories in front of works of art so that clients may look at this art with more intense understanding.”

 Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.

Find out how Vermeer emerges as a super-specialist in interior scenes… 

We discuss how he functioned in the fabric of Delft life. We discuss two of his best works: View of Delft and the Art of Painting (Artist in Studio). 
In this talk we see psychological tricks of the painter’s trade and include Optics and Science in Delft. A lifetime of research by this author is presented, with a preview of his book Closer to Vermeer.
Full live commentary by the top-level guide Drs Kees Kaldenbach, art historian living in Amsterdam with 20 years of teaching experience.

 Nov. 12 at 11 a.m.

Caravaggio, Early life

The man known worldwide as Caravaggio (1571-1610) is considered the world’s most influential painter. He had his best and most controversial production in Rome between c 1594 and 1605. A life full of ambition, prowess, competition.
He also had his enemies. Caravaggio’s main biographers were Mancini, Baglione, Bellori. They critizised his bad  ‘ínvenzione’ his bad ‘disegno’ his shocking lack of ‘decorum’ and general failings in ‘arte’. Be that as it may, he became a fountain of inspiration to a worldwide group of artists. Today we gasp as his risqué life and his blatant use of male and female loverboys and prostitutes as models for religious paintings, intended for churches. Some of his works, like the Palafrenieri Madonna were refused and ended up in great  private collections such as the Borghese.
Early life. From the village of Caravaggio to Milan to Rome. He studied in Milan with several teachers and was protected by the nobility of his birth region.  His great specialisation was flower still life painting.  Those flowers he often combined with pretty young boys. Hooking up in Rome with his wealthy patron Cardinal Del Monte he widened his artistic scope and output. Notably he was an aggressive, competitive young man, sporting a sword during his walks through Rome, and picking fights where he could. Contacts with male and female loverboys and prostitutes are reflected in many paintings. Generally he is now seen as being bi-sexual with – in his paintings – a preference for scantily clad pretty boys around the age of 15. Please note: this part of his sexuality and wild lifestyle will be approached with European candour, not with politically correct puritanical prudishness.
Full live commentary by the top-level guide Drs Kees Kaldenbach, art historian living in Amsterdam with 20 years of teaching experience.

Kees lives and works in the Netherlands, and since Covid-19 has become an international “cyber docent”. This way he continues to share his knowledge and love of Dutch art with the world. Kees is a highly regarded museum docent, author, teacher on society and history, cultural mediator and will teach us via ZOOM, live from Amsterdam.

CLOSED! Learn the Art of great Storytelling by Doug Cordell

Whether it’s for a Moth-style storytelling show, a memoir, or a cocktail party anecdote, storytelling is a craft that can be learned. Discover how to take personal experiences and create meaningful stories that will have your audience spellbound. You will learn to slowly build up confidence and then be invited to share your finished material in a live, online storytelling show!

Emmy-nominated writer and National Public Radio storyteller Doug Cordell leads this 6-week, interactive online workshop, helping a select group of adult students learn the secret of great storytelling. His true-life adventures air on NPR’s Snap Judgment and APM’s Marketplace. He also leads storytelling workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Find out more at

Time: Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. (6-week session)

Dates: Oct 13, Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 10, Nov.17

Live storytelling show: Nov. 24

Location: Zoom

Cost: $240

Ages: Adults (18+)

Class Limit: 12

On Hold! Move that body in style!
Bronze, Silver and Gold syllabus of ballroom dancing!
with Katherine DuVal 

Did you want to learn or practice salsa, waltz, chacha, foxtrot, rumba, samba, tango, east, or west coast swing? Here is your chance. You are stuck at home… practice the moves when no one sees you and get ready like a butterfly for when covid is over and you can get out and dance away with others again.

You will not resist following Katherine’s love for dance whose greatest joy is when everyone forgets their mind and the jig takes over and moves their bodies for them.

Adult ballroom classes will be held outdoors at SCA following advised safety protocols; plenty of outdoor space and distance. If this is not your preference, some classes are offered on zoom (live and interactive).

Katherine Duval has danced all around the world, most recently in Paris and Atlanta. Her dance inspirations come from Dick Van Dyke, Rita Hayworth, and Mr. Bojangles.

Technique and skills will be taught from the Bronze, Silver and Gold syllabus of ballroom dancing. Classes will focus on learning a new combination each week, and developing footwork, body position, styling. One on ones provide the opportunity for honing dance skills and building routines. Come and practice solo and then be ready to practice with a partner after this social distancing period! Anyone can learn, lead and follow, dance roles are not gendered!

Ages: Adults (18+)

Class Limit: In-person max is 9 

In-person/Zoom: $20/class =  $120 (6 week series) 
Drop ins welcome ($22/class)

Class schedule:

In Person Salsa: 10:00-10:50 a.m.
In Person Cha-cha: 11:00-11:50 a.m.

Aug 31, Sept 14, Sept 21, Sept 28, Oct 5 (no class Sept 7 Labor Day)

In Person Salsa: 10:00-10:50 a.m.

In Person Cha-cha: 11:00-11:50 a.m.

ZOOM Salsa: 10:00-10:50 a.m. 
ZOOM Cha-cha: 11:00-11:50 a.m.

Sept 2, Sept 9, Sept 16,
Sept 23, Sept 30

ZOOM Salsa: 10:00-10:50 a.m. 

ZOOM Cha-cha: 11:00-11:50 a.m.

In Person Swing: 10:00-10:50 a.m.
In Person Waltz: 11:00-11:50 a.m.

Sept 4, Sept 11, Sept 18, Sept 25,
Oct 2

In Person Swing: 10:00-10:50 a.m. 

In Person Waltz: 11:00-11:50 a.m.

“Dynamic Landscapes in Pastel” with Clark Mitchell!
Take your pastel painting to the next level

 Through the six sessions we’ll cover scene selection, sketching, dynamic underpaintings, the importance of correct values, painting versus drawing, high contrast.

Initially we’ll all work from the same photo reference, students following along as Clark does a painting.

Clark Mitchell has been designated a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America and a Distinguished Pastelist by the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and he recently earned Signature Member status with the Laguna Plein Air Painters of America. He has received numerous awards in local as well as national competitions and has oil and pastel paintings included in art collections internationally.

Time: Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon, starting Sept. 3 
(6-week session)

Dates: Sept 3, Sept 10, Sept 17, Sept 24, Oct 1

Location: Online, Zoom

Ages: Adults (18+)

Cost: $240

Class max: 12

Creative Process in Watercolor with Jean Warren

Come play with the paint and discover watercolor’s immediacy and versatility! Jean will lead her students as they use design principles, color theory and watercolor techniques to visually tell their stories and experiences. Classes will be held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. through a combination of email and instructional videos, so there is no limit on the time students can spend working on a given lesson before sharing.

Jean’s paintings are represented in public, corporate and private collections and she is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.

Session 1
Sept. 2- Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Starting Sept. 2

Location: Online, via email and video

Age: All levels of experience, Ages 18 and up

Cost: $140 non-member / $135 member (discount taken at checkout)

Session 2
Oct. 14-Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Starting Oct. 14

Location: Online, via email and video

Age: All levels of experience, Ages 18 and up

Cost: $140 non-member / $135 member (discount taken at checkout)

Beginning Tap Dance with Starr!
Instructor: Starr Hergenrather


Theater and dance teaching artist, Starr Hergenrather, leads a Beginning Tap Class that will introduce you to the magic of Tap Dance, this extremely fun and rewarding form of dance. You will learn the basics and from that build simple routines that will take you to your own exploration of the dance form.

"Tap" by Desireevdh is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Time: Thursdays, starting Oct 15, 4-4:45 pm 
(6-week session), 

Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 19

Location: Online – Zoom

Ages: 7-12

Cost: $60 

Class Limit: 12

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