Pastel Classes with Clark Mitchell!
Take your pastel work to the next level

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.


Plein Air Painting at Ragle Ranch w/ Clark Mitchell

Tuesdays, Oct. 6 – Nov. 10, 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 Oct. 6 – Nov. 10
Dates:  10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10
Time: 10 a.m.-Noon
Cost: $240
Student limit: 11

Materials list provided upon registration.

“Pastels: Vibrant and Versatile” with Clark Mitchell! Thursdays,  10 a.m.-noon  Oct. 15-Nov. 19

We will cover scene selection, sketching, dynamic underpaintings,

values, painting versus drawing, creating high contrast.

Clark will do a painting demonstration each session.

You can use your own reference material. or Clark will provide photos for you to use.

6 sessions. Classes held weekly, starting Thursday, Oct. 15

Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Age: Adults

Cost: $280

Student limit: 12

Dates: 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19

Location: Zoom

Creative Process in Watercolor with Jean Warren

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)

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.

Introduction to Nature Journaling!
Instructor: Angela Zocco Sturr
October 14-November 18, 4-5 p.m. 

Would you like to spend more time outdoors? Do you have an interest in all the wonderful dynamics of nature? Would you like to draw flowers, birds, bugs, even your dog?

In this class you will explore the strategies and skills of nature journaling. A nature journal blends science and art and sharpens our ability to appreciate the world around us. Slowing down to observe details often sparks our curiosity and opens the door to many new ideas and questions.

With simple materials, pen, pencil, and watercolors you will learn to create a journal uniquely personal to your own observations and discoveries. No prior drawing experience is necessary.

Angela Zocco Sturr has taught art and ceramics from her Sebastopol studio for many years. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and shows her work locally.

As a longtime docent of the Laguna Foundation’s Learning Laguna program, she trained for numerous outdoor education programs and completed the UC Naturalists program to become a California Naturalist.  As a participant in the citizen science program Beach Watch, she also gathers data monthly on South Salmon Creek beach.

Time: Wednesday, starting Oct. 14, 4-5 pm 
(6-week session)

Dates: Oct. 14-Nov.18

Ages: All Ages

Class Limit: 12

Location: Zoom/Outdoors 
(first week is a zoom class, future classes will be at various outdoor locales).

Cost: $120

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.

ART SPOTS: Modernism Comes to Town

A series of interactive art lectures online with Instructor Linda Loveland Reid

Now Scheduled for Oct. 22, 1-2:30 p.m. on Zoom

Sebsatopol Center Arts

Artists Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko exploded onto the California scene and pushed painters out of their comfort zone. Abstract Expressionism became the norm. An association called Sanity in Art declared modern art a Communist movement. Bay Area artists rebelled. Figurative Art emerges as a Bay Area tradition. Artists will include: Hassel Smith, Sam Francis, Frank Lobdell, Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park.

Art Spots is a series of multi-media lectures by Linda Loveland Reid. Each lecture is around an hour long, followed by a moderated question and answer session. This, the fourth lecture in the series, is set for Oct. 22 from 1-2:30 p.m. on Zoom.

Linda Loveland Reid  lectures on Art History for SSU and Dominican Universities for their Osher Lifelong Learning programs. She is a painter, theater director and novelist. Her degrees are from SSU.

Mental Fitness to Survive and Thrive with Brian Martens Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

About Brian:

Brian has always been a poet and committed to have a book of poetry published in 2019 titled “Three Raven Gate.” The book consists of Haiku and other favorite poems. He writes poetry concerned with the “Human Condition,” and such topics as Awareness, Transformation, and Deep Intuition. He seeks to inspire and motivate people, with podcasts (The Spoken Symbol), creativity workshops, Shamanic drum journeys, and poetry to recognize their own deep creative spirit and to express that to the world. He believes everything we do on earth is a creative act. 

This experiential workshop is daring you to be creative. What is the question you are brave enough to ask yourself? How are you composting the new stress in your life? And, What dream of creativity have you forgotten?

These questions are at the edge of your consciousness. 

Rumi says, “ If you are not fed become bread.”

Goethe says, “ Once you trust yourself you will know how to live.”

Join Brian Martens online to explore these questions for yourself and in community.

Exercises in journaling and listening, an internal journey, and deep learning will leave you with tools to thrive in your own inner landscape.

You will learn to:

  • Open to your creativity.
  • Manage the critical voices within to highlight your possibilities.
  • Experience your deeper intuition and mental strength.

Classes for Teens & Adults with Starr!
Instructor: Starr Hergenrather

Starr/Hergie has been been teaching theatre for 48 years.  She taught at Analy HS, as well as BHS, and Rincon Valley, JH.  Some of her students have gone on to become Broadway and SF actors and some have even appeared on Netflix.

We hope you’ll join her for Beginners Tap and Monologues!

Monologues for Teens & Adults


What is a monologue? In theatre, a monologue is a speech presented by a single character, to express their mental thoughts aloud, as well as to directly address another character or the audience.  Monologues share much in common with several other literary devices including soliloquies, apostrophes, and asides. But, there are differences…  You’ll just have to take this 6 week class to find out the rest.  

We will use found monologues and also your own written ones. Use this class as a supplement to your existing HS or JC Acting Class.  Monologues are the medium used for auditions for plays, getting into programs in college, impressing your friends, or just plain goofing around.  One can NEVER have too many Monologues under their belt.

Time: Tuesdays, starting Oct. 13, 3-4 pm 
(6-week session)

Dates: Oct 13 -Nov 17

Ages: 13+

Location: Zoom

Cost: $120

Class Limit: 12

"Spoken Word" by jurvetson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Beginning Tap Dance for Teens & Adults

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: 13+

Cost: $60 

Class Limit: 12

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