Welcome the new year with this class that will open your intuitive body mind, warm your expressive heart and support you through the inward time of winter with a kindred circle of creatives. We will be using drawing and painting media, trusting the hand/heart connection and leaving the judging mind behind. Whether your work is abstract or representational it’s as if we are composting layer upon layer of meaning, just by remaining in touch with our intuitive flow. This is the magic of unrestrained and unedited art play.
Each class begins with a somatic meditation to ground and awaken the senses so that the body becomes both anchor and compass. Relaxing into ourselves as a group gives us the courage to touch the deep muse within. We learn the skill of welcoming ourselves completely, just as we are and this impacts the way we see and create. You will be invited to dialogue with your creations as if they were angels bearing precious gifts.
Experienced art makers and beginners welcome. There will be watercolors, acrylics, inks, papers, brushes and drawing media on hand. Bring your favorite art supplies, if you wish. Water soluble paints only.
Fee Per Session: $30 member/$35 non-member (Register for all 10 sessions at the same time and receive a $15 discount.)
In this printmaking class we will be exploring two types of printmaking. The first half of the classes will be focusing on Monoprint and we will be transitioning to Linocut. In Monoprint we will be working with additively and reductively with Plexiglass and Acrylic. Students will learn basics of color theory and composition. Each print will be unique and expressive to each artist’s personal style. For Linocut we will be using sheets of linoleum and a variety of carving tools and materials to create printing blocks that can be printed several of times. Linocut will allow students to rework printing blocks using different mediums and layering techniques.
In this printmaking class students will be learning three different types of printmaking. First we will be creating Monoprint using oil-based etching ink and slow-drying acrylic paint on Plexiglas. The second portion of printmaking will be Wood cut. In wood cut students will use woodcutting tools to carve in to Birch Plywood to create wood blocks. In the final portion of the class we will be working with Linocut. Similar to wood cut, in Linocut we will be using a variety of carving tools and sheets of linoleum to create Lino printing blocks. Both wood cut and Linocut printing blocks can be reprinted and reworked several of times. Students will be working with a variety of paper including Lenox, BFK and Bristol. This class will focus on the principles of composition, color theory and conceptualism
Fee: $175 members/$180 non-members plus $50 materials fee
Welcome to clay class. Hope you're ready to get dirty! We are going to be playing with mud, clay, mason stains, paint, and mixed media during the course of this class, so please only wear clothes that are ok to get stained.
Come and have fun with clay! Students will learn about the process of clay by making pinch pots, coil building, slab construction, and wheel throwing. Decorating with applied textures and underglazes are also demonstrated.
This is a nine week course designed to hone wheel throwing skills. Perfect for all levels. Pottery Bootcamp will be split into two stages. Stage 1 will be the first 5 classes and will result in no kept pieces. The pressure to create the “right” piece is totally removed. After each piece is completed, we will cut the vessel in two in order to investigate the cross section and problem spots. Stage 2 of the class will be the following 4 classes, during which the students will be able to throw pottery to keep and practice glaze techniques. This stage will be broken into 2 classes for wet clay, and 2 classes for glazing. We will make mugs, bowls, small vases, and jars. During the last class, there will be a demo on how to pour candles into ceramic vessels and how to design small succulent planters.
Fee: $200 members/$205 non-members plus $60 materials fee.
In this 8 session class open to all levels, both beginners and experienced weavers will explore the interplay of color and opposites using log cabin or, for the more advanced students, shadow weave. Beginners will learn to plan a project, measure the warp, dress the loom and weave a simple project using a log cabin pattern. Experienced students will use more complex log cabin or shadow weave pattern to weave a project of their choice. Come challenge yourself with guidance from an experienced teacher and the possible use of a larger 4-8 shaft loom. Materials costs will depend on your individual project. Looms available courtesy of the Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts.
Fee: $240 members/$245 non-members
A mixed level 8 session class for beginners and experienced weavers. New students will learn to measure a warp, dress the loom and weave a beginners sampler ($7 materials fee for sampler warps ). More experienced students will focus on a project using a complex color and weave technique called RIPSMATTA or REP WEAVE, a colorful warp faced technique perfect for rugs, table linens, bags etc. Materials not included. Project costs will vary. 4 & 8 shaft looms available courtesy of The Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts.
Fee: $240 members/$245 non-members
Artists ages 7 to 12 will explore multiple art styles and mediums to create visual art projects with a rich and dynamic learning journey. Using visual, written and movement metaphors, young artists will create a portfolio of collage, mixed media, paper mache, drawing, and painting; all while building a deeper understanding of their own unique artistic expression and their connection to their own creative potential. The program will cumulate in a final project and showing, encouraging students to tell their own personal story through a “Self Portrait as Map” project.
January 9- February 13
February 20- March 26
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.
Fee Per Series: $170 members/$175 non-members plus $30 materials fee
Workshop, Charles Churchill, Instructor This will be a three-hour workshop in which we will explore that most delightful form of modern art, Assemblage, pioneered by Marcell Duchamp, Joseph Cornell, Man Ray and Louise Nevelson. We will create reliefs, 3-D sculptures and box sculptures. We will explore texture, balance, tension & content, with demonstration pieces to guide us. We will create beauty out of chaos. The material will be wood scrap from industry: Exotic woods from a guitar manufacturer, scrap from the framing industry, boxes from the wine industry, as well as piano action parts & even some wooden tinker toys. We will use the finest non-toxic white glue available, used by framers for its strength, quick set-up time & its invisibility when dry.
Fee:$150 member, &155 non member plus $15 materials fee
February 1, 2020 - Winter - Focus on Presence & Communication
In this course, we’ll explore creativity through poetry, nature, and perception. Learn how to tap into your own creative genius and how to nurture you own special gifts. Fostering your creativity in Community will allow you to commit and sustain a new way of creating. Each season will have a different focus. Bring writing materials and a journal and notebook.
Class Fee Per Session: member $65/non-member $70 plus materials fee $10
This workshop you will make color clay, learn the process of layering the color clay, it is a Japanese technique called Nerikomi. The first part of the class is watching the steps to work with color clay and learn the steps to make a functional piece with your color clay. Pack a lunch Bring: sketchbook, x-acto knife, pillowcase, regular size rolling pin.
Fee Per Session: member $115/non-member $120 plus $15 materials fee
Cancellation Prior to one week before start of class will be refunded or transferred. (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.