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Painting, Printmaking & Mixed Media Workshops


The Artist's Illustrated Journal  

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Back by popular demand! In this workshop you will learn about various techniques and materials used in creating a visual journal. We will work with creative prompts and ideas that will be sure to inspire you, combining instruction for techniques in drawing, writing, watercolor and page design while nurturing your creative process.

Keeping a visual creative journal helps you to live life more deeply. In your travels it helps you to experience a place on a connected and more meaningful level. It keeps you in touch with your deepest desires and affirms you as a creative being in the world, helping you to engage through more than just your senses. This is not a class in scrapbooking, crafts or bookmaking. It is a tool to awaken your senses and help you experience the world through artist’s eyes.

This workshop provides a safe and non-judgmental environment for participants of all levels of artistic experience.

A required materials list is available on our Class Resources web page

Sat. & Sun., April 22 & 23
10 am - 4 pm
Room: VAPA 2008
Register by Feb. 27: $180
Register after Feb. 27: $195

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Susan Dorf – see bio

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The Fearless Art Journal – Mixed Media and the Visual Art Journal   

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We will work with drawing and water based painting mediums as well as collage, image transfers, lettering, texture, page design, and layering to obtain a variety of effects. Come away with a toolbox full of techniques and inspiration.

This workshop goes beyond the Artist’s Illustrated Journal Workshop to take you deeper into the creative process and opens up more possibilities and techniques to bring your art journaling to a more profound level of deep creative play.

This class is taught in a non-judgmental environment designed to encourage you to embrace a sense of play, take risks, and embrace your own fertile imagination.

Participation in The Artist’s Illustrated Journal workshop is recommended but not required.

A required materials list is available on our Class Resources webpage

Sat. & Sun., April 29 & 30
10 am - 4 pm
Room: VAPA 2008
Register by Feb. 27: $180
Register after Feb. 27: $195

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Susan Dorf, BFA, has exhibited her work throughout California and internationally. Her artwork has been published in books, calendars and posters.

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Choreographing the Dance of Art Making: A Mixed Media Process Painting Workshop


 

 

 

Join us for a weekend of creative explorations of the sensations within while honing the sensual eye to absorb the world outside. Through group and individual experiences participants will be guided to be both the painter and the object that is being painted.

This process can induce a trance state which opens up the creative process and the resulting work can feel very alive. A range of mixed media materials will be used. Explorations will include guided movement and art meditations, installation experimentation and work on personal projects.

This is a workshop for the novice who wants to explore creative process and for the experienced artist who wants to open up their creative field and try new things.

Please go to our Class Resources page for the required materials list.

Sat. & Sun., June 10 &11 NEW DATES!
10 am - 4 pm
Room: VAPA 2020
Register by June 5: $195
Register after June 5: $210

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Andrew Purchin is an artist and psychotherapist who has created and exhibited paintings and performance installations for over twenty years. Through his Creative Witness Project he collaborates with other artist/performers and has created work on site at the last two Presidential Inaugurations, community celebrations, and the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

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Paper Arts - Silhouette, Surface Texture, and Sculptural Forms

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Experiment with paper in ways you never imagined possible! In this 4-Sunday workshop, you’ll create two and three dimensional artwork as you think beyond paper's traditional uses. Explore conceptual implications in art and culture, and learn methods of manipulation such as intricate paper cut outs, dioramas, and creating surface textures for three dimensional forms.  

Students will be introduced to contemporary art work by famous paper artists such as Swoon, Adrien Coburn, Andy Byers and Kara Walker. You’ll leave this class with a body of cohesive and thought provoking paper works.

Please note that on the second class, March 12th, we all "spring forward" for Daylight Savings!

Please go to our Class Resources page for more information about this class.

4 Sun., March 5 - 26
1 pm - 4 pm
Room: VAPA 2008
Register by Feb. 27: $195
Register after Feb 27: $210
plus $20 materials fee at registration

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Dana Peters, MFA, is a mixed media artist, printmaker, and 2012 Resident Paper Costumer and Performance Artist. She exhibits her two and three-dimensional works across the U.S. and internationally, including the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and the R. Blitzer Gallery in Santa Cruz. Go to www.danapeters.com for more information.

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En Plein Air Watercolor - A 3-Day Artists Retreat at Mission San Antonio de Padua

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Mission San Antonio de Padua beckons us to a quieter, simpler time, far from the distractions of the 21st century. Painters are able to unwind and immerse themselves in their artistic practice. Your time together includes an informal "critique" and social hour, demonstrations, instruction, and coaching from Bonni on your plein air watercolor pieces. This is a relaxing and inspiring journey to an historic mission with time for you to indulge and inspire your creative self in a serene setting.

During the 3-day artistic retreat you will enjoy five catered meals and two nights lodging at the historic mission. Students enjoy use of two dining rooms for buffet style meals in a relaxed atmosphere.

While at the Mission students will enjoy the beautifully restored peristyle garden and fiesta grounds, and simple yet comfortable single or double occupancy rooms. The mission’s recently restored cloister offers guests contemplative private space in keeping with the Mission’s monastic heritage. Rooms open onto the Padres Garden with their historic well and ancient grape vines, and include cozy beds, a sink, and fresh linens. Shower and bathroom facilities exist on each cloister wing.

For more information about the activities schedule, meals and lodging, required workshop supplies, and detailed directions, please check the Class Resources page.

Register Early! This new workshop has limited enrollment.

Double occupancy rates allow you to bring a friend or family member to share this special experience with!

Wed. - Fri., May 3 - 5
Wed., 5 – 9 pm
Thu., 8 am – 8 pm
Fri., 8 – 10 am
On location at the Mission San Antonia de Padua – Jolon, CA


Single Occupancy Room - Register by Feb. 27:  $395
Single Occupancy Room - Register after Feb. 27:  $425

Double Occupancy Room - Register by Feb. 27:  $375 per person
Double Occupancy Room - Register after Feb. 27:  $400 per person

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Bonni Carver - see bio below

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Monetʼs Early Years - A San Francisco Exhibit Excursion  

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High on the headlands above the Golden Gate—where the Pacific Ocean spills into San Francisco Bay—stands the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. Take a day trip to enjoy an unparalleled collection of Monet’s early work and the beautiful grounds at the Palace of the Legion of Honor.

This spring time collection of Claude Monetʼs early works is truly a rare treat. It boasts 60 of Monet’s pieces gathered from international collections including the Musee DʼOrsay in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Enjoy the day-long excursion with plenty of time for exploring the grounds and the exhibit.

Thursday evening is a brief slide lecture to review the history of Monet’s work, review the pieces in this exhibit, and get a quick look at the Palace of the Legion of Honor grounds. This evening portion will also prepare you for the next day’s trip and cover parking, directions and information about the museum.

Your class fee includes the evening lecture, entrance to the museum, entrance to the special exhibit, and your artist-guide!

Follow this link to our Class Resources page, which includes materials lists and other important information about this class.

Thu. & Fri, March 16 & 17
Thu., 6:30 – 7:30 pm (Room: VAPA 1001)
Fri., 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (San Francisco)   

Register by Feb. 27: $78
Register after Feb. 27: $85

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Bonni Carver, MA, has taught drawing and art for over 16 years locally and internationally. She is a perennial Open Studios artist and has displayed her work in numerous juried shows throughout the Central Coast and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. She studied watercolor in Provence, France, which proved to be the catalyst for a yearlong painting odyssey throughout Western Europe.

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Expressive Spring Botanicals in Pastel  

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Using spring flowers and plants as our inspiration, this class explores pastel techniques to express modeling, texture, design and mood of our bouquets and individual plants. Demonstrations cover basic compositional, drawing, and shading tips to create vivacious leaves, stems and flowers. Color tips for believable greens and complementary background colors will be shared in specific, fun and expressive pastel exercises. We will draw inspiration from flower paintings from the 15th to the 21st century, with examples from Catherine of Bologna, Rachel Ruysch, Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keefe and other contemporary botanical painters.

The first two class meetings are held at the Cabrillo Horticulture Center with inspiration from various plants in the gardens and greenhouse, plus bouquets from your own gardens. For our 3rd class we will create pastels on location in a private springtime garden and then we return to Cabrillo’s campus for our 4th class to one of our drawing and painting studios to finish studies and enjoy a group show. Getting the spirit, movement, and essence of the plants is  our focus.

A required supply list is posted on the Cabrillo Extension Class Resources web page.

4 Sat., April 1 - 29  (no class April 15)
1:30 - 5:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5005 and (VAPA 2015 - 4th class only)
Register by Feb. 27: $195
Register after Feb. 27: $210

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Ann Thiermann, MFA, is an experienced studio arts instructor at Cabrillo College with years of helping students create vibrant plant forms in her botanical illustration classes. She has created pastel landscape, figurative, and still life paintings that are included in collections nationally and internationally.

For more information about Ann, please visit: AnnThierman.com

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Moku-Hanga: Japanese Woodcut Printmaking - Lecture and Slideshow

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The lecture includes descriptions of the basic procedures of this water-based technique with photographs of some of the special Japanese printing tools and materials. The evolution of moku-hanga in Japan is illustrated with examples of historic prints, from the classic ukiyo-e of Hiroshige and Hokusai, to the shin hanga (new prints) of artists like Hiroshi Yoshida, to the sosaku hanga (creative prints) of Shiko Munakata who cut and printed his own work. The talk concludes with an overview of contemporary moku-hanga prints from a wide variety of international artists, and a discussion of the reasons for the growth of interest in this traditional technique among contemporary artists.

Sat., May 20
10:30 am - 12 noon
Room: VAPA 1001
Register by Feb. 27: $38
Register after Feb 27: $45

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April Vollmer is a New York artist with an MFA from Hunter College who has specialized in Mokuhanga since 1998. She has exhibited widely and is on the Board of the International Mokuhanga Conference. For more information about the artist and the technique visit her website at www.aprilvollmer.com.

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Advanced Moku-hanga Workshop

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Moku-hanga, the Japanese Woodcut Printmaking water-based technique, was used to print the refined ukiyo-e prints of the Japanese Edo period. This advanced class is designed for students of Japanese woodcut who wish to use more specialized printing techniques and learn how to print on dampened handmade paper. This advanced, four-day intensive workshop allows participants with some experience to work on blocks with dampened Japanese washi. We will review printing techniques like bokashi and goma zuri and delve further into the special characteristics of handmade paper.

The first half of the class is devoted to planning and carving blocks and the second half is reserved for printing. Each day will begin with a lecture-demonstration focusing on a different aspect of moku-hanga, including tool use and sharpening, paper, and printing techniques. The final day is devoted to printing an edition of multicolored prints on Japanese paper.

The $50 materials fee covers two blocks, the loan of barens and some cutting tools, color, miscellaneous supplies, proof paper and a sheet of handmade Japanese washi that can be cut into approximately eight prints. Additional paper will be available for purchase in class.

Prerequisite: Previous experience with moku-hanga is required for this class so that we can cover more advanced approaches to printing.

Follow this link to our Class Resources page, which includes materials lists and other information about this class.

Mon. - Thu., May 22 - 25
10 am - 4 pm
Room: VAPA 2005
Register by Feb. 27: $395
Register after Feb 27: $415
Plus $50 materials fee payable to instructor at class

 

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April Vollmer is a New York artist with an MFA from Hunter College who has specialized in Mokuhanga since 1998. She has exhibited widely and is on the Board of the International Mokuhanga Conference. For more information about the artist and the technique visit her website at www.aprilvollmer.com.

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Natural Inspiration: Exploring Water Media in the Garden

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Using local flora and fauna as inspiration, explore the techniques and effects specific to water based paints including inks, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paints. Daily exercises focus on the marriage of formal design and experimentation. You’ll be encouraged to discover new processes and possibilities to expand and inspire new art works..

Please check the Extension Class Resources web page for a list of required supplies and materials.

Sat. & Sun., May 20 & 21
10 - 4 pm
Room: VAPA 2014
Register by Feb. 27: $195
Register after Feb 27: $210
plus $20 materials fee paid at registration

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Andrea Borsuk - see bio

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Monoprints and Mixed Media

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This 2-day workshop will introduce you to new ways for creating unique mixed media artworks. You’ll discover how to experiment and integrate imagery with hand-pressed monoprint techniques and various media such as acrylic paints and gel mediums, stencils, inks, graphite, and collage. Experimental in nature, this workshop gives  you new ideas for pushing your work in a variety of new directions.

Open to beginners.

Please check the Extension Class Resources web page for a list of required supplies and materials.

Sat. & Sun., April 29 & 30
10 - 4 pm
Room: VAPA 2005
Register by Feb. 27: $195
Register after Feb 27: $210
plus $25 materials fee paid at registration

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Andrea Borsuk is a local Santa Cruz artist best known for her use of archetypes of beauty and femininity.She has taught Drawing, Painting and Mixed-Media at Cabrillo College, Portland State University, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Columbia University and Pratt Institute. In 2010 she received a Santa Cruz County Rydell Fellowship.

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Graphic Novel and Comic Book Art: Writing and Illustrating Basics

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Artists, comic enthusiasts and graphic novel devotees come spend your Wednesday evening with Elijah to learn the basics of comic writing, comic illustration and narrative art. Students will gain skills in visual storytelling, character design and page layout including composition, perspective and value. Students will learn about the pencil and ink process as well as comic book writing.

Please check the Extension Class Resources web page for a list of supplies and materials.

5 Wed., May 3 - 31
6:30 – 8 pm
Room: VAPA 2005
Register by Feb. 27: $180
Register after Feb. 27: $195
plus $50 materials fee at registration

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Elijah Pfotenhauer is a local Santa Cruz Illustrator, painter and teacher. He grew up drawing comics and creating worlds then studying Character Animation at Cal Arts. He has 10 years experience in the fields of graphic art and illustration. He has painted several public murals, and worked with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Oakland’s Community Rejuvenation Project and through the William James Association.

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Encaustics Explorations

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Join Beverly Rayner for one or all of these unique 3-day encaustic workshops. On the first night of each workshop we’ll present an informative slide show and workshop overview designed to familiarize you with this unique medium and prepare for the best in-class experience. These evening workshops give you a chance to learn about the options for working in encaustic and helps you understand the supplies, tools, and materials you will be using.

No experience is necessary – all are welcome to explore the wonder of encaustics no matter what media you normally work in!

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Introduction to Encaustics

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Encaustic painting blends colored pigments to heated beeswax, then the liquid is applied to prepared wood, canvas and other materials. The application process allows for easy manipulation, painting, texture creation, and limitless visual possibilities. This time honored tradition allows you to layer and build. In the additional sessions, we’ll encapsulate mementos or objects. Dive in and discover the joys of working with natural, fragrant beeswax and rich pigments, exploring the seemingly endless variations of color, line, pattern and texture.

In this workshop you will learn a great variety of encaustic processes through demos and hands-on experimentation. Starting with the basics of how to safely work with the materials and equipment, we will cover options for preparing interesting support surfaces, techniques for fusing, coloring, layering and texturing melted wax, and how to add paints, pastels, stencils, and other materials into the mix.

Safety and affordable equipment options will be addressed. Artists working in any and all media are welcome!

Please see Extension’s Class Resources web page for important details about materials and supplies for this class.

Limited to just 15 enrollments, so register early!

Thu., Sat. & Sun., March 9, 11 & 12
Thu., 6:30 – 8 pm (Room: VAPA 1014 NEW ROOM)
Sat. & Sun., 11 am – 5 pm (Room: VAPA 2005)
Register by Feb. 27: $195
Register after Feb. 27: $210
Plus a $60 materials fee at registration

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Beverly Rayner - see bio below

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Photo Encaustics

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Create museum-quality art pieces by enhancing your photographic imagery by added layers of depth with melted, pigmented beeswax. Creatively applying encaustic medium over photographs provides endless possibilities for enriching the visual qualities of images and adding layers of metaphorical meaning to your work.

Learn a variety of techniques for applying wax over multiple types of photographic media, from traditional and alternative process to inkjet and photocopies. Layer images in wax to create visual depth and add color and texture for all kinds of interesting effects. We will look at the work of a number of artists working in photo-encaustic for inspiration. There will be time to explore and experiment with the approaches you like the best.

Please see Extension’s Class Resources web page for important details about materials and supplies for this class.

Limited to just 15 enrollments, so register early!

Thu., Sat. & Sun., March 30, April 1 & 2
Thu., 6:30 – 8 pm (Room: VAPA 2021)
Sat. & Sun., 11 am – 5 pm (Room: VAPA 2005)
Register by Feb. 27: $195
Register after Feb. 27: $210
Plus a $60 materials fee at registration

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Beverly Rayner - see bio below

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Mixed Media Encaustics and Embedded Objects

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The combination of beeswax encaustic medium with mixed media, such as small objects, fabric, specialty papers, images, and countless other materials offers an endless array of expressive possibilities. It has the same remarkable ability as amber to capture and preserve embedded materials. Encapsulate memories, mementos, and more in layered pigmented wax. This class is perfect for those wanting to make special gifts, create complex paintings, or encapsulate memories!

In this fun exploratory workshop, we’ll cover the steps for preparing supports and applying encaustic medium, then experiment with various techniques for embedding an eclectic collection of objects and mixed media materials into layers of wax. Safety and affordable equipment options will be addressed.

In this fun exploratory workshop, we’ll experi¬ment with exciting techniques for preparing, coloring, and applying encaustic medium over a diverse array of surfaces. Students will learn techniques for embedding an eclectic collection of objects and mixed media materials into layers of wax.

Artists working in any and all media are welcome!

Limited to just 15 enrollments, so register early!

Please see Extension’s Class Resources web page for important details about materials and supplies for this class.

Thu., Sat. & Sun., June 1, 3 & 4
Thu., 6:30 – 8 pm (Room: VAPA 2021)
Sat. & Sun.,11 am – 5 pm (Room: VAPA 3004)
Register by Feb. 27: $195
Register after Feb. 27: $210
Plus a $60 materials fee at registration

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Beverly Rayner, MFA - see bio

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Image Transfer Processes for Mixed Media

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Explore simple yet versatile image transfer techniques that offer endless possibilities for creative expression. Gain inspiration and ideas from seeing the work of a number of artists applying wildly varied approaches to transferring images. Learn to transfer photographic images onto many types of non-traditional surfaces, such as patterned or unusual papers or boards, wood, stone, tile, metal, Plexiglass, and all kinds of objects. When you meld or fuse an image with such non-photographic surface or object, you create a relationship between them, opening up the potential for rich visual metaphors. Text can be added and images and/or text can be layered over each other.

Sat. & Sun., April 22 & 23
11 am – 5 pm
Room: VAPA 2005
Register by Feb. 27: $195
Register after Feb. 27: $210
Plus a $60 materials fee at registration

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Beverly Rayner, MFA, is an Art Studio and Art Photography faculty member at Cabrillo and is currently teaching at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Her photographic practice spans from antique to digital to mixed media approaches. Her artwork combines photographic media with materials and objects to create sculptural art works laden with meaning.

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SoulCollage®: Invite the Poetry of Images into Your Life

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Anyone who has a love for images and symbols and is looking for an intuitive approach to enhance personal growth and nourish the soul will find this workshop inspiring and fun. Soul- Collage® is a flexible and profound expressive arts method through which you build your own unique deck of cards for personal reading. This is an introductory course meant for beginners but those already familiar with SoulCollage® will enjoy having time to review the basic concepts and create new cards. Participants will be able to immediately apply what they learn during this creative day together.

Sat., March 18
10 am - 4 pm
Room: Horticulture 5005

Register by Feb. 27: $75
Register after Feb. 27: $88
plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor in class

Follow this link to our Class Resources page, which includes materials lists and other important information about classes.

 

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Mariabruna Sirabella, is the author of 2 CDs, is a Trainer of SoulCollage® Facilitators, facilitates the method internationally, and has been mentoring soul-development for the past 20 years.

Lauren Mari-Navarro, LCSW, is a trained facilitator of the SoulCollage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. She has her own private counseling practices in Santa Cruz County.

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Travel Sketching - Capturing Intimate Memories

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Whether you are travelling to exotic places, around town, or your own backyard, you can learn to do quick and spontaneous ink sketches. Using a Pilot Parallel chisel edged pen, along with a water brush, learn how to draw out various values with the pen's water-soluble ink. Lots of demos and lots of fun! Discover your own creative expression in this all-day class.

No experience necessary. All skill levels welcome. Bring a lunch and beverage.

Please click this link Cabrillo Class Resources to review the required materials list.

Sat., March 25
10 am - 4 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
Register by Feb. 27: $82
Register after Feb. 27: $90

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Carolyn Fitz - see bio

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Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting – The Four Seasons

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Enjoy a day of learning the ancient and revered Asian ink wash brush painting technique of Sumi-e!

Sumi-e is also known as “Suibokuga”, which translates as “water, ink, painting.” With black ink (sumi), students learn to create values by mixing the sumi with water. Students in each one-day workshop learn to paint two of the revered subjects of the four honorable gentlemen, known as the four seasons. Take one or both of these day long workshops and enjoy lots of demos and lots of fun!

No experience necessary. All skill levels welcome. Bring a lunch and beverage.

Please click this link Cabrillo Class Resources to review the required materials list.

Four Seasons Part 1: Bamboo and Chrysanthemum
Sat., April 1
10 am - 4 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
Register by Feb. 27: $82
Register after Feb. 27: $90
plus $10 materials fee at each class for specialty paper. All other materials needed for class can be found on Cabrillo Class Resources.

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Four Seasons Part 2: Plum Blossom and Orchid
Sun., April 2
10 am - 4 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
Register by Feb. 27: $82
Register after Feb. 27: $90
plus $10 materials fee at each class for specialty paper. All other materials needed for class can be found on Cabrillo Class Resources.

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Register for both Sumi-e Workshops for just $150!

After February 27 the fee is $165!

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Carolyn Fitz has been sharing her passion for calligraphy and ink painting for over 30 years. She has taken many art and garden study tours in Japan and China. From 2000 to 2013, she was the “Artist in Residence Instructor” at the Yosemite Art Center.

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