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Painting, Drawing, Printmaking & Mixed Media Workshops

Children’s Book Illustration and Visual Storytelling

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Interested in developing a children’s book idea, or in becoming a children’s book illustrator? This class is a great introduction to the medium and the process. This class will focus on principles and techniques for creating illustrations that clearly communicate stories.  In this class you will:

  • Learn ways to captivate children's minds and sustain their attention in order to enrich their reading experience.
  • Understand storyboarding, basic book structure and design, character development, and how style relates to content.
  • Learn to work effectively with designers, editors and, sometimes, directly with authors to create the best possible manuscript.
  • Learn Portfolio development, presentation, and self-promotion strategies.

Participants will begin by generating a short children’s story, followed by a survey of the fundamentals of illustrating for children's books. In the end you will have developed a new story, an 8 page book dummy and one fully illustrated two page spread! Participants will benefit from experiencing the whole process from beginning to end and by focusing on the core principles. These concepts can easily be applied to larger projects.

Participants must have some prior experience with image-making, and be open to development. You will be required to create a two page illustrated book spread. The instructor will be offering numerous demonstrations on methods for creating illustrations with collage, pen and ink, and watercolor. How you create your final illustration is up to you.

Please go to Extension’s Class Resources web page for a detailed list of required materials and supplies.

2 Sat. & 2 Sun., June 2 – 10 - CLASS FULL - New dates below!
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2008
Register before March 26: $180
Register after March 26: $210

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8 Thu., June 14 - August 9 (no class on July 5) CLASS FULL - New dates below!
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: VAPA 2008
Register before May 31: $180
Register after May 31: $210

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8 Thu., Sept. 20 - Nov. 8
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: VAPA 2005
Register before Sept. 10: $180
Register after Sept. 10: $210

register online

 

Brian Bowes, MFA, is a professional illustrator and experienced educator. He received his BFA from the California College of the Arts and his MFA in Illustration from the University of Hartford Art School. He has been leading workshops, classes and educational programs for over 15 years. To learn more about Brian and his work please go to brianbowesillustration.com

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Handmade Paper Craft – Journals, Stationery and Paper Art


Layered in the fibers of hand-made paper are color, texture and personality. You may find ribbon, thread, seeds, flower petals or fortunes from fortune cookies. The possibilities are almost endless! This class is designed to take hand-made paper to the next level and transform each unique piece into beautiful, textured art and elegant, functional crafts.

Students will hand-bind a personalized journal, create a small set of stationary, explore introductory printmaking techniques for stamps to be used with their stationery, and create an art piece ready for framing - all using colorful, textured handmade paper.

Each student should bring 10 individual sheets of handmade paper, roughly  8.5 by 11 inches, either purchased or hand-made by the student. Please wear comfortable clothes, an apron, and bring snacks, lunch, and drinking water. Students are also welcome to bring any materials to utilize in their stationary or in the creation of their art-piece.

This is a great follow-up class for those who have taken Handmade Paper Introduction, or if you want to learn how to make unique pieces utilizing hand-made paper.

Sat. &  Sun., May 19 & 20 CLASS CANCELLED
Sat: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Room: VAPA 2008
Register before March 26: $75
Register after March 26: $88
Plus a $25 materials fee paid at registration

 

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Melody Overstreet, BA, is a poet, artist, printer, and educator. She currently teaches at Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School. Her ongoing work as an artist is inspired by the interconnection between human beings and the land. She has exhibited her work locally as well as internationally. To learn more about Melody go to www.melodyoverstreet.com.

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Decorative Paper Workshop


Decorative papers were originally made by medieval bookbinders coloring their bookbinding paste, and to produce unique book covers. Paste paper is still used today in a variety of ways to create beautiful, handcrafted books, for decorative applications, or in mixed media work.

Learn to apply the colored paste to paper with a brush or sponge, then manipulate with various tools and stamps to create patterns and dimensionality with your paper!  In this workshop we will explore different methods of creating designs and produce a number of papers which can be works of art themselves, or may be used in other creative projects.

Sat. &  Sun., June 30 & July 1
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Room: VAPA 2008
Register before May 31: $180
Register after May 31: $195
Plus a $25 materials fee paid at registration

 

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Frank Trueba has been printmaking and creating decorative paper for almost 20 years. He is a founding member of the printmaking co-op Printmakers at the Tannery, and helped create Open Ground Studios in Seaside. He is a member of the California Society of Printmakers.

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Basic Linocut Printmaking Workshop

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This workshop will introduce you to the simple, elegant linocut printmaking process. Linocut prints tend to be more expressive and the linoleum block is softer and much easier to carve and cut than many other methods of printmaking.

Students will learn to plan & draw images or patterns, carve their “relief “image into the linoleum block, and finally hand print your design using simple tools! This is a great way to start experimenting with the beautiful medium of printmaking. You can use linocuts for original art work, greeting cards, t-shirts and so much more!

Students will have time to create two bodies of work during this workshop, and the imagery will be determined by you. You may bring images to use, create them in class, or there will be basic images and patterns to choose from in class.  On the last day students will be part of a class print exchange. You will leave this workshop with a collection of your own prints, an exchange portfolio, and the knowledge needed to continue making prints in the convenience of your own home!

Materials fee includes most materials needed as well as your own carving set.

Please see the Class Resources web page for a list or required materials students must bring, as well as other important info about this class.

2 Sat., June 2 & 9
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2005
Register before Mar. 26: $180
Register after Mar. 26: $195
Register two or more: $178 each


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Dana Peters - see bio below

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Multi-Color Linocut Printmaking

 

 

Take your linocut printmaking to the next level by adding color, relief and carving to create multi-color prints. We’ll begin by examining works by printmakers such as Tom Kiliion and Karen Kunc to gather inspiration for our pieces. Then we’ll roll up our sleeves and explore color mixing, reduction, and registering multiple linocut blocks to create unique pieces with cohesive color combinations. Learn to use Easy Carve/Speedy Carve blocks to “break the ice” into the process, then shift to using two blocks to create an edition of multicolor prints. Each student will create their own collection of prints as part of their exchange portfolio, to contribute and exchange at the end of class!

This workshop is ideal for beginning printmakers who have taken basic black and white linocut or woodblock printmaking workshops, and have some experience with the basics of relief printing and carving.

Old clothes or apron strongly encouraged – you will get messy!

2 Sat & 2 Sun., August 19, 25, 26 & September 1
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2008
Register before May 31: $195
Register after May 31: $210
Register two or more: $180 each
plus $60 materials fee payable to instructor in class


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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 http://daniellepeters.com/ for more information.

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Layered Monoprints Using Non-Toxic Methods

 

 

Join Stacy in her home studio as she shares her passion for printmaking. Enjoy this intimate and creative setting as you learn about various materials, methods and processes, how to use equipment, and how to create and ink the plates. Students will achieve surprising and unique monoprints by combining several techniques, including drypoint, monotype, masking, off-set and ghost printing.

Explore non-toxic printmaking methods using materials such as plexiglass, 100% cotton paper, stencil paper and linseed oil-based inks to create beautiful layered images.With the instructors assistance students will “hand pull” a number of monoprints combining a variety of printmaking techniques.

This class is limited to only 4 students so register early!

Sat., June 23
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Offsite at Art Studio -
1619 King St., Santa Cruz
Register before May 31: $90
Register after May 31: $105
plus $15 materials fee payable to instructor in class


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Stacy Frank, B.S. in Environmental Studies, has studied etching and printmaking at both Cabrillo and Monterey Peninsula College and now has her own studio. She is a member of Monterey Penninsula College Printmakers Club as well as the California Society of Printmakers. Her work focuses on animals, botanicals, treescapes and scenic - a direct result of her love of nature and training in scientific illustration.

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SoulCollage®: For the Love of Images and the Changes They Bring

 

Give expression to your life story in all its beauty and complexity! SoulCollage® is a flexible and profound expressive arts method through which you make your own unique cards for personal reading. Anyone who has a love of images and is looking for an intuitive process for change and growth will find this process meaningful. Your cards give voice to all of who you are and even offer expression to the qualities you want to bring into your life!

In its 13th year offered at Cabrillo Extension, SoulCollage® originated right here in Santa Cruz County by local author Seena Frost and is now in 39 countries around the world! Come experience for yourself what has inspired thousands: a method deeply personal, incredibly fun, and perfect for the quiet individualist as well as the one who loves community. As simple as the ingredients of cut images, a pair of scissors, and some glue, this process is considered by many to be transformational and vitally expressive, even with zero art experience!

This is a course for beginners as well as those already familiar with SoulCollage® who will enjoy having time to review concepts and create several new cards in a relaxing and lovely environment. Participants will be able to immediately apply what they learn during this creative day together. Anyone can make SoulCollage® cards!

Sat., August 25
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5005

Register before May 31: $78
Register after May 31: $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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Lauren Mari-Navarro is a trained facilitator of the SoulCollage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. Lauren has her own private counseling practice 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.

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

Sat., August 4
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010. Please click HERE for a campus map,
click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register before May 31: $82
Register after May 31: $90
Register 2 or more: $80 each


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Carolyn Fitz- see bio below

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Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting – Landscapes

 

 

 

In this day long workshop, we will capture the essence of Sumi-e landscape painting. Using various techniques of brush work and black ink, mixed with water values, we will create the elements of: waterfalls, rocks, granite cliffs, trees and plants, mist between the mountain ranges, cloudy skies, and other natural beauty.

We will begin by painting a traditional Asian landscape scene then move towards painting a California landscape using the same techniques.

Lots of demonstrations 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.

Sat., August 11
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010. Please click HERE for a campus map,
click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register before May 31: $82
Register after My 31: $90
Plus a materials fee of $12 for specialty paper provided by the instructor.

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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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Painting from Within


Learn to express yourself and find your visual voice in a noisy world through the use of color, brush strokes, and shapes in two dimensional landscapes. We will cover the skills necessary to create paintings with graphic composition and techniques used in oil painting media.

You will leave this workshop with the ability to select and prepare a suitable support for painting in oil, be able to identify and incorporate the elements and principles of design,and  be able to identify emotional or subjective content and incorporate it into your artwork.

Fri, Sat. & Sun., July 20, 21 & 22
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2020
Register before May 31: $260
Register after May 31: $285
Register for 2 or more: $250

 

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João de Brito has become well-known for his use of vibrant colors that elicit light, life, energy and interpretive landscapes. Having unleashed a fresh creativity – inspired by memories of his homeland in Portugal, scenes from the East and West Coast, and his many travels abroad – de Brito’s oils stimulate the sense of sight to produce emotion and thought.

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Linear Perspective on the Artist’s Side of the Brain

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This two-day workshop is a thorough, yet playful, approach to the age-old quest to add depth to drawings and paintings. Learn the basics of 1, 2 and 3 point perspective, simplified to their barest bones. Leave the class with finished studies that will make you proud! You’ll never shy away from linear perspective again! The materials fee covers everything needed in class, so just come with an open mind!

Sat. & Sun., May 19 & 20 NEW DATE!
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2015
Fee: $195
plus
a $25 materials fee payable in class

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Bob Lamp, MFA, is an adjunct instructor at Cabrillo College and Monterey Peninsula College. He currently teaches courses in sculpture, small metals, drawing and water-color painting. He has been showing his work both locally and internationally since 1993.

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Image Transfer Process for Mixed Media transference

These simple yet versatile image transfer techniques offer endless possibilities for creative expression! Learn to transfer photographic images onto many types of non-traditional surfaces, such as patterned or unusual papers or boards, wood, stone, tile, metal, Plexiglas, and all kinds of objects. When you combine images with such non-photographic surfaces or objects, you create a relationship between them, opening up the potential for rich visual metaphors. Images and text can also be layered over each other for more complex effects.

Loads of inspiration and ideas will be presented through the work of a number of artists who apply wildly varied approaches to transferring images.

No experience is necessary – all are welcome to explore the fun of image transfers, no matter what media you normally work in!

Sat. & Sun., August 4 & 5
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2008

Register before May 31: $195
Register after May 31: $210

plus $35 materials fee payable at registration

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

 

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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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The Means of Abstraction – A Painting Workshop

 

This workshop will explore the means of abstraction in painting: gestural, non-objective, referential, and symbolic. Through a series of exercises, students will work toward developing a personal abstract language to express individual ideas and content in small studies and larger works.

Acrylic paint is recommended.

Register Early! This workshop is limited to just 18 participants.

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

Mon. - Fri., June 11-15
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2020
Register before May 31: $260
Register after May 31: $285

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Claire Thorson - see bio below

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Landscape Drawing and Painting

 

This workshop will focus on outdoor drawing and painting in the Santa Cruz area. The immediacy of the landscape, with its varied forms, shifting light, and other sensory elements will provide ample material for individual and experimental work. We'll cover organizational strategies for outdoor work, color and spatial relationships in the landscape, composition, and conceptual impulse. The goal is for you to frame and develop your response to place while spending enjoyable afternoons outdoors. Mixed media drawing and painting will be explored.

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

4 Tue. & 4 Thu., June 19 - July 12
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2020
and offsite locations in the Santa Cruz area
Register before May 31: $320
Register after May 31: $340
Register 2 or more: $305 each

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Claire Thorson - see bio below

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Approaches to Painting the Figure

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Painting the figure is a substantial opportunity for both observation and expression. In these weekend workshops you will work directly from the model with short and long poses and a variety of approaches. Topics include gesture, volume and spatial relationships within the pose, composition, color palette, abstraction, and paint handling. Approaches are open-ended and offer ample possibilities for exploration. 

Prior drawing or figure drawing experience is recommended.

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

Session 1: Gesture, Form, and Space
Fri. & Sat., July 6 & 7
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2020
Register before May 31: $160
Register after May 31: $175
plus $20 for model fee payable at registration

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Session 2: Color, Composition, and Abstraction
Fri. & Sat., July 13 & 14
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2015
Register before May 31: $160
Register after May 31: $175
plus $20 for model fee payable at registration

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Register for both Approaches to Painting the Figure workshops for just...
Register before May 31: $295
Register after May 31: $320
plus $40 for model fee payable at registration

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Claire Thorson teaches figure drawing and painting at Monterey Peninsula College and Cabrillo College. She is a native of California, loves the coast, and has a studio in Elkhorn. Her drawings and paintings travel the territory from figuration to abstraction.

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Paint the Central Coast - En Plein Air Watercolor

 


 

 

 

Come experience the joy of plein air watercolor painting (painting outside and on-site) at different venues on the Central Coast, from the West Side of Santa Cruz to Moss Landing. Plein air painting gives the painter a multi-sensory awareness of the subject, which can translate into a process chock-full of inspiration. When you are literally in your landscape, you can hear the sounds, smell the scents and feel the warm breeze that you are painting! We will demonstrate techniques and strategies that simplify and demystify this unique experience. Explore the boundless possibilities that painting en plein air offers while experimenting with shape, color, design and flair!

Whether you are a seasoned painter or a novice, painting outside will add a new dimension to your work. Demonstration and instruction will be given at the beginning of every class relating to design, approach and interpretation.

All levels welcome. The first class will meet in front of the Sesnon House on Cabrillo’s Aptos campus.  

This workshop will include in depth demonstrations and critiques, and tips to complete paintings in order to assist painters in developing their pieces.

A materials list of needed supplies can be found online on the Class Resources page.

2 Tue. & 2 Thu., August 21, 23, 28 & 30
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
First class session meets at the Sesnon House
Register before May 31: $210
Register after May 31: $235

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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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Woodblock Printmaking: From Black and White to Color

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Come and learn the simple and beautiful process of making woodblock prints. Wood block prints are a great way of making your own cards, prayer flags, quilt design, and patches. Each student will walk away from this workshop with two editioned images of their own, one in black and white and one printed with two colors. The workshop will cover the various types of wood, tools, inks, and papers used to make a print. Carving, color mixing and printing techniques will be demonstrated and experienced first hand. We will be using hand and dremel tools for carving, and a press and wooden spoon for printing. We will be printing with oil-based inks and learning non-toxic clean up.


Fri., Sat., & Sun., August 10, 11 & 12
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2005
Register before May 31: $295
Register after May 31: $320
plus $35 materials fee payable in class

 

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Bridget Henry has been exploring woodcut printmaking over 20 years and continues to be enthralled with this alchemical process. She co-manages the printmaking studio at UC Santa Cruz and has taught relief printmaking at Cabrillo College, California Art Education Association, and Idyllwild Arts Academy. Her recent work includes an outdoor installation of nine large-scale prints on the walls of the Santa Cruz Public Library.

 

 

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