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Painting, Drawing, Printmaking & Mixed Media Workshops

Explore Acrylic Paint Pouring

 

 

In this messy, experimental class, we’ll explore the fun and addicting technique of pouring acrylic paint onto canvas. Students will create 2-3 colorful abstract masterpieces in this fast-paced class! We will cover the basics of color theory as it applies to poured acrylic, “dirty pours”, “flip cup pours”, and students will learn how to create tendrils by blowing through straws. This form of painting is easy to learn and fun for all skill levels. Paintings must dry for 24 hours, so you'll need to return to pick up your work 24 hours after class.

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

Thu., October 17 - NEW SESSION!
6:30 - 8:30 pm
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville

Register before Sept. 9: $40
Register after Sept. 9: $48
Register 2 or more: $35 each
Plus a $20 materials fee paid at registration

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Pat Evans teaches metal clay, fused glass, and traditional metal jewelry-making nationwide and at her studio, Creator Haven, in Watsonville. She has a passion and talent for bringing out the creativity in every student. Pat is a Senior Art Clay Certifying Instructor and is president of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild.

 


Dia de los Muertos Painted Skulls

 

 

Traditional sugar skulls are replaced with hand painted, handcrafted plaster Dia de los Muertos skulls in this one day workshop. We will paint our plaster skulls with bold patterns and rich colors inspired by this traditional, folk-art style. Learn to mix and pour quick-setting plaster, then paint your skulls with colorful designs in this fun, fast-paced class. As an extra bonus, you'll also learn to make molded chocolate skulls!

Parent/Child Workshop
Sat., October 12
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville

Register before Sept. 9: $45
Register after Sept. 9: $52
Register 2 or more: $40 each
Plus a $15 materials fee paid at registration

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Adult Only Workshop
Sun., October 13
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville

Register before Sept. 9: $45
Register after Sept. 9: $52
Register 2 or more: $40 each
Plus a $15 materials fee paid at registration

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Pat Evans teaches metal clay, fused glass, and traditional metal jewelry-making nationwide and at her studio, Creator Haven, in Watsonville. She has a passion and talent for bringing out the creativity in every student. Pat is a Senior Art Clay Certifying Instructor and is president of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild.

 


Print Noir: Creating High-Contrast Black & White Linoleum Block Prints

Printmaking is a process of mirror images and surprise, making it the perfect medium to convey the playful, puzzling, and mysterious. Over the weekend we will view examples by various printmakers, discussing styles, technique and imagery. We will explore the many ways drama and impact can be accomplished through the simple use of black and white, and the skillful use of a variety of tools and the specific marks they make. As students create their images we will discuss contrasting or subtle textures and patterns, as well as the consideration of a light source, and how they play a part in achieving a strong and compelling result. What tales do you want to tell with images?

Students will get hands on practice with carving tools, and learn how to use them, and will practice mark-making, inking, and using print mark guides. Each student will finish at least one black and white linoleum block print, and make a small edition. Students will gain skill and confidence to carve, ink, and print their own linoleum block prints at home.

Students will need to bring one or two sketches or photos to use as the basis for their prints. They should wear casual clothing that can get dirty, and bring an apron or smock.

Sat. & Sun., September 28 & 29
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Offsite at Creekside Arts Academy, 9057 Soquel Dr.
Building A, Suite A, in Aptos

Register before Sept. 9:  $195
Register after Sept. 9:  $210
Plus a $25 materials fee paid in class

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Melissa West- see bio below

 


Hand-Printed Greeting Cards


A custom designed, handmade card says so much more than one bought at the store! Just in time for the holiday season, or to create a set of cards for any occasion, students will create vibrant, personal images and print them on a set of greeting cards.

We will cover how to use carving tools to carve on linoleum blocks, and students will gain skill and confidence to carve, ink, and print their own prints at home. We will have plenty of time to practice  mark-making, inking, and using print mark guides. Each student will have time to finish 10 greeting cards with one image, and may have time for more images, depending on the intricacy of the design(s).

Students may also purchase an additional set of greeting cards to print in class, and may use those if time and individual designs allow. Please see the Class Resources page for details about what type of paper is required for any additional greeting cards students wish to purchase.

Materials fee includes one set of 10 greeting cards and envelopes, and all printmaking supplies.

Sat. & Sun., November 9 & 10
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: 1304 - Click HERE for a campus map

Register before Sept. 9:  $195
Register after Sept. 9: $210

plus $35 materials fee payable in class

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Melissa West is a member of the California Society of Printmakers and WEAD (Women Eco Artists Dialog). She has been exhibiting her work all over California for over 15 years. She loves printmaking because of the workman-like process of carving and printing blocks. You will often find her out on the hiking trails, sketchbook in hand. To learn more about Melissa and her work go to www.mswest.com

 


Quilling - The Art of Paper Twirling & Filigree

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Learn this elegant and beautiful paper technique that is easy and inexpensive! Paper quilling is a Medieval art form inspired by twirling pieces of leftover manuscript paper around a quill pen, then shaping and gluing pieces together to create three dimensional artwork. Completed pieces can be used for greeting cards, ornaments, wall hangings, and decorating simple items such as boxes, picture frames, candle holders, earrings, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Students will learn the basic shapes and techniques to create at least one unique 6 inch quilled snowflake, or two 3 to 4 inch pieces, depending on the complexity of your designs. Students will go home with a starter kit that includes a quilling tool, two packs of quilling paper, templates, and information about materials. You will be inspired to use your own creativity to create more of these whimsical pieces, and have something unique to make or give for the holiday season.

Sat., November 2
10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Room: 1304 - Click HERE for a campus map

Fee: $55
Register 2 or more: $48
plus $10 materials fee payable at registration

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Roxanne Nicholson learned paper quilling in the the library at UC Davis nearly 40 years ago, and has been making her own pieces, and leading workshops ever since.

 


Moku Hanga: Japanese Waterbased Woodcut - Advanced

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Mokuhanga, 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 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 mokuhanga, 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 mokuhanga is required to assure that students are able to progress to more advanced approaches to printing.

Mon. - Thu., January 13-16, 2020
10:00 – 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2005
Register before Sept. 9:  $395
Register after Sept. 9:  $415
plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

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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.

 


Pastel Still Life Through the Ages


Learn about pastel technique and materials as you explore three unique styles of artists from the 18th through the 21st century. Students will create three pastel still life pieces using a vibrant cornucopia of fall peppers, squash, persimmons, apples, pears, and Thanksgiving pastries. You may also personalize your still life with fruit from your tree or the farmers’ market.

Our first piece will use the bold coloration of California’s Wayne Thiebauld (imagine his cakes with rich colorful contours and contrasting backgrounds). Next, we will explore the rhythmic approach of Cezanne with his apples and pears and unique cubist perspective. In our last session we will follow the classical approach of 18th Century Chardin with the use of subtle grays and tones to build a centered peaceful, deep space pastel still life.

Participants will come away with several beautiful pastel studies perfect for seasonal gifts or ideas for personalized cards.

Instruction is geared to support the creativity of beginners to advanced artists.

Please see the Cabrillo Extension Class Resources web page for a detailed list of required materials, and other important information about this workshop.

3 Sat., November 2, 16 & 23 (no class Nov. 9)
1:30 – 5:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2014

Register before Sept. 9:  $148
Register after Sept. 9:  $160

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Ann Thiermann, MFA, has traversed our county’s park with easel and pastels and created the popular “Pathways Through Our Parks” exhibition and catalogue. Oct 2018-April 2019. www.annthiermann.com . Her natural history murals are throughout both Santa Cruz and Monterey county and attest to her deep interest in the flora and fauna of northern California. She is an experienced teacher at Cabrillo and abroad and enjoys the opportunity to share her expertise within the studio and on site with both beginner and advanced students.

 


Sketching with Watercolor, Pen and Ink

 

Watercolor, pen, and ink are the perfect portable media through which any place or setting can become a springboard for a spontaneous depiction full of life. As the light returns to us in the early winter, come add some color and light to your day at the beautiful Horticulture Center, high atop the Cabrillo campus!

Through demonstrations and practice in class students will learn several approaches that combine water soluble ink with watercolor paint to produce dynamic results. Learn simple ways to launch into using pen and ink, and discover the power of the imperfect line and how a simple blush of color can convey so much!  Bonni will demonstrate and instruct various approaches combining watercolor with pen and ink, as students paint in the studio, and outside if weather permits.

All skill levels are welcome! Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Bring a stool, a sun-hat, water, and your supplies. 

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

2 Tue. & 2 Thu., January 14, 16, 21 & 23, 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010

Register before Sept. 9: $160
Register after Sept. 9: $175
Register 2 or more: $150 each

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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.

 


Travel Sketching - Capturing Memories

 

 

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., October 26
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001
- Click HERE for a campus map
Register before Sept. 9: $82
Register after Sept. 9: $90

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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.

 


Handmade Paper Introduction       

 

 

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to make your own paper using new and recycled materials. You will learn how to construct your own paper making screen, how to prepare "paper pulp," and how to successfully create new sheets of paper. You can create your own colors, add flower petals, fortune-cookie fortunes, thread, and many other small items to create paper that is beautiful and practical!

This paper is ideal for craft projects, mixed media, printmaking, or for personalized stationery or cards!

You will leave this workshop with the knowledge and information needed to make your own beautiful handmade paper at home.

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

Sat. & Sun., October 5 & 6 - CLASS CANCELLED
12:30 - 4:30 pm
Room: 1304
- Click HERE for a campus map
Register before Sept. 9: $98
Register after Sept. 9: $110
Register two or more: $95 each

plus $25 materials fee payable at registration

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Melody Overstreet is a Master Gardener of California and certified California Naturalist through California Native Plant Society and UCSC's Arboretum. She developed a rooftop garden featuring edible, medicinal, and dye plants. Her work has been featured in publications such as Seed Broadcast, Inverness Almanac, and Chinquapin Quarterly. She was instrumental in initiating Santa Monica College’s Organic Learning Garden. To learn more about Melody go to www.melodyoverstreet.com.

 


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