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Painting, Drawing, Printmaking & Mixed Media Workshops

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. In our final session we will celebrate in our classroom filled with student’s beautiful work.

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

3 Sat., Jan. 12, 19 & 26
1:30 - 5:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2015 - Click HERE for a campus map
Register before Jan. 28: $148
Register after Jan. 28: $160

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Ann Thiermann, M.F.A., is a college educator and fine artist. Her murals, landscapes and gardenscapes reflect her close attention to, and love for, the details of the natural world.

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Monoprints and Mixed Media

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This 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.

Your $25 materials fee will cover many of your supplies, but please check the Extension Class Resources web page for a list of additional required supplies and materials.

Sat. & Sun., Feb. 23 & 24
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2008 - Click HERE for a campus map
Register before Jan. 28: $195
Register after Jan. 28: $210

plus $25 materials fee paid in class

register online

 

Andrea Borsuk - see bio below

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Natural Inspiration - Water Media in the Garden

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Using local flora and fauna as inspiration, we will explore the techniques and effects specific to water based paints including inks, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paints on a variety of papers. Daily exercises will be a marriage of design and experimentation. You will be encouraged to discover new processes and possibilities derived from nature, allowing greater freedom to create a new series of inspired works on paper.

Please check Extension's Class Resources web page for important information about required materials.

Sat. & Sun., April 13 & 14
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2008 - Click HERE for a campus map

Register before March 25: $195
Register after March 25: $210
Plus a $20 materials fee paid in class

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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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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. 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!  

We will begin at Cabrillo for demonstrations and practice with the tools and techniques in the morning, then move to an outdoor location nearby to sketch en plein air and catch the light, movement, and unique shapes that can only be seen when you are in your environment while you are sketching! Details and directions to the location will be provided in class.

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 pagefor a detailed list of required supplies and materials.

Sat., April 6
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010 - Click HERE for a campus map

Register before March 25: $82
Register after March 25: $90
Register 2 or more: $80 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.

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Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting - Critters & Beyond

 

 

 

In this day long workshop, we will be immersed in the realm of ink painting "critters" such as insects, dragonflies, butterflies, frogs, etc. We will also learn ways to paint the simplicity of their environment: branches, reeds, bamboo leaves, rocks, pond water,  water lilies, and grass.

Throughout the day, the haiku poetry of the beloved Japanese poet Issa (1763-1828) will be shared. Hearing his poetry will heighten our compassion, understanding and humor of the critters he loved to write about and had such a sweet sensitivity for. He considered them his "roommates" in his humble hut and life. His poetry was his "heart's diary".

This will be a day of creative exploring and expressing through our ink painting. There will be lots of demos and lots of fun! We will explore several ways to make simple, sweet greeting cards from some of our painting results.

Beginners welcome! No experience is necessary. Bring a lunch and beverage.

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

Sat., Feb. 23
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for a campus map

Register before Jan. 28: $82
Register after Jan. 28: $90
Plus a materials fee of $12 for specialty paper payable to instructor in class
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Carolyn Fitz - see bio below



Travel Sketching

 

 

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., March 23
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
- Click HERE for a campus map
Register before Jan. 28: $82
Register after Jan. 28: $90
Register 2 or more: $80 each

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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.




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

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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 11th 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!

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

Sat., April 27
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5005

Register before March 25: $82
Register after March 25: $90
Register two or more: $80 each

plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor in class

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Lauren Mari-Navarro, LCSW and Mischa Eovaldi, LCSW are trained facilitators of the SoulCollage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. Both Lauren and Mischa have their own private counseling practices in Santa Cruz County.



Handmade Paper Introduction       

 

 

If you’ve ever looked at handmade paper to purchase, you know how expensive it can be, but making it yourself is easy, fun, very inexpensive, and allows an almost limitless amount of creativity! In this hands-on workshop, using new and recycled materials, you will learn how to construct your own paper making screen, prepare the vibrant, textured "paper pulp," and create new sheets of paper. You can create your own colors, add dried leaves or flower petals, fortune-cookie fortunes, ribbons, 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., May 25 & 26
12:30 - 4:30 pm
Room: 1520
- Click HERE for a campus map
Register before March 25: $88
Register after March 25: $95
Register two or more: $85 each

plus $20 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.

 


En Plein Air Watercolor - A 3-Day Artists Retreat in San Juan Bautista

 


 

 

 

The St. Francis Retreat Center beckons us to a quieter, simpler time, far from the distractions of the 21st century. During the three day artistic retreat you will have time to enjoy 73 acres of beautiful grounds, six catered, restaurant quality buffet style meals in a relaxed atmosphere, and two nights lodging at the historic, serene location. Painters are able to unwind and immerse themselves in their artistic practice. Your time together will include painting and sketching demonstrations, instruction, and coaching on your plein air watercolor pieces, and an informal "critique". We will enjoy an evening social hour, and take a Saturday morning trip to San Juan Bautista for painting, which is just a short drive from the St. Francis Retreat.

This is a relaxing and inspiring journey to a location rich with natural beauty and history, and time for you to indulge and inspire your creative self in a restorative, peaceful setting. Over the course of your three days at Saint Francis there is no need to worry about anything except your creative process, as all of your meals and accommodations are included! Students will arrive Friday evening for dinner and leave Sunday after lunch. Fees include six meals, and two nights lodging including the option of private or shared rooms, and all rooms have private baths.

Please go to the Cabrillo Extension Class Resources webpage for detailed information about meals, accommodations, the grounds at Saint Francis Retreat Center, the weekend itinerary, and a list of required supplies materials.

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!

Fri., Sat., & Sun., May 3 - 5
Fri., 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Sat., 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun., 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
On location at the St. Francis Retreat Center – San Juan Bautista, CA

Single Occupancy (private room) Register before March 25: $895
Single Occupancy (private room) Register after March 25: $950
Shared Room, Double Occupancy: $825 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.

 

 



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