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Cabrillo Arts: Mixed Media Workshops

Sketching - Journals & Juxtaposition sketching

In this day long workshop we will explore taking your travel or "out and about town" sketches into the realm of journaling... learning to capture the scene with sketch and text. We will use various pens and some simple washes of watercolor or colored pencils to explore various ways to express and document your experience in artistic ways. A delight to look at and a way to share your personal experience with others.

We'll also do "whimsical chaos" sketches, where you capture all you see in a juxtaposed manner! A fun, freeing and expressive way to bring out your own creative imagery.

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

Sat., July 18
10 am - 4 pm
Room: Hort 5010

Register by June 8: $82
Register after June 8: $90

Follow this link to our Class Resources page, which includes a materials lists for this class.

 

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Carolyn Fitz has been sharing her passion for calligraphy and ink painting for over 25 years. She has traveled to Japan and China on art study tours and has been “Artist in Residence” at Yosemite National Park for the last 13 years.

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The Artist's Illustrated Journal artist journal

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. In this class we will learn about various techniques and materials used in creating a visual journal as well as work with creative prompts and ideas that will be sure to inspire you. The Artist's Journal workshops combine instruction for techniques in drawing, writing, watercolor and page design with the nurturing of creative process. 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 artists eyes.

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

Click on link below for the materials list.

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

Sat. & Sun., August 8 & 9
10 am - 4 pm
Room V2005

Register by June 8: $180
Register after June 8: $195
plus painting materials

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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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Encaustic Painting Workshop encaustic

Come along and experience an exciting, ancient and cutting-edge art form. Painting with pigmented, molten beeswax is beyond fun and also forgiving and versatile. The possibilities are endless with mixed media:  collage, stencils, stamps, ink, oil paints, watercolors, photography and so much more. You will create three or more original encaustic paintings in this two day workshop...or choose the 4-day workshop and get fully immersed in the possibilities.

Explore and learn through demonstrations about how to mix paint, fuse layers of wax, apply oil and chalk pastels, embed photos and apply image transfers. You will learn to work safely and creatively and then leave with a printout containing all the information you need to continue working after the class is completed. Artists of all media will enjoy the limitless possibilities of what more encaustics has to offer. All are welcome! No drawing skills necessary.

Limited to just 6 enrollments per session, so register early!

This workshop is taught at the instructor’s studio in Aptos. Students will receive detailed information upon registration.

Pack a lunch for the mid-day break. 

Sat. & Sun., August 22 & 23
10 am - 3:30 pm
Artist's Studio - Aptos

Register by June 8: $195
Register after June 8: $210
plus $60 materials fee payable at registration

register online


Terry Dowell is a mixed media artist specializing in encaustic work.  Her work can be seen in private collections nationwide and in juried shows in Northern California.

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Encaustic Painting Workshop - 4-Day Intensive encaustic

Come along and experience an exciting, ancient and cutting-edge art form. Painting with pigmented, molten beeswax is beyond fun and also forgiving and versatile. The possibilities are endless with mixed media:  collage, stencils, stamps, ink, oil paints, watercolors, photography and so much more. You will create three or more original encaustic paintings in this two day workshop...or choose the 4-day workshop and get fully immersed in the possibilities.

Explore and learn through demonstrations about how to mix paint, fuse layers of wax, apply oil and chalk pastels, embed photos and apply image transfers. You will learn to work safely and creatively and then leave with a printout containing all the information you need to continue working after the class is completed. Artists of all media will enjoy the limitless possibilities and wonder that encaustic has to offer. All are welcome! No drawing skills necessary.

Limited to just 6 enrollments per session, so register early!

This workshop is taught at the instructor’s studio in Aptos. Students will receive detailed information upon registration.

Pack a lunch for the mid-day break.

Tue. - Fri., November 17 - 20
10 am - 3:30 pm
Artist's Studio - Aptos

Register by Sept. 14: $295
Register after Sept. 14: $320
plus $60 materials fee payable at registration

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

register online


Terry Dowell is a mixed media artist specializing in encaustic work.  Her work can be seen in private collections nationwide and in juried shows in Northern California.

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Explorations in EL (Electroluminescent) Wire

Explore the various uses of EL (Electroluminescent) wire. EL wire is a thin copper wire coated in a phosphor, which glows when an alternating current is applied. Learn how to use EL wire for art projects, from sculptural enhancements to wearable art. It is available in a wide variety of colors and can add those much-needed lighted embellishments to your work. This class will cover many uses of the material. Including: soldering, designing, and attachment to various surfaces, durability and choosing the proper electronic drivers and sequencers for animating your work. Students will carry away a sample project that they start in class.

Sun., May 17
10 am - 4 pm
Room V3004
Fee: $98
plus $35 materials fee

For more information about this class follow this link: Cabrillo Class Resources

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Todd Williams has worked with EL wire since 1999 in his own art. He has shown his work at The Exploratorium and The Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, The Coachella Music and Arts festival, Maker Faire ,The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and at Burningman. Todd has a BA in Sculpture from San Jose State University.

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Reframing Family - Altered Family Photographs with Found or Personal Images reframing

Beginning with family photographs, either your own or found
images, we will explore a number of ways to alter the
images including painting, drawing, erasure, collage,
layering, transfers, and adding text. If you ever wished
you could alter or reshape reality, or even dreamed of
inventing an entirely new one, this workshop will give you
the chance to do so! Imagine and envision alternative
realities through the manipulation of imagery, surface and
text. You can create stand-alone pieces or create a “family
album” if you choose.

2 Sat. & 2 Sun., July 25 & 26 and August 1 & 2
11 am - 4 pm
Room: V2005

Register by June 8: $295
Register after June 8: $310
plus $50 materials fee payable at registration

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

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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Transference and Transformation - Image Transfer Process for Mixed Media transference

Explore simple image transfer techniques that have endless possibilities for creative expression. You will 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 meld or fuse an image with such non-photographic surface or object, you transfer meaning and create a relationship between the image and material or object, opening up potential for the creation of rich visual metaphors.

Text can be added and images and/or text can be layered over each other. We will look at the work of a number of artists applying widely varied approaches to transferring images for inspiration. 

Sat. & Sun., July 18 & 19
11 am - 5 pm
Room: V2005

Register by June 8: $195
Register after June 8: $210
plus $25 materials fee payable at registration

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

 

register online


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: 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 10th 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 22
10 am - 4 pm
Room: Hort 5005

Register by June 8: $75
Register after June 8: $88

Plus a materials fee of $20 paid in class

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

 

register online


Lauren Mari-Navarro, is a trained facilitator of the Soul Collage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. She has a private practice in the Santa Cruz community.



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