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Painting, Drawing, Printmaking & Mixed Media Workshops

Children’s Book Illustration and Visual Storytelling

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If you have ever been 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. The class will focus on principles and techniques for creating illustrations that clearly communicate stories.  In this class you will:

  • Learn to captivate children's minds, sustain their attention, and enrich the reading experience.
  • Understand storyboarding, basic book structure and format, 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.

Students will create an 8 page illustrated children’s story book proposal. We will begin with story ideas, thumbnails, book dummy’s, and conclude with one final illustration. By focusing on a short story participants will be able to focus on core principles and the whole process, from beginning to end, which can easily be applied to larger projects. The instructor will be offering numerous demonstrations for creating illustrations with watercolor, pen & ink, and artistic studio practices.

Participants should develop a short, 8 page story for the class, and must have some experience with image-making.

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

8 Thu., March 8 – April 26
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2005
Register before Jan 29: $180
Register after Jan 29: $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 brianbowesillustration.com

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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. Daily exercises will be a marriage of formal design and experimentation. Students will be encouraged to discover new processes and possibilities that will enable them to expand their work into a series of inspired new works.

Students will begin in the studio classroom at Cabrillo's Visual Arts Complex, then on the second day we will enjoy the beautiful grounds at Cabrillo's Horticulture Center at the top of campus. There is plenty of inspiration up there in the gardens and greenhouses, as well the breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay!

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

Sat. & Sun., Feb. 3 & 4
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Saturday in VAPA 2008, Sunday in Hort 5110 -
please click HERE for a campus map, click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register before Jan. 29: $195
Register after Jan. 29: $210
Plus a $20 materials fee paid in class

register online

 

Andrea Borsuk - see bio

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Personal Histories: A Mixed Media Workshop

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We often celebrate our past by sifting through historical ephemera— old photos, letters, handkerchiefs and bits of string, but how can we put them together to make works of art?  Creating with these beloved materials can be overwhelming, but it can also be fun and exploratory! 

This weekend workshop will enable students to create meaningful mixed media works that allow them to embellish and organize materials in a personal way. We will use combinations of two- dimensional mixed media materials, such as charcoal, ink, pastel, water-based paints (including acrylics, watercolor and gouache), different grounds, transfer techniques and surface treatments, as well as collage. We will also discuss and explore issues of formatting, installation and presentation. 

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

Sat. & Sun., Feb. 24 & 25
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2008 -
please click HERE for a campus map, click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register before Jan. 29: $195
Register after Jan. 29: $210
Plus a $25 materials fee paid in class

register online

 

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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Paper Arts - Silhouette, Surface Texture, and Sculptural Forms

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Experiment with paper in ways you never imagined possible! In this 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 go to our Class Resources page for more information about this class.

3 Sat., March 10 - 24
9:00 am - 12:00 Noon
Room: VAPA 2008, please click HERE for a campus map, click on the buildings to see room numbers!
Register by Jan. 29: $180
Register after Jan. 29: $195
plus a $40 materials fee paid to instructor in class

register online

 

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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Handmade Paper Making Introduction

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In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to make your own paper from recycled items. You will learn how to construct your own paper making screen, how to prepare your “paper pulp,” and how to successfully create new sheets of paper. You can choose your own colors, add small items to the paper such as 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!

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

Sat. & Sun., Feb. 3 & 4
Sat: 6:30 - 9:30
Sun: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register by Jan. 29: $85
Register after Jan. 29: $98
plus a $20 materials fee paid at registration

register online

 

Melody Overstreet - see bio

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Handmade Paper Craft – Journals, Stationery and Paper Art

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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
Sat: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Room: 1520
Register before March 26: $75
Register after March 26: $88
Plus a $25 materials fee paid at registration

 

register online

 

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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Printmaking Workshop

linocut lanterns

 

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.

3 Sat., March 10 – 24
March 10, & 17, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
March 24, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2005
Register before Jan. 29: $180
Register after Jan. 29: $195
Plus a $40 materials fee paid in class

register online

 

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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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., March 24
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5005

Register by Jan. 29: $78
Register after Jan. 29: $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.

register online

 

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., March 31
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 by Mar. 26: $82
Register after Mar. 26: $90

register online

 

Carolyn Fitz - see bio below

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Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting – The Four Seasons - Part 1

bamboo

 

 

Enjoy a day of learning the revered Asian art of Sumi-e!
Sumi-e is an old, revered art form in Japan. It is also known as “Suibokuga”, translated as “water, ink, painting.”
With black ink (sumi), and its values (mixed with water), learn to paint two of the revered subjects of the “four honorable gentlemen, known as the four seasons”. Lots of demo’s and lots of fun!
In part 1 of this series we'll focus on both Bamboo (Summer) and Chrysanthemum (Autumn)

No experience necessary. All skill levels welcome.

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

Sat., April 28
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 by Mar. 26: $82
Register after Mar. 26: $90
Plus a materials fee of $12 for specialty paper provided by the instructor.

register online

 

Carolyn Fitz- see bio below

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Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting – The Four Seasons - Part 2

plum blossom

 

 

Enjoy a day of learning the revered Asian art of Sumi-e!
Sumi-e is an old, revered art form in Japan. It is also known as “Suibokuga”, translated as “water, ink, painting”.
With black ink (sumi), and its values (mixed with water), learn to paint two of the revered subjects of the “four honorable gentlemen, known as the four seasons”. Lots of demo’s and lots of fun!
In part 1 of this series we'll focus on both Plum Blossom (Winter) and Orchid (Spring)

No experience necessary. All skill levels welcome.

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

Sun., April 29
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 by Mar. 26: $82
Register after Mar. 26: $90
Plus a materials fee of $12 for specialty paper provided by the instructor
.

register online

 

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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Register for both Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting workshops for one low fee!

 

 


Register by Mar. 26: $150
Register after Mar. 26: $165
Plus a materials fee of $24 for specialty paper provided by the instructor
.

register online

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Nocturnal Painting - Moonlight Mixed Media

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Explore the magic of nocturnal painting in this class that revolves around the April moon cycle. We’ll start with in the studio, playing with a variety of palettes that work with the sky and earth shades under the cast of rosy dusk to indigo night. The moon reflected on water and filtering through trees will be examined. Participants are invited to use pastels, acrylics, other water-based media, or combination of media. Critical for success is having deep rich pigment tones, and dark pastel or paint surfaces. Preparing a canvas or pastel surface with a dark water-based wash will be demonstrated. In the studio, we’ll review how night leads us into seeing color as value. We’ll set up our palette based on the relative values of colors. We’ll gather inspiration from the early 20th century, Monterey Bay Tonalist School which frequently painted nocturnals a century ago.


For the 2nd and 3rd class meetings we will paint outdoors with views of the moonlight on the ocean, and at a local State Park with moonlit views of the forest. Locations and directions will be provided to students at the first class meeting. Our last class meeting will be back in the studio and we’ll put finishing touches on our plein air studies, strengthening values, colors, and light effects.

Drawing skills are highly recommended. This class involves walking on paths with uneven surfaces, and walking at night. Students should wear appropriate shoes, and be able to comfortably walk on paths and trails at night.

Please see the Extension Class Resources web page for a detailed list of required supplies, materials, and equipment needed for painting outdoors at night.

4 Class Dates:
Sat., April 28, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, VAPA 2015
Sun., April 29,  5:00 - 8:00 pm, off-site at an oceanside setting
Mon., April 30, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Off-site at a forest setting
Thu., May 3, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, VAPA 2015
Register before Mar. 26: $195
Register after Mar. 26: $210

 

register online

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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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., March 3 & 4
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2015
Register before Jan. 29: $195
Register after Jan. 29: $210

plus
a $25 materials fee payable in class

register online

 

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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en plein

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.

Coming Soon!
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
First class session meets at the Sesnon House
Register by Sept 11: $210
Register after Sept 11: $235

register online

 

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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