Past Workshops

TEXTURE! Get the Feel of it!

Levels: All

Instructor: Janet Trenchard

Offered: One day workshop - Saturday 06/22/19 12pm-5pm

Fee: $89.00 - one price for this class

Learn how to get that highly textured surface using common and uncommon materials!  A highly textured surface evokes the elements of earth and appeals to our sense of touch.  Let’s explore new ways to create textured surfaces and interact with them with sepia washes, scumbling, sanding and more! This workshop is limited to 12 students.

 

Janet Trenchard has retired from teaching art in the public schools and now is a fulltime professional artist. She has been in juried exhibitions around the Bay Area and Carmel, and is a Santa Cruz Open Studios artist.

 

 

 

 

Janet Trenchard, Artist’s Statement:

I work in an abstract contemporary style, and often work large for the physicality of it, and the sense of expansion.

I enjoy texture for the sense of touch, implied or real. My work is inspired by exploration and the interaction with materials.

What’s coming through in my current work expresses the earth, geology, geography, water.

Indigo Shibori: Classic Blue and White Patterns on Silk and Cotton

Levels: All levels, no prior experience necessary

Instructor: Kris Nardello

Offered: One Saturday afternoon workshop, 6/15/19 1pm-4pm

Fee: $120 one price for this class

Indigo is a natural dye like no other! Students learn a simple way to make this stunning blue dye, then experiment with 3 different shibori (resist) techniques to create complex patterns on a silk scarf and cotton gauze scarf. Additional cotton fabric will be available for further experiments and you may bring your own clean white natural fiber yarn or tee to dye after the scarves have been dyed. Participants will receive handouts containing several recipes for making an indigo pot, supply resources, a bibliography and internet resources. We will be working inside and outdoors, so please have sun protection and water as well as wearing old clothes, gloves and an apron.

 

 

 

 

Kris holds a BS in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Millwaukee and a MS in Science Education from Oregon State University. She has taught numerous textile workshops for the Santa Cruz Knitting Guild, Carmel Crafts Guild, Santa Cruz Natural History Museum and the Santa Cruz Textile Arts Guild as well as teaching at local middle schools for 25 years. Kris uses her natural dyed yarns in her hand-woven rugs and knitted garments.

Gouache 2.0

Levels: Some experience with Gouache recommended - please see Introduction to Gouache class 06/08/19

Instructor: Cynthia Armstrong

Offered: One day workshop - Saturday 06/08/2019 10am - 4pm

Fee: One price: $89.00

 

In this one day workshop, additional gouache and grisaille application techniques will be explored. Instruction, demos, and exercises will be available to further the artist’s understanding of the nature of this fascinating and versatile medium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cynthia Armstrong holds a graduate degree from UC Santa Cruz in Science Illustration and a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University.  She has been a freelance illustrator and artists for over 20 years, and a teacher for the past 15 years. Cynthia, as a published illustrator, has traveled and journaled extensively throughout her career. www.cynthiaarmstrongart.com

Red, Glorious Red, A Colorways Workshop (Location: Studio 119 @ The Tannery)

Levels: Prerequisite Intro. to Natural Dyeing, 4/27/19

Instructor: Kris Nardello

Offered: One Saturday afternoon workshop, 5/25/19 1:00pm-5:00pm

Fee: $120 one price for this class

Building on the experiences in the Introduction to Natural Dyeing class in April, we will dye wool yarn in some of the red dyes used throughout history for military uniforms (British Red Coats), religious vestments (cardinals), clothing for the wealthy and yarns for weaving pictorial tapestries. There are entire books written about these infamous colors! Brazilwood, cochineal and madder each have their own dye method and produce unique shades of red . Students will also use modifiers to make even more variations of shade and value. Each person will receive handouts containing dye recipes, supply resources, a bibliography and internet references. The class will conclude by making a color sample card with process notes for each dye. Please wear clothes for studio work and bring gloves, an apron and plastic bags for your wet yarn.

Kris holds a BS in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Millwaukee and a MS in Science Education from Oregon State University. She has taught numerous textile workshops for the Santa Cruz Knitting Guild, Carmel Crafts Guild, Santa Cruz Natural History Museum and the Santa Cruz Textile Arts Guild as well as teaching at local middle schools for 25 years. Kris uses her natural dyed yarns in her hand-woven rugs and knitted garments.

**Prerequisite Required: Intro to Natural Dying 4/27/19**

 

 

*This class is being held at the Tannery Arts Center in Studio 119, NOT at the Art League*

Watercolor with Pen & Ink (Studio 119 @ The Tannery)

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Bonni Carver

Offered: One day workshop - Saturday 05/18/19 10am - 4pm

Fee: One price: $89.00

Watercolor and pen and ink are the perfect portable media through which any place or setting can become a springboard for a creative sketch. An illustrated record of travels and seasons, sketching allows for a window into the moment. Bonni will demonstrate her facility with different approaches to sketching by melding water-soluble ink with watercolor paint and producing dynamic results. Discover the power of the imperfect line and how a simple blush of color can convert so much! Bonni will demonstrate simple ways to launch into using pen and ink for all levels. If weather permits we’ll sketch outside. It is recommended that you bring a sack lunch, otherwise the cafe will be open for food to be purchased if needed. For more of Bonni’s work, please visit her website at www.carverart.com.

 

 

 

*This class is being held at the Tannery Arts Center in Studio 119, NOT at the Art League*

 

 

Botanical Art Workshop: Roses in Watercolor

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Maria Cecilia Freeman

Offered: Two day Weekend Workshop - 05/18/19 - 05/19/19 10am - 4pm

Fee: $160 / $140 member price

Botanical Art prizes both beauty and accuracy. In this workshop we’ll begin with close observation of our live plant specimens (to be provided), learning to see and draw the botanical details – a rose is not just a pretty flower! We’ll work on varied approaches to color mixing, and practice techniques of watercolor brushwork particular to botanical art – layering colors and small “dry brush” work that allows us to capture fine details of our subjects. You’ll get plenty of individual attention as you draw and paint, to challenge and encourage you at your own level of skill.

 

Instructor: Maria Cecilia Freeman is a professional artist with 25 years of experience bridging scientific illustration and botanical fine art. Her award-winning drawings and paintings have appeared in solo and juried exhibitions across the U.S. and in Europe, and in the Filoli Florilegium. You can see her work at her website: mcf-art.com.

 

Intermediate Watercolor

Levels: Class designed for students with prior watercolor experience

Instructor: Jo-Neal Graves

Offered: Two day Weekend Workshop - 04/27 & 04/28/19 10am - 3pm

Fee: $160 / $140 member price

This Intermediate level class will include a variety of skills instruction and practice.  How do you create the fold of a leaf or flower petal, the fold of fabric or the surface texture of wood? Can you paint a convincing water drop or effectively paint reflections on water. How do you paint a windowpane that looks real? How about painting water? We will focus primarily on creating the illusion of form, painting reflections/reflective surface and negative space painting through a series of exercises. Come and join in on the fun!!!!

 

Jo-Neal has been a teacher for more than 40 years and she has been painting and teaching watercolor for 29 of those. She loves to teach and believes that all students are capable of learning to draw and paint in whatever medium they choose. She paints a variety of subjects but is particularly drawn to nature.

Introduction to Natural Dyeing, From A(vocados) to Z(innias) (Location Studio 119 @ The Tannery)

Levels: All levels. This is a pre-requisite for later Colorways natural dye classes. See May 18th class, Reds Glorious Reds!

Instructor: Kris Nardello

Offered: One Saturday afternoon workshop, 4/27/19 1:00-5:00pm

Fee: $120 one price for this class

Pink from avocados? Yellow from zinnias? Natural dyeing means extracting dyes from organic sources and using them to color fibers. In this 4-hour class, students will prepare their wool skeins to accept and retain these plant-based colors, then learn how to make dyes from vegetable scraps, wilted flowers, yard prunings and weeds from the roadside. We will discuss equipment needed to dye safely and make color sample cards with notes of the process we used. Each student will leave with naturally dyed wool yarn from each dye pot, a folder with handouts containing class notes, recipes for dyes and mordants, Internet resources and a sample page for each dye pot with colored yarns. Wear clothes for working in the studio, though an apron is always a good idea. All materials will be provided.

Kris holds a BS in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Millwaukee and a MS in Science Education from Oregon State University. She has taught numerous textile workshops for the Santa Cruz Knitting Guild, Carmel Crafts Guild, Santa Cruz Natural History Museum and the Santa Cruz Textile Arts Guild as well as teaching at local middle schools for 25 years. Kris uses her natural dyed yarns in her hand-woven rugs and knitted garments.

*This class is being held at the Tannery Arts Center in Studio 119, NOT at the Art League*

Paint Like the Old Dutch Masters With Acrylics

Levels: Some painting experience required

Instructor: Wayne Jiang

Offered: 3-Day workshop, Friday 4/12/19, Saturday 4/13/19 & Sunday 4/14/19 10am - 5pm

Fee: $240/$210 with member discount

This class is designed to help you take acrylic painting to the next level. Through a mixture of demos, hands-on painting sessions from photos or still life, you will learn Wayne Jiang’s unique acrylic glazing and layering techniques to paint like the old Dutch masters. You’ll also learn how to create rich tones with a limited color palette. Topics and exercises include: layering in glazes, combining opaque and transparent painting, best practices for planning and preparation, preparing surfaces for acrylic, and how to use photo references correctly.

 

About the instructor:

Wayne Jiang is an acrylic realist painter. Combining the aesthetic of 17th century Baroque paintings and the composition of modern documentary photography, his works have been described as the contemporary interpretations of Van Eyck, Vermeer, and Hopper. His work has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries such as the Morris Graves Museum of Art, Triton Museum, Crocker Museum, Sanchez Art Center, History San José, and Solomon Dubnick Gallery.

To see Wayne’s art works go to www.waynejiang.com

Wayne specializes in teaching acrylic. He has 25 years experience working with acrylic and 10 years teaching with the medium. He teaches artists with diverse skill levels: from someone who has never painted to professional artists who want to refine their acrylic technique or learn a new medium

 

Pushing Your Pastels

Levels: Some pastel experience is recommended

Instructor: Erika Perloff

Offered: One day workshop - Sunday 03/17/19 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

Push your pastel paintings to a new level with this one day workshop, which maybe should be called a playshop! We’ll play with various underpainting and mark making techniques using soft pastels, make our own surfaces to pastel on, and explore color harmonies for creating a variety of moods. Students will do lots of small experiments to inspire future work, using still life and their own reference material. $20 extra materials fee. Some pastel experience is recommended.  (Check out my class on March 16th, Pastel for the Enthusiastic Beginner.)

 

 

 

Pastel for the Enthusiastic Beginner: Getting Started with Soft Pastels

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Erika Perloff

Offered: One day workshop - Saturday 03/16/19 10am - 4pm

Fee: One price $89

Come get immersed in the world of soft pastels. In this one day intensive class you will learn the basics of working with this vibrant, forgiving and addictive medium.
We’ll discuss choosing pastels, pastel surfaces, color mixing, layering, mark making, value and color harmony. We’ll do a variety of short exercises and some longer studies using still life set ups and you’ll go home with enough knowledge to take off on your own and fly with pastels! No previous pastel experience necessary.

The Human Form in Expressive Color – Part A (Studio 119 @ The Tannery)

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Seana Mallen

Offered: One day workshop - Saturday 03/16/19 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

Using inks, watercolours, Watercolour pencils, or whatever you’ve got to experiment with, we will take loose and experimental approaches to the human form. Short poses and quick gestures with dynamic energy for the first half of the day. Longer poses in the afternoon to develop a full composition.
Caveat emptor: we are NOT looking at mixing flesh tones. We are using color for its beauty an expression!
Seana received her MA in Drawing  in London and has been privileged to work with some of the most renowned teachers in England. She  shares their ideas and her own enthusiasm for life drawing  with humor and lots of one-to-one instruction.

Flower Power (Studio 119 @ The Tannery)

Levels: All Levels

Offered: One day workshop - Saturday 03/09/19 10am - 4pm

Fee: One price: $100

Welcome blooming artists to this floral themed painting workshop taught by Carrie Clayden. Carrie is excited to be teaching her favorite theme: Flowers!

I encourage you to bring 3-5 canvases (minimum) and expect to leave with many finished paintings! I will demo how to build layers, use our hands for flowers and stabilo pencils for stems. We will dance and play listening to Carrie’s awesome playlist, and break for a delicious lunch. I thought it would be fun to have a potluck, everyone sharing their favorite dish. This experience is always a gift to yourself and your art. Everyone leaves happy and with paintings they can hang in their home. You receive valuable techniques you can implement into your art process while having FUN making art. What could be better?

 

 

 

Instructor: Carrie Clayden is a professional artist and teacher. Carrie graduated from UCSC in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Fine Art in 1995. Her studio is in downtown Santa Cruz and her work can be found on her website www.carrieclayden.com

 

 

*This class is being held at the Tannery Arts Center in Studio 119, NOT at the Art League*

 

Beginning Watercolor

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Jo-Neal Graves

Offered: 2-day Weekend Workshop, 03/09 - 03/10/19 10am - 3pm

Fee: $160.00 / $140.00 members price

This workshop is an introduction to the medium of watercolor. It will include the basic techniques used in painting with watercolor; wet into wet, washes, creating hard & soft edges,  layering/glazing and a combination of these. We will also review color theory and how it applies to watercolor. If you have a desire to learn to paint in watercolor, come and learn the basics with Jo-Neal.

Jo-Neal has been a teacher for more than 40 years and she has been painting and teaching watercolor for 29 of those. She loves to teach and believes that all students are capable of learning to draw and paint in whatever medium they choose. She paints a variety of subjects but is particularly drawn to nature.

Spontaneous Watercolor

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: One day workshop, Saturday 02/23/19 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

Want to have fun painting watercolor with freedom and ease? You will learn to paint fast and free.

If you:

–     have no previous watercolor painting instruction
–     would like to be able to paint watercolors stress free
–     tried watercolor painting and got discouraged
–     think that you don’t have any talent
–     haven’t painted for a while and would like to get started again

This workshop will provide a sequence of easy exercises designed to save you months of trial and error frustration. Capitalizing on the spontaneous characteristic of watercolor a sequence of easy exercises are designed to give you the confidence to continue on your own. During this day you will:

–     Learn the one big secret of spontaneous watercolor painting
–     Have fun painting creative and spontaneous watercolor exercises
–     Paint abstract watercolors for gifts or greeting cards
–     Learn all the brush techniques for painting people, skies, and landscape subjects
–     Learn simple color theory for mixing color values
–     Lay a foundation of skills so that you can continue to paint spontaneous WC.

Watercolor painting will be explained and demonstrated on this day of hands-on exercises designed for fun. This one workshop will save you months of trail and error frustration so that watercolor painting will delight and fascinate you for years to come. No matter what your skill or background, this class will have you painting watercolors and loving it. Spontaneous watercolor will delight and entertain you for years to come.

 

 

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn for the last 35 years. He has authored and illustrated a number of books on drawing and watercolor painting subjects:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation and The Pocket Drawing Book.