Past Workshops

Introduction to Gouache

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Cynthia Armstrong

Offered: One day workshop, Saturday 07/27/19 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

Introduction to Gouache is back by popular demand!

Gouache is an overlooked watercolor medium that has amazing versatility and can transcend the boundaries of many other mediums. It can wash like watercolor, blend like an opaque oil, and dry brush like acrylic. Best of all it sidesteps the need to plan and reserve whites as in watercolor. It’s water soluble nature allows for tremendous travel capability and setup ease and cleanup. Since it’s dry time is fast, as in watercolor, you can paint, mat, frame and hang in a day.

This introduction to gouache will cover it’s many strengths, from reintroducing lights (highlights) and delicious velvety matte finish, to intensely rich pigments and luscious handling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 artist 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

Achieving Exciting Visual Effects with Water Media (Studio 119 @ The Tannery)

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Linda Curtis

Offered: One Sunday Afternoon, 7/21/19 10:00am-4:00pm

Fee: $89.00

This workshop is designed to help jump start your creativity. You will learn how to paint with more drama, distance, and visual excitement by combining water media such as, watercolor, acrylic and water soluble oil paint on the same surface. Also, by adding complementary under- painting you can create optic vibration. An added plus is that you can save money by creating watercolor paintings (and other water media) that won’t need matting, glazing or framing. All materials needed will be provided by the instructor for a small material fee of $10.00 due at the beginning of the first class. Please bring a sack lunch.

 

Linda Curtis has a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art. She is a Signature Member of the California Watercolor Association (CWA) and the Internal Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP). She also is an Open Studios artist. Her work is included in the book, Painting In Acrylics by Lorena Kloostervoer. Linda’s water media works have been accepted into numerous statewide, national and international exhibits. She’s been delightedly teaching watercolor on cruise ships sailing around the world and has done workshops and demonstrations for Bay Area arts associations. She is an enthusiastic instructor and painter. Please feel free to visit her website at: www.paintingsbylindacurtis.us. 

 

 

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

Spontaneous Drawing

Levels: All Levels

Instructor: Robert Dvorak

Offered: One day workshop - Saturday 07/20/19 10am - 4pm

Fee: $89.00

Want to drawing with freedom and ease? This workshop is for you if you:

  • have no previous drawing instruction,
  • would like to be able to draw with confidence,
  • tried drawing and got discouraged,
  • would like to let go of tight drawing habits,
  • want to draw mindfully with a lightness of being.

Spontaneous Drawing as a meditation is for beginners, artists, and teachers who want to learn an approach to drawing that will guide you to new levels of creativity and awareness through the experience of drawing. You will practice may innovative drawing methods in a safe non-competitive environment. You will:

  • Learn and practice many spontaneous drawing techniques
  • Learn to draw faces, trees, landscape and other subjects
  • Practice drawing as a meditation so that you will draw simply with joy, and ease.
  • Learn to draw with awe.

This one workshop will save you months of trail and error and frustration so that your daily drawing practice will delight you, fascinate you, and give you peace. No matter what your skill or background, this workshop will provide the confidence to draw spontaneously for years to come.

Materials fee of $24 for The Pocket Drawing Book, an extensive handout, drawing paper and all your drawing supplies. If you can, bring a watercolor brush to the class. If not, the instructor will provide one.

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn for the last 35 years. He is an artist and popular speaker on subjects of creativity in education and business.  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.

Note:  The materials fee of $24 is extra and will be collected at the beginning of the workshop.

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Golden Age Masters Study 1: Alphonse Mucha

Levels: Some experience recommended

Instructor: Hajra Meeks

Offered: Saturday Afternoon, 07/13/19 12:00pm-6:00pm, Including lunch break

Fee: $89.00 - one price for this class

For this Golden Age Masters study, students will be focusing on the ever popular Alphonse Mucha for this first Master class! This Golden Age, Art Nouveau icon combined realism with stylization that can be modified for the use of watercolor, gouache, or ink mediums very readily. Hajra’s workshops are rooted in technique as well as art history. This will be a fun and insightful workshop, not to be missed. A detailed syllabus is available linked to the “Materials List” below.

 

 

 

 

Hajra Meeks is an Author-Illustrator, fine artist, and lecturer  who recently moved from the Bay Area to Santa Cruz. She has a BSc in Physics from the Univ. of San Francisco, an MSc in International History from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and a Picture Book Certificate from the MA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was a Lecturer in Art History, International History, and Calculus at UC Merced for 4 years, and has taught watercolor, gouache, and ink in-person and online (via Youtube, Patreon, and Skillshare) for a decade. Her Youtube channel currently has 1.5 million views, her art has been in exhibitions in Union City, Mariposa, Vermont, Santa Clara, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Merced (where it was viewed by First Lady Michelle Obama), and she had a successfully funded online Kickstarter campaign for an environmentalist picture book about the real wolf OR-7. She also collaborates on digital, interactive Data Visualization projects that combine art and information. You can learn more about her artwork and instruction at http://hajrameeks.com Students can email her at hajrameeks@gmail.com for questions and input regarding their class projects.

Introduction to Oil Painting

Levels: Beginner

Instructor: Barbara Bailey Porter

Offered: Saturday Afternoon Workshop, June 29, 2019 12:30pm-4:30pm

Fee: $89.00 - one price for this class

This is a beginning landscape painting class using photographs as visual reference.  Instructor will provide photograph and demonstrate the process of oil painting step by step. Students will learn palette organization, color mixing, composition, paint application, brush control, and much, much more!  Plenty of questions will be answered by  instructor during demonstration.  This will be a loose and painterly approach to oil painting.  Students can expect to finish a painting in class.

 

Instructor Barbara Bailey-Porter holds a Masters of Fine Art, has been an Open Studio artist and has maintained a professional painting studio for well over 20 years. She has taught at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, through Cabrillo and DeAnza Colleges, and in the elementary schools in the past. She works in her studio as well as en plein air. Barbara’s work is in various private and corporate collections in the US and abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make your Mark with Pastels; Beginner’s Pastel Workshop (Studio 119 @ The Tannery)

Levels: All

Instructor: Donna Theresa

Offered: Saturday Afternoon Workshop, June 29, 2019 12:30pm-4:00pm

Fee: $89.00 - one price for this class

Join Donna Theresa, for an introductory workshop for the absolute beginner and for those with some experience, and dive into the world of soft pastels!

This class will introduce student to soft pastels as a medium. We will focus on the handling and mark making of these vibrant and accessible art making tools! Students will learn about types of pastels available as well as supports one can use for their creations. Students can work from a variety of reference photos to complete their artwork. This class will include an Introduction to color theory, value study, and composition as well. Demonstrations and individual attention will be provided to each student to ensure an exciting and enjoyable experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Theresa is a former nurse, now fine artist living in Santa Cruz. Donna works mostly in landscapes but recently is inspired by figures in nature and still life.Although mostly self-taught, she has also taken instruction from master pastel artist, Marla Baggetta. She has juried into a number national and international pastel exhibitions to date and continues to compete at this level. Viewing life through artist’s eyes has brought her great joy. It is with gratitude that she shares this joy with you

 

 

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

 

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*

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.

 

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*

 

 

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*