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SummerArts Program


Get Your Hot Glass Wings: Introduction to Glassblowing

glass wings

In this 2-day class students will experience a taste of the incredible world of "Hot Glass". There will be a lecture/presentation in the Cabrillo College Art Department on the Friday before the first session, followed by 2-days of hands-on work in the studio of Chris Johnson.

Participants will be exposed to a cross section of the basic techniques and equipment used in the creation of blown glass objects. Each person in the class will take home a glass creation that they have made with their own hands!

Class size is limited to 8 so register early!


2 Sat., Dec. 6 & 13
10 am - 4 pm
Location: Chris Johnson Glass

2260 Chanticleer Ave. Suite #10, Santa Cruz
Register by Sept. 8: $395
Register after Sept. 8: $425
plus $50 materials fee

For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Arts Class Resources


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Glassblowing with Chris Johnson: A Lecture

Come witness the exciting world of Hot Glass Work! Local Glass Artist Chris Johnson will be giving a lecture at Cabrillo College about his process and his work. You may have seen Chris' work during Open Studios and In collections throughout the State.

Fri., Dec. 5
7 - 9 pm
Room V1001
Fee: $15


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Chris Johnson Produces intensely colored one-of-a-kind art glass. His unique, expressive style is a result of the continuing exploration of technique in which he pushes the boundaries of the medium. He has studied with numerous Italian and American Masters, and has shared his passion for glass blowing as an instructor At MIT, CCA, San Francisco State, and his own studio in Santa Cruz. Visit his website at: chrisjohnsonglass.com

 


Create Your Own Lamp

lamp making

Come study with one of the premier Lighting Designer/Builders in California, Roy Johnson. Students in this course will have access to the incredible range of equipment at Johnson Art Studio. Come play with Roy as he leads you through the process of designing and creating a one of a kind lamp under his expert tutelage.

Class size is limited to 8 so register early!


3 Sun., Nov. 9 - 23
10 am - 4 pm
Location: Johnson Art Studio
375 West Beach St., Watsonville
Register by Sept. 8: $295
Register after Sept. 8: $325
plus $50 materials fee

For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Arts Class Resources


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Lamp Making & Lighting with Roy Johnson: A Lecture

Join Internationally respected Lighting Designer and Fabricator Roy Johnson for an introduction to how he creates the wonderful line of Lighting Fixtures and Lamps that you have seen all throughout Santa Cruz County and beyond. Roy is involved in the total process from idea, to design, to manufacture.

 

Fri., Nov. 7
7 - 9 pm
Room V1001

Fee: $15


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Roy Johnson's love of design and process has helped him build a thriving local business. He is not only the designer, but an active part of the daily production team. Using a combination of vintage and state of the art machinery, Roy blends, fuses, and sandblasts his own glass; fabricates sheet metal; forges iron; casts metal, and works with wood.  His designs can be seen throughout the West in Homes and Commercial settings

 

Dimensional Surface Design

surface designs

Are you inspired by surfaces built-up on fabrics such as in Alexander McQueen's designs? Ever wanted to make a pliable fabric out of all the beach glass or seed pods you've collected? Constructed surfaces are layered, patterned reliefs created through textile-related techniques in which manipulated fabric, found materials or customized objects are attached to a substrate or intertwined. Techniques include variations on interlaced textile structures, machine and hand stitching, and some optional power tool use. Your chosen materials create both the structure and the imagery. The scope of the class is a perfect context for the use of recycled / reused materials. Apply the techniques learned in this class to traditional wall art, dynamic wearable art or other functional surfaces.

All skill levels welcome.


3 Sun., Sept. 14 - 28
10 am - 4 pm
Room V3004
Register by Sept. 8: $270
Register after Sept. 8: $285
plus $25 materials fee

For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Arts Class Resources


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Victoria May is an exhibiting artist who uses a wide variety of techniques and materials in her work. She has been an instructor at Cabrillo College since 2003. She has also taught workshops at Penland and the San Jose ICA. She received a Rydell Visual Arts fellowship in 2010. Visit her website at: vicmay.com

 

Explorations in EL (Electroluminescent) Wire 101

EL 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., Dec. 7
10 am - 4 pm
Room V3004
Register by Sept. 8: $90
Register after Sept. 8: $98
plus $35 materials fee

For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Arts 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 Burning Man. Todd has a BA in Sculpture from San Jose State University.

 

Photo Screen-printing Slumped and Fused Glass

printed glass

Extend the possibilities with printmaking. Print with, and on, glass! Screen-printing in glass provides an exciting way for artists to create durable imagery with a wide range of colors, textures, and layers of transparency. When glass sheets are printed then slumped in a form or layered together and fused in a kiln the results are beautiful and surprising.

Each student will learn the process of making a film positive using Photoshop. The film positive is attached to a photo-emulsion coated screen, exposed, and then developed with water, resulting in a photo stencil. This then can be printed on glass, heated at very high temperatures, creating a permanent bond between the two.

All skill levels welcome.


3 Sat., Dec. 6 - 20 and 2 Sun., Dec. 7 - 14
11 am - 4 pm
Room V2005
Register by Sept. 8: $360
Register after Sept. 8: $375
plus $100 materials fee

For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Arts Class Resources

 

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Tobin Keller currently teaches in the Art Department at Cabrillo College and has years of wide-ranging experience as a teacher, curator and artist. He was an artist in residence at the Annie Glass Studio in Watsonville where he experimented with screen-printed layers fused together in a kiln.

 

Photographing Your Artwork

 

Artists and craftspeople often need professional quality images to promote their work.
In this 2 day course you will be shown the steps necessary to create usable images for portfolio and submittal for inclusion in art shows, etc.

Sat. & Sun., Nov. 1 & 2
10 am - 4:00 pm
Room V2022
Register by Sept. 8: $180
Register after Sept. 8: $195
plus $25 materials fee

 

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Sandi Frank has more than two decades of commercial photography experience under her belt. She has taught at San Jose State University for almost 15 years. Her classes include: Studio Lighting, Product Photography, Photo Illustration and Professional Practices in Photography.

 

Colors of Fall - En Plein Air: Landscape with Pastel

 

This studio and on-location course will cover various aspects of creating the pastel landscape in afternoon light. Students will gain a better grasp of the pastel landscape palette- the colors found in both shadow and light areas at the coastal sea- scape and cliffs of New Brighton, the meadows and forest at Cabrillo, a local farm, and Nisene Marks State Park. The complexities of location work, including setting up equipment outside will be demonstrated.

An introductory studio lecture includes a historical survey of landscape compositions. Tips for creating convincing trees, atmospheric and linear perspective, waterways, and receding landmasses will also be demonstrated. Choosing the appropriate texture and color of pastel grounds will be discussed together with testing the various textures of pastel. In addition to effective use of the studio to analyze, complete or simplify the out- door study, we will end each on-location session with a group critique.

For our final session we will return to the classroom and share our complete body of work. This course is for the artist who is comfortable with basic drawing techniques and the changing conditions of the outdoors.

A suggested supply list and locations will be made available upon registration.

4 Sat., Oct. 25 - Nov. 22
1 - 4:30 pm
Room V2020
Register by Sept. 8: $195
Register after Sept. 8: $214
plus $25 materials fee

For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Extension Class Resources

 

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Ann Thiermann MFA is an experienced studio arts instructor at both Cabrillo and Monterey Penninsula Colleges. Her murals, landscapes and figurative works are included in museums, state parks and many public and private California collections.

 

Pursuing Narrative: Mixed Media Drawing

 

Explore mixed media drawing in this all-new intensive weekend workshop.
Uncover the possibilities of visual narrative in this process-oriented drawing workshop. Using your own imagery and ideas, experiment with specific directives and a wide range of materials to develop the resonance of your work.

Workshop limited to 12 people.

Please see the link below for a supply list and other important information.

Sat. & Sun., Nov. 15 & 16
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room V2015
Fee: $148
plus $40 materials fee

For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Extension Class Resources

 

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Claire Thorson teaches drawing, painting, and figure drawing at Monterey Peninsula College and Cabrillo College. She is a native of California, loves the coast, and has a studio in Elkhorn, CA. Her drawings and paintings travel the territory between figuration and abstraction.

 

Metal Forming and Fabrication

metal fabrication

Come study with a master metalworker! In this 5-week course learn how to manipulate steel, either hot or cold, and combine what you have created into a sculptural form.

Participants will have access to a lot of different metalworking equipment in the shop, such as: forges, mig, tig, and gas welding. Along with numerous grinders, saws, drills, sandblasters and other heavy-duty equipment


5 Sat., Oct. 18 - Nov. 15
10 am - 4 pm
Room V3005
Register by Sept. 8: $360
Register after Sept. 8: $385
plus $75 materials fee

For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Arts Class Resources

 

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Jamie Abbott is a teacher and sculptor with over 40 years experience. He recently retired from his position as Full Time instructor and Program Chair at Cabrillo College. Jamie has an MFA from The Art Institute in San Francisco and his work can be seen throughout Santa Cruz County and beyond. You can view his work at: jamieabbottdesign.com

 

Advanced Box Construction

wood box

This class takes students through the process of designing, building and finishing a hardwood box using miter joints and reinforcing splines. We will address the technical and aesthetic challenges of the form, including wood selection, milling challenges in small-scale work, strength and stability, jigs, adhesives and finishing. Students explore the details that distinguish a well-made object.

Class size is limited to 8 so register early! All skill levels welcome.


3 Sun., Nov. 9 - 23
10 am - 4 pm
Room V3004
Register by Sept. 8: $270
Register after Sept. 8: $285
plus $45 materials fee

For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Arts Class Resources

 

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Timothy Lydgate began his woodworking career in Hawai'i in the 1970s after earning a degree in History of Art from Yale. His work has been shown in galleries, museums and private collections around the world and he is a regular exhibitor in the Santa Cruz Open Studios tour.

 

Monoprints and Mixed Media--The Landscape

monoprint landscape

This 3-day workshop will introduce new ways for creating unique mixed media artworks. Using the landscape as the subject matter, students will 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 class will give you new ideas for pushing your work in a variety of new directions. Open to beginners.

Students will be supplied with a materials list for the class.


3 Sat., Nov. 1 - 15
10 am - 4 pm
Room V2008
Register by Sept. 8: $270
Register after Sept. 8: $285

For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Arts Class Resources

 

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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.

 

Wood Carving Workshop

wood carving

The object of this 2-day workshop will be to teach students the fundamentals of wood carving. Participants will work on projects using a variety of hand chisels. Topics covered are safety, types of carving tools, best woods/materials for carving, styles, and finishing. After instruction and demonstrations on the properties and characteristics of different woods, students will practice what they have learned on examples to be taken home


2 Sun., Oct. 26 & Nov. 2
10 am - 4 pm
Room V3003
Register by Sept. 8: $180
Register after Sept. 8: $195
plus $25 materials fee

For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Arts Class Resources

 

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Ron Cook has been a woodworker and woodcarver for over 40 years. His work has been shown in galleries, juried craft shows and arts festivals across the United States. Ron is a master member of the Baulines Craft Guild, a member of the Guild of American Luthiers, and a charter member of the Santa Cruz Woodworkers.

 

Giving Art Personality Through Electronics

art electronics

How to use microcontrollers to give art pieces "agency" -- the ability to interact with the viewer and the environment. Make sculptures and wall pieces express themselves through movement, sound, and light, and perform arbitrarily complex behavior in reaction to the motions of the viewer, sounds in the room, activities of other pieces, even remote events like Twitter tweets, global temperatures, or simple remote controls.


3 Sun., Oct. 5 - 19
CLASS CANCELLED
10 am - 4 pm
Room V3004
Register by Sept. 8: $270
Register after Sept. 8: $285
plus $40 materials fee
For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Arts Class Resources

 


Simon Quellen-Field is a very knowledgeable and approachable instructor. He the author of several books on science, chemistry, cooking, and computers, and is the CEO of Kinetic MicroScience, a company that designs scientific toys. Simon has written a textbook to go along with these classes.

 

Small Metals Open Lab

small metals lab

Sign-up for 10 Saturdays (10am - 4pm) of access to the small metals studio at Cabrillo College. Limited to current and former students who are familiar with, and can demonstrate, a thorough knowledge of the facility in regards to safe practices and policy.

Director Dawn Nakanishi may approve additional individuals on a one-on-one basis. Please email her danakani@cabrillo.edu


10 Sat., Sept. 20 - Nov. 22

10 am - 4 pm
Room V3001
Register by Sept. 8: $180
Register after Sept. 8: $195

For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Arts Class Resources

 

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Aaron Miller is an artist & jeweler and oversees the small metals lab.

 

Glass Working Open Lab

 

Sign-up for access to the Glass Working Studio at Cabrillo College. Limited to current and former students who are familiar with, and can demonstrate, a thorough knowledge of the facility in regards to safe practices and policy.

Additional approved individuals may register. Please email pastaffo@cabrillo.edu


4 Sun., Nov. 2 - 23

10 am - 3 pm
Room V3004
Fee: $100
plus $50 materials fee

For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Arts Class Resources

 

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Penny Waller founded Glass Fusion Studios in Aptos 25 years ago. She teaches classes in her studio and for Cabrillo Extension.

 

Keith Haring: The Political Line

 

Keith Haring (1958-90) was preeminent among the downtown New York City community of young artists, performers, and musicians whose work responded to urban street culture during the 1980s. Ms. Smith's lecture will include many of the works you can see at the Keith Haring exhibit at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, November 8, 2014 to February 16, 2015. More than 100 works of art including large-scale paint- ings on tarpaulins and canvases, sculptures, and a number of the artist's subway drawings will be shown and discussed.

Haring's work has long been a part of San Francisco's visual culture as he created murals and sculptures that remain today as a testament to his enduring vision. Although his career was brief, his imagery remains a universally recognized visual language of the 20th century.

There will be a Q&A session following the lecture.


Fri., Nov. 14
7:00 - 8:15 pm
Room V1001

Fee: $15

 

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Rose Smith, M.A., is an instructor at Cabrillo College teaching courses including: Modern Art, Survey of Western Art: Prehistoric through Medieval and Renaissance through Modern, Asian Art: China, Korea and Japan, and art appreciation.

 

Moku Hanga: Japanese Waterbase Woodcut

moku hanga

This is an intensive week-long workshop that covers various aspects of this traditional water base technique. Japanese woodblock differs from western woodblock in that it is water based and non-toxic, it is printed with a hand held baren, registered with the accurate kento registration system cut into the block, and it is printed on handmade Japanese kozo fiber paper.

The first half of the class will be devoted to planning and carving blocks, and the second half to printing, with lecture-demonstrations. Demonstrations will cover history, tool use and sharpening, paper, and special printing techniques. Each participant will be able to print an edition of multicolored prints on Japanese paper on the final day. Printmaking experience is helpful but not required.

The $50 materials fee covers two 8 x 10 blocks, the loan of barens and some cutting tools, color, miscellaneous supplies, and a sheet of paper that can be cut into approximately eight prints. Additional paper will be available for purchase.


Mon. - Fri., Jan. 19 - 23, 2015
10 am - 2 pm
Room V2008
Register by Sept. 8: $360
Register after Sept. 8: $385
Plus $50 materials fee payable to instructor at class


For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Arts Class Resources

 

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April Vollmer is a New York artist with an MFA from Hunter College who has specialized in Mokuhanga since 1998. She has exhibited widely and is on the Board of the International Mokuhanga Conference. For more information about the artist and the technique visit her website at www.aprilvollmer.com.

 

Forging and Toolmaking

Experience the exciting craft of steel forging and toolmaking through demonstration and hands-on exercises in this weekend workshop. After instruction on the properties and characteristics of different metals, students work a forge and learn how to manipulate hot steel.

Demonstrations of various hammer types and the applications of different anvil designs are given. Building and operation of both gas and coke-fired forges are discussed. Students are encouraged to develop their own direction and interests in forging and toolmaking as an art form.

This class is limited to 4 students - enroll early! Class will be held at the instructor's forging studio. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver before class begins.

Sat. & Sun., Sept. 27 & 28
9 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register by Sept. 8: $395
Register after Sept. 9: $425

plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class

Click here for a printable Waiver Form, Map and Directions

 

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Vern Caron - See bio below

 

Forging and Toolmaking - Intermediate

This intermediate-level workshop builds on the introductory class by emphasizing more advanced stages of manipulating metal for art forms and tools, rather than fire making. Participants should have previous experience creating a coal forge fire and manipulating hot steel with hammer and anvil. In addition to hand-forming exercises, students will be offered the opportunity to use a power hammer after various techniques are demonstrated. Students will also discuss aesthetic possibilities and design elements such as texture, form and how to achieve various shapes.

Prerequisite: Students must have taken Vern's "Introduction to Forging & Toolmaking" class or can demonstrate the same knowledge.

This class is limited to 4 students - enroll early! Class will be held at the instructor's forging studio. You will receive a map upon registration and you will be asked to sign a liability waiver before class begins. This is an off-site location; portable restrooms will be available for students.

Sat. & Sun., Sept. 27 & 28
9 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register by Sept. 9: $395
Register after Sept. 9: $425

plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class

Click here for a printable Waiver Form, Map and Directions

 

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Vern Caron, M.A. has taught forging and toolmaking through Cabrillo College and UC Extension for more than 20 years. Visit Vern's website to learn more about forging and toolmaking and see pictures of previous classes at www.littlemissartypants.com/verncaron.html

 


Introduction to Fusing Glass

Fusing refers to the process of cutting, stacking, layering glass and melting it at high temperatures to create patterns or images. Fused glass is popular for jewelry and wall art as well as functional pieces.

In this class you will learn principals and terminology of fusing. An overview of kilns, different Coe's of glass, glass cutting skills, tools and frit will also be covered. In the first week you will make 6 small projects suitable for pendants or magnets. These will be fired and returned to you in the second class. At that time we will have a discussion of what worked and what you would do differently. You will then have materials available and time to do a larger project like tiles, wall hangings or a plate.

All materials are provided for the first project. Materials for second projects are limited to three 4-inch tiles, two 6-inch squares or one 10-inch piece. Patterns and project materials, handouts and two kiln firings will be provided.

2 Wed., Oct. 15 & 22
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: Hort 5110

Register by Sept. 8: $95
Register after Sept. 8: $110
plus $50 materials and firing fee payable to instructor

 

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Jackie Marr - See bio below

 

Beginning Stained Glass

stained glass

Would you like to enjoy making your own stained glass window or hanging? This class will teach you the foundations like cutting, fitting, soldering and applying finishing treatments as you complete your first panel. Beginning students will be taught to work with glass and lead safely. You can also take this class as a refresher and a chance to receive some assisted work time.

The instructor provides some materials and tools, but each student will need his/her own tools and project materials which will cost $100 - 300. Too ls and materials can be shared.

A materials list will be provided upon registration.


4 Wed., Sept. 17 - Oct. 8
CLASS CANCELLED
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Horticulture 5110
Register by Sept. 8: $90
Register after Sept. 8: $105
plus materials and tools

Jackie Marr - See bio below

 


Stained Glass Christmas Ornaments

Come make one-of-a-kind stained glass ornament that will be unwrapped and treasured for years and years to come. Perfect thoughtful gifts for co-workers, neighbors and family!

You will learn to cut glass, solder and patina. Beads and crimps are an option to embellish and string up your ornaments.

No experience required.

2 Wed., Nov. 5 & 12
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: Hort 5110

Register by Sept. 8: $95
Register after Sept. 8: $108
Plus $40 materials fee payable to instructor at class

 

For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Arts Class Resources

 

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Jackie Marr, BA, has been a stained glass artist for over 20 years and is owner of Kiss My Glass. She enjoys teaching stained glass techniques and glass bead making and can make it fun and easy.

 


Pearl and Bead Stringing Made Simple

pearl stringing

Learn the lost art of hand knotting using the three methods for stringing your pearls and beads. Using basic design theory, recycle and combine to redesign beautiful new bead creations or repair broken strands.

A starter stringing kit will be provided for practicing techniques. Materials for additional projects can be purchased in class or brought from home.

4 Tues., October 7 - 28
7 - 9 pm
Room: Hort 5001

Register by Sept. 8: $62
Register after Sept. 8: $72
plus $28 materials fee payable to instructor at class

For more information about this class follow this link for Cabrillo Arts Class Resources


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Estelle Drinkhaus-Davey - See bio below



Pearl and Bead Re-Stringing Project Workshop

This workshop is designed to complete one stringing project of your choice. It can be a project from home you need help with, or choose from the pearls and beads available for sale during the workshop. All methods of stringing will be reviewed as needed.

Bring: Your project, all tools & findings from class (incl. work mat). Bring your lunch, beverages will be provided.

Sat., Nov. 8
10 am - 3 pm
Room: Hort 5001

Register by Sept. 8: $42
Register after Sept. 8: $48


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Estelle Drinkhaus-Davey teaches the lost art of hand knotting and has provided a restringing service to many local jewelers for over 20 years.



Sewing Workshop

Bring your sewing projects of any complexity to this hands-on workshop. At your own experience level, from pillows and curtains to Halloween costumes, learn to read and use patterns, and buy materials so you can sew with confidence and broaden your expertise. Learn to construct and fit garments, as well as alter patterns. Techniques for quilting and sewing small home decorative projects will be taught. Join our fun and creative atmosphere!

Sewing machines will be provided for the students use.

6 Fri., Oct. 10 - Nov. 14
10 am - 2 pm
Room 405

Register by Sept. 8: $195
Register after Sept. 8: $210

 

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Jan Bowman, M.A., a local instructor, has taught clothing construction and interior design courses in Santa Cruz County for over 30 years. She has taught for Cabrillo College in the Applied Living Arts Department.







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