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Painting, Drawing, Printmaking & Mixed Media Workshops

Painting the Abstract

This workshop is designed to explore some of the major pictorial strategies of abstract painting. We will have daily lectures and PowerPoint presentations that will focus on various approaches to abstraction. Time will be short and participants should look at this course as an opportunity to explore a variety of approaches to abstract painting. This course is not designed to produce a series of finished works. Students who have a clear direction in abstraction they wish to explore can easily be accommodated.

The workshop will be taught in acrylics, although other water based paints are welcome.

Please see the Cabrillo Extension Class Resources web page for a detailed list of required materials, and other important information about this workshop.

Fri., Sat. & Sun., July 19, 20 & 21
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2020 - Click HERE for a campus map

Register before May 30: $285
Register after May 30: $300

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Tim Craighead, MFA, was the 2011 recipient of the Rydell Fellowship and has taught drawing and painting at Columbia, Stanford, UCSC, Cabrillo and Monterey Peninsula Colleges. He has exhibited throughout the US and Mexico and has work in numerous national and international collections.

 


Summer Pastel: Pathways From the Redwoods to the Sea


This four-session class will combine studio and on-location work and cover various aspects of creating the pastel landscape throughout our Santa Cruz county. Sites will include pathways leading through forest, open meadows, along cliffs, through lagoons and beside the river. We will explore the colors and textures of coastal vegetation and cliffs at New Brighton State Beach, the summer “green and golden” of Pogonip Open Space hills, the mini-falls of the San Lorenzo river at Highland County Park, and the afternoon forest-light falling through the redwoods of Nisene Marks State Park.

Students will gain a better grasp of the complexities of location work and learn ways to capture a mood through choice of color palette, colored grounds, and a variety of pastel techniques.

Our sessions will begin in the classroom with landscape fundamentals and return to Cabrillo for a final sharing of landscapes created at the end of our last session.

Please see the Cabrillo Extension Class Resources web page for a detailed list of required materials, and other important information about this workshop.

4 Sat., July 13 - August 3
2:00 – 5:30 pm
Room: VAPA 2020 and off-site

Register before May 30:  $180
Register after May 30:  $195

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Ann Thiermann, MFA, has traversed our county’s park with easel and pastels and created the popular “Pathways Through Our Parks” exhibition and catalogue. Oct 2018-April 2019. www.annthiermann.com . Her natural history murals are throughout both Santa Cruz and Monterey county and attest to her deep interest in the flora and fauna of northern California. She is an experienced teacher at Cabrillo and abroad and enjoys the opportunity to share her expertise within the studio and on site with both beginner and advanced students.

 


Approaches to Painting the Figure

In these weekend workshops we will work with a model with short and long poses and a variety of approaches. Topics include gesture, volume, spatial relationships within the pose, composition, color strategies, and abstraction. Approaches are open-ended and offer ample possibilities for exploration. Register for one weekend or both!

Prior drawing or figure drawing experience is recommended.

Please see the Cabrillo Extension Class Resources web page for a detailed list of required materials, and other important information about this workshop.

Session 1:
Fri. & Sat., July 12 & 13 - Gesture, Form and Space
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2020
Register before May 30:  $160
Register after May 30:  $175
plus $40 model fee paid at registration

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Session 2:
Fri. & Sat., July 26 & 27 - Color, Composition and Abstraction
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2020
Register before May 30:  $160
Register after May 30:  $175
plus $40 model fee paid at registration

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Register for both session by May 30 for just $295!  
After May 30 just $320.

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

 


Multi-Color Linocut Printmaking

Join Dana in "The Art Cave" to take your linocut printmaking to the next level by adding color, relief and carving to create multi-color prints. We’ll begin by examining works by printmakers such as Tom Killion and Karen Kunc to gather inspiration for our pieces. Then we’ll roll up our sleeves and explore color mixing, reduction, and registering multiple linocut blocks to create unique pieces with cohesive color combinations.

Learn to use Easy Carve/Speedy Carve blocks to “break the ice” into the process, then shift to using two blocks to create an edition of multicolor prints. Each student will create their own collection of prints as part of their exchange portfolio, to contribute and exchange at the end of class!

This workshop is ideal for beginning printmakers who have taken basic black and white linocut or woodblock printmaking workshops, and have some experience with the basics of relief printing and carving.

Old clothes or apron strongly encouraged – you will get messy!

Please check Extension's Class Resources web page for a detailed map and a list of required supplies and materials.

4 Wed., July 10, 17, 24 & 31
4:00 - 7:00 pm
The Art Cave, 2801 Mission St, #2803, Santa Cruz

Register before May 30: $195
Register after May 30: $210
Plus a $60 materials fee paid in class

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Dana Peters, MFA is the Co-Director of The Art Cave, a local Santa Cruz gallery, artist studio, and event space. She is a mixed media artist, printmaker, and 2012 Resident Paper Costumer and Performance Artist at Proyecto Ace Artist Residency in Buenos Aires Argentina. She exhibits her two and three-dimensional works across the U.S. and internationally. Go to http://www.daniellepeters.com/ for more information.

 


Print Noir: Creating High-Contrast Black & White Linoleum Block Prints

Printmaking is a process of mirror images and surprise, making it the perfect medium to convey the playful, puzzling, and mysterious. Over the weekend we will view examples by various printmakers, discussing styles, technique and imagery. We will explore the many ways drama and impact can be accomplished through the simple use of black and white, and the skillful use of a variety of tools and the specific marks they make. As students create their images we will discuss contrasting or subtle textures and patterns, as well as the consideration of a light source, and how they play a part in achieving a strong and compelling result. What tales do you want to tell with images?

Students will get hands on practice with carving tools, and learn how to use them, and will practice mark-making, inking, and using print mark guides. Each student will finish at least one black and white linoleum block print, and make a small edition. Students will gain skill and confidence to carve, ink, and print their own linoleum block prints at home.

Students will need to bring one or two sketches or photos to use as the basis for their prints. They should wear casual clothing that can get dirty, and bring an apron or smock.

Sat. & Sun., June 22 & 23
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2008
Register before May 30:  $195
Register after May 30:  $210
Plus a $25 materials fee paid in class

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Melissa West is a member of the California Society of Printmakers and WEAD (Women Eco Artists Dialog). She has been exhibiting her work all over California for over 15 years. She loves printmaking because of the workman-like process of carving and printing blocks. You will often find her out on the hiking trails, sketchbook in hand. To learn more about Melissa and her work go to www.mswest.com

 


Color Relief Printmaking with Wood and Linoleum

Come and learn the simple and beautiful process of making woodblock prints. Wood block prints are a great way of making your own cards, prayer flags, quilt design, and patches. Each student will walk away from this workshop with two editioned images of their own, one in black and white and one printed with two colors.

The workshop will cover the various types of wood, tools, inks, and papers used to make a print. Carving, color mixing and printing techniques will be demonstrated and experienced first hand. We will be using hand and dremel tools for carving, and a press and wooden spoon for printing. We will be printing with oil-based inks and learning non-toxic clean up.

Register early! This workshop is limited to 15 students.

Please check Extension's Class Resources web page for a detailed map and a list of required supplies and materials.

Fri., Sat. & Sun., July 19 -21
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2005
Register before May 30:  $295
Register after May 30:  $320
plus $35 materials fee at registration

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Bridget Henry has been exploring woodcut printmaking for over 20 years and continues to be enthralled with this alchemical process. She co-manages the printmaking studio at UC Santa Cruz and has taught relief printmaking at Cabrillo College, California Art Education Association and Idyllwild Arts Academy.

 


Mokuhanga: Japanese Waterbased Woodcut Printmaking

These two intensive weekend mokuhanga workshops complement one another, but can be taken individually. Printmaking experience is helpful but not required. Japanese woodblock differs from western woodblock in that it is water based and non-toxic, printed with a hand-held baren, registered with the accurate kento registration system cut into the block, and printed on handmade Japanese kozo fiber paper.

Take both workshops for a discounted fee!
Register before May 30:  $360
Register after May 30:  $380
plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

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April Vollmer - see bio

 


Moku Hanga Carving

This workshop will focus on carving. After a brief historical overview, we will look at the special Japanese tools designed for woodcut, their sharpening and maintenance, and the precise Japanese carving system. The class will focus around carving 8 x 10 inch blocks for a creative print and will include information about transferring a drawing and planning a multi-color print, and proofing.

The materials fee covers two 8 x 10 blocks, color, proofing paper, miscellaneous supplies, plus the loan of barens, printing brushes and some cutting tools.

Sat. & Sun. Aug. 10 & 11
10:00 – 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2008
Register before May 30:  $195
Register after May 30:  $210
plus a $30 materials fee paid at registration

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April Vollmer - see bio

 


Moku Hanga Printing

This workshop will focus on printing blocks, or clean 8 x 10 prepared blocks from an earlier class. We will begin with a print viewing looking at printing techniques, a discussion of Japanese paper, and a demonstration of printing techniques. The final day of the class, each participant will print an edition of multicolored prints on Japanese paper. While carving is demanding, printing is considered more challenging, and different techniques can completely alter the look of a print.

The materials fee covers, color, proofing paper, miscellaneous supplies, and a sheet of washi that can be cut into approximately eight prints, plus the loan of barens, printing brushes and some cutting tools. Additional paper will be available for purchase.

Sat. & Sun. Aug. 17 & 18
10:00 – 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2008
Register before May 30:  $195
Register after May 30:  $210
plus a $30 materials fee paid at registration

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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.

 


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. This workshop will include in depth demonstrations and critiques, and tips to complete paintings in order to assist painters in developing their pieces.

All levels welcome!

Students will meet in front of the Sesnon House on Cabrillo’s Aptos campus to get detailed information about the field locations for the weekend.

Sat. & Sun, June 29 & 30
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sesnon House and various Central Coast field locations Click HERE for a campus map

Register before May 30: $210
Register after May 30: $235

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Bonni Carver, MA, see bio

 


Sketching with Watercolor, Pen and Ink in Moss Landing

 

Watercolor, pen, and ink are the perfect portable media through which any place or setting can become a springboard for a spontaneous depiction full of life. Through demonstrations and practice in class students will learn several approaches that combine water soluble ink with watercolor paint to produce dynamic results. Learn simple ways to launch into using pen and ink and discover the power of the imperfect line and how a simple blush of color can convey so much!

We will spend the day in lovely Moss Landing where Bonni will demonstrate and instruct various approaches combining watercolor with pen and ink. She will lead us to different scenes which we’ll have the opportunity to paint directly and clearly. The reflection of boats in the water, the porches of weathered buildings, the slough stretching out before our eyes - so many scenes to inspire and captivate us!

All skill levels are welcome!

Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Bring a stool, a sun-hat, water, and your supplies.

Students will meet across from the Moss Landing Post Office on Main Street - look for the sandwich board “art” signs. There should be plenty of parking right on the street Please check the Cabrillo Extension Class Resources web page for a detailed list of required supplies and materials.

Please check Extension's Class Resources web page for a list of required supplies and materials.

Sat., July 20
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Students meet across from the Moss Landing Post Office on Main Street

Register before May 30: $82
Register after May 30: $90
Register 2 or more: $80 each

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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.

 


Travel Sketching

 

 

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., Aug. 3
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
- Click HERE for a campus map
Register before May 30: $82
Register after May 30: $90
Register 2 or more: $80 each

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Carolyn Fitz - see bio

 


Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting: Landscapes     

In this day long workshop, we will capture the essence of Sumi-e landscape painting. Using various techniques of brush work and black ink, mixed with water values, we will create the elements of: waterfalls, rocks, granite cliffs, trees and plants, mist between the mountain ranges, cloudy skies, and other natural beauty.

We will begin by painting a traditional Asian landscape scene then move towards painting a California landscape using the same techniques.

>Lots of demonstrations and lots of fun!

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

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

Sat., Sun., Aug. 17
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
- Click HERE for a campus map
Register before May 30: $82
Register after May 30: $90
Register 2 or more: $80 each

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Carolyn Fitz - see bio

 


Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting: Critters and Beyond

In this day long workshop, we will be immersed in the realm of ink painting "critters" such as insects, dragonflies, butterflies, frogs, etc. We will also learn ways to paint the simplicity of their environment: branches, reeds, bamboo leaves, rocks, pond water,  water lilies, and grass.

Throughout the day, the haiku poetry of the beloved Japanese poet Issa (1763 - 1828) will be shared. Hearing his poetry will heighten our compassion, understanding and humor of the critters he loved to write about and had such a sweet sensitivity for. He considered them his "roommates" in his humble hut and life. His poetry was his "heart's diary".

This will be a day of creative exploring and expressing through our ink painting. There will be lots of demos and lots of fun! We will explore several ways to make simple, sweet greeting cards from some of our painting results.

Beginners welcome! No experience is necessary. Bring a lunch and beverage.

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

Sun., Aug. 18
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
- Click HERE for a campus map
Register before May 30: $82
Register after May 30: $90
Register 2 or more: $80 each

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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.

 



SoulCollage®: For the Love of Images and the Changes They Bring!

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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 11th 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!

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

Sat., April 27
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5005

Register before March 25: $82
Register after March 25: $90
Register two or more: $80 each

plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor in class

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Lauren Mari-Navarro, LCSW and Mischa Eovaldi, LCSW are trained facilitators of the SoulCollage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. Both Lauren and Mischa have their own private counseling practices in Santa Cruz County.

 


Handmade Paper Introduction       

 

 

If you’ve ever looked at handmade paper to purchase, you know how expensive it can be, but making it yourself is easy, fun, very inexpensive, and allows an almost limitless amount of creativity! In this hands-on workshop, using new and recycled materials, you will learn how to construct your own paper making screen, prepare the vibrant, textured "paper pulp," and create new sheets of paper. You can create your own colors, add dried leaves or flower petals, fortune-cookie fortunes, ribbons, 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!

You will leave this workshop with the knowledge and information needed to make your own beautiful handmade paper at home.

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

Sat. & Sun., May 25 & 26
12:30 - 4:30 pm
Room: 1520
- Click HERE for a campus map
Register before March 25: $88
Register after March 25: $95
Register two or more: $85 each

plus $20 materials fee payable at registration


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Melody Overstreet is a Master Gardener of California and certified California Naturalist through California Native Plant Society and UCSC's Arboretum. She developed a rooftop garden featuring edible, medicinal, and dye plants. Her work has been featured in publications such as Seed Broadcast, Inverness Almanac, and Chinquapin Quarterly. She was instrumental in initiating Santa Monica College’s Organic Learning Garden. To learn more about Melody go to www.melodyoverstreet.com.

 


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