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SpringArts Classes


Fearless Art Journal

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In this all-new workshop we will be experimenting with a smorgasbord of materials and techniques to inspire and ignite your imagination through the medium of the art journal, with exercises that will push your imagination to a level that will surprise and delight.

We will work with drawing and water based painting mediums as well as collage, image transfers, lettering, texture, page design, and layering to obtain a variety of effects so that you will come away with a toolbox full of techniques and inspiration.

This workshop goes beyond the Artist’s Illustrated Journal Workshop (below) to take you deeper into the creative process and opens up more possibilities and techniques to bring your art journaling to a more profound level of deep creative play.

This class will be taught in a non judgmental environment to encourage you to embrace a sense of play, take risks, and embrace your own fertile imagination.

Click on link below for the materials list.

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

Sat. & Sun., April 30 & May 1
10 am - 4 pm
Room: VAPA 2005

Register by Feb. 29: $180
Register after Feb. 29: $195
plus painting materials

register online

 

Susan Dorf, BFA, is known for her richly layered, colorful paintings of both real and invented imagery. Her work has been widely published and exhibited in the US and abroad. Having traveled and lived in many places, she currently resides between Santa Cruz, California and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she maintains a painting and printmaking studio and teaches art workshops. To learn more about Susan and her work please visit: Susandorf.com

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The Artist's Illustrated Journal artist journal

Keeping a visual creative journal helps you to live life more deeply. In your travels it helps you to experience a place on a connected and more meaningful level. It keeps you in touch with your deepest desires and affirms you as a creative being in the world, helping you to engage through more than just your senses. In this class we will learn about various techniques and materials used in creating a visual journal as well as work with creative prompts and ideas that will be sure to inspire you. The Artist's Journal workshops combine instruction for techniques in drawing, writing, watercolor and page design with the nurturing of creative process. This is not a class in scrapbooking, crafts or bookmaking. It is a tool to awaken your senses and help you experience the world through artist's eyes.

This workshop provides a safe and non-judgmental environment for participants of all levels of artistic experience.

Click on link below for the materials list.

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

Sat. & Sun., April 23 & 24
10 am - 4 pm
Room: VAPA 2005

Register by Feb. 29: $180
Register after Feb. 29: $195
plus painting materials

register online

Susan Dorf, BFA, is known for her richly layered, colorful paintings of both real and invented imagery. Her work has been widely published and exhibited in the US and abroad. Having traveled and lived in many places, she currently resides between Santa Cruz, California and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she maintains a painting and printmaking studio and teaches art workshops. To learn more about Susan and her work please visit: Susandorf.com

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Collage/Mixed Media: Themes and Variations

Come spend your Friday exploring a variety of ways to interpret an idea using mixed media such as ink, pastel, water based paints, and stencils.  Through experimentation and play, and using different approaches to collage methods, students will discover new possibilities with their work.  Emphasis will be on discovering how to find a theme that is personally meaningful. Learn how to experiment with new processes and techniques to create varied yet cohesive pieces.

Whether you take the first 4-week session, the 2nd 4-week session, or take them both, the wide array of mediums offers a variety of possible projects for the adventurous artist to enjoy.
No experience necessary.

Collage/Mixed Media: Themes and Variations II
4 Fri., April 8 – 29
10 am- 4 pm
Room: VAPA 2015
Register by Feb. 29: $280
Register after Feb. 29: $295
Plus a $20 materials fee at registration


register online

 

Andrea Borsuk- see bio below

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Travel Sketching - Capturing Intimate Memories

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Whether you are bound for exotic places or travel to your backyard...or out and about in town, you will learn how to do quick, spontaneous ink sketches, using a PILOT PARALLEL chisel edged pen. Along with a water brush, learn how to "pull out" various values from the pen's water-soluble ink.  Lots of demos...and lots of fun!  Discover your own creative expression in this daylong class.

Sat., May 21
10 am - 4 pm
Scotts Valley High School
Register by Feb. 29: $82
Register after Feb. 29: $90

For more information about this class follow this link: Cabrillo Class Resources

register online

 

Carolyn Fitz - See bio below

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Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting - Critters & Beyond

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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 lily and grass.

Lots of demo's and lots of fun!

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 fun day of creative exploring and expressing through our ink painting. Ways of making simple, sweet greeting cards from some of our painting results will be shown and tried as well.

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

Additional information about these classes can be found on our Class Resources webpage, which includes materials lists.

Sat., April 9
10 am - 4 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010

Register by Feb. 29: $82
Register after Feb. 29: $90
Materials fee of $7 payable to instructor in class

 

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Carolyn Fitz has been sharing her passion for calligraphy and ink painting for over 25 years. She has traveled to Japan and China on art study tours and has been “Artist in Residence” at Yosemite National Park for the last 13 years.

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Colors of Spring: En Plein Air Landscape Pastel Classespastel spring 2spring pastels

 

 

 

 

 

These classes combine studio and on-location work. We will cover various aspects of creating the pastel landscape in the spring afternoon light and explore the abundant colors of spring growth in gardens, full sloughs, budding trees and grassy spring hills. Students will gain a better grasp of the complexities of location work; ways to capture a mood through both color palette and choice of colored grounds,and compositional tips to focus the viewer on the drama of the scene.

These classes are for the artist who is comfortable with basic drawing techniques and the changing conditions of the outdoors.

The first class meetings will be studio work and the second will be at outdoor locations around Santa Cruz County. Exact locations for en plein air work will be announced the first Saturday sessions. Potential sites, which may change due to weather or other unforeseen conditions, include: Spring garden at Cabrillo Horticulture Center, UCSC Arboretum, local flower farm; local sloughs in Watsonville or Elkhorn; fruit orchard in Corralitos or Soquel; or Spring Hills in Watsonville at the Circle P Ranch

Colors of Spring: En Plein Air Landscape Pastel Series

 

6 Sat., April 9 - May 14
Room: VAPA 2015 AND various locations in Santa Cruz County (see above)
Register by Feb. 29: $250
Register after Feb. 29: $275

register online

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Colors of Spring: En Plein Air Landscape Pastel I

 

In this class we will explore an introductory survey of plein-air landscape styles. WE will discuss tips for creating convincing trees, atmospheric and linear perspective, waterways, and color will be demonstrated.  

Come enjoy the exhilaration of creativity and the beauty of our incredible local environment!

3 Sat., April 9 - 23
April 9 is classroom introductory lecture and demos, April 16 & 23 will be held in the field (see above).
1:30 - 5 pm
Room: VAPA2015 AND various locations in Santa Cruz County (see above)
Register by Feb. 29: $135
Register after Feb. 29: $150

Please go to our Class Resources page for more information about these classes.

register online

 

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Colors of Spring: En Plein Air Landscape Pastel  II

 

In this class we will explore effective ways to use the studio to simplify and solidify the outdoor pastel painting, based on student plein air work. Individual & group critiques.

Come enjoy the exhilaration of creativity and the beauty of our incredible local environment!

3 Sat., April 30 - May 14
April 30 is classroom introductory lecture and demos, May 7 & 14 will be held in the field (see above).
1:30 - 5 pm

Room: VAPA2015 AND various locations in Santa Cruz County (see above)
Register by Feb. 29: $135
Register after Feb. 29: $150

Please go to our Class Resources page for more information about these classes.

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.

For more information about Ann, please visit: AnnThierman.com

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Figure Drawing for Teens (Ages 14-17)

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This course provides an introduction to figure drawing: gesture, sighting and measuring, proportional guidelines, anatomical information and lots of practice. Students will work from clothed male and female models, with short and long poses. Emphasis will be on developing an understanding of the figure as a specific form and on building drawing vocabulary.

All skill levels welcome!

Parents of teens are welcome to register as well! Please call the Extension office, 831-479-6331, if you would like to register and are the parent of child participating in this class. The Extension staff would be happy to help you get registered over the phone.

Please go to our Class Resources page for more information about these classes.

3 Tue., April 12 - 26
6 - 8 pm
Room: VAPA 2015
Fee: $75
plus $10 model fee

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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.

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Photo-Encaustic Workshops

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Applying beeswax encaustic medium over photographs provides exciting possibilities for enriching the visual qualities of images and adding layers of metaphorical meaning to your work. Beeswax is a luscious and seductive material. It naturally adds depth to surfaces, and it can be colored and textured for all kinds of interesting effects. Limited to just 12 enrollments, so register early!

Please go to our Class Resources page for more information about these classes.

Register for both Photo-Encaustic Workshops for just $360!

Plus a $100 materials fee at registration

Please go to our Class Resources page for more information about these classes.

register online

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Photo-Encaustic: Experimentation and Techniques

In this workshop you will learn a variety of encaustic techniques for mixing, coloring, applying and texturing. There will be plenty of time for experimentation with the approaches you like the best.

Sat. & Sun., April 9 & 10
11 am – 4 pm
Room: VAPA 2008
Register by Feb. 29: $195
Register after Feb. 29: $210
Plus a $50 materials fee at registration

Please go to our Class Resources page for more information about these classes.

register online

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Photo-Encaustic: Embedded Objects, Materials & Transfers

In this workshop you will learn how small objects, fabric, and other materials can be embedded in encaustics. You can transfer images onto the surface of the wax, add transfers over all types of photographic images, including digital inkjet, darkroom, photocopy, and even vintage prints.

Sat. & Sun., April 23 & 24
11 am – 4 pm
Room: VAPA 2008
Register by Feb. 22: $195
Register after Feb. 2: $210
Plus a $50 materials fee at registration

Please go to our Class Resources page for more information about these classes.

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Beverly Rayner, MFA, is a faculty member in the Cabrillo studio art department and is currently teaching at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She has been working in all kinds of photographic mixed media for over 30 years. Her artwork combines photographic images – from antique and alternative process to digital – with materials and objects to create sculptural art works laden with meaning.

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Encaustic Painting Workshop

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Come along and experience an exciting, ancient and cutting-edge art form. Painting with pigmented, molten beeswax is beyond fun and also forgiving and versatile. The possibilities are endless with mixed media:  collage, stencils, stamps, ink, oil paints, watercolors, photography and so much more. You will create three or more original encaustic paintings in this two day workshop...or choose the 4-day workshop and get fully immersed in the possibilities.

Explore and learn through demonstrations about how to mix paint, fuse layers of wax, apply oil and chalk pastels, embed photos and apply image transfers. You will learn to work safely and creatively and then leave with a printout containing all the information you need to continue working after the class is completed. Artists of all media will enjoy the limitless possibilities of what encaustics has to offer.

All are welcome! No drawing skills necessary.

Limited to just 6 enrollments per session, so register early!

This workshop is taught at the instructor’s studio in Aptos. Students will receive detailed information upon registration.

Pack a lunch for the mid-day break. 

Sat. & Sun., April 30 & May 1
10 am - 3:30 pm
Artist's Studio - Aptos

Register by Feb. 29: $195
Register after Feb. 29: $210
plus $60 materials fee payable at registration

register online

 

Sat. & Sun., May 14 & 15
10 am - 3:30 pm
Artist's Studio - Aptos

Register by Feb. 29: $180
Register after Feb. 29: $195
plus $60 materials fee payable at registration

register online

 

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

Terry Dowell is a mixed media artist specializing in encaustic work.  Her work can be seen in private collections nationwide and in juried shows in Northern California.

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Sewing Workshop

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Create something bright and colorful for springtime! Garment construction, quilting, home decor are all possibilities for projects in this hands-on workshop. 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. Join our fun and creative atmosphere! By popular demand we have extended this class by one hour a day!

By popular demand we have extended this class by one hour a day!

Sewing machines will be provided.

6 Fri., April 8 - May 13
9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Room: 1520
Register by Feb 29: $210
Register after Feb. 29: $240


register online

Victoria May - see bio below

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Sew Your Own Custom Printed Tote Bag or Pillow

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In this class you will design original motifs, custom hand print your own fabric pieces, then sew a tote bag or pillow! We will be printing on cotton canvas with your own hand cut stamps and stencils and textile paint or thickened dye.

Learn about the variations possible in creating repeat compositions with interlocking elements. We will print, experiemnt, then construct your bag or pillow on the last day.

All levels welcome!

3 Sat., April 9 - 23 - CANCELLED
10 am - 4 pm
Room: VAPA 2008
Register by Feb 29: $270
Register after Feb. 29: $285
plus $25 materials fee at registration

 


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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. vicmay.com

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SoulCollage: Invite the Poetry of Images into Your Life!

Anyone who has a love for images and symbols and is looking for an intuitive approach to enhance personal growth and nourish the soul will find this workshop inspiring and fun. Soul- Collage® is a flexible and profound expressive arts method through which you build your own unique deck of cards for personal reading. This is an introductory course meant for beginners but those already familiar with SoulCollage® will enjoy having time to review the basic concepts and create new cards. Participants will be able to immediately apply what they learn during this creative day together.

Sat., April 9
10 am - 4 pm
Room: Horticulture 5005

Register by Feb. 29: $75
Register after Feb. 29: $88

Plus a materials fee of $20 paid in class

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


register online

 

Lauren Mari-Navarro, is a trained facilitator of the Soul Collage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. She has a private practice in the Santa Cruz community.

Mariabruna Sirabella, is the author of 2 CDs, is a Trainer of SoulCollage® Facilitators, facilitates the method internationally, and has been mentoring soul-development for the past 20 years.

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Pearl and Bead Stringing Made Simple

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Are you are looking at your well-loved broken strands of pearls and beads in your jewelery box, and wondering if you can learn to repair them yourself? The answer is YES! You will learn the "Lost Art of Hand Knotting" during the first class. There are three methods of stringing that we’ll cover with a great deal of patience & humor.

The kit provided in class includes all necessary tools, beads & findings you will need to learn the methods in class, plus extra findings to repair your own broken strands of pearls & beads from home.

Additional materials will be available for purchase during class.

4 Tue., May 3 - 24
7 - 9 pm
Room: 1522

Register by Feb. 29: $62
Register after Feb. 29: $72
Plus $34 materials fee payable to instructor in class for kit described above.


register online

 

Estelle Drinkhaus-Davey - see bio below

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Pearl and Bead Re-Stringing Project Workshop

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This class is designed for former students who have taken the "Pearl & Bead Stringing Made Simple" class.
Come join us for a day of uninterrupted stringing. One project of your choice will be completed.
All methods of stringing will be reviewed as needed. Design kits will be available during class.

Bring: Your project, all tools & grindings from class (incl. work mat) and your lunch! Beverages will be provided.

For more information about this class follow this link: Cabrillo Class Resources

Sat., June 11
10 am - 3 pm
Room: 1522

Register by Feb. 29: $42
Register after Feb. 29: $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.

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HackSpace for Makers and Artists - A Collaborative Creative Space

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This series of HackSpace workshops may help you find your way with Arduino’s, LED’s, circuits, resistors and much more! Join us for these “open lab” sessions that consist of demos, guidance and open work time.

There are so many possible projects it boggles the mind! Do you want to:

  • Animate your artwork or add controlled lighting effects?
  • Create movement in your artwork and manipulate that movement?
  • Share your project ideas and get new ones from others?
  • Get help navigating the online community of makers’ products like Arduinos, LED’s and lighting & motion tools?
  • Try something completely new and unique?

Each 4-Friday class session is designed to help you learn, share, tinker and problem solve. In the first and last Friday of each session Mike Matera, Cabrillo Computer Information Systems Instructor and “Maker,” will lead the class and offer advice, guidance and inspiration. In each session you will have access to the tool room and classroom to work through your projects and ideas with Angel Martinez, a Cabrillo College Computer Engineering student, Cabrillo Robotics Club member, and First Robotics veteran and Mary Govaars, who works in the Visual Arts Tool Room and is a graphic designer (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, and Coding). Mary has experience in electronics, 3D printing, microprocessors and LEDs.

Each session requires a laptop with very specific Arduino tools loaded. To assure that your hardware and software meet Arduino requirements please register for the “Make Your Stuff Work” primer below which will give you one, 3-hour evening session to work on getting your laptop ready for these sessions. If you have an Arduino kit that you would like to use you will need to bring it to this class to determine if it will work in the HackSpace sessions.

Make Your Stuff Work Primer

Wed., March 2
6 – 9 pm
Room: VAPA 3003
Register by Feb. 29: $30
Register after Feb. 29: $35
$30 materials fee (Arduino kit, only need to buy one for each of the following three sessions)

register online

 

Session 1 - Arduinos Are Your Friends

Arduinos are a user-friendly, open source resource of microcontrollers for artists and makers. They can control motors, motions, lights and sounds, as well as sense and react to their surroundings. They are one of the cheapest and easiest to find tools for those that DIY. There is a huge community online that is willing to help! In this workshop you can explore the many possibilities that Arduinos offer.

4 Fri., March 4 - 25    
6 – 9 pm
Room: VAPA 3003
Register by Feb. 29: $120
Register after Feb. 29: $135
$30 materials fee (Arduino kit, only need to buy one for all three sessions)

register online

 

Session 2 - LED Effects - Creating Motion with Lighting

LED patterns can simulate and mimic motion to create lighting imagery like a tornado or a wave of rainbows. Applications include embedding in a sculpture or as part of 2D images to add dimension and light. In this workshop you can explore the tools and techniques for creating lighting patterns.

4 Fri., April 8 - 29
6 – 9 pm
Room: VAPA 3003
Register by Feb. 29: $120
Register after Feb. 29: $135
$30 materials fee (Arduino kit, only need to buy one for all three sessions)

register online

 

Session 3 - Beyond Plug and Play, How to Practice Safe Circuits

Why is it important to know how and when to use resistors in your circuits when playing with LED’s, motors and Arduinos? This session will dive into these small yet mighty elements of kinetics and lighting.

4 Fri., May 13 - June 3
6 – 9 pm
Room: VAPA 3003
Register by Feb. 29: $120
Register after Feb. 29: $135
$30 materials fee (Arduino kit, only need to buy one for all three sessions)

register online

 

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Digital Fabrication

The Maker movement is in full effect and quickly becoming  part of mainstream fabrication and manufacturing as well as becoming an important tool in home fabrication and prototyping. Whether you are looking to make components for a home made robot or an element in your art work This new technology can help you produce unique, accurate pieces previously unattainable through traditional methods.

Digital Fabrication: Intro to 3D Printing

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This two day workshop will cover the basics of 3d modeling with entry level software. Followed by a day of 3d printing the objects created in the software. No previous knowledge of this technology is required.

Students can print simple objects modeled during the workshop including brackets, gears and functional objects, or aesthetic components ready for your next art project!

You can check out some of the things we have produced so far on facebook at the
cabrillofablab.

2 Sun., April 3 & 10
10 am - 4 pm
Room: VAPA 3004
Register by Feb. 29: $195
Register after Feb. 29: $210
plus materials fee of $50

 

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Digital Fabrication: Intro to Laser Cutting

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This two day workshop will introduce students to the basics of laser cutting and engraving with our Epilogue laser cutter. Previous knowledge of adobe illustrator will be helpful but is not required.

Students may cut any of the following: Plexi glass or wood up to 1/4", cardboard, and bristol board, which will be provided. Students may also bring in any of the following: paper, fabric, masonite, tar paper, leather, and carpet.

2 Sun., April 17 & 24
10 am - 4 pm
Room: VAPA 3004
Register by Feb. 29: $195
Register after Feb. 29: $210
plus materials fee of $50

 

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Payson McNett received his AA from Cabrillo College 2007, BA from San Jose State University 2009 and MFA from Indiana University 2012. He’s had solo, juried, and invitational exhibitions in several states including Alabama, Indiana, and California. He has worked extensively in a wide range of media including: metal fabrication, ceramics, mold making, screen printing, woodworking, as well as silver, bronze, aluminum and iron casting.

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Introduction to Fusing Glass

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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., April 6 & 13
6:00 - 9:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5110

Register by Feb. 29: $95
Register after Feb. 290: $110
plus $50 materials and firing fee payable to instructor

 

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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.

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Glass Blowing: An Introduction

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Experience the beautiful fluid movements of blown glass up close in a professional art glass studio! This class will give students a hands on introduction to the incredible world of "Hot Glass”. Explore the basic techniques and equipment used in the creation of blown glass objects. Each student will take home several glass creations made with their own hands!

Class size is limited to 8 so register early!

4 Tue., April 19 - May 10
6 - 8 pm
Location: Chris Johnson Glass
Register by Feb. 29: $295
Register after Feb. 29: $325
Plus $50 materials fee payable to instructor in class.

register online

 

For more information about this class, including map and directions to Chris' studio, follow this link:
Cabrillo Class Resources

Chris Johnson has studied with numerous Italian and American glass masters, and has shared his passion for glass blowing as an instructor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California College of the Arts, San Francisco State University, and at his own studio in Santa Cruz, California. For more about Chris on the web: Chris Johnson - The Artists

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Forging and Toolmaking - Beginning

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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.

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

Sat. & Sun., May 28 & 29
9 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register by Feb. 29: $395
Register after Feb. 29: $425

plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class
register online


Vern Caron - See bio below

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Forging and Toolmaking - Intermediate

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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.

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

Sat. & Sun., May 28 & 29
9 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register by Feb. 29: $395
Register after Feb. 29: $425

plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class
register online


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

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Sculptural Form from Repurposed Objects

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In this 4-day workshop, you will build tabletop-sized sculptures that are crafted from an array of various objects, which will be  provided by the instructor on the first day of class. Not only will this course ignite your creative fires and encourage you to experiment, but also you will learn the approaches needed to assemble and attach the objects that form your sculptures.

2 Sat. & 2 Sun., May 21, 22 & 28, 29
10 am - 4 pm
Room: VAPA 3004
Register by Feb. 29: $260
Register after Feb. 29: $275
plus materials fee $20 at registration

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Diane Patracuola is a well-known and respected artist in the Santa Cruz area. Her work is a monument to wild and curious compilations of materials and techniques. She is an accomplished metal-worker, painter, and sculptor. She is always willing to help students to realize and fabricate their designs.

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Casting Decorative Tiles in Recycled Aluminum

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Join us for a weekend of molten metal and fresh imagery as we explore the fascinating world of sand-cast aluminum. We will each produce a tile or two in freshly cast, recycled aluminum.  We will begin with a soft clay pattern, then a sand mold, both of your design.  When the temperature is just right, the instructor will pour the molten metal into each mold. After a few minutes of cooling and quenching, your tile will be ready for viewing!  

This course requires no previous experience with foundry practice. Come join us as furnace, crucible and flame work together to fuse your unique design with the magic of molten metal to create a lovely completed object in recycled cast aluminum...right before your eyes!  

Sat & Sun, April 16 & 17
10 am - 4 pm
Room: VAPA 3005
Register by Feb. 29: $180
Register after Feb. 29: $195
plus $45 materials fee

 

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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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Metalworking Primer

 

This workshop is intended to familiarize participants with the metalworking equipment in the Art Department at Cabrillo College. Equipment covered will include Oxy-Acet. Welding, Mig Welding, Plasma-cutting, Grinding, Sanding, Polishing.

Time will be spent educating persons on proper and safe use of all equipment.

This class is required before students will be able to register for the Metal-Working open lab.

Mon., March 21
6 - 9 pm

Room: VAPA 3005
Register by Feb. 29: $58
Register after Feb. 29: $65
Plus $10 materials fee

register online

 

Diane Patracuola – see bio below

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Metalworking Open Lab

 

Gain access to Cabrillo’s Art Metalworking Studio and pick up some skills along the way! Participants who have studied Metalworking here or taken the primer offered will be able to use this facility and access very knowledgeable instructors for assistance in building their projects.

You will be responsible for providing the majority of your materials. Some metal will be provided as well as welding gases, some sheet/rod and safety gear.

Students may work on their own projects brought in from home. Storage is limited so all projects need to be taken home at the end of each class.

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. Tool Room Coordinator Patrick Stafford may approve additional individuals on a one-on-one basis

Class size is limited so register early!

Mon. & Wed., April 4 - May 25
6 - 9 pm
Room: VAPA 3005
Register by Feb. 29: $280
Register after Feb. 29: $295
Plus $25 materials fee at registration

 

register online

 

Diane Patracuola is a well-known and respected artist in the Santa Cruz area. Her work is a monument to wild and curious compilations of materials and techniques. She is an accomplished metal-worker, painter, and sculptor. She is always willing to help students to realize and fabricate their designs. Diane’s work has been shown in many local venues: Michelangelo's, India joze and a solo show at Many Hands Gallery.

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Small Metals Open Lab

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Sign-up for 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.

Dawn Nakanishi may approve additional individuals on a one-on-one basis.

10 Sat., Feb. 20 - April 30 (No Class April 2)
10 am - 4 pm
Room: VAPA 3001
Register by Feb. 29: $180
Register after Feb. 29: $195

Materials: Provided by Students

 

register online

 

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

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Woodshop & Power Tool Primer

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Join us in a relaxed (albeit noisy) atmosphere as we demystify stationary woodworking power tools. Students in this orientation class will be lead through the safe usage of machines most used for woodworking. Your instructor is quite skilled at helping people get over their fear of these machines and have an enjoyable experience. Class size is limited to 15 so register early!

Mon., March 21
6 - 9 pm

Room: VAPA 3003
Register by Feb. 29: $58
Register after Feb. 29: $65
Plus $15 materials fee

register online

 

Bob Lamp – see bio below

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Woodworking Open Studio

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Join a passionate and creative group of wood workers for 8-weeks of shop time in Cabrillo’s state-of-the art woodworking studio. This class affords students access to fine wood working hand tools as well as stationery power tools, while giving students the opportunity to develop or hone skills along the way!

Students may also work on their own projects brought in from home. Storage is limited so all projects need to be taken home at the end of each class.

Prerequiste: Must have taken the “Power Tool Primer” or be a current or former Cabrillo student who is familiar with, and can demonstrate, a thorough knowledge of the facility in regards to safe practices and policy. For prospective students not in this category Please contact the Cabrillo Extension office, extension@cabrillo.edu for details about how students are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by Art Dept. staff.

Students will be responsible for their own wood and hardware materials for projects. Materials fee noted below covers consumables such as glue, screws, dust masks and earplugs.

Class size is limited to 15 so register early!

Mon. & Wed., April 4 - May 25
6 - 9 pm
Room: VAPA 3003
Register by Feb. 29: $280
Register after Feb. 29: $295
Plus $25 materials fee at registration

 

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 watercolor painting. He has been showing his work both locally and internationally since 1993.

 


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