LOCA announces LOCA Arts Education online fundraiser

Art lovers will meet Laguna Beach’s most fascinating artists and industry professionals at LOCA Art Talks. Events are Thursday evenings through May in Downtown Laguna Beach. Attendees will receive a post-event coupon for 15% off dining at nearby restaurants.

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Sneak Preview online now

“For the Love of Art” Auction Sneak Preview and Donate Now. Bidding is open.

LOCA Arts Education invites everyone to engage in their exciting online fundraiser. Help them to exceed their goal of $15,000 to support their workshops and lectures serving the entire community, from teens at the Youth Shelter, to families at the library, to online classes for everyone. They employ local artists, and every dollar makes a difference.

The auction Sneak Preview is open now – click here. Register now for free, donate cash at the green donate button and start a “Watch List” by clicking the heart icon on your favorite items. Actual bidding opens April 15, so mark your calendars now.

Auction items vary from a two-night stay in a rustic canyon view room at The Ranch Resort, a signed Mike Trout Angels Jersey and an immersive Pageant of the Masters experience – including tickets, a backstage tour and gift shop item. Unique items include private art parties and original art by favorite local artists. There’s something for everyone.

See something and can’t wait? Email loca@locaarts.org and buy-it-now at the listed value.

LOCA sends a big thank you to all who support them and value their services throughout our city and community.

Thursdays at 4 p.m. starting on April 18 and running through June 6

Art Classes for Kids at the Laguna Beach Library Laguna Beach at 363 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach. “Art Classes for Kids” will be held in the Children’s Wing of the Laguna Beach Library. Classes are free, and no registration is required, but space is limited, so first come, first served, for children 5 and up. Please gather at 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17, 1-4 p.m.

Off the Grid with Lesli Bonanni

Discover a fresh new approach to painting! Working with textured paper, water, pigments and tools, you will create outcomes that surprise and delight you. Bring an open mind and get ready for a unique experience.

Cost: LOCA Members $25, Non-Members $50.

This class is held in the art room of the Susi Q Senior Center and made possible by a grant from the FAO Foundation.

Thursdays at 4 p.m. starting on April 18 and running through June 6

Art Classes for Kids at the Laguna Beach Library Laguna Beach at 363 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach. “Art Classes for Kids” will be held in the Children’s Wing of the Laguna Beach Library. Classes are free, and no registration required but space is limited, first come, first served, for children 5 and up. Please gather at 3:45 p.m.

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Family Sketch Whales – April 20

Saturday, April 20, 10-11:30 a.m.

Family Sketch Whales at Rivian South Coast Theater, 162 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach

LOCA Arts Education is presenting a fun art workshop for families as part of Earth Day weekend festivities at Rivian South Coast Theater in Downtown Laguna Beach. The workshop, themed “Gray Whale,” will start with a video introduction by educators from Crystal Cove State Park. The video will teach about gray whale mothers and calves. Viewers will learn how these spectacular creatures survive along our coast and why they are important.

Following the presentation, art teachers from LOCA will lead everyone, step-by-step, in creating beautiful gray whale color sketches to take home.

Cost is free, but registration is required, now through April 18.

To register: email loca@locaarts.org and provide the following: Name, number attending, email, phone and ZIP Code.

By registering, participant agrees to allow LOCA to furnish contact information to Rivian South Coast Theater.

A confirmation will be sent by email from LOCA. Space is limited – no drop-ins at the door.

LOCA Art Talks schedule:

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Art Talk – April 25

Art lovers of any background will be mesmerized by this show-and-tell presentation by globally renowned artist Andrew Myers. He will share stories from his experimental student days at Laguna College of Art and Design, to his years as a representational sculptor, when he created figurative bronzes for Saint Catherine of Sienna Church, and The Shopper for City of Laguna Beach. Myers will share insights on his series of life size figure drawings, defaced with scribblings of social commentary, satire, and humor. Lastly, he will discuss his signature “Screw Art” series, which although a pun, describes his collection of wall relief illustrations literally comprised of thousands of screws.

Upon conclusion, everyone will receive a post-event certificate for 15% off food at nearby Lumberyard Restaurant.

Cost: Free to LOCA Members: Advance registration is required, email: loca@locaarts.org. Non-Members $20.

May: Public Art in Downtown Laguna Beach, with Mike Tauber and guest artists. Registration opens soon.

Become a LOCA member and enjoy free admission to all LOCA Art Talks, and many other benefits.

LOCA’s New Teaching Location:

LOCA’s newest teaching location is in the south end of Laguna Beach, easily reached from Downtown, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel and San Clemente.

The expansion allows LOCA to offer “extended learning” series of classes whereby students, both adults and families, can build a “toolbox of skills” over several weeks.

LOCA students will enjoy the hilltop location, panoramic ocean views and free onsite parking. Laguna Beach Community and Recreation Center, 30516 S. Coast Highway. Enter on Cardinal Drive, just south of Nyes Place.

Know someone who loves art and Laguna Beach? Surprise them with a LOCA 2024 membership and they’ll enjoy a full year of art experiences of their choice! Your $50 purchase ensures them a bounty of benefits including free admission to six LOCA Art Talks lectures, an exclusive Membership Sunday Brunch and Art Talk, a shout-out feature in their eNewsletter, half-priced registration to LOCA’s workshops taught by well-known Laguna Beach artists throughout the town – and much more.

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Give the gift of art experiences for a full year

What they’ll get:

Your thoughtfully chosen gift will be presented as a charming reusable box, topped with a LOCA pencil, and elegantly wrapped with a bow. Inside is a 2024 membership card listing the fantastic benefits. A $250 value!

Buy it now for $50:

Use LOCA’s secure and easy “Gift a Membership” red checkout button on their membership page by clicking here. Your package will arrive by mail in 4-7 business days.

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(L-R) LOCA teachers Allison Keefe and Elizabeth McGhee

Families Love LOCA at the Library

LOCA’s Family Art Classes at Laguna Beach Public Library have been a smashing success. The “happy hour” 4-5 p.m. timeslot has made it convenient for parents and kids to enjoy a creative learning space, led by Allison Keefe. “We encourage parents and kids to work together,” Keefe said.

LOCA Arts Education has provided top quality visual arts education to all ages in Laguna Beach, and beyond, for more than 30 years. LOCA’s unique strength is its ability to be mobile, providing free and affordable lectures, demonstrations, and classes throughout the city at commercial spaces, community centers, galleries, parks, resorts and studios.

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Student loves art

Laguna Beach Public Library is among LOCA’s many institutional partners. Here, in the children’s wing, LOCA conducts a series of art classes, free to the public, each season. Spring 2024 brought “Family Art Day,” where parents and their children do an art project together and “Art Classes for Kids” which begin with a librarian reading a book, followed by an art project that ties to the theme. The drop-in classes offer a new creative project each week for up to 20 children at a time. Students may attend one, several, or all, and many do.

LOCA and Me, The Teachers

LOCA hires local professional artists to teach their classes, who assist and complement their full-time careers as artists. Library classes are taught by Allison Keefe and Elizabeth McGhee, both accomplished exhibitors at local festivals. According to McGhee, “I enjoy teaching at the library because not only do local Laguna Beach kids attend, but children from throughout Orange County come to learn new art techniques and stories. These classes not only help the students and parents who attend, but also engage and retain teachers like me in the community, and for that I am so grateful.”

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Heisler Park Walking Tour of Public Art

Custom Art Escapes

LOCA continues to create exciting events and art escapes for both kids, families and adults to enjoy. Now, you can setup your very own art experience this summer. There are custom workshops for adults and groups, kids and families, and advanced sessions for those who want to improve their artistic skills with personal instruction. Designed for beginners to the most advanced student, lessons are in various Laguna locations, can be in your home or you can take a Zoom class.

“LOCA Certified” Artists are offering classes and tours in a variety of Laguna Beach locations. Check out all the adventures and be inspired to receive individual attention, a wonderful time and unique access to some amazing artists. “Custom” Art Escapes are great activities for locals and visitors seeking unique art experiences in Laguna Beach.

This is just a sampling of the “Custom Art Escapes” LOCA offers, for the full listing, go to www.locaart.org/custom-art-escapes/.

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Heisler Park Walking Tour of Public Art

Heisler Park Walking Tour of Public Art

Instructor: Mike Tauber

Enjoy a walk through this spectacular ocean-front park and get a close-up view of more than 14 works including sculptures, seating, and floor murals in bronze, glass, metal, stone and ceramic. Unlike a regular docent – your guide Mike Tauber is a longtime Laguna Beach resident and artist who personally worked with many the artists who made these pieces. The stories will amaze you! Availability: Daylight hours. Available year-round.

Location: Heisler Park, Laguna Beach

Length of Time: 1.5 hours, 5 blocks

Fee: $290/event (1-12 people), to register, click here.

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Watercolor & Ink Travel Journal Painting

Watercolor & Ink Travel Journal Painting

Instructor: Mary Gulino

Have you ever wanted to capture the essence of a place by drawing or painting it? Join local artist, Mary Gulino, while she guides you through how to assess a scene and create a quick sketch, control paint flow and transparency with washes and glazes and explore wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry painting techniques. Finally, each painting and inking will be brought to life with superfine permanent technical pens as you learn outlining and different texturing and shading techniques.

Availability: Upon Request

Location: Heisler Park, Laguna Beach or online over Zoom

Length of Time: 3 hours

Fee: $99 per person (min 4, max 8), to register, click here.

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Paint-a-Donut Party

Paint-a-Donut Party

Instructor: Lisa Mansour

Lisa Mansour, a Sawdust artist whose work can be seen at Quorum Gallery throughout the year, is offering this sweet treat. Gather your young friends and meet at Primi Donuts in Monarch Bay Plaza, Laguna Beach for a delicious snack and a painting lesson. Using one of Lisa’s donut paintings, you and your friends will “decorate” a donut using your imaginations and an array of acrylic paints and embellishments.

Availability: Anytime (two-week notice required)

Location: Primi Donuts, Dana Point

Length of Time: 1+ hours

Fee: $45 per person (Up to 12 people). Groups of four or more can be arranged with prior notice at their preferred park location and preferred day of the week (subject to artist availability.) to register, click here.

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Block Printing Workshop

Block Printing Workshop

Instructor: Reem Khalil

Learn the art of block printing with a variety of materials. In this workshop, we focus on printing on fabric but will touch on the techniques that will translate to other materials. Each participant will receive a cotton tote and lots of paper to print their original designs on and take home. If you really get the printing bug, we will also have extra blanks, t-shirts, scarves and cards if you really get into it…once you start you won’t want to stop. These make for great gifts! All supplies included, wine and refreshments.

Availability: Upon Request

Location: Artist’s Studio, Laguna Beach

Length of Time: 2 hours

Fee: $75/person, to register, click here.

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Florals in Acrylics

Florals in Acrylics

Instructor: Lisa Rainey

Free yourself to be Bold and Expressive! Lisa Rainey will demonstrate her floral painting techniques step-by-step, encouraging you to capture the essence of the flower by working from life.

This class is about your creative expression through painting, and your own view of what you see. Use your imagination and play with shapes, color and line. Rainey loves to use her knowledge and love of watercolor to bring a fresh way of painting in acrylics. Starting with warm washes first, we will build up the layers using thicker paint with brushes and palette knives. The desire is to create a floral painting that glows from within. Supplies are provided.

Availability: Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays

Location: Crescent Bay Park, Laguna Beach

Length of Time: 2+ hours

Fee: $220 for a private lesson, $150 each for 2-4 people, to register, click here.

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Mint Tin Painting

Mint Tin Painting on Location in Laguna

Instructor: Lisa Mansour

Using a mint tin container as both canvas and palette, the innovative painter Lisa Mansour will teach you how to create a tiny, dynamic piece of art. Painting en plein air, on location in Laguna Beach, your lesson will include basic color mixing and compositional techniques. Your small paintings will be big fun!

Availability: Anytime (two-week notice required)

Location: Laguna Beach, exact location TBD

Length of Time: 2+ hours

Fee: $150 per person (2 person minimum, 4 person maximum) To register, click here.

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Indigo Sarong making in the Garden

Indigo Sarong making in the Garden!

Instructor: Reem Khalil

Khalil invites participants to learn the art of Indigo & Shibori and enjoy refreshments while making a summer sarong. Learn how to make Organic Indigo dye vat and original patterns using the ancient technique Shibori. In this workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of Shibori pattern making and how to create a variety of shapes focusing on folded, tied and clamped resist dyeing. Get your girlfriends together and throw a party…every girl needs a sarong! To register, click here.

Availability: Upon Request

Location: Artist’s Studio, Laguna Beach

Length of Time: 2 hours

Fee: $85/person, (4 people minimum, 8 people maximum)

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Monotype Printing on an Etching Press

Monotype Printing on an Etching Press

Instructor: Cynthia Fletcher

Using brayers and lithography inks, students will coat a plexiglass plate with color. An assortment of thin shapes – natural, manmade and shaped by your hand will be inked and arranged on the base plate. After rolling the plate through an etching press, the resulting print will a surprising springboard into a series of monotypes you will make during this studio session.

This is a relaxed introduction to the art of printmaking. It requires no previous experience or drawing skill. It is open to people who want to explore a new medium and who are somewhere between 6 and 96. Participants will enjoy getting inky together, the exploration of something new and then marvel at the prints produced! To register, click here.

Availability: Upon Request

Location: Cynthia’s studio in Laguna Beach

Length of Time: 3 to 4 hours

Fee: $125 per person

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Sketching Flowers in Laguna’s Beautiful Parks

Sketching Flowers in Laguna’s Beautiful Parks

Instructor: Hedy Buzan

Working with pencil, pen, and watercolor pencils, participants will enjoy the beautiful views and draw flora found in Laguna’s exquisite parks. Buzan will demonstrate gesture and contour sketching techniques and instruct on color mixing and the use of watercolor pencils. All materials provided and each participant will receive a mini mat that will fit in a 5”x7” frame.

Availability: Saturdays: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., upon request

Location: Heisler or Treasure Island Parks, Laguna Beach

Length of Time: 2+ hours

Fee: $45 per person (Up to 12 people). Groups of four or more can be arranged with prior notice at their preferred park location and preferred day of the week (subject to artist availability). To register, click here.

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Plein Air Painting at Shaws Cove

Plein Air Painting at Shaws Cove

Instructor: Lisa Rainey

Lisa Rainey, a Laguna Beach Fine Artist, would like to invite you to explore the coves of Laguna while capturing the beauty of the waves, the cliffs and the sky, using oils on canvas. She will demonstrate her painting technique step-by-step with you, simplifying the process, making it fun and inspiring, so you can free yourselves to learn how to see, and play with shapes and color while tapping into your creative side. Whether you are an experienced painter who just wants practice or have no experience, all levels are welcome. Take the leap! You won’t regret it. All supplies are included.

Availability: Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays

Location: Shaws Cove, Laguna Beach

Length of Time: 2+ hours

Fee: $95 per person (Up to 12 people in a group and/or a six-person minimum). Private Lessons: $250 each or $150 each for two to four people.

To reserve, click here.

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Exciting techniques in oil

New Exciting Techniques in Oil

Instructor: September McGee

Classes will focus on next level techniques in oil and cold wax along with palette knife. Create bold expressive textures and colors that will allow your unique creative spirit to emerge. Attendees will be painting with total abandon, freeing up any creative blocks. This is perhaps the “funnest” way to paint with incredible results. All levels of experience are welcome.

Availability: Available weekdays and upon request

Location: Artists Studio, Laguna Woods

Length of Time: 2 hours

Fee: $195 private, $295 for 2 people

To reserve, click here.

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Paint in oils with September McGee

 Paint in Oils: Style of American Impressionism

Instructor: September McGee

Award-winning artist September McGee is opening her studio offering classes in oil in a variety of genre. Learn some of her secret techniques and tools to create amazing paintings in this versatile medium. Students will be working in a “hands-on” approach to help guide their own unique creative style. What have you always wanted to paint? Let’s do that. All levels of experience are welcome.

Availability: Available weekdays and upon request

Location: Artists Studio, Laguna Woods

Length of Time: 2 hours

Fee: $195 private, $295 for 2 people

To reserve, click here.


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