Sawdust Festival in full swing with Ski Week Art Camp

Sawdust Art Classes has many expressive and informative classes offered every week that the Sawdust Art Festival wants to share with you (far too many to mention here!).

Sawdust is excited to embark on Ski Week Art Camp, which started yesterday and continues through Friday, Feb. 23 (with the exception of Wednesday, Feb. 24) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m..

Visit Sawdust online (click here) for detailed information on classes, times and listings.

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Pottery Wheel Experience – February 24

Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m.

Pottery Wheel Experience

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit at a potter’s wheel and actually throw a pot?

Robert Jones will take you through the process step-by-step, allowing you to gain confidence so that, with his help, you will make your own pottery pieces on the wheel. Each student will make two pieces that he will then fire and glaze in his own studio so that you will end up with a beautifully glazed mug or bowl which you can truly call your own. Please note, the firing and glazing time will take approximately 3-4 weeks before ready to collect. If you wish your items to be mailed, there will be an additional cost to cover postage and packing.

Absolutely no experience is necessary to take this class, however closed-toe shoes and casual, comfortable clothing are recommended. All materials are included in the cost.

Cost: $105.

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Art Meets Technology – February 20, 23

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2-3:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23, 1-2:30 p.m.

Art Meets Technology

A brand-new pop-up class where you can really let your imagination fly! With AI technology, you will create a computerized image using your ideas. This printed image will be the basis for your painting. You’ll transfer this image onto paper using a printing plate.

The process is simple with really satisfying results. You will learn to use different types of mediums in this fun class, including gelli plates, posca markers, acrylic paints, and other mixed media including Mica powder and stencils. A great way to loosen up those creative juices. Suitable for both adults and children over 10 years of age. Once you have registered for this class, you will be asked for a few sentences that best describe what you would like to paint so that the instructor can prepare your digital image. If you wish, you may bring your own image or design.

Cost: $45 per student. Cost is inclusive of all materials, a colored digital print and a finished acrylic painting that will be framed in a mat board for you to take home.

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Ski Week Art Camp – February 23

February 20, 22 and 23, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 20: Monotype Printing: Stencils & Additive Methods

Thursday, Feb. 22: Foam Relief Prints & Dry Point Etching

Friday, Feb. 23: Linocut Printing

Each class will explore a different technique in the art of printmaking. Some classes may have two or three different activities, giving students a better understanding of how that art material and method works. Students can take an individual class for $50.

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Basics of Sewing – February 21

Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Basics of Sewing

Learn the basics of sewing and pattern making in this super cute class that is ideal for ages 7 and over (adults are welcome, too!). Absolutely no previous experience is required for this introduction to sewing. Artist Carmen Gundelach will show you how to make your own bag. You’ll learn to trace the pattern onto fabric and cut it out before using a sewing machine to put it all together. Materials and tools will be provided.

You can either bring your favorite fabric or choose from supplies that Gundelach will have. If you choose to bring your own, please make sure to bring enough materials. If you have any questions about suitable fabric and amount of fabric, reach out to Sawdust at learnart@sawdustartfestival.org.

This class requires three students minimum, so please encourage your friends to sign up.

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m.

Portrait Photography

Looking to feel good in front of the camera and confident behind the lens? Wondering how to master the elements of light, pose and mood? In this one-on-one class, professional Photographer Mary Church will take you step-by-step through the process, helping you to understand the fundamentals of how to use light and light settings, equipment choices, backgrounds, poses and clothing options. You will be photographed and photographing, allowing you the perspective from both model and photographer. The class will take place in a Studio Setting using natural light photography.

This is a two-hour class; you will receive one 5” x 7” and two 4” x 6” photographs – just in time for those holiday cards. This is a one-on-one class. For larger groups, email learnart@sawdustartfestival.org.

Cost: $150, price includes all materials.

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Magical Diorama – February 24

Saturday, Feb. 24, 12 p.m.

Magical Diorama

Transport yourself to a miniature world of magic in a box. Each two-hour class is held in the artist’s home studio filled with all the elements that you will need to create your little world of fantasy. You can choose from an array of intriguing elements to build a unique creation that is evocative of whimsy and magic. Feel free to bring your own memorable tokens, scraps of letters or mementos to add your own personal touch. Figurines, broken jewelry, trim, or buttons all add interest to your fantasy realm. No experience is necessary, just a desire to have fun and play. This is a fun, funky class where the only requirements are enthusiasm, patience and a smile!

Cost: $100.

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Women’s Retreat Workshop – February 24, April 20 and May 18

–Saturday, Feb. 24, 1-5 p.m.

–Saturday, April 20, 1-5 p.m.

–Saturday, May 18, 1-5 p.m.

Women’s Retreat Workshop – Michelle Burt

For a while now, Michelle Burt has been wanting to create a safe space for women to come together, reduce stress and create together. She has a process where participants can transform the stress of their lives into something beautiful.

Join in the adventure of creating abstract art by sheer intuition. Like dancing, you’ll find your own rhythm utilizing different textures, materials, colorful mediums and tools. You will explore oil pastels, acrylic paint, specialty papers, graphite, charcoal and inks. There are so many different items to choose from.

Women will share a lovely afternoon exploring and creating an abstract piece of art that will inspire them every day.

Note: This workshop is held off-site, but within Laguna Beach. Exact location address details will be provided upon registration.

Cost: $298.

Animal Portraits – February 24 and March 9

Saturday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 9, 1 p.m.

Animal Portraits

Are you an animal lover who loves to paint? Join Sawdust for this fun and value-packed class to the alla prima style of oil painting, or “wet on wet” direct oil painting.

Attendees will paint the animal portrait from a photo (provided) or you can bring a photo of your pet. All skill levels are welcome.
In this fast-paced, two-hour class, Tatyana Zen will take you through all stages and tools – brushes, paint, palette and support. You will learn not only the fundamentals – composition, drawing, establishing value and color harmony, but also be encouraged to notice unique characteristics that capture the essence of the animal.

Note: A reference photo is provided. Students can use their own photo (printed or on a digital device to reference during class).

 Cost: $95.

I Spy Your Eye Photography – February 24 and March 28

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m.

Thursday, March 28, 10 a.m.

I Spy Your Eye Photography with Mary Church

Join artist Mary Church in this three-part class covering the key principals of photography. In the first part of the class, Church will talk you through the key elements including perspective, composition, color, design and imagery. Then, under her guidance, attendees will explore the grounds of the Sawdust Festival to create three different printed images (one 8.5” x11” and two 4”x6”) that you will take home. The final element of this class will be a display of your images and discoveries that you made during your time in class.

To participate in this class, you will need to have either a digital camera, an iPhone/ iPad, or Android /smart phones (all digital devices welcome!). This class is suitable for ages 10–110.

Cost: $95.

Abstract Florals in Acrylics – February 25

Sunday, Feb. 25, 12-2 p.m.

Abstract Florals in Acrylics – Lisa Rainey

Allow yourself to explore the colorful world of Lisa Rainey! Demonstrating the painting process step-by-step, Rainey will teach you all about color value, technique, and composition. You will learn how to mix colors, apply paint to the canvas, tonal values, and paint strokes. But most of all, you will learn the importance of just having fun whilst painting.

High quality art materials will be provided including acrylic paints, a variety of brushes, 11”x14” canvas, palette knife and printed colored reference image.

Cost: $110 per student. Includes all materials and wine!


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