Sawdust Festival looks forward to more exciting classes

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!).

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Pottery Wheel Experience – March 9, 16 and 23

Saturday, March 9, 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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Jewelry and Textile Arts – March 9

Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m.

Jewelry and Textile Arts

Who doesn’t love making beautiful things that reflect your unique personality? Come join the fun of playing with fabric, vintage jewelry, sea glass, pearls, shells and feathers. Enjoy yourself, laugh and bring home a wonderful gift or personal family heirloom. Made with a lot of love, joy and imagination, you’ll be transforming familiar materials into pure sparkling magic!

All supplies are provided, except for the frame. Optionally, you can bring your own special treasures to add to your artwork.

If you and a group of friends buy three (3) tickets, you can bring a 4th friend for free. Please email learnart@sawdustartfestival.org with any questions.

Animal Portraits – March 9

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.

Mixed Media Exploration – March 10

Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m.

Mixed Media Exploration

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. So many different items to choose from for your mixed media creation.

All levels are welcome. Each artist will complete a beautiful, unique abstract.

Cost: $110

Art Meets Technology – March 14 and 19

Thursday, March 14 and 19, 1 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 medium 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. 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.

Once you have registered for this class, they will ask you for a few short sentences to best describe what you would like to paint so that we can prepare your digital image. If you wish, you may bring your own image or design.

Cost: $45.

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I Spy Your Eye Photography – March 28

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 principles 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” x 11” and two 4” x 6”) 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 phone (all digital devices welcome). This class is suitable for ages 10-110.

Cost: $95.

Women’s Retreat Workshop – April 20 and May 18

–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.


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