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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Mixed Media – March 15 and 22

Day 1: Friday, March 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Day 2: Friday, March 22, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Mixed Media Workshop

In this fun yet informative class, you will create a mixed media 12” x 12” painting under the professional guidance of Artist Hedy Buzan. Step-by-step, Hedy will show you how to combine collage, drawing and acrylic paint into a composition; you will also discover some interesting tools and approaches for creating shapes and textures.

In the second part of this workshop, you will focus on selecting a color palette. You will learn basic color theory, paint mixing tips and application – all the tools you need to complete a wonderful piece of mixed media artwork.

Please note, a minimum of four participants are required for this class to take place. Your prompt registration and sharing with interested friends or colleagues would be much appreciated. Thank you for your support.

Cost: $225, fully inclusive of all materials and light refreshment.

Sunshine Swirl in Watercolor – March 15

Thursday, March 15, 2 p.m.

April 27, 10 a.m.

May 11, 10 a.m.

Sunshine Swirl in Watercolor

Enter the vibrant world of watercolor painting with artist Tim Hahne in this fabulous and playful introduction to the medium.
Hahne’s Sunshine Swirl class is a fabulous introduction on how to apply watercolor paint to achieve a beautiful, blended rainbow effect of color on heavy-duty watercolor paper. He trains your eye to follow the patterns and shapes that the paint makes, encouraging you to see a sunshine swirling pattern within the picture that you bring to life using a Sharpie™ marker. You will also explore painting watercolor on foam board, allowing you to see how the paint behaves on a different medium. A fun and very rewarding class that is especially great for beginners of all ages, or those looking to learn more about watercolor! Please note, this class is not suitable for children under the age of 10.

Cost: $75.

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Pottery Wheel Experience – March 16 and 23

Saturday, March 16, 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 three to four weeks before your pieces are 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.

Intro to Mosaic Art – March 16 and 23

Saturday, March 16 and 23, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Intro to Mosaic Art

A two-day workshop over two weekends.

The ancient art of mosaics is one of the most beautiful and oldest in the history of mankind. Working closely with Ron Shearer, you will create a mosaic that you will be proud to display. It will open a whole new world of creativity that you can easily continue on your own. Step-by-step, he will take you through the process of design, materials, cutting techniques and then carefully guide you through the application, initially using glue for positioning. You’ll have a little bit of fun “homework” to do between classes. When you return to the second workshop, you can really home in on the fine details and finishing your artwork. A wonderful, informative and creative workshop and one that they have had many requests for. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners or those who want to fine-tune their skills. All materials are provided including supplies from WitsEnd Mosaics.

Cost: $350 per student which is fully inclusive of six hours of intensive instruction over two weekends, and all materials including a pair of nippers that you can keep, mosaic glass tiles, design and backing board. Maximum 10 students per class – if you are a larger group, please contact them directly at


Workshop Option #1:

Day 1 of 2: Saturday, March 16, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Day 2 of 2: Saturday, March 23, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Workshop Option #2:

Day 1 of 2: Saturday, April 13, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Day 2 of 2: Saturday, April 27, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Workshop Option #3:

Day 1 of 2: Saturday, June 8, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Day 2 of 2: Saturday, June 15, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Glassblowing – March 16 and April

Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 23, 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m.

Intro to Glassblowing

Encounter the magic of glassblowing with one of their master Sawdust glassblowers. In this truly unique experience, you will be taken through the glassblowing process step-by-step in their famous glass demo booth. You will receive individual, one-on-one instruction to create a beautiful piece of artwork.

Classes are currently available Saturdays at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. However, they are happy to accommodate another day/time during the week. The two-hour lesson is for one person. For groups of 2 or more, contact Sawdust directly to book your class at or call 949.497.0514.

Cost: $300.

Intro to Sewing – March 16 and April

Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 4, 2 p.m.

Introduction to 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 Carmen 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 at

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

Class length: 1.5 hours.

Cost: $70.

Art Meets Technology – March 19

Thursday, March 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.

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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