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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Cyanotype Indigo Printing – April 5 and 12

Friday, April 5 and Friday, April 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cyanotype Indigo Printing

Learn this fascinating and oldest form of photography. Cyanotype photography is a camera-less method that involves laying items such as leaves, flowers or other objects onto paper that has been pre-treated with a sensitizer before exposing it to UV light. Once you’ve mastered the basics, we will move on to combining this method with other materials (sea salt, turmeric, mixed medium) to add shimmering, gold effects to your work. This is a simple yet stunning way to create beautiful white and indigo blue images that will look fabulous on any wall. Your final piece will be framed on a mat board.

Cost: $50 per person which is fully inclusive of all materials used including mixed media items and a mat board.

Body Mapping Healing Class – April 4

Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m.

Body Mapping Healing Class

Unlock the blocks of your creativity with Mary Church.  Proficient California Certified massage therapist and Polarity Body healer working with all age groups, Church begins her class with chakra mediation, allowing you to connect the spiritual planes with sound and color. This class is about positive self-discovery through art in a joyful, meditative way. She encourages you to have fun while outlining your physical body onto block paper using various art materials such as oil pastels and watercolors. Then, tapping into the polarity process (thought energies linked with the elements of the body) you will begin to unlock stored stress that allows the wheelhouse of creativity to flow. The result is a powerful body map that will promote meditation and the continual release of stress through time.

This class is suitable for all ages, and family groups are very welcome.

Cost: $120

Pottery Wheel Experience – April 6, 13, 20 and 27

Saturday, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 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 it is 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.

Floral Painting – April 6

Saturday, April 6, 2 p.m.

Floral Painting

Learn how to paint beautiful flowers in acrylic on canvas with Michelle Burt. She will discuss composition and values while teaching you how to paint flowers step-by-step in a fun and friendly atmosphere. You will also be sculpting the paint with palette knives to bring rich texture to the flowers.

Each participant will leave with a completed floral painting.

Cost: $110.

Art Meets Technology – April 8

Monday, April 8, 10 a.m.

Art Meets Technology

A brand-new pop-up class where you can really let your imagination fly! With AI technology, we 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. This is 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, we 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: $50.

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Spring Camp – April 8, 10, 11 and 12

April 8, 10,11 and 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Spring Break Art Camp

Each of the four classes will explore a different technique and medium of art while incorporating the basics and adding in creativity and flare! Classes are open to all ages 10 through adult. Anyone 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $150 per student for the entire week (four classes), which is fully inclusive of all materials. Maximum 12 students per class.

Note: They will not be hosting the workshop on Tuesdays.

Day 1: Monday

Art Meets Technology

Day 2: Wednesday

Watercolor 101

Day 3: Thursday

Painting 101

Day 4: Friday

Cyanotype Printing

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Watercolor 101 – April 10

Wednesday, April 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Watercolor 101: Mountain Views

Learn the basics of watercolor painting in a fun way! Splash color onto paper and see how the paint runs to create beautiful designs without you even trying. In this explorative class you will learn about different techniques including wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, color bleeding, layering and the importance of light and shade in watercolor painting. You will also look at different materials including watercolor pencils, acrylic markers and the importance of good quality watercolor paper. You will explore the same scene several times using different colors and materials, changing the mood of the painting each time. At the end, you will choose your favorite design which will be framed in a mat board ready for hanging. A fun and informative class that is suitable for everyone.

Cost: $50 per person which is fully inclusive of all materials used including watercolor paints, brushes, pencils, acrylic markers, quality paper and a mat board.

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Intro to Mosaic Art – April 13, 27

Saturday, April 13 and 27, 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, April 13, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

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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