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 – April 20 and 27

Saturday, April 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.

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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Fused Glass Fine Art Workshop – April 21

Sunday, April 21, 9:30 a.m.

Fused Glass Fine Art Workshop

A two-part class where you will explore the endless possibilities of fused glass and how you can create wonderful images by using a variety of different materials.

Day 1: Initially, you will create your own individual piece of fused glass art by using stencils. This is a truly unique way to design a beautiful piece of artwork that will be individual to you. You will learn how to cut glass and paint with enamels to produce your “first” piece. This piece is then fired.

Day 2: This is where the detail comes in. You will add different elements to your initial piece to further enhance it and give it character and definition. By adding additional pieces of glass, frit (small pieces of glass) and other materials, you will add depth and dimension to transform your work into a piece of fine art.

Location: At the artist’s studio in Laguna Beach. This will give you the additional advantage of seeing a working studio space including the kiln in which your items will be fired. The exact location will be made available upon purchase of the class.

Cost: $250.

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Intro to Hand Forged Jewelry – April 24 and May 4

Wednesday, April 24, 12-2 p.m. or 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 4, 12-2 p.m. or 4 p.m.

Introduction to Hand Forged Jewelry

Join artist Amanda Cody to create your own hand forged jewelry. In this class you will learn how to use a jeweler’s saw and obtain skills of stamping, doming/shaping copper or brass into a pendant. In addition, you will learn the skills of filing, grinding, buffing, polishing and finishing a piece or two to completion. You will learn about what tools you need to get started on a budget and what tools you can use in a more production-style professional setting. You will also use a torch to anneal/soften the metal. This class is for everyone, from a beginner who’s never made jewelry to someone who is an accomplished jeweler.

The class may run from two to four hours depending on the class size.

Cost: $88 per person. Upgrade to Sterling Silver for $120 (you can pay the difference in person by cash or card).

Portrait Photography – April 25

Thursday, April 25, 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. This is a one-on-one class. For larger groups, email Sawdust at learnart@sawdustartfestival.org. Price includes all materials.

Cost: $150.

Intro to Mosaic Art – April 27

Saturday, April 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 learnart@sawdustartfestival.org.

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Glassblowing – April 27

Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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, Sawdust is happy to accommodate another day/time during the week.

The two-hour lesson is for one person. For groups of two or more, contact the Sawdust directly to book the session at learnart@sawdustartfestival.org, or call 949.497.0514.

Cost: $300.

Sunshine Swirl in Watercolor – April 27

Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.

Saturday, 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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