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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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, contact them directly at learnart@sawdustartfestival.org.

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.

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.

Pottery Wheel Experience – April 27

Saturday, April 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.

Sunday, April 28, 9:30 a.m.

Animal Portraits in Oil

Are you an animal lover who loves to paint? Join us for this fun and value-packed class to the alla prima style of painting, or “wet on wet” direct painting. Attendees will paint the animal portrait from a photo (provided) or you can bring a photo of your pet (Headshot only, 8” x 10”).

In this fast-paced two-hour class, Tatyana Zen will take you through all stages and tools. You will learn not only the fundamentals – establishing value and color harmony, but also be encouraged to achieve the likeness of your darling “sitter.”

Ideal for beginner and intermediate levels. Attendees will be painting with oil paint following the Alla Prima technique.

Reference photo is provided. Students can use their own photo. Please select a clear and bright photo of your pet facing you. Crop it to headshot only. Print in color 8” x 10”.

Cost: $110.

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Fused Glass Lantern – April 28

Sunday, April 28, 9:30 a.m.

Fused Glass Lantern

A truly unique class! Enhance the beauty of your living space by adding this stunning lantern that you have created yourself. Step-by-step, Barbara Lolli will introduce you to the magic of fused glass and how it can transform an ordinary everyday object into something truly beautiful. Each panel of the lantern will be designed by you, incorporating different colors and pieces of frit, stringers (small pieces of glass) and glass powder to create a unique design.

Please note: The firing of your pieces will be done offsite and will be available for pickup at Sawdust or mailed to you by USPS priority mail at a small extra cost depending on the size of the piece.

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.

Class Length: 3 hours.

Cost: $160.

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Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m.

Seascape Painting, Shaw’s Cove

Allow yourself to explore the colorful world of Lisa Rainey. Demonstrating the process step-by-step, Rainey will teach you all about color value, technique, composition and perspective. You will learn how to mix colors, apply, and layer paint, tonal values and paint strokes. You will also use various mediums in this class including watercolor, gouache and acrylic paints. A great class for those of you who have been afraid to tackle seascapes.

High-quality art materials will be provided including acrylic paints, watercolor and gouache paints, a variety of brushes, watercolor paper and a printed colored reference image. Your completed image will be mounted in a Mat Board ready for you to frame or hang straight on the wall.

Cost: $110.

Thursday, May 2, 1 p.m.

Little Hearts Simple Sewing

Master the charming craft of sewing simple stuffed fabric hearts which you can string together to make a beautiful garland. Choose from an array of beautiful fabrics and embellishments (or bring your own) and learn how to transform soft, colorful fabrics into adorable hearts.

In this class you will learn how to make a simple heart template and trace it onto fabric, sew the fabric together using a sewing machine and then “seam rip” to make an opening for the stuffing. You will also learn how to hand stitch (to close the opening) and how to “string” the hearts together using ribbon, beads and other little jewels. A lovely class for all skill levels.

Cost: $50 per person which is inclusive of fabric, threads, needles, ribbon and beads. Five students maximum per class.

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Intro to Hand Forged Jewelry – May 4

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).

Saturday, May 4, 2 p.m.

Journal and Card Making – Mother’s Day Special

What a wonderful way to celebrate your mom. Either take this class with her, or on your own to create a surprise gift for her (or yourself). Blending traditional art techniques with the personal touch of handcrafted items, you will learn about the basic materials needed for card making and journal crafting, including various papers, cutting tools and embellishments. Exploring the unique potential of handmade and specialty papers, sheet music, mixed mediums and Michelle Burt’s own images, you will discover the wonderful world of paper crafting. All levels are welcome – all you need is enthusiasm and a desire to explore.

Cost: $110

Sunshine Swirl in Watercolor – May 11

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.

Women’s Retreat Workshop – May 18

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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