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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Watercolor 101 – May 15

Wednesday, May 15, 10 a.m.

Watercolor 101

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’ll 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.

Intro to Mosaic Art – May 18

Saturday, May 18, 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 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

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.

Sunday, May 19 and 26, 11 a.m.

Fused Glass – Reactions and Metals

In this class, you’ll learn about the alchemy of glass types and how they react with each other. The magic of copper and silver foil will surprise and delight you. Create abstract ideas in glass and transform it into a wall pocket vase using frit (small pieces of glass), glass powder and sheet glass. Step-by-step, Barbara Lolli will guide you on how to design, assemble and prepare your glass for firing. Create a piece of art that will truly be unique to you.

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

Cost: $125.

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Art Meets Technology – May 22

Wednesday, May 22, 10 a.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. 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, they will ask you for a few short sentences to best describe what you would like to paint so that they can prepare your digital image. If you wish, you may bring your own image or design.

Cost: $50.

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Cyanotype Indigo Printing – May 23

Thursday, May 23, 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, you 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.

Bunting Banner Whimsy – June 6

Wednesday, June 6, 10 a.m.

Bunting Banner Whimsy

Make this simple but beautifully finished bunting that you can use to decorate either inside or outside your home to add fun and whimsy to any occasion. Choose from an array of beautiful fabrics (or bring your own). Learn how to measure and cut out the triangle pennants to achieve maximum use of material. Using a sewing machine, you will then learn how to sew the back and front of each pennant together to achieve a neat triangular point. Finally, attendees will “string” all the triangles together (again using a sewing machine) into bias binding tape ready to hang. The approximate length of your finished string of bunting will be about 4’ long. This class is for all skill levels.

Cost: $50 per person which is fully inclusive of all materials including fabric, threads, bias binding and use of a Singer sewing machine.

Five students maximum per class.

Note: If you purchase this class with their “Little Hearts Simple Sewing,” you will receive a reduction of $25. Call to reserve and receive the discounted price.

Little Hearts Simple Sewing – June 7

Friday, June 7, 10 a.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. This class is for all skill levels.

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

Intro to Sewing: Messenger Bag – June 7 and 21

Friday, June 7, 1 p.m.

Friday, June 21, 10 a.m.

Intro to Sewing: Messenger Bag

Learn how to sew a one-of-a-kind messenger bag on a sewing machine in this introduction to textiles with Carmen Gundelach. Working with a selection of sewing supplies (needle, thread, buttons, webbing, scissors and a sewing machine), Gundelach will show you how to cut out the bag pattern, the basics of sewing on a sewing machine (if you’ve never used one!) and using straight stitches to assemble your pieces. You can choose to bring your own materials if you wish, but upholstery fabric and lining is included in the price of this class.

This class is suitable for all age groups, but children aged 7-10 years must be accompanied by an adult.

This class is not suitable for children under 7 years of age.

Cost: $125.

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