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Summer 2011 Classes:
The Photographer's Eye
Pastel Landscapes I
Monotype Printing: Forest Knolls
Drypoint & Monoprint: Forest Knolls
Book Binding for Art Books
Pastel Landscapes II: Outdoors
The Marine Mammal Center
Oils at Cow Track Ranch, Nicasio
Watercolor Journaling Retreat
A Sculpture a Day
Plein Air in Sausalito
Tell a Story in Pastels: Slide Ranch
Point Reyes Photography
Glass Bead Making: Lagunitas
Plein Air in Sausalito
Hybrid Writing: The Prose Poem
Transordinary Vessels: Basketry
Bags to Riches: Creative Reuse
Hats to Go: Creative Reuse
Telemadera Fusion
Color Portrait in Oils
Oils at Windrush Farm, Petaluma
Computers for Artists

Marin Arts Summer Series:

Arts Workshops by Our Member Teachers

 

Greetings!

Welcome to the premier of Marin Arts Creative Arts Workshops, for Members and non-members everywhere.  Artist members may join our talented teachers in Marin to learn from the masters and supplement their skills and resumes in the Arts.  Non-artists and newcomers are welcome to try something new and have some creative fun in Marin this summer.  As my father has always told me, an education is something no one can ever take away from you.  This may be the perfect time to gain skills to last a lifetime.

Visit and paint or journal on a local, Marin Organic farm, create glass beads in Lagunitas, or learn creative reuse, sculpture, or prose poetry in our Gallery, and so much more!  There's even an Art Docent opportunity at the Marine Mammal Center near Rodeo Beach.  Curriculum has been chosen to provide a diverse selection of workshops for you to choose from, at our Gallery and exciting off-site locations throughout Marin County. 

Join us at Marin Arts this Summer, and Connect with Creativity!

-Colleen Propp´┐Ż
Director of Membership
Marin Arts

 

June 11

The Photographer's Eye: at Marin Arts

You don't have to be a genius to take great pictures, just know how to look and what to see. Learn to capture wonderful images in your frame with any point and shoot 35 mm camera. Bring your digital camera and USB cord to upload photos to an iMac, and learn simple editing in iPhoto. Walking tour of San Rafael, from Marin Arts, to Falkirk, to CMCM iMac Lab.
Click to learn more... or Register Now!
June 15 - 18

Pastel Landscapes I: at Marin ArtsBarbara Lawrence Landscape

Learn the fundamentals of creating a beautiful pastel landscape from start to finish.  Pastels can be tricky in the beginning without some guidance. Learn from one of the best pastel teachers in the area. Barbara Lawrence will inspire with demonstrations, individual attention, and critiques. You will also learn how to work outdoors in preparation for the next workshop.  This is a supportive, challenging, non-threatening and fun environment.  A supply list will be sent upon registration.  Click here to learn more.... or Register Now! 

June 17 or 25 (or July 17)

Monotype Printing: Forest Knolls
Work in a print studio using professional printmaking tools and etching press. No experience needed, just come have fun. Open to high school age and above. The class includes all materials and 4 - 11x15 sheets of printing paper. (If more or larger size paper is needed it can be purchased from the instructor as needed.)Zach Gilmour, instructor.  Limited to 4 students.
Click one of the dates below to learn more or register for this 1 day workshop:
Fri June 17          Sat June 25         Sun July 17

June 19 (or July 15 or 16)

Drypoint & Monoprint: Forest Knolls
Drypoint is a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is incised into a plate (matrix) with a hard-pointed "needle" of sharp metal or diamond point. Traditionally the plate was copper, but now acetate, zinc, or plexiglass are commonly used.  Monoprinting starts with a plate with a repeatable image that is then manipulated. We alter color, inking process and pressure of ink used to create unique prints. We will be using drypoints on plexglass for our base imagery.
Zachary Gilmour, instructor.  Limited to 4 students.
Click on one of the dates below to learn more or register for this 1 day workshop:
Sun June 19          Fri July 15          Sat July 16
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June 22 - 25

Book Binding for Art Books: at Marin Arts

Learn four different book binding techniques, one per day, and leave each day with a completed project in hand. You will make Pamphlet books: 3-hole binding & 5-hole binding using unusual materials to make artful forms; Japanese stab binding: a delightful photo album as well as a form for poetry chap books; Long-stitch binding: folding and making signatures or segments that are bound together through a cover that has a spine, using beads and embroidery stitches can make this technique very unusual; and Coptic binding: a pretty chain-stitch form with an exposed spine, a technique perfect for sketch books as it lies flat when opened. Field trip to Donna Seager Gallery.  Click to learn more...or Register Now!
Barbara Lawrence Seascape

June 22 - 25

Pastel Landscapes II: Outdoors;  Plein Air

4 day, Pastel Landscapes Workshop, Beginning to Intermediate
We will meet at different locations around Marin. Learn to set up and "paint" from nature.  Working outdoors can be very exciting, rewarding, and challenging. Barbara Lawrence has the experience with the medium and many years of exploring the best painting places in Marin. This is a supportive, challenging, non-threatening and fun environment.
A supply list will be sent upon registration.  Click to learn more... or Register Now!
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June 25th thru Oct 2011 (various dates)

The Marine Mammal Center: 

Art Docent Opportunity 

A truly exciting summer for college students, environmental artists, and teachers looking to do something special near Rodeo Beach this summer.  Register online here to become an Art Docent volunteer for the summer art exhibit, "Washed Ashore" , arriving at The Marine Mammal Center this June.  Docents will be trained to interact with visitors to this fantastic art exhibit and will work with children on creative, fun art projects designed to supplement the learning experience of the exhibit.  Great resume builder for college students interested in art, teaching, environmental studies, sustainability and marine mammals. $25. registration includes a Student/Teacher Membership to Marin Arts Council.  Register Now! 
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June 25 or 26

Cow Track Ranch, Nicasio: Plein Air in Oils
Spend a summer day doing art on the farm!  Don't miss this super summer travel class, with 1 or 2 full days of plein air, oils instruction on a Marin Organic Ranch with Colorist plein air teacher, Carol Smith Myer and assistant instructor.  Visit Nicasio Valley Cheese Co., and then spend the day painting at Liz Daniels ranch with cows, tractors, greenhouse, horses and rolling hills.  Liz will share her hand-made Lavender gifts, artists aprons and plant starts.
Click on one of the dates below to learn more or register for this 1 day workshop:
Sat June 25          Sun June 26

June 28

Watercolor Journaling Retreat:   San Rafael
Jean Warren teaches "Journaling and Painting Retreat for Women".
Her next, week-long retreat and longer workshop is in the Sierra's at Lake Alpine this September. This Marin Arts workshop is a sampling of the September retreat.  Jean teaches workshops and classes and holds signature membership in the National Watercolor Society. Her work is included in private, public and corporate collections. This class will meet outdoors, at the Falkirk Center in San Rafael. Click here to learn more... or Register Now!
Sculpture by Lorna Stevens

July 6 - 9 

A Sculpture a Day:  Marin Arts 

For four days, we will explore the materials, techniques and concepts of sculpture through a series of small-scale projects. Each day a different project will be introduced, worked on and completed, though our focus is on creative exploration rather than a calculated end product. The projects are designed to to integrate both traditional and contemporary materials and concepts and include: creating a clay figure, making an object with printed materials, considering the positive and negative in plaster relief and constructing a space with balsa wood. This workshop is for anyone who wants to begin or continue their 3d art practice.  Instructor: Lorna Stevens

Click here to learn more... or Register Now!

Kay Carlson

July 14 - 16 (or Aug 4 - 6)

Oil Painting in Sausalito: Plein Air in Sausalito
Enjoy 3 full days of plein air instruction in oils with the founder of Marin Open Studios, and expressive, landscape teacher, Kay Carlson. Learn how to see and paint color relationships to achieve clean, fresh paintings. Block in a painting, create dynamic composition and strong tonal values. Learn to mix warm and cool palettes that move into beautiful atmospheric perspective. We will meet in the Sausalito area and go to a location according to the weather. A supply list will be provided at sign up by email.

Click here to learn more... or Register Now!

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Sat July 23

Telling a Story with Pastels:  Slide Ranch 
Students will meet at Slide Ranch, a Marin Organic Farm near Stinson Beach.  Class cost includes day use of facilities and the oceanside yurt.  Teacher, Arden Johnson-Petrov, has illustrated numerous children's books and has worked with DooF("food" backwards) a Bay Area organization that promotes quality food choices and culinary education for children.  This is an opportunity for some immersion in the challenges and rewards of creating on site, capturing light in the morning.  A great sensory experience...organic vegetables growing, goats, chickens, view of the Pacific Coast, and the rustic buildings at Slide Ranch.  Click here to learn more... or Register Now!
Point Reyes photo

Sun July 24 

Scenic West Marin Photography:  Point Reyes 

Explore the wilds of west Marin with travel photographer Cindy Pavlinac. We'll meet at the Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station and carpool along backroads to scenic landscapes, spectacular coastlines, secret vistas, and wildlife possibilities. Depending on weather, we'll head north along Tomales Bay to Marshall, or west to Drake's Bay and oceanside beaches. Each stop will have individual instruction and location specific assignments. We'll have lunch and apply our awakened eye on the loop back, practicing our new travel photography skills. For beginning and intermediate photographers. Click here for more info... or Register Now!
Glass Beads by Marty Meade

July 30-31 

Glass Bead Workshop: Lagunitas
This is an introduction to glass bead making with master artist, Marty Meade in her Lagunitas Studio. You will have 2 full days of introduction to using the torch, basic bead shapes, stringers, and dots.  Materials and lunch are included in the workshop price.

Click here to learn more... or Register Now! 

Kay Carlson

August 4 - 6 (or July 14 - 16) 

Oil Painting in Sausalito: Plein Air in Sausalito
Enjoy 3 full days of plein air instruction in oils with the founder of Marin Open Studios, and expressive, landscape teacher, Kay Carlson. Learn how to see and paint color relationships to achieve clean, fresh paintings. Block in a painting, create dynamic composition and strong tonal values. Learn to mix warm and cool palettes that move into beautiful atmospheric perspective. We will meet in the Sausalito area and go to a location according to the weather. A supply list will be provided at sign up by email.  Click here to learn more... or Register Now! 
Peg Alford Pursell

August 6

Hybrid Writing: The Prose Poem  
Spend a thoughtful day at Marin Arts with award-winning poet, writer and educator, Peg Alford Pursell.  The prose poem: what exactly is it? Happily, the form defies conclusive definition, allowing practitioners to discover and invent. The prose poem can be narrative, lyrical, elegiac, philosophical, irreverent, or something else altogether. It can brief as one sentence or long as a page. We'll look at selected prose poems of the usual suspects (Charles Simic, Jamaica Kincaid, Russell Edson, and more) and of the not so usual (you'll have to sign up to see who!), exploring each author's approach to the form. We'll touch on elements of prose including syntax, detail and image, narration, and on verse techniques such as rhythm, sound patterns, metaphor. Mainly, we'll write our own prose poems, generating new work through varied writing prompts and exercises. 
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Emily Dvorin- Pink Basket

August 11

Transordinary Vessels:  Marin Arts
Come listen to this evening talk with master Fiber Works artist and basket sculptor, Emily Dvorin. Dvorin's use of re-purposed, re-contextualized materials is commentary on overconsumption of commercial goods.  She references everyday life and our relationship with our urban environment.  She combines the vessel form with an emotional and personal visual vocabulary to speak about life's issues. Her whimsical, exuberant use of color and texture and her optimistic, sometimes edgy approach makes her vessels truly unique and definitely "transordinary".  Click to learn more... or Register Now!

Aug 10 - 11   (or Aug 17 - 18)   

Bags to Riches:  Marin Arts  

Ignite your playful and creative side. In this 2 day workshop, we will focus on the use of recyclable materials, including vinyl banners, laminated plastic, foam-core board, waxed cardboard, etc..., donated by Whole Foods Market, as an artistic medium to create stylish hand-bags. Art-making activities will include creating your fabric and constructing your bag. Please bring personal items (photos, ribbons, yarn, buttons, etc...) and your stories to embellish your bags. Open to all ages. Perfect for Moms, Dads and kids. Click the dates below to learn more or register for this 2 day workshop:   Aug 10 - 11          Aug 17 - 18

Aug 12 - 13 

Hats to Go:   Marin Arts 

Let the fun begin! Follow your muse and transform a shopping bag into a hat. We will focus on the use of recycled bags as an art medium. Paint, draw, glue, cut to your heart's content. Wear your hat to the Opening of O'Hanlon Center's Spring Student Exhibition on Feb. 7, 2012.  All ages welcome. Perfect for Moms, Dads and kids. Click to learn more... or Register Now!

August 19 - 20

Telemadera Fusion:  Marin Arts
Create a brilliant work of art using wood, fabric and paint.  The elements of design will be discussed such as value, color and composition. The Telamadera Fusion process requires 7 coats of a polymer based varnish (for fine art).  You will have time to complete the first coat in class and will be given instruction to finish your 12" x 12" piece at home.  Alma will provide twelve designs to choose from or you are welcome to create your own.  All experience levels are welcome! Please bring sharp fabric scissors if you have them.
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August 24 - 26 

Color Portrait in Oils:  Marin Arts 

Students will explore vibrant portrait painting with an emphasis on color perception.  We will study how to paint a beautiful, natural looking flesh color, proportion, light & shade. The student will complete a finished portrait in the workshop.  Workshop is taught by Carol Smith Myer, who has studied Hensche Impressionist techniques under Camille Przewodek, and other Master teachers developing a colorist style.  Carol gives private lessons and teaches with Northbay Artworks in Novato.  Click here to learn more... or Register Now! 
Windrush Sheep

Sat Aug 27

Oil Painting at Windrush Farm:  Petaluma
Students will visit Windrush Farm, an organic farm in West Petaluma.  Master teacher, Carol Gray-Wiehman, will instruct in plein air painting on this incredible property with sheep, barns, a pond and panoramic views.  The day includes visiting the sheep, learning about wool and sharing of wool products and gifts.  Carol will teach how the effective use of colors in a beautiful combination can transmit the moods of a landscape. She will guide you in an honest approach of seeing and understanding color relationships and the many light keys of nature.
Click to learn more... or Register Now! 
Computers for Artists

throughout the Summer, by appointment 

Computers for Artists:  Marin Arts  

For beginners or those who wish to feel more comfortable on the computer.  Schedule a 1 or 2 hour, private tutorial with Colleen in our Gallery. Learn how to take photos of your art, upload images from your own digital camera, and edit images in Photoshop.  What is high res, low res, and why do I care?  I will cover topics as you need them, such as using Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, How to create and manage a simple Blog.  Includes personal assistance, helping you register for our shows online when you are intimidated.  Many shows and Festivals are now being managed online, and require a few basic computer skills so you can participate.  I can assist you in applying for shows online.  No questions are ever too dumb for this class... What's a mouse?  What's a desktop?  All questions are good questions here.  Never feel intimidated.  We all have to start somewhere!  Learn on an iMac at Marin Arts.
Click to learn more... or Register Now!

Save 10%

when you take 3 or more classes!

Marin Arts Summer Series Discount

Sign up for 3 or more classes before July 15, 2011, and recieve a 10% discount on your total cost.  You must register online for at least 3 classes, and complete them during the Summer Series.  You will be refunded 10% of the total cost(not including materials fees paid to the instructor) via check in September, after completion of our Summer Series.  Thank you!


Offer Expires: July 16, 2011