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Workshops and Makers Series

If you want to try an art form for the first time, or deepen your knowledge about a particular technique, a One-Day Workshop, or Makers Series is just what you’ve been looking for! Relax, learn, and unlock your creativity after work, or on the weekend.

Classes listed by date, scroll down for adult classes.

Youth Workshops and Makers Series 

Kids Open Studio

Date: Saturday, June 10th 10:00am-11:30am (1 Class)
Instructor: Brittany Zagoria

Kids Open Studio is a special place for families and kids to connect with their creativity while playing boundlessly with art materials, concepts, techniques and challenges! Kids ages 3-6 must be accompanied by a parent; ages 7-10 can be dropped off for an opportunity to explore with their peers! Each drop-in class explores a new project based on the quarter’s theme.

Makers Series: Under the Sea Art

Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Lisa Taft
Explore and create the creatures of the oceans. What will you make? Whales? Mermaids? Sea Monsters?

Workshop with Rebecca Berke

Wednesday, June 21st, 6:00pm-8:00pm
The powerful mind body connection is key for a dancer to draw on and use in their training. This class explores total body movement, use of breath and positive visualization. Class will begin with a yoga for dancers strengthening and centering warm up, barre, then followed by centre work including jumps, turns and traveling sequences. Incorporating this mindfulness in training develops grace, elegance and improves strength, posture, balance and flexibility.

Makers Series: Dinosaur Fun!

Saturday, June 24th, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Brittany Zagoria
Come and make some awesome dinosaur crafts!

Makers Series: Yankee Doodle Dandy Art

Saturday, July 1st, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Lisa Taft
We will create and decorate in red, white, and blue; stars and stripes are included! Come and make everything you need to celebrate Independence Day!

Makers Series: Bugs, Butterflies and Beyond

Saturday, July 22nd, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Brittany Zagoria
Hang with some cool bugs and make amazing bug themed crafts!

Makers Series: Cool Kids Cups

Saturday, July 23rd, 9:30am -12:00pm (1 Class)
Sunday, July 23rd, 12:30pm-3:30pm (1 Class)
Instructor: Rana Nassar
Kids will learn how to make simple or elaborate clay cups for themselves, which will reflect the special qualities and interests that each child has. They will use their own imagination and creativity. Once the projects are finished and glazed, they’ll return to pick up their designer cool cups for drinking juice, milk, water, etc. Nothing is more perfect for cool kids during the summer heat!

Animal Sketching Technique for Teens

Monday, July 24th-August 7th, 5:00pm-6:30pm (3 classes)
Instructor: Warren Paylado
Learn basic drawing skills with animals in a variety of genres through the method of Gesture, Construction, Anatomy and Technique (G.C.A.T.). This is a dry medium class specific for teens that builds on techniques useful to gain the knowledge and confidence for their drafting growth. Drawing from observation of model creatures borrowed from the Lindsay Wildlife Experience, We’ll explore everything from anatomy, realism, fantasy, anime, cartooning and much, much more! This is an all levels course with art materials included.

Adult Workshops & Makers Series

Drink and Draw
Thursday, June 1st 7:00pm-9:00pm (1 Class)
Thursday, June 15th,  7:00pm-9:00pm (1 Class)
Thursday, July 6th, 7:00pm-9:00pm (1 Class)
Thursday, July 20th, 7:00pm-9:00pm (1 Class)
Thursday, August 3rd , 7:00pm-9:00pm (1 Class)

 Instructor: Brittany Zagoria

Come hang out at the Coffee Shop and draw with fellow artists! Relax and get creative in a casual setting. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a beer at The Coffee Shop in Walnut Creek.

Make and Mingle Open Studio
Wednesday, June 14th, 7:00pm-8:30pm (1 Class)
Wednesday, 6/21st 7:00pm-8:30pm (1 Class) 35840
Wednesday, 7/19th, 7:00pm-8:30pm (1 Class) 35841
Wednesday, 8/16th, 7:00pm-8:30pm (1 Class) 35842

Instructor: Staff

Join us for an evening of meeting new people and making something fun! Our Make and Mingle Open Studio is a fun event for people with all levels of or no experience at all with art making! We’ll have a teaching artist and all the materials ready for you--justcome ready to have fun at Calicraft in Walnut Creek.

Playing Blue: Painting with Indigo
Date: Saturday, May 27th, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Barbara Shapiro

Paint or print with indigo. Create small jars of thickened indigo in a non-toxic formula and create useful blue and white textiles. Explore a variety of techniques on cotton napkins and Japanese paper. Learn more about historic indigo practices, dye formulas and contemporary uses around the world. Decorate small areas on your own well-washed cotton or linen items, possibly the collar and cuffs on a white shirt or the edge of a pillowcase.

Mosaic Art Deco
Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Connie English

Using an art deco theme, you will create your own mosaic border over a mirror which will be suitable for indoor hanging. Indulge in specialty glass such as rich coppers, golds, and silvers, as well as an array of colored mirror and opaque glass to compliment your piece. Learn to transfer an image, glass cutting, application, adhesives and finishing techniques.

Makers Series: Clay Molds

Saturday & Sunday, 6/10-6/11, 7pm-10pm (2 Classes)
Instructor: Chris Fortin

Come explore the Art of mold-making out of clay not plaster. Students will learn to make molds that can be reused over again, without that frustrating fragile chipping seen from the plaster molds. These molds will be used for slab constructed, hand-building projects once bisque fired. Students will get to make one smaller mold to keep for themselves and one for the studio. With that said, free recycled clay will be available; you don't have to use your own!                  

Clay Masks Workshop (Beg-Adv)

Sunday, 6/18-6/25, 10:00am-1:00pm (2 classes)
Instructor: Christopher Fortin

Learn realistic and fantastical concepts on mask making in clay; hand-building will be emphasized. Bring your creative eye and explore texture, narratives, symbols and facial features. Students will also learn how to construct proper mechanics for wall mounting and hanging options.

Stab Bound Artist Books

Monday, 6/19-6/26, 1:00pm-4:00pm (2 classes)
Instructor: Jeka Lambert

Stab bound book bindings feature decoratively stitched bindings that hold the book covers and inner pages together. In this class we will make several small books using different decorative stitches. You will learn basic sewing techniques to bind simple yet elegant handmade books that can be used as journals, diaries, sketchbooks or scrapbooks.

Makers Series: Create an Incredible Photobook

Tuesday-Wednesday, 6/20-8/2, 7:00pm-9:30pm (3 Classes) 
Instructor: Susan E Reynolds

Transform stacks of your favorite photographs sitting on a hard drive into an incredible photo book, whether to share with family or to sell to an international audience. Learn how to edit for best presentation, sequence into a beautiful story and create a first mock up that brings your book vision to life. Explore collaboration, design, print on demand and print and digital editions, and resources for continued learning.

Sumi-e/Brush Painting (Beg)

Sunday, 6/25, 10:00am-4:00pm 
Instructor: Fumiyo Yoshikawa

An exciting workshop to encourage and motivate those who have never painted, as well as those who wish to take full advantage of the medium’s potential. This class will cover the use of materials, paper, ink and brush. The main subject matter will be bamboo, one of the most important sumi-e subjects, containing essential strokes. Techniques for painting a fine sumi-e will be covered. Bring a decent large bamboo brush.

Silk Painting (Int/Adv)

Sunday, 6/25, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Tomoko Murakami

One of the most exciting aspects of painting silk is the opportunity to create strikingly vivid textures of color. In this introductory course, participants will create a scarf or tapestry, using basic silk painting techniques. As the hand of the artist delicately guides the flow of the liquid, the colors glide through the silk and generate delight and excitement. The result is stunning! All levels are welcome.

Sumi-e Mounting and Seal Making

Sunday, 7/2, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Fumiyo Yoshikawa

Prepare your sumi-e and/or calligraphy for framing by adding a seal and mounting them. This workshop covers how to carve a seal script on a stone, how to mount your work with special backing paper called mino-paper, and how to make traditional glue that has been used for mounting masters’ pieces for hundreds of years and is still used in museums for restoration

Glaze Application Workshop (Beg-Adv)

Sunday, 7/2-7/9, 10:00am-1:00pm (2 Classes)
Instructor: Takemi Tsuruta

Time to learn how to apply those cone 10 glazes! Learn the basic properties of glazes, clay geology and mineralogy; from there the fun begins! By the end of the quarter, each student should understand and know how to apply proper glaze applications such as wax resist (pre-glazing), dipping, spraying, and layering glazes, using oxides, over glazes, and the nuances of when to let glaze dry. Bringing your own bisque ware will be encouraged throughout the class.

Architectural Photography

Saturday, 7/8, 12:00pm-3:00pm
Instructor: Conrad Johnson

It takes a discerning eye and activity knowledge to capture the bold elegance of buildings and cities. In this class, master photographer Conrad Johnson will discuss and demonstrate how to capture structures and cities in the best light. A wide angle lens is advisable.

Photographing People

Saturday, 7/8, 9:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: Conrad Johnson

People are the most important subject of photography. This hands on workshop will demonstrate the basics and subtle nuances of taking portraits both casual and formal. Knowledge of lenses and lighting will enhance your natural abilities.

Makers Series: Weave a Woven Wall-Hanging

Saturday, 7/8, 1:00pm-5:00pm 
Instructor: Alexandra Milukhin

Decorate your wall with a hand-woven piece that is colorful and stylish. Our frame looms will be pre-warped and ready for your splash your color and layers of texture and tassels.

Sumi-e Portraits

Saturday, 7/8, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Fumiyo Yoshikawa

An exciting workshop to encourage and motivate those who have never painted, as well as those who wish to take full advantage of the medium’s potential. This class will cover the use of materials, paper, ink and brush. How to paint a portrait of yourself or family or whom you care. Bring a few photo copies of portraits (letter size), a few decent bamboo brushes and a lunch bag.

Mokuhanga-Japanese Woodblock Printing

Sunday, 7/9-7/23, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Tomoko Murakami

For artists’ in-home studios without a press, this beautiful, low-tech process may be the perfect solution. This workshop introduces a traditional Japanese woodblock printing process, Ukiyo-E technique. Participants learn to carve the woodblock, use Japanese carving tools, and print with water-based ink on Japanese paper. Participants will cut their own woodblocks and create a small edition of multicolor prints. All levels are welcome.

Broomstick Lace Workshop

Saturday, 7/8-7/15, 10:00am-2:00pm (2 classes) 
Instructor: Patricia A Court

Follow in the footsteps of pioneer women who kept their hands busy while crossing the North American continent. Using a broomstick pin, a crochet hook, and a skein of yarn we will create a lovely lace scarf that can be made in a jiffy. Sources for other free Broomstick (or Jiffy) Lace patterns will be discussed. Prerequisite: Must have taken Crochet 101 or be an experienced crocheter.

Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving Workshop-I

Sunday, 7/16, 9:30am-4:30pm
Instructor: Reba Siero

The rigid heddle loom is a very portable, inexpensive, and elegantly simple tool for weaving. The Cricket Loom is a small rigid heddle loom that is ideal for knitters who want to use up leftover yarns, for spinners with yarn to spare, and for those just wanting to give weaving a try. Learn how to warp using the direct warping peg method and to weave a scarf using a variety of yarns. Returning students are encouraged.

Throwing Big Bowls Workshop (Int-Adv)

Sunday, 7/16-7/23, 10:00am-1:00pm (2 Classes)
Instructor: Coreen Abbott

This workshop is for anyone who wants to expand their wheel working abilities. We’ll cover using leverage rather than upper body strength. First, we will demonstrate throwing 50lbs. showing leveraging and other techniques. We will then throw together 5lbs. over each student’s comfort zone, pushing past many common repetitive throwing problems. We will also touch on throwing upside down as an option to increase pot size. Our second Sunday will include hands on reinforcement of new techniques, trimming large pots and completing the ‘upside down pot’.

Makers Series: Glass Bead Making

Saturday, 7/22, 10:00am-2:00pm (1 Class)
Saturday, 7/29, 10:00am-2:00pm 7/29 (1 Class)
Instructor: Melissa McCumiskey

Come play with glass. Make your own glass beads. Each student will make fun, whimsical lamp-worked glass beads in this one-day workshop. Tools and materials provided. No experience necessary.

Super Heroes Doll Making Workshop

Saturday, 7/22-7/29, 10:00am-2:00pm (2 Classes)
Instructor: Patricia A Court

Come to this two day workshop prepared to produce some dolls! Using a free crochet pattern from Red Heart yarns we will make boy and girl Super Heroes. I’ll also show you how to use the basic doll body to create animals by adapting ears, snouts, and tails. Prerequisite: Must have taken Crochet 101 or be an experienced crocheter.

Makers Series: Fabric Necklace Workshop

Saturday, 7/22, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Alexandra Milukhin

Let’s make several gorgeous handmade fabric necklaces that are mixed-fiber and material works of art. We’ll use jewelry making techniques to custom create our own fabric beads, tassels, pompoms. Lots of great supplies included such as beads made of glass, wood, ceramics, metals. All tools and cordage provided.

Location Photography

Saturday, 7/22, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Instructor: Conrad Johnson

Learn professional location photography techniques in this fast moving one-day class. We will cover lighting, posing, composition, metering, the right lens, the right point of view, and how to make backgrounds work.

Macro and Close-up Photography

Saturday, 7/22, 9:00am-12:00pm 
Instructor: Conrad Johnson

Put your lenses through the exercises and learn what focal length to use, which f-stop is best, and lighting small objects. We begin with some studio demonstrations and then go for a field trip to Heather Farm.

Throwing Big Pots in Parts Workshop (Int-Adv)

Sunday, 7/30-8/6, 10:00am-1:00pm (2 Classes)
Instructor: Kristin Landowski

Learn how to make a larger pot using thrown and hand-building techniques. This is a way to use modular thrown parts to make that large vase you always wanted in your backyard or front living room window.

Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving Workshop-II

Sunday, 7/30, 9:30am-4:30pm 
Instructor: Reba Siero

Not only is the rigid heddle loom very portable and easy to use, it is very versatile. Think of the many beautiful indigenous pattern weavings of Latin American and Southeast Asia, which are made on looms similar to the rigid heddle loom. We will explore a range of lace and patterned weaves, using pick up sticks. Returning students are encouraged. Bring your own yarn or pay a supply fee of $15. A loom may be rented for $5 for the day, or bring your own warped rigid heddle loom.

Introduction to Wire Wrapping Jewelry Workshop

Saturday, 8/5, 10:00am-1:00pm 
Instructor: Jacqueline Dinner

Learn the basics of working with wire to make jewelry; including understanding types of wire, shapes and hardness properties. Class will teach how to make jump rings, how to link beads including wrapped links, complete a hook closure, and earring wires. You will be shown how to wrap a grooved stone or piece of glass and you will finish a wire-bead bracelet to take home.

Makers Series: Natural Dyeing and Indigo

Saturday, 8/5, 1:00pm-4:00pm 
Instructor: Alexandra Milukhin

Join us for an intro to natural dyeing with prepared materials of yarn and fabric or bring your own cotton garment to dye. Explore the color range of natural dyeing and create a folio of information on dyestuff, extraction techniques, and sustainability. Supply fee of $15 will provide all necessary materials including silk, cotton, and linen yarn and fabric samples.

Inside Your Canon DSLR

Saturday, 8/5, 10:00am-1:00pm
Instructor: Tom Crews

Learn about all of the features of your Canon EOS Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera. We will cover all of the functions of the camera’s buttons, dials, and menus and how these features will help improve your photography. Bring your camera, manual, and questions.

Inside Your Nikon DSLR

Saturday, 8/5, 1:30pm-4:30pm 
Instructor: Tom Crews

Learn about all of the features of your Nikon Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera. We will cover all of the functions of the camera’s buttons, dials, and menus and how these features will help improve your photography. Bring your camera, manual and questions.

Exploring Close-Up Photography

Thursday, 8/10-8/1, 6:30pm-9:00pm (3 Classes)
Field Trip Saturday, 8/1210:00am-12:00pm 35657
Instructor: Tom Crews

An expanded working knowledge of equipment and techniques helps photographers create fantastic close-up photos. How to get close to the subject, lighting considerations, how to stabilize your camera, depth of field, compositional elements, and more! An assignment and field trip provide you with an opportunity to practice the tools and techniques learned and allows the instructor to observe and improve your techniques. Provide your own camera and have some working knowledge of the basic photographic principles. No special close-up equipment required.

Triangle Earrings

Saturday, 8/12, 11:00am-1:00pm
Instructor: Deborah Wolf (D. Jeka Lambert)

3D domed Peyote stitch triangles are fun to make and lend themselves to use in necklaces, bracelets and earrings-in this workshop we’ll make earrings. You’ll learn how to make the triangles, how to scale the design up or down, and how to incorporate the triangles to your designs. This class uses tiny beads like those used in Native American beadwork. Students must know how to do Peyote Stitch.

All About the Butter Workshop

Monday-Wednesday, 8/14-8/16, 9:00am-2:00pm
Instructor: Kathleen Jensen

Create three styles of hand built covered butter dishes and French butter dishes in this workshop. Make the mold for your dish in class, learn how to make multiples with patterns and how to size for the interlocking French butter dish (or butter bell). Textures will be created in class, slab roller and extruder will be used. Basic knowledge of hand building needed. No wheel work will be covered.

Wheel Thrown Vases Workshop

Wednesday-Friday, 8/16-8/18, 9:00am-2:00pm (3 Classes)
Instructor: Michael Berkley

Have you ever wanted to stretch your throwing skills? Now is the time to learn how to make medium to large vases. This workshop will show you how to make medium sized vases with one ball of clay and a larger form, thrown in parts.

Clay Totems Workshop

Monday-Wednesday, 8/21-8/23, 2:30pm-7:30pm (3 Classes)
Instructor: Ellen Sachtschale

Create your own personal totem that expresses your unique personality. Totems are 3-D self-portraits/stories in clay using a slab handbuilding technique. Totems may include keepsakes, tactile beads and sculptural elements, such as carving and journalistic pieces that are all about you.

Intensive: Honing Your Skills Workshop

Mon-Wed, 8/21-8/23, 9:00am-2:00pm (3 Classes)
Instructor: Takemi Tsuruta

Have you learned to center clay? Now learn to hone your skills and refine your techniques. This workshop will increase your techniques and give you a solid foundation to throw the shapes you want. Learn to center larger pieces of clay with individual attention and focus on big clay techniques and putting two 4-8 lb. pieces together. Bring your own tools, water bucket, towels, heat gun and/or propane torch to assemble thrown pieces.