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Workshops and Makers Series

Center for Community Arts offers a variety of one-day workshops and Makers Series, available for youth and adults. Our workshops engage new and experienced artists in learning more about an artistic process. In our Makers Series, students will take home a finished piece of artwork!

Classes listed by date, scroll down for adult classes.

Youth Workshops and Makers Series 

Kids Open Studio

Saturday, January 21st,10:00am-11:30am - 1 Class
Saturday, February 11th,10:00am-11:30am - 1 Class
Saturday, March 11th, 10:00am-11:30am 3/11 - 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. Register prior to class or pay by credit card on the day of class.

Makers Series: Pony Art Party

Date; Saturday, January 21st, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Lisa Taft

This class is for all young horse lovers. Gallop to this art class for an afternoon of pony art. We will be drawing, painting and decorating unique pony creations. Bring a snack for mid-afternoon break.

Makers Series: Heart Art

Date; Saturday, February 11th, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Lisa Taft

How many things can you create from heart shapes? Did you know that you can make a zoo full of animals by using only hearts? We will be preparing for Valentine’s Day by going crazy with hearts! We will paint, construct and sculpt to create a collection of heart animals and heart-felt creations.

Makers Series: Will You Be My Valentine?

Date; Sunday, February 12th, 9:30am-11:30am
Instructor: Karen Kelly

Get a chance to make your parent and/or best friend a personal valentine! Make not only hearts, but seasonal flowers, butterflies,rainbows, or something really special. They can be ready to hang, stand alone, or both! This class will use nontoxic, polymer clay, which can be baked in a home oven to give a ceramic-like finish. The polymer clay comes in several colors and will give you quick results.

Makers Series: Castles and Dragons

Date; Saturday, February 25th, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Lisa Taft

Imagine creating your own storybook land with castles and dragons. We will use different materials to build, paint and decorate our creations.


Adult Workshops & Makers Series

Intensive: Honing Your Skills Workshop

Tuesday, January 3rd through Friday, January 6th (4 Classes), 4:00pm-7:00pm
Instructor: Michael Berkley

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.

Intensive: Anyone Can Center Workshop

Tuesday, January 3rd through Friday, January 6th (4 Classes), 9:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: Michael Berkley

This workshop is geared towards beginning and intermediate students and focuses on creating a solid foundation to wheel throwing the shapes you want and acquiring new techniques. Learn to center a three-pound piece of clay in less than 15 seconds or improve the way you center now! Learn the techniques that nobody talks about that will allow you to take giant leaps towards your goal of throwing pots.

Intensive Open Studio

Tuesday, January 3rd through Friday, January 6th (4 Classes), 12:00pm-4:00pm

This Open Studio provides additional hours of supervised studio time for students enrolled in the Anyone Can Center and Honing Your Skills workshops. This is a way to enhance throwing and hand-building skills. See the description and hours under the individual open studio. Students must purchase clay in the studio and provide own tools. Use of studio equipment is included in the fee. Studio use is strictly for non-commercial learning purposes.

Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving Workshop-I

Date; Sunday, January 8th, 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.

Clay Masks Workshop (Beg-Adv)

Date; Sunday, January 8th & Sunday, January 15th (2 Classes), 10:00am-1:00pm
Instructor: Chris 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.

Make and Mingle Open Studio

Wednesday, January, 18th, 7:00pm-8:30pm (1 Class)
Wednesday, February 15th, 7:00pm-8:30pm (1 Class)
Wednesday, March15th, 7:00pm-8:30pm (1 Class)

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 --just come ready to have fun! Register prior to the evening or pay by credit card on the night of the class.

Flamework for Fusers

Date; Saturday, January 21st, 10:00am-2:00pm
Instructor: Melissa McCumiskey

Work with COE 90 glass to design elements using a hot head torch. Add these components to your fusing work to create unique art pieces. Use rod, stringers and sheet glass in the torch to make fluid shapes. Torching techniques covered include twisties, stringer dots, strip twisties and more. Students will have hands on torch time to practice making components. Bring one canister of MAAP gas and COE 90 glass (rods, stringers and sheet).

Location Photography

Date; Saturday, January 21st, 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.

Encaustic (Hot Wax) Workshop

Date; Saturday, January 21st, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Connie English

Encaustic is a beeswax based paint dates back to the 5th century. Kept molten on a heated palette, encaustic is applied to a surface and reheated to fuse the paint into a uniform enamel-like finish. Learn safety, working with heat sources, equipment, paints, medium, collage materials, fusing layers, tools, priming appropriate substrates, scraping, pastel sticks, incising and more.

Silk Painting (Int/Adv)

Date; Sunday, January 22nd, 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.

Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving Workshop-II

Date; Sunday, January 22nd, 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.

Macro and Close-up Photography

Date; Saturday, January 28th, 9:00pm-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.

Palette Knife Painting Workshop

Date; Sunday, January 29th & Sunday, February 5th (2 Classes), 10:00am-3:00pm
Instructor: Patsy Taylor

Painting with a palette knife is a very freeing experience, “loosening” your work. It’s a great way to let the unexpected happen. Whether this might just become your exciting new method of painting, or you use it just to add some areas of interest, come explore the potential of painting with a palette knife.

Stone Setting Techniques for Metal Clay

Date; Saturday, February 4th & Sunday, February 5th (2 Classes), 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Arlene Mornick

In this class students will learn and practice a variety of techniques to securely set and fire in place six different stones; both cabochon and facetted shaped. Methods for setting stones after firing will be discussed. Each stone will be set in a shaped and textured link to create a stylish bracelet. To finish the bracelet students will make a bar and toggle clasp. This class is intended for students with some metal clay experience.

Mokuhanga: Japanese Woodblock Printing

Date; Sunday, February 5th, February 12th, and February 26th (3 Classes), 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.

Sumi-e/Brush Painting (Beg)

Date; Saturday, February 11th, 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.

Makers Series: Spinning and Felting

Date; Sunday, February 12th, 10:00am-1:00pm
Instructor: Alexandra Milukhin

Learn how to process raw fleece into hand-spun artistic yarns and felted cloth. We will be blending many types of colors and fibers creating whimsical samples as a medium for creative expression.

Master Potter Series: Sergei Isupov “Layered in Surreality”

Date; Saturday, February 18th, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Sergei Isupov

In this one-day workshop, Sergei Isupov will hand build sculptures that combine two and three dimensional imagery. The forms will be figural sculpture in porcelain. He will also demonstrate his narrative painting style of surface decoration using stains and engobes. Sergei will explain his aesthetic approach to relating the subconscious additives of surrealism and how these concepts manifest in the figurative form and its environment. He will also give an hour slide lecture on the history of his work. Sergei Isupov was born in Russia and received a BA and MFA in Estonia. His work has been shown and collected internationally since 1994 and is featured in over five international publications and over attended five worldly acclaimed artist-in-residency programs: Archie Bray, Guldagergaard, etc. He is presently represented by Ferrin Contemporary. Lunch will be provided. Co-sponsored by Walnut Creek Clay Arts Guild and ClayPeople.

Makers Series: Art Embroidery, Applique and Embellishments

Date; Sunday, February 19th, 10:00am-1:00pm
Instructor: Alexandra Milukhin

Referencing sublime stitching from Royal College of Needlework, as well as the amazing appliques of Alabama Chanin, we will create our own beautiful designs and transform an ordinary piece of clothing into an extraordinary one. Please bring a piece of apparel to transform. Instructor will provide all the necessary tools, hoops, needles, embroidery threads, fabric, and beads.

Inside Your Canon and Nikon DSLR

Date; Sunday, February 26th, 10:00am-1:00pm – Cannon
Date: Sunday, March 5th, 10:00am-1:00pm – Nikon
Instructor: Tom Crews

Learn about all of the features of your 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.

Sumi-e Mounting and Seal Making

Date; Saturday, March 4th, 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.

Adult Dance Workshop Series

Ballet - Saturday, March 4th, 12:45pm-2:00pm 3/4
- Saturday, March 11th, 12:45pm-2:00pm 3/11
- Saturday. March 18th, 12:45pm-2:00pm 3/18 
Instructor: Jennifer O’Neill

Come experience the joy of dance at one, two or all of our upcoming adult workshops. You’ll learn and explore dance and movement through classic technique, fun choreography, and a great mix of music. Mixed level, non-competitive atmosphere, no previous experience necessary.

Taking Exciting Travel Photographs

Dates: Wednesday, March 8th and Wednesday, March 15th, 9:00am-11:30am
Field Trip: Saturday, March 11th, 10:00am-2:00pm (3 Classes)
Instructor: Tom Crews

Starting with pre-travel planning we will discuss the kind of equipment and supplies to take, researching your trip, dealing with local regulations, passing through customs and more. We will cover photographing landmarks and people, payment for photography, and shooting in places of worship. A field trip to the Farmers Market located at the San Francisco Ferry Building will allow students to practice the tools and techniques learned in class.

Makers Series: Natural Dyeing and Indigo

Date; Sunday, March 12th, 10:00am-1:00pm
Instructor: Alexandra Milukhin

Join us for an intro into natural dyeing with prepared materials: fleece, yarn, and fabric. Explore the color range of natural dyeing and create a folio of information on dyestuff, extraction techniques, and sustainability. Instructor will provide necessary materials or bring your own project to dip and dye.

Collagraph-Printmaking with Found Objects

Date; Sunday, March 12th and Sunday, March 19th, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Tomoko Murakami

Collagraph is a versatile printmaking process, based on the construction of a collaged matrix to provide a printable plate. Materials and textured surfaces such as fabric, leaves, sand and other found materials can be used. Plates can be printed as intaglio or relief images, or as combinations of both leading to astounding richness and strength. A wide array of different effects and the use of diverse materials gives great variation in texture. The result is often unpredictable, rewarding the artist with an inspirational surprise.

Draw and Paint Live Owls

Date; Sunday, March 19th, 9:30am-12:30pm
Instructor: Brittany Zagoria

This mixed media workshop will explore how to capture the likeness of these nocturnal birds of prey. Along the way you will get to observe our subjects up close and personal while learning about their lifestyle, habitat, feeding habits and other interesting facts. Learn various avian drawing and painting techniques that will help you along the way to creating your masterpiece! This workshop is a collaboration with the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

Makers Series: Succulent Pots and Plants

Date; Sunday, March 19th, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Field Trip: Saturday, April, 22nd, 10:30am-12:00pm (2 Classes)
Instructor: Rana Nassar

Want to make a planter for a succulent? You can make your own out of clay, and then learn how to plant your own succulent at The Ruth Bancroft Garden! You’ll create a planter at the Ceramics studio in Civic Park, choose a glaze for the planter, and then meet again at The Ruth Bancroft Garden to plant your own succulent. $20 supply fee will be due at first class: includes the clay, glaze, soil, one succulent plant, top dressing, and two firing processes.

Weaving Workshop with Jason Collingwood: 2/2 Twill Rug Weaving

Dates: Wednesday, March 22nd through Friday, March 24th, 9:00am-4:00pm (3 classes)

The course is based around various 2/2 twill structures whether straight twill, broken twill or twill on opposites. Time permitting, 3/1 double faced twill and krokbragd will also be explored. Included in the class will be instruction on how to set up a loom correctly for rug weaving; twining at the beginning and end of the rug; darning in the loose ends; use of the temple; and many other invaluable tips for successful rug weaving.