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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, May 13th, 10:00am-11:30am (1 Class)
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: Mother's Day May Flowers!

Date: Saturday, May 13th, 9:00pm-12:00pm
Instructor: Karen Kelley

Parents and their children can make May flowers for Mother's Day: tulips, roses, snap dragons, and more! You can also add to your flowers with spring themes such as 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: 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?


Adult Workshops & Makers Series

Drink and Draw
Date: Thursday, May 4th 7:00pm-9:00pm (1 Class)
Date: Thursday, May 18th, 7:00pm-9:00pm (1 Class)
Date: Thursday, June 1st 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
Date: Wednesday, May 10th 7:00pm-8:30pm (1 Class)
Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 7:00pm-8:30pm (1 Class)
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.

Metal Clay Intensive
Date: Saturday, April 29th & Sunday, April 30th, 10:00am-5:00pm (2 Classes)
Instructor: Arlene Mornick

This class is designed for beginning students and those seeking to refresh skills and learn new ones. The initial project will be a simple silver two-sided project, chosen to teach thickness, texture, appliqué, and carving techniques. Beyond the basic skills required for this project, more advanced techniques will be taught, including stone setting, bail design and structure, ring sizing and construction, torch and kiln firing, final finishing and polishing. Students will create pendants, earrings and rings. All tools will be provided by instructor.

 Inside Your Canon and Nikon DSLR
Date: Cannon - Saturday, April 29th, 10:00am-1:00pm
Date: Nikon - Saturday, April 29th, 1:30pm-4:30pm
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.

Makers Series: Party Earrings
Date: Saturday, April 29th & Sunday, April 30th, 10:00am-4:00pm (2 Classes)
Instructor: Raïssa Bump

Join this workshop and make a pair of studs or shoulder-dusters from scratch. We will begin with visual examples and conversation to inspire your party earrings. Technical demonstrations will follow, including but not limited to, using a saw, files, drill, pliers, rolling mill, hammers, and torch. Then dive into your designs with open work time. One-on-one conversation will keep your project moving forward. Expect to leave with a finished pair of earrings.

Location Photography
Date: Saturday, May 6rth, 12:30am-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
Date: Saturday, May 6rth, 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.

Maker’s Series: Seed Beaders Design Workshop
Date: Sunday, May 7rth, 10:00am-1:00pm
Instructor: Jeka Lambert

This workshop is for new and established seed bead jewelry designers who want to take their work to the next level. Instructor will show her work, talk about her design process and give you insider tips on combining good design with sound construction techniques. Students are encouraged to bring their original work for sharing and advice.

Master Potter Series: Nick Joerling ‘’Thrown and Altered Pottery’’
Date: Saturday, May 20rth, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Nick Joerling

Using the potter’s wheel, Nick Joerling will demonstrate how to throw forms that will be altered once removed from the wheel. As he creates his forms, discussion on adding marks and demarcations before off-wheel alterations will be covered; then, using the forms from the wheel, he will display how to shape and mold ‘non-circular’ shapes. Nick will create and discuss serving trays, open vessels, teapots, and platters. After our catered lunch, Nick will give an hour lecture on his historical references, accolades, and his work as a North Carolina potter with the Penland School of Crafts circuit. Co-sponsored by Walnut Creek Clay Arts Guild and Clay People.

Sumi-e Mounting and Seal Making
Date: Saturday, May 20th, 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.

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.