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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 

Makers Series: Spring Fling Art

Date: Saturday, April 1st, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Lisa Taft

Celebrate springtime by painting and sculpting baby animals, fantastic birds and colorful butterflies. Our creations will make a beautiful springtime centerpiece.

Kids Open Studio

Date: Saturday, April 8th, 10:00am-11:30am (1 Class)
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: Dynomite Art

Date: Saturday, April 22nd, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Lisa Taft

Dinosaurs rule in this art class. Be prepared to paint and sculpt a prehistoric world and create your very own dinosaurs and fossils.

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

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.

Spring into Mosaics

Date: Saturday, April 1st, 10:00pm-4:00pm
Instructor: Connie English

Using the colors of Spring, this multimedia mosaic workshop will teach you to incorporate beautiful glass, stunning colored mirrors and multiple ceramic tiles into a burst of beautiful art! Learn cutting techniques, applications, adhesives, substrates, grouting and more. Great for beginners or seasoned mosaic artists. Come ignite your creative spark in a fun and supportive environment.

Earth Day Mosaics! Mixed Media

 Date: Sunday, April 2nd, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Connie English

 Create a “planetary” mosaic! Using a round flat substrate incorporate various recycled materials, including shattered tempered glass, tiles, glass, mirrors, Italian marble, paints, images and even glitter. Join up and show us your unique earth. Techniques include advanced grouting techniques for special effects, cutting, applications, various adhesives, and more.

Drink and Draw
Date: Thursday, April 6th, 7:00pm-9:00pm (1 Class)
Date: Thursday, April 20th, 7:00pm-9:00pm (1 Class)
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, April 12th, 7:00pm-8:30pm (1 Class)
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.

Still Life Photography
Date: Saturday, April 8th, 9:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: Conrad Johnson

Learn the classic approach to designing and creating a great still life. We’ll cover how to choose the right setting, props and lighting. Discover which lenses are best for the subject.

Photography for Painters
Date: Saturday, April 8th, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Instructor: Conrad Johnson

Copying flat art with a camera is simple and technically difficult. Learn several methods for shooting paintings and drawings withdifferent light sources. We’ll review the basics of camera lens, lighting, and composition. Open to all levels of students.

Sumi-e/Brush Painting (Beg)
Date: Saturday, April 8th, 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.

Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving Workshop-I
Date: Sunday, April 9th, 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.

Silk Painting (Int/Adv)
Date: Sunday, April 9th, 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.

Wow! Landscape Photography
Date: Saturday, April 22nd and April 29th, 3:00pm-8:00pm (2 Classes)
Instructor: Susan Reynolds

Discover how to transform your ‘wow!’ moments in wild landscapes into powerful, creative expressions of your personal vision. Our spring photo exploration of Mt. Diablo’s hidden canyons includes two Saturday photo lectures and field sessions that provide composition, exposure tools and practice creating beautiful landscape photos in afternoon and sunset light. We’ll critique photos from the first session in the second class, discuss more locations and offer resources for continued learning.

Mokuhanga-Japanese Woodblock Printing
Date: Sunday, April 23rd, April 30th, and May 7th, 10:00am-4:00pm (3 Classes)
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.

Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving Workshop-II
Date: Sunday, April 23rd, 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.

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.