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Classes for Adults

 Some ongoing classes are taught by AWD Studio Artists; please contact the artists directly to register.


Featured Classes

Writing for Artists, Part 2: Exhibition Proposals  
Gelli Plate Monoprints with Liz Schiff 
Mixed Media Workshop with Stephanie Jucker 
3 Keys to Making Money Doing What You Love with Shelley Rugg  
To MFA or Not To MFA 
Is It Drawing or Painting? Workshop with Ellen Litwiller 
Top Tips for Funding Your Art Project 
Ongoing Classes 


Megan WorkshopWriting for Artists, Part 2:  Exhibition Proposals 
by Megan Wilkinson

Saturday, February 18, 2017 • 10:30am–12:30pm

 

• Free for AWD Artist Members • $25 for non-members
• Materials included
• AWD Multipurpose Room

• Seating limited; RSVP to Ellen Leo at Art Works Downtown 415.451.8119 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Have an idea for a gallery show? Want an exhibition of your own body of works? Learn to produce compelling exhibit proposals by drawing from the foundation of your artist resume, statement, and biography and by adding more critical elements that will appeal specifically to the galleries and museums you approach. Incorporating these tips will take your portfolio package to the next level.  Please bring any exhibit ideas you have or current samples of exhibit proposals you have written with you to discuss during class. This session is part of a two-course “Writing for Artists” offering. Sessions may be taken independently or as a pair.

Megan Wilkinson is a freelance consultant who helps artists market their work. Formerly, Megan was the Executive Director of O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, where she read and reviewed thousands of artist statements, exhibit proposals, and resumes over the course of her nine years there. She has also published five scholarly articles and most recently wrote the introduction to artist Foad Satterfield’s catalogue that accompanied his solo exhibition, “Heartwood.” 


Gelli Plate Monoprints with Liz Schiff

Saturday, February 25, 2017 • 10:30am–12:30pm


• Free for AWD Artist Members • 
$25 for non-members
+ Materials Fee: $20 (Every workshop attendee must pay a $20 materials fee.)
• AWD Multipurpose Room
• Seating limited; RSVP to Ellen Leo at Art Works Downtown 415.451.8119 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
• Register and pay in full no later then Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to making monoprints using a Gelli plate and Speedball water-soluble block inks.  The Gelli printing plate is made of a gel-like substance with a sensitive surface that invites endless experimentation and reuse. The Gelli plate is perfect for use with brayers, brushes, stencils, and found flat objects. The Speedball inks easily allow for layering, lifting, drawing, and other post-printing embellishments. Prints are hand pulled without the need of a press.

All materials will be provided, including paper, Speedball water-soluble block inks, brayers, and a 5x7 inch Gelli plate for each participant.  As part of the materials fee, participants keep the reusable Gelli plate for use after the workshop. 

No previous printing or painting experience is required to have fun with the Gelli plate!

If you happen to have previous printing or painting experience and want to bring some of your own tools such as small brayers and brushes, you are encouraged to do so.  All participants are encouraged to bring a variety of flat (no thicker than 1/16th of an inch) textured objects with them such as dried leaves, grasses, string, stencils, textured paper, etc.  We will also have other flat materials on hand.

 


mixed media juckerMixed Media Workshop with Stephanie Jucker

Session 1: Printmaking with Collage and Mixed Media  

Sunday, February 26, 2017 • 1pm–5:30pm

 

• $105 fee
+ Materials included
• AWD Multipurpose Room
• Register by check, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for a registration form. By credit card, call Stephanie Jucker at 415.717.3050  Please register at least 48 hours before the class to ensure a spot.  www.stephaniejucker.com 


Explore ways to combine printmaking techniques such as mono-type and block printing with mixed media to create unique and painterly art work. In this class we'll be using water-based printing inks and collage to create monoprints that can be stand alone art or incorporated into handmade books and sculpture.

 

Session 2: Mixed Media  Art Books
Sunday, March 26, 2017 • 1pm–5:30pm

Find out how to "think outside the book" and create unique books and art journals using paint, collage, and photo-transfer techniques. In this class we'll cover how to make accordion, tag, and piano hinge books.

 

Session 3: Mixed Media Painting & Photo-Transfer  
Sunday, April 30, 2017 • 1pm–5:30pm
  

Explore how to combine acrylic paint, photo-transfer and collage to create layered mixed media paintings. In this class we'll be using a variety of materials and techniques to build painterly art work on paper and canvas. Find out how to apply these processes to numerous art projects such as book making, monoprinting, sculpture and fiber art.

 

Sundays street parkingis free. Access to the multipurpose room is through the rear of the building from D Street. 
1337 4th Street, at D, San Rafael, CA 94901

 


 

3 Keys to Making Money Doing What You Love with Shelley Rugg

Saturday, March 4, 2017 • 10:30am–Noon

Presented by Creative & Abundance Artist

• Free Workshop
• AWD Multipurpose Room

  • Clarify your Art Business Goals
  • Get the tools you need to tame resistance
  • Create your roadmap to success

This workshop for artists who love making art, but aren't in love with being a business person. Participants in this workshop will come away with a better sense of what it takes to be in business, and the assurance that it IS POSSIBLE to make a living as an artist. Some participants are making money, but would like to make more. We will look at strategies for building upon the successes you’ve already had, and how to leverage that into more income. Participants will also learn how to monetize their offerings in a way that will create the kind of income that they need and want.

Maximum of 20 participants

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Presented by Shelley Rugg, artist and founder of Creative & Abundant Artist, a mentorship program for artists who want to make a living doing what they love, but who struggle with the business-end of art.

For more information, visit: www.CreativeAndAbundantArtist.com 


To MFA or Not To MFA with Lauren Bartone

Saturday, March 11, 2017 • 1pm–3pm

• Free for AWD Artist Members• $25 for non-members
• AWD Multipurpose Room
• Seating limited; RSVP to Ellen Leo at Art Works Downtown 415.451.8119 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Are you an artist thinking about getting your MFA? Is a graduate degree in the arts the life changing learning experience you need? Many artists see the MFA as a chance to develop their work and build new connections. But graduates often find it is also a debt trap, creating a financial burden that is hard to get out of, with limited prospects for future earning. This precarity can be as harmful to a career in the arts as a lack of education or social infrastructure. Join us for a discussion of both the advantages and pitfalls of MFAs for visual artists. We will consider what to avoid, what the ideal conditions for an MFA degree might be, and some alternatives.

 

Lauren Bartone is an artist and educator whose work is grounded in an interdisciplinary balance of painting, community dialogue, and collective work. Undergraduate studies at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute of Art, in Florence, Italy and at UCLA (BA in Visual Art 2001), as well as a graduate work in both education (MA in Education, UC Berkeley, 2005) and in the visual arts (MFA in Visual Art, Vermont College of Fine Art, 2012) have allowed her to pursue her passions for both the visual arts and for education. Lauren has worked in various community programs, participated in residencies at the Kala Art Institute, Art Works Downtown, and the deYoung Museum. She has received several grants including a Marin Arts Council Career Grant, the VCFA Levin/Lutz Award, and the Pirkle Jones Foundation Artist Support Grant. Since 2011 she has also enjoyed working collaboratively with the Fortnight Collective.  She has shown work in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York. www.laurenbartone.comwww.laurenbartone.com


 

Ellen Litwiller

Intertidal #1 © 2015 Ellen Litwiller, graphite and oil paint on claybord, 24" x 24"

Is It Drawing or Painting? Workshop with Ellen Litwiller

Saturday, March 25, 2017 • 1pm–4pm


• Free for AWD Artist Members• 
$25 for non-members
• Materials included
• Seating limited; RSVP to Ellen Leo at Art Works Downtown 415.451.8119 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

“This is the closest thing I have found to drawing and painting at the same time!  The results can look like an etching, a photograph or a mono-print depending on your technique and style.” –Ellen Litwiller

Ellen will demonstrate some of the methods that she has learned while exploring this medium and substrate.  This workshop will explore using water, steel wool, brushes and whatever else is within arms reach to get the desired effects.  She will be creating an ocean landscape while speaking about the ways that you can make this material fit your own interest and style.

Participants should bring one (or more) Claybord panels no smaller that 8” x 10”

Bring some brushes, some will be provided as well.

Provided:
Liquid Pencil (Darivan Rewettable), Brushes, Sandpaper, Steel wool, Sponges, Rags

Ellen’s work is heavily influenced by the natural world and at this time we are witnessing the ruination of wilderness due to Climate Change.  Like a reporter she wants to make a visual record for next generations to show we cared about what was happening, that we took notice of the losses and appreciated the nature around us. She has worked in the Natural History Museum industry for over 20 years painting murals, making models and building dioramas. Working closely with scientist has shown Ellen how closely artists and scientists are linked with their passion, commitment and a curiosity for observing and appreciating the planet we live on and the universe we live in.


Top Tips for Funding Your Art Project with Shelley Rugg 

Saturday, June 10, 2017 • 10:30am–Noon

Presented by Creative & Abundance Artist

• Free Workshop
• AWD Multipurpose Room
• Maximum of 20 participants; RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Make Your Research Rewarding!
  • Create a Grant Calendar
  • Build Partnerships and Community

This workshop for artists who love making art, but aren't in love with being a business person. In this workshop, Shelley will share some great tips for finding funding your artistic projects, from alternative resources to grants and fellowships. Learn how to seek out and connect with the RIGHT funders, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls so that you don’t waste your time writing the wrong grants.

Presented by Shelley Rugg, artist and founder of Creative & Abundant Artist, a mentorship program for artists who want to make a living doing what they love, but who struggle with the business-end of art.

For more information, visit: www.CreativeAndAbundantArtist.com 

 


 Ongoing Classes

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  • Private instruction for individuals and small groups.  Creative espression, travel, nature, fine art, 
    in studio and on location.
  • Cindy Pavlinac, www.CAPavlinac.com 

Collage Workshop info

  • Date to be announced  •  11am–4pm • $125
  • Stephanie Jucker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Materials included 

Private and Group Classes for Adults and Teen

  • Weekly ongoing classes to fit in your schedule
  • Barbara Lawrence, 1325 Fourth Street, Studio 2 at Art Works Downtown This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
    415.717.1238 www.BL4art.com 
  • Fun and Informal. Creative Stimulating and Supportive!
  • Barbara evaluates your individual needs and desires and developes a program that is unique to each student. With dedication and perseverance artistic groth is guaranteed,

Ceramics: info

  • Adults: Tuesdays 11:30am-2:30pm • Tuesdays 6-9pm • Thursdays 11:30am-2:30pm• $240/mo
  • Barbara Andino-Stevenson, Sweet Spirit Ceramic Center
  • Wheel, handbuilding, sculpture SUMMER CLAY CAMPS for kids and adulsts

Introduction to Drawing & Painting info

  • $30/hr by appointment
  • Susan Ticken, 415.479.5277 www.tickenart.com
  • An intro to techniques + a variety of materials

The No Mistakes Studio!

  • On-going Thursdays mornings at 11am, or by appointment.  For class schedule please contact artist.
  • Deborah D. Gray, 415.816.3535  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Students with special needs welcome. Private classes also available for all ages.

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