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Recorded workshops in case you missed one of our live workshop experiences.

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Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Sweet Life: Illustrate your Favorite Childhood Candies

Draw colorful candies - lollipops, bubble gums, hard candies, caramels and taffys. Bring your favorites to draw and snack on if you have them!

Facilitated by Gloria Garcia.

Supplies:
Oil pastels
Watercolor paper cut down to 6” x 9”
HB or #2 graphite pencil
Soap eraser

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Sweet Life: Illustrate your Favorite Childhood Candies

SATURDAY, MAY 4

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

Sip and Paint

Join us to create a watercolor painting inspired by doughnuts! We will explore a variety of techniques to understand the basics of watercolor, including color mixing and washes. Grab a beverage of your choice (and a doughnut if you like) and spend an hour with us painting and making art together!

Facilitated by Tammy Leaver.

Supplies:
- watercolor paints
- mixed media or watercolor paper
- water cup
- paint brushes (flat brush and pointed round brush)
- painters tape
- pencil
- ink pen

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Sip and Paint

SATURDAY, MAY 11

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

WATERCOLOR:

HALF DOZEN DOUGHNUTS

Meditative Line Drawing

For this workshop we will create intuitive abstract line art using meditative line drawing. We will draw dots, lines, and shapes while enjoying an hour of free-flow creation.

Facilitated by AshaAung Helmstetter.

Supplies:
-Paper for line drawing (loose paper or in a sketch book/journal is okay)
-Fineliner pen in your thickness and color choice (can use other types of pens, but this is my preferred)

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Meditative Line Drawing

SATURDAY, MAY 18

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

Intro to Pastels

Unlock your creativity with the vibrant and versatile medium of water-soluble oil pastels! In this beginner-friendly workshop, participants will explore the fundamentals of using water-soluble oil pastels to create stunning artworks. Whether you're a seasoned artist looking to experiment with a new medium or a complete novice eager to dive into the world of art, this workshop is perfect for you.

Facilitated by Valencia Carroll.

Materials:
Drawing paper
Box of water-soluble oil pastels
Watercolor paintbrush
Small cup of water for wetting and rinsing paintbrush
Paper towels
Blue masking tape

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Intro to Pastels

MONDAY, MAY 20

1:30 - 2:30 pm PDT

Expressive Acrylics

In this workshop, participants will bring images to life on canvas using an expressive or painterly approach. Participants will learn expressive techniques and are encouraged to lean into playful creativity.

Facilitated by Cooper Perry.

Supplies Needed:
- acrylic paint (anything you have onhand works)
- canvas (multimedia paper is fine too)
- paint brushes, both small and medium (whatever you have onhand works)
- water cups
- paint palette or plastic plate
- palette knife or plastic knife
- washcloth or paper towels
- small spray bottle (optional)

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Expressive Acrylics

SATURDAY, MAY 25

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

Sip and Paint

Join us to create a watercolor painting inspired by fruit! We will explore a variety of techniques to understand the basics of watercolor, including color mixing and washes. Grab a beverage of your choice and spend an hour with us painting and making art together!

Facilitated by Tammy Leaver.

Supplies:
- watercolor paints
- mixed media or watercolor paper
- water cup
- paint brushes (flat brush and pointed round brush)
- painters tape
- pencil
- ink pen

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Sip and Paint

SATURDAY, JUNE 1

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

WATERCOLOR:

THE ART OF FRUIT!

Visual Journaling

In this workshop we’ll make art with lines, doodles, and any optional art supplies you’d like (like collage or painting)! We’ll add words that resonate with our drawings along the way. The point of this workshop is to practice building creative trains of thought without judgement and it can be as simple as you would like. Let’s have some artsy-journaling fun!

Facilitated by AshaAung Helmstetter.

Supplies:
Journal or drawing paper
Your favorite pen for writing/drawing, a fineliner also works
Assorted writing/drawing utensils


Optional Supplies:
Scrap paper, color paper, or any collaging paper + glue
Watercolor paints + paintbrush, water for dipping brush, and paper towels
Glitter glue, scissors

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Visual Journaling

SATURDAY, JUNE 8

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

Intro to Charcoal

The "Introduction to Charcoal Drawing" workshop is a beginner-friendly, 1-hour art making session designed to introduce participants to the art of charcoal drawing. Participants will learn basic techniques, concepts, and tips to create their own charcoal masterpieces.

Facilitated by Valencia Carroll.

Materials:
Several Soft Vine Charcoal Sticks
9”x12” up to 18”x24” Drawing Paper or Sketchpad (specifically designed for charcoal and/or mixed media)
Kneaded Eraser
Paper Towels or Soft Cloth
Blue masking tape
Drawing Board (if working on loose drawing paper instead of in a sketchbook or on a drawing pad)
Fixative Spray (optional for fixing finished artwork)

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Intro to Charcoal

MONDAY, JUNE 10

1:30 -2:30 pm PDT

Georgia O'Keeffe Flower Watercolor Pencil Drawing

Prompted by Georgia O’Keeffe’s flower watercolors, draw a close-up image of a flower of your choice. We’ll learn several watercolor pencil dry and wet blending techniques.

Facilitated by Gloria Garcia.

Supplies:
Watercolor pencils
Watercolor paper cut down to 6” x 9”
HB or #2 graphite pencil
Soap eraser

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Georgia O'Keeffe Flower Watercolor Pencil Drawing

SATURDAY, JUNE 15

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

Mindful Collage

Sanctuary – a sacred place to retreat for nurturing, healing, and peace. In this workshop we will create a collage of a go to place or space you can visit whenever you need to refresh, renew, or reenergize. This can be a place you already have or someplace you would like to have.

Facilitated by Bertha Marselis.

Supplies needed:
1.) Colored pencils, pencils, colorful markers, Black sharpie
2.) Scissors and or a ruler
3.) Old magazines, used greeting cards, colorful pieces of paper
4.) Glue or glue sticks
5.) Any personal photos, trinkets or collage materials or ephemera of your
choice you may want to add to your creation.
6.) 9 x 12 media paper, poster board, or anything to collage on

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Mindful Collage

MONDAY, JUNE 17

1:30 -2:30 pm PDT

Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth is a Federal holiday that commemorates the full emancipation of African-American enslaved people (June 19, 1865), 2 years and 6 months after the Emancipation Proclamation (Jan. 1,1863).

Multi-genre guest artists will share the history of Juneteenth and its lasting impact through storytelling, music, movement and reflection.

This is an interactive workshop which encourages community building and thoughtfulness in celebration of this special holiday. Facilitated by Merri Ann Osborne and produced in partnership with The Mahogany Project.

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Juneteenth Celebration

TUESDAY, JUNE 18

1 - 2:30 pm PDT

Color Blending with Pastels

Let’s get blending! In this session, participants will practice color blending with chalk pastels while we draw beautiful sunsets.

Facilitated by AshaAung Helmstetter.

Supply List:
Chalk pastels in a wide range of colors, including: blue, red, yellow, violet, green, black, and white
Construction Paper
A Napkin or Tissue
Artist of Masking Tape
Pencil

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Color Blending with Pastels

SATURDAY, JUNE 22

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

PRIDE: Celebrating Pride with Expressive Art!

In this workshop you will be creating visual metaphors of your life and embodying those visual metaphors through movement / performance.

Facilitated by Dez'Mon Omega Fair.

Minimum supplies:
- two sheets of heavy weight paper
- color pencils/makers
Optional supplies:
- pastels or paints of yours choice

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PRIDE: Celebrating Pride with Expressive Art!

MONDAY, JUNE 24

1:30 - 2:30 pm PDT

Sip and Paint

Join us for a step-by-step acrylic painting workshop! Grab a beverage of your choice to sip on as we spend an hour slowing down and making art.

Facilitated by Tammy Leaver.

Supplies:
-Canvas or Bristol board*
-Acrylic paint
-Palette (or palette paper or a plate)
-Brushes (round and flat)
-Cup of water
-Paper towels
-Pencil
-Palette knife (optional)

*Note: I tend to use paper/canvas sizes that fit within my document camera frame, but participants are welcome to use any size.

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Sip and Paint

SATURDAY, JUNE 29

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

ACRYLICS

Marbles in Colored Pencils

Draw colorful glass playing marbles using colored pencils. Learn how to draw circles freehanded or bring a drawing compass. Bring your favorites—swirly, cat-eye and speckled—if you have them!

Facilitated by Gloria Garcia.

Supplies: (Crayola, Prang colored pencils) on mixed-media, bristol, or heavyweight smooth drawing paper—cut down to 6” x 9,” HB graphite pencil, soap eraser.

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Marbles in Colored Pencils

SATURDAY, JULY 6

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

Design & Collage:

Designing Your Dream Space

We all need a place where we can feel good! In this workshop, we will create an inspiring space full of comfort and creativity. We will explore magazines (preferably design or home oriented) to find pieces that we would include in our ultimate ideal room design. Our collages will be infused with our own styles and choices, reflecting tips and tricks of various interior design schools, techniques, and practices.

Facilitated by Mckenzie Wilson.

What You'll Need:
- paper
- pencil
- ruler
- design magazines
- scissors
- glue
- colored pencils / markers / watercolor paints

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Design & Collage: Designing Your Dream Space

MONDAY, JULY 8

1:30 -2:30 pm PDT

Sip and Paint

Join us to create a watercolor painting! We will explore a variety of techniques to understand the basics of watercolor, including color mixing and washes. Grab a beverage of your choice and spend an hour with us painting and making art together!

Facilitated by Tammy Leaver.

Supplies:
- watercolor paints
- mixed media or watercolor paper
- water cup
- paint brushes (flat brush and pointed round brush)
- painters tape
- pencil
- ink pen

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Sip and Paint

SATURDAY, JULY 13

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

WATERCOLOR

Self-Care Mandala

In this workshop we will create a mandala as a special gift to ourselves. A mandala that will show us how much we appreciate who we are.

Facilitated by Bertha Marselis.

Supplies needed:
1.) Colorful pencils and/or markers
2.) A black sharpie
3.) #2 lead pencil
4.) Scissors
5.) Magazines, old used greeting cards, calendars, copies of personal pictures
or photos
6.) Glue or glue sticks
7.) 8 ½ x 11 or 9 x 12 mixed media paper
8.) Something for drawing a circle
9.) Some of your favorite poems, or inspirational messages
10.) Stickers, gems, or any ephemera you may want to use in your
creation
11.) A ruler

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Self-Care Mandala

MONDAY, JULY 22

1:30 - 2:30pm PDT

A Masquerade for Me and You:

A Mask-Making Workshop

Making and wearing masks is an ancient tradition. Masks are funny things: they’re eye-catching, they exaggerate and broadcast emotions, and yet they generate mystery and anonymity, hiding the wearer’s face. In this workshop, we’ll create double-sided masks, using both faces of the mask to explore not only what we readily show to the world, but the sense of self that lies behind it.

Facilitated by Vero Lecocq.

Supplies:


Necessary:
Cardboard, cardstock, cereal boxes, thick paper
Scissors
Paper
Glue (or tape)
Something to draw/color with (pens, markers, colored pencils, oil pastels, etc.)

Optional:
Paintbrushes (for glue or paint)
Stronger glue (such as tacky glue)
Decorations -- the sky’s the limit! Suggestions include…
Tissue paper
Glitter
Sequins
Buttons
Ribbons or lace
Stickers
Paint

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A Masquerade for Me and You:
A Mask-Making Workshop

MONDAY, JULY 29

1:30 - 2:30pm PDT

Abstract Acrylics

In this workshop participants will explore the depths of their creativity with acrylic paint. Participants are invited to lean into the freeing and playful nature of abstract art. The goal of this workshop is to let go of "product" expectations and engage with the unique process of abstract painting.

Facilitated by Cooper Perry.

Supplies:
• 1 canvas of any kind & size (or thick multimedia paper)
• Acrylic paints: whatever you have on hand
• 1 palette knife (or plastic knife)
• 1 palette (a plate will also work)
• 2 flat brushes (around 1" and 1/2" in size)
• 2 round brushes (ranging anywhere from 3 - 8)
• 1 or 2 cups of water
• Paper towels (or a designated "for painting" washcloth)
• A pencil (optional)
• A small spray bottle filled with water (3 oz is perfect) (optional but recommended)

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Abstract Acrylics

SATURDAY, JULY 20

10:30 - 11:30 am PDT

Summer Pastels

In this workshop, participants are invited to create a summer inspired image. This can be abstract or include cultural celebrations, tradition, connection to nature, etc. This workshop provides a space to explore and honor what summer means to each unique participant.

Facilitated by Cooper Perry.

Supplies:
- Drawing or multimedia paper
- Chalk or "soft" pastels
- Pencil (optional)
- Damp hand towel or paper towels (recommended)

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