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Crocker Art Museum Blossoms with Colorful
Studio Art Courses this Spring
Spring Session presents more than 20 classes for children, teens, and adults
March 18, 2011 – Sacramento, Calif. – The Crocker Art Museum will present more than 20 classes for children, tweens, teens, and adults during the Museum's spring session of Studio Art and Art History courses.
Highlights of the spring classes for children include "Green Days," an artistic celebration of Earth Day, "Crocker Art Camp," a spring break adventure for ages 5 to 8, and "Kids Art Club," an eight-part art making class featuring painting, drawing, and more.
For adults, weekend artists will enjoy experimenting with different art forms in a series of easygoing, one-day workshops entitled "Saturday Singles." Workshops include abstract and watercolor painting, clay hand-building, and vacation photography. The spring session will also include "How to Sculpt a Career in the Arts," a three-part series where artists can exchange ideas, learn different ways to promote their artwork, and explore sustainability practices.
All classes are led by skilled teaching artists and are designed to encourage students to unleash their imaginations while receiving formal lessons in a variety of media. Students can choose from a broad array of subjects. Class offerings range from one-day workshops to eight-week sessions with each class series designed for a particular age group and skill level.
Individuals who register for classes before March 25 will receive the "Early Bird Special" of 10 percent off the class fee. The discount cannot be combined with other offers.
For a complete schedule of classes and a registration form, visit crockerartmuseum.org. For more information, call (916) 808-1182 or email email@example.com.
CLASSES FOR FAMILIES
Saturday, April 23, 1–3 p.m.
Enjoy an egg-citing afternoon of art featuring the mighty egg. View images of ancient emu egg carvings and intricately adorned Fabergé eggs, and then create your own egg-cellent artistic papier mâché eggs decorated with paint, fabric, and beads. The workshop will end with an egg hunt in the Crocker's E. Kendell Davis Courtyard. $8 Museum members, $10 nonmembers. (Fee includes one child and one adult.) Supplies: Included. Instructor: Museum staff. Registration Deadline: April 15.
CLASSES FOR AGES 3-5 WITH ADULT
Four Wednesdays, April 6–27, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day by painting landscapes with tints and shades of green, and hand-building with clay. You'll also combine unique materials with traditional techniques, such as painting with dirt and building a sculpture with recycled plastic. Register for one, two, three, or all four days. Fee Per Session: $8 Museum members, $10 nonmembers. Fee For Series: $24 Museum members, $30 nonmembers. Supplies: Included. Instructor: Brenda Brinkhous-Hatch. Registration Deadline:
CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AGES 5-8
Four Wednesdays, April 27–May 18, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Wiggly Bugs and Flying Fish
Visit the Museum galleries and learn the fundamentals of art by sketching objects featuring animals. You'll see and feel how artists show movement, depth, and texture. Then, take your sketches into the art studio and use them to develop paintings of animals and their habitats.
Fee: $95 Museum members, $110 nonmembers. Supplies: Included. Instructor: Melanie Bown. Registration Deadline: April 20.
Eight Saturdays, April 9–May 28, 2–3:30 p.m.
Kids Art Club
Budding artists will have the opportunity to get expert instruction while exploring painting, sculpting, printmaking, weaving, drawing, collage, and paper arts. Let the Crocker become your creative space every Saturday. Join in for one or all eight sessions. Fee Per Session: $8 Museum members, $10 nonmembers. Fee For Series: $56 Museum members, $70 nonmembers. Supplies: Included. Instructor: Mary Kennedy. Registration Deadline for series: April 1. Registration Deadline for Each Session: One week prior to each start date.
Monday–Friday, April 18–22, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Crocker Art Camp: Spring Break Session
While your kids are out of school for Spring Break, they can boost their imaginative powers in a visually rich setting. Participants will experience a variety of visual art mediums—from ceramics and printmaking to painting and drawing—along with recreational activities and games in the Museum's courtyards. The Crocker's international art collection will inspire the theme for each day and keep things fresh and fun. Fee Per Day: $40 Museum members, $55 nonmembers. Fee For Series: $180 Museum members, $220 nonmembers. Supplies: Included. Instructor: Museum Staff. Registration Deadline: April 11.
CLASSES FOR TWEENS AGES 9-12
Two Saturdays, April 9 & 16, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
Sculpting Stories in Art
Strengthen your 3-D skills as you construct an imaginative story using figures created with wire and paper, inspired by the friendly robots, scaly creatures, and fierce dragons in the Crocker's collection. The end product will be an amazing mixed-media piece that tells a story like no other. Fee: $50 Museum members, $65 nonmembers. Supplies: Included. Instructor: C.W. Hurni. Registration Deadline: April 1.
Three Wednesdays, April 20–May 4, 10–11:30 a.m.
Sketching with Arturo
Venture into the Crocker's contemporary galleries with your sketchbook in hand. Instructor Arturo Balderama will help students understand how to draw challenging shapes with an emphasis on quality of line, proportion, and contour. By the end of the class, you will be carrying your sketchbook to draw everywhere you go. This class will be taught in English and Spanish. Fee: $40 Museum members, $60 nonmembers. Supplies: Included. Instructor: Arturo Balderama. Registration Deadline: April 13.
Two Saturdays, April 22 & 30, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Cut, Paste, and Print
Prints dating from the 1800s to contemporary times will provide starting points for this class designed to sharpen observation skills and explore the basics of collage and relief prints. Begin collecting "elements" for your work of art now, and bring metal charms, sandpaper, feathers, fabric, string, stencils, and other found objects you would like to use and/or share with classmates. Fee: $30 Museum members, $40 nonmembers. Supplies: Included—except for found objects. Instructor: Maggie Jimenez. Registration Deadline: April 15.
Four Wednesdays, May 18 – June 8, 1-2:30 p.m.
Travel the galleries and view paintings of the great outdoors in a new way, then put your new perspective to use as you learn how to draw plants, flowers, and rock formations using oil pastels and color pencils. Fee: $45 Museum members, $60 nonmembers. Supplies: Included. Instructor: Mary Kaltenbach. Registration Deadline: May 11
CLASSES FOR TEENS AGES 13-17
Eight Saturdays, April 2–May 21, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
If you are a college-bound artist or a career-minded teen, take time to build skills and produce a body of artwork for your own portfolio. Draw and paint still lifes, figure models, portraits, and landscapes using both traditional and unexpected media. This class is suggested for students with drawing and painting experience. Fee: $180 Museum members, $200 nonmembers. Supplies: Included. Instructor: Bobbi Baldwin. Registration Deadline: March 25.
Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Learn simple tips that will help add drama to your digital photographs, transforming them from boring to bold. Fee: $25 Museum members, $35 nonmembers. Supplies: Bring your camera. Instructor: Lindsay Calmettes. Registration Deadline: April 29.
CLASSES FOR ADULTS
Eight Tuesdays, April 5–May 24, 5–7 p.m.
Nuts About Knitting II
Gain an appreciation for the art of knitting in this class open to all levels of experience. If you are a novice, this class is a perfect place to learn. If you have some knitting experience, then you'll be able to learn some complex stitches, such as adding a peg fringe or a row of dimensional bells for texture. Fee: $100 Museum members, $120 nonmembers. Supplies: $15—fee is waived if student provides their own materials. Instructor: Cheryl Lobenberg. Registration Deadline: March 29.
Four Thursdays, April 7–28, 3–6 p.m.
Acrylic Painting for Beginners II
Learn how to compose dynamic arrangements and paint still lifes from observation. If you are familiar with acrylic painting but want to increase your skill in realistic painting, this class is for you. Previous acrylic painting experience is required. Fee Per Class: $110 Museum members, $125 nonmembers. Supplies: $40. Instructor: Bobbi Baldwin. Registration Deadline:
Four Fridays, April 8–29, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Painting the Nude
Paint the figure from a live model, and learn how to site and draw accurate figure proportions. Designed for those new to painting live models, this class focuses on how to deconstruct complex shapes in the human form. A simple color palette will be used to highlight and shade voluminous areas of limbs, torso, and face. Fee: $110 Museum members, $125 nonmembers. Supplies: $40. Instructor: Bobbi Baldwin. Registration Deadline: April 1.
Eight Tuesdays, April 12–May 31, 2–4 p.m.
The Art of Children's Picture Books
Be inspired by the fine art and children's book imagery of Judith Lowry, Hung Liu, and Enrique Chagoya in the Crocker's collection and learn how artists embed their own visual stories into picture book art. Each week, students will look at a variety of children's picture books to discover how the images and stories convey meaning. Prior art experience is not required to take this class. Fee: $140 Museum members, $165 nonmembers. Supplies: $35. Instructor: Mira Riesberg. Registration Deadline: April 5.
Eight Thursdays, April 14–June 2, 1–3 p.m.
Charcoal Drawing for Beginners II
Challenge your drawing skills with this intensive course in drawing from observation. This class focuses on spatial composition, form, and contour. Bring objects from home to create still life arrangements that hold personal meaning. Prior charcoal drawing experience is required. Fee: $140 Museum members, $165 nonmembers. Supplies: $25. Instructor: Marsha Schindler. Registration Deadline: April 7.
Six Tuesdays, April 19–May 24, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
What a feat to draw the 26 bones, 33 joints, and myriad muscles, tendons, and ligaments that make up the common foot. Take this class to sharpen your figure drawing skills while experimenting in pen, ink, pencil, paint, charcoal, and Conté crayons. Fee: $90 Museum members, $110 nonmembers. Supplies: $15. Instructor: Sarma Karsiere. Registration Deadline: April 12.
Four Wednesdays, April 20–May 11, 4–7 p.m.
Flowers as Medium and Matter
Flowers serve as both inspiration and medium for this unique class. Students will explore traditional and non-traditional floral arrangement systems and then paint their opulent blossoms using crushed flower petals, grass, and leaves. Fee: $100 Museum members, $125 nonmembers. Supplies: $40. Instructor: Julie Diane. Registration Deadline: April 13.
Four Saturdays, May 7–28, 1–4 p.m.
Printmaking for Beginners
Unlock your creative potential while exploring the art of printmaking. This class was designed with the novice in mind. Students will gain an understanding of dry point, monotype, and relief printmaking techniques along with new twists on intaglio and collagraph processes. Fee: $160 Museum members, $180 nonmembers. Supplies: $40. Instructor: Katherine Venturelli. Registration Deadline: April 29.
Three Tuesdays, May 10–24, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
How to Sculpt a Career in the Arts
Sample an array of experiences in this course for artists wishing to explore new avenues in their artistic and professional life. Exchange ideas, learn different ways to promote your artwork, and explore sustainability practices. On May 10, artist Gayle Rappaport-Weiland will lead "Making Cyberspace Work in Your Favor;" on May 17, Natalie Nelson, director of the Pence Gallery in Davis, will lead "How to Approach a Gallery;" and on May 24, artist John Fortes will lead "Sustainability and How to Archive Your Art." Enroll in one class or the entire series. Fee Per Session: $20 Museum members, $25 nonmembers. Fee For Series: $45 Museum members, $55 nonmembers. Supplies: Included. Instructors: Natalie Nelson, Gayle Rappaport-Weiland, and John Fortes. Registration Deadline for Series: May 3. Registration Deadline for each Session: One week prior to each session date.
Three Wednesdays, May 18–June 1, 2–5 p.m.
Plein Air Photography
Afternoons in Sacramento present a wide array of interesting light angles for uniquely expressive photographs. Take a chance with ambient (existing) light and explore photography in the open air. Photographer and Viewpoint Gallery board member Karen Connell will facilitate experiences that show you how to focus and frame images while outdoors. This class is designed for people who know how to use a digital camera and want to explore lighting. Fee: $70 Museum members, $90 nonmembers. Supplies: Digital camera, ability to download images, produce jpegs and email them to the instructor, tripod optional. Instructor: Karen Connell. Registration Deadline: May 11.
Perfect for the weekend artist, Saturday Singles is a new series of easygoing, half-day and full-day workshops that allow you to experiment with different art media.
Saturday, April 9, 12–3 p.m.
Unsure of what Abstract Expressionism is? Gain an understanding of this style by spending time viewing and discussing works of art in the galleries and then trying your hand at creating art in a friendly, inviting atmosphere. Fee: $30 Museum members, $45 nonmembers. Supplies: Included. Instructors: Justin Marsh & Mallorie Tison. Registration Deadline: April 1.
Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Clay Hand Building
Enjoy the pleasure of creating art with your hands and look at the Crocker's incredible exhibit of ceramic vessels with new appreciation. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to create art by pinching, coiling, and shaping soft clay into an original form. Fee: $40 Museum members, $60 nonmembers. Supplies: $35—includes firing. Instructor: Marsha Schindler. Registration Deadline: April 8.
Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Watercolor Painting with Rice Paper Collage
Watch a demonstration of watercolor painting and collage then experiment using watercolor, rice paper, and your imagination as you compose a symphony of texture, color, and line. Fee: $45 Museum members, $65 nonmembers. Supplies: $25. Instructor: Gayle Rappaport-Weiland. Registration Deadline: April 29.
Saturday, May 21, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Photographing Your Summer Vacation
If epic vistas, rugged hikes, amusement parks, beaches, or island getaways are on your travel itinerary this summer, then you'll want to learn how to capture that once-in-a-lifetime shot in this workshop for beginning photographers. Fee: $45 Museum members, $65 nonmembers. Supplies: Bring your own camera. Instructor: Farrell Scott. Registration Deadline: May 13.
The Crocker Art Museum is one of the leading art institutions in California. Established in 1885, the Museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events and programs to augment its collections of California, European, Asian, African and Oceanic artworks. The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Tuesday–Wednesday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Thursdays; 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday–Sunday. Every Third Sunday of the month is "Pay What You Wish Sunday" sponsored by Bank of America. For more information, call (916) 808-7000 or visit crockerartmuseum.org.