Thursday, May 31, 2007


Every Thursday is art day or “therapy session” from 10 to 6. Come on down to our basement studio and get messy with a project, see what other artists are up to or just say “hello”. We can give you a space to work. This is a great time to work on ATC (artist trading cards).

Mon. June 4, 11, 18, 25 from 3pm - 5pm Acrylic painting basics with Syd. Beginning and continuing students learn the basic of acrylic painting with some design and color theory thrown in. Fee $60. for 4 weeks.

Tues. June 5, 12, 19, 26 Carol will continue her 4 week basic art sessions. 5 to 7 PM is basic principles of drawing. Cost: $60. for 4 classes

Sat. June 9 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Join the fun and magic of working with Metal Clay*. Call Carol right away so she can order materials. Bring your lunch and drink. Cost: $100.00 which includes cost of Metal Clay.  
Open Studio available for individuals who have attended her introductory class for Metal Clay.  The studio cost is $25.00 plus the cost of the silver clay. Beads and findings will be available for you to complete a necklace, bracelet or earrings at an additional cost.

Sunday June, 24 from 11 to 3 Come join fiber artists: Mary Stanley and Colleen Darling, in a combined class of needle felting and felt bead making. In this class you will learn to needle felt by making items such as a book cover or fun pin. You will also learn to make felted beads and embellish them with seed beads and needle felted embellishments. There may be a small materials fee. Class cost $45. includes a snack.

For more info or to sign up: Carol at 737 0310 or cell 805-588-0876 E-mail:
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Syd at 688-6860 or cell 805-680-8713.
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*Metal Clay is 99.9% Pure Fine Silver which has been finely ground and mixed with an organic binder which produces a clay-like material. When fired, the binder burns away and the silver solidifies. This clay can be sculpted, carved, stamped, cast, virtually manipulated anyway that you can work traditional clay. If you have a desire to create beautiful pieces in silver without the need for a silversmith’s tools or experience.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Another art filled month

May has had lots of art going on. Carol and Syd just finished a community workshop a groundbreaking ceremony for the Lompoc Theater. It was a very fun day.

Sat we had guest artist, Barbara Carr, teach student the basics of felting. This was a great class that we want to repeat. Let us know if you are interested.

We are also in an art show at the Solvang Bakery along with some of our students. Go check it out.

Come back soon and check out our summer class schedule. We are just putting the final touches on the list.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Last day of the acrylics class....

or is it? We will start again for another 4 week section June 4. Continuing and beginning students welcome. I am so impressed with the growth in this class. I wish I had gotten more pictures. Everyone is doing so well.

Here is Jack's last painting. I am so blown away with his progress.

Here is Susan's. She painted everything that wasn't nailed down which is a sure way to increase your skills fast. Joan, Vicki and Joel also made great progress too. I just did not get pics today....darn it...

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Altered book class

We had a great class. Thank you Vicky, Joan, Judy, Anne, Terry, Joel, Yvonne, and Sue. We plan to repeat our Sunday classs in July ....for anyone interested.

Here is a shot of what goes on on art day every thurs. We never know what to expect but always have a good time and grow alittle.

This is Colleen working on needle felting examples for our Sat. June 2 needle felting class. Warning: this is a really fun medium and the supplies are not expensive. You will love it. Our local spinning shop has everything you need. Come sign up so you can be in the front row....

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Student Show

Here is Ruth helping with the refreshments for the Artist Guild of Santa Ynez Valley Student show on the 12th. Carol curated the show for the guild which included all the high school students in the valley. It looked really good and 2 pieces of art have been sold. It hangs til June 6th in Los Olivos in the Los Olivos Gallery guild room. If you are in the area check it out.
This is the show post card and the comments book Carol made.

some more eye candy

Carol and Syd are having a special Sunday altered book class May 20th. 9 to 4. They will be teaching several transfer techniques such a gel medium transfer along with an altered photos lesson, some color theory, pocket, nitch and drawer construction for your book, some simple stamp making technique and much more. Come join them. details below.

On May 26 join guest fiber artist, Barbara Carr for a day of felt making. This is going to be fun! More info below. Sign up now!

Here are more student's work from Syd's acrylic class....

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Deal of Life

Sue, Joel and Marna were given a tarot card as the impetus for these oil pastels on collaged watercolor paper. The content is very personal to the artist but thoroughly enjoyable to the eye of the veiwer.

Mixed Media class

Red Rosen was the substrate for this many layered mixed media project. Here are Joel's, Marna's and Sue's pieces. they are so rich!!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Acrylic class

Carol's mixed media and my acrylic classes are going really well. I have great students, as does Carol. Here is some examples of their work. I don't have every artist's work here. It is so fun to see what they come up with. It is exciting to see the progress.