Welcome! The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center (SCMAC) supports and encourages the arts through education, exhibition and cultural activities. Explore our site to find art classes and specialty workshops. Join us for good times and friendships through art.

What’s Happening?

with Elaine Pinkernell

Sunday, April 26, 2015
10 am – 4 pm

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center ceramics class: Soft clay slab teapots with Elaine PinkernellThis is a hands-on workshop using tar paper templates to make a teapot or pitcher or both, using soft clay slabs. Elaine will demonstrate her signature ripped up method of tearing up slabs, texturing the pieces, and assembling them back into a sheet of clay. Using tar paper for support, this sheet will be assembled into a unique geometric form. Spouts, handles, and lids will be demonstrated so that the teapot and pitcher may be completed.

Review the materials list and sign up.

with Carolyn Lee

Six classes, April 20 – May 13, 2015
6 pm – 9 pm

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center classes: Ceramic houses with Carolyn Lee

This series consists of six classes on Mondays and Wednesdays between April 20th to May 13th.

A slab building class where we transform a flat piece of clay into a fantasy house!  Students will learn to use the slab roller. We will discuss how to use templates, safety in the studio and making cuts to adjust the form. Everyone will come away with at least two houses of different styles. Students will need to purchase one bag of clay in addition to the class fee. Those with no or limited tools may borrow from the Art Center.

All skill levels welcome. Clay available to purchase at first class.

 $100 Members   $115 Non-members 

ADVENTURE MAP MAKING with Kathryn Pierno
Ages 6-12
Saturday, May 2, 2015
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m

MapMakingKathrynMap Making promises to be memorably fun for one and all!!
Use mixed media collage to create your own map of a trip you have taken, a journey you would like to take someday, or a land you have invented. Our personal maps will tell stories about the places we have seen and the experiences, relationships, and adventures we have had there. We will use a variety of layered materials, objects, and drawing media to create our maps. If you have keepsakes (such as brochures, ticket stubs, maps, or postcards) from a trip you would like to map, please bring them.

$65 Members $70 Non-members includes $5 materials fee.

See more Saturday classes for ages 6-12!

See more classes for Tweens & Teens!

A Closer Look: Spring Exhibit
April 25 – July 11, 2015

Stop, slow down, take a closer look at the details around you. Focus on the piece of the whole that catches your eye. This exhibit entices the viewer to feel the texture and breathe in the color.

Opening Reception:  Friday, April 15  /  6 – 8 p.m.

Special event — Mother’s Day Sale & Open House:  Saturday, May 9 / 12 – 6 pm

Thomas Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6 pm
Admission is free to the public.

Summer Art Camp

Discover a world filled with inspirational art projects that will unleash your child’s creativity. Our week-long  Summer Art Camp classes encourage artistic expression, art appreciation, understanding, imagination and fun for kids ages 6 – 12 and Tweens & Teens.

Save the dates:
Session I:  Reach For The Sky,  June 22 – 26
Session II:  It’s Like Magic,  July 6 – 10
Session III:  Bright Ideas,  July 20 – 24
Session IV:  All A-Flutter,  August 3-7


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If you wish to make a contribution to the youth program through the Gloria Seneres Memorial Fund, which directly supports our Art After School programs, please send a check to the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, 9341 Mill St. Ben Lomond, CA 95005. All contributions are tax-deductible.

A little goes a long way If ten people donate $25, that’s $250 or is it? Actually, it’s lights, power, art materials and glazes, newsletters and postage, school programs and special events…

Just think if ten was really fifteen or twenty people? Together, we donate a little and watch it go a long way, enriching everyone’s experience at the art center.

Your contribution is tax deductible. Thanks for helping us “make art a part of your life.” Donate now.

The generous donation of Barbara and Jim Thomas continues on. Since 2004, the property/building that the Art Center resides in is a life gift that continues to give to the community.

Barbara is a weaver, acrylic painter, writer and participated in the life drawing sessions at the Art Center. They had a strong desire to encourage arts in the area.

Thanks for helping make youth art happen!