Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California, non-profit Arts Organization

"The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center supports and encourages the arts

through education, exhibition and cultural activities,

reflecting the unique and diverse environment of the mountain communities."

 

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS ART CENTER

9341 Mill St.      Ben Lomond, CA      (831) 336-3513

 

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ADULT  CLASSES

YOUTH CLASSES

Drawing

Life Drawing workshops

 

Painting

painting class oil acrylic

Oil & Acrylic Painting

 

Drawing & Painting - Mixed Media

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SUMMER

Summer Art Camp for children at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center

COMING SOON!

 

Other

baskets weaving class

Spring

Into Art

17th Annual Youth Art Show

April 9 - 26th

 

TEENS:

Robotics

Clay

 

 

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Art After School

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Boulder Creek Elementary

San Lorenzo Valley Elementary

Bonny Doon Elementary

 

 

Ceramics

clay wheel ceramics pottery

Summer Ceramics Series

 

Throw - Alter - Assemble

 

On The Surface

 

Raku Fridays

 

Soda Fire

 

Studio Time

 

 

TEENS

Art After School

at San Lorenzo Valley Middle School

drawing teens afterschool art

 

Art After School

at San Lorenzo Valley High School

 

 

Music

 

Videos

 

About our Teachers     Want to teach a class at the Art Center?

 

ON-LINE REGISTRATION LIST OF ALL CLASS OFFERINGS

 If you wish to register multiple people for one event, or register for several classes at one time, please use the link above to register.

 

All class sizes are limited and early registration is recommended. 

 

If you have taken a class from us and wish to offer suggestions, comments, you are most welcome to take our SURVEY.   This survey will only take a minute to do, and it helps us get grants to support our programs.  Thanks!

 

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 ADULT CLASSES:

Life Drawing    

 

Tuesdays,    7 - 9:15 p.m. 

$10 for members, $12 for non-members, $8 students (with ID)

 

3rd Tuesday of the Month = Long Pose Night

 

Students are required to read Studio Model Etiquette (PDF)

 

Drop-in class, pre-registration not necessary

 

Drop-in workshops featuring a different model every week, both short and long poses. Beginners or professional artists welcome, with instruction or critiques if students request.  Third Tuesday of each month will be dedicated to Long Poses. 

 

Contact Julie for information (831.335.5000)   

 

Drawing & Painting with Mixed Media,

with Brenda Berg will return in the fall 2014

mixed media classes drawing painting collage

mixed media artwork by Kathryn Pierno

Let your creative soul come out to play. This class offers creative inspiration for artists and aspiring artists of all skill levels. If you want the biggest boost for your art, take Painting on Wednesday and Mixed Media on Thursday.

Class Syllabus Materials    

Visit Brenda's Mixed Media Blog

 

 

Liberate and expand the boundaries of your art by exploring the range of media available for painting and drawing. Approach the relationship between drawing and painting dynamically and experiment with a variety of techniques and materials.

 

Students may choose to work in wet or dry media such as charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, pastel, collage and repurposed materials.

 

While subject matter is suggested, students may chose to work on projects that they conceive independently.

 
  CERAMICS
  SUMMER CERAMIC SERIES - Workshops

Throw - Alter - Assemble

with Steve Allen

Sunday, August 24, 2014

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 ($40)

    ($45)

   

 

Steve will show his tools and techniques for throwing, altering and assembling disparate components to make works that are part human, part animal and part mechanical.  See how Steve draws from his experience as potter and machinist to create his steampunk sculptures.

On The Surface with Diana Fayt
Saturday & Sunday, June 28 - 29

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

During her daily demonstrations, Diana will discuss narrative, building a personal lexicon of imagery and how to create meaningful stories by making thoughtful choices through every step of the making process.

$75 members / $80 non-members

 

 ($75)

    ($80)

 

Diana will demonstrate how to create sophisticated graphic detail on simple hand-built forms. She will share with you how to lay down fields of color using a combination of hand painting and stencils, methods for getting the images in your head onto your clay forms as well as her tips and tricks for drawing with clean lines and creating marks in the clay.

 

  On-Going Ceramics Classes

 

Clay Studio 12 - 4 p.m.

Ongoing Tuesdays & Wednesdays with Liz 

Sundays with Joseph

 

Per month: $100 members

$20 members / $30 non-members

 

1st time Studio people MUST take an orientation class BEFORE signing up for studio time.

Drop-in class, pre-registration not necessary  

Self-directed, independent study time, open to those with some ceramics experience or enrolled in another SCMAC ceramics class who want more time to work on projects.
Students come up with their own projects, or continue working on pieces from a class that they are currently taking at the Art Center.

Raku Fridays  with  Dale Bates

ceramics pottery clay classes raku

Friday nights   6 - 9 pm

 

Drop in sessions, $18 members; $20 non-members

Call Dale @ (831) 345-3032  to check in

Drop-in class, pre-registration not necessary

 

Raku master Dale Bates is back from  Russia! 

 

Red hot pots are pulled from the fire after about 1 hour, put in to reduction chambers and quenched with water. Bring you own bisqued pots, or buy them at the Center. Cost of glazes and firing included. Weather dependent. 

Call Dale @ 345-3032 to check in

Soda Fire  UPCOMING DATES TBA

Attention Soda-Firing enthusiasts!  We're cranking up the heat in our magnificent soda-kiln.  After an amazing demonstration by soda-firing expert Ruthanne Tudball, spirits and motivation are through the roof.  The art center will be hosting a minimum of five firings during the year, and our kiln is approximately 10 cubic feet so space will be limited to 6 people.   

 

The kiln is candled overnight and firing ramp-up commences at 6 a.m. and is usually complete by 9 p.m.  You are welcome to come and participate at any time - it's most exciting when the soda is added and the kiln is in reduction.  The kiln is usually allowed to cool for at least 1 full day.

 

 

Last soda fire was March 20th with Paula Prekowitz.

Stay tuned for the next firing dates!

 

$35 Members/$40 non-members

Firings are limited to 6 participants, so register early!

 

 

 

 

 

Loading of bisque/glazed ware:

Bring a bunch of ware ready to fire. This kiln load is limited to 6 participants, and work is loaded on a rotational basis.  Small pieces are most welcome as we can fill up all the nooks and crannies, going for a well-packed kiln.


 

ON-LINE REGISTRATION LIST OF ALL CLASS OFFERINGS

 If you wish to register multiple people for one event, or register for several classes at one time,

please use the link above to register.

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TEENS  

Free Afterschool Art Classes for Teens - Poster  Poster.  click on the thumbnail at left to view large image.

 

  YouTube Videos  of Claymation Movies!   Claymation Movie 1    Claymation Movie 2

 
SUMMER CAMP: 3:30-5:30pm, JULY 7-11, 2014

Robotics I & II   Grades 3 - Junior High

with Brenda Berg

Learn how to build, program and control a robot! This fun class is ideal if you like to know how to make things work, crawl, roll, blink, buzz or even think!
A great introduction to the world of robotics and an opportunity for further robotics exploration for returning students. Students will have a chance to assemble and program simple to more complex robots that communicate, move and think on their own. During the class we ll break out different types of robots including the totally fun Lego Mindstorms. In addition, each student will have an opportunity to build and keep one simple introductory robot. Brenda is pleased to team-teach with Stanford engineer Ted Berg!

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

$155 memebers/$165 non-memebers, plus $25 materials fee .

 ($180)*

    ($190)*

* includes $25 materials fee

 

 

 

 

 

 Art After School @ San Lorenzo Valley High

San Lorenzo Valley High School      THURSDAYS   2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

We are honored to offer FREE art classes afterschool to SLV high school,

Grade levels 9 - 12

 

Our free after school art making series for teens continues with a variety of media taught by SCMAC teachers. This class takes place at SLV High School art room and is free of charge. 

 

 

Spring Session II    May 15 - June 5, 2014

Clay for Teens 

with Nora Sarkissian
 
Learn how to sculpt using pinch and coil methods. Projects & lessons may include more functional to more sculptural/figurative work. Firing/glazing included.

 

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Art After School for Middle School Students ">art after school at SLV Middle School

These classes are held at the San Lorenzo Valley Middle School, 7179 Hacienda Way, Felton, CA

Room 11, from 2:30 - 4:15 p.m.  Thursdays. 

 

Cost is $20 for each 4 week session.

 

  SPRING SESSION I    THURSDAYS  (April 10, 17, 14, May 1, 2014)

Drawing and Painting with Panoche - Instructor Brenda Berg

 

Students will focus on the intimate relationship between drawing and painting and experiment with a variety of approaches that will help build a bridge between the two. Working with wet and dry media, students will develop technical and conceptual skills to expand their personal visual language. Students will experiment with traditional drawing and painting materials that will include graphite, water soluble pencils, watercolor and paint. Each class will feature historically significant artists, artworks and art movements for creative inspiration.

 

Register On-Line

($20 fee, includes materials)

SPRING SESSION II    THURSDAYS  (May 15 - June 5, 2014)

Clay ALL the Way! - Instructor Jennifer Hennig

 

This class is designed for beginners and continuers for the love of the clay medium. At least one new method is taught each week, functional and sculptural. We go through the FUNdamentals of working with clay all the way through glazing it!

Register On-Line

 

($20 fee, includes materials)

 

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ON-LINE REGISTRATION LIST OF ALL CLASS OFFERINGS

 If you wish to register multiple people for one event, or register for several classes at one time, please use the link above to register

YOUTH CLASSES

 

Youth Art Classes at the Santa Cruz Mountains, Art Center, gallery, shows, educational art classes, clay / ceramic workshops, clay, glass, fiber, oil paintings, digital art, watercolors, water colors, acrylics, abstract, surreal, fine art, charcoal, photographs, photography, music, acoustic, jewelry, lamps, gift shop

 

Register online, by calling 336-4ART, or by downloading registration form  and sending it  via post or dropping it at the Center along with the tuition. Students must register before the first day of class. 

 

Parents: if your child has taken a class from us and you wish to offer suggestions, comments, you are most welcome to take our SURVEY.  This survey will only take a minute to do, and it helps us get grants to support our programs.  Thanks!

 

Art Camps are week long classes, with morning, afternoon and late classes.  We provide theme-based instruction using 2-Dimensional approaches (Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Collage, and more!) and 3-Dimensional approaches (Ceramics, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Assemblage, Mask Making, and more!)

If you'd like to be on our email notification list, please send us a message, or call 831.336.4ART (336.4278)  our education hot-line and leave a message. Scholarships available.    Call 336-4ART for more info

ON-LINE REGISTRATION LIST OF ALL CLASS OFFERINGS

 If you wish to register multiple people for one event, or register for several classes at one time, please use the link above to register.

       

 

SUMMER 2014Summer Art Camp for children at the Santa Cruz Mountains, Art Center, gallery, shows, educational art classes, clay / ceramic workshops, clay, glass, fiber, oil paintings, digital art, watercolors, water colors, acrylics, abstract, surreal, fine art, charcoal, photographs, photography, music, acoustic, jewelry, lamps, gift shop

Spend an exciting week with paint, clay, found objects and much more! Campers have adventurous experiences looking at, talking about, and making art. Art camp is presented by a team of fun and creative professional educators and practicing artists.

AGES 6 - 12, 3RD GRADE-JUNIOR HIGH, HIGH SCHOOL

Please register at least one week in advance of the first day of class to assure that class will take place!

Scholarships are available!  Call 336-4ART for more info

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Ages 6 through 12

Class Offerings, Monday-Friday

$140 members/$150 non members plus $15 materials

class summer camp robotics Mindstorms

Tweens & Teens

Class Offerings, Monday-Friday

June 23-27, Session I: “Wild Woods"
9:00 AM-12:00 PM, title, with Lori Wilson
12:00 PM-3:00 PM, Our Own Backyard with Brenda Berg

July 7-11, Session II: “Machine Madness,”
9:00 AM-12:00 PM, title, with Amanda West
12:00 PM-3:00 PM, Tin Can Alley, with Brenda Berg

July 21-25, Session III, “Sun Time, Fun Time”
9:00 AM-12:00 PM, title, with Lori Wilson
12:00 PM-3:00 PM, Thinks You Can Think!with Brenda Berg

August 11-15, Session IV, “Animal Friends”
9:00 AM-12:00 PM, In All Shapes and Forms with Anouk Johanna
12:00 PM-3:00 PM, title, Jen Hennig

 

June 23-27, Session I
3:30 PM-5:30 PM, Title, with Linda Cordy

July 7-11, Session II , Third Grade-Junior High
3:30PM-5:30 PM, Robotics I & II, with Brenda & Ted Berg

July 21-25, Session III
3:30 PM-5:30 PM, Title, with Diedra Kmetovic

August 11-15, Session IV
3:30 PM-5:30 PM, Title, with Jen Hennig

 

 

 

camp class descriptions

Ages 6 through 12

Class Descriptions

Summer Art Camp for children at the Santa Cruz Mountains, Art Center, gallery, shows, educational art classes, clay / ceramic workshops, clay, glass, fiber, oil paintings, digital art, watercolors, water colors, acrylics, abstract, surreal, fine art, charcoal, photographs, photography, music, acoustic, jewelry, lamps, gift shop

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Wild Woods, title with Lori Wilson

 ($155)*

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Wild Woods, Our Own Backyard with Brenda Berg

Deer, coyote, mountain lions, bob cats, birds and other creatures populate my backyard. Right at sundown, I can watch bats skyrocket into the night sky. Late at night, I can hear an owl’s “who, who.” Students will spend the week learning about the amazing animals that inhabit our wild redwoods by creating creature-art with a variety of colorful painting, drawing and sculptural materials.

 ($155)*

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* includes materials fee

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Machine Madness: title, with Amanda West

 ($155)*

    ($165)*

* includes materials fee

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Machine Madness: Tin Can Alley, with Brenda Berg

Turn materials from nature and recycled materials into great works of art! Young art students will learn the finer points of art as well as how to conserve their environment! Build a wacky bot, modern wall art, a night light that really lights-up, a musical kazoo … Inspirational artworks from history will include Robert Rauschenberg’s Combines and Louise Nevelson’s Environments.

 ($155)*

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Sun Time, Fun Time: title, with Lori Wilson

 

 ($155)*

    ($165)*

* includes materials fee

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Sun Time, Fun Time, Thinks You Can Think! with Brenda Berg

You can think up some birds, that’s what you can do. You can think about yellow or you can think about blue (Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!).Your imagination can take you soaring when we pull out a wonderful mix of printmaking, drawing, painting, craft sticks and silky fabric materials to create a beautiful fish print, a colorful wind sock, a fanciful bird house… and the thinks you can think! The art and poetry of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) will be our creative inspiration.  

 ($155)*

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Animal Friends in All Shapes and Forms with Anouk Johanna

We will go wild and crazy with all kinds of ideas and mediums to express our love for our animal friends and wild animals! We'll make a portrait of our favorite animal, make a crazy animal puzzle, use collage, paint with watercolor, tempera paints and markers. The last two days we will embellish large sheets of paper with animal prints to make boxes with handmade cards of animals. We'll be learning about and using textures and patterns, stamping, making stencils and printmaking. This class will develop our skills in many different 2D art forms. Making a box will be the finishing touch. You can keep it or give it as a present!

 ($155)*

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Animal Friends, title, Jen Hennig

 ($155)*

    ($165)*

* includes materials fee

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TWEENS & TEENS

Class Descriptions

Summer Art Camp for children at the Santa Cruz Mountains, Art Center, gallery, shows, educational art classes, clay / ceramic workshops, clay, glass, fiber, oil paintings, digital art, watercolors, water colors, acrylics, abstract, surreal, fine art, charcoal, photographs, photography, music, acoustic, jewelry, lamps, gift shop

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June 23-27, Session I: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM
Title, with Linda Cordy

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* includes materials fee

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July 7-11, Session II: 3:30PM-5:30 PM

class summer camp robotics Mindstorms

Robotics I & II with Brenda & Ted Berg

Learn how to build, program and control a robot! This fun class is ideal if you like to know how to make things work, crawl, roll, blink, buzz or even think!
A great introduction to the world of robotics and an opportunity for further robotics exploration for returning students. Students will have a chance to assemble and program simple to more complex robots that communicate, move and think on their own. During the class we ll break out different types of robots including the totally fun Lego Mindstorms. In addition, each student will have an opportunity to build and keep one simple introductory robot. Brenda is pleased to team-teach with Stanford engineer Ted Berg!

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

$155 memebers/$165 non-memebers, plus $25 materials fee .

 ($180)*

    ($190)*

* includes $25 materials fee

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July 21-25, Session III: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM
Title, with Diedra Kmetovic

 

 

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August 11-15, Session IV: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM
Title, with Jen Hennig

 

 ($TBA)*

    ($TBA)*

* includes materials fee

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ON-LINE REGISTRATION LIST OF ALL CLASS OFFERINGS

 If you wish to register multiple people for one event, or register for several classes at one time, please use the link above to register.

 

ART AFTER SCHOOL (AAS)

Art After School classes are taught at San Lorenzo Valley, Boulder Creek and Bonny Doon Elementariy Schools. Thanks to a grant from the California Arts Council,  these class sessions are provided for $20 to elementary school students!

 

Video links:      

Art Meets Science!

After School video from Boulder Creek

Art After School video Fall 2012

 

Sliding scale fee available for families in need.  Please call 831.336.4ART.

 

Register on-line.  Class sizes are limited.   First Come, First Serve. 

 

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We have established a "Gloria Seneres Memorial Fund" which directly supports our Art After School programs.  If you wish to make a contribution on-line, or send a check to the

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, 9341 Mill St.  Ben Lomond, CA  95005

All contributions are tax-deductible.  Thanks for helping make this happen!

 

Boulder Creek Elementary

Tuesdays   2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

 

Who: For students grades 2-5. Class size limited to 10 students on a first come first served basis.
Where: Main building, old Mac lab. Bring a snack.
How: Please register and pay online.
Please register for no more than one  session.

 

Cost: $20 per 4-wk session
Sliding scale fee available to families in need. Please call 336-4ART.


Parents, please pick up your children from the Main Office door at 4:30 pm.
  

 

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Spring Session I -

Clay ALL the Way!
with
Jennifer Hennig

4 Tuesdays, April 8 - 29, 2014
 

This class is designed for beginners and continuers for the love of the clay medium. At least one new method is taught each week, functional and sculptural. We go through the FUNdamentals of working with clay all the way through glazing it!  

 

Register on-line

 

 

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Spring  Session II -

Manipulating Metal - Bracelets of the Ancients
with Diedre Kmetovic


4 Tuesdays, May 13 - June 3, 2014
 

Make and Egyptian linked-coil bracelet, a medieval chain-mail bracelet, or a Roman forged wrist cuff. This class introduces students to the tools of the Jewelry trade: pliers, hammers, and forming blocks. We will cut, clip, bend, and hammer to our hearts content.  

 

Register on-line

Bonny Doon Elementary

Wednesdays 12:30 -2:15 p.m. 

 

Who: For students grades 2-6. Class size limited to 10 students on a first come first served basis.
Where: Art Room 11. Bring your lunch.
How: Please register and pay online.

 


Cost: $20 per 4-wk session
Sliding scale fee available to families in need. Please call 336-4ART.


Parents, please pick up your children from Room 11 at 2:15 pm.

 

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Spring Session I -

Manipulating Metal - Bracelets of the Ancients
with Diedre Kmetovic


4 Wednesdays, April 9 - 30, 2014
 

Make and Egyptian linked-coil bracelet, a medieval chain-mail bracelet, or a Roman forged wrist cuff. This class introduces students to the tools of the Jewelry trade: pliers, hammers, and forming blocks. We will cut, clip, bend, and hammer to our hearts content.  

 

Register on-line

 

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Spring  Session II -

Pop-up Art and Paper Sculpture
with
Lynn Guenther

4 Wednesdays, May 14 - June 4, 2014
 

Do you love pop-up books? In this fun class you will learn how to make your own artwork pop up and pop out. We will use quality tools and materials and explore different paper engineering techniques, like folding, scoring, quilling, cutting, creasing, and much more. Let your imagination run wild. Using these techniques we will create our own fantasy boardwalks full of surprises.

 

Register on-line

San Lorenzo Elementary 

Wednesdays  1:30 -3 p.m.

 

Who: For students grades 2-4. Class size limited to 10 students on a first come first served basis.
Where: Room 29. Bring a snack.
How: Please register and pay online.

Please register for no more than one  session.

 

Cost: $20 per 4-wk session
Sliding scale fee available to families in need. Please call 336-4ART.


Parents, please pick up your children from Room 29 at 3:00 pm.
      

 

 

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Spring Session I -

Creative Clay
with Nora Sarkissian


4 Wednesdays, April 9 - 30, 2014
 

Step up to clay today! Learn how to sculpt using pinch, coil & slab methods. Lessons may include animals, butterflies, bugs, flowers & more...secrets gardens at your door. Firing/glazing included.

 

Register on-line

 

 

 

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Spring  Session II -

Leaf Print and Paper Sculpture
with Linda Corday


4 Wednesdays, May 14 - June 4, 2014
 

Create 2D objects that become 3D sculptures! Each student can pick from a variety of projects that inspire their imagination and problem solving abilities, learn about spatial relationships and work individually or collaboratively. Print, splatter, emboss and fold!

 

Register on-line

 

 

 

 

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 If you wish to register multiple people for one event, or register for several classes at one time, please use the link above to register.

 

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TEACHERS

If you are interested in teaching a class at the Art Center, please review the following documents:   

Teacher's Checklist,  Teacher's Guidelines Teacher's Application, and Teacher's Contract

If you have any questions, please contact the Art Center (831) 336-4ART or eMailus.

 

 

 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:   

support sponsors Arts Council of Santa Cruz County   Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County

         California Arts Council  Bruce Bangert   North Glass   Phoenix Ceramics  

       Earth Matters Foundation    Valley Women's Club    New Leaf Market Felton

 

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