A Taste of the Arts

Each spring AmadorArts hosts A Taste of the Arts, a full day of professionally taught art classes. Participants selected from a list of more than 15 classes, which could include anything from Watercolor and Acrylic Painting to The Art of Bonsai or Line Dancing.  Students receive a schedule of three classes, each 90 minutes in length.

Mark you calendars!

Taste of the Arts will held on

Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Online registration will open on January 2, 2018 and will close on February 12, 2018. Check back for a list of class descriptions and schedules that will be posted just prior to January 2nd.

Following is a sample list of classes that were offered in the past.


Taste of the Arts Class Descriptions- 2017


Jewelry Making with Pamela Rose- Learn to wrap a favorite stone in wire and turn it into a pendant, mobile, or window hanger. Students are also welcome to bring a special stone for wrapping, side cutters, small needle nose pliers and small flat nose pliers if they have them.

-Pamela has been making jewelry for 30 years. She learned wire wrapping from Karen Crane & helped her teach this class last year.

Moon & Star Acrylic Painting with Wendy Ward- Wendy Ward works primarily with acrylics to create paintings of mystical characters such as mermaids & faeries and as a tool for inner exploration. 

Winged Heart Collage with Wendy Ward- Wendy uses collage for journaling and intuitive expression. 

-Wendy Ward teaches classes locally and has a studio in Pioneer. Her work can be seen in Sutter Creek Gallery and in different venues around the county.

Dramatic Arts with Meghan O’Keefe (Periods 1 & 2)- Build self-confidence and community connection through engaging acting exercises and the production of a 10-minute class-directed play. *Wear clothing that will allow for physical movement. Water is recommended.

Creative Movement with Meghan O’Keefe- Deepen connection to body and emotion through improvisational movement and physical expression. *Wear clothing that will allow for physical movement. Water is recommended.

-Meghan O’Keefe has been teaching theatre arts for the past 20 years. She is a graduate of Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and is a primary company member of Baker Street Players. Additionally, Ms. O’Keefe is an active Board Director with Kids On Stage and Main Street Theatre Works.

Doodling Art with Bruce Peccianti- Turn your doodling into artwork!

Sumi-E Brush Painting with Bruce Peccianti- An ancient Japanese form of brush painting. Learn and practice several different brush strokes that when combined will create a beautiful black and white painting. The final project will be a completed sumi-e picture of bamboo suitable for framing.

-Bruce Peccianti is a retired elementary teacher and principal. He has used his retirement years to devote himself to doing art. While creating his own doodle and collage pieces, Bruce also teaches in all the elementary schools in Amador County teaching art to students through the auspices of AmadorArts.

Paper Making with Cynthia Dunn-Selph- Learn the history and have fun making hand-made decorative paper. Each student will take home paper they have created and an instructional handout.

-Cynthia Dunn-Selph is a local mixed media artist, teacher, and currently a member of the Sutter Creek Gallery.

Enchanted Feather Crystal with Lorra Lee Rose – $10 additional supply fee- Students will create a blossom of brilliant natural color feathers with a jasper stone as the base. Lorra Lee will demonstrate interesting ways feathers can be manipulated and give tips on how to create depth and dimension.-   

Feathered Gourdaments with Lorra Lee Rose – $10 additional supply fee- Students will start with a clean, dyed gourd and create a kaleidoscope of color with feathers.  Your “Feathered Gourdament” will be ready for hanging.

-With feathers as her chosen medium, Lorra Lee has cultivated a network of pet owners and aviaries who gather the molted, natural color feathers. Birds shed a small handful of feathers per season, seriously restricting the supply and thus requiring years of patience and preparation. Self taught, and a recipient of numerous awards, private commissions, and showings at art festivals, galleries and exhibits in museums, Lorra Lee has maintained a flourishing career as a prolific artist.

Digital Photography 101 with David Tearpak- This course introduces the technical theories and techniques of digital photography. Topics include camera and lens operation, memory cards, file formats, exposure, white balance, composition, lighting, creativity, image editing software and output. NOTE: 15 Canon t5 cameras are available to use in the classroom, and students are welcome to bring their own equipment as well.

-Dave Tearpak, instructor at Amador High School, has worked in the creative field for over 15 years. He began his career at KCRA 3 as a graphic designer and staff photographer in 2002, and recently became a Career Tech teacher in Amador County. He enjoys shooting action sports and nature photography, plus works as a wedding and portrait photographer during the summer.

Line Dance 1 with Sue Kendall- Electric Slide and Slappin’ Leather *Please wear smooth-soled shoes.

Line Dance 2 with Sue Kendall- Boot Scootin’ Boogie and Tush Push *Please wear smooth-soled shoes.

-Sue Kendall taught country western dancing of all kinds for five years in the Bay Area before moving to Amador County. Sue is also on the AmadorArts Board of Directors.

Beginning to Intermediate Watercolor with Judy Day- A fun and friendly introduction to Watercolor, Judy will teach you the basic techniques of watercolor painting and help you create your own masterpiece to take home.

-Judy has concentrated on her watercolor painting since her move to the foothills in 2010 from Southern California.  She teaches watercolor in local elementary schools through AmadorArts and her paintings can be seen at the Sutter Creek Gallery.

Intro to Batik on Paper with Millie Butler- Explore this ancient Indonesian art process without buying all the costly equipment and supplies.  Learn how to create a design of your choice using hot wax and dye on special paper.  Take home your decorative creations to use later as journal pages, note cards, bookmarks or artwork.

Batik Workshop with Millie Butler- Requires knowledge of the batik process/and or prior experience with it. Sign up for the batik workshop AFTER taking the intro session above, or if you took it last year.  Continue what you started the previous period or take the process much further exploring this additive process. Use the entire time to create with guidance from the instructor when needed.

-Millie, retired local HS art teacher and AmadorArts Director, has taught art and floral design classes at Taste for several years.  She taught herself the batik process in high school and has done batik with her junior high and high school students and adults.

Introduction to the Art of Bonsai with David Anderson- Create a bonsai plant in training. Plants and materials provided.

-David is a retired nurseryman and bonsai grower with 50 years of experience in the nursery trade.

Djembe Drumming with Mark Dyken- Learn the basics of drumming and a variety of rhythms.  Drums provided.

-Mark Dyken has been drumming all over the world for more than 30 years learning rhythms from Native American Tribes and other cultures. He is also the drummer for Clan Dyken.

Pencil & Charcoal Drawing with Ali Crane – Designed for both professional artists as well as those looking to either begin drawing or build on their existing skills, you will be drawing a large still life from observation with emphasis on scale, value, and composition using both graphite and charcoal mediums.

Color Drawing in Oil Pastels with Ali Crane  –Focusing on color theory and how the color choices an artist makes can dictate the mood, emotion, and composition of a work of art, use oil pastels to draw fresh vegetables from observation with an emphasis on choosing a color scheme and composition that creates a unique work of art.

-Ali Crane grew up in a small mountain town in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She attended California State University Chico where she majored in art education with an emphasis in photography. This is her second year at Amador High where she teaches Art 1-4, Ceramics, and Advanced Ceramics.

Box lunches from Rosebuds Cafe are available to pre-order for $10, including: choice of a large half sandwich, piece fruit, water and a homemade cookie.

AmadorArts, aka Amador County Arts Council, is a non-profit organization that is designated as a State-Local Partner the California Arts Council, a State Agency. If you have questions about A Taste of the Arts, email amadorarts@gmail.com or call 209-267-9038.