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A Taste of the Arts

2019 was SOLD OUT! We hope you will join us next year!

Each spring AmadorArts hosts A Taste of the Arts, a full day of professionally taught art classes. Participants selected from a list of 14 classes, which could include anything from Watercolor and Acrylic Painting to Silversmithing or Ukelele. Students receive a schedule of three classes, each 90 minutes in length.

2020 dates and details to be announced.
Check back in January 2020!
This program is perfect for teens too!

A Taste of the Arts Menu of Classes for 2019

March 30, on the campus of Amador High School, Sutter Creek
$40 Adults; $20 junior and senior high school students (includes a tote bag)

Marchand Heimann

“Loosening Up with Acrylic Painting” is for beginners to advanced, all ages. Marchand’s mantra is “Don’t be afraid, acrylics are fun; just be loose like I am.” Marchand is a remarkable Arts Education asset in the Sierra Nevada foothills, who has been an Art Teacher in local Amador schools and in many adjacent rural counties for nearly 30 years. In her art classes students are having so much fun creating that they don’t realize how much they’re learning.” That’s because, as Marchand says, “I give it all that I have to offer and more.” Her fans, whether children or adults, love her passion for art and how she makes them feel when in the safe zone of creation.

Cynthia Dunn-Selph

Using colorful alcohol-based inks, you will be decorating and creating your own design on up to three 4”x4” tiles to use as decoration or coasters. Cynthia is a photographer and mixed media artist, creating art all of her life and likes to experiment and combine the many mediums she works in. She’s shown in galleries in California, Arizona, and Kansas. She is a Board member of the Amador County Artist Association and is a co-op member of the Sutter Creek Gallery.

Jessica Moore and Sarah Armstrong-Gardner

From character arcs to “show, don’t tell,” two local published authors take you through the basics of taking that draft all the way to the finish.

Jess Moore writes YA novels in the very early morning while her family sometimes sleeps. Her debut novel, the Evolution of Jeremy Warsh, was just released from Sunfire Imprint of Ninestar Press. She’s a Junior Editor with Filles Vertes Publishing and is always looking for ways to connect at, and Facebook@itwasjess.

Sarah Armstrong-Gardner is a mother, wife, author, and screenwriter. She’s lived hundreds of lives creating stories and seen thousands of characters lift off a page to argue with her over a line of dialogue. She’s working on her third novel, Rising, the last book in the Sinking Trilogy. Learn more by following her on Facebook and Twitter @sarah-Twyla.

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. Students are welcome to bring their own equipment as well.

Dave Tearpak, an 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. He recently became a Technical Education teacher in Amador County. He enjoys shooting action sports and nature photography and also works as a wedding and portrait photographer during the summer.

COLLAGE (1 CLASS) You must take one of the doodle art classes in order to take the final collage class
Bruce Peccianti

Doodle art is a new art form taking the nation by storm. Doodling has been around for a long time but now patterns are being painstakingly reproduced in creative drawings using black and white and color. Come and learn the fundamentals of doodling and design your own doodle work of art. If you would like to take the third class on collage, Bruce will give you the option of incorporating collage into your doodle art using incredible handmade, embossed, and colorful printed papers from around the world.

Mr. Peccianti is a retired teacher and elementary school principal. After graduating with a BA in Art History from the University of Southern California, he went on to get his teaching and administrative credentials. He spent 36 years in the Amador Unified School District as a teaching/principal and supporter of the arts. He is also a teaching fellow with the California Arts Project. He works mainly with paper, creating Asian-inspired collages with fine handmade paper. His works have been shown in galleries in Sutter Creek, Amador City and Jackson.

Anne Cook

Create a one of a kind personal collage by working in 3 layers with her extensive collection of paper, stencils, and 3D embellishments. Layer 1 includes composing an assemblage of various patterned papers and learning proper adhesion techniques. Layer 2 involves painting with acrylics and stencils on the layered paper surface. Layer 3 allows you to bring a sculptural quality to your piece by learning how to adhere three dimensional elements.

Anne is a graduate of the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, and is internationally recognized as an award winning artist in the fields of graphic design, illustration, collage and assemblage, jewelry making and mosaics. She and her husband own Acme Art in Mokelumne Hill and offer small customized art and craft workshops for all ages and skill sets.

FEATHER ART: THE GODDESS IN YOUONE THREE-PERIOD CLASS – You must choose this class all three periods (an additional $10 fee per person will be charged for the access to fantastic feathers)
Lorra Lee Rose

“I have called on the Goddess and found her within myself.” Lorra Lee will be instructing this exciting workshop for all skill levels on how to make a Natural Material Spirit Doll. You will learn proportions and building a goddess armature and shape. Then you will explore a variety of construction methods using some of her favorite materials: lush velvets, vintage lace, printed leather, hand dyed and hand spun wools to form her dress. You will have a choice of ammonite that will suggest her face. For the headdress, choose from a collection natural colored feathers. When Lorra Lee sells one of her dolls they start at $200.

Lorra Lee Rose’s journey started in 1986 with feathers as her medium, and she has cultivated a network of pet owners and avaries who gather the molted, natural color feathers. Birds shed only a handful of feathers per season, seriously restricting the supply and requiring years of patience and preparation. Self taught, Lorra Lee has maintained a flourishing career as a prolific artist. She’s a recipient of numerous awards, private commissions, and she exhibits at galleries, art festivals and museums across the country.

MONOTYPE PRINTMAKING: The Painterly Print Process
Katherine Venturelli

This is a great opportunity to explore the art of printmaking for all skill levels. Katherine will demonstrate some of the fundamentals of monotype printmaking. This low tech painterly monotype print process is fun, as it invites the creative elements of experimentation, spontaneity, and surprise. In this hands-on experience, come use a printmaking press and roll your own unique prints. Katherine Venturelli is nationally recognized for unique artist books and fine prints produced from her Amador county printmaking studio. The work is represented in many prestigious collections including the SF Palace Legion of Honor, The Getty Museum, The Crocker Art Museum. During the past 40 years as an arts educator, Katherine has been able to share her passion for the monotype printmaking process.

Anje Olmstead

Create a frameable collage of a floral arrangement. Small mosaic pieces of paper from magazines are used to create your work. Anje is best known for her large (9’x8’ ) mosaic collage portrait of Margaret Dalton at the Jackson Ranchería. She teaches this class every Spring at Andis Wines in Shenandoah.

Sandy Morgan and Linda Ricci

Introduction to silversmithing. First feel the shape and dimension of copper by using hammers. Then, add heat and you will create a dramatic copper bracelet.

Sandy and Linda have combined experience of 65 years; Sandy 35 years teaching and Linda 30 years making jewelry. Both instructors are members of Amador Gem and Mineral Society and have received numerous awards at the Amador County Fair.

Hal Gamble

Introduction to ukulele. Bring your ukulele or borrow one here to start having fun playing a simple instrument with a widespread appeal. Hal’s been playing guitar and singing for years. He taught himself the Ukulele about 5 years ago, and along with his wife, started a group called the Amador City Ukeamaniacs to teach others. Retired from being a Fire Chief, he plays with the Amador Allstars Band and the High Grade Jug Band.

Jo Ann Ogburn

Learn to design and paint California and Iceland poppies on a card to send or gift to someone special. Jo Ann has dabbled in art most of her life. She started with night classes in oil painting as she taught school and later forged a career in the business world. In 2000 she switched to watercolor to enjoy the technique, freshness of color as they blend. She currently has a line of cards and paintings in the Sutter Creek Gallery.

Molly Allen

Learn the basics of wreath making using locally harvested eucalyptus, olive, bay and other greens. Molly teaches arts and craft classes in Sutter Creek specializing in floral, woodworking, and custom designs. She also is an event planner, mother, and CEO of Made in Amador.

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 or call 209-256-8166.   





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