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 Ukelele.  Students receive a schedule of three classes, each 90 minutes in length.

This program is perfect for teens too!

Save the Date for our next Taste of the Arts – March 30th 2019!


Here are the classes from TASTE 2018:

“Introduction to the Art of Bonsai”
David Anderson
Create a bonsai plant in training.
David is a retired nurseryman and Master bonsai grower.  He has over 50 years of experience in the nursery trade.

Donna Bohlin Sammons
“Soft Pastel”: Paint a step-by-step still life subject with the pure pigment color of soft pastels.
“Charcoal Drawing”: Experiment with the intensity and drama of finding the light and shadows in a still life.
“Scratch Art Cards”: Design your own mini-masterpieces scratching into the card surface to reveal stunning effects.
Donna of Bohlin Art Gallery and Studio in Sutter Creek, CA is a self-taught artist.  She works in a wide range of mediums and subject matter.  Donna expresses her art from precise technical realism to impressionist color work.  She offers workshops, classes and private classes in her local studio.  Contact Donna at 209.401.1554 or donna@bohlinart.com

Millie Butler and Jean Schommer
“Ikebana I”: Class includes a brief discussion of concepts of Japanese floral design and proceeds with several demonstrations followed by a 40 min. intermediate sketching workshop of the above examples. Recommended as background for Ikebana II.
“Ikebana II”:  The course will focus on traditional and non-traditional IKEBANA including demonstrations of one basic Ikebana style arrangement using different sets of materials. Participants will then make their own take-home arrangement with the guidance of the instructors. Please contact the instructor if you have your own moribana (low bowl) or kenzan (pin cushion) you wish to use.  millie@milliebutlerdesigns.com
This professional mother/daughter design team comes to Taste with a combined design and teaching experience of over 70 years. Both students of Ikebana, Millie and Jean want to share the beauty and simplicity of this traditional Japanese art.

“Embellished Collage”
Anne Cook
Create a one of a kind personal collage by working in 3 layers with Anne’s extensive collection of paper, stencils and 3D embellishments. Layer 1 includes composing an assemblage of various 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 dimensional elements
Anne is a graduate of the Academy of Art University, San Francisco and she 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 Will Mosgrove own Acme Art in Mokelumne Hill and offer small customized art and craft workshops for all ages and skill sets. http://www.acmeartmokehill.com

Cynthia Dunn-Selph
1. “Alcohol Ink Tiles”:  Using colorful alcohol based inks you will be decorating 4″x4″ tiles to use as decoration or coasters. Each participant will have the opportunity to decorate up to 4 tiles.
2. “Fabric Mosaic on Canvas”:  Create a colorful piece of art for your wall using fabric scraps, a canvas, and your imagination!
3. “Simple Bookmaking”:  Learn the basics of bookmaking by putting together a simple, beautiful, handcrafted book to take home.
4. “Mixed Media Canvas”:  Using a stretched canvas as a base you will explore mixed media techniques to create a wonderfully textured piece of art.
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.  www.alldunnart.com

“Intro to Ukulele, Ukeamaniac Style”
Hal Gamble
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 4 years ago, and along with his wife, started a group called the Amador City Ukeamaniacs to teach others.

“Painting a Still Life”
Marchand Heimann
Using a simple pear on a table top, explore the process of painting.  Shading and color theory will be covered.  Step by step or work on your own is also welcome.  Artist will share a warm-up example.
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.”

“Silk Scarf Painting”
Laine Holman
Silk painting has something for everyone from professional artist to those who have never painted at all. Silk, dyes or special liquid paints, and all myriad of supplies are provided so you can go home with a work of art.
Laine is a recent transplant to the Amador area from Sacramento. She received her BFA degree from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis in sculpture and painting. Since that time she has explored clay, pottery, jewelry-making, and mixed media.

“Gourd Art”
Christie Lane
Explore gourd design by painting, using collage techniques and embellishments.
Christie likes the 3D aspect of working with gourds and is experienced in other mediums as well such as pastels, acrylic painting, colored pencils, and collage.  She teaches regularly for AmadorArts Education programs.

“Fun with Watercolor”
Marleen Olive
Learn basic techniques using watercolor.  Each student will leave with a finished work.
Marleen was an Art Instructor at Southwestern Community College for 13 years and has taught art in education in schools in California & Oregon.

“Wire Wrap Jewelry”
Donna Plant
Wire wrapping is one of the oldest techniques for making handmade jewelry and can be both fun and extremely rewarding. The raw simplicity of a bead wrapped in wire is what makes wire pieces so beautiful. It also allows you the freedom to get creative with twists, turns, and wraps.
Donna is a California Native, self taught, and a well rounded artist skilled in oil and acrylic painting and jewelry making.  She has been wire wrapping jewelry for about 3 years and is currently learning lapidary skills.

“Feather Art”
Lorra Lee Rose
Join artist Lorra Lee Rose, for a 4 1/2 hour workshop, where you will complete a blossom of brilliant, natural color feathered abstract. You will have access to many feathers that are not readily available to the general public. Lorra Lee will demonstrate several interesting ways feathers can be manipulated and give tips on how to create depth and dimension. While selecting these stunning colors and arranging them in a pleasing fashion, your final work will be suitable for hanging. The average completed piece could measure 24 inches around. Each student will pay an additional $15 to her at the class to cover the cost of valuable feathers which are of top quality, legally sourced, and of varieties that most people don’t see every day.
Lorra Lee Rose is perhaps the only artist in the world creating life-size human-like sculptures totally in feathers. Her work is internationally known, from Seattle to Palm Desert, and now, her recently created life-size feather sculpture of a fairy is drawing attention globally. We are fortunate to have this famous artist living here in Amador County who is so willing to teach locally.

“Digital Photography”
Dave Tearpak
1. Intro Class: Learn 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.
2. Advanced class: Learn projects like light painting and some Adobe Lightroom workflow.
Dave is an instructor at Amador High School and 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 he works as a wedding and portrait photographer during the summer. www.tearpakdigital.com

“Monotype Printmaking: The Painterly Print Process”:
Katherine Venturelli
For All Ages and Levels. This is a great opportunity to explore the art of printmaking.  Katherine will demonstrate some of the fundamentals of printmaking-techniques and materials, and offer guidance as you create your own masterpiece using water-based inks and an etching press. The low tech painterly monotype print process is fun as it invites elements of experimentation, spontaneity, and surprise. Limited enrollment.
Katherine is internationally 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, and 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. www.katherineventurelli.com

“Collage”: Create a whimsical Mermaid Collage
Wendy Ward
For All Ages and Levels.
Wendy uses art as a tool for inner exploration and creates mystical characters including mermaids and faeries. Her work can be seen at Sutter Creek Gallery and in different venues around the County. She has always been curious and driven to explore deeper meanings in life and enjoys sharing what she has learned with others through creating art together. https://themermaidmuse.com

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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.