New fall classes at Crocker

By From page B8 | October 05, 2012

The Crocker Art Museum presents new classes for children, teens and adults starting in October in the museum’s fall session of studio art classes.

All classes are led by skilled teaching artists and are designed to encourage students to unleash their imaginations while receiving formal lessons in a variety of media.

Highlights for children include Saturday Kids Art Club sessions where children ages 5 to 8 will have fun using simple shapes to create 2-D and 3-D art.

At Crocker Kids Drama Club, tweens will use art as inspiration for creating dramatic skits. College-bound artists or career-minded teens can gain insight from a professional artist and participate in an authentic critique of their work in the Crocker’s first Master Artist Workshop for High School Students.

For adults, the Crocker will feature classes for a variety of skill levels, including drawing classes for beginners as well as introductory- and advanced-level painting courses.

In iPainting, participants will discover the latest means of expression by creating art on their iPad, iPod or iPhone.

For those looking for a relaxing weekend, Breathe, Stretch, Paint combines the art of yoga with watercolor painting and perception exercises for a fresh take on the creative process. Shutterbugs can learn how to capture the perfect shot amidst the excitement in Event Photography.


October studio art classes

Classes for the Whole Family — every third Sunday beginning Oct. 21, 1 to 3 p.m.
The whole family is invited to come, make and mingle. This monthly gathering will inspire a family’s creativity, strengthen bonds and help families find new ways to relax and create together.

Participants will make simple crafts that celebrate the season, using a variety of beautiful materials, while enjoying soothing music and warm seasonal drinks.

For ages 3 and up with adult participation (children 2 and under are free). Fee per adult per session: $7 museum members, $10 nonmembers. Fee per child ages 3-17 per session is $5. Instructor is Nancy Ciraulo.

Classes for ages 3-5 with adult — four Saturdays, Oct. 13 to Nov. 3, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

From family pets to mythical creatures, children adore animals. This class will show little ones how artists depict animals in different ways as they go on a search for furry, feathered, and even scaly creatures in the museum’s galleries.

This class will develop children’s fine motor skills through the creation of fanciful animal portraits using watercolor paint. $40 for museum members per pair ($15 per additional person), $50 nonmembers per pair ($15 per additional person). Instructor is Mary Kaltenbach.

Classes for ages 4-5 — five Thursdays, Oct. 11 to Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to noon.

This new class will help prepare children for time away from home in a fun and engaging setting. Each session will begin with children observing and discussing a featured artwork of people engaged in all manner of movement. They will then act out the scene before and after the “frozen moment” they see. The idea of how artists depict movement in art will be reinforced as the children create dynamic art of their own. $95 for museum members, $110 for nonmembers. Instructor is Jennie Simpson.

Classes for ages 5-8 — four Saturdays, Oct. 6 to 27, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Students will assemble their very own drum using recycled materials and compose a painting made entirely of shapes. After exploring how artists use simple shapes to create 2-D and 3-D art, they will use a variety of material and techniques to get to know shapes in art. $40 for museum members, $50 for nonmembers. Instructor is Shirley Fox.

Classes for ages 9-12 — nine Thursdays, Oct. 11 to Dec. 13, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

This unique drama club uses art on view in the galleries as inspiration for dynamic theatrical experiences.

Students will begin with skill-building exercises, including theater games and improvisation. After examining works from the Crocker’s permanent collection and the exhibition “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,” students will integrate what they learn into dramatic skits.

The club will culminate with a student-created, Rockwell-inspired original performance on Thursday, Dec. 13. Space is limited. $170 for museum members, $200 for nonmembers. Call 916-808-1182 to register and save $20 per additional child (this discount is only available through phone registration). Instructor is Lynn Baker.

Heroes, Demons and Dragons of Asia — four Saturdays, Oct. 27 to Nov. 17, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Asian cultures are rich with visually dazzling heroes and mythical creatures.

Children will hear stories from all over Asia while looking at gods, goddesses and more in the galleries. They will learn how to depict heroes such as Buddha, the frightful Bhairava, the elephant-headed Ganesha and Chinese dragons through sculpture, Chinese brush painting and mask-making. $85 for museum members, $95 for nonmembers. Instructor is Laurie Seban.

Classes for ages 13-17 — two Saturdays, Oct. 6 and 20, 1 to 4 p.m.

The Crocker’s first Master Artist Workshop for High School Students, this intensive class focuses on Stephen Kaltenbach’s “Portrait of My Father,” a signature painting in the Crocker’s collection that leaves many viewers mesmerized and moved.

Designed for high school juniors and seniors who are considering a career in the arts, this class will examine the personal discoveries and technical challenges Kaltenbach overcame in realizing his artistic vision.

Students will gain insights from the artist, create artwork of their own and participate in an authentic critique of your work. Drawing and painting experience required. $70 for museum members, $90 for nonmembers. Instructor is Stephen Kaltenbach.

Classes for adults — three Saturdays, Oct. 6, 12 to 5 p.m., Crocker Art Museum; Oct. 13, noon to 3 p.m., Lava Cap Winery in Placerville; Oct. 20, noon to 3 p.m., Dai Loy Museum in Locke.

Curator William Breazeale will take students for an in-depth look at “The Artist’s View: Landscape Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum.” Participants will then head into the great outdoors with local artist Sarma Karsiere to learn about drawing tools and techniques while portraying local landscapes in the foothills and the Delta. $135 for museum members, $155 for nonmembers. Supplies are included. Instructors are William Breazeale and Sarma Karsiere.

iPainting — Saturday, Oct. 13, noon to 4 p.m.

Participants will discover the latest means of expression by creating art on their iPad, iPod, or iPhone. Students will learn how to work with the Brushes application, create studies, save and export artwork and create a simple landscape. $45 for museum members, $65 for nonmembers. Instructor is Anthony Montanino.

Beginning Drawing — eight Sundays, Oct. 14 to Dec. 9, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Students will acquire basic drawing skills by drawing from observation and learn how to use pencil, charcoal and markers to depict value, texture and space.

Students will study and discuss a variety of original drawings. In addition to occasional sketching in the galleries, they will visit various scenes around the museum. A sketchbook will be provided so they can practice their techniques in between classes. $180 for museum members, $205 for nonmembers. Instructor is Karen Roughton.

Mural Painting — six Tuesdays, Oct. 16 to Nov. 20, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Participants will learn about the history and significance of muralism and check out local public murals. They will analyze the visual elements that successfully convey a concept and how the setting shapes the concept.

The class will gain experience in all aspects of collaborative art-making, from idea generation to finished product.

Working as a team, the class will develop a mural concept, prepare a proposal and present it to “clients,” and scale, execute, and seal the mural in the Crocker’s Education Center for display. Experience in drawing and painting recommended. $150 for museum members, $175 for nonmembers. Instructor is Marsha Schindler.

Breathe, Stretch, Paint, Flow — Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The retreat will explore more intuitive ways of making art through stretching creative and physical muscles.

This unique team-taught retreat will combine the art of yoga with watercolor painting and perception exercises for a fresh take on the creative process. The yoga practices will be accessible and easily modified for those with limited mobility or who may be new to yoga.

At the same time, the creative incorporation of painting will allow more seasoned yogis a special opportunity to practice from a new perspective. Experienced painters will find new ways to access their creative energy, while beginners will enjoy an enlightening introduction to watercolor.

The unique cross-pollination process will blend words, images, music, painting, and the physicality of yoga as tools to dismantle barriers to creativity, with special emphasis on direct perception, intuition, visualization and meditative concentration. $165 for museum members, $185 for nonmembers. Supply fee is $25 (waived if student brings their own). Instructors are Madeleine Lohman and Kathy Lemke Waste.

Event Photography — four Tuesdays, Oct. 23 to Nov. 13, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

For beginners familiar with their cameras and experienced shutterbugs alike, students will learn how to get the perfect shot in the middle of the excitement.

This class will cover all aspects of successful event photography: challenges that might be encountered and how to navigate them without interfering with the attendees’ experience; gain insights into how to photograph all types of events; learn how to convey the right tone for different types of events through composition and lighting; prepare digital-ready files; and discuss career possibilities in event photography.

Assignments will include photographing Crocker events and programs for the purpose of class discussion and critique, with the possibility of being published in museum publications. Participants must have the ability to download images, produce jpegs, and e-mail them to the instructor. $95 for museum members, $115 for nonmembers. Instructor is Wes Davis. Supplies: an SLR digital camera is preferred, or a digital camera with a manual shooting mode.

Color and Design in Contemporary Painting — four Tuesdays, Oct. 23 to Nov. 13, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Ideal for those interested in contemporary art, this class will focus on how to appreciate contemporary art, gain an understanding of key basic art concepts, and hands on acrylic painting.

The class will cover color theory, the formal elements of composition, and the methods and materials of painting. Students will gain insight into how contemporary artists use principles of design, and review a short history of contemporary painting and its influences on local and regional California artists. The class will include an evening at Park Fine Art Gallery for a fun, casual gathering and an insightful examination of the instructor’s works currently on view. $110 for museum members, $130 for nonmembers. Instructor is Kristine Bybee.

Nepal Odyssey — Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Curator Nancy Tingley will lead a trek through the exhibition “Celestial Realms: The Art of Nepal from California Collection.” This is a rare opportunity to see an exhibition devoted exclusively to Nepalese art and gain an in-depth understanding of what objects mean to their makers and the cultural and intellectual context from which the objects were created.

The gallery tour will be complemented by a lecture and slide presentation, with questions and casual conversation encouraged. $45 for museum members, $60 for nonmembers. Instructor is Nancy Tingley.

Gorgeous Gourds — Saturday, Oct. 27, 1 to 4 p.m.

Gourd decoration is an ancient tradition spanning various cultures including African, Asian and Native American, all of which showcase cultural ties. Traditionally a craft that produced functional objects such as musical instruments, gourd decoration has evolved into a fine art utilizing everything from natural embellishments to intricately burned designs.

A demonstration of different decorative techniques will provide inspiration for you to decorate a gourd of your own. $40 for museum members, $55 for nonmembers. Instructor is Daphne Burgess.

The Crocker is located at 216 O St. in downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays. Every third Sunday of the month is “Pay What You Wish Sunday” sponsored by Western Health Advantage.

For more information call 916-808-7000 or visit

For a complete schedule of classes and registration visit call 916-808-1182 or e-mail [email protected]

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