Winter 2019 Workshops

Join us for art/natural history workshops this Fall! We have a variety of workshops that are open to both students and community members. All skill-levels are welcome. Past workshops include printmaking, marbling, and watercolor painting, all led by talented artists. Space is limited so register right away!

Students making Japanese prints of plants and animals     Students making Japanese prints of plants and animals






Suminagashi Workshop

Sunday, February 10th, 10am - 4pm, at the Norris Center

Taught by Emily Underwood

a suminagashi artIn this workshop you will learn the ancient Japanese marbling technique of Suminagashi! The word means “ink floating” and the technique involves printing images reminiscent of patterns in nature, landscapes, clouds, tree rings, rock formations, and waterscapes. You will learn the basics of the techniques and create monoprints which can be used for cards, bookmaking, or a variety of other projects. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring any objects or papers you would like to experiment on.

Register online here.


Painting Water at Younger Lagoon

Saturday, February 23rd, 12 - 4pm, at Younger Lagoon Natural Reserve

Taught by Erika Perloff

watercolor painting of water and beach cliffsPainting water requires careful observation and understanding of light, movement and reflection. You will spend the afternoon studying water, and sketching  both the moving ocean waves and the still water of Younger Lagoon. You will work first in black and white and then in color. Using, charcoal, pencil,  watercolor and gouache you will practice building waves and depicting water in a landscape. 
No previous art experience required. All art materials provided. Bring lunch or snacks, water, warm and waterproof clothing, a pack to carry your supplies, sturdy shoes, and a portable stool if desired. The walk to the beach area is about .25 miles round trip over uneven terrain. Rain cancels this workshop.
Note: The meeting place for this workshop is at the Costal Science Campus of UCSC, at the western end of Delaware Ave. Follow Delware Ave as it becomes McAllister Way on the Coastal Science Campus. You will meet at the Natural Reserve Trailers, approximately 0.3 miles from the junction of Delware Ave and Shafter Rd, on the right (across the street from 130 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA). Click here for a Google Maps location
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