The visual arts, part of the human experience since prehistoric times, began with images painted or scratched on cave walls, small sculpted objects, and huge structural forms. Those works illustrate that artists at the dawn of human history, like artists throughout the ages, were creative, imaginative, and self expressive. As stated by Jensen, the ‘visual arts are a universal language with a symbolic way of representing the world. But they also allow us to understand other cultures and provide for healthy emotional expression.” They have been vital to all cultures and civilizations, communicating ideas, customs, traditions, and beliefs by providing a window through which the visual record of the peoples, places, and circumstances in the past can be observed.(California State Framework for the Visual and Performing Arts)

Classroom Sessions

Drawing

Beginning Drawing
Through step-by-step instruction, students will learn a strategy for drawing. Students will begin to “train the eye” to see visual art as combinations of the five elements of shape. Using this approach, they will draw an animal, then complete their project by choosing various media.

Kandi Angermiller

K-5 / 24-30 students / 45-60 min / $30 /

Contact:
209-928-3742
kangermiller@hotmail.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


A Conversation with Georgia O’Keeffe
Through costume, pictures, recollections, and conversation, the story of Georgia O’Keeffes life and art are brought to the classroom in this dramatic presentation and art lesson. As if in the presence of the famous American painter, students will hear the story of her life and will have an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of her character. They will then be introduced to O’Keeffe’s methodology by designing a canvas using her creative guidelines and unique way of viewing the world.

Marilyn Hobbs

1-12 / 25 students / 60 – 90 min / $50 + $10 materials

Contact:
209-532-6538
mmhobbs@gmail.com
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Oriental Ink Drawing ~ Sumi-e

Students will learn about the history of Oriental brush as it came from China to Japan and will learn about the Four Treasures and the Four Gentlemen. Students will be given grinding stones, ink sticks and brushes as they learn the strokes needed to paint bamboo. Painting and poetry are closely linked in Chinese and Japanese brush painting and so students will also write their own Haiku poem to go with their painting.

Louise McPeeters

4-8/one class/2-3, 50 minute sessions/ $40 per class + $25 materials

Contact:
209-928-1515
louisal@frontiernet.net
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Murals and Muralists

Murals make meaningful and lasting contributions to our schools and classrooms. Created to augment specific studies, or for the pride of production and the satisfaction of giving, students will work together to develop a theme and then design and execute the project. Judy will introduce some of the work of other muralists, discuss materials, and familiarize students with job designations and procedures. She will facilitate the mural process from beginning to end, including a final unveiling and presentation.

Judy Grossman

7-12 / 20 students / time TBA / $40 / hour + materials(schedule 1 month in advance)

Contact:
209-533-4542
judyart4u@gmail.com
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Basic Painting 1: Still Life
In three sessions, students will learn to “see” the subject, mix color, and compose and paint a still life. Using his own professional artwork to demonstrate dUring the first session, Patrick will verbally cover these topics as well as color blending, using time of day and atmospheric conditions, and brush technique. The second and third sessions will be devoted to applying the basic skills and painting along with the instructor.

Patrick Karnahan

7-12 / 20 students / 3/40 min. sessions / $43 per session

Contact:
209-532-8375
cell: 743-1565
blackirish28@hotmail.com
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Basic Painting 2: Landscape
Designed to follow the above series, students will now be given the opportunity to build upon the skills acquired when learning to paint a still life. Relating those skills to the new project, students will progress to a landscape, painting along with the instructor.

Patrick Karnahan

7-12 / 20 students / 4/40 min. sessions / $43 per session

Contact:
209-532-8375
cell: 743-1565
blackirish28@hotmail.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Aboriginal Art
A history of Australian Papunya Dot Painting and Aboriginal art will inspire students as they paint with poster paints using icons in the painting experience to tell stories in the Papunya style. A writing lesson can be used as a follow up.

Louise McPeeters

5-8 / 30 students / 2, 1 hr. sessions / $40 per hr.+ $20 materials fee

Contact:
209-928-1515
louisal@frontiernet.net
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Mexican Yarn Painting
Students will learn the story of Tunuri and the Blue Deer while they experience the process of the yarn painting of the Huichol Indians. Students will learn about color and linear design as they create their own yarn painting.

Louise McPeeters

3-8 / 28 students / 2, 1 hr. sessions / $40 per hour/$20 materials

Contact:
209-928-1515
louisal@frontiernet.net
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Ceramics

Handmade Clay Projects
Students learn how to form objects in clay using pinch pot and slab techniques. Choose from animal forms, holiday themes, hand imprints, bowls, boxes, plates and much more.

Teachers may suggest a curriculum based project or discuss ideas with Gini.

During the first session, students will design and create in clay. Pieces will be kiln fired before the second session for glazing.

Gini Seibert

K-8 / 25 students / 2 session at 50 min. each / $95+$3to$5/student materials & firing.

Contact:
209-533-1309
mountaingini45@gmail.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Glazed Tile Projects
Trivets, coasters and small decorative wall hangings can be decorated on pre-fired clay. The 6″ x 6″ tiles are perfect for poems, quotations, drawings, and sentimental musings. After designs are applied, the pieces will be fired again for permanence and durability.

Gini Seibert

K-8 / 25 students / 50-60 min. / $50+$3 to $5/student materials & firing.

Contact:
209-533-1309
mountaingini45@gmail.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Out of Hand Creative Arts Center


Classrooms are invited to take a creativity tour to OOH in Downtown Sonora! Students will be introduced to the potter’s wheel, slab roller, clay extruder, pug mill and kilns and then students can select a piece of pottery to glaze

Gini Seibert, Out of Hand

K-12 / 20 students / time TBA / $45+ glazing projects start @ $3.00

Contact:
209-533-1309
mountaingini45@gmail.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Making Clay Baskets
Clay provides a tactile opportunity to create a functional, three-dimensional piece of artwork. In two sessions, students will learn about and experience the medium through a short lecture and demonstration, and then by making a clay basket using basic pinch pot and coil techniques. Form, shape, and proportion will be discussed and students will become familiar with pottery terms such as greenware, biskware, scoring, and slip. After the first class the projects will be fired and then completed by painting them with acrylic paints.

Sifu Berchtold

K-3 / 25 students / 2, 50 min. sessions / $90/2 sessions $30 clay/firing

Contact:
209-586-6271
sifuberchtold@hotmail.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Making Clay Boxes
Focusing on instruction and following a brief discussion and demonstration of the medium, students will learn to work with slab, pinch pot, and coil building techniques by making a ceramic box. Handles will be formed by sculpting small animals and attaching them to the lids. After the first class, the projects will be fired and then completed by painting them with acrylic paints. Time permitting, there will be a discussion of how color and pattern are used to enhance the beauty of the craft.

Sifu Berchtold

4-8 / 25 students / 2, 50 min. sessions / $90/2 sessions $30 clay/firing

Contact:
209-586-6271
sifuberchtold@hotmail.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Making Clay Rattles
By creating 2 pinch pots and joining them together by scoring and slipping the students will create a hollow sphere. Tiny clay balls are placed inside the rattle to create sound.

Sifu Berchtold

4-7 / 25 students / 2, 50 min. sessions / $90/2 sessions $30 clay/firing

Contact:
209-586-6271
sifuberchtold@hotmail.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Making Christmas Angels
The body is hollowed out in a similar fashion as the pinch pot. A head, two arms, halo and wings are added learning how to use the “scorring and slip method”.

Sifu Berchtold

4-7 / 25 students / 2, 50 min. sessions / $90/2 sessions $30 clay/firing

Contact:
209-586-6271
sifuberchtold@hotmail.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


 

Visual Art Fundamentals

Color Basics
Give your students a good, solid foundation for their creativity and self-expression! This class will cover the science of color theory, the color wheel, defining hue, value, tone etc., pure color and key color in composition, and how to create “mixed” colors from the three primary colors. The class will include color slide presentations, handouts and hands on experience.

Molli Cantral

2-12 / 20-30 students /2/50 min. sessions / $80/2 sessions + $50 materials

Contact:
209-533-4668
mollimo@volcano.net
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Beadwork

Native American Beadwork
This will be a workshop class held at Crow Girls Beading Shop located at 77 South Green Street in downtown Sonora. Students will learn the authentic Northern Plains beading technique. The class will make a Northern Plains beaded bracelet while learning Native American history and lore.

Lisa Nelson

3-12 / 10 students / 90 min / no fee

Contact:
209-536-9010
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Architecture

Artistry in Architecture
TBA

Evan Royce

6-8 / 40 students / 60 min / fee TBA


Mask Making

African Mask Making
Using mixed media, students will create masks in the African Style. Cultural and Historical visuals and examples will be discussed and used to inspire designs.

Louise McPeeters

6-8 / one class /4, 1 hr. sessions / $40 per hr.

Contact:
209-928-1515
louisal@frontiernet.net
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Cross Disciplinary: Visual Art/Story/Performance

Shadow Puppets

This activity teaches children about an ancient art form of storytelling, that is popular in many countries such as; France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Greece, China and Cambodia to name a few.  Students are given a die cut character to color with chalk.  The teacher will talk to students about making their character move and cutting their character in three parts so they can make the puppet move.  It will be a group discussion so students can make suggestions on where to cut the puppets.  Once the group has decided where the best places would be to cut, students will cut and assemble their puppets.  Narrators will be chosen and once they start reading the story, puppet characters will be asked to go behind the hanging sheet and in front of the lamp so that their puppets cast a shadow.  One by one the characters will enter and exit behind the sheet (stage).  They will learn stage terminology and etiquette.  Once everyone has had a turn to be a part of the story. We will run it again without any stops and perform.  A student who does not want to perform can volunteer to hold the Flipshare camera and record our shadow puppet performance.  There is an example of this activity from the Gold Rush School at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exYEdydjdzc

Diana Sanders

Shadow Puppetry – History and construction of shadow puppets, performance and video. 1st -8th grades,  1 hour

Class size – up to 25.   1st -8th grades
$ 2.50 (two dollars and fifty cents)–for materials per child
$40.00 for the first class – $20.00 for the second class $10.00 for the third, $10.00-4th.
40 minutes to 1 hour per class – no more than 4 classes in one day.

Scripts to choose from: The Wind and the Whale, The Chinese History on Dragons –( good for Jan-Feb as a Chinese New Year activity), and Peter and the Wolf.

director@learningwithcrafts.com


Cross Disciplinary: Storytelling/Visual Art

Exploring Art History

“You Call That Art?” Adventures into Abstract and Pop Art
In a two day visit, B.Z. Smith will take your class through the story of how modern art emerged and then morphed through modern history. On Day 2, students will take the plunge into wild expression, modeled after well-known contemporary artists. Survey will include Matisse, Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, And Alexander Calder, to name a few.

B.Z.Smith

5-8/ 30 students / 2/45 min. sessions/$150 total + $50 materials

Contact:
209-532-7697; 209-559-7697
bzsmith@me.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


“Storyteller Folk Art Dolls” Exploring the Roots of Folk Art
In a one-hour session, B.Z. Smith will tell stories and teach students to make a unique piece of folk art – a Storyteller Doll. Made from easy to find materials in simple steps, the Storyteller Doll will allow students to feel accomplished. B.Z. will also bring examples of other traditional Folk Arts to demonstrate the simple access that art has had throughout human history.

B.Z.Smith

K-4/25 students/60 min./$75 class, $25 materials

Contact:
209-532-7697; 209-559-7692
bzsmith@me.com
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“Scribble Kings: Wassily Kandinsky and Ornette Coleman” Expressionism versus Classical Style
In a 90 minute session, B.Z. Smith introduces students to the concept of Expressionism demonstrated in both visual art and music as “scribbling” in form. Through the works of Russian Expressionist, Wassily Kandinsky and American out-Jazz Virtuoso Ornette Coleman, students will compare their art to traditional classical art styles. Then students will ceate their own 2-D Expressionist visual art pieces while listening to Ornette Coleman’s edgy jazz. The session will end with a movement activity that allows the students to express the physicality of Expressionism and Out-Jazz.

B.Z.Smith

K-4/ 25 students/ 90 min. / $135 class, $35 materials

Contact:
209-532-7697; 209-559-7692
bzsmith@me.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Arts and Technology: Digistration

Michelle Tennant will empower students to write their own original story, learn about the editing process, create a storyboard of rough illustrations and use digital drawing tablet and graphics software to create a finished illustration.

Digistration basics
Workshop length: 3 days
Session Length: 1.5 hrs
Grade levels: 4 -12
Rate: $70 per session
Required the use of 15 school computers.
Students study the elements of a good story and create three rough sketches and one digital illustration to accompany an existing story.

The art of illustration
Workshop length: 2 days
Session Length: 1.5 hrs
Grade levels: K -12
Rate: $70 per session
Students study picture books and create three rough sketches and one finished illustration in traditional media to accompany an existing story.

The art of story
Workshop length: 3 days
Session Length: 1 hrs
Grade levels: 4 -12
Rate: $60 per session
Students write an original story, learn about editing techniques and create final draft, which would be suitable for a children’s magazine.

Michele Tennant
michele_tennant@yahoo.com
209-643-3148
202 West Sunset St.
Sonora CA, 95370

Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Field Trips

Out of Hand Creative Arts Center
Classrooms are invited to take a creativity tour to OOH in Downtown Sonora! Students will be introduced to the potter’s wheel, slab roller, clay extruder, pug mill and kilns and then students can select a piece of pottery to glaze

Gini Seibert, Out of Hand

K-12 / 20 students / time TBA / $45+ glazing projects start @ $3.00

Contact:
209-533-1309
mountaingini45@gmail.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Tuolumne County Library Mural with Artist, Tracy Knopf
Register your class today for a hike through the mural at the Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Rd., Sonora, with Artist and naturalist Tracy Knopf. Sessions will be age specific and touch on subjects such as habitat, symbiotic relationships among species, plant and animal identification, nature conservation, as well as the Artist’s painting techniques, use of color, perspective, and composition.

Bring your binoculars and backpacks and enjoy the mental exercise!

Tracy Knopf

K-6/ one class at a time/ 11:30-3:00 W, Th., Fri. / $70 per hour / Oct. 1st through May 1st

Contact:
209- 586-4397
tracy.knopf@yahoo.com
www.grnele.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Residencies

Michele Tennant – Adventures in Dynamic Digistration

Digistration – when digital graphics meet story and illustrations.

Michele Tennant’s enthusiasm for the craft of story and illustration and her easy way with children and teens makes language arts and joy. Mrs. Tennant’s Digistration workshops incorporate the art of writing with illustration concepts and digital illustration. Tennant grew up in the town of Sonora where she began painting as soon as she could keep the brush out of her mouth. She has been awarded a best of show ribbon from the Tuolumne county fair for her work in acrylics. After high school Michele majored in theater at Columbia College. This background helps her to question her characters motivation when she began writing stories for children. Mrs. Tennant joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) over 15 years ago. Shorty after she was awarded Calaveras Arts Council’s first ever grant, which covered her tuition to the SCBWI National Conference. This artist has penned several poems and stories for children’s magazines like Cricket, Ladybug, and Boys Quest. Michele Tennant currently is currently working toward a bachelors of fine arts with a focus in illustration.

Full Digistration residency

Workshop length: 6-week residency program
Session Length: 2hrs @ 2 days per week
Grades 4 -12
Rate: $900
Maximum # of students: 30
Required the use of 15 school computers.
Students write their own original story, learn about the editing process, create a storyboard of rough illustrations and use digital drawing tablet and graphics software to create a finished illustration.

Digistration basics

Workshop length: 3 days
Session Length: 1.5 hrs
Grade levels: 4 -12
Rate: $70 per session
Required the use of 15 school computers.
Students study the elements of a good story and create three rough sketches and one digital illustration to accompany an existing story.

The art of illustration

Workshop length: 2 days
Session Length: 1.5 hrs
Grade levels: K -12
Rate: $70 per session
Students study picture books and create three rough sketches and one finished illustration in traditional media to accompany an existing story.

The art of story

Workshop length: 3 days
Session Length: 1 hrs
Grade levels: 4 -12
Rate: $60 per session
Students write an original story, learn about editing techniques and create final draft, which would be suitable for a children’s magazine.

Assembly Presentation – from words to pictures

Presentation length: 1 hr
Grade levels: K -12
Rate: $100 per session
Slide presentation about the evolution of story from words to images. This workshop touches on important element of story, breaking it up into a storyboard for a picture book, digital illustration techniques and how the same process can be taken a step farther to create a feature length movie.

Can schedule multiple class sessions per day.

Contact:
Michele Tennant
michele_tennant@yahoo.com
202 West Sunset St.
Sonora CA, 95370
209-643-3148

Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Calligraphy: in Greek – Kalos: Beautiful Graphy: to write…Beautiful Handwriting

Four weekly classes of 2 hours each. The stroke method of learning Chancery Cursive

Calligraphy is a dying art. Beautiful handwriting is revered by many. With daily practice the dedicated student can master the font of Chancery Cursive. The art, if perfected can result in daily personal pride and substantial income. Students must be present for all lessons and daily practice insures success.

Week 1:

History, Anatomy of the stroke, the pen and the letters, Vocabulary of Calligraphy, Lower case strokes

Week 2:

Building the lower case alphabet.

Week 3:

Upper case strokes Upper case alphabet

Week 4:

Perfection of Chancery Cursive Spacing of letters and words

Optional week 5:

Flourishing

Optional Week 6:

Layout of Page ( the math), text bodies, titles. Execution of a short haiku poem.

Mandatory 4 weeks equals 8 hours of student contact. (Optional weeks 5 and 6 add 4 more hours of instruction equaling 12 hours).

Fee: $60. Per hour ( x 8 hours = $480.00) with important optional lessons: $720.00 )

Supplies are to be arranged for by Instructor and paid for separately by the school. They include:

  • Copies of instructional materials: ” The Kit” one set per student approx 10 sheets each.
  • Calligraphy felt tip pens: By Sanford 2.5 mm Black ( purchased by the dozen: pre ordered by Dianne: allow 2 weeks)
  • Rulers or straight edge : one per student
  • One ream copy paper for instruction and practice
  • Paper clips : 2 per student

Dianne Stearns

Contact:
209-532-8269
rdstearns@sbcglobal.net
www.DianneStearns.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Mural Painting
Take an un-noticed, uninspired wall or building on campus and transform the ordinary into an expression of team building and school spirit; or create a “mobile mural” for a thematic backdrop to theater sets, school or curricular events and projects. Molli will work from initial concept through design and layout to the coaching and support needed for children and youth to capture a larger vision for the whole school. An active, dynamic group process enhances the technical learning of color, scale, composition and dimensional rendering.

Molli Cantral

6-12/ 30 students/ 8 to 10 sessions, 90 min ea/ $25 per hr. & materials up to $150

Contact:
209-533-4668
missmollijoymc@gmail.com
Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS


Country Crafts

Local horsewoman Vicki Vermeer specializes in creating fun, funky, unique gemstone, metal and natural jewelry and embellishing  horseshoes.

Vicki’s classes are fun filled and packed with simple tips to help you create your own “Lucky Horseshoes.” Even if you think you are not “crafty” you will end up with beautiful creations that you can display with pride.

Vicki has taught at local schools and helped many children create their own, decorated horseshoes. The children will be provided with horseshoes, many of them are hand forged (my daughter is a horseshoer).  Then we will use leather “strings” to create unique hangers and embellishments.  There will be beads and wire available too and children will be encouraged to experiment with color and knots and braiding techniques.

“I have had up to twenty students, but eight to ten is ideal.  This project is ideal for grades three to high school level where we will make wire wrapping an option.”

Each session will be about an hour and will cost $35, which includes materials.

For more information contact juicevicki@hotmail.com or 209 298 1184.

Contact the artist to set up your session. The ARTIST will fill out the online form. INSTRUCTIONS