Crocker Art Museum's October Studio Art Classes

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Draw, Paint, Act, and Shoot this October
at the Crocker Art Museum's Studio Art Classes
New Studio Art classes will be presented at the Crocker beginning this October

Sacramento, Calif. – September 21, 2012 – The Crocker Art Museum will present new classes for children, teens, and adults starting this 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 five to eight 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.

For a complete schedule of classes and registration, visit crockerartmuseum.org, call (916) 808-1182 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A list of available October Studio Art classes is included below:


Sunday Crafternoon
Every 3rd Sunday
Beginning October 21, 1 - 3 PM

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 three and up with adult participation (children two and under are free). Fee per adult per session: $7 Museum Members, $10 Nonmembers. Fee per child ages 3-17 per session: $5. Instructor: Nancy Ciraulo.


Painting Animals
Four Saturdays, October 13 - November 3, 11 AM - 12:15 PM

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 Museum Members per pair ($15 per additional person), $50 Nonmembers per pair ($15 per additional person). Instructor: Mary Kaltenbach.


Crocker Mini-Masters
Five Thursdays, October 11 - November 8, 9 AM - 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 Museum Members, $110 Nonmembers. Instructor: Jennie Simpson.


Kids Art Club: Shape, Rattle and Roll
Four Saturdays, October 6 - 27, 2 - 3:30 PM

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 Museum Members, $50 Nonmembers. Instructor: Shirley Fox.


Crocker Kids Drama Club
Nine Thursdays, October 11 - December 13, 4 -5:30 PM

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 theatre 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, December 13. Space is limited. $170 Museum Members, $200 Nonmembers. Call (916) 808-1182 to register and save $20 per additional child (this discount is only available through phone registration). Instructor: Lynn Baker.

Heroes, Demons, and Dragons of Asia
Four Saturdays, October 27 - November 17, 1 - 3:30 PM

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 Museum Members, $95 Nonmembers. Instructor: Laurie Seban.


Master Artist Workshop for High School Students
Two Saturdays, October 6 & 20, 1 - 4 PM

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 Museum Members, $90 Nonmembers. Instructor: Stephen Kaltenbach.


Plein Air Landscapes
Three Saturdays
October 6, NOON - 5 PM (Crocker Art Museum)
October 13, NOON - 3 PM (Lava Cap Winery in Placerville)
October 20, NOON - 3 PM (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 Museum Members, $155 Nonmembers. Supplies: Included. Instructors: William Breazeale and Sarma Karsiere.

Saturday, October 13, NOON - 4 PM

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 Museum Members, $65 Nonmembers. Instructor: Anthony Montanino.

Beginning Drawing
Eight Sundays, October 14 - December 9, 1 - 3:30 PM

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 Museum Members, $205 Nonmembers. Instructor: Karen Roughton.

Mural Painting
Six Tuesdays, October 16 - November 20, 5:30 - 8 PM

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 Museum Members, $175 Nonmembers. Instructor: Marsha Schindler.

Breathe, Stretch, Paint, Flow: A Yoga & Watercolor Weekend Retreat
Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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 Museum Members, $185 Nonmembers. Supply Fee: $25 (waived if student brings their own). Instructors: Madeleine Lohman & Kathy Lemke Waste.

Event Photography
Four Tuesdays, October 23 - November 13, 5:30 - 8 PM

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 email them to the instructor. $95 Museum Members, $115 Nonmembers. Instructor: 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, October 23 - November 13, 5:30 - 8 PM

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 Museum Members, $130 Nonmembers. Instructor: Kristine Bybee.

Nepal Odyssey
Saturday, October 27, 10:30 - 3:30 PM

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 Museum Members, $60 Nonmembers. Instructor: Nancy Tingley.

Gorgeous Gourds
Saturday, October 27, 1 - 4 PM

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 Museum Members, $55 Nonmembers. Instructor: Daphne Burgess.

The Crocker Art Museum was the first art museum in the Western U.S. and remains one of the leading art museums in California. Established in 1885, the Museum features one of the country's finest collections of Californian art, exceptional holdings of master drawings, a comprehensive collection of international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Thursdays. Every third Sunday of the month is "Pay What You Wish Sunday" sponsored by Western Health Advantage.  


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