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To RSVP for any of our workshops, please call 805-646-3381 or email BeatriceWoodCenter@gmail.com.

Upcoming Workshops

Art: A Passionate Pursuit Workshop with Professor Richard Flores

 

Art: A Passionate Pursuit
Workshop with Professor Richard Flores

The First in a Series of Workshops
with Professor Richard Flores

Saturday, October 1, 2016 / 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In these workshops, Professor Flores will share artistic approaches to drawing, painting, ceramics, glass, and Earth architecture in an art historical and culturally expansive manner. While each workshop will function as an independent event, with hands on experience in diverse media, those who participate in a series of workshops will become immersed in a passionate pursuit of the arts with an instructor who has spent his life teaching three-dimensional design and art history.

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Children's Art Workshops

 

Children's Art Workshops

These workshops are held on the first Saturday of every month.

Saturday, October 1, 2016 / 1:00 - 4:00 pm

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts and Happy Valley Cultural Center is pleased to present workshops for children, to be held the first Saturday of every month. The programming, created by Seda Sevada, introduces children to a wide range of media and processes, as well as art history. In many cases the workshops involve artists-in-residence at the Center, or special guests, providing unique opportunities for expansive experience with the arts. The workshops are being offered free of charge and space is limited.  

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Woodturning Demo/Presentation with Hans Weissflog

 

Woodturning Demo/Presentation
with Hans Weissflog

Saturday, October 8, 2016 / 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Hans Weissflog is an internationally acclaimed woodturner, with a distinctive approach to creating bowls and container forms. In this all day event, Hans will discuss his work and demonstrate the techniques he employs in creating his work. Although this is not a “hands on” workshop, some experience with woodturning is recommended.

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Discovering the Goddess Workshop with Maryann Cord

 

Discovering the Goddess
Workshop with Maryann Cord

Saturday, October 8, 2016 / 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Delve into the ancient heritage of Goddess worshiping/honoring societies and study images of ancient Venus and Goddess figurines. Participants will then be guided to create their own interpretation working in clay. Participants will be instructed on the use of oxides, underglazes and mason stains to add color and depth in a watercolor-like fashion to the wet clay. The "once-fired" work will air dry and then be kiln-fired for participants to pick up at a later date.

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Day of the Ancestors - Ojai Hula Workshop
Sylvia Puanani Edgar

 

Day of the Ancestors: La O Ke 'Aumakua
Ojai Hula, Chant & Crown Lei Making Workshop
with Kumu Hula Sylvia Puanani Edgar

Saturday, October 29, 2016 / 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

A rare opportunity usually reserved only for those who have committed years to the serious study of hula. Participants will learn the Oli Mahalo chant which will be taught in the Hawaiian language. Mahalo is a sacred Hawaiian word of thanks and gratitude.

This will be followed by hands-on instruction and guidance to create a gorgeous carnation and marigold flower Lei Poni Mo'i, known as a crown lei.

Participants will then learn a sweet 'auana (modern) hula called Puamana and encouraged and welcomed to perform the hula dance they learned while wearing the crown lei they created.

Immediately following the workshop participants will be treated to a performance by Kumu Hula Sylvia Puanani Edgar.

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Carving and Burnishing Clay Workshop with Jeff Margolin

 

Carving and Burnishing Clay
Workshop with Jeff Margolin

Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Jeff Margolin has been carving clay for 50 years, as an occupation and passion. In this workshop, participants will be exploring a variety of approaches, clays, and tools of the trade. There will be plenty of time to work on individual projects, as workshop participants are encouraged to bring leather hard pieces suitable for carving and design concepts to work on - yet there will be clay forms prepared and plenty of designs for carving as well. Participants will explore historical and cultural aspects of carving and work on generating their own designs and how those designs can be realized in clay.

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Beato’s Treasures Jewelry Workshop with Yvette Franklin

 

Beato’s Treasures Jewelry Workshop
with Yvette Franklin
Saturday, November 12, 2016 / 1 - 4 pm

Beatrice Wood loved East Indian jewelry and always adorned herself with an array of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Join Yvette Franklin in learning how to make your own East Indian necklace and earrings. No experience necessary and tools will be available for use.  

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Plein Air Painting Workshop

 

Plein Air Painting Workshop
with Jennifer McChristian
Monday - Friday, April 3 - 7, 2017

Join award-winning artist Jennifer McChristian in this fun and invigorating 5-day plein-air painting workshop. The aim of this workshop is to teach you to interpret the landscape in terms of paint, using light and color to create form. Color relationships, design/composition, simplifying and the benefits of painting outdoors will be discussed, as well as how to design and build a painting that carries an emotional impact. We will focus on values, shapes, edges and color as well as paint handling and materials. The instructor will offer a brief demonstration each day and advice on a one-on-one basis in the field. Additionally, there will be class discussions and critique of work so that participants will learn from individual instruction as well as each other.

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Ongoing Educational Activities

Ongoing activities for individuals or groups by appointment.

All Together Now:  Collaborative Painting Program

All Together Now:
Collaborative Painting Program

During the summer of 2014, the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts staged an “ART-IN”, inviting visitors and members of the community to collaborate on paintings. Completed works, along with those in process, were included in an exhibition titled All Together Now: Collaborative Paintings, with proceeds from the sale of works supporting the Center’s educational programming.

The event and exhibition were inspired by the work of Liam O’Gallagher and designed to promote collaboration, creativity and community as a means of creating constructive change in the human condition and the planet.

Due to the success of this event, we are making this collaborative painting project an ongoing activity of the Center, open to individuals or groups.

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Embracing Destiny: Journaling, Creative Writing and The Inspired Life

 

Embracing Destiny: Journaling, Creative Writing
and The Inspired Life
with Kevin Wallace

This workshop utilizes a Journal created by Binh Pho and Kevin Wallace based upon the books River of Destiny: The Life and Work of Binh Pho and Shadow of The Turning.

This workshop will be led by Kevin Wallace and participants will utilize the Embracing Destiny Journal as a means of exploring life through the process of journaling and opening up to the potential of creative writing and living.

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Intern Program
Megan Johnson
Intern Artist
Rustic Treasures Series

Intern Program

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts Intern Program allows emerging artists to utilize Beatrice Wood's library and studio to create work. The Center works with colleges and universities to select participants, who create different series through studying art from diverse cultures and learning new techniques. The sale of works assists in supporting the Center's educational programming and allows collectors to acquire work by talented artists early in their careers.

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Previous Workshops

Expressive Kitchen - Workshop with Sean Ponder

 

Expressive Kitchen
Workshop with Sean Ponder

Saturday, September 24, 2016 / 1:00 - 4:00 pm

In this afternoon workshop, participants will learn basic hand building techniques for working in clay, while transforming ordinary kitchenware into extraordinary works of art. 

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Carving Clay in Low-Relief - a Workshop with Lauren Hanson

Carving Clay in Low-Relief
Workshop with Lauren Hanson

Sunday, June 26, 2016 / 1:00 - 4:00 pm

This Workshop Sold Out
Please email BeatriceWoodCenter@gmail.com if you would like to be placed on a waiting list for a future workshop.

In conjunction with the exhibition Art and Nature, ceramic artist Lauren Hanson will be presenting a hands-on afternoon workshop sharing her techniques for carving imagery and designs in low-relief. The artist will provide wheel-thrown “leather-hard” porcelain cups that will be ideal for carving. Participants are encouraged to bring their own image references, favorite tools, and their own pieces to carve if they prefer. A variety of images on paper that can be copied or transferred on to cups will also be provided.

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Introduction to Thought Forms Workshop

An Introduction to Thought Forms
Workshop with Kevin Wallace

Saturday, June 25, 2016 / 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Kevin Wallace, Director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, will present an afternoon workshop based on Thought Forms, the 1901 book by Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater that inspired Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee and countless other artists. Participants will explore the ideas that pre-date and inspired abstract painting through insights into the processes of seeing and recording impressions in form and color.

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Personal Portable Altar Workshop

Personal Portable Altar Workshop
with Professor Richard Flores

Friday - Sunday
June 3 - 5, 2016

What do you find sacred and how do you express it? Participants will construct small sculptural altars made in sections utilizing clay, mixed media, and found objects. No previous experience necessary.

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Bamboo Brush with Natural Fibers Workshop with Yvette Franklin

 

Bamboo Brush with Natural Fibers Workshop
with Yvette Franklin
Saturday, May 21, 2016 / 1 - 4 pm

Learn to make bamboo handled natural fiber brushes with Yvette Franklin, who uses her handmade brushes for working with underglazes on her ceramics. These brushes also work great with watercolors. Materials included.  

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Ojai Hula, Chant & Lei Making Workshop
Sylvia Puanani Edgar

 

Ojai Hula, Chant & Lei Making Workshop
with Sylvia Puanani Edgar
Saturday, April 30, 2016 / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

A rare opportunity usually reserved only for those who have committed years to the serious study of hula. Participants will begin by learning the ancient Oli Lei chant, used when a dancer dresses for a performance, which will be taught in the Hawaiian language, with an explanation of the meaning in English.

This will be followed by learning to make an intricately braided Ti-Leaf lei. In ancient Hawaii the Ti-Leaf was planted around dwellings to ward of malevolent spirits, and stalks of Ti-Leaf were also used as flags of truce and peace.  

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Beatrice Wood - Mermaid Teapot - Permanent Collection
Mermaid Teapot
by Beatrice Wood
Permanent Collection

 

Beatrice Wood: The Art of the Timeless
A Workshop with Allison Newsome
Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24, 2016

Allison Newsome is a sculptor known for her exploration of the figure and landscape. In this workshop, participants will utilize Newsome’s approach to working with clay and Mason stains utilizing the once-fired approach. Participants will study Beatrice Wood's approach to the figure, the impact of Dadaism and Folk Art from diverse cultures, in combination with the Ojai landscape.

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Glazing and Staining Techniques for Ceramics Workshop

Glazing and Staining Techniques for Ceramics
Workshop with Chloe Rahimzadeh
Saturday, April 16, 2016
1:00 - 4:00 pm

A Saturday Afternoon Workshop with Chloe Rahimzadeh

In this workshop taught by Chloe Rahimzadeh, part of a series to assist burgeoning ceramic artists, various techniques for utilizing glazes, underglazes and stains will be shared. For those who have created works in prior workshops at the Center, there will be hands-on experience and the opportunity to enjoy the results. 

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Transcending Function - Boxes and Bowls

Transcending Function: Boxes & Bowls
Saturday, April 9, 2016
1:00 - 4:00 pm

A Saturday Afternoon Workshop with Chloe Rahimzadeh

In this workshop for beginners, taught by Chloe Rahimzadeh, participants will learn basic hand-building techniques for creating utilitarian forms for daily use – works that elevate the everyday through blending art and life. 

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Plein Air Painting Workshop

 

The Figure as a Shrine
Workshop with Debra Fritts

Saturday & Sunday, March 5 & 6, 2016

In this workshop, we will build a figure using coil construction with the consideration of the body being a holding place. Assembled parts and attachments and found objects will embellish the form. Students should be prepared with ideas of the position of the figure: standing, sitting...etc. Bring a collection of images as a reference for the figurative form. Surface treatment will be explored by using a painterly approach to the wet clay with engobes and underglazes.

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The Art of Clay - Sculptural Ceramicsc Workshop

The Art of Clay: Sculptural Ceramics

Saturday, February 27, 2016
1:00 - 4:00 pm

A Saturday Afternoon Workshop with Chloe Rahimzadeh

In this workshop for beginners, taught by Chloe Rahimzadeh, participants will explore the potential of self-expression in clay, a medium that has been utilized to create sculptural forms from the tribal to the contemporary.

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Creative Clay Workshop

Creative Clay:
A Ceramic Workshop for Absolute Beginners

A Saturday Afternoon Workshop with Chloe Rahimzadeh

Saturday, February 20, 2016
1:00 - 4:00 pm

In this afternoon workshop, taught by Chloe Rahimzadeh, participants will learn the basics of working with clay, utilizing hand-building techniques to create vessels and sculpture. 

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Holiday Ornament Workshop

"Holiclay" Workshops
with Chloe Rahimzadeh

Holiday Ornament Workshop
Saturday, December 12, 2015 / 1 - 4 pm

In this afternoon workshop, taught by Chloe Rahimzadeh, participants will utilize hand-building techniques to create holiday ornaments.

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Holiday Art-Gift Workshop

"Holiclay" Workshops
with Chloe Rahimzadeh

Holiday Art-Gift Workshop
Saturday, December 5, 2015 / 1 - 4 pm

In this afternoon workshop, taught by Chloe Rahimzadeh, participants will utilize hand-building techniques to create up to three small holiday gifts.

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Animal Drawing and Clay Workshop with Nina de Creeft Ward

Animal Drawing and Clay Workshop
with Nina de Creeft Ward

Workshop will be held two consecutive Saturdays:
September 19 and September 26, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In conjunction with a Retrospective Exhibition, featuring sculpture and prints (August 22 to October 3) at Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Upper Ojai, artist Nina de Creeft Ward will be giving an Animal Drawing and Clay Workshop on consecutive Saturdays, September 19th and September 26th from 10 am to 4 pm. No experience is necessary.

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Identity and Exhibition: A Writing Workshop for Artists

 

Identity and Exhibition: A Writing Workshop
for Artists, with Kevin Wallace

Saturday, August 1, 2015
5:00 - 8:00 pm

This informative workshop will assist artists in understanding the role that identity and exhibition play in building a career as a professional in the art world. Topics will include creating an engaging artist statement and biography, writing promotional materials including press releases, utilizing the Internet and navigating the often-mysterious world of galleries and museums.

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Introduction to Thought Forms Workshop

An Introduction to Thought Forms
Workshop with Kevin Wallace

Saturday, July 18, 2015
5:00 - 8:00 pm

Kevin Wallace, Director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, will present an afternoon workshop based on Thought Forms, the 1901 book by Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater that inspired Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee and countless other artists. Participants will explore the ideas that pre-date and inspired abstract painting through insights into the processes of seeing and recording impressions in form and color.

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Richard Flores Rock Your Soul Workshop

Rock Your Soul Workshop
with Professor Richard Flores

Friday - Sunday
June 12 - 14, 2015

Art is an international language, with music, sculpture, dance, painting, film and theatre offering an expansive means of self-expression. In this workshop we will create paintings and works in clay that echo the power of rock n’roll and the impassioned, improvisatory vocal delivery of soul music.

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Plein Air Painting Workshop

 

Plein Air Painting Workshop
with Jennifer McChristian
Monday - Friday, April 6 - 10, 2015

Join award-winning artist Jennifer McChristian in this fun and invigorating 5-day plein-air painting workshop. The aim of this workshop is to teach interpretation of the landscape in paint, using light and color to create form. Color relationships, design/composition, simplifying and the benefits of painting outdoors will be discussed, as well as how to design and build a painting that carries an emotional impact.

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Harvest of the Heart Workshop with Professor Richard Flores

Harvest of the Heart
Ceramic Workshop with Professor Richard Flores
Friday - Sunday, March 20 - 22, 2015

This three-day workshop with Professor Richard Flores will offer an opportunity to participate in our educational programming no matter what your age or experience. Participants will explore the seeds of soul – what we plant and nurture within us – and how they can manifest as art. 

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Introduction to Thought Forms Workshop

An Introduction to Thought Forms
Workshop with Kevin Wallace
Saturday, March 14, 2015

This afternoon workshop, presented by Kevin Wallace, is based on Thought Forms, the 1901 book by Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater that inspired Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee and countless other artists. Participants will explore the ideas that pre-date and inspired abstract painting through insights into the processes of seeing and recording impressions in form and color. 

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Please call 805-646-3381 or email BeatriceWoodCenter@gmail.com for more information on our exhibitions, workshops, and performances. 

Our workshops and classes all take place at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts (driving directions).

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Tel: 805-646-3381 or e-mail us at BeatriceWoodCenter@gmail.com

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