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

Upcoming Workshops:

Mixed Media Mono Prints Workshop with Chelsea Smith

 

Mixed Media Mono Prints
Workshop with Chelsea Smith

Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Participants will explore mono print making with mixed media elements. Students will be encouraged to experiment with layering their prints with mixed processes and materials. Liquid watercolor spray, oil pastel blending and collage materials will be explored in addition to learning mono print making techniques. No prior experience necessary.

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Children's Art Workshops

 

Children's Art Workshops

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

Saturday, March 3, 2018 / 1:00 - 3:00 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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Fire & Clay Workshop with Jon Keenan

 

Fire & Clay
Workshop with Jon Keenan

Saturday & Sunday, March 10 & 11, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This 2-day workshop will explore traditional hand-building approaches in clay and 'raku' firing. In the studio, instruction on a range of hands-on techniques will allow participants to make their own unique forms in clay; experimentation and play being encouraged. Pieces made during the workshop will be fired and made available for pick up at a later date during the exhibition. The workshop will include demonstrations, participants creating/working in clay, glazing/designing pre-bisqued forms (which we will provide) with imagery in colored glazes, oxides, and lusters, followed by exploring the firing the works in a series of 'raku' firings.

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Carl Friedlander
Carl Friedlander

Michael Rohde
Michael Rohde

Ventura County Handweavers & Spinners Guild
Free Demonstrations & Educational Programming

Offered each weekend during the Ventura County Handweavers & Spinners Guild Exhibition
March 3 - April 15, 2018

SCHEDULE:
March 10 & 11
- Sheep to Shawls Demonstrations
March 17 & 18 - Weaving Demonstrations
March 24 & 25 - Alternative Fiber Arts Demonstrations
March 31 & April 1 - Spinning and Preparation of Materials Demonstrations
April 7 & 8 - Childrens Activity Days

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Plein Air Painting Workshop

 

Plein Air Painting Workshop
with Jennifer McChristian
Monday - Friday, April 9 - 13, 2018

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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Encaustic Workshop Using R&F Encaustic Paint with Caryl St. Ama

 

Encaustic Workshop
Using R&F Encaustic Paint

with Caryl St. Ama

Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Caryl St Ama will guide students through an introduction to working with R&F Encaustic paint and pigment sticks. The 2-Day workshop provides students an immersive experience with a solid base in techniques and best practices for using wax. Throughout the two days, she encourages your creative development in painting, layering, mark making and mixed media work.

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Site Specific - Workshop with Allison Newsome

 

Site Specific
Workshop with Allison Newsome

Saturday & Sunday, April 28 - 29, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A central theme in Allison Newsome's work is the relationship between humans and the environment, and how the human psyche has changed with shifts from the wilderness to the agrarian, and into the industrial and post-industrial world. This focus is of particular interest to us, as we are an activity of the Happy Valley Foundation, which cares for 500 acres of land, much of it left untouched as a wildlife corridor.

In this workshop, participants will explore the grounds, creating works inspired by specific sites. Exploring the colors, textures, forms, and or history of the site, the three-dimensional works will utilize Newsome's once-fired technique for working in clay, and mixed media.

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Glass Lampwork Bead Workshop with Yvette Franklin

 

Glass Lampwork Bead Workshop
with Yvette Franklin

Saturday, May 5, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Lampworking is a process of making glass beads by melting glass rods in a flame and winding the molten glass around a coated metal mandrel. The hot glass can then be shaped and decorated in a multitude of ways before the annealing process, which requires the bead being slowly cooled.

The process dates back to the earliest examples of glass beadmaking from Mesopotamia (2340-2180 BC). The Roman period, New Kingdom Egypt, and the era of Islamic dominance in the Mediterranean (600-1400 AD) are considered to be the three great periods of ancient glassmaking.

This workshop will present a hands-on introduction to this artistic process.

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Unfolding the Figure Workshop with Valerie Freeman

 

Unfolding the Figure
Workshop with Valerie Freeman

Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Valerie Freeman’s figurative sculptures, known for their flowing contraposto gestures will be taught in a step-by-step manner. Participants will review a basic understanding of human anatomy, working with a live model through quick-sketching on paper and clay maquettes. Students will learn how to abstractly compose, design and engineer the human form while experimenting with ceramic clay textured slabs.

For this workshop we will have a male model.

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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

(Workshop has been postponed. Date for workshop will be announced soon.)

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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New!

Experiences:  Workshops on Demand

Experiences:
Workshops on Demand

Recently, the Center has experienced an increase in requests to book private workshops -- from corporations looking for unique inspirational and team-building retreats, to wedding planners seeking to provide a unique Ojai experience as part of the weekend celebration.

Kevin Wallace, Director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts & Happy Valley Cultural Center leads a number of these Experiences, which can be booked as either three-hour workshops, at $40 per person with a 6 person minimum, or six-hour workshops, at $80. per person with a 4 person minimum. In both cases, all materials are included, with the six-hour workshops including a light lunch.

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Ongoing Educational Activities

Ongoing activities for individuals or groups by appointment.

Excel Academy
Excel Academy

 

Inspire Charter Schools Classes for Kids on Friday Afternoons
Inspire Charter
Schools

 

Sage Oak Charter School
Sage Oak
Charter School

Ongoing Classes:

Charter Schools Classes for Kids
on Friday Afternoons

Grades K 6:   1:30 - 3:00 pm
Grades 7 12: 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Taught by Kevin Wallace
Director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that we are an approved vendor with Excel Academy, Inspire Charter Schools, and Sage Oak Charter School.

We currently offer two different classes, on Friday afternoons:

Art & Life – 1:30–3:00 pm for Grades K – 6. Students learn how to utilize diverse artistic processes, and are introduced to art history.

The Creative Life – 3:30–5:00 pm for Grades 7 – 12. Students study art and writing, from historical examples to hands-on processes, to learn how creativity can shape and expand the experience of life.

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Identity and Exhibition: A Writing Workshop for Artists

 

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

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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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 & Demonstrations

Unfolding the Figure II - Workshop with Valerie Freeman

 

Unfolding the Figure II

Workshop with Valerie Freeman

Saturday, January 6, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In this workshop, participants will explore the figure as a wall relief. Working from a live model, participants will learn how to sketch and sculpt on slabs of clay and construct brackets for mounting works to a wall. The last 90 minutes of the workshop will be devoted to various applications for applying stains and glazing, with the opportunity to use stain and clear glaze for a once-fired wall relief.

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2017:

Pyrography Workshop with Cynthia Gibson

 

Pyrography Workshop

with Cynthia Gibson

Thursday, November 9, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Presented in the Harvey Rich Woodworking Studio

Embellish your world with Cynthia Gibson, one of the leading artists in pyrography. Participants will learn the woods best suited for pyrography, preparation of boards, sculptures or woodturnings, preferred tools and how to use them, and finishing your work. Participants will leave this one-day workshop armed with the tools needed to begin their journey into pyrography.

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Carving and Burnishing Clay Workshop with Jeff Margolin

 

Carving and Burnishing Clay
Workshop with Jeff Margolin

Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This workshop was sold out

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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Workshop with Hans-Joachim Roedelius

 

Workshop with Hans-Joachim Roedelius

Saturday, October 14, 2017
2:00 pm

This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a legendary figure in music history sharing his philosophies and processes. 

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George Winston Workshop

GEORGE WINSTON WORKSHOP

Saturday, July 15, 2017 / 7:00 pm

FREE Workshop

George Winston is presenting a workshop at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, in association with his performance at the Zalk Theater.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, July 15th, at 7 pm and will last approximately one hour. George will play solo acoustic guitar, solo harmonica and piano and discuss his unique approach to music and the creative process. 

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Embellishment & Inspiration - A Wood Workshop with Sharon Doughtie

 

Embellishment & Inspiration
A Wood Workshop with Sharon Doughtie

Saturday & Sunday, July 1 & 2, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In this two day workshop, experienced woodturners, as well as those who want to explore the potential of wood as an artistic medium, will learn new approaches to design and surface textures.

On Saturday, Doughtie will focus on the embellished bowl. She will turn a bowl and show simple ways to alter it by cutting, carving, burning and coloring, including carving feet. There will be a demonstration of the knotwork designs that Doughtie is known for, and instruction on making burning tips. Color and finish compatibility will also be discussed.

On Sunday, participants will go "off grid" with some burning on flatwork and, wooturners will be able to bring bowls they've turned, with a discussion of working on curved works.

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Let's Face It! Workshop with Kim Clarke

Let's Face It!
A Ceramic Workshop with Kim Clarke

Saturday, June 17, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Learn how to sculpt the human face, with concentration and emphases on the details.

In this fun and informative workshop, artists who work in ceramic will learn to put a face on their teapots, cups, mugs – and sculpture.

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Harvey Rich Woodworking Studio Grand Opening and Dedication with Woodworking Demonstration by Eli Avisera
Eli Avisera

Harvey Rich Woodworking Studio
Grand Opening and Dedication

with Woodworking Demonstrations
by Eli Avisera

Sunday, June 11, 2017 / 11:00 am

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai, California is pleased to announce the creation of The Harvey Rich Woodworking Studio.

The public is invited to attend the opening celebration and formal dedication on June 11th. The event will include a reception, tour, and demonstrations by internationally acclaimed artist, Eli Avisera.

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Mask Making Workshop with Roxanne Olivia Abell

Mask Making Workshop
with Roxanne Olivia Abell

Saturday, June 3, 2017
1:00 - 6:00 pm

In this workshop, participants will explore issues of identity, by creating mixed media masks. The historical use of masks in theatre, ceremony and ritual will be discussed, as well as the use of masks to explore myths and archetypes.

The resulting masks can be displayed as works of art, or utilized for personal exploration. 

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Creating a Vision Board Workshop

Creating a Vision Board
A Workshop with Roxanne Olivia Abell

Saturday, May 27, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 pm

A vision board is made up of images and text that serve to identify and clarify an individual's vision, while reinforcing intentions. Creating a vision board is means of coming to terms with one's vision and goals, while living with it is a means of constant inspiration.

In this workshop, participants will utilize the process of collage - a process relating to our Dada programming - to create a personal vision board - in line with our motto "Life is an Art".

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Experiencing Life as an Art Workshop

Experiencing Life as an Art
A Workshop with Kevin Wallace

Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

“Our motto at the Center is ‘Life is an Art', as I was invited to create the Center following the presentation of Beatrice Wood: The Art of a Life at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles,” says Wallace. “Beatrice Wood truly lived a life in which the arts and the everyday were seamlessly intertwined."

In this workshop, participants will explore Beatrice Wood’s passions – art books, philosophy, drawing, working in clay, preparing food, and conversation – all with a sense of how the most mundane aspects of life can be imbued with creativity. They will work with clay in her studio, utilize her colored pencils to create drawings, and prepare lunch in her kitchen.

At the end of the day, participants will leave the Center with valuable lessons in life and the arts, fully immersed in the world-view and processes of Beatrice Wood.

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Dada: History, Process & Experience

Dada: History, Process & Experience
A Workshop with Kevin Wallace

Saturday, May 13, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

It's the Centennial Celebration of Dada!

Beginning with a PowerPoint presentation on Dada history and aesthetics, participants will experience hands-on exploration of painting, poetry, collage and assemblage, while learning how to embrace chance and accident as a means of expanding artistic exploration.

This workshop is being presented as part of the Center’s Centennial Celebration of Dada, as Beatrice Wood, Marcel Duchamp, and other artists in New York, as well as Zurich, were creating important works as part of the Dada Movement in 1917, ultimately having a major impact on art history.

At the end of the day, participants will take home the works they created at the Center, having acquired new approaches to creativity and artistic processes.

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Architectural Clay Workshop with Allison Newsome

Architectural Clay
A Workshop with Allison Newsome

Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In this workshop with Allison Newsome, participants will explore totemic ceramic garden sculpture by creating multiple components that result in a larger work. Following Allison Newsome's recent residency with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in connection with their Luca della Robbia exhibition, participants will study architectural clay inspired forms.

Surface techniques will include using majolica, a white glaze base, Newsome’s trademark use of Mason Stains to create “once-fired” ceramics, and using polychrome painting on a white opaque surface with metallic oxides and stains.

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Ventura County Handweavers and Spinners Guild Demonstration

Ventura County Handweavers
and Spinners Guild Demonstration

Saturday, April 29, 2017 / 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Ventura County Handweavers and Spinners Guild will gather at the studio to warp the Studio's 46-inch floor loom. The loom will be warped with cottons, rayon and silks for a summer shawl in Beatrice's favorite Ojai sunrise and sunset colors.

Guild hand spinners will be spinning outside on the patio as members take turns with the warping task. Hand weavers will share other portable weaving techniques.

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Modernist Masks Workshop with Derek Weidman

Modernist Masks
A Workshop with Derek Weidman

Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In this workshop, participants will explore the creative process, with references to both the craft and form of historic masks, and the influence of Dadaism. Conventional craftsmanship in woodworking may be used, but don't plan to be fussing over fit and finish. A safe, yet unorthodox, approach to fine woodworking principles will be utilized to focus on creation and expressiveness. Participants will shape masks out of wood but are invited to bring found objects in line with personal tastes or interests to incorporate. Vintage objects of unknown origin, cut up rubber tires, metal shards... you like it, bring it, and Weidman will assist you in figuring out how to make it work!

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Dada Mosaic Workshop with Gail Hercher

 

Dada Mosaic Workshop
with Gail Hercher

Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

In this workshop, participants will explore the process of mosaic, working in the Dada tradition of affection for repurposed and recycled materials. Mosaic Work is a meditative process that works well "as a cure for the madness of our age." (Arp) Participants will create a stunning and strange framed mosaic piece with one priceless artifact – a small luster-glazed clay piece cast from one of Beatrice Wood's original molds. This is an exciting way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wood’s involvement in the New York Dada Movement and her continuing influence.

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The Hand-Built Vessel Workshop with Sean Ponder

 

Expressive Objects / Sculptural Ceramics
Workshop with Sean Ponder

Sunday, March 19, 2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

In this workshop led by Sean Ponder, handbuilding techniques will be utilized to create ceramic sculpture. Once the works have been fired, they will be available to pick up at the Center.

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DADA:  Eternal Return Collaborative Community Event #2

 

DADA: Eternal Return
Collaborative Community Event #2

Saturday & Sunday, February 25 & 26, 2017
12:00 - 4:00 pm

These free workshops will begin with a PowerPoint presentation on Dada history and aesthetics by Kevin Wallace, Director of the Center, followed by hands-on exploration of collage and assemblage techniques, as well as how chance and accident can expand artistic exploration.

Participants will be asked to donate their creations to the Center, to be included in the exhibition DADA: The Eternal Return, presented March 4 - April 22, with all proceeds supporting educational programming.

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DADA:  Eternal Return Collaborative Community Event #1

 

DADA: Eternal Return
Collaborative Community Event #1

Saturday & Sunday, February 11 & 12, 2017
12:00 - 4:00 pm

Saturday, 12 - 4 pm: This free workshop will begin with a PowerPoint presentation on Dada history and aesthetics by Kevin Wallace, Director of the Center, followed by hands-on exploration of collage and assemblage techniques, as well as how chance and accident can expand artistic exploration.

Participants will be asked to donate their creations to the Center, to be included in the exhibition DADA: The Eternal Return, presented March 4 - April 22, with all proceeds supporting educational programming.

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Dada Ceramics Workshop

 

Dada Ceramics Workshop
with Professor Richard Flores & Kevin Wallace

The First in a Series of Dada Events

Saturday, February 4, 2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Center will be hosting a number of Dada events beginning in January, including workshops. This is the first of these events - an opportunity to learn more about Dadaism, its history as an arts movement created in reaction to the madness of world events, and the ideas and aesthetics associated with the movement. Participants will create a Dada sculpture in clay.

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The Hand-Built Vessel Workshop with Sean Ponder

 

The Hand-Built Vessel Workshop
with Sean Ponder

Saturday, January 28, 2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

In this workshop led by Sean Ponder, participants, with or without any experience in clay, will create a vessel using simple techniques that have been utilized in diverse cultures throughout history. The vessels will be decorated with techniques that include working with slip and stains. Once the works have been fired, they will be available to pick up at the Center.

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Double Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Workshop with Guitar Masters Jim Kimo West and Ken Emerson

 

Double Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Workshop
with Guitar Masters
Jim Kimo West & Ken Emerson

Saturday, January 21, 2017 / 1:30 - 4:00 pm

Jim Kimo West & Ken Emerson are living legends in the world of Hawaiian slack key and acoustic steel guitar. This is a rare opportunity to study with both master players on the same day, up-close and personal. Played from the heart and soul through the fingers, and flowing with vivid tropical images, Hawaiian slack key is truly one of the great acoustic guitar traditions in the world. In slack key, some of the strings are slacked from the standard tuning, with the thumb playing the bass while the other fingers play the melody and improvise in a finger-picked style.

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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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