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Arts & Culture Newsletter


Fairy Illumination Event December 6 at Potocki Center for the Arts

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Join the City of Mission Viejo and Caring Fairies for a special illumination event with holiday lights, apple cider and cookies from 4:30-7:30 pm on Friday, December 6. 

For one night only, more than 25 fairy homes will be illuminated at the fairy village at the Potocki Center for the Arts.  Admission is free, so don’t miss this special event.

For more information, call 949-470-8470.

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to join the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity for several exciting visual arts classes at the Potocki Center for the Arts! 

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Offerings for school-aged children include:

Paint Like the Pros – Expression in Color & Brushstrokes
This 8-week after-school program is perfect for young artists and beginners. It takes place on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 pm from January 8 through February 26 (Course #45255).
Students will enjoy learning several different painting techniques through the use of color, medium and more. Explore your creativity with projects focusing on the use of non-traditional tools, an introduction to color theory, abstract expressionism, still-life observational painting, watercolor postcards and more. The class culminates with a collaborative mural painted by students that will be displayed at the Potocki Center.

Lil Elves Gift Making Workshops 
The best gifts are handmade by children, so bring your little elves to the Potocki Center for some wonderful gift-making workshops! Each workshop will feature a new fine art technique and activity. Students will learn to create feathery clay ornaments by hand, paint miniature masterpieces on 2 x 3” canvases and iconic Grinch imagery in a fun pop-art style on 6 x 6” canvases. These workshops are the perfect way to make a meaningful and creative gift for your loved ones.

The workshops are as follows: 

  • Birds of a Feather Clay Ornaments – from 4-5:30 pm on Thursday, December 5 (Course #45134).
  • Good Things Come in Small Packages Mini Canvas Painting – from 4-5:30 pm on Thursday, December 12 (Course #45135)
  • Grinch Pop Art Painting – from 4-5:30 pm on Thursday, December 19 (Course #45136)

The Chuck Jones Center is also offering a night of creative fun for adults – Pop Art Paint Night on Friday, January 24 from 6:30-8:30 pm (Course #45249). Our teaching artists will guide you step-by-step through the process of painting one of Chuck’s beloved characters using a combination of vibrant colors and textures created with non-traditional tools. No art experience is necessary, just bring your creativity! Plus, Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts will have a selection of wines by the glass available for purchase. Don’t miss this fabulous night of creativity and fun. 
 

Keeping the Creative Spirit at the Holidays

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The holidays are filled with many opportunities for artistic expression. From decorating to gifting, this time of year is about imagination and creativity. For us, it’s about making the holiday season one of mindfulness. In that essence, here are some things we plan to do this season, which will hopefully inspire your creative spirit, too.

  • Gifting handmade items. There are millions of projects online to inspire unique gifts ideas. 
  • Gifting an “experience.” Because not everyone needs more stuff, we are giving loved ones the gift of an experience.
  • Recycling. Decorating our spaces with more recycled and earth-friendly materials.
  • Buying local. Supporting our community by shopping local and supporting small businesses.
  • Giving back. Finding at least one opportunity to give back either through volunteering, support or encouragement.

We are grateful to work in such a wonderful community. We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season!

 

Christmas with the Master Chorale

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Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley will perform a spectacular holiday concert at 3 pm on Sunday, December 8 at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way.  Enjoy an enchanting afternoon of traditional carols blended with some beautiful new pieces by contemporary composers.  

This talented group began in 1963 in Laguna Beach when Doris Shields, choir director for the Neighborhood Congregational Church of Laguna Beach, was asked to pull together a choral group to sing background music for the Pageant of the Masters summer show.  When the first season ended, Doris was determined to keep the musicians together, so she organized performances with a Shakespeare troupe and other concert opportunities throughout the Saddleback Valley.

Throughout the years, the ensemble’s name has taken on several associations including the Festival Chorale under the tutelage of Mitzi Interland in 1968 and the Laguna Festival Chorale under the direction of Jack Krefting in 1970. In 1973, Dr. Jonah Kliewer led the chorale before Don Walker stepped in to direct the group then known as the Saddleback Concert Chorale, which performed in Europe and Mexico and was featured on the Swedish National Radio as an example of excellence in choral music.  In 1982, the Alvin Brightbill era began.  He was a tenor soloist who maintained a high standard for the singers.  By 1990, the group was called the Saddleback Master Chorale, and 16 years later in 2006, Charles Stephenson became the artistic director.  The chorale included some 30 singers under Charles, who lent his vocal talents with the ensemble for many years. 

Since 2013, the Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley has remained a vocalist group with an ever-expanding repertoire that includes the classics of Mozart, Bach and Brahms as well as folk songs from Appalachia; Renaissance love songs; opera choruses; and music from other parts of the world.

Chorale members love to sing, so don’t miss the chance to embrace their exquisite talents. During the holidays, the group even provides wassail and cookies at the end of concerts. For more information, contact 949-470-8440. Tickets for the December 8 show are $20 and are available via Course #44886.

 

Don’t miss talented children performing ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens Dec. 14

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Save the date for an enchanting production of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” by Children’s Out of the Box Theater Arts Group at 6:30 pm on Saturday, December 14. 

The production follows the iconic tale of the excitement everyone felt for the upcoming Christmas holiday – except the miser Mr. Scrooge.  Join the fun with children performing with the Out of the Box production company.

The idea for the Out of the Box company was born from the need to enhance arts education in the region.  The arts have a positive impact on our children both educationally and personally and offer them a creative outlet while helping them to grow into stronger, more confident people.  

Tickets are $10 and are available online at Course #45300.
 

Cabaret Night with Louis Landon Saturday, Jan. 11

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Louis Landon will delight audience members from near and far when he performs music from the Great American Songbook at 7 pm on Saturday, January 11 at the Norman P. Murray Community Center.  

The evening promises to take us back in time and experience the romantic and profound music from a beloved era long ago.   

Louis Landon is a composer, Steinway artist and pianist for peace who has dedicated his life to music. His career has taken him around the world playing a variety of styles with some of the most recognized names in the entertainment industry. He has toured nationally and internationally, playing classical music for Mikhail Baryshnikov; jazz fusion with The John Payne Band; Latin music with "Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers”; pop music with Rupert Holmes; and rock-and-roll with John Hall.

Louis began playing the piano by ear at the age of 4 and later took lessons. As a teenager, he played guitar and keyboard in bands and went on to study music at Stony Brook University, Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.

For the past 30 years, Louis has written and produced music for film, video and commercials. He recorded his first original piano album “Love Songs & Jazz” in 1994 and has since released 32 albums and CDs on the LCI Record label including his latest 2019 release entitled “Heartfelt Solo Piano.” 

Tickets are $10 and are available online at https://cityofmissionviejo.org/register by referencing Course #44889 or by calling 949 470-8440.

 

See the next amazing Gallery Exhibit at the Potocki Center for the Arts

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The next time you’re at the Potocki Center for the Arts, check out the latest gallery exhibit by talented local artists Amber Foote and Michael McGregor.

Both graduates from Laguna College of Art and Design, Amber and Michael share an interest in painting images of animals.  

Working primarily in oils, Amber paints portraits, still-life objects and animal artwork, striving to recreate a sense of realism and personality. Her still-life paintings often have a play on words or a humorous feeling about them. Michael is known for his exquisite artwork and professionalism. 

You can see their fabulous works of art on display from December 8 to January 11.

 

Winter Classes on Tap

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Driftwood Wind Chime Workshop
Create a unique wind chime using driftwood, cord and beads. Cost is $30 plus a $20 material fee due to the instructor for age 13 and older. This class is from 10 am to noon on Saturday, December 7 (Course #45260); Saturday, January 4 (Course #45261); or on Saturday, February 1 (Course #45262).

Fun Art for Kids
Kids will experience creativity though fun art projects. Classes include a directed drawing experience followed by an art activity using various art media. All supplies provided. Cost is $45 for ages 7-11. This class is from 3:30-5 pm on Wednesdays, December 4-18 (Course #45132). It’s also offered from 3:30-5 pm on Thursdays, January 23 to February 27 (Course #45133).

Groutless Mosaics Workshop
Create mosaics using stained, dichroic-used glass, mirrors, tiles, jewelry, ceramics, glass nuggets, etc. Choices include frames, vases, candle holders, dishes, pots, wood and more. Cost is $50 plus a $20 material fee due to the instructor for age 14 and older. This class is from 1-4:30 pm on Saturday, February 22 (Course #45045).

Intro to Mosaics
Have fun learning to make a mosaic pot or picture frame with artist Melanie Ellis. Shape ceramic tiles and glass with nippers; bond and grout to finish. Cost is $55 for age 14 and older. This class is from 1-4 pm on Saturday, December 14 (Course #45042); and Saturday, January 11 (Course #45044).

Knitting Beyond Beginner
Take your knitting to the next level! In this class, you will learn how to increase, decrease and combine stitches as well as how to read knitting patterns. All supplies included. Cost is $55 plus a $15 material fee due to the instructor for age 12 and older. This class is from 11 am to 1 pm on Tuesday, December 3-17 (Course #45053). It’s also offered from 11 am to 1 pm on Tuesday, February 4-18 (Course #45055) and from 6-8 pm on Tuesday, February 4-18 (Course #45058).

Knitting for Beginners
In this entry-level class, you will learn the basic skills to begin enjoying the time-honored craft of knitting. Skills you will learn include casting-on, knit and purl stitch, and binding off. All supplies included. Cost is $70 plus a $15 material fee due to the instructor for age 16 and older. This class is from 11 am to 1 pm on Tuesday, January 7-28 (Course #45047) and from 6-8 pm on Tuesday, January 7-28 (Course #45050).  

Knitting Project Class: Hats
Let’s knit hats! Students should know the knit and purl stitches. Skills covered include knitting in the round using circular and double-pointed needles. All supplies provided. Cost is $55 plus a $20 material fee due to the instructor for age 12 and older. This class is from 6-8 pm on Tuesday, December 3-17 (Course #45066). It’s also offered from 11 am to 1 pm on Thursday, January 9-23 (Course #45069).

Knitting Project Class: Mittens
Learn to knit mittens! Students should know the knit and purl stitches. Skills covered include knitting in the round, decreasing and picking up stitches using double-pointed needles. All supplies provided. Cost is $55 plus a $15 material fee due to the instructor for age 12 and older. This class is from 11 am to 1 pm on Thursday, February 6-20 (Course #45063).

Little Elves Gift-Making Workshop: Birds-of-A-Feather Ornaments
Students create feathery ornaments by hand molding air dry clay, then adding some sparkle using metallic paints along with embellishments. Cost is $18 for ages 5-12. Class is from 4-5:30 pm on Thursday, December 5 (Course #45134).

Little Elves Gift-Making Workshop: Good Things Come in Small Packages
Students paint two masterpieces on miniature 2x3 canvases. Cost is $18 for ages 5-12. This class is from 4-5:30 pm on Thursday, December 12 (Course #45135).

Little Elves Gift-Making Workshop: Grinch Pop Art
Students recreate an iconic image in pop-art style on 6x6 canvas using non-traditional tools in vibrant Grinch colors. Cost is $18 for ages 5-12. This class is from 4-5:30 pm on Thursday, December 19 (Course #45136).

Macramé Dream Catcher Workshop
Create a unique dream catcher to hang in your home or use to attach bows. Cost is $20 plus a $20 material fee due to the instructor for age 13 and older.  The class is from 6-8 pm on Thursday, December 5 (Course #45137) and from 10 am to noon on Saturday, January 18 (Course #45139). It is also from 10 am to noon on Saturday, February 15 (Course #45140).

Macramé Plant Hanger Workshop
Create a unique macramé plant hanger for a 9-inch pot. Cost is $35 plus a $20 material fee due to the instructor for age 13 and older. This class is offered from 10 am to noon on Saturday, December 14 (Course #45141); Saturday, January 11 (Course #45142); and Saturday, February 8 (Course #45143).

Psychology of Color
Emotions are affected by color, so become a color expert and surround yourself with colors that create positive moods. Experience your own emotional sensations to changing light colors. Cost is $30 plus a $5 material fee due to the instructor for age 18 and older. This class is offered from 6-8 pm on Thursday, December 12 (Course #45154) and on Tuesday, January 7 (Course #45157).

Advanced Pottery Studio Time
Open pottery studio time is available for adults with pottery experience. Work independently alongside fellow hobbyists and explore your creativity. Cost is $15 plus specific clay and glazes for purchase (class is for adults 18 and older). Studio time is offered from 2-6 pm on Mondays. 

Beginner’s Pottery Wheel Throwing
With assistance, students will throw clay on the pottery wheel and glaze each piece. All pots created will be kiln-fired and finished. Cost is $50 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 18 and older. This class is offered from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, February 15 and 19 (Course #45263).

Ceramic Jewelry Box Workshop
Adults will create jewelry boxes with lids using clay soft slap techniques and then glaze beautiful handmade art pieces. Cost is $50 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 18 and older. This class is from 2-5 pm on Saturday, February 1 and 8 (Course #45264). 

Ceramic Ornament Workshop
Create 12 artistic, fun holiday ornaments out of ceramic clay. Then return and glaze them bright, shiny colors just in time for the holidays. Cost is $25 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 5 and older. Ages 9 and younger must be accompanied by an enrolled adult. This class is from 2-4 pm on Saturday, December 7 and 14 (Course #45165) and from 3:30-5:30 pm on Wednesday, December 11 and 18 (Course #45166).

Intermediate Pottery Studio Time
Open studio time is now available for people who have taken at least one pottery workshop with us. Includes six weekly lessons followed by open studio time to work independently on your ongoing clay projects. Cost is $150 plus a $25 one-time fee for basic tool kit due to the instructor; 25 pounds of clay is provided for ages 16 and older. This class is on Fridays from 11 am to 2 pm November 8 to December 27 (Course #45167) and from January 10 to February 14 (Course #45168).

Pottery Mug Workshop for Adults
Adults learn to build mugs using clay slab techniques and experience throwing clay bowls on the pottery wheel and then glaze beautiful handmade art pieces. Cost is $50 plus at $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 18 and older. The class is from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, January 11 and 18 (Course #45170). 

Pottery Mug Workshop for Kids
Kids learn to build mugs using soft clay slab and texture techniques and experience throwing clay bowls on the pottery wheel and glazing beautiful handmade pieces. Cost is $50 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for ages 10-17. This class is from 2-5 pm on Saturday, January 11 and 18 (Course #45171). 

Pottery Private Group Workshops
Friends and family have fun getting muddy together as you create, then glaze your own wheel thrown and hand-built unique pieces of real ceramic art. Cost is $50 for two days or $75 for three days plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for ages 5 and older. Workshops for Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops are available at a discount. Call to make an appointment 949-470-8470. 

Advanced Portraiture
Create portraits of live models with charcoal, pencils and pastels on paper and canvas. Students choose and supply materials. Cost is $90 plus a model fee up to $20 per session payable to the instructor each session for age 14 and older. For people age 14 and older, the class is from 6-8 pm on Monday, February 10 to March 9 (Course #45044). 

Art Meets Nature Painting Workshop
Explore your child’s love for undersea life by creating a special ocean-themed keepsake painting. Cost is $25 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 5 and older. Children ages 5-7 require adult supervision. This class is from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, January 11 (Course #45256); Saturday, January 25 (Course #45257); or on Saturday February 22 (Course #45258).

Beginning Portraiture
Learn the basics of portrait drawing and create drawings from your photographs using pencil, charcoal and colored pencil. All supplies provided. Cost is $80 plus a $15 material fee due to the instructor for age 14 and older. This class is from 6-8 pm on Monday, January 6 to February 3 (Course #45246).

Bird and Landscape Drawing for Kids
Learn to draw a landscape, tree and bird using perspective. Cost is $20 plus a $5 material fee due to the instructor for ages 9-14. This class is from 5-7 pm on Friday, January 3 and 10 (Course #45254). 

Elements of Design
Beginning and advanced artists will learn the basic elements of design and color and how to use them. Cost is $90 plus a $35 textbook material fee due to the instructor for age 16 and older. This class is from 6-8 pm on Thursday, January 9 to February 13 (Course #45250). 

Flow Abstract Drip Painting
Create two abstract flow-drip paintings. You will learn the skills to easily create your own painting at home. Cost is $20 plus a $25 material fee due to the instructor for age 10 and older. This class is from 6-8 pm on Friday, December 13 (Course #45251) and from 1-3 pm on Saturday, January 18 (Course #45252) or Saturday, February 15 (Course #45253). 

Paint Like the Pros
Students will enjoy learning painting techniques through color, tools and brushstrokes. Projects include color mixing, still life, non-traditional tools and self-portrait. Cost is $160 for ages 5-12. This class is from 4:30-6 pm on Wednesday, January 8 to February 26 (Course #45255).   

Perspective Drawing
Learn what perspective is and how to create drawings to show three dimensions and distance using pencils and markers. All supplies included. Cost is $60 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 12 and older. This class is from 6-8 pm on Monday, December 2-16 (Course #45247).      

Pop-Art Paint Night
Paint a Chuck Jones character popping from vibrant textures while using non-traditional tools. Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts will have wine available for purchase. Cost is $35 for 21 and older. This class is from 6:30-8 pm on Friday, January 24 (Course #45249). 

Potocki Paint and Create Drop-In Art
Take some time to unwind while your child creates an artistic make-and-take seasonal craft. Kids will have access to paints, brushes, paper and enjoy a new creative and fun craft. Cost is $5 for all ages and children must be accompanied by parent/guardian. This class is from 10-11:30 am Monday, December 30 and Friday, January 3. 

Holiday-Themed Fairy Garden Workshop
Build a holiday-themed magical fairy garden to bring magic into your world. Planter, soil, planting materials and even your own small fairy home are supplied, just bring your imagination! Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 5 and older. Children under age 7 require adult supervision. This class is from 10 am to noon on Saturday, December 7 (Course #45081).

Magical Fairy Garden Workshop
Build your own magical fairy garden to bring magic into your world. Planter, soil, planting materials and even your own small fairy home are supplied, just bring your imagination! Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 5 and older. Children under 7 require adult supervision. This class is from 10 am to noon on Saturday, January 4 (Course #45083). 

Magical Fairy Home Workshop
Bring magic to your world for winter! Build your own personalized fairy home for your home or garden. All materials are provided just bring your imagination. Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 5 and older. Children under 7 require adult supervision. This class is from 10 am to noon on Saturday, February 8 (Course #45084). 

Beginning Guitar
Enjoy learning to play easy cords, fun melodies, strum styles and many popular tunes in a small, supportive group environment. Bring your own guitar and have fun. Cost is $99 for age 10 and older. This hour-long class is at 5 pm on Tuesday, February 11 to March 10 (Course #45040).

Beginning Ukulele
Just one strum of the ukulele brings on a smile. Bring your ukulele and enjoy learning to play the world’s easiest string instrument in a supportive small-group setting. Cost is $99 for age 10 and older. This class is from 4-5 pm on Tuesday, February 11 to March 10 (Course #45039).

Digital Photography 101 with George Katzenberger
Learn digital photography-menus, resolution, ISO, shutter and more. Includes how to shoot portraits, sports and night scenes. Bring a camera and its manual. Cost is $70 for age 16 and older. This class is from 6:30-9 pm on Thursday, January 23 to February 13 (Course #45158). 

iPhone Photography with George Katzenberger
Learn everything you need to know to maximize your iPhone photos and videos. Focus, exposure, flash, HDR, panoramas, accessories and apps are discussed. Cost is $35 for age 16 and older. This class is from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday, January 18 (Course #45159) and on Saturday, February 22 (Course #45160).

Landscape and Travel Photography with George Katzenberger
This class focuses on storytelling and creating moods with your camera using composition, perspective, color and light. Cost is $55 for age 16 and older. This class is offered from 6:30-9 pm on Tuesday, January 14-28 (Course #45161).

Shoot Better Digital Photos with George Katzenberger
This hands-on workshop ends the confusion about your camera’s menus, focusing, flash, ISO and more. Learn to shoot photographs not snapshots. This class is offered from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday, January 25 (Course #45162) and Saturday, February 29 (Course #45164). 

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