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Arts & Culture Newsletter

Kiwanis presents Family Arts Day on April 27!

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Don’t miss free Family Arts Day at the Potocki Center for the Arts on April 27 from noon to 5 p.m. This free afternoon includes fun hands-on activities, creative projects, music, food and more. 

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will be on hand with art activities that engage the young and young at heart. Patrons will enjoy legendary characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Pepe Le Pew in the artist gallery.

Families will enjoy painting, sculpting and interactive art projects that inspire creative thinking and imagination. Children can explore different art mediums and techniques, and everyone will learn about the bevy of art classes available throughout the year. Folks can also provide feedback for a rebranded Arts Alive Festival returning to Mission Viejo in April 2020. (Please also take this short survey.) 

For more information, contact arts@cityofmissionviejo.org or 949-470-8470.

Chuck Jones Animation Art Exhibit

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Don’t miss the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s “Character: Chuck Jones, Artist and Animator” exhibit on display through May at the Potocki Center for the Arts.

The exhibit features hand-painted celluloid art editions, fine art giclées, hand-pulled lithographs and mixed-media work from the fertile imagination and hand of Chuck Jones. Four-time Academy Award recipient and the legendary creator of Looney Tunes characters Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Pepé le Pew, Marvin Martian and one of the fathers of Bugs Bunny and Daffy, Jones has been honored worldwide as a creative genius.

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The exhibition explores the relationship between his fine art figure studies and animated masterpieces. On display are works created during the “Golden Age” of animation and contemporaneous figure studies Jones created under the guidance of Donald Graham, a longtime figure study professor and mentor at CalArts. 

Visit your favorite cartoon characters as they romp and cavort through many of your favorite cartoons like “What’s Opera, Doc?”; “Duck Dodgers and the 24 ½ Century”; “One Froggy Evening”; and “Robin Hood Daffy.” You’ll be saying “what’s up, doc?” in no time.

Artwork courtesy of Chuck Jones Gallery.

Instructor Spotlight - Valerie Gutierrez 

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Originally from Wisconsin, I found my way to California while serving as a U.S. Marine. We settled in Mission Viejo in 2002 when my husband Jose retired from the Marine Corps. I used my GI Bill to take ceramics classes at Saddleback College and fell in love with clay. 

I am a Cultural Arts program instructor and studio specialist for the City of Mission Viejo. For years, I have been throwing pottery on my potter’s wheel in my kitchen and working with kids and clay. I expanded my classes to include adults of all ages. Students love creating projects and becoming familiar with the creative clay process.

Clay is a fantastic medium that everyone can use. My Pottery Workshops are for beginners with little or no experience as well as folks looking to revisit a long-lost relationship with clay.  No matter the skill level, students work on guided projects to explore the fundamentals of pottery.

Pottery Workshops

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The first two weekly classes are about working with wet clay and making a pot on the wheel. Students also learn to use a slab roller to make flat pieces of clay; the methods of clay construction; and how to develop their individual creativity while hand-building with clay slabs. The class includes glazing (painting with ceramic glazes) each piece using different types of glazes. Students take home all ceramic art they create.

Register for pottery classes here.

Pottery Studio Time

Open studio is now available for people with pottery experience. Potters work independently alongside fellow hobbyists and explore their creativity in a friendly, small-studio atmosphere. Enjoy spending time with other potters, sharing methods, techniques and encouragement. Specific clay and glazes are required, and some are available for purchase. Pottery experience is required. Punch passes are available for purchase at $12 per session.

These artistic and fun clay pottery experiences are designed to explore and grow creativity in people of all ages and abilities.

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Potocki Center for the Arts Classes on Tap for April and May

Register today for fun and creative youth spring break art camps and classes.

Young Rembrandts
Anime & Manga Workshop

Draw imagery inspired by Japanese cartoons and comic books. In this 5-day workshop you will learn to exaggerate facial features, draw expressive faces, and create dynamic body poses in the anime/manga art style, including people, animals and robots!  Cost is $149 for ages 6 to 13. The class is offered on Monday to Friday, April 15 to 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. (Course #29692

Young Rembrandts
World of Dinosaurs Pastel Workshop

Enter the dangerous and exciting world of dinosaurs while exploring the dynamics and brilliance of pastels in this exciting 5-day workshop!  All of your favorites: Triceratops, Raptors and more!  Cost is $149 for ages 6 to 13. The class is offered on Monday to Friday, April 15 to 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Course #29693

Easter-themed Fairy Garden Workshop
Build an Easter-themed fairy garden complete with a fairy swing and fountain. Planter, soil, planting materials and even your own personalized fairy home are supplied, just bring your imagination! Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for ages 5 and older. The class is offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 6. (Course #29703

Spring Fairy Home Building Workshop 
Bring magic to your world for spring! Build your own personalized fairy home for your house or garden. All materials supplied, including pixie dust, just bring your imagination! Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for ages 5 and older. This class is offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27. (Course #29705) and Saturday, May 25. (Course #29706)

Mother’s Day Fairy Day Spa & Garden Workshop
The perfect Mother’s day treat! Build your own Fairy Day Spa and Garden retreat. Planter, soil, planting materials and even your own personalized fairy home will be supplied; just bring your imagination! Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for ages 5 and older. This class is offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 11. (Course #29708)

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 $55 plus a $20 material fee due to the instructor for ages 14 and older. This class is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. (Course #29697)

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 finish. Cost is $55 for ages 14 and older. This class is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. (Course #29635) and from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8. (Course #29637)

Kinder-Ready! Early Childhood Art 
Children will learn how stories, art and play come together. Different theme each week. Caregiver must be present. Pre-registration is required. Cost is Free for ages 3 to 6 years old. This class is from 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 (Course #29688), Tuesday, April 9 (Course #29689), Tuesday, April 16 (Course #29690), and Tuesday, April 23. (Course #29691)

Knitting Beyond Beginners
Take your knitting to the next level! In this class, you will learn how to increase, decrease and combine stiches as well as read knitting charts. All supplies included. Cost is $80 plus a $15 material fee due to the instructor for ages 12 and older. This class is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 9 to April 30. (Course #29652) and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, April 11 to May 2. (Course #29654)

Fairy House Votive Workshop
Create a beautiful fairy house votive using recycled materials. These whimsical fairytale homes sparkle on the outside and glow from within. Let the magic shine. All materials included. Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for ages 10 and older. This class is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. (Course #29719)

Fairy Crown Wreath Workshop
Design and create your own fairy inspired crown or wreath using natural, seasonal and recycled materials. Wear it, display it or give it as a gift. All supplies provided. Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for ages 10 and older. This class is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 17. (Course #29710

Eco – Chic Jewelry Workshop
Create one-of-a-kind jewelry using recycled materials. Make a beautiful “pulp stone” geode or gem pendant. Fashion your own wearable art. Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for ages 10 and older. The class is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 5. (Course #29627), 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 29. (Course #29628), and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. (Course #29630)

Macramé Dream Catcher Workshop
You will make a macramé dream catcher with an 8-inch metal ring that is gorgeous to use as a wall display or to hang bows in a girl’s room. Cost is $20 plus a $20 material fee due to the instructor for ages 13 and older. This class is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 13. (Course #29618

Pottery Workshop for Kids
Kids learn hand-building ceramic clay techniques and experience throwing clay pots on the potter’s wheel. Then glaze your beautiful handmade pieces and take them home. Cost is $60 plus a $10 material fee due to instructor for ages 10 to 17.  This class is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 and 13. (Course #29736)

Pottery Workshop for Adults
Adults learn hand-building ceramic clay techniques and experience throwing clay pots on the potter’s wheel. Then glaze your beautiful handmade pieces and take them home. Cost is $60 plus a $10 material fee due to instructor for ages 18 and older.  This class is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday, May 11 to 26. (Course #29735)

Mandala Art with Colored Pencils
Learn simple design, layout and shading techniques to create a vibrant 8-inch-square mandala with colored pencils on black paper. No art experience required. Cost is $35 plus a $5 material fee due to the instructor for ages 12 and older. This class is from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 12. (Course #32219) and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2. (Course #32220)

Mandala Art with Acrylic Paint
Paint your own mandala with acrylic paint on a 12-inch canvas panel. Learn easy techniques to paint a background, shade for dimension and add some bling. No art experience required. Cost is $40 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for ages 12 and older. This class is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26. (Course #32222) and from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22. (Course #32223)

Sumi–E Painting and Japanese Calligraphy
Learn traditional Sumi ink and brush techniques to create Japanese characters and Sumi painting. Beginner and advanced students welcome. Cost is $80 plus a $20 material fee due to the instructor for ages 12 and older.  Classes are offered from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, May 1 to 29 (Course #29745) and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Fridays from May 3 to 31. (Course #29747)  Classes are also offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays from April 3 to 24 (Course #29743) and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Fridays from April 5 to 26. (Course #29744) Cost is $65 plus a $20 material fee due to the instructor. 

Still Life and Landscape Oil Painting
You will learn how to translate a photograph into a compelling painting and set-up and compose subjects for a still life painting. Artist Ebrahim Amin will demonstrate his style process. Cost is $160 for ages 14 and older. This class is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, May 1 to June 5. (Course #29733)

Wet and Wild Watercolor on Yupo
Create exciting and vibrant watercolors on Yupo paper with artist Maribeth Mcfaul. This smooth surface will encourage you to “go with the flow.” Materials list available upon registration. Cost is $60 for ages 18 and older. This class is from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays from April 18 to May 9. (Course #29727) and on Thursdays from May 16 to June 6. (Course #29728)
 

Digital Photography 101
Learn digital photography- menus, resolution, ISO, shutter and more. Includes how to shoot portraits, sports and night scenes. Bring camera and manual. Cost is $75 for ages 16 and older. This class is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 2 to 30. (Course #29790)

Shoot Better Digital Photos
This hands on workshop ends the confusion about your camera’s menus, focusing, flash, ISO and more. Learn to shoot photographs not snapshots! Bring charged camera and manual. Cost is $45 for ages 16 and older. This class is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. (Course #29793)

iPhone Photography
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 ages 16 and older. This class is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. (Course #29795)

Open Studio Drawing and Painting
Open studio is an opportunity for people with painting or drawing experience to independently pursue their art projects in the company of fellow artists. Facilitated by art instructors and volunteers, the class includes a $40 punch card for four sessions or $80 punch card for 10 sessions for ages 18 and older. 

Pottery Studio Time
Open Studio time is now available for people with pottery experience. Work alongside fellow hobbyists and explore your creativity. Cost is a $36 punch card for three sessions, $75 punch card for five sessions or $120 punch card for 10 sessions for ages 15 and older. This class is held on Mondays from noon to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

For more information, contact arts@cityofmissionviejo.org or 949-470-8470.

FOTA

FOTA Continues to Inspire

Looking to get more involved with arts in Mission Viejo? Check out the Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts website.  You can sign up for our monthly newsletter and keep up with the latest art happenings and events in the City. 

FOTA continues to inspire and engage people in the arts through our fundraising activities.

Look for FOTA’s upcoming Country Music Benefit on Saturday, April 27.  The funds we raise will support our summer programs Shakespeare by the Sea and the Open Mike event during the Hot August Nights.  

Come create with us because Art Matters.  

Arts Alive Festival Survey

Survey

Mission Viejo is seeking community input regarding our annual Arts Alive Festival. Help us plan the 2020 festival through this quick survey. This coming April we are taking a hiatus to plan and bring back Arts Alive better than ever next year. Keep checking our calendar for more arts programs throughout the year!

You can take a short survey here.

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