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Arts & Culture Newsletter


Instructor Demo Days

Instructor Demo

Want to try a demo class before signing up? The Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts want to inspire you before taking an art class. You will have an opportunity to see the projects created in class before taking the program. 
The first demonstration is on Saturday, March 28 with "Fun with Paper" followed by a “Fun with Pottery” intro class on Saturday, April 11. Demos start at 10 am. 

You will receive a 20% discount if you register for the class on the day of the demonstration. Hold your spot for $5 by calling the Potocki Center for the Arts at 949-470-8470.

 

New Abstract Painting Classes Offered at Potocki Center for the Arts

Painter and sculptor Elaine Cohen joined our art instructor team and will teach two new abstract painting classes at the Potocki Center for the Arts.  

Intuitive Abstract Painting offers a freedom and excitement that no other painting offers.  It consists of bold colors, layered compositions and the use of mixed media.  In this class, you will receive the tools and materials to begin your journey into the wonderful world of abstract painting. You will learn about bold movement techniques, basic elements of design and varied mediums and textures   There are no limits to what your imagination can create!

For age 14 and older, the one-day workshops take place on Friday, March 20 (Course #49114) and Saturday, March 21 (Course #49115) from 10 am – 4:30 pm. Cost for the one-day workshop is $110 plus a $15 material fee. The two-day workshop is March 20-21 from 10 am – 4:30 pm. Cost is $220 plus a $25 material fee. 

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Explore Fluid Acrylics, also known as fluid art, liquid art or acrylic pouring, explores the unlimited styles and types of pouring.  In this class, you will learn about mixing, materials, tools, building a pour box and incorporating pour techniques to create colorful abstract masterpieces.  There are endless creative possibilities thanks to different ways to combine acrylic paints along with the freedom of watching it spill across the canvas.  It’s fun for all ages!

For age 14 and older, the one-day workshops take place Saturday, April 11 (Course #49109); Friday, May 8 (Course #49111); and Saturday, May 9 (Course #49112) from 10 am – 4:30 pm. 

 

Sign-up for Spring Art Camp Today

Spring Art Camp

Calling all students ages 6-12: The Potocki Center for the Arts is offering a Spring Art Camp from 9 am to noon during spring break April 6-10.  This week promises to engage your young artist with fun, creativity and expression!  Students will explore pottery, chalk art, drawing, painting and much more with professional artists.  Be ready to showcase the many artistic masterpieces they bring home.  Click here to register.

Below is the line-up of activities for the week:

Monday - Children will play with real ceramic clay to create guided art pieces and will learn the art of street painting using vivid pastel chalk with award-winning artist Maribeth McFaul. 
Tuesday – Students will experience fun with paper by designing pop-up cards and boxes and will create a self-portrait or character on a wood block using oil pastels.
Wednesday – Kids will experience abstract art by painting with tools to create beautiful strokes and textures on canvas followed by various coloring and stickie note art projects.
Thursday – More creativity with paper and paint including how to marbleize and decorate on paper followed by a session of making beautiful painted stained-glass looking butterflies.
Friday – We will glaze the ceramic pieces that were created on Monday and the art created will be kiln-fired and picked up a week later.  Students will also learn visual storytelling, drawing techniques and storyboarding projects inspired by Chuck Jones.

This camp is sure to be fun and delight your child with creativity and expression.

 

Bee’s Knees Speakeasy and Swing Dance featuring Got That Swing!

Bees Knees

Are you ready to kick up your heels and dance the night away? Grab your friends, family members or significant other and head to the Norman P. Murray Center on Saturday, March 14 for the Bee's Knees Speakeasy & Swing Dance!

Featuring Mission Viejo's own “Got that Swing,” the fun begins at 6:30 pm with a fun dance lesson followed by public swing dancing starting at 7 pm.

This fun-filled evening will have you stomping your feet, snapping your fingers and clapping your hands to nostalgic, lively tunes performed by some of the area’s finest entertainers. 
Cost is $15 at the door; and $10 for kids 10 and under. 

The community center is located at 24932 Veterans Way. For more information, call 949-470-8440.

 

Rawlins Piano Trio take the stage Feb. 28

Rawlins

Mark your calendar for Friday, February 28 at 7 pm when the Rawlins Piano Trio takes center stage at the Norman P. Murray Center.

A dynamic group of performers, teachers and scholars, the Rawlins Piano Trio distinguishes itself in arts outreach, masterclasses and performances. 

The group has performed at prestigious venues including the Sejong Chamber Hall (Seoul, South Korea); Chiang-Kai-Shek Cultural Center (Kaohsiung, Taiwan); Teatro de Anita Villalaz for the Fundación Sinfonía Concertante de Panama; and national conferences of the College Music Society and Chamber Music America.

The trio’s diverse repertoire ranges from standard works to new and undiscovered pieces the public will embrace. With expertise as a preeminent interpreter of American music, the ensemble has recorded five CDs. 

The members of the trio are on the faculty of the University of South Dakota Department of Music. As enthusiastic teachers, outreach is a vital component of their touring schedule throughout the country and abroad. The ensemble is named in honor of the late Marjorie and Robert Rawlins, the principal benefactors and graduates of the University of South Dakota in the 1940s. 

Tickets are $20 and are available at the door. For more information, call 949-470-8440.
 

The Bear Project

Bears

The City worked with artists Joy Aldrich and Aileen May in 2012 to launch a project creating nine beautiful mosaic bears representing many of the diverse communities that make up Mission Viejo. For three years, the community participated in their construction and brought these pieces to completion. Since then, the bears have traveled around Mission Viejo spending time at local stores, car dealerships, festivals and more. We are excited to announce they will receive a permanent home between the Potocki Center for the Arts and the Norman P. Murray Community Center. Once the bears have been placed, we will join the Friends of the Arts in hosting a community celebration and reception sometime this year. You may have already seen the Mexican Bear, which is installed in front of the Potocki Center.

The additional bears will include:

African American Bear
Asian Bear
European Bear
Margarita Bear
Native American Bear
Pacific Islands Bear
Persian Bear
South American Bear

 

Spring Classes on Tap

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From jewelry-making, iPhone photography and pottery open studio to knitting, acting and fairy workshops, the Potocki Center for the Arts has the class for you!

Basic Jewelry Making
Students will learn basic beading techniques while working with jewelry tools and beading materials. They will enjoy creating do-it-yourself bracelets, earrings, pendants and necklaces. Tools and materials are provided to use during the workshops.  Cost is $20 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 12 and older. Basic Beading is from 2-4:30 pm on Friday, March 20 (Course #49268). Working with Wire is offered from 2-4:30 pm on Friday, April 17 (Course #49269). Students can also opt for Basic Wire Wrapping from 2-4:30 pm on Friday, May 15 (Course #49270).

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 $75 for ages 7-11. This class is from 3:30-5 pm on Wednesdays, March 4 to April 1 (Course #49042). 

Fun with Paper
Learn the art of folding, coring and designing with paper. Participants will make cards, books, boxes and more amazing creations. Bring your favorite celebration cards, and we’ll create magic with them. Cost is $20 plus a $5 material fee due to the instructor for age 10 and older. Cards and Boxes is from 2-4:30 pm on Tuesday, April 7 (Course #49043). Books for Journaling is offered from 2-4:30 pm on Wednesday, April 8 (Course #49044). Students can also opt for Collaging and Transfers from 2-4:30 pm on Thursday, April 9 (Course #49045).

Geode & Gem “Pulp Stone” Pendant Workshop
Create dazzling one-of-a-kind wearable works of art using recycled paper “pulp stones” and colorful glass crystals. These realistic yet fantastical geode or gem-style pendants are lightweight, beautiful and sure to impress. Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 8 and older. This class is from 1-3 pm on Saturday, March 7 (Course #49046).

Groutless Mosaics Workshop
Create mosaics using stained and dichroic-used glass, mirrors, tiles, jewelry, ceramics and glass nuggets. 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, May 2 (Course #49047).

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 and bond and grout them to finish. Cost is $55 for age 14 and older. This class is from 1-4 pm on Saturday, April 18 (Course #49048). 

Instructor Demo Day- Come see if you like it!
If you want to see if a workshop is right for you, come to an introductory class. Instructors will discuss the fabulous projects you’ll create. Cost is $5 plus a $5 supply fee due to the instructor.
Fun with Paper class is from 10-11:30 am on Saturday, March 28 (Course #52358). Fun with Pottery class is from 10-11:30 am on Saturday, April 11 (Course #52360). 

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 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 takes place on Tuesday from 11 am -1 pm (Course #49049) and in the evening from 6-8 pm April 14-28 (Course #49050).

Knitting for Beginners
In this entry-level class, you will learn the basic skills – casting-on, knit stitch, purl stitch and binding off – to begin enjoying the time-honored craft of knitting.  All supplies are included. Cost is $70 plus a $15 material fee due to the instructor for age 16 and older. This class is offered on Tuesday from 11 am - 1 pm (Course #49051) and from 6-8 pm (Course #49052) March 3-24.  

Knitting Project Class: Shawls
Learn the basics of shawl construction. Students should know the knit and purl stitches. We will work on a crescent-shaped shawl. Students bring their own supplies (a supply list is provided). Cost is $60 for age 14 and older. This class is on Tuesday from 11 am - 1 pm (Course #49053) and from 6-8 pm (Course #49054) May 5-19.

Spring Decoupage Workshop
Create stunning decorative eggs that appear hand-painted using vintage and upcycled materials. Make floral, travel, musical, bird butterfly or unicorn eggs. Can be displayed, used as a shaker instrument, hidden at Easter or given as a gift. Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 8 and older. This class is from 1-3 pm on Saturday, April 4 (Course #49055).

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

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 $75 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 18 and older. This class is offered on Thursday from 6-9 pm March 5-19 (Course #49082). This class is also offered from 10 am – 1 pm on Saturday, April 18 and 25. Cost is $50 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor (Course #49083).

Ceramic Decorative Dish Workshop
Adults will create decorative ceramic dishes using clay soft-slap techniques and glaze their beautiful art pieces. Cost is $50 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 18 and older. This class is from noon- 3 pm on Saturday, March 28 and April 4 (Course #49084). 

Ceramic Jewelry Box Workshop
Adults will create jewelry boxes with lids using clay soft-slap techniques and glaze their 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 #49085). This class is also offered from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, May 2 and 9 (Course #49086).

Ceramic Wind Chimes
Design and create your own beautiful ceramic wind chimes using clay soft slap techniques and glaze the art pieces. Cost is $50 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 14 and older. This class is from 6-9 pm on Thursday, May 7 and 14 (Course #49087). 

Intermediate Pottery Studio Time
Open studio time is now available for people (16 and older) who have taken at least one pottery workshop with us. It includes six weekly lessons followed by open studio time to work independently on your ongoing clay projects. Cost is $150 plus a $25 onetime fee for basic tool kit due to the instructor. Twenty-five pounds of clay is provided for students. This class is offered from 11 am – 2 pm on Friday, March 6 to April 10 (Course #49088). It’s also offered from 11 am - 2 pm on Friday, April 17 to May 29 (Course #49089).

Parent & Me Pottery Time
Bring your preschooler and play with clay together as you create guided art pieces in the pottery studio. Art created will be kiln-fired and finished. Each child must have an enrolled adult. Cost is $50 per pair plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for ages 2-4. This class is from 9:30-11:30 am on Thursday, March 5 and 12 (Course #49094). It’s also offered from 9:30-11:30 am on Thursday, April 2 and 9 (Course #49095) May 7 and 14 (Course #49096).

Pinch-Pot Fruits and Vegetables
Learn to create realistic and delightful fruits and veggies using clay pinch-pot techniques and glaze your beautiful art pieces. Cost is $50 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for ages 9-15. This class is from 10 am - 1 pm on Saturday, May 23 and 30 (Course #49097). 

Pottery Mug Workshop for Kids
Kids learn to build mugs using clay slab techniques and experience throwing clay bowls on the pottery wheel and glaze their beautiful handmade art pieces. Cost is $50 plus at $10 material fee due to the instructor for ages 10-17. This class is from 10 am - 1 pm on Saturday, March 14 and 21 (Course #49098). 

Pottery Mug Workshop for Adults
Learn to build mugs using soft clay slab and texture techniques and experience throwing clay bowls on the pottery wheel. They also glaze their beautiful handmade 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, March 14 and 21 (Course #49099). 

Pottery Private Group Workshops
Friends and family have fun getting muddy together as they create and glaze their 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 age 5 and older. Workshops for Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops are available at a discount. To make an appointment, call 949-470-8470. 

Acting for Kids
Kids explore acting thorough theatre games and improv. Bring your imaginations for a fun time! Cost is $50 for ages 8-11. This class is from 2-3 pm on Saturday, March 7 to April 4 (Course #49056). It’s also offered from 2-3 pm on Saturday, May 9 to June 6 (Course #49058).

Acting for Teens
Teens learn basic acting techniques and explore acting through more advanced theatre games, improv and scene work. Cost is $50 for ages 12-16. This class is from 3:15-4:15 pm on Saturday, March 7 to April 4 (Course #49062). It’s also offered from 3:15-4:15 pm on Saturday, May 9 to June 6 (Course #49064). 

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 4 and older. Children ages 4-7 require adult supervision. This class is from 11 am - 1 pm on Saturday, March 14 (Course #49101). It’s also offered from 11 am - 1 pm on Saturday, April 4 (Course #49103) or Saturday, May 16 (Course #49104).

Beginning and Advanced Portraiture
Learn the basics of portrait drawing and create drawings from your photographs using charcoal and pastel. All supplies provided. Cost is $90 plus a $25 material fee due to the instructor for age 13 and older. This class is from 11 am - 1 pm on Thursday, April 30 to May 28 (Course #49105), It’s also offered from 6:30-8:30 pm on Thursday, April 30 to May 28 (Course #49106).

Basic Elements of Principles of Design
Learn the basic elements of design and color and how to use them effectively. Cost is $95 plus a $35 textbook material fee due to the instructor for age 13 and older. This class is from 6:30-8:30 pm on Thursday, March 5 to April 16 (Course #49108). 

Basic Perspective Drawing
Learn how to create drawings to show three dimensions and distance using pencil, colored pencils and markers. Cost is $70 plus a $15 material fee due to the instructor for age 12 and older. This class is from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, March 16 to April 6 (Course #40304). 

Explore Fluid Acrylics
Learn and explore the unlimited styles and types of pouring. You will enjoy mixing, building a pour box and incorporating pour techniques into abstract paintings.  Cost is $110 plus a $15 material fee due to the instructor for age 14 and older. This class is from 10 am - 4:30 pm on Saturday, April 11 (Course #49109).  This class is also offered from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9 cost is $220 (Course #49110) or from 10 am - 4:30 pm on Friday, May 8 (Course #49111) or from 10 am - 4:30 pm on Saturday, May 9 (Course #49112). Cost is cost $110.  

Intuitive Abstract Painting
Learn how to create abstracts with free and bold movement techniques, creating different textures, basic elements of design and varied mediums and materials. Cost is $220 plus a $25 material fee due to the instructor for age 14 and older. This class is from 10 am - 4:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21 (Course #49113). It’s also offered from 10 am - 4:30 pm on Friday, March 20 (Course #49114) or on Saturday, March 21 (Course #49115). Cost is for $110.     

Mix it UP!
This program explores the foundation of art-making through projects that exemplify the six elements of art: line, shape, value, space, texture and color.  Cost is $160 for ages 10-15. This class is from 4-5:30 pm on Wednesday, April 15 to June 3 (Course #49116). 

Open Studio Drawing and Painting
Open studio is an opportunity for people with previous painting or drawing experience to independently work on their personal art projects in the company of fellow artists. Cost is $40 for 4 sessions; and $80 for 10 sessions (18 and older). This class is offered from 9 am - noon on Tuesday, March 3-31. It’s also offered from 9 am - noon on Thursday, April 2-30 or from 1-4 pm on Monday, May 5-25. 

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 on Wednesday, April 8.  

The Pleasures of Drawing
Learn to really see and record your world on paper in the form of drawing with line, tone and texture in a variety of subjects. Cost is $45 for age 18 and older. This class is from 1-2:30 pm on Monday, March 16 to April 20 (Course #49117).

Wonderful Watercolor
Learn about color theory, elements of art and technique. Enjoy learning to create successful watercolor paintings through training, demos and critiques. Cost is $80 for age 18 and older. This class is from noon – 2:30 pm on Wednesday, March 18 to April 29 (Course #49118). Class is also offered from noon - 2:30 pm on Wednesday, May 6-20.  

Fairy House Votive Workshop
Learn to sculpt with paper pulp and fashion your own beautiful yet whimsical fairy house votive that sparkles on the outside and glows from within. Let the magic shine! Electric tea light included. Cost is $35 plus a $10 material fee due to the instructor for age 8 and older. This class is from 1-3 pm on Saturday, May 30 (Course #49033).

Magical Fairy Home Workshop
Bring magic to your world for the holidays! 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 age 5 and older. Children under age 7 require adult supervision. This class is from 10 am – noon on Saturday, March 7 (Course #49036). It’s also offered from 10 am - noon on Saturday, May 16 (Course #49037).

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 – noon on Saturday, April 18 (Course #49035). 

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 $109 for age 10 and older. This class is from 7-8 pm on Tuesday, March 17 to April 14 (Course #49038).

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 $109 for age 10 and older. This class is from 6-7 pm on Tuesday, March 17 to April 14 (Course #49039).

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 - 2:30 pm on Saturday, April 11 (Course #49074). 

Intermediate Digital Photography
This class focuses on storytelling and creating moods with your camera using composition, perspective, color and light. Friendly critiques included. Cost is $55 for age 16 and older. This class is offered from 6:30-9 pm on Tuesday, April 7-21 (Course #49076).

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! Cost is $45 for age 16 and older. This class is offered from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm on Saturday, April 18 (Course #49080).

Spring Art Camp
Engage your young artist in a week filled with fun, creativity and expression! They will explore pottery, drawing, painting and much more with professional artists. Be ready to showcase the many artistic masterpieces they bring home. Cost is $150 for ages 6-12. This class is offered from 9 am - noon Monday through Friday, April 6-10 (Course #49022).

Girls Powered Intro to STEAM Using Lego Materials
A special offering for girls who love to build! This course will provide a supportive environment to learn about influential females throughout history. Design and build as never before and explore your craziest ideas. Cost is $72 for ages 5-10. This class is offered from 9 am to noon Monday through Friday, June 29 to July 3 (Course #49025).

Minecraft Engineering Using Lego Materials
Bring Minecraft to life using tens of thousands of LEGO Parts! Create your favorite Minecraft mobs, tools and objects with the guidance of an experienced instructor. Cost is $172 for ages 5-10. This class is offered from 1-4 pm Monday through Friday, June 29 to July 3 (Course #49026).

Jedi Engineering Using Lego Materials
The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles as we build motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to bring your superpowers to life. Cost is $172 for ages 5-10. This class is offered from 9 am to noon Monday through Friday, August 3-7 (Course #49027).

Super Hero Engineering Using Lego Materials
Save the world with LEGO Super Heroes! Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to bring your super powers to life. Cost is $172 for ages 5-10. This class is offered from 1-4 pm Monday through Friday, August 3-7 (Course #49028).

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