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Arts & Culture Newsletter

Artist Reception and Nature Theme at the Potocki Center for the Arts

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Visit the Potocki Center through May to enjoy the amazing nature photography of Jenny Rose and Bruce Benedict. A free artist reception will be held from 5-6:30 pm on Monday, May 9 where you can enjoy food and wine while mingling with the artists. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the Potocki Center, meet volunteers and staff, and enjoy some beautiful artwork.

The Potocki Center for the Arts kicked off spring with a nature theme and expanded hours and programs. After nearly two years, the center launched a full suite of spring art classes, workshops, and programs. See the center’s current hours and class lineup here.

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The focus is on nature and how it inspires us all to be creative. Nature emphasizes renewal, transformation and creative growth – which are part of our journey adapting to the “new normal.” The center’s staff, Friends, and volunteers are working together to create many opportunities throughout the year for the community to experience art and nature together. 

Along with regular offerings, keep an eye out for these upcoming events:

  • Permanent installation of the mosaic bears along the trail between the Potocki Center and Norman P. Murray Community Center
  • Patio refresh and reconfiguration at the Potocki Center
  • Art mural installation in the tunnel along the Oso Creek Trail
  • The Pacific Symphony and Prelude in the Park
  • The return of Shakespeare by the Sea
  • Installation of mobile storywalk on the Oso Creek Trail and in local parks

Are you looking for more ways to bring arts and culture to our City? There are many opportunities to be involved with the arts through volunteering. For more information, contact 949-470-8470 or arts@cityofmissionviejo.org.

 

Shakespeare by the Sea features ‘Romeo & Juliet’

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Enjoy an enchanting night under the stars experiencing one of Shakespeare’s most famous and dramatic plays – “Romeo & Juliet” – performed by Shakespeare by the Sea on Wednesday, July 20.

The production begins at 7 pm along the Village Green near the Norman Murray Community Center at 24932 Veterans Way.

Love is definitely in the air when Romeo and Juliet turn their backs on their parents’ ancient feud and embark on an intense and secret love affair that explodes in some of the fieriest writing about love in the history of the stage. With their families at war, the lovers risk everything to be together in a fierce and famous drama of love and revenge.

Bring your picnics, blankets, and beach chairs along with your friends and family to settle in for an evening of classic entertainment. This free performance is sponsored by the City’s Cultural Arts Committee and the Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts. Though the event is free, you can purchase VIP seating online at this link. For more information, call 949-470-8470.

 

Summer offerings provided by Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts

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Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts is a volunteer organization that inspires, engages, and creates art in the community.  We are a busy group with many activities planned for the community in the coming months.  Part of our plan is to engage the public in different locations of the community.

We are hosting the Lord of the Strings series with two final performances for this season in the Council Chambers of Mission Viejo City Hall, 100 Civic Center.  Performances begin at 7 pm. To purchase tickets, visit lordofthestringconcerts.com.  
On May 7, the Transatlantic Guitar Trio, three of the world’s stellar acoustic guitarists, will join forces for a spectacular show.  
Then on June 6, Joe Robinson will display his amazing six-string ability and compositional insight that has earned him a worldwide following. 

The Second Saturday Events are held at the Norman P Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way. We have three unique upcoming performances, which begin at 7 pm.  Registration and tickets are available at cityofmissionviejo.org/register.

  • May 14: The Dana Point Symphony shares its passion for classical music.
  • June 11: Line Dancing with Doug Houston will keep your toes tapping to fun new routines.
  • July 9: Salsa with Sierra Band encourages you to get off your seat and move your body.

In our Nature’s Creation Open Studio, we have various art workshops for adults 18 and older.  The workshops meet at the Potocki Center for the Arts on the second Tuesday from 3-5 pm.  Registration and tickets are available at cityofmissionviejo.org/register.

  • May 10: Succulent Designs instructions on how to create and maintain a beautiful arrangement.
  • June 14: Rainsticks are created using natural materials and are used to amplify the sounds of rain.
  • July 12: Book Folding is back by popular demand allowing you to turn an old book into a work of art.
  • August 8: The Art of Repurposing Jewelry allows you to bring old jewelry pieces and design  something new.

 
For our younger population, we are hosting Pop Up Art in various parks.  Once a month at one of our parks, we will be on hand from 10 am to 1 pm offering a variety of art experiences.  Come out and see us, no registration required.                                                   

  • May 14: Abstract Art at Aurora Park.                                 
  • June 11: Gelli Plate Prints at Melinda Park
  • July 9: R Hero Art at La Paws Dog Park

In addition to these offerings, the Friends of the Arts are working on the next community art installation project.  We are tiling pillars for installation in Coronado Park.

If you have an interest or a passion for the arts, we want you! Please join us at one of our meetings at the Potocki Center for the Arts at 6 pm on the second Wednesday.

 

Tap your creativity this summer with classes at Potocki Center for the Arts

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From knitting, photography, watercolor, and summer camps to beginning guitar and ukulele ensemble, the Potocki Center for the Arts is hosting an array of dynamic classes this summer.  

Register for the following fun-filled classes today!
 

Summer Camps

Fun Art for Kids: Camp

Kids will experience creativity through fun art projects. Camp includes a directed drawing experience followed by two to three art activities using various art media. A 15-minute supervised break is included. All supplies are provided. *A $20 supply fee is payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

For ages 7-11, the camp takes place from 9 am to noon June 6-10. Cost is $100; register here.

Adventures in STEAM using LEGO Materials

Let your imagination run wild with thousands of LEGO parts! Build engineer-designed projects including snowmobiles, catapults and lighthouses. Design, build, and explore as never before!

For ages 6-11, the camp takes place from 9 am to noon June 27 to July 1.  Cost is $160; register here.

Jedi Engineering Strikes Back using LEGO Materials

Embark on your LEGO journey as we defend Wookies on Kashyyyk, repair Rebel shield generators on Hoth, and rescue Baby Yoda from Moff Gideon!

For ages 6-11, the camp takes place from 1-4 pm June 27 to July 1. Cost is $160; register here.

Jedi Engineering & Adventures in STEAM using LEGO Materials: Full Day Combo

Let your imagination run wild with thousands of LEGO parts! Build engineer-designed projects including snowmobiles, catapults and lighthouses. Design, build, and explore as never before! Then, embark on your LEGO journey as we defend Wookies on Kashyyyk, repair Rebel shield generators on Hoth, and rescue Baby Yoda from Moff Gideon!

For ages 6-11, the camp is from 9 am to 4 pm (lunch break included) June 27 to July 1.  Cost is $275; register here.

Minecraft Engineering using LEGO Materials

Venture into the world of Minecraft in our unique LEGO experience. Get ready to build, craft, harvest, and battle to stop the Ender Dragon.

For ages 6-11, the camp takes place from 9 am to noon August 1-5. Cost is $160; register here.

Unplugged Gaming using LEGO Materials

Level up your LEGO Engineering skills in this arcade-inspired experience. All the fun of an arcade adventure with no screen necessary! *Supervised lunch break.

For ages 6-11, the camp takes place from 1-4 pm August 1-5.  Cost is $160; register here.

Minecraft Engineering & Unplugged Gaming using LEGO Materials: Full-Day Combo

Venture into the world of Minecraft in our unique LEGO experience. Get ready to build, craft, harvest, and battle to stop the Ender Dragon. Then, level up your LEGO Engineering skills in this arcade-inspired experience. Enjoy all the fun of an arcade adventure with no screen necessary. *Camp includes a supervised lunch break.

For ages 6-11, the Camp takes place from 9 am to 4 pm August 1-5.  Cost is $275; register here.

Art For All Ages

Geode & Gem “Pulp Stone” Pendant Workshop

Create dazzling one-of-a-kind wearable works of art using recycled paper pulp stones, colorful crystals and more.  Be the first to make a “seaode,” the new beach-themed geode you won’t find anywhere else. These realistic yet fantastical geode and gem-style pendants are lightweight, beautiful and sure to impress. *A $15 material fee is due to the instructor.

For age 8 and older, the class takes place 10 am to noon on Saturday, August 6. Cost is $35; register here.

Knitting for Beginners

In this entry-level class, you will learn the skills to begin enjoying the time-honored craft of knitting. You will learn about casting-on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and binding off. All supplies are provided. A $15 material fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class. No class on June 21.

For people 16 and older, classes take place on Tuesdays from 6-8 pm June 7 to July 5. Cost is $70; register here.

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 are provided. A $15 material fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class. No class on June 23.

For people 16 and older, classes take place on Thursdays from 6-8 pm June 9 to July 7. Cost is $70; register here.

Nature’s Creation Open Studio: Rainsticks

Create a rain stick using natural materials that will amplify the sounds of the seasons. *A $10 material fee is due to the instructor.

Class takes place Tuesday, June 14 from 3-5 pm for age 16 and older. The class is free; register here.

Nature’s Creation Open Studio: Book Folding

Back by popular demand learn a technique to create a paw print with heart embedded through book folding.  *A $10 material fee is due to the instructor.

For adults 18 and older, the class takes place from 3-5 pm Tuesday, July 12. The class is free; register here.

Nature’s Creation Open Studio: The Art of Repurposing Jewelry

Bring your old or broken jewelry and make a new creation to wear. Supplies, beads and tools will be provided to redesign your jewelry pieces into earrings, pendants, bracelets or anklets. *A $10 material fee is due to the instructor.

For adults 18 and older, class takes place on Tuesdays from 3-5 pm August 9. The class is free; register here.

Summer Decoupage Candle Holder Workshop

Create stunning, decorative glass candle holders that appear hand-painted using vintage and upcycled materials. Seasonal, natural and varying themes are available.  Choose your size and style from shorter votives or tall pillars. *A $15 material fee is due to the instructor.

For age 8 and older, the class takes place from 3-5 pm Wednesday, August 17. Cost is $35; register here.

Beginning Watercolor Class: Panda Bear

In this two-week class, you will paint a panda bear while learning how to use tools and mix paints as well as composition and techniques on how to achieve certain looks in your painting. *A $10 materials fee is due to instructor.

For kids 10 and older, classes take place Thursdays, June 2-9 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Cost is $50; register here.

Beginning Watercolor Class: Vase of Flowers

In this three-week class, you will paint a vase of flowers while learning how to use tools and mix paints as well as composition and techniques on how to achieve certain looks in your painting. *A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor.

Classes take place from 2-4 pm Thursdays, June 30 to July 14 for people 10 and older. Cost is $75; register here.

Beginning Watercolor Class: European Robin

In this three-week class, you will paint a European robin while learning how to use tools and mix paints as well as composition and techniques on how to achieve certain looks in your painting. *A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor.

For people 10 and older, classes take place on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm Thursdays, July 21 to August 4. Cost is $75; register here.

Intermediate Watercolor Class for Adults: Kids on the Beach

In this two-week class, you will learn to look at a subject with an artist’s eye and discover the power of color and composition. You will create one watercolor painting project called “Kids on the Beach.” A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Classes take place Thursdays from 10 am to noon June 2-9 for adults 18 and older. Cost is $60; register here.

Intermediate Watercolor Class for Adults: The Wave 

In this three-week class, you will learn to look at a subject with an artist’s eye and discover the power of color and composition. You will create one watercolor painting project called “The Wave.” A supply list will be provided upon registration.  

Classes take place on Thursdays from 10 am to noon June 30 to July 14 for people 18 and older. Cost is $90; register here.

Intermediate Watercolor Class for Adults: Flowers at My Window

In this three-week class, you will learn to look at a subject with an artist’s eye and discover the power of color and composition. You will create one watercolor painting project called “Flowers at my Window”. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Classes take place on Thursdays from 10 am to noon July 21 to August 4 for adults 18 and older. Cost is $90; register here.

The Art of Painting for Adults

Learn to paint in a fun and creative environment! Learn about techniques, styles, and processes – light and shadow, color mixing and usage – to create depth and mood and much more. Beginners and more advanced students are welcome.

For people 15 and older, the class is on Thursdays from 6-8 pm July 7-28. Cost is $125; register here.

The Art of Painting for Kids

Kids will learn to paint in a fun and creative environment! They will be guided step by step through basic processes to more advanced concepts of painting such as creating light, shadow, depth, and mood and much more. Beginners and more advanced students are welcome. No class on August 1.  

For ages 8-14, classes take place Mondays from 10:30-11:30 am July 11 through August 8. Cost is $125; register here.

The Pleasure 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.

For adults 18 and older, classes take place on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2 pm August 17 through September 21. Cost is $45; register here.

Wonderful Watercolors

Learn about color theory, elements of art and technique. Enjoy learning to create successful watercolor paintings through training, demonstrations, and critiques.  A supply list will be provided upon registration.

For adults 18 and older, classes take place on Wednesdays from noon to 2:30 pm July 6 to August 10. Cost is $80; register here.

Beginning Guitar and Ukulele Ensemble for Kids

Learn to play fun and easy songs in this new class. Children will experience the fun of playing music with other beginner students. Please bring your own non-toy guitar or ukulele to class.

For ages 8-13, classes take place on Tuesdays from 4-5 pm July 19 to August 16 (register here) and August 23 to September 6 (register at this link). Cost is $109 for the first session and $70 for the second. 

Beginning Guitar and Ukulele Ensemble for Teens & Adults

Experience the great sound of the guitar’s low frequency mixed with the high register of the ukulele. Students will learn easy, popular songs and melodies in a supportive environment. Please bring your own guitar or ukulele to class.

Classes take place on Tuesdays from 5-6 pm (14 and older) July 19 to August 16 (register here) and August 23 to September 6 (register at this link). Cost is $109 for the first session and $70 for the second. 

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. (iPhone required)

For folks 16 and older, the class takes place Saturday, June 11 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Cost is $35; register here.

Digital Photography 101

In this five-week course, you will learn quality digital photography - menus, resolution, ISO, shutter and more. The class will teach you how to shoot portraits, sports, and night scenes. Bring your camera and its manual.

For people 16 and older, classes take place on Tuesdays from 6-8 pm June 14 through July 12. Cost is $70; register here.

Shoot Better Digital Photos

This one-day workshop ends the confusion about your camera’s menus, focusing, flash, ISO and more. Learn to shoot photographs not snapshots. Bring a charged camera and manual. *The camp includes a 30-minute break for lunch.

Class takes place Saturday, July 2 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm for people 16 and older. Cost is $35; register here.

For more information about any art class, contact 949-470-8470 or arts@cityofmissionviejo.org.