Arts & Culture Newsletter
Join us on the new outdoor performance area at the Potocki Center for the Arts for a cultural celebration of the City’s recently installed mosaic bears. If you haven’t already spotted these beautiful mosaic tile bears, you can find them along the upper Oso Creek Trail that runs between the Potocki Center for the Arts and Norman P. Murray Community Center.
To celebrate the European bear, we have the fabulous Abba tribute band “Fabba Abba” performing Abba's best hits from the musical “Mamma Mia” and from two fantastic movies, “Mama Mia” and “Mama Mia: Here We Go Again!” Join the fun on Saturday, September 24 from 4 to 6 pm at the Potocki Center for the Arts. Sign-up here.
To honor the Native American Bear, we are hosting an interactive, educational program called “Mexica” to learn about the music, dance, and traditions of the native Americans. Come to the Potocki Center for the Arts from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, October 22 and enjoy this informative and creative experience. Sign-up here.
Our last program to celebrate the bears highlights the Pacific Islander Bear with “Le Polynesia,” a performance that highlights Polynesian cultures, representing them through dance, culture study and entertainment. Enjoy this enchanting evening from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, November 5. Sign-up here.
Enjoy one or all of these free cultural experiences as we pay tribute to the European, Native American and Pacific Islander bears with special interactive and educational performances.
From knitting, photography, watercolor and acrylic painting, seasonal succulent arrangements, and ornaments to beginning guitar and ukulele ensemble, the Potocki Center for the Arts is hosting an array of dynamic classes this fall.
Register for the following fun-filled classes today!
ART FOR ALL AGES
Adventures in Texture
In this 4-week class, you will learn some of the most popular fabrics in knitting: ribbing, seed stitch and even cables. Students should be comfortable with knit and purl stitches. A supply list will be provided upon registration.
Classes take place Thursdays from 6-8 pm September 8-29 for people 14 and older. Cost is $72; register here.
Bewitched Fairy House Votive Workshop
Learn to sculpt with paper pulp and fashion your own whimsical or spooky fairytale home that sparkles on the outside and glows from within. Let the magic shine! All supplies and electric tea light are provided. *A $15 material fee is due to the instructor at the time of class.
Class takes place from 10 am to noon Saturday, October 1 for people 8 and older. Cost is $35; register here.
Fall Decoupage Candle Holder Workshop
Create stunning, decorative glass candle holders that appear hand-painted using reusable and upcycled materials. Seasonal, natural and varying themes are available. Choose your size and style from shorter votives or tall pillars. The pillar can serve as vase once candle is gone. *A $10 material fee is due to the instructor at the time of class.
Class takes place Saturday, September 17 from 10 am to noon for people 8 and older. Cost is $35; register here.
Intro to Crocheted Toys: Amigurumi
In this beginner-level class, you will learn the basics for making adorable crocheted creatures as seen on Instagram and Etsy. No previous experience required. *A $16 material fee is due to the instructor.
Classes take place Tuesdays from 6-8 pm October 11 through November 1 for people 14 and older. Cost is $72; register here.
Intro to Knitting in the Round
Learn how to knit in the round while making an adorable cactus. Students should be comfortable with knit and purl stitches. A supply list is provided upon registration. *An optional kit may be purchased for $18 payable to the instructor.
Classes take place Wednesdays from 6-8 pm September 7-28 for people 16 and older. Cost is $72; register here.
Knitting for Beginners
In this 4-week entry-level class, you will learn the skills to begin enjoying the craft of knitting. Skills learned include casting-on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and binding off. All supplies are provided. *A $16 material fee is due to the instructor.
Classes take place Thursdays from 6-8 pm October 6-27 for people 14 and older. Cost is $72; register here.
Knitting Beyond Beginner
Take your knitting to the next level! In this 4-week class, you will learn how to increase, decrease, and combine stitches. All supplies are provided. *A $16 material fee is due to the instructor. No class on November 23.
Classes take place Wednesdays from 6-8 pm November 2-30 for people 14 and older. Cost is $72; register here.
Knitting Project Class: A Basic Fitted Hat
Learn how to knit a beanie-style hat. Students should already know the knit and purl stitches. Skills covered include knitting in the round, hat sizing, and using both circular and double-pointed needles. Students will need to purchase a set of circular and double-pointed needles to complete this project. A supply list will be provided upon registration.
Classes take place on Tuesdays from 6-8 pm November 8-29 for people 16 and older. Cost is $72; register here.
Create your Story: Art Workshops with Laguna Playhouse
The art workshops are comprised of two sessions of watercolor painting, sculpture creation and painting, and acrylic painting on canvas. Join us and learn fine arts techniques and the mental wellness benefits of art creation. See your story expressed through art!
Classes take place Saturdays from 2-4 pm September 10 to October 15 for ages 15-24. Classes are free; register here.
Fine Art Academy
We explore many art styles in this class using watercolor, paint, pastels, and more. Students will learn artistic techniques like perspective, shading, and horizon line.
Classes take place Mondays from 5-6 pm September 12-November 7 for ages 5-11. Cost is $215; register here.
Camp takes place from 9 am to noon November 21-23 for ages 5-11. Cost is $120; register here.
The Magic of Mixed Media
Create stunning compositions on canvas and Yupo paper with alcohol inks, watercolor, and acrylic. Some painting experience recommended. A supply list will be provided upon registration.
Nature’s Creation Open Studio – Build Figurines with an Armature
Learn how to sculpt using an armature wrapped in gauze. You can create numerous creatures utilizing these simple techniques. *A $15 material fee is due to the instructor.
Class takes place Tuesday, November 8 from 3-5 pm for adults 18 and older. The class is free; register here.
Nature’s Creation Open Studio – Marbleized Paper
Learn the techniques for creating marbleized paper that you can use in book or card-making projects. You will get creative ideas to utilize your own unique paper design. *A $15 material fee is due to the instructor.
Class takes place from 3-5 pm Tuesday, September 13 for adults 18 and older. The class is free; register here.
Nature’s Creation Open Studio – Repousse with Metal
Come learn the technique of Repousse. This lost art of etching metal will give you creative ways to design artwork for jewelry or book covers. *A $20 material fee is due to the instructor.
Class takes place Tuesday, October 11 from 3-5 pm for adults 18 and older. The class is free; register here.
Paint, Paste and Pour
Watch your child discover paint, glue, crayons, dough and more. Kids enjoy developmentally appropriate hands-on experiences with manipulative art and sensory materials. Parent participation is required. *A $20 material fee is due to instructor on the first day of class.
Classes take place Tuesdays from 10-10:45 am for ages 18 months to 6 years. Cost is $45.
September 6-27; register here.
October 4-25; register here.
November 8 to December 6 (no class November 22); register here.
Seasonal Ornaments Workshop
Create beautiful and unique ornaments using recycled and vintage materials. Choose from natural, seasonal and holiday themes. Display in your home, adorn your tree or give them as gifts. *A $10 material fee is due to the instructor at the time of class.
Class takes place Saturday, November 19 from 10 am to noon for people 8 and older. Cost is $35; register here.
Succulent Christmas Tree Workshop
Join us in creating a beautiful holiday succulent centerpiece. Get step-by-step instructions and all materials needed to create a Christmas tree. Pick from several festive holiday color options. *A $40 material fee is due to the instructor at the time of class.
Class takes place Wednesday, November 30 from 6-8 pm for people 12 and older. Cost is $45; register here.
Succulent Pumpkin Workshop
Join us in creating a beautiful succulent pumpkin centerpiece that will last for months with the right care. Get step-by-step instructions and all materials supplied except for the pumpkin. Bring a medium or large size pumpkin of your choice – white, gray or fairytale type. *A $25 material fee is due to the instructor at the time of class.
Discover Your Painting Potential Family Style
Get your whole family together and spend some “non-screen time” creating memories in a relaxed and creative atmosphere. Have fun painting a one-of-a-kind keepsake called “Hogs ‘n Kisses!” All supplies provided.
Class takes place Saturday, September 10 from 10 am to noon for all ages. Cost is $30; register here.
Fun Art for Kids
Kids will experience creativity through fun art projects. Classes include a directed drawing experience followed by an art activity using various art media. All supplies included. *A $5 material fee is due to instructor on the first day of class.
Classes take place from 3:30-5 pm Wednesdays, November 16 to December 14 for ages 7-11. Cost is $30; 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 more. Beginners and more advanced students are welcome.
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, mood and more. Beginners and more advanced students are welcome.
Beginning Guitar & 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. Bring either a guitar (acoustic or electric) or a non-toy ukulele to class.
Classes take place from 4-5 pm Tuesdays, September 13 to October 11 for ages 8-13. Cost is $109; register here.
Beginning Guitar & Ukulele Ensemble for Teens and Adults
Experience the great sound of the low frequency of the guitar mixed with the high register of the ukulele. Students will learn easy, popular songs and melodies in a supportive environment. Bring either a guitar (acoustic or electric) or a non-toy ukulele to class.
Classes take place from 5-6 pm Tuesdays, September 13 to October 11 for people 14 and older. Cost is $109; register here.
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)
Class takes place Saturday, October 15 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm for people 16 and older. Cost is $35; 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 charged camera and manual. Class includes a 30-minute break for lunch.
Class takes place Saturday, October 8 from 9:30 am – 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 email@example.com.
Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts is a volunteer organization that inspires, engages, and creates art in the community. This dynamic group has a variety of exciting activities planned for our community in the coming months.
The popular Lord of the Strings concert series continues with two performances this season in the Mission Viejo City Hall Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center. Performances begin at 7 pm.
On October 1, enjoy Brooks Robinson, an accomplished musician who carries his audience away with two thumbs and eight fingers. Then on November 19, Richard Smith entertains with a variety of musical styles including country, jazz, pop, and classical.
To purchase tickets, visit https://lordofthestringsconcerts.com/
Mark your calendars for Second Saturday Events at the Norman P. Murray Center
First up on September 10 is an evening of magic beginning at 7 pm with magician Anjo “Tony” Sanchez who is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
Then on October 8 at 7 pm is historian Larry Maurer presenting “Timeless Melodies-Metro Goldwyn Mayer” about the history of popular films and productions.
Finally on November 12 from 10 am to 2 pm, don’t miss the Holiday Ornament Party where you can make handcrafted ornaments for your holiday enjoyment.
The Norman P. Murray Community Center is located at 24932 Veterans Way. To register and purchase tickets, visit cityofmissionviejo.org/register.
The Open Studio series includes art workshops for adults 18 and older.
On September 13, enjoy the Marbleize Paper workshop where you can create unique paper designs.
Then on October 11, get an introduction to the lost art of etching metal in the Repousse with Metal class.
Rounding out the fun on November 8 is the Armature Figurines workshop where you can learn to sculpt using armature wrapped in gauze.
These workshops take place from 3-5 pm at the Potocki Center for the Arts, 27301 La Paz Road. Registration and tickets are available at cityofmissionviejo.org/register.
Enjoy two special evenings of live music this season
Salsa with Sierra: Put on your dancing shoes and swing to the beat of some hot and spicy Latin beats during Salsa with Sierra on October 1.
Enjoy an evening in the Potocki piano lounge where the irresistible talents of musician Tom Bagley will have you tapping your feet and singing along to your favorite songs. This Friday Night Par-Tay is on October 28.
These events take place at 7 pm at the Potocki Center for the Arts. Registration and tickets are available at cityofmissionviejo.org/register.
Free Pop-Up Art events
Children and families are invited to free Pop-Up Art events in various parks around Mission Viejo. Members of the Friends of the Arts offer instruction on fun and easy art projects.
Join us on September 21 from 4-6 pm for the Succulent Planting in a Cork Vase event at the Potocki Center for the Arts, 27301 La Paz Road.
Sparkling Spiders follows on October 29 from 10 am to 1 pm at Cordova Park, 26931 El Retiro.
A fun-filled event is set for November 5 from 10 am to 1 pm at Barbadanes Park located at 26462 Barbadanes.
New Monday Night Art Chats
New this season! Join the Friends of the Arts for Monday Night Art Chats from 6-8 pm at the newly renovated Potocki Center for the Arts patio. Relax and chat with local artists and other enthusiasts.
September 19: Theaters around Town
October 17: Orange County Museums
November 14: Art During the Holidays
If you have an interest or a passion for the arts, we want you! Join us at one of our meetings at the Potocki Center for the Arts at 6 pm on the second Wednesday of the month. Learn more at www.mvfota.org/.
Welcome a new face to the arts in Mission Viejo: Allison Tran has worked with the City for more than a decade as a youth services librarian and has turned her focus to the arts in the role of Library and Cultural Services Supervisor. She is working to develop opportunities for the community to engage with the arts.
“I really value the way Mission Viejo embraces the arts as a vital aspect of our community identity,” Tran said. “The arts are everywhere in Mission Viejo, and I love to see residents engaging in the arts as part of their daily lives. Whether it’s a concert, an exhibit at one of the City’s facilities, Shakespeare in the park, or a public art installation that community members had a hand in creating, it’s clear that the arts are an essential part of what makes this community special. I’m excited to continue this incredible legacy of arts enrichment and explore new possibilities.”
With an educational background in art history from UC Irvine and many enthusiastic forays into theater, dance, and music throughout her life, Tran is excited about her new role. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, reading, distance running, and trying new restaurants with her family.