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Jewelry creations, wine tasting and more at the Crocker Art Museum

The Crocker Art Museum will present more new classes for children, teens, and adults during the museum’s spring session of Studio Art Classes.

Highlights for children include Green Days where children will celebrate Earth Day and tweens can go on walking field trips during the museum’s Watercolor Workout. High school students can learn the basics of draping fabric and practice drawing techniques needed for a career in fashion in Careers in Art: Fashion Sketching.

For adults, the Crocker will feature classes for a variety of skill levels, including painting classes for beginners as well as introductory- and advanced-level drawing courses. In Wine Tastings and Paint Pairings, participants will discuss and compare wines and paintings in a fun, informal setting. Jewelry enthusiasts can make their own original masterpieces in Jewelry Creations.

Class offerings range from one-day workshops to weekly sessions. All classes are led by skilled teaching artists and are designed to encourage students to unleash their imaginations while receiving formal lessons in a variety of media. In addition to hands-on time in the Crocker’s studio classrooms, classes view and discuss works in the galleries, drawing inspiration from the Museum’s world-class permanent collection and special exhibitions.  

CLASS FOR AGES 3 to 5 WITH ADULT

Green Days

Four Saturdays, April 13 through  May 4, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day and learn about the natural world around you by painting landscapes with tints and shades of green. Some sessions will take place outdoors as weather permits.

Cost: $30 museum members, $35 nonmembers (per person). Instructor: Kristin Hartman.

CLASS FOR AGES 9 to 12

Watercolor Walkabout

Three Saturdays, May 4-18, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Venture into the great urban outdoors for artistic inspiration. On walking field trips to the river and around the Crocker, you will learn how to use watercolors to create simple landscapes and depict textures. You will receive a portable watercolor sketchbook, portable palette, and brush to keep.

Cost: $60 museum members, $75 nonmembers. Instructor: Helen Plenert.

CLASS FOR AGES 15 AND OLDER

Careers in Art: Fashion Sketching

Saturday, May 11, noon to 4 p.m.

Draping and illustration are key skills you will need if you are interested in a career in fashion. Draping allows you to view the relationship of the fabric to the body, and this class will help you learn how to translate that relationship onto paper so that you can easily communicate your fashion vision to others. Learn the basic concepts of draping fabric and the various forms different fabrics take as they hang along body curves. Then practice the drawing techniques needed to depict curves and texture with ease and drama.

Cost: $35 museum members, $50 nonmembers. Instructor: Purwa Garg.

CLASSES FOR ADULTS

Art Appreciation — Ways of Knowing Art

Three Thursdays, April 11-25, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Whether you’re a connoisseur or simply curious, this class will enthrall all art lovers. Natalie Nelson, Executive Director of the Pence Gallery in Davis, will share fascinating background information on specific works of art on view. By the end of the class, you will have a toolkit of innovative and thought-provoking ways to view and discuss art.

Cost: $45 museum members, $65 nonmembers. Instructor: Natalie Nelson. 

Jewelry Creations

April 13, noon to 3 p.m.

Discover the vast array of color and texture seen in beads. Select beads for your original creation, then bend wire into earring or pendants.

Cost: $50 museum members, $65 nonmembers. Instructor: Linnea Wong. 

Contemporary Native American Art

Three Saturdays, April 13-27, 1 to 4 p.m.

This special three-part class delves into the diverse realm of contemporary Native American artists. Take one or all three sessions. 

Session 1: Survey of Notable Artists

Through this survey presentation of the work of notable contemporary Native American artists, explore the unique challenges facing Native American artists and discuss traditional culture and contemporary issues reflected in their work. 

Session 2: Foundations in Tradition

Examine multiple aspects of contemporary California Native culture and see how they are reflected in the works of the Crocker collection through slide presentation, discussion, and gallery viewing. 

Session 3: Traditional Process in Contemporary Art

Explore the history, meaning, and construction of Pueblo pottery from prehistoric vessels to contemporary art forms. Discover how traditional designs and meanings can inform your own creative process, and paint a small bisque-fired pot with acrylic paint.

Cost per session: $25 museum members, $40 nonmembers, $10 Crocker docents.

Price for all three: $65 museum members, $90 nonmembers, $30 Crocker docents.

Instructor: Laurie Seban.

Snap Your Summer Vacation

Two Sundays, April 14 & 21, noon to 4 p.m.

From shutter to print, move beyond your camera’s auto mode to create stunning vacation photographs. In this beginner-friendly class, get comfortable with the basic functions of your digital SLR. Learn how to achieve a successful photograph through hands-on experience, visual examples, and demonstration.

Cost: $70 museum members, $85 nonmembers. Bring your own SLR digital camera. Instructor: Farrell Scott.

Wine Tastings and Paint Pairings

Thursday, April 18, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

In this class for adults 21 and older, discuss and compare wines and paintings in a fun, informal setting. Crocker Cafe owner and executive chef Matt Woolston, renowned for his wine selection at Matteo’s, will choose wines to pair with a few paintings from the Museum’s permanent collection. After the tasting, take your wine along with you into the studios to try your hand at acrylic painting. Kristine Bybee will lead you through the process of creating a still life. No experience is necessary and all supplies are provided.

Cost: $50 museum members, $65 nonmembers. Instructors: Matt Woolston and Kristine Bybee.

The Ecstasy of Ekphrasis

Four Thursdays, April 25 through May 16, 6 to 8 p.m.

Ekphrasis is writing inspired by art. Translate what you see and feel in the galleries into words with Sacramento’s Poet Laureate, Jeff Knorr. Learn about what makes a poem, how to use metaphors and imagery, and how to relate your poetry to works of visual art that move you. Refine your work through guided discussions, feedback, and critiques. At the final session, invite your family and friends to an optional group reading.

Cost: $70 museum members, $85 nonmembers. Instructor: Jeff Knorr. 

Mural Painting

Four Thursdays, May 2-23, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Learn about the history and significance of muralism and check out local public murals. Analyze the visual elements that successfully convey a concept and how the setting shapes the concept. Gain experience in all aspects of collaborative art-making, from idea generation to finished product. Working as a team, the class will develop a mural concept, prepare a proposal, present it to “clients,” and then execute the mural in the Crocker’s Education Center for display. Experience in drawing and painting is required.

Cost: $120 museum members, $140 nonmembers. Instructor: Marsha Schindler. 

Impressionist-Style Painting

May 4, noon to 4 p.m.

Compare the Impressionist works in the collection to learn what is distinctive about this style and see how brushstrokes differ. You’ll gain a working knowledge of composition and acrylic painting fundamentals and produce an original landscape painting in the Impressionist style.

Cost: $55 museum members, $70 nonmembers. Instructor: Sarma Karsiere.

Life Drawing Open Studio

Sunday, May 5, noon to 3 p.m.

Practice drawing the nude figure from a live model at your own pace. Drawing boards, small trays, and chairs are provided. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Cost: $10 museum members and students, $15 nonmembers. Bring your own paper, pencils, pens, charcoal, pastels, etc. (oil paints are not allowed). Instructor: Emilio Soltero.

Abstract Totem Sculpture

May 18, noon to 4 p.m.

Totem poles are intricately symbolic sculptures with roots in Pacific Northwest indigenous cultures. View slides of traditional totems and obelisks, examine the visual elements that tell a story, learn how to “think in 3-D,” and construct a tabletop totem sculpture out of balsa wood. Bring meaningful objects to incorporate into your design and take away a sculpture in the round that tells a personal story.

Cost: $55 museum members, $70 nonmembers. Instructor: C.W. Hurni.

For a complete schedule of classes and a registration form visit crockerartmuseum.org. For more information call (916) 808-1182 or e-mail education@crockerartmuseum.org.

The Crocker Art Museum was the first art museum in the Western United States and is one of the leading art museums in California today. Established in 1885, the Museum features one of the country’s finest collections of Californian art, exceptional holdings of master drawings, a comprehensive collection of international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art.

The Crocker is located at 216 O St. in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m.to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays. Every third Sunday of the month is “Pay What You Wish Sunday” sponsored by Western Health Advantage. For more information call (916) 808-7000 or visit crockerartmuseum.org.

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