Adult Art Workshops

2017 Workshops

Receive valuable instruction from award-winning artists, learn new techniques and expand your artistic horizons in weekly class sessions

Class size is limited to six students (must be at least 16 years or age).  All supplies are included, though students are encouraged to bring their own supplies if they wish, as well as a sample of their work.

Classes begin on Friday, June 30th and will include a 45 minute break for lunch.  Take advantage of Tivoli Two!’s to-go menu or bring your own brown bag.

Classes will fill quickly and reservations are on a first-purchased-first-served basis.  To reserve your seat and pay in advance, contact the Laguna Art-A-Fair office at 949-494-4514.  If seats remain, classes may also be purchased, first-come-first-served, at the sales booth on the festival grounds beginning June 30th.


Buy 5, Get 1 FREE!

 Get the most out of your workshop dollars! Buy 5 workshops at the regular $45 price and get a sixth session FREE!

Offer is not transferable and may not be combined with any other discount. Offer expires August 31, 2017. Students must purchase the equivalent of 20 class hours to qualify. Sixth session must be redeemed before August 31, 2017. All sessions must be purchased by a single individual to qualify.

Reserve your classes today!

Emilee Reed – Traditional Watercolor

SCHEDULE: Mondays, July 3 – August 28, 2017

A member of Watercolor West, Emilee’s work has been published in the “Art Lover’s Cookbook, and in “International Contemporary Masters IV” Ms. Reed studied all mediums at Fullerton College before settling on watercolor, which she studied under Don Hendricks, and has been painting for more than 25 years.

I am drawn to the excitement, surprise and wonder of watercolor.  I enjoy the discipline of planning a new piece, paying special attention to composition and products so as not to lose that special nuance that originally inspired me.”


Topics to be Covered

  • Composition & how to “see”
  • Protecting the white of the Paper
  • Keeping colors fresh
  • Warm, cool & complimentary colors
  • Techniques for using the paint in conjunction with other tools
  • Subject matter will cover still life & painting from photos.

Phone (714) 420-9015

Patrick & Christine Sullivan – Jewelry

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays, July 4 – August 29, 2017

This engaging husband and wife team offer a unique summer workshop experience, alternating weeks between Wire Wrapping and Wire Forming.  Students will learn the basic skills of both types of jewelry creation and be able to make new creations using a variety of focal points and materials.

“These are simple, clean methods for making elegant jewelry, and for taking simple designs to the next step.”

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Topics to be Covered

  • Design
  • Wire wrapping
  • Wire forming
  • Hammering techniques
  • Subject matter includes necklaces, bracelets, pins and earrings

Phone (949) 280-6533, (949) 395-5110

Barbara Kimmel-Palmer – Watercolor

SCHEDULE: Wednesdays July 5 – August 16 2017  Saturdays July 8 and 15, 2017

Barbara has been painting for over 30 years and has taught art classes for over 20 years. Students will enjoy her nurturing attitude and wealth of techniques for creating a painting that captures light and shadow and emphasizes the “star of the painting”.

“Collage is a creative medium that allows everyone success!  If you choose to paint, we can explore one of several design elements and do some wet-into-wet work that can be very exciting.”


Topics to be Covered

  • Composition
  • Wet-into-wet techniques
  • Adding texture
  • Working  with acrylic & metallic paint

Phone (928) 273-7089

Carol Heiman-Greene – Acrylic

SCHEDULE: Thursdays, July 6 – August 31, 2017

Carol has been published in “Best of Wildlife Art 2” by Northlight books, and “Art of the American West” by Rockport Publishers. She exhibits consistently in the top wildlife art shows in the country  – the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston SC and the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD.  Carol has been a featured artist at the San Bernardino Wildlife Art Festival and in 2012 received first place honors in the Miniature Art Society of Florida exhibition.  Share Carol’s passion for North American wildlife while you learn first-hand about acrylic paint and her delicate style of blending color and detail.

“When you look at my paintings and see the spirit and character of the animals, I know I have done my job.”

Carol Heiman-Greene

Topics to be Covered

  • Rules of composition
  • Basic rendering
  • Working & Glazing with acrylic paint
  • Defining the light source
  • Bounced light
  • Subjects will cover realism in nature and wildlive

Phone (714) 974-2579

Laura Curtin – Oil

SCHEDULE: Fridays June 30 – August 25, 2017

A painter for over three decades, Laura puts her own idea of the natural world on canvas, adds a unique twist and the results are captivating!  Enjoy Laura’s sunny disposition as you learn the ins and outs of oil paint and celebrate your own personal whimsy!

“I create paintings to make people smile.  Every painting is a place I would like to be.”

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Topics to be Covered

  • Using oil paint
  • Value in color
  • Painting in detail
  • Experimenting with color
  • Subject mater will cover wildlife with a twist

Phone: 714-654-7293

Joan Boryta – Watercolor

SCHEDULE: Saturdays, July 1, 22 & 29  – August 5, 26 2017  Wednesdays August 23 & 30

A watercolor instructor for 25 years, Joan began her watercolor career painting scenes of New England rural towns as a historical documentation of the times receiving many Arts Council awards.  Following a Fellowship in Ireland, she moved to Barbados where she painted for 10 years.  Her work is shown and collected widely throughout the U.S. and has been published by North Light Books.  Joan currently makes her home in Seal Beach, CA.

“My hope is for my work to evoke a sense of serenity and nostalgia, a remembrance of times past and a longing to be there to experience it”


Topics to be Covered

  • Watercolor techniques
  • How to simplify what you see
  • How to have fun and not be intimidated
  • Painting beyond the photo to make a masterpiece
  • Subject matter will include landscapes, seascapes and flowers
  • A demo will begin each session

Phone (657) 203-1833

Lisa Pallante – Leather Work

SCHEDULE: Sundays, July 2 – August 27, 2017

Having earned a traditional degree in fine art. Lisa’s studies of drawing, painting and printmaking express themselves these days in her leather work.  Using a variety of stitches and design techniques, she routinely transforms small and simple pieces from what many would consider a “craft” into a special and unique piece of art.

“Beautiful objects can be created using very simple and basic skills.”

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Topics to be Covered

  • Design
  • Pattern making
  • Stitching styles
  • Fringe cutting
  • Subject matter will be pouches, small purses and clutches

Phone (949) 498-7894

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