SATURDAY JUNE 5TH, 2021 9:30 am- 4:30 pm PACIFIC.

Join Oregon artist Sarah Sedwick for a live online workshop, on Zoom!  

Working with a split-primary palette of six colors and white, you’ll  learn Sarah’s three step process for creating alla prima paintings  in oils. Paint from Sarah’s reference photos, or set up your own  still life in your home studio! A slideshow and demo will be  followed by plenty of painting time for you, and an end-of-day  critique.  

You’ll see the three steps: underpainting, color mixing, and  brushwork during the demo, and ask questions in real time.  Instruction will be in oils, and acrylics are also welcome. 

All levels (beginner+), ages 15 and above. 

Cost: $120 

Register here:

Instructor: Sarah Sedwick
Instagram @sedwickstudio

Materials List: 

Here are the materials I will be working with. Comparable substitutes are totally OK! 
You can check out lots of my favorite products on my  Amazon page. (*Remember – Amazon may not be the  cheapest place to buy art supplies)  


Palette – a 12×16 (or larger) disposable paper palette pad. (Any  palette you currently have and enjoy using is also fine.) 

Palette knife – not a teeny one. You want to be able to scoop up a  pile of paint with it. I recommend the tip to be about 2 inches long,  and flexible. I like the RGM softgrip no. 45 (blue handle) 

Rags or paper towels (I like disposable blue shop towels,  available at hardware stores) 

Solvent: Gamsol or Turpenoid 

A glass jar with tight-fitting lid, or another container for Gamsol Viewfinder: I use the View Catcher, by The Color Wheel brand. 

Medium: Gamblin’s Solvent-Free Gel, walnut oil, linseed oil,  liquin, or similar. 

Paint – I use M. Graham brand. I will be working with a split primary palette, two of each primary, plus white and black. My palette often includes the following colors (or alternatives, in  parentheses): 

Titanium white 

Cadmium Red (napthol red, pyrrol red, cadmium red light) Alizarin Crimson (quinacridone red or quin magenta) Ultramarine Blue (cobalt blue) 

Viridian (cerulean blue, manganese blue) 

Hansa Yellow (Cadmium lemon, Azo yellow, Bismuth yellow) Cadmium Yellow Medium  

Ivory Black (chromatic black, paynes gray) 

Brushes – I use Princeton Summit series taklon (synthetic, white  bristles, green handles) for this course, but you may use whatever  you prefer. A good starter set is a #2 round and a #4 flat. 

Cleanup: Murphy’s oil soap or The Master’s Brush Cleaner and  Preserver 

Canvases or other painting surfaces: 

A canvas, gessoed panel, or Arches Oil Paper, any size you are  comfortable with. 

A digital camera or smartphone.


Horizon, Melinda Cootsona, Juror

Exhibit Dates: May 1, 2021 – June 13, 2021

For centuries Artists have been the scribes of humanity, expressing what is happening both in the world around them and in their unique inner landscapes. 2020 was an unprecedented year worldwide marked by a pandemic, as well as cultural, political and racial divisions. 2020 may possibly be seen as paradigm shift going forward. How is our rapidly changing world shaping the art you create? Please submit current work that expresses your experience of this extraordinary time.

Calling artists in all mediums to submit images and works responding to these “Unprecedented” times. (No entries larger than 48″x48″ or heavier than 50 lbs., please). The show will be juried by Melinda Cootsona. See Melinda’s bio below. 

Entries are due to Entry-thingy on the HCA website by April 14, 2021. Each artist may submit up to three pieces for consideration. Entry fee: $20 for HCA members; $30 for non-members. To go directly to the Calls for Artists page and EntryThingy application, click here:

Delivery of art will occur on April 27 & 28, 2021. Show opens on May 1, 2021 and closes on June 13, 2021. Pick up of art work is on June 13 & 14, 2021.

Artists shipping work must arrange for delivery by April 28. 130 Plaza St. Healdsburg, CA 95448. Attn. S Sweet. Shipped work must include a prepaid return label.

Due to potential COVID-19 related restrictions and therefore limited gallery access, there will not be an opening reception. HCA is open Thursday through Monday, 11am to 3pm with social distancing. The exhibit will be also available for viewing on the HCA website. Please direct any questions regarding the exhibit to Susan Sweet at susansweetartist@gmail.com or 707-367-0672.

Juror Bio:
Melinda Cootsona is a native of Northern California where she was influenced by the Bay Area artistic tradition. Melinda has painted all subject matter for close to forty years, however her paintings now focus on the strength of the female form.Having taught in person classes since 2000, she developed her first Ecourse in 2012. Melinda continues to mentor and educate students around the globe, helping them to find their voice and to create personal, meaningful work.Cootsona has been included in exhibitions at the Bakersfield Museum of Art and the Triton Museum in California, The San Francisco Art Market, The Coos Bay Museum of Art in Oregon, and Art Basel Miami, as well as many group and solo shows throughout the U.S. Cootsona received her BA from the California College of the Arts. Her work can be found in collections in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China.

Abstract Painting And the Spirit in Nature – Virtual Workshop


Instructors: Diane Williams and Chuck Potter

Dates: May 1 & 2

Time: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM each day.

Cost: $225 per student

Ages: 16 and up, all levels welcome

Class size: minimum 8/maximum 15

Register here:

A link will be sent to you a few days before the class begins

CLASS DESCRIPTION:  In this 2-day workshop we will practice abstract acrylic painting techniques that are connected to the spirit in nature. We will identify how each of four elements – earth, air, fire and water – are sensed and then translated into abstract painting. Instruction will include demonstrations in basic and more advanced acrylic painting techniques including painting with rust to create the patina of age, sumi ink and Stabillo pencils to create expressive mark making, handmade stenciling and printing to create patterns.  The results are alive, authentic and exhilarating. Each student will receive individual instruction and group critique.


Acrylic Paint
We suggest you invest in good quality acrylic paints such as Golden, Utrecht, Gamblin or Windsor Newton. A good online source for supplies is www.jerrysartarama.com  or www.dickblick.com.

Student grade paints have a lighter pigment load and produce a less intense color.
Choose a variety of colors including warm and cool tones as well as opaque and translucent colors. 
Quinacridone colors tend to be more translucent while cadmiums are opaque.
*Be sure to include the primary colors of red, yellow and blue, plus black and white. 
Note that zinc white is more transparent and better for creating veils of color, while titanium whites are opaque for covering or blocking areas that have been previously painted.

Golden or Liquatex polymere mediums in gloss and/or satin (again may purchase online.  See above links)

Bring a variety of sizes including round, flat and filbert (angled) brushes. Also bring several “chip” brushes which can be purchased in any hardware store. These are inexpensive house painting brushes. You will need 1/2”, 1”, 2” and 3”. Brushes do not need to be expensive and can be purchased at any art or craft store like Michaels.

Canvas or panels
Please bring 3 canvas/panel surfaces approx 18″ x 18″each.
If you bring stretched canvas please get the 1.5 inch sides (not the thin student grade canvas). 

Prepare your surfaces with 3 coats of gesso before class. Give each coat time to dry before applying the next coat. Make sure your substrates are dry and ready to paint before class. 

Water containers
Any type of container to hold water such as cottage cheese containers or plastic food storage containers from the dollar store. I like 2-3 water containers at all times when painting.
Bring spray bottles for wetting your surface.

You may use large paper plates, wax paper and tape or commercial palette pads.

Paper towels

Optional supplies:

A VARIETY OF PAPERS FOR COLLAGE. You may or may not like to add collage to your surface. I particularly like thin papers that become translucent when glued down (we will use the polymer mediums to adhere the papers)

Suggestions: rice paper/mulberry paper

Deli sheets

News print

Tracing paper

Pages from books

Sheet music

Old posters or signs from phone poles

Paper bags

Palette knives and rubber scrappers.

Pencils, charcoal

Water soluble mediums like Stabillo pencils or Art Graff

Instructor Bios:

Diane Williams and Chuck Potter both hold Master of Fine Arts degrees in Studio Art and Consciousness studies from John F Kennedy University in Berkeley, California. Additionally, both have studied at the University of Hangzhou China, incorporating calligraphy, traditional Chinese landscape painting and Chinese medicine with their western art practices.

They have studios in Benicia, CA. (I AN I Studio) and Greenville, CA. (Diamond I AN I Studio). They teach workshops in their Benicia studio and Arts Benicia, Concord Parks & Recreation, and have run several workshops at their mountain retreat in Greenville. 

Their works can be found in corporate, public, and personal collections nationally and worldwide.

Handcarved Blockprints – Virtual Workshop


Learn how to carve custom blockprints, using a clever transfer technique.
Each person will design and print a set of cards, a drawstring bag, and a zip pouch.
I will also demo how to sew a booklet with one of the printed cards.
You will complete the class with knowledge and new skills to create more on your own.
Blockprint images can also be used on T-shirts, caps, gift wrap, and more!

April 17, 2021, 2-4pm

Participants who would like kits, last day to register: April 5
If no kit needed and gathering own supplies, sign up through April 16.

2-hr workshop:
Workshop including supplies and shipping: $94
Workshop alone without supplies:  $45
     (Participant gathers own supplies)

Ages: 12 and up

Register here:

Kit contents:
– linocut carving tools set
– 3×4” Speedy Carve rubber block  
– 3 ink pads, good for both fabric and paper (red, green, blue.)
– 4 or 5 blank A2 cards (4-1/4 x 5-1/2” folded) and envelopes 
– small canvas or cotton drawstring bag
– canvas zip pouch – no. 2 pencil 
– large-eye needle
– linen thread or embroidery thread 

Additional items to gather:
– ruler
– six sheets 8-1/2 x 11” bond paper 
– scrap paper
Elaine G. Chu has taught students of all ages, in person and online.

Her work has been featured in “Greencraft” and “Somerset Studio” magazines
as well as “1000 Artists’ Books.” She co-authored “Wood Paper Scissors,”
a how-to crafts book. Elaine received a B.A. in music at Yale University and
a B.F.A. in graphic design at University of the Arts.
View more art at EGChuHandcrafted.etsy.com and on Instagram @egchu1

Student Reviews:
“Elaine is an excellent teacher. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow. Her demonstrations were wonderful.
She is encouraging. And the class was fun.”

“Elaine was enthusiastic about her topic of instruction – it is clear that she loves doing this work and
shared her love with her students.”

Fearless Abstract Painting – Virtual Workshop

INSTRUCTOR: Samantha da Silva

DATES: March 20 & 21, 2021

TIMES: 10 am – 3 pm (30 min lunch break included)

COST: $210 (Supplies not Included)

Ages: 16 and up

Register here:

A Zoom link will be sent to you upon your registration.


Play, experiment, have fun! Explore spontaneous creation with emphasis on “no rules!”.

Join professional artist Samantha da Silva as she shares her unorthodox method of painting: Rollers rather than brushes, tables instead of easels, lots of paint and water, canvas manipulation and plaster, salt, sand and wood shavings to create ethereal, textured abstracts. 

Heart-centered discussions will be offered to assist you to let go of fear, silence the inner critic, turn up your intuition & explore your own artistic style in a safe, supportive environment including: 6 Questions to Help You Paint Fearless, Compassionate Critiques, How to tell your painting is finished, and so much more! 

Everyone is considered a beginner. No previous artistic experience necessary, just an open mind and an open heart.


1. Philosophy “The process of creation evolves into ideas.”

2. Materials Overview Deep VS Thin profile canvas Artist VS Student quality paint
3. How to Begin
Fear no canvas: Set your intention Tone your canvas
4. Fearless Abstract Painting Foundational Techniques Use nature as a starting point Paint application with a roller Use water to blend colors Canvas manipulation Paper towels to lift & transfer color
5. Texture
Modelling Paste VS Gloss gel Plaster Make your own mediums using salt, sand & sawdust
6. Create Depth in Your Paintings Glazes VS Washes


Decorative Papers for Crafting & Bookmaking – Virtual Workshop

Book Arts Roadshow, Decorative Papers for Crafting & Bookmaking

Workshop Type: Series of 2 sessions via Zoom
Dates: Saturdays, March 27 & April 3, 2021
Times: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)
Deadline to enroll: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Fee: $140 (includes all decorative papers materials and shipping within the US)
Instructors: Book Arts Roadshow
Ages: 16 and up

Register Now: Click HERE

This 2-session Decorative Papers for Crafting & Bookmaking Workshop, taught by Book Arts Roadshow, focuses on providing basic information and hands-on instruction (via Zoom) on how to make selection a selection of decorative papers for crafting & bookmaking. This lively, stress-free Decorative Papers workshop is intended to provide Decorative Paper beginners with an opportunity to have fun, explore a new creative outlet, and to create decorative papers to use in future crafting and bookmaking projects.

On Day One of this workshop, we will explore these decorative paper techniques: Contemporary Paste Papers, Wax Resist and Botanical Printing.

On Day Two of this workshop, we will explore Dry Rubbings and Stenciling, and we will dive in to a little bookmaking to make a Decorative Papers Sampler Book to hold samples of your decorative papers and your notes on how you created each design.

Good Idea: Register for this workshop with friends and family from across the country — it’s a great way to make something together even when you can’t be in the same place.

Materials: Book Arts Roadshow will prepare all Decorative Papers materials for this workshop and will ship them to each registered participant via US Postal Service Priority Mail prior to the first session.

Tools: Participants need to provide their own:

  • fresh leaves (several various shapes and sizes are best)
  • plastic garbage bag
  • small jar of water
  • paper towels or rags
  • a few sheets of waste paper (such as pages from an old newspaper or paper grocery bags)
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • pencil & eraser ruler
  • spoon (metal or wooden)
  • OPTIONAL: bone folder

Zoom Access Code & Password: Registered participants will receive an email containing the Zoom access code & password on Friday, March 26, 2021. (NOTE: The email will come from Book Arts Roadshow.)

Recording: The workshop will not be recorded and recording of this workshop is prohibited. Book Arts Roadshow provides Book Arts instruction to and hands-on learning experiences for children & families, teens & grown-ups. Offerings include teachers professional development workshops, private parties & group sessions, classes, summer camps, team builders. Find out more at www.bookartsroadshow.net and follow on Instagram @bookartsroadshow.

Summer Art Camp 2021

Healdsburg Center for the Arts is planning some exciting activities for all ages, Summer of 2021. However, due to the uncertainties of Covid-19 pandemic, these activities will most likely be virtual and/or outdoors. It is unlikely that we will run a traditional in-person Summer Art Camp.

For updates, please sign up for HCA’s e-newsletter here.

Picture Your Future

A contest to promote children and teen’s creativity through photography. The goal of the contest is to encourage artistic skills and cultural awareness while raising much needed funds for Healdsburg Center for the Arts.

Announcing the Winners, click here for Press Release and details:

Honorable Mention:

Mariella Passalacqua

Ellie Stearn

Gallery of Entries – click on the image to see details

Each photo received raised $5 through generous support of our sponsors.  The photos will be printed and displayed in a local storefront (to be announced later) in downtown Healdsburg.  We will also create an online photo gallery on HCA’s website with all the photos submitted.

Thanks to our generous sponsors Janis and Warren Watkins ($500 contribution) and Shaun McCaffery ($500 contribution).

Free Workshops for Kids and Families

Home for the Holidays?

Take a creative break with these Holiday classes and tutorials!

Tell all of the kids and families you know about this special opportunity!

Book Arts Roadshow has partnered with San Francisco Public Library to offer 6 free workshops for kids & families during fall and winter 2020. All workshops will be broadcast live on the San Francisco Public Library YouTube channel on these dates:

Monday, November 23 :: Inside-Out Zines (Click here to watch.)
Monday, November 30 :: Twig Calendar Book (Click here to watch.)
Monday, December 7 :: Easy Decorative Paper & Notebook (Click here to watch.)
Monday, December 14 :: Expandable Art-Scrap-Photo Book (Up next 4:00 to 4:45 PM!)
Monday, December 21 :: Happy-Pockets Book, 4:00 to 4:45 PM
Monday, December 28 :: Caterpillar Book, 4:00 to 4:45 PM

No registration is necessary.

Additional Resources:





Live online workshops


Online live workshops on cartooning


(scholarships available)



Live online classes on shadow puppets, inventions and more. ($20) https://bayareadiscoverymuseum.org/camps-classes/badm-virtual-winter-programs


Amazing lineup of workshops for kids (sliding scale)

Pre-recorded workshops/ tutorials:


Online tutorials from animation to sculpture



Short prompts for writing poems—and you can submit your poem for publication!



Bilingual online art tutorials


Smithsonian Museum free online tutorials.


WEST SIDE SCHOOL ART Tutorials by Jessica Martin