Picture Your Future

This contest will 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.

How to Enter:

Take a series of photographs and send us your best one showing an image of what or how the future looks like to you.  Is it a bright, sunny day?  Is it someone you love?  Is it your pet?  Is it your best friend?  Is it a wild finch at a birdfeeder?  Is it a photo of one of your artworks? Or is it something entirely unexpected?  It’s up to you!

  • Submit to:  education@healdsburgcenterforthearts.org
  • Pictures must be in a digital format from your cell phone or digital camera
  • Submit in either black and white or color
  • One photo per entry
  • Submit your name, age, grade and school with your photo
  • Deadline for submission extended to Jan 15, 2021 by 5:00 pm


1st place $50

2nd place $30

3rd place $20

Each photo received will raise $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).

Gallery of Entries – click on the image to see details

Mosaic Stepping Stones with Barbara McNally


An In-Person and Socially Distanced 2-Day Workshop

Create colorful and unique mosaic stepping stones for the garden in the 2-day workshop.  This class is great for beginners and continuing students alike.  We will cover design, approach, materials selection, tool use and mosaic setting and grouting. This class focuses on use of color, pattern and repetition, while teaching students how to use tile cutting tools to get special cuts, creating different looks with various setting styles. 

Saturday is dedicated to design and mosaic creation, and on Sunday students will learn how to grout and finish their stepping stone so it can be displayed or used in the garden.  Depending on how fast you work, you may be able to create up to 2 stepping stones.

There will be a 45 min break for lunch on Sat. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates:  Jan. 9 & 10  

Times:  Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm., Sun. 10:00-12:00

Where: Barbara’s studio in Alexander Valley (directions to follow upon enrollment)

Fee:  $125 which includes all materials. 

Register here:

**Enrollment is limited to 6 people only.  Masks mandatory.

in-Person art Pods

Create a custom art course for your child and their closest friends.  Choose any combination of subjects including painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, clay, sculpture and other 3-D objects. The pods will be led by an HCA instructor and are in-person following all Covid safety precautions at a mutually agreed upon outdoor location.  Masks mandatory.  Prep and clean up included in price.  All materials are included in the price. 

For information, contact:


Healdsburg Center for the Arts announces a Zoom paper clay sculpture demonstration with sculptor MICHELE COLLIER

Michele will host you on Zoom during an intimate visit to her studio as participants observe how to create a spontaneous figure using paper clay slabs.

During this demonstration, we learn that many rules are set aside as she rolls, slams, squeezes and stretches the clay. This unique medium – – is perfect for all skill levels.  

Michele will be sculpting a standing figure from undulating slabs. Follow along as she shares her secrets for working in this unusual way. Her work is truly unique and depends heavily on the properties of this clay. A clay that uses paper additives to give it strength in wet or dry form. It fires to cone 10…it’s REAL clay, but unlike any clay you have used before.

Michele has been using this clay exclusively for 15 years and all of the methods she will be sharing with you are discoveries she has made and used in her sculptures. The original rules of clay are changed and this opens up a vast array of possibilities. Discussion of non-glaze surfaces will be covered and “how to” sheets will be available online for each effect.

Sat., Jan. 16th, 10:00-1:00.  

Cost: $50
Zoom details will be sent a day before the class.

Click here to register:

PAPERCLAY WORKSHOP Materials and tools:

WOODEN ROLLING PIN…the biggest one you can push around.

RED RUBBER RIB…they are the softest

METAL RIB…no teeth


WOODEN CLAY TOOLS…a selection of your favorites 

BOARD (large enough for your sculpture)




On Michele’s website, you can print these pages for your reference.