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Spring 2023 Classes

We have a variety of classes and workshops for all interests and ages!

Nature Collage Mixed Media Painting

Using the earth and its elements as the foundation of artistic inspiration, texture and form, students can tap into my vast collections of leaves, soils, lichens and more and learn some of my trade secrets. In the first classes, participants will adhere their natural forms to multiple painting supports as they create a textural composition. In subsequent classes the surface will be sealed, primed and painted.

These techniques of adhering natural materials, layering them, priming, painting and sealing them are very unique. We will be using various soils, different types of leaves and dried flowers as well as lichens to create eco-inspired compositions that draw on the glorious perfection of natural forms and the sensuous textures.

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Date: Fridays, April 14 - May 5, 2023

Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Instructor: Amanda Rose Hopkins

Age / Level: Adult

Class Size: 12

Location: Healdsburg Community Center

Deadline to enroll: April 13, 2023

Fee: $170.00 plus $40 materials fee to instructor on day of first class.

Instructor: Amanda Rose Hopkins

With over 10 years experience teaching art to youth and adults, Amanda Rose Hopkins holds a BA from UC Santa Cruz and completed an education credential program. She exhibits her art in Sonoma County and the North Bay Area at the Bioneers Conferences, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Petaluma Arts Center and the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts.  Amanda has been an arts educator at numerous schools and arts centers including Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Riley Street Art Supply and The Reach School in Sebastopol.


Her eco-collage works are inspired by her love of nature. She says of her artistic practice: “The hilarious, messy and often slightly insane process of my art making is very bird-like. It is as if I am gathering materials for my nest. Piles of lichen, branches, leaves, and roots abound in my backyard and in my studio until I move them around to create some kind of order from the chaos.”

See more of her work at:  https://artofnature.me