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What’s Happening at the Camera Obscura Art Lab

  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 8/5/2018 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 8/5/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Sundays 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19 & 8/22.
    Series: $100.00 + $60 cash material fee, $35 cash drop-in (please bring exact change!)

    Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 6-week immersive watercolor course, open to all levels and drop-ins welcome. Timothy will share tips about both medium and technique while going through weekly demo exercises to hone your compositional vision, principles of color values, color mixing and brush work. The gorgeous views framed by the Art Lab’s picture windows overlooking the ocean will provide ongoing inspiration.
  • Frau Fiber's Sewing Rebellion + Craft Lounge

    Starts: 8/11/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 8/11/2018 2:00:00 PM

    Frau Fiber brings her nationwide project, Sewing Rebellion, to the Camera on the second Saturday of each month concurrent with our monthly Craft Lounge. Catch Frau Fiber or her regiment of Faux Fraus leading sewing, altering and repurposing projects each month. Sewing machines and sewing tips included!

    August's Sewing Rebellion project TBA.

    Craft Lounge is a monthly no-host gathering of all types of crafting - bring your works in progress and make something with your neighbors! The Camera Obscura Art Lab has shared knitting, crochet, sewing, collage and drawing materials and plenty of tables for you to spread out your work.
  • Fireworks Book making workshop with Debra Disman

    Starts: 8/11/2018 3:00:00 PM
    Ends: 8/11/2018 5:00:00 PM

    Saturday 8/11, 3-5pm
    Cost: $15 + $5 cash material fee
    Call 310.458.2239 or drop in!

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A $10 MATERIAL FEE TO BE PAID IN CASH AT THE FIRST CLASS, DROP-INS PAY $15 EACH CLASS. Debra brings back her popular bookmaking classes in a special three-part series. In June, work on Flag Books - a kinetic book whose parts move in separate flags as you page through. July brings Tunnel Books, which draw the reader into a three-dimensional story, and August finishes with Fireworks Books: a bibliotechnical bang which contains a popup structure of repeated forms that unfold from all sides. Bring your work back to the Camera for second Saturday craft lounges and continue your experiments in bookmaking!
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 8/12/2018 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 8/12/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Sundays 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19 & 8/22.
    Series: $100.00 + $60 cash material fee, $35 cash drop-in (please bring exact change!)

    Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 6-week immersive watercolor course, open to all levels and drop-ins welcome. Timothy will share tips about both medium and technique while going through weekly demo exercises to hone your compositional vision, principles of color values, color mixing and brush work. The gorgeous views framed by the Art Lab’s picture windows overlooking the ocean will provide ongoing inspiration.
  • Indian Classical dance for all with Aparna Sindhoor

    Starts: 8/18/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 8/18/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Saturday 8/18, 11 am - 12 pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link above or call 310.458.2239.

    Aparna Sindhoor, her students and company members lead you through basic movements of Bharata Natyam, an Indian classical dance form with origins in the temples and courts of Southern India. The form has a strong component of rhythmic footwork, musicality, lyricism, and Abhinaya or acting/expressive technique. This is class is open to all ages and abilities. No prior experience necessary; bring clothes to move in and comfortable shoes and socks.

    Dr. Aparna Sindhoor is Founder and Artistic Director of Navarasa Dance Theater (navarasa.org), and a teacher, dancer, choreographer, director, actor and singer. For her project, she is choreographing a new evening-length dance work with S.M. Raju and Anil Natyaveda on the theme of love. Residency classes are taught by Dr. Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda along with Navarasa Dance Theater. Sindhoor and Natyaveda are world renowned choreographers and performers. They have created work in USA, Canada, Germany and India for more than two decades. Critics have called their work: "breathtaking" - Times of India "a magical mix of traditions and styles" - Boston Globe.
  • Natural Soapmaking with Kim of Chesilhurst Farm

    Starts: 8/18/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 8/18/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Saturday 8/18, 2-4 pm
    Cost: $45
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.


    Learn how to make soap from scratch! The wonderful, natural soaps you see at specialty stores and farmer’s markets, are really not that hard to make. We will use natural plant based oils and butter oils ... to make beautiful, creamy lathering soaps that incorporate essential oils and botanicals and feel good on your skin. Soaping is a really fun craft to learn that can easily become your next passion. We will go over the process, get familiar with the equipment needed, learn about different oils, safety with working with lye (sodium hydroxide) and how to create and make a formula, working with colorant, fragrance and essential oils.
  • Jewelry Challenges - a discussion with Metal Arts Society of Southern California

    Starts: 8/18/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 8/18/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Saturday 8/18, 2 - 4 pm
    Cost: Free!
    Register at the link above or call 310.458.2239.

    Join us for an exchange of jewelrymaking ideas and techniques. The topic: ”How I dealt with the annual Metal Arts Society of Southern California (MASSC) Jewelry Challenge.” Speakers include Rachel Shimpock, Virginia Hyatt, Diane Weimer, and other MASSC members. Listen to jewelry makers talking about their craft and showing slides of their work. The Jewelry Challenge is an annual MASSC contest where participants purchase a mystery kit of materials and are challenged to create a wearable work of art. Kit contents include sheet metal, wire, and other materials that change year-to-year. Pieces range from pendants to rings, necklaces, bracelets and brooches. For more information visit www.massconline.com.
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 8/19/2018 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 8/19/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Sundays 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19 & 8/22.
    Series: $100.00 + $60 cash material fee, $35 cash drop-in (please bring exact change!)

    Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 6-week immersive watercolor course, open to all levels and drop-ins welcome. Timothy will share tips about both medium and technique while going through weekly demo exercises to hone your compositional vision, principles of color values, color mixing and brush work. The gorgeous views framed by the Art Lab’s picture windows overlooking the ocean will provide ongoing inspiration.
  • Excavating Memory, a writing session with Lisa Diane Wedgeworth

    Starts: 8/25/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 8/25/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Saturday 8/25, 11 am - 12 pm
    Cost: Free!
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Dig into your personal memories in this writing workshop - find narratives to inform your artwork, start your memoir, or just put an order to the days. No prerequisite, just come prepared for mental time travel.
  • Bollywood Dance with Aparna Sindhoor

    Starts: 8/25/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 8/25/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Saturday 8/25, 2-3pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Aparna Sindhoor, her students and company members introduce Bollywood a popular dance inspired by Indian cinema. It is fun to learn as well as perform, and it’s a great workout! No prior experience necessary, bring clothes to move in and comfortable shoes.
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 8/26/2018 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 8/26/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Sundays 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19 & 8/22.
    Series: $100.00 + $60 cash material fee, $35 cash drop-in (please bring exact change!)

    Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 6-week immersive watercolor course, open to all levels and drop-ins welcome. Timothy will share tips about both medium and technique while going through weekly demo exercises to hone your compositional vision, principles of color values, color mixing and brush work. The gorgeous views framed by the Art Lab’s picture windows overlooking the ocean will provide ongoing inspiration.
  • Cultivating the Expressive Body with Jeremy Hahn

    Starts: 8/26/2018 12:00:00 PM
    Ends: 8/26/2018 1:30:00 PM

    Sunday 8/26, 12-1:30pm
    Cost: $10; register at the link above or call 310.458.2239.

    This body based practice utilizes an investigative process that draws upon meditation, visualization, and movement improvisation. In the class we nurture the expansion of our expressive capacities as we move our bodies encountering each other and sharing playfully with cooperation. This is deep work. We welcome all curious participants who are interested in exploring expressive movement as a mindful ritual and healing art process. In times such as these, let us explore our potential through embodied practice in an ongoing process of self-discovery.
  • Poetry & the Imagination with Dinah Berland

    Starts: 8/26/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 8/26/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Sundays, 8/26, 9/9, 9/23, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11
    2pm - 4pm
    Cost: $90

    What does it take to write poems with imagination? In this workshop, we will read a wide variety poems by outstanding modern and contemporary poets, generate new work in response to prompts, and workshop edited poems. We will also discuss the submission process and how to successfully present your work. The workshop will culminate with $20 drop-in public reading on Sunday, November 11, at 2pm. 
  • Abstraction & Freedom, a painting session with Lisa Diane Wedgeworth

    Starts: 8/29/2018 3:00:00 PM
    Ends: 8/29/2018 5:00:00 PM

    Wednesday 8/29, 3pm - 5pm
    Cost: Free!
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    A painting workshop in which we address abstraction both as a way to explore the self, and as a strategy for freedom. No experience necessary, bring a smock/apron or clothes that can take drips.
  • Indian Classical dance for all with Aparna Sindhoor

    Starts: 8/30/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 8/30/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Thursday 8/30, 2 - 3 pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link above or call 310.458.2239.

    Aparna Sindhoor, her students and company members lead you through basic movements of Bharata Natyam, an Indian classical dance form with origins in the temples and courts of Southern India. The form has a strong component of rhythmic footwork, musicality, lyricism, and Abhinaya or acting/expressive technique. This is class is open to all ages and abilities. No prior experience necessary; bring clothes to move in and comfortable shoes and socks.

    Dr. Aparna Sindhoor is Founder and Artistic Director of Navarasa Dance Theater (navarasa.org), and a teacher, dancer, choreographer, director, actor and singer. For her project, she is choreographing a new evening-length dance work with S.M. Raju and Anil Natyaveda on the theme of love. Residency classes are taught by Dr. Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda along with Navarasa Dance Theater. Sindhoor and Natyaveda are world renowned choreographers and performers. They have created work in USA, Canada, Germany and India for more than two decades. Critics have called their work: "breathtaking" - Times of India "a magical mix of traditions and styles" - Boston Globe.
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