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  • Fun-A-Day Hangout with Amy Bauer of Dreameco

    Starts: 1/6/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 1/6/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Saturdays 1/6 through 1/27, 11a - 12pm
    Free!
    Click on the link to register or call 310.458.2239.

    The premise is simple: pick a project, work on it every day in January, then show your work the following month in a big group show! Join folks around the country who are making January their Fun-A-Day month: here led by Amy Bauer of Dreameco Crafts (https://www.facebook.com/funadayla). Make it fun and make it small enough that you can keep going with your daily practice no matter what January brings into your life. A painting, a song, a photo, a poem, an illustrated word, a postcard, a dance, a drawing, a painted rock, a story, a melody, a video, a needlework, a quilt square, a sculpture! Every day, one a day in January. Weekly Saturday morning check-ins with Amy will keep you inspired - you can bring works in progress or just chat with fellow Fun-A-Dayers here at the Camera. Or just make the commitment, work at home, and bring it all in February for the group show. Fun-a-Day was started by Nick Lally of the Art Clash Collective in Baltimore in 2004 and debuted in LA in 2014. Now Fun-A-Day is a worldwide phenomenon! Make your commitment at http://ow.ly/GAN830gUc5R, and/or RSVP to the exhibit of everyone's work on Saturday, February 10 at https://coalfunaday2018.eventbrite.com/
  • Cultivating the Expressive Body with Jeremy Hahn

    Starts: 1/6/2018 11:30:00 AM
    Ends: 1/6/2018 1:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.403: Saturday 1/6, 11:30am-1:30pm
    Cost: $10
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239

    This body based practice utilizes an investigative process that draws upon meditation, visualization, and movement improvisation. Class nurtures 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 to support an ongoing process of self-discovery. Each monthly offering is based on a different theme. Explorations traverse many practices including: movement improvisations inspired by imagery, visualizations, imaginative play emphasizing expressivity, mindfulness practices, meditation, breath work, ritual, moving as a solo / duet or as a group, somatic practices, drawing, building a communal altar, dynamically engaging with space, eyes closed explorations, dancing to live accompaniment or specially composed playlist, constructive rest, and exploring intentional movement as the vehicle for healing / self-discovery for the individual and community. Basic arc of the practice: welcome circle – introduction to the workshop - Tune in meditation - Somatic warm up, visualizations and centering practices - Improvisational movement explorations as an individual, with a partner or group - Gratitude circle - Closing reflections and group share.
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 1/7/2018 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 1/7/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Class #2700.420: 10am-1pm
    CLASS DATES: Sundays 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 & 2/11. Cost: $140.00 - Drop-in participation is available for $35, cash only. (please bring exact change!)
    Call (310) 458-2239 to confirm drop-in availability if you are not bringing your own rig.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SERIES REQUIRES A $20 CASH MATERIAL FEE TO BE PAID TO THE INSTRUCTOR.
    Drop-in participation is available for $35, cash only.

    Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 6-week immersive watercolor course, open to all levels. 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.

    Classes will feature in-depth watercolor instruction with an emphasis on representational scene painting and 'en plein air' techniques, as well as delvings into the artistic legacy of watercolor practice. Timothy conveys an appreciation for this unique medium, its fluidity, spontaneity, simplicity of form and the complexities of proper application. Exterior and interior scenes and lighting will be addressed and the gorgeous views framed by the Art Lab’s picture windows overlooking the ocean will provide ongoing inspiration.

    All basic materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own brushes, palettes and nontoxic colors.
  • Fun-A-Day Hangout with Amy Bauer of Dreameco

    Starts: 1/13/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 1/13/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Saturdays 1/6 through 1/27, 11a - 12pm
    Free!
    Click on the link to register or call 310.458.2239.

    The premise is simple: pick a project, work on it every day in January, then show your work the following month in a big group show! Join folks around the country who are making January their Fun-A-Day month: here led by Amy Bauer of Dreameco Crafts (https://www.facebook.com/funadayla). Make it fun and make it small enough that you can keep going with your daily practice no matter what January brings into your life. A painting, a song, a photo, a poem, an illustrated word, a postcard, a dance, a drawing, a painted rock, a story, a melody, a video, a needlework, a quilt square, a sculpture! Every day, one a day in January. Weekly Saturday morning check-ins with Amy will keep you inspired - you can bring works in progress or just chat with fellow Fun-A-Dayers here at the Camera. Or just make the commitment, work at home, and bring it all in February for the group show. Fun-a-Day was started by Nick Lally of the Art Clash Collective in Baltimore in 2004 and debuted in LA in 2014. Now Fun-A-Day is a worldwide phenomenon! Make your commitment at http://ow.ly/GAN830gUc5R, and/or RSVP to the exhibit of everyone's work on Saturday, February 10 at https://coalfunaday2018.eventbrite.com/
  • Flag Books & Found Writing with Debra Disman

    Starts: 1/13/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 1/13/2018 1:30:00 PM

    Saturday 1/13, 11am-1:30pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239

    Learn the fun and innovative flag book structure. Fold an accordion spine, add book covers, and attach your flag pages to a kinetic book whose parts move as you page through. You can write in or use preexisting print media to add text to your “flags.” As they move and flip, poetic connections in your found writing appear!
  • Monthly Craft Lounge featuring Sewing Rebellion

    Starts: 1/13/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 1/13/2018 2:00:00 PM

    Bring your art or craft projects in progress and work in company with your neighbors! We have shared supplies for beading, knitting, crochet, sewing, collage, drawing materials and equipment, and plenty of tables for you to spread your work on. In addition, members of Frau Fiber's Sewing Rebellion will be on hand to help you learn sewing basics - if you have a machine bring it for a tutorial, otherwise shared machines are available.
  • Poetry Workshop with Maxine Chernoff

    Starts: 1/13/2018 1:00:00 PM
    Ends: 1/13/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Class #2700.400 Saturday 1/13, 1p - 4pm
    Cost:$30
    Click on the link to register or call 310.458.2239.

    Hosted by Brendan Constantine. Poet and novelist Maxine Chernoff presents 'The Writing Process Lost & Found,' a generative workshop for poets (lost or recently recovered). Join her for an afternoon of wonder and discovery. No experience necessary.

    Maxine Chernoff's most recent book is CAMERA (2017 Subito Press), her 16th collection of poems. Her previous volume, HERE, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award, as were 2 of her 6 works of fiction. Her book of stories Signs of Devotion was a NYT Notable Book of 1993. In 2013 she won an NEA Fellowship in Poetry and in 2009 the PEN USA Translation Award for a co-translation of the Selected Poems of Friedrich Hoelderlin. She is former editor of New American Writing and professor and former chair of the Dept of Creative Writing at SFSU. She has taught in Exeter, England, Prague, and St Petersburg, Russia, and was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2016.
  • Shibori Dyed Paper with Huong Nguyen

    Starts: 1/13/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 1/13/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Saturday 1/13, 2-4pm
    Cost: $5
    Click on the link to register or call 310.458.2239

    Create vibrantly patterned paper using various Shibori (Japanese tie-dye) methods such as folding, binding, and tying techniques. Use your paper for gift wrapping, scrapbooking, collage, and other paper crafts!

    Born in Orlando, Florida to a large Vietnamese family, Huong Nguyen is a visual artist with roots in the textiles industry. Nguyen received a BFA from RISD for Textile Design and works in printmaking, pattern design and various media. Her studio work brings a contemporary aesthetic and spirit of inquiry to ancient material and design traditions, with an emphasis on the essential and hand-made. Nguyen is creating textile and paper work that uses traditional Asian craft techniques such as Shibori (Japanese tie-dye), Katagami (Japanese stencil making), and Joomchi (Korean paper felting), with shapes and colors inspired by flora and fauna of Santa Monica.
  • Samba Reggae Dance & Drum with Slleyk

    Starts: 1/13/2018 6:00:00 PM
    Ends: 1/13/2018 8:00:00 PM

    Class #2300.420: Saturdays 1/13-3/3, 6pm-8pm
    Cost: $100,Drop-in registration is available for $20.
    To register, click on the link below or call 310-458-2239.

    Come and workout with a Brazilian flair! This dynamic, energetic Latin dance incorporates the authentic and original Samba Reggae born in Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, as well as Afro-Brazilian dance. As an added bonus, you'll learn Samba Regional and Zumba! You will get a great workout as a result of low and high impact movements that will increase your blood flow, strengthening your cardiovascular system and burning lots of calories. All levels welcome!

    Slleyk da Bahia is the former choreographer of Olodum, the first Samba Reggae ensemble in the world. He spent 15 years creating unique choreographies to present during the carnivals of Brazil.
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 1/14/2018 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 1/14/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Class #2700.420: 10am-1pm
    CLASS DATES: Sundays 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 & 2/11. Cost: $140.00 - Drop-in participation is available for $35, cash only. (please bring exact change!)
    Call (310) 458-2239 to confirm drop-in availability if you are not bringing your own rig.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SERIES REQUIRES A $20 CASH MATERIAL FEE TO BE PAID TO THE INSTRUCTOR.
    Drop-in participation is available for $35, cash only.

    Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 6-week immersive watercolor course, open to all levels. 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.

    Classes will feature in-depth watercolor instruction with an emphasis on representational scene painting and 'en plein air' techniques, as well as delvings into the artistic legacy of watercolor practice. Timothy conveys an appreciation for this unique medium, its fluidity, spontaneity, simplicity of form and the complexities of proper application. Exterior and interior scenes and lighting will be addressed and the gorgeous views framed by the Art Lab’s picture windows overlooking the ocean will provide ongoing inspiration.

    All basic materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own brushes, palettes and nontoxic colors.
  • Modern Felt Hatmaking with Leslie Robinson

    Starts: 1/14/2018 1:30:00 PM
    Ends: 1/14/2018 4:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.402, Sundays 1/14 & 1/21 1:30pm - 4:30pm
    Cost: $60 + $30 cash material fee to be paid to instructor on the first day of class
    Register at the link above or call 310.458.2239

    Join Milliner Leslie Robinson for this introductory hatmaking class. You will learn the fundamentals of blocking, shaping and trimming a wool felt hat. Returning students welcome - we'll cover more advanced techniques.

    Leslie Robinson is a Maker that hails from rural Illinois. She has spent the past twenty-something years soaking up the vibrant feast that is Los Angeles. Always interested in fashion and design, she spontaneously registered for a class from a local hat maker. One session convinced her that this was her passion and calling. She has since become a full time Milliner, having sewn for several seasons for Louise Green Millinery. She is currently involved in a Repair and Restoration project for Eastern Costume's large hat repository. Leslie teaches courses on all aspects of Millinery--join her for a class and learn how putting on a hat can change your life!
  • Fun-A-Day Hangout with Amy Bauer of Dreameco

    Starts: 1/20/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 1/20/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Saturdays 1/6 through 1/27, 11a - 12pm
    Free!
    Click on the link to register or call 310.458.2239.

    The premise is simple: pick a project, work on it every day in January, then show your work the following month in a big group show! Join folks around the country who are making January their Fun-A-Day month: here led by Amy Bauer of Dreameco Crafts (https://www.facebook.com/funadayla). Make it fun and make it small enough that you can keep going with your daily practice no matter what January brings into your life. A painting, a song, a photo, a poem, an illustrated word, a postcard, a dance, a drawing, a painted rock, a story, a melody, a video, a needlework, a quilt square, a sculpture! Every day, one a day in January. Weekly Saturday morning check-ins with Amy will keep you inspired - you can bring works in progress or just chat with fellow Fun-A-Dayers here at the Camera. Or just make the commitment, work at home, and bring it all in February for the group show. Fun-a-Day was started by Nick Lally of the Art Clash Collective in Baltimore in 2004 and debuted in LA in 2014. Now Fun-A-Day is a worldwide phenomenon! Make your commitment at http://ow.ly/GAN830gUc5R, and/or RSVP to the exhibit of everyone's work on Saturday, February 10 at https://coalfunaday2018.eventbrite.com/
  • Tunnel Books with Debra Disman

    Starts: 1/20/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 1/20/2018 1:30:00 PM

    Saturday 1/20, 11am - 1:30pm
    Cost: $5
    Click on the link to register or call 310.458.2239

    Create a multidimensional Tunnel Book utilizing strategic cutouts. With the accordion fold and framing techniques, explore a "layered view" that creates the setting for a dramatic scene and story that moves back and forth in space and possibly in time! Go your own pace and come away with a unique card or booklet.
  • Shibori Dyed Tea Towels with Huong Nguyen

    Starts: 1/20/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 1/20/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Saturday 1/20, 2pm - 4pm
    Cost: $10
    Click on the link to register or call 310.458.2239

    Hand dye a vibrantly patterned tea towel using Shibori (Japanese tie-dye) methods such as folding, binding, and tying techniques. Bring an apron and wear clothes you don't mind getting a stray splash on.
  • Samba Reggae Dance & Drum with Slleyk

    Starts: 1/20/2018 6:00:00 PM
    Ends: 1/20/2018 8:00:00 PM

    Class #2300.420: Saturdays 1/13-3/3, 6pm-8pm
    Cost: $100,Drop-in registration is available for $20.
    To register, click on the link below or call 310-458-2239.

    Come and workout with a Brazilian flair! This dynamic, energetic Latin dance incorporates the authentic and original Samba Reggae born in Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, as well as Afro-Brazilian dance. As an added bonus, you'll learn Samba Regional and Zumba! You will get a great workout as a result of low and high impact movements that will increase your blood flow, strengthening your cardiovascular system and burning lots of calories. All levels welcome!

    Slleyk da Bahia is the former choreographer of Olodum, the first Samba Reggae ensemble in the world. He spent 15 years creating unique choreographies to present during the carnivals of Brazil.
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 1/21/2018 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 1/21/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Class #2700.420: 10am-1pm
    CLASS DATES: Sundays 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 & 2/11. Cost: $140.00 - Drop-in participation is available for $35, cash only. (please bring exact change!)
    Call (310) 458-2239 to confirm drop-in availability if you are not bringing your own rig.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SERIES REQUIRES A $20 CASH MATERIAL FEE TO BE PAID TO THE INSTRUCTOR.
    Drop-in participation is available for $35, cash only.

    Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 6-week immersive watercolor course, open to all levels. 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.

    Classes will feature in-depth watercolor instruction with an emphasis on representational scene painting and 'en plein air' techniques, as well as delvings into the artistic legacy of watercolor practice. Timothy conveys an appreciation for this unique medium, its fluidity, spontaneity, simplicity of form and the complexities of proper application. Exterior and interior scenes and lighting will be addressed and the gorgeous views framed by the Art Lab’s picture windows overlooking the ocean will provide ongoing inspiration.

    All basic materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own brushes, palettes and nontoxic colors.
  • Modern Felt Hatmaking with Leslie Robinson

    Starts: 1/21/2018 1:30:00 PM
    Ends: 1/21/2018 4:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.402, Sundays 1/14 & 1/21 1:30pm - 4:30pm
    Cost: $60 + $30 cash material fee to be paid to instructor on the first day of class
    Register at the link above or call 310.458.2239

    Join Milliner Leslie Robinson for this introductory hatmaking class. You will learn the fundamentals of blocking, shaping and trimming a wool felt hat. Returning students welcome - we'll cover more advanced techniques.

    Leslie Robinson is a Maker that hails from rural Illinois. She has spent the past twenty-something years soaking up the vibrant feast that is Los Angeles. Always interested in fashion and design, she spontaneously registered for a class from a local hat maker. One session convinced her that this was her passion and calling. She has since become a full time Milliner, having sewn for several seasons for Louise Green Millinery. She is currently involved in a Repair and Restoration project for Eastern Costume's large hat repository. Leslie teaches courses on all aspects of Millinery--join her for a class and learn how putting on a hat can change your life!
  • Fun-A-Day Hangout with Amy Bauer of Dreameco

    Starts: 1/27/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 1/27/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Saturdays 1/6 through 1/27, 11a - 12pm
    Free!
    Click on the link to register or call 310.458.2239.

    The premise is simple: pick a project, work on it every day in January, then show your work the following month in a big group show! Join folks around the country who are making January their Fun-A-Day month: here led by Amy Bauer of Dreameco Crafts (https://www.facebook.com/funadayla). Make it fun and make it small enough that you can keep going with your daily practice no matter what January brings into your life. A painting, a song, a photo, a poem, an illustrated word, a postcard, a dance, a drawing, a painted rock, a story, a melody, a video, a needlework, a quilt square, a sculpture! Every day, one a day in January. Weekly Saturday morning check-ins with Amy will keep you inspired - you can bring works in progress or just chat with fellow Fun-A-Dayers here at the Camera. Or just make the commitment, work at home, and bring it all in February for the group show. Fun-a-Day was started by Nick Lally of the Art Clash Collective in Baltimore in 2004 and debuted in LA in 2014. Now Fun-A-Day is a worldwide phenomenon! Make your commitment at http://ow.ly/GAN830gUc5R, and/or RSVP to the exhibit of everyone's work on Saturday, February 10 at https://coalfunaday2018.eventbrite.com/
  • Scrolls & Paper Marbling with Debra Disman

    Starts: 1/27/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 1/27/2018 1:30:00 PM

    Saturday 1/27, 11am - 1:30pm
    Cost: $10
    Click on the link to register or call 310.458.2239

    Design a book that can be rolled up! Create gorgeous marbled papers and while they dry, assemble a scroll substrate. Write a proclamation, draw/paint something wonderful, or leave blank for later. Just add a hanger for wall display. Bring an apron and wear clothes you don't mind getting a stray splash on.
  • Katagami Shadow Lanterns with Huong Nguyen

    Starts: 1/27/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 1/27/2018 5:00:00 PM

    Saturday 1/27, 2pm - 5pm
    Cost: $5
    Click on the link to register or call 310.458.2239

    Practice hand cutting stencil designs in the Japanese Katagami tradition, then use Korean Joomchi paper felting techinques to combine into a unique handmade paper. Huong will go over ways of making small shadow lanterns with the resulting patterned surfaces. Leave the class with your very own tea light-sized shadow lantern.
  • Samba Reggae Dance & Drum with Slleyk

    Starts: 1/27/2018 6:00:00 PM
    Ends: 1/27/2018 8:00:00 PM

    Class #2300.420: Saturdays 1/13-3/3, 6pm-8pm
    Cost: $100,Drop-in registration is available for $20.
    To register, click on the link below or call 310-458-2239.

    Come and workout with a Brazilian flair! This dynamic, energetic Latin dance incorporates the authentic and original Samba Reggae born in Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, as well as Afro-Brazilian dance. As an added bonus, you'll learn Samba Regional and Zumba! You will get a great workout as a result of low and high impact movements that will increase your blood flow, strengthening your cardiovascular system and burning lots of calories. All levels welcome!

    Slleyk da Bahia is the former choreographer of Olodum, the first Samba Reggae ensemble in the world. He spent 15 years creating unique choreographies to present during the carnivals of Brazil.
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 1/28/2018 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 1/28/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Class #2700.420: 10am-1pm
    CLASS DATES: Sundays 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 & 2/11. Cost: $140.00 - Drop-in participation is available for $35, cash only. (please bring exact change!)
    Call (310) 458-2239 to confirm drop-in availability if you are not bringing your own rig.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SERIES REQUIRES A $20 CASH MATERIAL FEE TO BE PAID TO THE INSTRUCTOR.
    Drop-in participation is available for $35, cash only.

    Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 6-week immersive watercolor course, open to all levels. 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.

    Classes will feature in-depth watercolor instruction with an emphasis on representational scene painting and 'en plein air' techniques, as well as delvings into the artistic legacy of watercolor practice. Timothy conveys an appreciation for this unique medium, its fluidity, spontaneity, simplicity of form and the complexities of proper application. Exterior and interior scenes and lighting will be addressed and the gorgeous views framed by the Art Lab’s picture windows overlooking the ocean will provide ongoing inspiration.

    All basic materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own brushes, palettes and nontoxic colors.
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