Ever wonder how to create mosaics? Want to find out more about
raku yaki? How about mastering the creation of palette art? Expanding
the scope of artistic skills and learning the tools of the artist is
the concept behind Laguna Outreach Community Arts’ program Art
Art Escapes brings art education to adults through professional
Laguna Beach artists teaching interactive workshops and giving
hands-on demonstrations and public art tours.
“This is the sixth workshop, and for a start up program, it’s been
very successful,” said Mada Leach, Laguna Outreach Community Arts
The classes meet at 2 p.m. each Monday for aspiring artists to
learn a new medium. There are classes in ceramics, collage,
papermaking, watercolor, drawing, painting, sculpture and more.
“Our artists’ work is represented at the Sawdust Festival, the
Festival of Arts, Art-A-Fair and in private galleries and studios,”
On Monday the class will have a holiday theme, and local palette
artist September McGee will teach, on a smaller scale, how to make
holiday palettes much like the 200 that decorate Laguna’s streets
during the season.
“I’ve done two palettes for the city, so I’m familiar with the
process,” McGee said. It’s a wonderful way for people to express
themselves by creating holiday decorations.”
McGee will discuss the history of the palettes, how to do them for
submission for the city and how to create them.
“We’re going with a holiday theme in sync with the palettes around
Laguna -- probably poinsettias,” McGee said. “We’ll use different
tones of pink, reds, greens and holiday colors.”
Much like the other artists in LOCA, McGee is not just a
professional artist. She also has a passion for teaching art and has
been doing so for some time.
“I got involved teaching art 24 years ago,” McGee said. “I began
teaching terminally ill and special-needs children and taught them
how to feel through their art.”
LOCA was created more than 10 years ago by Anne England and Leach.
The concept grew to include every art medium and many art
organizations in Laguna, from visual to performing arts.
Its mission is to provide educational opportunities for artistic
enrichment to the community and schools and to have many programs and
workshops that happen year-round for people of all ages.
“All comments have been very positive,” artist and organizer
Sherry Bullard said. “We visited hotels to encourage tourists to join
the classes -- we are always looking for things to do in the off
season to fill the gap.”
Laury Phillips, who helps with the program, said she thinks it’s a
great way to give people a taste of experiencing different art
mediums, to explore creative outlets and to have contact with the
“Much of it is funded by the Business Improvement District,”
Phillips said. “We’ve been working with the Visitor’s Bureau and
Kathleen Spalione. She’s been integral, very supportive.”
Most Art Escapes classes are held at the Pottery Shack at 1212 S.
Coast Highway. The cost is $25. For more information and class
schedules and descriptions, call 363-4700 or visit www.locaarts.org.
* SUZIE HARRISON is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline
Pilot. She may be reached at 494-4321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.