Art workshops are for adults, children – Times-Standard

The Arcata Sanctuary offers a series of workshops led by local and regional artists.

A “Shadow Puppets” workshop with Shawn Powers is scheduled for Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $54.

The shadow puppets will be made from mostly recycled materials provided by the instructor. Along with learning how to use the shadow puppets on screen, each participant will leave with one or more shadows, props and sets so they can create their own shadow puppet theater. Register for this class at

Powers will also present a shadow puppet show of “Ichi the Spider” at 7:00 pm on Saturday the day before the workshop. Admission to the show is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Powers has created and performed more than 1,000 shadow puppet shows since 1990. “Ichi the Spider” is “a funny tale from Mali, West Africa,” he said.

Licensed marriage and family therapist Laura Phelan-Shahin — also an artist and expressive arts therapist — offers an “Expressive Arts Experience” on Aug. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $54.

The session includes storytelling, journaling and discussion, and everyone will have the chance to make a crocheted wall hanging. This session focuses on exploring chaos in one’s life, both on a personal and societal level.

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A cyanotype workshop is planned for August 14th from 10am to 3pm with Brenna Hansen. The price is $90. No previous experience is necessary.

According to the instructor, cyanotype is a photographic printing process that uses the sun to create a cyan blue print.

In this workshop, people will learn both process fundamentals and experimental techniques, realizing a variety of prints: traditional cyanotype photograms and photographs, as well as toned and manipulated prints.

Email [email protected] no less than three days before the class date with the three images you would like printed in the workshop. To register for the workshop, go to

Collaborative Emotion ArtCards, a session for preschoolers and their grown-ups, will be held on August 21 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The instructor is MaryAnn Clark, who is currently studying early childhood education. She also started the children’s YouTube channel *kids in the hive*, which is a project of DreamMaker with Ink People Center for the Arts. The cost for this session is $30 per child/adult pair.

In this class, everyone will read picture books and explore motor activities around feelings and emotions. The preschooler and their adult will then talk and come up with seven emotions that they both often experience. They will collaborate and work on creating a multimedia Emotion ArtCard deck. On one side of the card will be an image for the emotion and its name. On the other side of the card, the duo can write or draw ideas around regulation strategies, such as recognizing bodily sensations and helpful coping mechanisms.

Clark studied early childhood education and also started the children’s YouTube channel *kids in the hive*, which is a DreamMaker project with Ink People.

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The “Creative Course” with Gabriel Luo is scheduled for Fridays, September 2nd through October 28th, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The cost is $150.

This course is intended for adults but would be suitable for anyone over 15 years of age.

“I intend to share various means of finding and exploring inner creativity. Activities such as automated writing, guided visualization, movement and free drawing/exploration through mediums will be covered,” said Luo. “The desired outcome is that participants will have a sense of how to boost their creativity and be able to express themselves in a clear and meaningful way.”

Luo will also be teaching a class titled “Drawing for Kids” on Mondays from September 5 to October 31 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The price is 150 dollars.

This course will be a place for children to come and draw freely. Each of them will have its place for a perfect painting on a wall or an easel on a large paper. During each lesson they can work on one or several paintings. This is not a return for children. Parents will need to remain on site and be present during class.

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All of these in-person workshops will be held at Sanctuary, 1301 J St., Arcata. There are a limited number of scholarships available. To apply for a scholarship, send a brief statement of need to Meredith at [email protected]

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