Stories and Art: Saturday, February 17, 2018

Featured Story: Stitching and Pullin, about the renowned quilters of Gees Bend, Alabama. The art project will be a cut paper and fabric quilt design. Each monthly Stories and Art will feature a picture book and related art project. Participants will use a variety of mediums and techniques to explore an art concept, creating their own piece to take home. All ages welcome. Meets in the basement auditorium at the Modesto Library. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. We encourage the whole family to participate! No pre-registration necessary! 

Mask-Making Workshop

Saturday / Sunday, Feb. 10-11, Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Chelsea America and Linda Knoll will host a pre-mardi gras mask-making class for kids 10+  and adults. On day one, you’ll cast a plaster mask on your own face, and create mask decorations and accessories with polymer clay. On day two, you’ll paint and assemble the masks. Decorations may include beads, sequins, feathers or whatever we can find to make it personal and fabulous. $100, includes all materials. Registration at the gallery or online at

Inspiring Women in Art

Friday, February23: Mary Cassatt and the Impressionists

Join Susan Rossmann on the 4th Friday of the month as she shares the techniques and accomplishments of the “Wonder Women” of art!  Each month we will discuss a different artist(s) and create a work of art inspired by their ideas and imagery. Great for a mother/daughter night out! Ages 10 and up.  6:00 – 8:30 pm. , Cost: $25.00 all materials provided with refreshments. Register at the gallery, or online at

Figure Drawing Drop-In Each Wednesday, 7 – 9 p.m.

Join us for informal, non-instructional life drawing sessions with a nude model. This is a weekly drop-in group, $10 per night. Bring your own supplies and easel (tables are available). No registration necessary, over 18 only.

Oil Painting for Adults

Thursdays, 6 sessions, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.  (Winter dates TBD)

Create lasting works of art as you learn the skills and techniques of color and composition through oil painting. All skill levels welcome – from beginner to advanced. Supplies needed prior to the start of class. Call (209) 577-5344 for supply list. Registration $40 at Supply costs: $100-$150. Instructor: David Bienkowski  Location: Senior Citizens Center, 211 Bodem Street, Modesto

Announced: Summer Camps and Classes for Kids and Adults

Mini Art Camp

Session 1: June 5-8, Tue-Fri, 10:00-11:30am

Session 2: July 17-20, Tue-Fri, 10:00-11:30am

Ages 4-7 yrs., $75

Four days of fun and creative art projects for our youngest students. Explore lines, patterns, shapes, and colors with paint, paper, clay and more. All materials included.

Around the World Art Camp

June 11-15, Mon-Fri, 9:00am-Noon

Ages 8-14 yrs, $175

Explore and create art from cultures around the world.  Students will get inspired by the traditions and creativity of ancient and modern civilizations on every continent. All materials included.

Through the Ages Art Camp

June 18-22, Mon-Fri, 9:00am-Noon

8-14 yrs, $175

Starting with cave paintings, this camp will travel through the ages and end with art of our own time. Each day will explore a new period with exciting projects using a variety of materials. All materials included

America the Beautiful Camp

June 25-29, Mon-Fri, 9:00am-Noon

Ages 8-14 yrs, $175

Explore the symbols, songs and art of the U.S.A. while creating a variety of projects reflecting the beauty of our monuments, national parks and national history. All materials included.

Nature Inspirations Junior Art Camp

July 9-13, Mon-Fri, 9:00am-Noon

Ages 8-14 yrs, $175

Students learn to create art from our natural environment. Qualified instructors encourage children to look at the world around them for art experiences. We’ll even take a field trip to see local wildlife and paint outdoors.

Fiber Art Camp

July 23-27, Mon-Fri, 9:00am-Noon

Ages 8-14 yrs, $175

Yarns, fabrics, wool, dye and thread will be the materials used in this camp. We’ll make quilts, weavings, sculptures and other exciting fiber art creations. All materials included.

Mixed Media Mash-Up Art Camp

July 30-Aug 3, Mon-Fri, 9:00am-Noon

Ages 8-14 years, $175

Inspired by the work of pop artists, the students will learn about all art making processes using traditional and non-traditional supplies. 2D and 3D artwork will be imagined and created in this fun and fast paced camp.

Registration will be available at the gallery and online. Look for more information in the coming months.

Drawing Techniques for Teens to Adults

Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

14+ yrs $65

Expand your knowledge of drawing mediums including graphite, charcoal, conte and ink while creating pieces that use shading, perspective, contour and observation. Materials included.

Oil Painting for Teens to Adults

Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

14+ yrs, $75

Explore the basics of using oil paints to create a variety of works on canvas. Materials included.

Watercolor Painting for Teens to Adults

Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

14+ yrs, $75

Explore the basic techniques, tips and tricks of using watercolor paints to create a variety of works on paper. Materials included.

Junior Hands in Clay

Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Ages 8-14 yrs, /$75

Get your hands dirty and discover a variety of methods of building pots, sculpture and figurative projects with clay. Materials included.