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Art Classes
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Pick an Art Class & We'll Customize It to Fit Your Creative Needs!
Art Classes to Pick From...
Solar Plate Workshop by Ron Pokrasso
The Creative Center offers over twenty different art classes & activities for all ages. Any skill level is welcome to explore & learn from our instructors: Gretchen Grunt, Doug Whitfield & Guest Artists.

The Cost can be as little as $15 a person. All art materials are included in the price, unless otherwise noted.

NOTE: Any art class can be taylored to fit your needs & be charged on an hourly rate.

Hourly Rates for Children (6 to 12):
All Classes are $20 an hour, except Clay Classes are $15 an hour.

Hourly Rates for Adults (13 to 101):
All Classes are $25 an hour except Clay & Stained Glass Classes are $15 an hour.
The Altered Book
Turn an existing book into a transformational work of art using endless types of book art
materials: fabric, paper images, photos, found objects, paints, colored pencils, pastels, yarns, &
hand made papers. The Altered Book takes 8 hours to complete & costs $140 per child, $150
per adult. Discounts for multiple students: $240 for two children, $250 for two adults, $325 for
three children, $375 for three adults, $425 for four children, $500 for four adults.

The Artist's Book
Gretchen Grunt attended Idyllwild Arts where she was instructed by a master book artist, Laura
Wait. Eager to share her knowledge, Gretchen will show you how to set colorful mediums free
with primitive printmaking, writing & painting techniques to create a one-of-a-kind handmade
book using the raised cord sewing method for binding. Bookmaking requires no experience & all
materials are provided. Great for ages 6 and up! The Artist's Book takes 2 days to complete (2
two-hour sessions), costs $80 per child & $100 per adult. Discounts for multiple students: $140
for two children, $175 for two adults, $200 for three children, $250 for three adults, $260 for four
children, $325 for four adults.

Bookmaking with an Etching Press
This is an excellent introduction to printmaking. Learn four different printmaking processes while
creating your one-of-a-kind pages to be bound with 3-loops. Using the pressure of an etching
press to make pure color monotypes, viscosity monotypes, stencil monotypes, & reductive
monotypes. Bookbinding with an etching press takes 4 hours to complete & costs $80 per child
& $100 per adults Discounts for multiple students: $140 for two children, $175 for two adults,
$200 for three children, $250 for three adults, $260 for four children, $325 for four adults.

Clay Creatures
Another great way to sculpt is with wet clay! You can make anything out of mud, just use your
imagination & Gretchen will show you how to use the clay to sculpt with coils, slabs, balls, & all the
fancy tools it takes to make, scrap & cut away your imaginary clay creature. Great for any age &
only requires you getting your hands muddy!
Clay Creatures requires two visits to complete with as little as one hour per visit, costing $30 per
student at any age. Discounts for multiple students: 2 students: $55, 3 students: $80, 4 students:
$105.

Collaging in Multiple Mediums

Collage Painting
Gretchen has a treasure box of handmade papers, fabrics, newspaper clippings & photos, to
incorporate into your acrylic painting. Create dramatic compositions quickly. Collage Painting
class takes 4 hours to complete & costs $80 per child and $100 per adult. Discounts for multiple
students: $140 for two children, $175 for two adults, $200 for three children, $250 for three adults,
$260 for four children, $325 for four adults.

Collage Monotypes
Discover another way to use treasured images, handmade papers, & any other flat object on an
etching press while weaving the ink over & under your collage elements with printmaking tools:
brayers, brushes & tarlatans. Collage Monotypes takes 2 hours to complete & costs $40 for a
child, $50 for an adult. Discounts for multiple students: $70 for two children, $90 for two adults,
$105 for three children, $125 for 3 adults, $130 for four children, $160 for four adults.

Crafty Greeting Cards
Spend the day at the Creative Center working with your hands to print original greeting cards
using Strathmore Deckled Creative Cards, envelopes & all materials included. Design & cut a
linoleum block to stamp your cards or create unique images using the monotype technique. Then,
you can send your handcrafted cards to your loved ones for holidays, birthdays, & anniversaries.
The Greeting Card class takes 4 hours to complete and costs $80 per child, $100 per adult.
Discounts for multiple students: $140 for two children, $175 for two adults, $200 for three
children, $250 for three adults, $260 for four children, $325 for four adults.

Encaustic Painting
An ancient form of painting with pigments mixed in beeswax & damar crystals (pine tree sap).
The paints are warmed up, allowing you to brush onto your canvas board in thin layers. Then you
can scrape back into the layers creating totally unique marks from any other medium. Also, you
can transfer images or collage objects into the layers. This class is for adults only. The Encaustic
class takes 4 hours to complete a small painting & costs $100 per adult. Discounts for multiple
students: $175 for two adults, $250 for three adults, $325 for four adults.

Mosaic Madness
Choose from an assortment of surfaces to mosaic: flat board, stepping stone, picture frame,
flower pot, or a bowling ball if you have one. Gretchen will teach you how to use bits-n-pieces of
tile, found objects & glass beads with images under them. The mosaic class takes 2 days to
complete. The 1st DAY: design & glue pieces down. 2nd DAY: custom color your grout & fill your
mosaic to bring all the pieces together. Mosaic Madness costs $85 for children, $150 for adults.
Discounts for multiple students: $140 for two children, $250 for two adults, $205 for three
children, $375 for three adults, $255 for four children, $500 for four adults.

Painting Pottery
Choose from a wide selection of ready to paint bisqueware: cups, bowls, plates, cookie jars,
platters, tiles & figurines galore. Learn how to paint the glazes on with a rainbow of colors &
specialty Crystaltex glazes. Painting pottery ia an excellent activity for birthday parties at any age
or to make that little extra something special for someone you love! Price ranges from $15-70
depending on what you choose to paint & takes 1-2 hours to complete. Then your bisqueware is
fired in the kiln overnight. Shipping is available.

Pinch Pot Fish
Discover the amazingly simple construction of making pinch pots out of clay, & then tranforming
them into fish by adding fins, tails, eyes, a mouth & desired textures. This project will teach you
everything you need to know about how to make a 3-dimensional form out of clay. Then you return
for a second visit to paint a rainbow of colors on your fish. Pinch Pot Fish requires as little as one
hour per visit, costing $30 per student of any age. Discounts for multiple students: 2 students:
$55, 3 students: $80, 4 students: $105.

Pottery Wheel
Gretchen teaches throwing on the wheel to make your own functional ware. Great for all ages!
Learn to wedge clay, center on the wheel, & throw clay into bowls, cups, vases, teapots & more.
Once your ware is dry, Gretchen will fire your form to cone 04 (1,940*F). Then, you will return for a
second visit to paint the surface with a rainbow of glazes, or experiment with the uniquely textured
Crystaltex Glazes. The Pottery Wheel requires as little as one hour per visit, costing $30 per
student of any age. Discounts for multiple students: 2 students: $55, 3 students: $80, 4 students:
$105.

Printmaking on the Etching Press

A Monotype
An excellent place for the beginning printmaker to start learning how to work with brayers,
brushes, stencils, tarlatans & drawing tools with non-toxic inks that are painted onto a plexiglas
substrate. Monotype printmaking is a non-acid instant-gratification-make-you-feel-good printing
process. Allowing spontaneous results to happen as you paint on the substrate & then run it over
with paper on the Griffin Etching Press. Create as many one-of-a-kind monotypes as you like
during your allotted studio time. Excellent for ages 6 & up! Monotype Printmaking takes as little
as one hour to complete. The cost for a child is $20 an hour & an adult is $25 an hour or $150 for
a full day. Discounted quotes are available for multiple students.

A Monoprint
The difference between a monotype & a monoprint is that a monoprint has a matrix (some sort of
permanent image on the substrate) that can be reused, but not intended to produce an identical
result over & over. One of Gretchen's favorite techniques in monoprinting is to first print a
monotype using colored inks. Then, going back into the substrate, such as plexiglas, & scratching
a drawing into the plexiglas. Finally, inking up the drawing with a contrasting ink to print on top of
the colorful monotype using the Griffin Etching Press to transfer the image onto a piece of cotton
rag paper. A Monoprint can take as little as two hours to complete. The cost for a child is $40 &
an adult is $50 or $150 for a full day. Discounts for multiple students: $70 for two children, $90 for
two adults, $105 for three children, $125 for three adults, $130 for four children, $160 for four
adults.

Aquatint Etching
Discover another version of the etching process, but instead of making defined strong drawn
lines on a copper plate, the aquatint creates soft broad areas of lights & darks. The copper is
dipped in a bath of ferric chloride & citric acid powder after being coated with an acrylic ground
that was run through the press with sandpaper. The Aquatint Etching class requires a full day &
costs $150, plus the cost of the copper plate. Bring a black & white charcoal image (no larger
than 8x10) drawn in a range of lights & darks.

Collagraph Prints with Flat Objects
Collagraphs are a printmaker's version of a collage. But then we take it a step further by inking
the surface of the collage with our special printing inks, run it through an etching press with paper
on it & print the collage. It creates curious "halo-like" outlines, depth & unsuspecting textures of
the objects we attached to the collaged substrate. Bring an object that makes you curious about
its texture. The Collagraph class takes 2 one-hour sessions to complete (allows the glue to dry
overnight) & costs $40 for a child & $50 for an adult. Discounts for multiple students: $70 for two
children, $90 for two adults, $105 for three children, $125 for three adults, $130 for four children,
$160 for four adults.

Collagraph Prints with Modeling Paste
Similar to the other Collagraph technique, but instead of just using found objects to create texture,
Gretchen will teach you how to use acrylic paste to spread onto a plate. Before the paste hardens
you draw, scratch & move the paste into desired textures. Let it dry overnight. Then, return to ink
the surface, wipe, and print the collagraph plate with the Griffin Etching Press, resulting in textures
you could not achieve any other way. The Collagraph with Modeling Paste requires 2 one-hour
sessions, costs $40 for children and $50 for adults. Discounts for multiple students: $70 for two
children, $90 for two adults, $105 for three children, $125 for three adults, $130 for four children,
$160 for four adults.

Drypoint Prints
This is an excellent process for those who love to draw. Drypoints use a Plexiglas substrate/plate
where you draw with an etching needle, to directly scratch your drawing into the Plexiglas. Then,
learn different ways on how to ink your Plexiglas plate & run it through the etching press with tons
of pressure to push the paper into your inked scratches to print onto paper. Bring a line drawing
no larger than 8x10. The Drypoint class takes 2 hours to complete & costs $40 for a child & $50
for an adult, or $150 for a full day. Discounts for multiple students: $70 for two children, $90 for
two adults, $105 for three children, $125 for three adults, $130 for four children, $160 for four
adults.

Etching
Gretchen teaches etching on copper plates with the Edinburgh Etch, ferric chloride. An image is
created on the plate using either contact paper, bees wax, or an acrylic ground on the copper.
The style of your image will determine which technique is best. After etching the plate, it is inked
up like a drypoint & printed on the Griffin Etching Press giving your image a powerful effect that
can be experimented with in a variety of inking techniques.
The Etching class takes a full day & costs $150, plus the cost of the copper. Bring a drawing no
larger than 8"x10".

Viscosity Printmaking
Gretchen will show you the mysterious technique of printing with the non-toxic Akua Intaglio inks
where a different amount of oil is added to each color, making the inks resist each other. This
creates a magical effect that is only possible with viscosity printmaking. This class is an excellent
way to explore the dynamics of color! The Viscosity class takes as little as one hour to complete
& costs $20 an hour for a child & $25 an hour for an adult or $150 for a full day. Discounts are
available for multiple students.

Solar Plate Prints
The Solar Print is an excellent process for photographers to transform their image into a unique
fine art print onto cotton rag paper using the etching press. After your photo is printed onto
transparency film, you will learn how to cover a plexiglas plate with a U.V. sensitive coating. Next,
place the film over the plate & expose your image in Gretchen's light box. In a few minutes your
image will burn into the plate & then it is ready to print in a variety of different techniques, allowing
you to discover which technique works best for your photo that has been transformed into an
original fine art print. The Solar class can take as little as 2 hours to complete & costs $20 an for
a child & $25 an hour for an adult, or $150 for a full day, plus the cost of the U.V. sensitive
coating. Bring in your favorite photograph or we can find something online for your image.
Discounts available for groups.

Silkscreening
Everybody knows the joy of a silkscreen, we are most likely wearing one on a t-shirt. Now is your
chance to design your own image & learn how to print it on a shirt or on paper (serigraph).
Silkscreening can take as little as 2 hours & costs $40 an hour for a child & $50 an hour for an
adult, plus a $50 set up fee, or $200 for a full day. Bring a cotton t-shirt(s) & a black & white
drawing no larger than 8x10.

Stained Glass
Doug Whitfield teaches you the abc's of stained glass. From creating a dazzling design to cutting
glass to using copper foil for soldering your pieces together. Appropriate ages are 18 years of
age & older, but can be taken by children if a parent participates in the class. A small 4x6 stained
glass panel can take as little as 4 hours to complete & costs $15 an hour. No discounted rates
are available for multiple students.

Stained Glass Customized 
Doug also offers services to design, build & install a custom stained glass window for a site
specific location. Quotes are given on individual basis.

Stained Glass Repairs
Doug is also for hire to repair damaged stained glass works of art that you have in your collection.
Quotes are given on individual basis.

Relief Printmaking
Learn to carve a linoleum or wood block to cut out your image with sharp metal gouges. After
completion of the carving, you ink the surface of the block with a brayer & transfer your block
image onto the paper by burnishing it with a barron. Gretchen offers a soft easy to cut rubber that
is great for children ages 6 & up. For the more advanced artist you can choose a harder linoleum
or a wood block. The Relief class takes as little as 2 hours to complete & costs $40 for a child &
$50 for an adult, plus the cost of the linoleum or wood block. Discounts are available for multiple
students.

Reductive Linoleum Block Prints
This class is the advanced version of relief printing, allowing for a layering of colors as opposed
to one flat color with the beginning relief print. The block is cut in stages, as well as, printed in
stages, starting with the lightest color. Each time you carve another stage you print the next
darkest color, repeating these stages until the image is complete. The result is rich in texture and
depth like no other printmaking process, requiring patience. Gretchen offers either easy-to-cut
safety lino blocks or for the more controlling artist, the golden linoleum or wood blocks that are
harder to cut but gives you more exact lines. Depending on the complexity & size of the image,
Reductive Linoleum requires anywhere from 2 to 8 hours to complete & costs $20 an hour for a
child, $25 an hour or $150 for a full day for an adult, plus the cost of the block.

29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery
6847 Adobe Road
29 Palms, CA  92277
(760) 361-1805

OPEN
Monday - Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Sunday 10am to 3pm
&
Art After Dark for Groups

Find Your Inner Artist
In an Inspiring Art Studio
Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm  
Sundays from 10am to 3pm
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