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A 2010 review in the American Journal of Public Health titled The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health analyzed more than 100 studies about the impact of art on your health and your ability to heal yourself.

Five visual arts studies are mentioned in that review (visual arts includes things like paintingdrawingphotography, pottery, and textiles). Each study examined more than 30 patients who were battling chronic illness and cancer. Researchers described the impact that visual art activities had on the patients…

  • “Reductions in stress and anxiety; increases in positive emotions”
  • “Reductions in distress and negative emotions”
  • “Art filled occupational voids, distracted thoughts of illness”
  • “Improved well-being by decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive ones”
  • “Improved medical outcomes, trends toward reduced depression”
  • “Improvements in flow and spontaneity, expression of grief, positive identity, and social networks”

There are both physical and mental benefits from creating art, expressing yourself in a tangible way, and sharing something with the world.  –James Clear

Sounds Good Huh? You Don’t Have to Be Sick to Feel Better

We’ve got a bundle of arts and crafts classes on deck for your mental stimulation, friend making, and self improvement.

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September 2017

Watercolor Fundamentals for Beginners

$90
September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Room 11, 2791 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818 United States
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Saturday, September 23rd 2:00-7:00 pm in Room 11 Fee: $80/person Materials Fee: $10 Gain mastery of the watercolor fundamentals in this new workshop! In the first half of the workshop, spend time learning about the right kind of paper, paint and brushes to use, and practice a variety of watercolor painting techniques including: wet on wet, wet on dry, glazing, and masking. In the final two hours, you will put your new-found skills to work, completing two small watercolor paintings…

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The Art of Doodling on Metal

$42
September 23 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Saturday, September 23rd 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 12 Fee: $35 Material Fee: $7 Material fee is for metal sheets; all tools and supplies are provided by instructor for student use. In this class, you'll discover doodling with intention through metal embossing.  This technique is sculptural, Zen-like, and simply gorgeous to look at. Instructor Charr will teach participants how to use embossing tools and the various techniques. Then you'll embark on a type of doodling that allowing freedom while creating line and design.…

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October 2017

Art is Powerful (Art is Activism Series)

$40
October 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Saturday, October 21st 2-4:30 p.m. Fee: $30/person; $10 materials Seating is limited; advanced registration required. Art gives us a glimpse at the world through another’s eyes, often moving us to action, and inspiring us to express ourselves. We will discuss art that changes the world and analyze “Fearless Girl” by Kristen Visbal and “Persist” by Julia Fernandez-Pol, bronze statues that have inspired many, although not always the way the artist intended. After examining what moves us to action, the participants…

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5 Hour Photoshop – Workshop

$50 - $60
October 28 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Garden Room, 2791 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818 United States
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NEW DATE! Saturday, October 28th 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fee: $50 (if you register before Oct. 14th); $60 regular price Advanced registration required; attendance is limited. Bring: Your laptop computer loaded with Photoshop CS5 or higher. Download the free trial or purchase it for as low as $10/month. This workshop will cover the most important tools of Photoshop, such as where things are, basic toning, color, cropping, burning and dodging, using layers, cloning, adding text, sizing for printing and…

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Sacramento City Skyline (Watercolor Workshop)

$70
October 28 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Room 12, 2791 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818 United States
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Saturday, October 28th 2:30-5pm  Class Fee: $35; Materials: $35  Advanced registration required.  City skylines serve as a kind of fingerprint of a city, as no two are exactly alike. The Sacramento skyline is iconic in it's own right, thanks in part to the bold Tower Bridge heading into West Sac. Join local watercolor artist Tonja Wilcox as she guides participants through the process of recreating our city's skyline with paint and ink. The Sacramento City Skyline is one of Tonja's…

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November 2017

Hypertufa Pottery Workshop

$35
November 11 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Room 12, 2791 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818 United States
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Saturday, November 11th 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Fee: $35/ person All materials and molds included. Advanced Registration Required; Attendance is limited. Participants will receive hands-on instruction in casting and curing their own hypertufa trough pottery, an age old craft popular as garden art. Hypertufa is made from various aggregates bonded together using cement. These planters are wonderful for outdoor plants as they encourage healthy growth of plants. These pots will last decades if properly cared for and make perfect homes…

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Am I A Feminist? (Art is Activism Series)

$40
November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Room 12, 2791 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818 United States
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Saturday, November 18th 2-4:30 p.m. Fee: $30/person; $10 materials Seating is limited; advanced registration required. If you believe women are equal to men, then you are a feminist! Yet, many people who believe in the concept of equality do not identify as a feminist. We will explore the theories behind the term, the many aspects of identity, and you can determine what labels you use to describe yourself. We will explore the fractured identity of many female artists, and use…

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December 2017

Exploring the Spectrum of Gender Identity (Art is Activism Series)

$40
December 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Saturday, December 16th 2-4:30 p.m. Fee: $30/person; $10 materials Seating is limited; advanced registration required. “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls”, does not quite describe friends beyond the binary. This class will explore what we know about gender identities and how we can co-create a world that is more inclusive to all. Together we will look at visual art outside of the male/female binary, and use it as inspiration to create our own acrylic painting on canvas. Beginners welcome. Register…

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January 2018

The Dynamics of Privilege (Art is Activism Series)

$40
January 13, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Saturday, January 13th 2-4:30 p.m. Fee: $30/person; $10 materials Seating is limited; advanced registration required. We have all heard of white, male privilege, but the truth is that we all have varying amounts of privilege and disadvantages depending on our gender, race, class, religion, sexual orientation and more. We will discuss the systems of oppression that impact some people more than others, and determine who we want to be in the cycle of socialization. While we delve into this core…

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February 2018

What’s an Ally? (Art is Activism Series)

$40
February 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Room 12, 2791 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818 United States
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Saturday, February 10th 2-4:30 p.m. Fee: $30/person; $10 materials Seating is limited; advanced registration required. While white supremacy is on the rise, many white Americans are questioning how they can be a true ally to people of color.  This class will help participants understand the interconnections between racism, economic issues, sexism, and other forms of injustice to illuminate the patterns and cycles that keep us separate and unequal. This class will use art to illustrate the ways that we can…

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March 2018

The Power of Voice (Art is Activism Series)

$40
March 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Room 12, 2791 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818 United States
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Saturday, March 10th 2-4:30 p.m. Fee: $30/person; $10 materials Seating is limited; advanced registration required. Speaking up and speaking out is a basic building block of activism. Whether it is in the Capitol or in the streets, social change starts when people claim the power of words. From graffiti to protest signs, this class will take a deep look at the various art forms that people use to speak their minds, and give participants an opportunity to express themselves through…

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