Weekly Painting Series

Each hour-and-a-half class is focussed on a painting of the day, taught in an easy to follow, step-by-step method, through which students learn the techniques and tools needed to create a completed canvas, as well as build overall skills and confidence. For Beginning and Intermediate Levels.

Memoir Writing Workshop (virtual)

Sometimes we have a true story from our lives that we’re dying to tell, but we’re unsure how to begin. This hands-on workshop will focus on the essentials of writing a memoir – what makes a good story, how to shape your material so that it’s compelling, what to tell (and omit), how to develop your own unique voice, and the broader issues involved in turning a private experience into a public work.

Summer 2022 Painting, Book Making, Watercolor & More!

Budding young artists paint in acrylics on canvas, recreating their own versions of the works of great masters such as Van Gogh, Monet & Picasso! Professional teaching-artists, Eileen Blodgett, Denise Wey and Nancy Schaefer provide the guided inspiration.

Spoken Word & Poetry Workshop for Adults

Stylistic Elements Workshop Mon-Fri. July 18-July 22, 2022 Week long Workshop $150 Stylistic Elements Workshop, Adults. Kealoha tailors his workshops to match the age group and learning goals of the participants. He has taught such diverse groups as professional writers to incarcerated adults. This workshop takes participants through hands-on writing experiences, encouraging them to find their own poetic voice. Kealoha will teach attendees to write their own poems, and develop the basic skills to be able to perform their poems with confidence. Curriculum is cumulative, each day building on the previous day’s work, and culminating in sharing the week’s poetry.  “Kealoha is more than just a poet, he is a one-man poetry movement. He practices what he preaches about mindfulness and positivity…” –Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, 2011 NEA Fellow, author of Words in Your Face. Instructor: Kealoha Location: The Center for the Arts, 314 Main St. Grass Valley, CA 95945 Dates:Read More

Theater Class Spring 2022 **SOLD OUT**

Bring your curiosity and passion for theater and create a show to perform on the last day of class. In Class you will: • Explore the Principles of Good Acting • Develop Believable Characters • Learn Audition Tips and Techniques • Create and Perform Scenes and Mini Plays • Learn and Perform Songs and Choreography from Broadway Musicals and Movies Instructor: Dinah Smith Location: Off Center Stage | 315 Richardson St, Grass Valley, CA 95945 Dates (16): March 29,31  April 5,7,19,21,26,28 May 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26 Ages: 8 – 14 Cost: $245 Register About the Instructor Dinah Smith – SAG, AFTRA, BA Theatre, MAT Education. As a Director, Choreographer, Actor, Teacher/Coach, Dinah has worked in the Entertainment Industry and as a Performing Arts Educator/performer since the 70’s. She has directed, choreographed, or performed locally for Sierra Stages, LeGacy, Paul Emery, Placer Community Theatre, Lake Wildwood, Synthetic Unlimited, and other independent Producers. She has performed locallyRead More

Memoir Writing Workshop II (virtual)

VIRTUAL CLASS For those who have already participated in Susan Jane Gilman’s introductory workshop, “Telling Your Own Story” Memoir Writing Workshop that was held online by The Center in October 2020. Participants will continue to develop their skills and writing from Part I. This month-long follow-up course will pick up where Part I left off, and is customized to focus on participants creative needs and interests. It will include sessions on “showing not telling,” how to master the art of dialogue, using different types of language, and editing. There will be exercises, spirited discussions, light reading assignments, and workshops. The instructor hopes that it will reinvigorate and inspire everyone after the holidays.   Instructor: Susan Jane Gilman Location: Online via Zoom. A link will be sent to you the week before. Dates: January 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 (8 weeks) Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Ages: 17+ Cost: $250 RegisterRead More

A Play in 2 Days: A Workshop **SOLD OUT**

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In just two days, participants will experience the excitement of producing a play from start to finish! As an ensemble, the group will rehearse and bring to life a script, and then perform their creation for friends and family at the end of the second day. ​ Everyone will be involved in all aspects of staging the play: Auditions, blocking, working with props/costumes, ensemble work, characterization and a final show production. ​ The goal is to have fun, make new friends and build some confidence, all while creating A PLAY IN 2 DAYS! The script will be fun and challenging for all levels of theatrical experience.   WORKSHOP DETAILS:  FOOD: (Each Day) There will be 2 mini breaks and a lunch break within each 5.5 hr. day. Your child must bring: Water bottle (Water on site to refill as day progresses) 1-2 healthy & non-messy snack(s) HealthyRead More

Registration is open for Winter ’21 Youth Classes & Workshop for Adults

We have expanded beyond Summer Camps to offer classes for youth in the Fall, Winter and Spring. Arts education isn’t just for the young! The Center for the Arts now offers a wide variety of arts education for adults 17+ including one-time workshops, week-long intensive classes, series and weekly programs. Locations range from in-house to virtual depending on the program.