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The Vita Arts Center offers studio classes in a wide range of visual arts. Whether you are a novice or professional the Vita Art Center has a class just right for you. Be sure to register early, as classes fill. Advance registration is strongly encouraged to secure a spot. You may mail your registration form in or register online, but your space in a class cannot be confirmed until payment is received or payment arrangements are made with the office.

NEW LOCATION: 28 West Main St., Ventura, CA 93001 805-644-9214


Play with Clay, wheel throwing
Instructor: Sara Carlson
Dates: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Class Code: 11

The play with clay workshops are designed for those who have not had much experience with clay and provide a chance to try it out in a relaxed fun atmosphere with lots of help and encouragement. You will learn the basic techniques of throwing on the wheel. This class is not about the finished product, it’s about connecting with the clay and exploring ideas and relieving the pressure of life. Learn the meditative quality of clay.

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Frida & a Margarita
Paint, Drink, and be Merry
Instructor: Megan Bisbee & Mary Perez
Dates: Sunday, July 15
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Class Code: STSUFL

Come join us for a margarita or glass of wine and painting in a relaxed, fun environment, with expert guidance. No experience necessary. You will be lead, step-by-step, through the creation of an original piece of art to take home! These are not a "paint by numbers" type of art class, we provide instructions, guidance and inspiration at the end of class each student will have their own unique creative interpretation of the project.

Seating is limited to 20 people per class.

Sunday, JULY 15, 2018


Master the self-portrait as Frida Kahlo did, incorporating symbolic elements and bright colors.

Fees: $40.ºº per person
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Instructor: Megan Bisbee
Dates: Monday, Aug. 20
Time: 6:00 - 8:30
Class Code: AM12

Explore mindfulness and creativity during a stress free evening. Starting with guided meditation get in touch with your creativity and make a personal Mandala. Drawing Mandalas can increase focus and creativity, provide artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.

Megan Bisbee, BFA, CTY 200-hr, MFTt has been teaching art, yoga and mindfulness meditation for over ten years. She is also currently a practicing psychotherapist specializing in depth work. Her teaching is based on her own work around the power of self-knowing to ease stress, find self-acceptance, embrace joy, and live deeply.

Monday, August 20th

Fees: $30.
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CERAMICS, Hand building
Instructor: Sonya Burke
Dates: Tuesdays, See dates below
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Class Code: ACHB2


Week 1: Pressure , Pinch Pots, Score, Slip and Attach Students will be shown how to use varying degrees pressure to get the best results. Pinch pots will be introduced and demonstrated. Students will learn how to join or add pieces by scoring, adding slip and attaching for a strong construction.

Week 2: The art of the coil. Review of pressure and introduction of the coil technique. Students will be shown various projects created from the use of a rolled coil (snake).

Week 3: The wonderful slab. Students will learn different techniques of slab building. (pancake/ rolled) Various projects using the slab will give students experience with this method.

Week 4: Glaze. Students will apply glaze to their unfired pieces. Pieces will be ready for pick up 1-2 weeks after the last class. This allows for complete drying of pieces to avoid breakage in the kiln. Ask Sonya for information of pick up date.

REGISTRATION INFO: Please put the sessions and times you are interested in the comments field on the registration page.


SUMMER 1: July 10 thru 31

SUMMER 2: Aug. 7 thru 28

Fees: $90. for 4 classes (supplies included)
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CERAMICS, Wheel Throwing
Instructor: Sara Carlson
Dates: Wednesdays, see schedule below
Time: 10:00 - 12:30pm
Class Code: WDPTTR

This is the perfect class for beginners and intermediate level students who would like to learn or perfect their skills on the potter’s wheel.


Session 1: Sept. 5 thru Sept. 26, 4 classes

Session 2: Oct. 3 thru Oct. 24, 4 classes

Session 3: Nov. 7 thru Nov. thru Dec. 4 No class Nov. 28), 4 classes

Fees: $150. per session (includes material fees)
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Color Linocut Workshop
Summer, One Day Workshop
Instructor: Lauren Volk
Dates: Saturday, July 21, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Class Code: adltlino


Create multiple color linocut cards in this 3 hour beginner’s workshop. Learn the basics of an old art form popular once again. Use your own hands to create colorful cards of your own design.

So what is a linocut? A linocut is a print similar to a woodcut only the design is carved out of a rubber block (called a lino block) instead of a piece of wood. Rubber is much easier to carve making this an easy way to print a design.

In this workshop you will learn how to transfer a design onto lino blocks, what tools to use and how to carve your design, and how to print your design in multiple colors. You will also learn some of the basic elements of design: Line, Shape, Form, Color, and Composition.

Fees: $50. Includes all supplies
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The Japanese Art of Marbling
Class Full
Instructor: Kathleen Kaller
Dates: Saturday, August 18
Time: 1:00 -2:30
Class Code: mrbl

An introduction to the meditative practice of Suminagashi- The Japanese Art of Marbling. Using brushes, we will float special inks on the surface of water and create unique prints on paper. You will leave this workshop with a new skill and (3-6) 8.5x11 Original Rice Paper Prints. This is a special craft and enjoyable for all. No prior art experience necessary! All supplies included.

Fees: Class Full - waiting list
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