I enjoy the dynamic environment of classes and workshops.  It's a pleasure to get together with others and explore new territory in art.

New Workshops  2019

Welcome to the New Year!  I'm happy to announce that thanks to a generous donation, I am able to offer $50. materials grants to those who need them. If such a grant would help you take a workshop, please let me know and we'll arrange it.  Eight grants available.

Listed below are "away" workshops for 2019.  Continuing my interest in the impact of place on individual artists and our work, students will immerse themselves in each unique environment creating works in various mixed media materials (pigment sticks, oil paint, wax, paper, glue and gouache) in response to our surroundings.  

February 15-17, 2019

Abstract Experiments with Oil Based Mixed Media
Mendocino in Winter: 3 Days of Retreat and Exploration
Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino CA
A winter workshop concentrating on the use of pigment sticks as medium and as a tool to enhance oil and cold wax paintings. Experiments with various tools and materials include a range of mediums, including cold wax, alkyds and solvents. We’ll look closely at abstract composition and design elements while working with themes of contemporary abstraction.
This workshop is FULL with a wait list.  But a new Oil Mixed Media workshop has been added for March at the Jen Tough Gallery in Benicia, California.  Read on!!

March 8-10, 2019 

Landscape+Architecture: Abstract Experiments with Pigment Sticks, Oil+Wax and Paper
Jen Tough Gallery, Benicia, CA

Landscape and our relationship to it is a powerful theme in contemporary abstraction. The Benicia Arsenal offers a unique combination of landscape—sky and water worlds, and architecture, massive buildings and boats. Inspired by the land and our architectural interactions with it, workshop participants will use beautiful materials to focus on color and placement of abstract elements in order to express powerful thematic ideas. 

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June 21-23, 2019

Collage Camp:
Painterly Collage Techniques With Water Based Mixed Media
Shake Rag Alley, Mineral Point, Wisconsin

The art school at Shake Rag Alley is located in Mineral Point, a former mining town located in the midst of rolling hills surrounded by beautiful southern Wisconsin farm country. Students will capture the abstract essence of this beautiful layered landscape with paint and paper. This painterly collage workshop will lead you in interesting new directions with abstract ideas and fascinating techniques.  Don't miss it!  Options for using oil pigment sticks over a collaged base will be discussed.

For more information click here

August 9, 10, 11, 2019 : Save the date!

Landscape+Architecture: Abstract Experiments with Pigment Sticks, Oil Paint, Wax and Paper  Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA

Information coming soon.

October 3, 4, 5, 6, 2019
Painting Experiments in Oil Based Mixed Media
Pacific Northwest Art School, Whidbey Island, Washington

For more information click here.

Studio Workshops at Art 26 
In-studio workshops at Art 26 in Davis are offered in oil mixed media, water based mixed media with gouache and painterly collage.

Workshops are three full days; limited to six students. Cost is $380. Contact Sara for details:  

April 25, 26, 27  Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Gouache Based Mixed Media
2 spots left
Gouache combines the best of acrylic paint and watercolor--deeply pigmented, matte surface with beautiful coverage when used thick translucent and diaphanous when thinned with water.  It also combines well with other media--colored pencils, ink, artgraf, pastels and even cold wax (as a top coat).  This workshops will explore materials in the context of abstract painting (think early Diebenkorn) and collage (Matisse's gouache colored cut outs). For more information, registration contact Sara:

More classes coming soon:

Drawing at the Pence Gallery
Introduction to Pigment Sticks at Sparrow Gallery
Art 26 Studio Workshops in April and May

NEW for 2019: Connecting Art and Words:  I'm in the process of organizing one or two small groups to meet at Art 26 for sharing artwork and creating strategies for speaking and writing more effectively about your work (including the dreaded artist statement).  If you're interested, please let me know by emailing me: 

Private Classes and Workshops :  Study with Sara by the hour or by the day.  Private and semi private (two person) lessons dates will be available starting in March, 2019.  For more information, please email me: