Art Workshops

All art workshops are taught by professional artists currently on display at SoLA Contemporary. All ages, children and adults, are welcome! Unless otherwise noted, advance RSVP is not required, admission is free, and all materials are included.

Upcoming Workshops

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Past Workshops

Saturday, February 29, 2-4p
Portrait Drawing: From Abstraction to Realism with Hope Railey

This workshop will consist of a portrait drawing demonstration and instruction. Students will learn how to build a portrait using the methods of abstraction, measuring, and shadow mapping. The goal is to provide insight into how realism is gained through abstraction, thus allowing the artist to design rather than to copy. This method of drawing and translating is unique to Southern California and has its roots in the beginnings of LA’s rich figurative drawing scene, born out of Hollywood and Disney.


Sunday, February 23, 2-4p
Self-Portraiture: A Lesson in Empathy & Reflection with Chloe Allred

I created my first self-portrait from observation at twelve years old. I was an anorexic preteen. My eyes looked sunken from months of starvation. I was used to tearing my reflection apart—fat, ugly, stupid. But as I looked in the mirror and drew, something else happened. I slowed down. I studied myself; my hollowed cheeks, the sadness in my eyes. I started to see myself with empathy, rather than a series of nasty names. Through drawing I started to see a way out of my anorexia. This workshop will be about creating self-portraits, learning to slow down, reflect, and see yourself with kindness. It will include blind contour and demonstrations on drawing from direct observation. A variety of drawing mediums will be available.


Saturday, February 22, 2-4p
Intro to Watercolor with Kaleeka Bond

This workshop will consist of a watercolor demonstration and observational painting workshop led by Kaleeka Bond. Attendees will learn watercolor techniques and skills, particularly as they apply to portraits. Students are welcome to observe and/or practice along with the demonstration.



Saturday, February 15, 2-4p
Exploring the World of Design with Lucinda Luvaas

We will discuss basic design fundamentals so that we can learn to look at art in a new, exciting way. Just as we see an orchestra, fireworks, a spider’s web, starry nights–all the myriad things that occupy our lives–everything reveals basic design principles. By understanding and appreciating the value of design, one can learn why something is successfully done and conversely, why something is not. We will explore some of the facets of design as they apply to art, and afterwards we will create our own imagery inspired by the works in the Exhibition.


Saturday, February 8, 2-4p
Musical Chairs: Drawing on the metro with Jodi Bonassi

In this contour drawing workshop students will draw quick, expressive impressions as they take a simulated metro ride through the gallery. Using short timed sessions, students will have an opportunity to sketch what they see in the recreated metro scene. As a timer goes off, students will rotate to the next three chairs and participate as passengers in the metro. Items will be placed on some of the chairs as props. Previous experience with drawing is encouraged, but not required.


Saturday, October 19, 2-4pm
Mixed Media
with Won Sil Kim

Won Sil Kim will lead a workshop on mixed media collage with emphasis on Korean composition and design.



Saturday, October 12, 2-4pm
3D Wall Constructions
with Christopher L. Mercier

Christopher L. Mercier will demonstrate how he uses architecture to develop 3D paintings.



Saturday, September 7, 2-4pm
Printmaking with Jong-chul (Alex) Lee

Current residency and exhibiting artist from South Korea, Jong-chul (Alex) Lee, will demonstrate his use of printmaking techniques on found objects.



For Salon 2015, Lecce, Italy, acrylic on canvas

Saturday, June 15, 2-4pm
Trompe L’oeil style painting
with Steve Shriver

Learn how to paint an egg Tromp L’oeil style. Tromp l’oeil is a visual illusion in art – to trick the eye into seeing a painted detail as a 3 dimensional object.




Reflection, 2019, encaustic on panel

Saturday, June 8, 2-4pm
Encaustic Painting Technique
with Candice Gawne

Learn painting technique dating back to ancient Greeks, layering heated bees wax and pigment on wood panel. **In order to prepare materials and provide proper demonstration, this workshop has a $25 fee and requires RSVP.**



Michael Stearns, Primal Pond #9

Saturday, April 20, 2-4pm
Creative Art Techniques with Michael Stearns

Create an opportunity to expose yourself to alternative techniques and materials. In this class, you will experiment with abstract painting on canvas using acrylic paints and a broad variety of materials. Pastels, charcoal, squeegee, rags, and organic objects will be combined to help you release your inner artist.



Unearthing the Unknown, 2018, assorted found material & steel

Saturday, March 23, 2-4pm
Mixed Media Sculpture 
with Gina Herrera

Repurposing with a mission – In this class, trash will be seen with new eyes. Participants will collect trash that was once destined for the land fill. With the collected trash, students will create a small sculpture. Participants will collect trash from their home such as straws, take out containers, water bottles, food packaging, bottle caps, plastic bags etc. All items must be clean.




Cardboard Revival: Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, mixed media installation

Sunday, March 17, 2-4pm
Walking Tour of Slauson Ave. with Holly Tempo

Cardboard Revival: Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles installation artist, Holly Tempo, will guide participants through her inspiration for the fourth iteration of this installation during a brief walking tour of Slauson Avenue. Starting and ending at the gallery participants will talk about the history of the one of the longest streets in the country. *This is an easy walk, suitable for most fitness levels. Bottled water and snacks will be provided. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Rain or shine (in the event of a forecast of rain bring an umbrella/rain gear).*


Adaptation, 2018, electrical tape on paper

Saturday, March 16, 2-4pm
Nontraditional Drawing
with Chiho Harazaki

Instead of ink or paint, Chiho Harazaki draws with tape, a non-traditional medium. Her hand-cut shapes and lines are often reminiscent of woodcut and paper cut, and at other times more evocative of contemporary graphic illustration. With this workshop, Harazaki hopes to support and encourage individual creativity by sharing her experience with tape art, and to help workshop participants to create their own art pieces using tape.


Explosion, 2018, acrylic on canvas

Saturday, March 9, 2-4pm
Abstract Painting with Clara Berta

Release your inner artist – Leading artist, Clara Berta, believes we are all inherently artistic and has designed this therapeutic painting workshop to unleash that creative spirit within. Participants will use texture paints on canvas to find their inner self through creative expression.



Saturday, February 2, 2-4pm
Golden Acrylics Workshop & Demonstration by Golden Artist Colors, Inc.

The hands-on workshop will introduce participants to several Golden Artist Colors acrylic product lines with in-depth exploration of effects achievable with each. The workshop will give participants tools and techniques needed to fully embrace the vast possibilities of acrylic. A representative from Golden Artist Colors will demonstrate the use of their acrylic line. Participants will have an item to take home at the end of the workshop/demonstration. Open to all ages and experience levels. Golden Artist Colors, Inc. is a manufacturer of artist quality materials including colors and mediums for painting in acrylics, oils and most recently, watercolor. They are an employee owned company located in central New York, committed to producing materials that encourage exploration of form and concept, while assuring archival integrity.


Sunday, January 20, 2-4pm
Printmaking with Anita Bunn & Francesco Siquerios

Using basics of printmaking processes, create your own artworks by monoprint method using a small manual printing press.



Kristie Metoyer

Saturday, December 22, 2-4pm
Mixed Media with Kristie Metoyer

Multimedia artist Kristie Metoyer will lead a workshop using mixed media. Her piece in Synergy, “Iconic Queens of Hip Hop,” uses African textile and CD cases to create portraits of Queen Latifah, Mc Lyte, and Lauryn Hill. Workshops are open to all ages and skill levels.



Carolyn Laliberte

 Saturday, October 6, 2-4 pm
Ceramic Sculpture Workshop with Carolyn Laliberte

Create a ceramic mask for Day of the Dead.




Adesina Cooper

Saturday, September 29, 2-4 pm
Ceramic Sculpture Workshop with Adesina Cooper

Create a three-dimensional sculpted puzzle using Ceramic Clay.




Saturday. September 22, 2-4 pm
Presenters:  Lauren Evans, Margaret Lazzari, of the Lazzari Evans Public Art Team

  • Ways to research public art opportunities
  • Strategies for getting entry-level public art commissions proposals
  • Writing proposals, cover letters, and (if necessary) descriptions and budgets
  • Organizing images of your past work
  • Developing visuals and models for your proposal

Lauren Evans and Margaret Lazzari are the Lazzari Evans Public Art Team, who since 2010 have executed temporary and permanent public art commissions for area cities (Manhattan Beach, Palmdale, Pasadena, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica); for LA Metro; for Los Angeles County Arts Commission (Castaic Animal Care Center); and for a private developer in Huntington Beach.


Tracey Weiss

Saturday, September 15, 2-4 pm
Ceramic Sculpture Workshop with Tracey Weiss

Create your own skull sculpture with Ceramic Clay.




Lanise Howard

Saturday, August 18, 2018,  2-4 pm 
Surrealistic Painting with Lanise Howard

Create a painting based on dreams and reality.




Beanie Kaman

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 2- 4 pm
Fiber Art with Beanie Kaman

Explore creative ways to make a wall hanging with Canvas, fabric and found materials.




Sharon Louise Barnes

Saturday, July 21, 2018
Sculpture with Sharon Louise Barnes

Paint on paper, then combine cut paper with found objects to make an abstract work. Process and materials are essential elements of the mixed media work of Sharon Louise Barnes.



Saturday, July 7, 2018
Painting Techniques
with Shelley Heffler and Linda Jo Russell

Create a Mandala, an art form and tool for introspection. We’ll use a combination of printing and painting techniques to create brightly colored circular and centrally focused art pieces.




Saturday,  June 16, 2018
Photography and Collage with Ellen Cantor

We will provide photos or if you like please bring your own to this mixed media workshop. Using a variety of materials you will highlight different elements of your photograph and in the process find new ways of expression. Artist Ellen Cantor, will demonstrate and guide us through the process answering any questions you may have about your work or hers!



Carl Shubbs

Saturday, June 9, 2018
On-Site Photography + Composition with Carl Shubs

Explore the everyday environment in a fresh way.  Artist Carl Shubs will take you outside to photograph on Slauson Ave. Enjoy the opportunity to discover a new perspective of this busy street. Once you have your images, Shubs will use a computer and projector to demonstrate principals of compositional techniques, which may help to refine or define your artistic vision.



Saturday, May 5, 2018
Assemblage Sculpture with Ben Zask

Be creative and eco friendly as you make an assemblage sculpture. Be inspired by artist Ben Zask ‘s imaginative and contemporary techniques as he shows you how to use “found” wood, metal, and other types of treasures to create your original object. You will secure the parts using glue, wire, screws, and nuts & bolts! Also, Mr. Zask’s graceful sculptures will be on view in the gallery.



Saturday, April 28, 2018
Hand-made Books with Nicholette Kominos

Inspired by the tradition of experimental artists’ books, explore and imagine new ways to design a book. With artist Nicholette Kominos we will use or fuse craft, construction, fine art materials and techniques, to find an approach that is enjoyable and suits your style.  A variety of materials will be provided such as oil pastels, newspapers, plastic vending capsules, fancy tape, and rainbow glitter.



Saturday, April 21, 2018
SCULPTURES with Peggy Sivert

Join artist Peggy Sivert and have fun making inventive sculptures. You will begin by making a framework using wire (bones). Then complete your one-of-a-kind form with papier-mâché (skin).  Ms. Sivert will guide you through the process and show you how she creates wonderfully nuanced mixed media sculptures!


Sunday, March 25, 2018
Mono Prints with Pamela Smith Hudson

Join printmaker and painter Pamela Smith Hudson for a workshop to learn how to easily make your own mono prints, an especially fun method for kids or first-time printmakers. Also, Smith Hudson’s mixed media paintings will be on exhibit so that you can see how she incorporates printmaking with collage and other fine art processes to construct her subtle and beautiful abstract work.


Saturday, March 17, 2018
SGRAFFITO: Drawing Workshop 
with Eva Malhotra

Eva Malhotra makes jewel-like paintings by first building up layers of colored paint then carving into the layers, to create colorful shapes, lines, and forms. In this workshop we will begin with a similar method. The artist will demonstrate and guide us through the process answering any questions you may have about your work or hers!

Saturday, March 10, 2018
ABSTRACT  SCULPTURES with Kristan Marvell

Have fun making abstract sculptures from carved chunks of Styrofoam.  We will use collage material to enhance designs and wood skewers to secure the structures to create beautiful forms. The sculptor Kristan Marvell will be on hand to share techniques and discuss how he turns his Styrofoam sculptures into bronze.

Past Projects in the South Bay


img_7403Sustainable Art Workshop for all ages!img_7405

September 10, 11:00 – 1:00 2016 pm at the LOFT

Join Curator, Tracey Weiss, along with Peggy Sivert Zask and Elizabeth Kniesley, to create your own sustainable art using materials we provide or bring along your own post consumer waste (paper, cardboard, slides, plastic bottles, plastic bags, fabric remnants etc).



SKYLINE:  Student art workshops, May 20, 2016

Cabrillo Avenue Elementary School in San Pedro visits South Bay Contemporary. Susan Hadeshi, 2nd grade classroom teacher, Ben Zask, Curator and Art Instructor