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Sold Out – Trashion Design for Kids & Teens

February 10 @ 10:00 am 12:30 pm

Date: Saturdays, February 10th – March 9th (No class on February 17th)
 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Total Sessions:
 Jill Valavanis & Molly Spencer
Location: Room 201, Fiber Arts Studio 
9 – 17 years
Skill Level:
 All Levels
Sliding Scale:
 $80 / $120 / $160

About the class

For young designers ages 9-17 who want to participate in the upcoming April 6th Trashion Runway Show and need space, guidance, or just a place to creatively start. Under the guidance of Jill Valavanis, SCC Visual Arts Director, and Molly Spencer, Director of Engagement, students will receive 10 hours of studio time to prep for the Runway Show. Students will be shown how to  turn trash into trashion outfits by manipulating unconventional materials into wearable art.  There will also be an emphasis on storytelling using visual elements to create a narrative for the audience and express the designer’s unique point of view. 

Note: As stated on the Trashion Fashion application, kids 9-13 will definitely participate in the 2:00pm matinee show and possibly the 5:00pm show as well. This decision will be announced in class. You may also reach out to Molly Spencer Please carefully read the rules of entry on the application and come to class with any questions – we’ll go over everything during the first class meeting.

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructors

Jill Valavanis

Visual Arts Director

Jill Valavanis is the Sonoma Community Center’s Visual Arts Director. She organizes the classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, and fiber arts. With a Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Three-Dimensional Media, Jill enjoys working with a variety of materials and loves to share her expertise in fiber arts techniques. She has taught art to adults and children for 30 years and exhibits her work now and then, most recently at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica. Jill is looking forward to helping kids and teens construct their Trashion Fashion entries by experimenting with materials that would otherwise go to landfill.

Molly Spencer

Director of Engagement

Molly Spencer is the Director of Engagement at the Sonoma Community Center which runs the broad spectrum at the Center from directing Trashion Fashion events, podcasting, and leading the dance and movement programming to name a few.  She is excited to bring more of the storytelling aspect to the Trashion Fashion Design Class for Kids & Teens. She brings her experience in podcasting, radio as well as directing, choreographing and teaching childrens and teens dance recitals and ballets for over 20 years. She is excited to share how to express the individuality of the young designers and models to help them develop a story and character using the visual elements of trash and fashion. With behind the scenes experience of the Trashion Runway show, she also shares what to expect and how to help keep calm and find self confidence from this unique experience. Molly also expresses her Trashion creativity through Trashion Barbies Gallery Exhibit since its inception in 2017!

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