New Weekly Virtual Workshops in Ceramics, Cuisine, Fiber and Fine Art!

Sonoma Community Center offers an array of fun, new create-from-home classes!

While stuck at home, why be bored when you can have fun being creative — learning by yourself, with your family, or with friends in the class? Now you can get the satisfaction of making something unique with just your hands and simple materials in Sonoma Community Center’s all-new online workshops. There’s something for everyone and every age. 

Sonoma Ceramics offers eleven new Virtual Workshops from popular instructors. Naomi Clement, Sonoma Community Center’s 2018 Artist-in-Residence, will teach unique clay surface and hand-building methods from her studio in Canada. Naomi was honored as a 2017 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly magazine, served on NCECA (National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts), and was Resident Ceramic Artist at the renowned Archie Bray Foundation in Montana.

Ceramics teacher Lynn Wood’s first virtual class proved so popular that six additional workshops were added immediately. Her class drew potters and ‘newbies’ curious about ceramics from the North Bay, Canada, San Diego, Denver, the UK, Hawaii, Australia, and New York. 

Plus, there’s a weekly Virtual Kids Clay Hour, led by Lexi Bakker, whom prior students describe as “a really fun teacher!” In addition to the one-hour Zoom lesson, Kids Clay Hour includes a kit with clay and materials, curbside pickup, plus firing of your work. 

If clay doesn’t ‘call’ you, how about ‘Virtual Comfort Food’? Homemade gnocchi with spring vegetable cream sauce is guaranteed to be “so simple” you’ll learn to make it in an hour. Chef instructors are Julie Steinfeld and Lisa Lavagetto, who learned cuisine from her husband’s grandmother, an Italian resort chef, then came to Ramekins, worked with luminaries Jacques Pepin and Paula Wolfert, and appeared on the Food Network.

Popular painting instructor Colleen Gianatiempo will offer a Beginning Abstraction workshop. Take what you have at home and turn it into a work of art! Under Colleen’s inspiring instruction, you’ll turn even the most ordinary materials — paint, brushes, old credit cards, yarn, bubble wrap, wine corks, Q-tips and more–into an hour of festive creativity.

Printmaker Kelly Autumn, the Center’s most recent printmaking resident, will offer a DIY hack to remember: Gel Printmaking, making your printmaking plate at home from Jello! Watch and learn as Kelly shares how to make the plate with a few simple ingredients, then prints flowers from the garden using simple paint and a roller.

For home-dwellers looking for some fiber crafts to try out, published artist and professional quilter, Laura Lee Fritz, will lead virtual workshops on Hand-Applique Stitching, Fabric Stenciling, and Indigo Dyeing in the upcoming weeks. Additionally, two virtual week-long Fiber Arts Summer Camps will be offered in the month of July taught by Instructor Pia Andersson. More information on additional virtual summer camps will be released soon.

“Since no one knows how soon we’ll be permitted to reopen classrooms and studios, we hustled to move our workshops to a virtual platform. It’s worked out amazingly well, drawing local participants, plus — thanks to social media —attendees from North America and the international scene. We’ll add even more workshops soon to accommodate the demand, staying actively relevant for our community and beyond,” said Kala Stein, Director of Ceramics and Arts. 

For more information about the new virtual workshops, click to ‘Classes’ on SCC’s website: or leave a phone message at our office (707) 938-4626 x1. SCC’s new virtual workshops are selling out fast, so register asap. 

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