If you’re a closet artist or have a hankering to try something new in the world of “left brained” activity, here’s your chance to work with some highly touted artists in Laguna Beach, compliments of The Sawdust Festival.

The “Spring Into Art” Workshops take place every weekend in March on the Sawdust grounds. Rolled into place in the year 2000 by glass-blowing phenom John Barber and his wife, Rebecca, the 2-day workshops provide a unique experience and atmosphere to newbies and experienced artists alike.

“I’ve actually taken a few classes myself and it’s so much fun – its like going to a retreat,” says Rebecca Barber. “So many times, people are reluctant to sign up for art classes because most require something like a 6-week commitment. The ‘Spring Into Art’ gives people a chance to get their feet wet and emerge with great, fabulous work.

“And, it helps people become more interested and appreciative of the Sawdust artists because they’re able to get to know us on a personal level,” Rebecca continues. “The workshops turned out to be a great way to establish real communication between the public and the artist.”


CLASS SIZES ARE SMALL to allow for one-on-one, hands-on training in glass blowing, acrylics, oils, fabric collage, watercolor, ceramics, even flower arranging. So, if you’re interested, REGISTER NOW! Take a quick look here at what’s being offered, then click: www.sawdustartfestival.org to sign up for these low-priced classes.

One-time only offerings in March

Acrylic Painting – March 6-7

Painting Seascapes – March 13-14

Acrylic & Oil Painting – March 13-14

Crystalline Glazing of Ceramics – March 20-21

Textile Embellishment – March 27-28

Two weekends only:

Mixed Media Collage – March 13-14 and March 27-28

Watercolor Painting – March 13-14 and March 27-28

Pen, Ink & Acrylic with Pencil – March 20-21, March 27-28

Three weekends in March:

Flower Arranging – March 13-14, March 20-21, March 27-28

Oil Painting – March 13-14, March 20-21, March 27-28

Crowd favorites offered every weekend of March:

Glass Blowing classes

Watercolors on Silk painting classes

One of Laguna Beach’s top tourist summer attractions, The Sawdust Festival offers a summer art festival (and a shorter, smaller winter festival that I never miss) of more than 200 resident artists in Laguna Beach. Once known as the renegade faction, the Sawdust artists first came together in 1965 in protest of The Festival of Arts’ juried system across the street. Support by locals and tourists prompted this resident-only art festival to put down permanent stakes (and eventual sawdust on the dirt pathways) in Laguna Canyon. The Summer Sawdust Festival begins the last week of June (plenty of time to tell you more about this one-of-a-kind experience.)

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