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  • Limited enrollment, please register at least 1 week in advance.
  • New membership policy: Students are not required to be current members but Members are eligible lower tuition and additional membership privileges.
  • Classes that do not make minimum enrollment at least a week in advance are subject to cancellation. Refunds will be honored to paid registrants at that time.
  • Refunds: Refunds will be honored for cancellations made at least 72 hours in advance.
  • Scholarship assistance is available for Youth Intersession Programs with applications due at least one month in advance (please see class listings for due dates).
Creative Problem Solving

Creative Problem Solving

~With Alex Couwenberg & Guest Artists

Event Type: Workshop
June 11 - July 16, 2016

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Tuition: $250

Level: Beginners

Tuition: $250/Non-Member: $300

Guest artists:
Steve Fuchs
Samantha Fields
Andre Yi
Dave Pressler

This workshop will discuss and employ creative problem solving strategies in mixed media. Students will consider the transition from concept to reality through the deconstruction of ideas and themes translated to visual language. Excercises in painting, drawing and rendering will guide students through the process of intuitive communication, finding balance in the relationship between intention and spontaneity.

Alex Couwenberg:
A graduate from Art Center College of Design and The Claremont Graduate School, Couwenberg worked under the guidance of Karl Benjamin, one of the leading figures in the southern California based school of Hard-edge geometric abstraction. Benjamin was instrumental in the early development of Couwenberg's painting style, process and philosophy. A southern California native, Couwenberg naturally embraced the sensibility of his birth place and applied it to his art making practices. By instilling the discipline and rigor associated with the fundamentals of painting and abstract language, the paintings began to mature and develop an aesthetic voice unique to Couwenberg. The vocabulary references the dedication toward craft, process and the progression of concepts and techniques.

Couwenberg's paintings have been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. His work can be found in numerous public, private, corporate and museum collections around the world. Couwenberg was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for his achievements in painting and was recently featured as the subject of Los Angeles based film maker Eric Minh Swenson's film MANA, which focuses on the artist's life and studio practice in Los Angeles. Couwenberg recently exhibited a body of paintings in a two person show along with his mentor Karl Benjamin. The show was part of the Getty Museum's Pacific Standard Time project highlighting southern California artists and their contributions towards art making. Couwenberg splits his time between his Los Angeles studio and home in Hawaii with his wife and four children.

Guest Artists:
Dave Pressler:
Dave is a Los Angeles based artist and character designer who has used sculpture and illustration to fuse two of his primary passions: fine art and the world of pop entertainment. In the past 20 years he has designed characters and worlds for such companies as Kid’s WB, Nelvana, Disney Jetix, Fox Kids Network, Wild Brain, and The Jim Henson Company to name a few. Most recently Dave has dove into the universe of TV animation, co-creating and designing the Emmy Nominated Robot And Monster, a new animated series that is currently airing on Nickelodeon. In addition to his media projects, Pressler is an accomplished painter and sculptor whose work shows in galleries all around Los Angeles.

Samantha Fields:
Samantha Fields holds BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, she moved to Los Angeles, where she is currently a Professor of Art at California State University, Northridge. Her work is represented by Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley and Western Project in Los Angeles. She has an extensive exhibition history. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, ArtWeek, Art in America, Artillery, Art ltd.,The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Steve Fuchs:
Steve is a multidisciplinary designer, educator, artist, surfer, and father of four children. His depth of knowledge ranges in scope from designing and fabricating complex art, interiors, and architectural systems to designing, constructing, and managing digital design systems for global mega-projects. As a design professional, Steve has owned his own practice and worked with an array of design firms to enable multidisciplinary strategies and solutions. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science & Technology from Thomas Edison State University, a Master of Architecture from The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and is currently engaged in a Doctor of Computer Science with a concentration in Emerging Media.

Students should bring:
Acrylic paint in a variety of colors: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, violet, white, black)
Manila folders to make templates
Heavy weight paper to paint on

Fiber Arts II: Wa-Toji, Japanese Book Binding

Fiber Arts II: Wa-Toji, Japanese Book Binding

~With Setsuko Morinoue and Chizuko Kujira

Event Type: Workshop
June 26 , 2016

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuition: $85

Supply Fee: $20

Level: Beginners

Sunday, June 26, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
$85/$125 (Member/Non-Member); Supply fee: $20

The second of a three-part Japanese fiber arts series with instructors Setsuko Morinoue, DMAC co-founder and multimedia artist and Chizuko Kujira, fiber artist and Setsuko’s sister, visiting from Japan. Sign up for all three classes for discounted tuition and supply!

Learn this traditional Japanese book binding technique called Wa-toji to create handmade books hold your own stories, poems, and sketches. If you take the Roketsu-zome workshop on June 12, you can use your own beautifully crafted fabric or the lovely Chiyogami paper that we’ll provide for your covers.

Fiber Arts III: Kusaki-zome, Natural Plant Dyes

Fiber Arts III: Kusaki-zome, Natural Plant Dyes

~With Setsuko Morinoue and Chizuko Kujira

Event Type: Workshop
July 10 , 2016

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuition: $20

Supply Fee: $85

Level: Beginners

Sunday, July 10, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
$85/$125 (Member/Non-Member); Supply fee: $20

The third of a three-part Japanese fiber arts series with instructors Setsuko Morinoue, DMAC co-founder and multimedia artist and Chizuko Kujira, fiber artist and Setsuko’s sister, visiting from Japan. Sign up for all three classes for discounted tuition and supply!

Join us to learn how to find local plants for dyeing and use simple earth-friendly mordants to pull and fix true pigments from each plant. You’ll share the results of your experimentation, and create your own resource book of Hawaiian Natural Plant Dyes.

Kīpaipai: A Professional Development Workshop

Kīpaipai: A Professional Development Workshop

~With a team of guest professionals

Event Type: Workshop
July 18 - July 22, 2016

Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Tuition: $600

Level: Open to All Levels

1 week: Monday - Friday
Application Fee: $50 - Includes 1 year DMAC Membership
Among other perks, DMAC members are able to sell their work on consignment in the DMAC gallery shop in Holualoa, Hawaii.
Tuition: $600 - Maximum enrollment: 10 Adults

This workshop will focus on professional practices in areas of gallery representation and museum exhibitions, self-promotion, use of social media in promotion, the importance of relevant critical writing, presentation and identifying and strategizing personal/professional goals. Through private one-on-one sessions and group meetings, students will have the rare opportunity to meet with a team of guest professionals including: Michael Lyons Wier of Lyons Wier Gallery in NYC, Andrea Schwartz of Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco, Dr. James Daichendt art historian, Shana Nys Dambrot art writer and critic, Andi Campognone curator of Museum of Art & History, Diane Costigan professional Life Coach.

How to apply: 10 participants will be selected through process of application. Artists must apply by submitting an exhibition resume, artist statement and 10 images (jpgs) by May 14, 2016 to: Accepted artists will be notified by May 21, 2016 and must pay their fees in advance in order to hold their place. The artist will be responsible for their own travel and housing expense.

Michael Lyons Wier of Lyons Wier Gallery in NYC
Michael has a B.A. in Art History, with an emphasis in Feminist and Political Art and a M.A. in Arts Administration and Museum Studies. In 1993, Michael Lyons Wier opened LYONS WIER GALLERY in River North Art Community of Chicago and helped establish the second wave of young galleries in that district. Over the past 23 years, LYONS WIER GALLERY has championed contemporary artists who bring a fresh and innovative vocabulary to their chosen genre and hold dear our fiduciary responsibility between the artists we represent and community at large. Lyons Wier Gallery is now based in Chelsea district in New York City.

Andrea Schwartz of Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco
Andrea Schwartz graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1977. Her background as an artist has assisted in her understanding of the perspectives and idiosyncrasies of the art world. For over thirty years the Andrea Schwartz Gallery has supported work that is challenging and at the forefront of contemporary practice, representing a select group of both emerging and mid-career artists from the Bay Area and throughout the country. The range of work includes paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture.

Dr. James Daichendt - Art Critic and Historian
G. James Daichendt serves as the Dean of the Arts and Humanities and Professor of Art History at Point Loma Nazarene University in Southern California. He is also a Professor at Boston University. Dr. Daichendt founded and is the Principal Editor for the academic journal "Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art.” Daichendt lectures regularly on the subject of art education and street art and was featured on TED Talk, The Streets as Canvas. Dr. Daichendt's writing has appeared in KCET, Artillery: Killer Text on Art, ArtScene, Art Education, International Journal of Art and Design Education, Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art, Pasadena Scene Magazine, Beverly Hills Lifestyle, Cassone: The International Online Magazine of Art and Art Books, APU Life, Teaching Artist Journal, and The Art Book.

Shana Nys Dambrot: art writer and critic
Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles. She is currently LA Editor for Whitehot Magazine, Arts Editor for Vs. Magazine, Contributing Editor to Art Ltd., and a contributor to Flaunt, The Creators Project, Porter & Sail, Huffington Post, Palm Springs Life, Montage, Desert Magazine, and KCET’s Artbound. She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes loads of essays for art books and exhibition catalogs, curates one or two exhibitions each year, and speaks in public with alarming frequency.

Andi Campognone: Curator and Director of Lancaster's Museum of Art & History (MOAH)
Andi Campognone has over 25 years of arts experience in the southern California region. She is the Owner/Director of AC Projects, a private consulting organization focused on promoting arts and culture. Projects include developing museum exhibitions, public engagement, mentoring programs and book and film publications of historically relevant southern California artists. Campognone is also the Museum Manager/Curator for the City of Lancaster. She is responsible for the development and maintenance of partnerships and community engagement initiatives with local artists, local businesses, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles County Supervisors office and higher level institutions. She develops curatorial direction for exhibition programming and educational programming and additionally she is directing the Museum accreditation process for MOAH. She has previously served the City of Pomona as Cultural Arts Commissioner where she co-wrote and implemented the City’s Master Cultural Arts Plan and the adopted Arts in Public Places Policy. She volunteers as a regular speaker and mentor to art students at both the undergraduate and graduate level and is on the advisory boards of ARTltd Magazine and Los Angeles Arts Association. She is a current member of ArTTable.

Diane M. Costigan: is an integrative life coach who focuses on helping individuals take ownership of and maximize their careers to reach the highest levels of performance. Costigan assists clients in defining both personal and professional goals, applying creative strategies to achieve them, and surfacing and eliminating resistance and other blocks that get in the way. Diane earned her B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the College of the Holy Cross and her M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College. Diane has been published several times in industry publications and speaks and writes frequently on various career related topics like peak performance, personal branding, networking, confidence, career strategy, time management, stress management and wellness.