From “App Phonography” to Silk Painting, Discover a New Artistic Direction in 4 Days & 4 Ways

If you always wanted to try silk painting, print making, mixed media and yes, even an app class in “phonography,” try the 4 Days 4 Ways workshop on Monday evenings in September, taught by resident artists at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo. Workshop participants can experience and create in four different media during sessions from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on September 8, 15, 22 and 29. Students spend each of the four Mondays with a different artist who introduces them to a new medium, and students take home an art project from each class-and perhaps a new passion.

The cost of the four-week workshop is $225 per student and includes all materials. There is a $30 discount ($195 per student) if signing up with a friend or relative. To register or for information, go to or contact Studio Channel Islands at 805-383-1368.

The four sessions of the workshop include:
Christine Leong’s Shibori/tie dyeing silk class where students each paint two scarves, learning two different styles of folding and binding, as well as how to apply and set multiple colors on the same scarf.

“Phonography,” where photographer Barbara Pickles teaches how to take artistic pictures with a cell phone camera by applying basic photography ideas and using free and inexpensive apps.

Peggy Pownall’s mixed media class which combines painting, drawing and collage to provide a dialogue between materials and imagination. While exploring what to say with the artwork, words are literally incorporated into the visual expressions.

Printmaking is one of the most recently developed art forms, and artist Gretel Compton’s class allows for experimentation and play. The students use the press for both monoprint and relief printing.

Studio Channel Islands Art Center and Blackboard Gallery are at 2222 Ventura Boulevard in Old Town Camarillo. Hours are Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 11:00 to 5:00 and Saturday 10:00 to 3:00. For information, visit or call 805-383-1368. More than 40 resident artist studios are open to the public every First Saturday of the month from 10:00 to 4:00.