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Photo credit: Barbara Parmet. Photos from pre-COVID rounds of classes.

Cor Art Classes

Workshops for the Human Spirit

Cor: noun, Latin.  1.(anatomy) heart.  2.(figurative) soul, mind.

April - May 2021

 

As we launch now our fourth pilot of an arts residency teaching program, there is a collective sense of hope that we are emerging from a dark time, as well as facing challenges still to overcome. These workshops are fundamentally about refreshing and renewing the human spirit, to help us all engage and reengage in our world. 

Classes are mostly in a hybrid model, taking place in a mixture of online and outdoors with social distancing. As COVID conditions improve and regulations change we hope to increase in-person instruction. (See each class for specifics and contact teachers with questions.) Thanks to generous support from the Hazen Foundation, class fees are subsidized for all, and scholarships are also available. This program is set up with working adults in mind, especially in the service and helping professions, and all artistic skill levels are welcome from total beginner to advanced. Fundamentally these classes are for all who need them.

In our working lives we are so often told to keep our heads down, not wear our hearts on our sleeves, to keep our mouths shut. These classes offer an opportunity to speak up, to practice skills like curiosity, nuance, empathy, attention, and persistence; skills needed in these changing times. With your participation and support, we hope to continue to build this into an ongoing public service and community of support for all Santa Barbarans.

Special thanks to the Hazen Family Foundation for their support to develop this program and provide scholarship funds. 

This program is only possible thanks to the generous support of people who believed in its mission. If you too find this project meaningful, we hope you will help support it. 

The Workshops in Brief:

Paper Connections: A Workshop in Postcards, Paper, Envelope Art, and More - learn more

“This class will explore ways to connect with other members in the class to build a sense of community through group sharing. There will also be opportunities to connect with family and friends as well as the wider community with both individual and group projects. Projects include but not limited to paper sculpture, envelope art, postcard art, collage, paper bag construction.” 

Taught by Judy Nilsen

Time: Sunday afternoons, 1-2:30pm. Starting April 11th (6 weeks total)

Naming the Moment: A Course in Writing for Performance - learn more

“Naming the Moment is about creating the opportunity for you and your companions to take-in the present and to skillfully articulate the significance of a gathering. A cross-genre workshop in poetry and performance, Naming the Moment will practice crafting and sharing the words that can meaningfully gather us together.”

Taught by Diana Small

Time: Tuesdays Starting April 13th, 7-9pm (6 weeks total)

Soulwriting: An Exploration in Musical Creativity- learn more

“This six-week course is designed to get participants back in touch with their own musicality. Whether a seasoned musical veteran looking for fresh insight, or a novice seeking to gain new confidence in music, this course will enliven the musical soul.”

Taught by Sio Tepper

Time: Wednesdays Starting April 14th, 5:30-7:30pm. (6 weeks total)

Creativity Rehab: Interdisciplinary Workshop - learn more

“A time set aside during the week where you have the permission to shake off the rust and massage circulation back into that creative muscle that has suffered far too long at the bottom of your priorities list.

Taught by Patrick Melroy

Time: Thursdays Starting April 15th, 5:30-7pm. (6 weeks total)

Comments from Past Students:

 

“...A community within which I could share, bounce, spark, contribute, incubate and activate ideas and receive generous, honest, and supportive feedback.”

 

“an opportunity for creativity in everyday life and a chance to slow down in order to really see people, objects, and landscapes around us from new perspectives.” 

This class was such an unexpected delight and beautiful challenge that entered my life in just the right moment.

The Workshops:

Paper Connections:

A Workshop in Postcards, Paper, Envelope Art, and More

Taught by Judy Nilsen

This class will explore ways to connect with other members in the class to build a sense of community through group sharing. There will also be opportunities to connect with family and friends as well as the wider community with both individual and group projects. Projects include but not limited to paper sculpture, envelope art, postcard art, collage, paper bag construction.

Class members need: scissors, glue, a variety of papers, and a sense of whimsy.

A packet of papers will be provided.

Time: (6 weeks) Sunday afternoons. 1-2:30pm. Starting April 11th

$140 (class fees subsidized for all, scholarships available)

10 Participants Max, Ages 18 and Up

Location: Outdoors with social distancing

 

For more information e-mail Judy Nilsen at judy@judynilsen.com.

Signups are now closed. Add yourself to our mailing list below for announcements about future classes.

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Photo credits: Barbara Parmet. Photos from pre-COVID rounds of classes.

Previous Cor Art Classes participant: “This was a community building experience for each of us. Phenomenal.”

 
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Naming the Moment: A Course in Writing for Performance

Taught by Diana Lynn Small

As we look towards gathering in real-space with loved ones, perhaps you’re looking to make the most of those opportunities, having experienced the loss of such moments for so long. Naming the Moment is about creating the opportunity for you and your companions to take in the present and to skillfully articulate the significance of a gathering. From the most ordinary gatherings like a quick exchange in the kitchen in the morning, or the more seasonal such as a birthday or a funeral, Naming the Moment will practice crafting and sharing the words that can meaningfully gather us together.

This is a cross-genre workshop in poetry and performance. In this workshop we will write in poetic forms to craft toasts, blessings, songs and prayers (whatever those mean to you in your context—we will take a global approach to unpacking those terms to find how they are helpful in our particular cultures). We will workshop how to then share this language to be heard and witnessed. 

We will look at writings from a multitude of traditions & forms to glean how they speak to a particular moment with specificity and significance. We will write our own and practice the art of sharing them. 

This class is about integrating the art-making practice into the ordinary and extraordinary moments of our lives. How do you describe a moment so that it can be heard with resonance and impact? How can we name the moment so we don’t miss it?

Time: Tuesdays Starting April 13th, 7-9pm (6 classes total)

$140 (class fees subsidized for all, scholarships available)

Form: Online 

Ages 18 and up

For more information e-mail Diana Small at diana.lynn.small@gmail.com.

Signups are now closed. Add yourself to our mailing list below for announcements about future classes.

Photo credits: Diana Small and Barbara Parmet. Photos from pre-COVID rounds of classes.

100% of past students say they would recommend Cor Art Classes to others. 

Creativity Rehab

Taught by Patrick Melroy

 

The creativity at the core of you has had a tough year. This six-session workshop will rebuild and reconnect you to your creative practice. Melroy reactivates participants’ imaginations through a series of exercises proven to incite even the most atrophied artists. As we emerge from our isolation we are all hungry for new ways to express our imagination. Our pent up need to make art and engage with an audience lays the perfect platform for Creativity Rehab. It’s a time set aside during the week where you have the permission to shake off the rust and massage circulation back into that creative muscle that has suffered far too long at the bottom of your priorities list. 

 

The meetings each week from 5:30 - 7pm will be held outdoors with social distancing at a variety of locations in Santa Barbara.

 

Participants will work in any medium of their choosing. In past sessions participants have explored the very “DNA” of their making and uncovered new techniques and processes.

 

Time: Thursdays starting April 15th, 5:30-7pm (6 classes total)

$140 (class fees subsidized for all, scholarships available)

Form: Outdoors with social distancing at a variety of locations in Santa Barbara

Ages 18 and Up

For more information e-mail Patrick Melroy patrickmelroy@gmail.com.

 
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Photo credits: Barbara Parmet and Patrick Melroy. Photos from pre-COVID rounds of classes.

"[This classes's teacher] has the ability to open up channels of creative thought that lead to a multiplicity of possibilities for any and everyone. [They are] a uniquely inspiring teacher, artist, and human being.”

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Photo credits: Barbara Parmet. Photos from pre-COVID rounds of classes.

Soulwriting: An Exploration in Musical Creativity

Taught by Sio Tepper

 

Music is our human birthright. It is as essential as our breath, and continually moves us through our lives. While music is pervasive and easily accessible in some rights in our society, many of us have become detached from the process of musicking. Whereas in a different culture or time, we would participate more actively in a musical setting, these days, we are often confined to car radios, grocery store playlists, and gas-pump commercials.

This six-week course is designed to get participants back in touch with their own musicality. Whether a seasoned musical veteran looking for fresh insight, or a novice seeking to gain new confidence in music, this course will enliven the musical soul. Through various exercises in songwriting, keen listening, and collaborative music exploration, participants will uncover new ways to access and cultivate their own unique musicality, and gain the ability to transmute that into musical expression. This intimate class will meet once a week for six weeks and is open to participants at any musical ability, ages 18 and up.

 

Time: Wednesdays Starting  April 14th, 5:30-7:30pm. (6 weeks total)

$140 (class fees subsidized for all, scholarships available)

12 Participants Max, Ages 18 and Up

Form: Hybrid, some sessions online and some in-person, masked, socially-distanced, outdoors.

 

For more information e-mail Sio Tepper at sio.tepper@gmail.com.

 

This program is only possible thanks to the generous support of people who believed in its mission. If you too find this project meaningful, we hope you will help support it. 

Teacher Bios

PATRICK MELROY holds an MFA from UCSB where he taught for several years as a lecturer. He has taught classes and workshops at SBCC, College of Creative Studies, Marymount, Laverne University, Stanford, and UCLA. His work most often manifests as idea based interactive sculpture. He utilizes any material that best serves the project. He draws influence from tactile daily experiences and manifests a creative vocabulary that utilizes familiar sentimental interactions. His work was recently seen in the State of the Art Gallery and during special events at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He grew up with a carpenter father and teacher librarian mother.

 

JUDY NILSEN earned a masters degree in American Folk art and is a long time public school teacher of students kindergarten through adult education in both Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. She has taught for Art From Scrap, United Way Fun in the Sun and Westside Boys and Girls Club. She is active in the Santa Barbara art community.  Her artwork known for being playful and a bit quirky has been shown in local galleries in both solo and group shows.

DIANA LYNN SMALL writes, acts, and directs for the stage. She is also a teacher, songwriter and chaplain. Diana earned her MFA in playwriting from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin and a MDiv from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Diana is a Company Member of Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) in Austin, TX and served as its Interim Artistic Director in 2017-2019. In the 18/19 SVT season, Diana directed the world premiere of Tryouts by Adara Meyers and the regional premiere of Anne Carson's Antigonick, which earned 6 Austin Critics Table Award nominations. Diana's new play House Play was developed at Berkeley Rep's The Ground Floor in 2017 and is performed in homes. Mad & a Goat has toured to seven cities since it was developed in 2013. Her play Good Day was selected for the 2015 Great Plains Conference PlayLabs, Kitchen Dog Theatre’s New Works Festival and was a finalist for the 2015 Play Penn Conference. Diana has worked with paper chairs theatre company in Austin having directed Elizabeth Doss's play Mast and performing/dramaturging Doss's plays Poor Herman, Catalina and The Divine Narcissus. paper chairs shared the world-premiere of Diana's play Hot Belly with The Syndicate in NYC (The Tank). 

SIO TEPPER: With Extensive formal training in classical piano and substantial experience in various genres, Sio is an active professional musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer and educator in Santa Barbara. She graduated from Santa Barbara High in 2010, and from UCSB in 2014 with a degree in Ethnomusicology. Sio is continuously inspired to give back to the community that shaped her as an artist by being involved in music and arts education. Currently, she teaches piano, guitar, and songwriting privately to students of various ages through her own studio, SB Musicology, and the Music and Arts Conservatory. She is also an educator in the Santa Barbara High School Theatre Department, having worked on over a dozen productions as music director, vocal director, and conductor. She is currently a specialist teacher for the Advanced Theatre Class at SBHS. She has also worked with other local theatre companies such as Out of the Box Theatre Co. and Stage Left Productions. She has worked as a facilitator for the Sing it Out program at AHA, and co-founded the arts mentorship program, TOTEM, in 2016. Sio is involved in several local performance groups such as the Santa Barbara Folk Orchestra, Fratelli, and Ojai O’Daiko, and also performs in smaller bands and solo in local venues. She has also composed music for films in the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

 

 
 
 
 

Want to teach with us? E-mail Casey Caldwell at caldwell@sbcaw.org.