ENCINITAS — On Feb. 24, eight members, and art teachers, from the San Dieguito Art Guild, offered a visual arts workshop to the community.
The guild welcomed students from North County to the Ecke Building at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas for the all-day workshop. Each instructor had examples of finished pieces in their chosen medium, gave a short demonstration, and provided all materials for a simple “make-it-and-take-it” project that each student could take home. The workshop was funded by the city of Encinitas Community Grant Program and the Mizel Foundation
The project was to be an introduction — a whetting of the appetite to want to do more in a given medium. A list of stores and websites where students could purchase additional supplies and how much they can expect to spend was made available. In addition a list of where they could get additional training or lessons in the medium they chose was also available.
The classes offered were watercolor by Cris Weatherby, jewelry by Victoria Cendreda, drawing by Bruce Stewart, calligraphy by Sharon Ford, art cards collage by Basia Koenig, monoprint with watermedia by Char Cee Colosia, acrylic by Donna Butnik and pastels by Joan Grine. Each student could choose two out of the eight classes offered.
During the break between the two sessions, a lucky winner received a $50 gift card from Rhino Art, Encinitas.
The San Dieguito Art Guild is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the fine arts in the area. The guild runs the Off Track Gallery in the Lumberyard Shopping Center on Highway 101, downtown Encinitas, where its 200 members may sell their work in many different mediums. Information about the guild and gallery may be found at OffTrackGallery.com.