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

Cor Art Classes
Workshops for the Human Spirit
Spring Classes begin April 11.

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.

Find out more, sign up for a class, apply for a scholarship, at​​​
Special thanks to the Hazen Family Foundation for their support to develop this program and provide scholarship funds. 
Photo credit: Barbara Parmet. Photos from pre-COVID rounds of classes.

The Workshops in Brief:

Paper Connections: A Workshop in Postcards, Paper, Envelope Art, and 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)
Location: Outdoors with social distancing
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Naming the Moment: A Course in Writing for Performance

“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)
Form: Online 
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Soulwriting: An Exploration in Musical Creativity

“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)
Form: Hybrid, some sessions online and some in-person, masked, socially-distanced, outdoors.
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Creativity Rehab: Interdisciplinary Workshop 

“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)
Form: Outdoors with social distancing at a variety of locations in Santa Barbara
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Comments from previous class participants:

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