Upcoming Fiber Arts Classes

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Fiber Arts Department

Bob Rhoades

Bob Rhoades

Bob Rhoades

Bob Rhoades

Instructor: Bob Rhoades
April 27–28, 2019 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This class will offer experiences for those familiar with marbling as well as first timers. The objective is for everyone to come away with 10 to 20 sheets of beautifully marbled paper as well as an opportunity to explore marbling of other surfaces to include garments, fabric, absorbent objects made of cast paper, papier mache, and wood.

The first day we'll go through the process of preparing paints (acrylics) and gelatin size. Then I will take you thru the steps of alum sizing paper and fabrics, laying out paint on the size, developing patterns and pulling sheets of marbled paper and fabric. We will also explore some controlled techniques to realize pictorial images within the marbling process. The next day I will demonstrate marbling appropriate 3D objects, fabric and techniques for collage and paper construction with marbled paper. During previous workshops students marbled scarves, ties, napkins and fabric samples great for quilting!


BOB RHOADES has been a full-time art instructor for over 40 years in several schools in California. The bulk of his career was spent at College of the Redwoods as Art Department Coordinator for College of the Redwoods, Mendocino Coast. During this time Bob taught classes in Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Color and design and Sculpture to name a few. During watercolor classes he introduced paper marbling as a way for students to discover exciting elements of rhythm and flow. He has since explored this process to great invention and with printmaking, cast paper, paper sculpture and watercolor. Bob’s work has been exhibited in Japan, Europe and extensively throughout California.

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Current MAC Members: $207
Non-members: $230 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Instructor materials fee: $15, will cover 2 qts. marbling gel per student, a selection of prepared colors to share with other students, an eye dropper, 5 sheets of appropriate paper to marble, a few marbling trays to share with others, drying lines to share.

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