open studios

The Mendocino Art Center offers Open Studios in several media and in various formats. All open studios provide access to specialized equipment and supplies, some oversight (but not instruction) by studio monitors, and the nurturing presence of other artists in various stages of creative development. All Open Studios provide a stress free, non-judgmental atmosphere and opportunities for creative interaction with and encouragement from other artists.

For more information please call: (707) 937-5818, ext. 10 or (800) 653-3328, ext. 10 



Ongoing Open Studios

Jewelry Open Studio
Tuesdays, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$15 per session, $50 for four sessions

Join us and utilize ALL that the Mendocino Art Center Jewelry Department has to offer! Benches, mills, hydraulic press, torches, casting station and much, much more.

Jewelry Studio Rental $150/month (ongoing)
Jewelry Bench Rental $250/month  (ongoing)

Contact: Nancy Gardner, Jewelry Coordinator, 707-972-4178

Jewelry Open Studios

In 2012 we expanded the jewelry facility into the adjacent room – the Jennie Studio – creating a fully equipped studio that comfortably seats 12 students. This room has a complete soldering station with ventilation hood, two rolling mills, buffing machine and packed tool cabinet. We also created a “fume room” which has two ventilation hoods, one over our new spin castor and burn out kiln; the other is over a soldering station used exclusively by our artists in residence and bench renters. We have four kilns in this space as well, two for precious metal clays and two enameling. At present our studio is equipped to perform a multitude of metal working processes – casting, fabrication, metal raising/forming, hydraulic press, enameling, repousse and more.

Interested in a new technique but don't have the funds or space to try it in your own studio? Come explore and experiment. The expanded Jewelry Studio is open to all jewelry craftspeople and small-scale metalsmiths who have enough previous experience to be able to work independently (under supervision) in the studio.



Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 per session / $50 for 4 sessions
with Gert Rasmussen, Keith Middlesworth & Blue Owens

and now also...

Sundays, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$15 per session / $50 for 4 sessions
with Taylor Durvee

Wear loose cotton clothing, leather shoes and bring eye protection and leather gloves.

Contact: Keith Middlesworth, Sculpture Coordinator, 707-937-1708

Participants in this Open Studio, conducted at MAC’s foundry, engage in intensive hands-on projects with hot metal, under the guidance of Keith Middlesworth, Gert Rasmussen, and Blue Owens. Anyone interested in joining this exhilarating activity is welcome to come by – no experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. Most individuals complete a blacksmithing project over a few sessions – candlesticks, abstract metal art, knives, swords – if it’s made of hot steel, this studio is where it is produced.



Figure Drawing
Wednesdays, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
$12 per session/$40 for 4 sessions
Bob Ross

The Figure Drawing Open Studio is a well-established Wednesday afternoon tradition at MAC, in collaboration with the Mendocino Figure Drawing Collective, coordinated by Robert Ross. This studio offers the novice or experienced artist the opportunity to work directly from live nude models in a serious and supportive environment. (Bring your own materials; no solvents please.) Over the years, work coming out of this Open Studio has been exhibited at MAC and at other galleries.

Visit the Mendocino Figure Drawing Collective's website



Surface Design
Sundays, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
December 7, 2014 – March 8, 2015

Free for Mendocino Art Center members and Pacific Textile Arts members
$10 for non-members

Contact: Pavlos Mayakis

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Exploration of shibori, tie-dye, resists, stamping, discharge processes, and direct applications on fabric using fiber reactive and natural dyes, and pigments. Emphasis on combining techniques and developing individual creativity so that participants can plan and complete their own projects. Sessions will be supported by short lectures and demonstrations by Pavlos Mayakis, the Mendocino Art Center artist-in-residence in fiber.

Donations of $5 will be requested from all participants to offset the cost of shared supplies.

Topics will be:

• December 7, 2014 – Introduction to Fiber Reactive Dyes (soda soak)

• December 14, 2014 – Thickened Dyes (direct applications)         

• December 21, 2014 – Water Based Resists (potato dextrin, Presist®, Casaba)

• January 4, 2014 – Discharge (thiorea dioxide, Jacquard, bleach)

• January 11, 2015 – Polychromatic, Deconstructed/Breakdown screen printing

• January 18, 2015 – Rusting (direct application and two recipes)

• January 25, 2015 – Soymilk and pigments

• February 1, 2015 – Indigo and Shibori

• February 8, 2015 – Dyeing with Cochineal and Madder

• February 15, 2015 – Dyeing with Weld and Onion Skins

• February 22, 2015 – Mordant Painting with Natural Dyes

• March 1, 2015 – Surface Design with Natural Dyes I

• March 8, 2015 –  Surface Design with Natural Dyes II

An added benefit of working with natural dyes during the winter is that participants will have a chance to complete a body of work and confidently enter fiber art in the Mendocino Art Center’s “Natural Dye Showcase,” which will be juried by Yoshiko Wada and will be shown in the Main Gallery in August 2015.


Drop-in Watercolor

Thursdays, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
$12 per session/$40 for 4 sessions

Contact: Nancy Marchant, 707-937-0220

Drop in Watercolor Open Studios

The watercolor Open Studio provides the space and the time for those who want to paint in this medium, and artists can drop in for an hour or an afternoon, and have the freedom to come and go. Nancy Marchant provides support, feedback and direction as needed.


Ceramics Open Studios
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$20 per session, $60 for four sessions

Ceramics Open Studios


Ceramics Shelf Rentals
Fees do not include clay purchases and kiln firings

Open when not otherwise in use

$80 per month for a full shelf
$50 per month for a half shelf

Contact: The Mendocino Art Center Registrar at 937-5818 x10