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 Susan Elizabeth Wood Jewelry 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

and now also...

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

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 Chris Shook and Taylor Duryee. 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


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 Shelf Rentals
Fees do not include clay purchases and kiln firings

Open when not otherwise in use

$100 per month for a full shelf
$70 per month for a half shelf

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

Ceramics Open Studios



Surface Design

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (beginning January 26, 2016)

Fee: $10 for MAC members, Pacific Textile Arts members and Mendocino College students
$15 for non-members



An Open Studio for the Organic Artist

Sundays, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Fee: $10 for MAC members, Pacific Textile Arts members and Mendocino College students
$15 for non-members

Note: Additional material fees may apply depending upon session.

Pavlos Mayakis

Make your own felted fiber, paper, paints, pigments, inks, and tools from nature. This interdisciplinary open studio series will be held in the Fiber Arts Studio. Instruction provided by Pavlos Mayakis, MFA, MAC Fiber Arts Coordinator.

December 6
Wool Carding: Carding Brushes and a Drum Carder; Indigo Dyeing of Wool

December 13
Natural Dyeing of Wool

December 20
Wet Felting

January 10

January 17
Papermaking and Wet Felting

January 24
Charcoal Sticks, Charcoal Holders and Blending Stumps (tortillon)

January 31

February 7
Pens and Inks
(coffee, beet, berry, black walnut & soot)

February 14
Inkwells and Paint Dishes — Clay Vessels

February 21
Paintbrushes: Twig, Tied Bundle, Brushes with Ferrules

February 28

March 6
Paints and Binders

March 13
Crayons and Molds