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

Linocut Experience
Thursdays, March 5 – April 30, 2020 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm
$25 per session

Nick Collins Nick Collins

Whether your goal is to work on perfecting a particular skill, developing your own voice in the medium, or pushing through conceptual boundaries, this three and a hour weekly class was created to give the artist the space, time, and instruction to grow and realize your ideas.

You will develop confidence with drawing for relief, using cutting tools and learn hand-printing techniques. We will be working in both monochrome and color reduction cut techniques. All supplies (cutting tools, linoleum, wood, paper, inks) will be provided in the $25 per session fee. Returning students welcome. Beginning to advanced. This is a satisfying, inexpensive, and non-toxic art form to take with you to your home studio.

Space is limited to 12 students per session. Sign up by phone, 707-937-5818 x10, or at the registrar’s office at the Mendocino Art Center.

NICHOLAS COLLINS studied sculpture at UCSB and trained in etching and linocut at KALA in Berkeley where he was an artist in residence for two years. For two and a half years, Nicholas taught linocut to artists with developmental disabilities at Art Explorers in Fort Bragg. He is teaching a linocut class for adults for Memdocino High School students in the spring and a two-day “Linocut Extensive” workshop at rhe MAC in July. His work can be seen on his website.


Jewelry/Metal Arts Open Studio
Tuesdays, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15 per session, $50 for four sessions

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


Jewelry/Metal Arts Studio Rentals

Daily Rentals $35 per day, per person
Weekly, monthly and yearly rates available

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.



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

The Figure Drawing Open Studio is a well-established tradition at MAC, in collaboration with the Mendocino Figure Drawing Collective, coordinated by Fred Struthers. 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

Tuesdays, 12:30 pm – 5:00 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