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Tickets are available for our summer event, Art in the Gardens — August 6 and August 7.  Learn more...


Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

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Paper Collage

Friday, August 6, 2021
from 10AM to 4PM with AIG 2012's Featured Artist, Sandy Oppenheimer 
at the MCBG Education Center

CLICK HERE to Register for this Workshop

Create a portrait of an animal in collage working from photo references in a lively and supportive atmosphere. The day will start the day with a quick overview of the basic principles of art and a warm-up, and then you will get to work! Sandy will circulate and help each person with their creative problem-solving. Expect to work vigorously, have fun and finish one piece by the end of the workshop. 

Sandy will provide an array of decorative papers that you will be able to incorporate into your collage.

Workshop Registration:

Class cost is $115 per participant and includes Gardens admission. As this will be an indoor class we encourage those who sign up to be vaccinated. Payment is due upon sign-up. Please note, all workshop fees are non-refundable unless the workshop has been canceled or rescheduled by the Gardens. Class size is limited! Registration for this workshop may be completed online.

About the Instructor:

Sandy Oppenheimer is a self-taught artist who “paints with paper” in an intuitive and playful manner. She takes my inspiration from the great painters of the past, beautiful handmade papers from around the world, and from the fortunate life she lives.

For 30 years, Sandy has been working as an artist, primarily "painting with paper". As a teacher, Sandy tries to pass on what she has discovered in her years of developing a visual language, and help unleash the creative play and potential in each individual. Her work can be seen at

Materials to bring:

  • Good pair of scissors (it helps to have a large one and a small one, if possible)
  • Pencil
  • Good eraser
  • Piece of 300 lb watercolour paper, or wood panel (both can be purchased at Racines or online). 9 x 12 or 11x 14 is a good size. If you prefer a square format, 10x10 or 12x12 will work well.
  • Elmer's Glue (8 oz. container... can be bigger, but not smaller)
  • Cheap glue brush (if dried glue on your fingers bothers you)
  • Rag
  • Good photo, or two of your and white preferred
  • Any decorative papers you have or particularly want to use


Date: Friday, August 6, 2021