Academy Program

Metalsmithing 1

WORKSHOP taught by Cindy Sassaman of Beryl Jewelry Design

June 1, 2024 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cambria Center for the Arts - Classroom 12

Learn the basics of soldering including torch skills, tools, and safety. Tools will be provided, and project materials are included in the workshop fee. Each participant will solder and finish several rings to bring home. This is a beginner's workshop, no prior experience is needed.

An optional tool kit is available for purchase HERE and will be delivered at the workshop. 

Please contact me at if you have any questions or to be put on a waitlist if your desired time/date is sold out. Also, please add my email to your contacts as I will be sending out an information packet a few weeks before the workshop 

Instructor: Cindy Sassaman is a local jewelry designer and has been teaching workshops in SLO and Los Osos for the last 8 years. 

No prior experience needed
Enrollment is limited and all participants must be at least 18 to participate unless prior approval is given

Fee: $95 - for CCA members $90


Metalsmithing 2 - Prong Setting

WORKSHOP taught by Cindy Sassaman of Beryl Jewelry Design

June 1, 2024 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Cambria Center for the Arts - Classroom 12

This is an intermediate workshop to further advance basic skills learned during Metalsmithing 1*. In this workshop students will learn to fabricate a simple prong setting, set a stone within the prongs, then finish their piece. This class is the first step in learning to set stones.

General materials, tools and brass metal will be provided however participants must provide their own stone for setting. An optional materials kit is available HERE for $45 which includes everything needed to make a prong set necklace (stone, gf or ss wire, chain and findings). 
Please contact Cindy if you have any questions,

Instructor: Cindy Sassaman
I am a local jewelry designer and have been teaching workshops in SLO and Los Osos for the last 8 years.

This is NOT a beginner class. Students must have prior soldering experience before taking this class therefore previous enrollment in my Metalsmithing 1 workshop and a tool kit or prior approval is a required prerequisite for this workshop. If you have already taken this class and would like to work on a different project or independently, see the open studio workshop on Sunday.

Fee: $95 - for CCA members $90

Metalsmithing Open Studio

June 2, 2024 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cambria Center for the Arts - Classroom 12

This is an open studio for prior students to work independently while having assistance and/or guidance. Brush up on your solder skills, branch out into different metals or just build your confidence while working with others*. I will be bringing brass wire and sheet as well as hand and finishing tools. I will also bring an assortment of stones and fine metals for purchase. You will need to bring your tool kit and some ideas of what you'd like to work on. 

*Prior enrollment in Metalsmithing 1 required. This is an "open lab" format, not a project based instructional workshop. Please contact me at if you'd like to discuss potential projects before enrolling.

Host: Cindy Sassaman

Fee: $60 - for CCA members $55

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Capturing the spirit, Portrait/ mid range Portrait

Watercolor Workshop - 2 days - with Frank Eber

June 22, 2024 - June 23, 2024
10 to 1 and 2 to 5
Cambria Center for the Arts - Room 12

This watercolor  based workshop explores methods to capture a person’s spirit/ personality in painting. The ‘likeness’ is a by-product! We will be working from very good references. No model fees to pay.

Focus will be on composition, and color with an emphasis on skin tones as well as learning to translate the various planes of color and light.

Frank will show and explain value vs. temperature changes on a facial plane.The importance of connection of shape and immediacy of brushwork. References will be both male and female.

Requirements: Beginners in the genre are ok but must have a basic understanding and handling of the medium. 

Fee: $295 - for CCA members $275

Instructor: Frank Eber AIS, AWS, NWS,


Frank grew up in Europe and was mentored by Italian master painter Renato Casaro in 1994 and 95. In the ’80s and ’90s Frank worked as a professional illustrator for video cover sleeves and as a portrait artist by commission.

He strives to create timeless art in both oil and watermedia and works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World Masters. He lived for three years in the south of France and has painted on location in many countries around the world. He is also an accomplished Portrait painter.

Frank is an award-winning artist and Signature member of the American Impressionist society (AIS), American Watercolor Society (AWS), the National Watercolor Society (NWS) He is a juried Artist member of the prestigious California Art Club. Frank conducts workshops and demonstrations locally and at the national and international level. Professional artist since 2010 has been painting all his life. Painting apprenticeship with Italian master painter in the late 80's. Frank has 12 years teaching experience around the country, overseas workshops, in both traditional painting both watercolor and oils. 

Painting with Three Colors and White

Two day workshop with George Scribner

August 17, 2024 - August 18, 2024
Saturday Aug 17 10-1 and 2-5
Sunday Aug 18 10-1 and 2-5
Cambria Center for the Arts - Classroom 12


A two day oil painting workshop using just the primaries, Red, Yellow and Blue (plus white). The goal of the class is not to do a finished painting, but a series of small exercises. Once finished, to scrape and reuse the canvas. 

George teaches the painting process in three stages: 

  • Drawing and composition tips - where to put your subject and help lead the viewer’s eye.
  • Value – the most powerful tool as a painter is the relationship of lights to darks or VALUES. When having troubles in color, it’s usually a value problem and the easiest to fix.
  • Color – working with the primaries, perhaps the least important step of the three. By limiting a palette to three colors, you’ll learn more about color from mixing them and your painting will harmonize since all the colors are being mixed from just the three primaries.

There’s a great expression that “Value does the work, Color gets the Credit”. So true!


George Scribner is a Fine Artist, Animator and Filmmaker. He was born and raised in Panama City, Panama and has been with The Walt Disney Company for more than thirty-five years. In 1988, he directed Oliver and Company, a full-length animated feature at Walt Disney Feature Animation. George worked on The Lion King, Fantasia Continued and Dinosaur. George is currently working at Walt Disney Imagineering as a contractor directing Animation projects and creating Concept Art for upcoming attractions. Commissioned by the Government of Panama to record the expansion of the Panama Canal, George spent more than nine years creating large scale oil paintings documenting the construction of this massive engineering marvel. George was also commissioned by The Walt Disney Company to paint scenes of the construction of Shanghai Disneyland. He not only painted scenes of the construction of this massive entertainment complex but directed animation projects for a number of attractions. His paintings became part of the historical documentation for this newest addition to Disney Parks & Resorts. One of his newest roles with the Walt Disney Company is to chronicle in oil paintings the construction of the newest Walt Disney Cruise ships.

For the last fifteen years, George has been teaching painting workshops at studios in the states and overseas, including Republic of Panama, Trinidad, Uruguay and Shanghai. He also teaches ongoing painting workshops at Walt Disney Imagineering in Los Angeles. 

Fee: $275 for CCA members $250

Please click on the following links to view the materials list, and more class information. 

Film and Sound Appreciation

Class - 2 Weekends with Bruce Richardson

September 7, 2024 - September 22, 2024
Saturday Sept 7 & Sunday Sept 8 and Saturday Sept 21 & Sunday Sept 22
Class 11:00 am to 12:30 pm - lunch break - Class 1:30 pm - 3 pm
Cambria Center for the Arts - Theatre

This course is a series of eight classes showcasing screenplay structure:

·      Act 1s with various openings, hook openings, dialogue openings, and action openings.

·      Then onto Act 2s, the body of a film, the lead character must overcome the obstacles.

·      Then onto Act 3s with various examples of resolution.

Throughout there are tangents showing how music and sound effects blend together to make a final film product.

Bruce Richardson was a sound effects editor/supervising editor for approximately 35 years. Over his career he worked on three Oscar winner pictures for sound editing… “Back to the Future,” “Roger Rabbit” and “The Hunt for Red October.”  He won an Emmy on the acclaimed miniseries “Roots,” way back in 1976. He has taken several screenplay writing classes where he learned about film structure and over the past 40 years has written six screenplays, a few short stories and wrote and directed two 35mm short films. One of them, “AWOL,” was shot in Cambria CA. in 1979 and aired on HBO in the 80’s. He has also worked on production and spent eight months overseas working for the director Sam Peckinpah, filmed a documentary about the making of that movie, “Cross of Iron,” and worked as a stuntman, stunt-double, and stand-in for James Colburn. Since retiring from sound effects editing he has from time to time worked as a music editor with his wife, Lise’ Richardson. Bruce Richardson has been a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences since 1994. For more information on Bruce’s credits please go to his IMDB link.

Fee: $75; for CCA members $50 for the complete program - to benefit CCA