Academy Program

The Craft of Songwriting - How to Get Started

CLASS with Steve Key

October 12, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
3 Sessions: Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14 6-8pm
Cambria Center for the Arts - Studio - 1350 Main Str, Cambria

Discover the craft of songwriting from the very beginning through finishing your own songs. In the first session, we'll talk about songs you know, and how to identify what makes a good song work. We'll brainstorm ideas for new songs, and pick one for you to work on at home. In session 2, we'll listen to your song in progress, and match you up with a co-writer for your second song. In session 3, we'll critique those songs and talk about how to get your songs out into the world.

Steve Key is an award-winning songwriter, performer and recording artist, best known as the writer of "33, 45, 78 (Record Time)" recorded by country music star Kathy Mattea. Steve's songs have been covered by dozens of folk, pop, blues, and country artists. He studied with country hit writer Steve Seskin, and Berklee College lyric instructor Pat Pattison. Steve recorded for New York's Fast Folk label, which is now part of the Folkways collection at the Smithsonian. He produces live music events on the Central Coast under the banner of Songwriters at Play.

notepad, pen, musical instrument (optional)

Fee for 3 sessions $85 for CCA members $75

John Seed: My Art World

Lecture by John Seed

October 16, 2022 12:00 pm
CCA - Conference Room

Join John Seed for a lecture about the artists and experiences that shaped his views. Seed had important contacts with numerous artists including Jean Michel Basquiat, Richard Diebenkorn and Nathan Oliveira. The lecture will be followed by a Q and A.

Signed copies of Seed's Book "My Art World: Recollections and Other Writings" will be available for $12

Fee: $10 for CCA members $8

Metalsmithing 1

Workshop for Beginners with Cindy Sassaman

October 29, 2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cambria Center for the Arts - Classroom 12

This is a 3 hour beginners workshop. I teach the basics of soldering including torch skills, tools and safety. Tools will be provided and project materials are included in workshop fee. Each participant will solder several rings to bring home.

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

Tools: While not required, I do offer an optional tool kit so that you can continue the skills you learn here at home. Tool kit includes: micro torch, butane, soldering block, titanium pick, cross locking tweezers, flux and solder. Kits are $85, need to be pre-ordered and will be delivered at the workshop

Please contact me if you'd like to order a tool kit, have any questions or would like to be put on a waitlist if the workshop is sold out. EMAIL

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 - includes materials

Metalsmithing 2

Intermediate Workshop with Cindy Sassaman

October 29, 2022 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cambria Center for the Arts - Classroom 12

This is an intermediate workshop to further advance basic skills learned during Metalsmithing 1. This workshop will be set-up as an open studio with an emphasis on prong settings. General materials will be provided however participants must provide their own stone for setting.

An optional materials kit is available for $45 which includes everything needed to make a prong set necklace (stone, wire, chain and findings). 

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

Prior enrollment in Metalsmithing 1 workshop or instructor permission is a required prerequisite for this workshop! 
Participants must provide their own stone for setting.

Fee: $85 for CCA members $80 - includes materials

Good Design Makes Good Art

Workshop with Pat Watson

November 6, 2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday Nov 6 is the first day after daylight savings time has ended. Please be aware of the time change.
CCA - Green Room

Good design fundamentals contribute significantly to the effectiveness of drawing, painting and any of the visual arts. This aspect of the vision experience, too often overlooked, can enhance or defeat your artistic purpose. This event will give participants a solid understanding of the design process that makes the process more enjoyable and the outcome more effective. In the workshop, participants will learn and apply design strategies to give their visual work a clear intention and understandable structure.

Pat Watson has taught college and university art and design for more than thirty years. With a broad spectrum of expertise in the realm of visual creativity, you can see and enjoy his work, in a variety of media, at

A sketch pad of comfortable size and a couple of pencils.

Fee: $25 for CCA members $20

Create digital Greeting Cards with ProCreate

WORKSHOP with Dena & Helmut Kuhn

December 3, 2022 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Cambria Center for the Arts - Green Room

This is a workshop on the iPad with ProCreate to explore together how to create static and animated Greeting Cards with digital elements of color, texture, brushes, pencil, calligraphy and photographs. We will explore advanced tools like layers, masks and animation.

An open mind for new art tools. An idea of what you would like to create.
Apple iPad and Pencil will be provided for the workshop if you don’t have your own, but please bring your own iPad and pencil if you have them! 

Dena Kuhn is a graphic designer and calligrapher working in analog and digital media.
Helmut Kuhn is an app developer and photographer and works completely digitally.

Fee: $25 for CCA members $20