Academy Program

Basic Figure Sculpture

with Mauro Maressa

July 13, 2024 - August 3, 2024
Classes are held every Saturday on July 13, July 20, July 27, and August 3.
Class 10 to 12:30 - Lunch Break - Class 1:30 to 4:00
Cambria Center for the Arts - Room 12


This is a month-long workshop on sculpting a figure in clay. Starting in July, it will be held every Saturday on July 13, July 20, July 27, and August 3. 

Once weekly, we will go through another step in the process. Each stage will allow you to refine your piece during the week on what you learn at each stage on Saturday. This will take the pressure off you so you don't feel like you're falling behind. I would rather you learn slowly and correctly without the pressure of getting it done quickly and making mistakes! The goal is to work smart, not fast!!

On the Saturday classes, I will critique and help you make adjustments to your work if needed. I want you to understand and be comfortable with each step of the process. This will help to improve any future work you do! 

If you have a specific pose, photo, or even a drawing of a figure you'd like to sculpt, please bring it along. However, if you don't, that's perfectly fine! You can follow along with the demonstration. We will start with preparing a proper armature ( the bones or foundation) for your piece. The body, head, and lastly, the hands! You will then pose it on a platform I provide and start laying on the clay. We will block it out first and refine it as we progress in the class. Detailing the head, face, hands, and feet. How to build and lay on clothes if needed.

Finally, we will finish by baking it and painting your sculpture.

Instructor: Mauro Maressa
I am a retired 40 year veteran animator. I am well versed in a variety of mediums from drawing to sculpting as I was a sculpture major in college. I have been involved in creating sculptures with veteran sculptor Ron Pekar in creating the sculpture of the mascot Traveler for USC in L.A. as well as the relief sculpture at the Rose Bowl called The Handoff and some others for Police and Firemen memorials for different municipalities around the country.

We are  rescheduling the Sculpture workshop for a future date.

Please send an email to 

if you are interested in taking this workshop.

May 2024 Basic Figure Sculpture Class with Mauro Maressa

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 - 4 Saturdays with Bruce Richardson

September 7, 2024 - September 29, 2024
Saturday, Sept 7, Sept 14, Sept 21 and Sept 28
Class 11:00 am to 12:30 pm - lunch break - Class 1:30 pm - 3 pm
Encore Sunday, Sept 29 - 10am
Cambria Center for the Arts - Theater

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

September 7
Class - 1 Introduction & Act - I Openings
Class - 2 Sound Advice & A Tribute to Chuck Campbell

September 14
Class - 3 Act - I Slow Openings
Class - 4 Act - II Alliances Are Made

September 21
Class - 5 Act - II Women Stand Their Ground
Class - 6 Act - III  Endings and Such

September 28
Class - 7 Act - III Classic Goodbyes
Class - 8 Monsters Get Done In… Mostly

September 29
Encore - Classes 1-8 missed by someone during the 4 Saturdays on demand as time permits.

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.

Complete program $75; for CCA members $50
One Day $20; or CCA members $15
- to benefit CCA