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2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703

Where Art
& Education Meet



Instructors: Marge Essel

Are you looking for a creative experience that you can share with friends? You can bring a group so that you can paint & have fun with socializing & painting together!

You will learn to draw. You will paint with acrylic paints on a prepared canvas. You will create an artwork of your own. Learn about your favorite artists & how to create as they did. 

Refreshments are included. Join us in a painting celebration!

These classes are taught by exhibiting artists & teachers.

Time: 6:00-8:00 P.M.

The Fee is $30.00 per class/$90 - 3 classes

Session: Tuesdays:  January 7, 14, 21, 2019

                                 February 11, 18, 25, 2019

Marge Essel is a credentialed teacher & an exhibiting artist.   She is a sculptor, painter & photographer. She exhibits in the Bay area and England.


Instructor: Winthrop Prince

In this workshop, you will be instructed and guided by an expert cartoonist & illustrator. You will be guided through the design and creation of your own cartoon or graphic novel.

The Fee is $120.00 per 3 classes.

Wednesday: 5:00-7:00 P.M.   January 8,15, 22,  2019                                                       February 5,12, 19, 2019

Winthrop Prince has a BFA in illustration from the Academy of Art College in S.F. His work has appeared in nationally syndicated newspapers. He has received awards from the East Bay Watercolor Society and magazines.


Instructor: Diego Marcial Rios 

Are you fascinated by the Mexican style of mask making? Would you like to learn more about their cultural heritage & how to create a Papier Mache mask?

Mondays: 6-7 P.M.

Fee : $150.00 for 3 classes

Sessions:    January 13,20, 27, 2019                                  


Diego Marcial Rios has an MFA from the University of Wisconsin & a BFA from UCB  Berkeley. His work has been shown nationally & internationally. He has appeared as an art speaker on T.V.



Instructor: Debbie Fimrite

In this course, you will learn the ancient art of paper folding. You will be able to construct cranes, fish, dragons & boxes. The class is open to artists of all ages.

The fee is $25.00 per class        

Time: 1-3 P.M.

Sessions: Thursdays  

 January 9, 16, 23  Feb. 5,12, 19, 2019


Materials are included.

Debbie Fimrite is an exhibiting artist & teacher. She is a self-taught Origami artist. She exhibits her work all over the Bay Area.

 Are you looking for a special way to celebrate  Company Functions?  These classes are available for corporate functions & family gatherings!


The Art Passages Show -  Begining October 20, 2018 Digital Art Show

Where Fine Art, Oral Language  & Cultures Meet

Instructor: Marge Essel

Times: 1-2 P.M. 2-3 P.M.                                                                           Days: Tuesdays - Fridays

Location: The Art Passages Windows    

               2055 Center Street in downtown Berkeley. 

In each session, your students will be guided through an educational art experience by our ed. coordinator. They will view the art exhibit & discuss the topics in the art passages windows such as UNITY. A follow up class will involve the students in an oral & written language workshop in your classroom. A Gallery workshop is also available to your school and students. 

The tour, written & art workshops are free to schools in the Bay Area.


Instructor: LaWanda Ultan is a potter and sculptor.

In this pottery workshop, you will learn to construct pots on a wheel. You will also learn how to fire and glaze your work.  Classes are held at LaWanda's studio.

Tuesdays : 4:00 - 7:00 P.M.

Fee: 6 classes $190.00

Sessions:January 14,21,28, 2019

      February 4,11,18, 2019

LaWanda Ultan is a sculptor & a potter. She studied art in Berkeley, and was a member of the San Franciso Woman's Artist Association.

Classes for Children & Families 

Puppetry and Storytelling -Creating Puppets & Writing Stories 
Instructor: Marge  Essel

This class will show you how to draw in pencils & paint in acrylics. You will create hand puppets, finger puppets, sock puppets and many other types. Your family will produce a written story as your script for the puppet show that you will all present. You will also learn to give voice to your characters. We may even film it. We can also do scenery for it.

Sessions: Wednesdays  6-8 P.M January 8,15, 22 , 2019.                                                                            February 5, 12, 19, 2019

Fee: 85.00 for 3 classes plus $10.00 for materials.

Marge Essel is an exhibiting artist & a credentialed teacher. She has created puppets for the Lovelace Marionette Theater and done costuming and design for their actors as well. She has also created dance costumes.

Classes  are   July 10 -  September 25, 2018

Traditional Crafts-

This class will be taught by a different guest exhibiting artist every 2 weeks. Children will learn crafts from Origami, ceramics, and recycled fun.   

Monday- ages 4-8 Time: 3-4, 4-5, 5-6 P.M.

Monday-ages 8-12 Time : 3-4, 4-5, 5-6. P.M.                                         Fee is :$200 - 10 classes


This class explores traditional fine arts mediums while teaching the fundamentals of art. Artistic vocabulary will be taught with visual demonstrations of techniques & practices.

Tuesday or Thursday-ages 4-8 Time:4-5, 5-6 P.M.

Tuesday or Thursday age 8-12 Time:  4-5, 5-6 P.M.

Saturdays Ages 12-16Time 3-4 P.M.

The Fee is: $200 - 10classes


Are you a serious art student? Who would like to develop your artwork in preparation for an art portfolio? Then you are the ideal student for this class. Who has art experience and knows what? This class is also for students who already have a portfolio and want to continue to develop their skills and ideas.

Instructor: Arlene Streich

Saturdays-ages 7-10 Time: 4-5:30  

Mondays : ages 12-16 3:30-5/ 5-6:30 

The fee is: $300.00 for 10 classes ($30.00 a class)

Arlene Streich is an exhibiting artist and a credentialed teacher. She is a painter. She also creates beautiful pieces of hand molded and fired glass jewelry pieces. She has taught in many arts programs throughout the Bay Area.

All materials are provided for children. Instructors are artists that exhibit with Expressions Gallery and are professionals in their area of expertise.

Come Together with Art!


Marge & Jessica Essel

In this workshop, you will learn how to use art materials such as watercolors, pastels  & water soluble pencils. You will learn to create on paper  & create a design for your own t-shirt.

The fee is $ 110.00

Sundays: 4:00-6:00 P.M..

Sessions:  3 sessions   

 January 6, 13, 20 , 2019 

February 4,11, 18, 2019                           

 Marge & Jessica Essel have taught drawing, designing, painting, and sewing to children and adults in elementary and adult schools.

 Come create together ! Lets do family portraits & t-shirts ! Create a gift to give that will last forever!   

To register contact Marge Essel at 510-548-2617 or e-mail:
Come join in the fun and creativity!!!