Nimbus Arts, a community-based nonprofit, ignites artistic expression across the Napa Valley.

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CL 00 Open Studio - "JUST DO IT!"

An ongoing workshop and learning space for all you enthusiastic ceramicists! Just sign in and get your hands in the mud. Consult our dynamite experts, express what you’ve learned, try new skills, and expand your clay life. Not enrolled? No sweat, you can learn more about our program by playing in clay for a day. $30 drop-in 
CL-00 Ages 12 – Adult every Monday 6:00 – 9:00 pm ongoing series (Please note no class on December 24, 31)




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12 - &up Callnan III 10/1 - 3/25 Mo 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM $30.00 View

CL 1 Foundations in Clay - Teen/Adult

In this class students will be introduced to the joy of working with clay, beginning with hand construction and attachment techniques. Then, get your artistic juices flowing as we master the basics of throwing, creating both sculptural and functional forms: bowls, cylinders, vases, bottles and other goodies! This is an inspiring and versatile medium and a great class for those with little or no wheel experience.  $30/class or $150/6 class pass (good for 3 months) $15 materials fee/bag–o–clay with plenty of reclaimed clay available for free!

CL - 1 Ages Teen/Adult Wednesdays 6:00 – 9:00 pm ongoing series   (Please note – no class on Oct 31))





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15 - &up Callnan III 10/3 - 3/27 We 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM $30.00 View
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13 - 99 Callnan III 10/3 - 3/27 We 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM $150.00 View

CL01 Clay Additional Studio Time
 

WANT MORE CLAY “TIME” ON YOUR HANDS? We are opening up our doors for additional  studio time! – For all of you seasoned ceramicists and students that just cannot get enough…

Nimbus is now offering open studio time so that you may work on your projects more often. This will be an open door format with no instruction present, to allow our clay community some extra tranquil workspace time. This is designed for experienced ceramicists only, who have familiarity with Nimbus studio. A studio visit during normal class time will be required prior to enrollment. (Clay purchases must be made through our office, and firing your wares will be handled within our regular Nimbus class scheduled firing. We welcome students and artists alike!  $30/visit or use your class pass!

Register here and we will contact you to finalize the registration and payment. 

CL- 01 Ages Teen/Adult Mondays 10:00am – 3:00 pm ongoing (Irregular schedule through summer months/check with Nimbus office.  Unavailable May 14th)



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18 - &up TBD 10/1 - 3/25 Mo We 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM $30.00 View

CL15 Happy Holiday Gingerbread Houses

Using charming gingerbread house templates, we will work to build slab clay 3-dimensional houses and decorate them with all the “gingerbread” trim and clay candy forms to resemble a ho ho holiday keepsake… one to treasure for holidays to come!  This is a two-part class: one to build your tabletop house sculpture, and a second class to color glaze.  These beauties will be ready in time for your holiday celebration or gift giving! $75

CL- 15 Ages 10 – Adult Friday November 30, 4-6pm, sculpting, and Friday, December 14, 4-5:30pm glazing

Advance registration required. Minimum number of students necessary to run class.



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10 - &up Pentland 11/30 - 12/14 Fr 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM $75.00 View

CL16 Ceramic Haniwa Soldiers
In ancient Japan these clay soldiers were created to decorate gravesites. This style was so popular they were soon depicting people from everyday life. Use inspiration from the examples given or create your own using slab and coil construction. Decorate your soldier with lively underglazes or rub on some iron oxide to complete. Once fired and glazed you can take your soldier home to decorate your garden or house. $60
CL – 16 Ages Teen/Adult  Saturday, January 12 & 26 10:00 - 12:30



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13 - &up Dennett 1/12 - 1/26 Sa 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM $60.00 View

CL21 Ceramic Bird Houses
Get ready for spring and make a lovely handmade ceramic birdhouse, a cozy home ready for the spring blooms. We will use slab and coil techniques to construct these small abodes, then under-glaze them for a splash of garden color. $55
CL - 21 Ages Teen/Adult  Saturday February 9, 1:00-4:00
 

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13 - &up Dennett 2/9 - 2/9 Sa 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM $55.00 View

GF 1-2 Intro to Basic Glass Fusing

This fun and easy 3-hour class teaches fusing basics and gives students an opportunity to experiment and create a lovely fused glass treasure. Students will get an informative presentation on fusing history, types of kilns, and glass characteristics. You will learn to use a wide range of fusible glass materials including compatible sheet glass, frits and powders, glass rods, confetti and stringers.  We’ll also cover cutting techniques and the use of a myriad of glass tools. Finally you will learn the effects of inclusions, such as metal and gold and silver leaf. $110


GF – 1 Ages Adult  Saturday, October 27, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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GF –2
Ages Adult  Saturday January 12, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm



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18 - &up Edwards 1/12 - 1/12 Sa 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM $110.00 View

GF 3-4 Small Fused Plates and Coasters

These beautiful and practical 8 slumped appetizer plates and/or coasters make great gifts or additions to your own home. This fun and easy class introduces you to the basics of glass fusing and slumping as you play with a wide range of materials to design your plates. You will learn how to decorate with small pieces of glass, frit (finely ground glass), millifiore, silver wire, and stringers.  Combining these materials and mixing certain colors of glass with each other can create beautiful metal reactions. This class will also expose you to creating with fusing paints, a very easy way to add design and intricacy into your fusings.

$110 – all materials included for one 8 “plate or four coasters.

GF – 3 Ages Adult  Saturday, November 3, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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GF – 4
Ages Adult  Saturday February 2, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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18 - &up Edwards 2/2 - 2/2 Sa 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM $110.00 View

GF 8 Fused Glass Baskets
This workshop is a great opportunity to make a beautiful piece of glass art to decorate your home or to give as gifts to your family or friends.  Create a 12 inch basket using strips of transparent and opaque glass.  Examples of baskets showing possible patterns will be provided.  However, this is a perfect opportunity to channel the creative “you” and develop your own design.  Includes all materials for one 12” basket. $110
GF – 8 Ages Teen/Adult  Thursday, February 21, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm



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13 - &up Edwards 2/21 - 2/21 Th 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM $110.00 View

MO 1-4 Mosaic Quick Start Classes

Join us for our studio intro class to the basics of mosaic.  This 3-hour class will give you a taste of mosaic art , and is perfect for anyone wishing to explore this exciting art form, and believe that once you try it, you will be hooked!!  In this class you will make a mosaic that we will apply to your choice of, a trivet or garden stone. You will learn the basics of design, materials and tools used, techniques of cutting. $45
MO – 1
Ages Adult Monday November 5 12:00 - 3:00pm
MO – 2
Ages Adult Monday December 10 12:00 – 3:00pm
MO – 3
Ages Adult Friday January 18 6:00 – 9:00 pm
MO – 4
Ages Adult Wednesday February 6 6:00-9:00pm
Nimbus Arts’ studio will then grout and finish your work to pick up!



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18 - &up Nimbus 12/10 - 12/10 Mo 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM $45.00 View
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18 - &up Nimbus 1/18 - 1/18 Fr 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM $45.00 View
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18 - &up Nimbus 2/6 - 2/6 We 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM $45.00 View

NIP 1-5 Nip & Sip Series - Weekend fun for all!

Nip & Sip Series - Weekend fun for all! You have heard about our Sip & Paint Series… Join us as we are step it up and offering another tasty art and wine selection for you to enjoy!

Make a little mosaic magic! In these mosaic workshops, students will learn the basics of mosaic techniques and create lovely treasures. Our “mosaic tasters” will give you a great sense of how fun and simple it is to make mosaic art (while sipping some fine Napa Valley wine!)   Theses classes will teach you how to work with and nip glass and ceramic tiles to create bright and whimsical designs. Leave your completed mosaic with us, and we’ll do the messy cementing and grouting, and then come pick up your masterpiece in one week. $50 - all materials & wine included. 

(Shipping can be arranged for an additional fee)

 

NIP – 1 Ages Adult Saturday March 17 5:30 – 7:30 pm

NIP – 2 Ages Adult Saturday  April 14 5:30 – 7:30 pm

NIP – 3 Ages Adult Saturday  May 26 5:30 – 7:30 pm

NIP – 4 Ages Adult Saturday June 23 5:30 – 7:30 pm

NIP – 5 Ages Adult Saturday July 14 5:30 – 7:30 pm

NIP – 6 Ages Adult Saturday August 18 5:30 – 7:30 pm




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21 - &up Nimbus 12/15 - 12/15 Sa 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM $50.00 View
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21 - &up Nimbus 1/19 - 1/19 Sa 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM $50.00 View
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21 - &up Nimbus 2/16 - 2/16 Sa 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM $50.00 View

PD 0 Life Drawing – is back by popular demand!

WOW- This figure drawing series is FREE due to the generosity of a Nimbus donor/supporter! PLEASE RSVP as space is limited!

Instructors: Oscar Aguilar Olea, Melissa Baker, Mercedes Baker & other guest instructors!

THE HUMAN FORM is the most basic and beautiful of subjects for artists of every skill level, trained or beginner. These classes offer drawing in a wide variety of media, and provide individual attention and critique as well as group appreciation and comment. These studio sessions will be serious but delightful evenings of figure studies built around professional live models. We will cover gesture drawing, anatomy and proportion, please bring your own materials or call for a suggested list. WE are offering 12 sessions

PD - 0  Teen/Adult First Tuesdays of the month Beginning April 3rd 6:30 – 8:30 pm Special visiting artist



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21 - &up TBD 1/8 - 1/8 Tu 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $0.00 View

PD 2 Paintworks – “All paint media”

A great class for new students interested in honing their painting skills, as well as for those wanting to “brush up” on some new ideas. We will explore a stimulating diversity of subjects - landscape, abstract, figurative, and still life, using a variety of painting media: watercolor on paper, acrylic on canvas, and oil on board. Come join the fun and watch you skill grow!

$20/class $80/5 class pass (pass good for 3 months)

PD – 2 Ages 8 to Adult Thursday 3:30 – 5:15 pm

No Classes 11/22, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3


 




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8 - 99 Pentland 10/4 - 3/28 Th 03:30 PM - 05:15 PM $80.00 View
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8 - &up Pentland 10/4 - 3/28 Th 03:30 PM - 05:15 PM $20.00 View

PD 3 Adult Painting Workshop
Landscape, still life, or portrait? Water color, acrylic, or oil?  The choices are yours in this painting workshop for adults.  Spend some time exploring painting techniques that will help inspire you, build and develop exciting new skills, and gain momentum in your painting abilities and artwork.  $30/class or $135 for 5 class pass
PD – 3  Ages Adult Tuesdays, October 23 – February 26 6:30 – 8:30pm  
(Please note no class on December 25 and January 1)

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18 - &up Pentland 10/23 - 2/26 Tu 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $135.00 View
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18 - &up Pentland 10/23 - 2/26 Tu 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $30.00 View

PD 4-6 Tiny Shiny Classes! - A Nimbus Favorite!

Our "Tiny Shiny" class introduces resin as a finish medium for your “tiny” works of art. The process of pouring resin can be applied to multiple mediums, and has a glowing glass-like finish that is unique and visually stunning.   Students will create art on small wooden panels using acrylics, inks, paint pens, stencils and other mixed media.  Then our shiny experts will lead you through the steps of applying resin to your works of art, which will enhance the color and add dimension.  All experience levels are welcome.  All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring in your works-in-progress that you would like to resin finish. Come join the fun! $55 INCLUDES a glass of tasty Napa Valley fine wine!

PD – 4 Adult Saturday October 6 3:00-6:00pm
PD – 5
Adult Saturday January 5 3:00-6:00pm
PD – 6
Adult Saturday February 2  3:00-6:00pm





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18 - &up Baker 1/5 - 1/5 Sa 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM $55.00 View
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18 - &up Baker 2/2 - 2/2 Sa 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM $55.00 View

PD 7 The Art and Fundamentals of Hand-lettering

We'll break down the basics as we study of the art of hand lettering. Using custom practice worksheets and traditional tools, pens, nibs, and brushes, you will create your own unique alphabet to adorn personal posters, decorative post cards and more. We will practice artful hand lettered drafting techniques and create several quotes to take with you at the end of class. $25

PD – 7 Ages Teen/Adult  Saturday January 19 1:30 – 3:30 



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13 - &up Hearn 1/19 - 1/19 Sa 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM $25.00 View

PHO 1-3 The Language of Photography - Developing One’s Personal Vision
Due to popular demand we will continue our photography class for novice and experienced photographers alike! The focus of this three-week course is to help local photographers develop their personal work through critique and discussions about the language of photography suggested by class members’ work. The course is intended to deepen students’ relationship to photography, both as image makers and appreciators, and also to generate community amongst Napa Valley photographers. There is no prerequisite for this course other than an interest in making photographs that better express one’s ideas, emotions and visions. All levels of photographers are welcome. $75

 

PHO-1 Ages Teen/Adult Sundays 9/30, 10/7, 10/14  5-7 pm

PHO-2 Ages Teen/Adult Sundays 11/4, 11/11, 11/25  5-7 pm  

PHO-3 Ages Teen/Adult Sundays 12/2, 12/9, 12/16  5-7 pm



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13 - &up Baum 12/2 - 12/16 Su 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM $75.00 View
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13 - &up Baum 1/13 - 2/3 Su 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM $75.00 View
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13 - &up Baum 2/17 - 3/3 Su 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM $75.00 View

PM 2 The Painterly Print!
In this one-day workshop you can discover the beauty of the artist hand
pulled print. Working with both additive and subtractive process,
students will apply ink to Plexiglas plates and transfer them to  paper
using the Conrad French American printing press. We will develop imagery
from photos, drawings, or organic source material to create a series of
prints that will leave you smiling and high fiving the artist within
you. For beginners and advanced printmakers. $125
PM – 2 Ages Adult  Saturday February 9th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Price includes ink and most materials. Additional paper available to purchase on-site.  Bring a sack lunch for the lunch break to keep the creative juices flowing.



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18 - &up Willis 2/9 - 2/9 Sa 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM $125.00 View

PM 3 Chine Collé with Monotype or Solarplate
Spend the day learning how to layer paper into your monotype prints with Chine Collé. Using traditional Japanese printmaking papers or found papers we will add another layer of interest to your prints.  We will explore methods of adhering papers in the printmaking process and practice registration techniques to add depth to your prints. Monotype printing experience helpful. Solar plate artists please bring your complete Solarplates (relief and intaglio). Please note we will not be making new Solarplates at this workshop. $130 +$20 materials
Materials fee includes: Rives BFK, Etching inks, printmaking tools, chine collé papers, adhesives.
PM -3 Ages Teen/Adult Saturday February 23 10:00 am – 4:30pm 


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13 - &up Bradford 2/23 - 2/23 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM $150.00 View

PM00 Printmaking Open Studio!

Printmaking Open Studio Hours – Fabulous Instructors available for select sessions!
For all of you seasoned printmakers and students that just cannot get enough…
Nimbus is now offering open studio time so that you may work on your projects more often.  We welcome students and artists alike!  $40/visit  $150/4 session pass
PM – 00  Ages Teen/Adult Wednesdays 9:30am – 12:30 pm instructors available on highlighted dates below
December 5th  Nancy Willis     January  9, 16, 23, 30     February  6, 13, 20, 27



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13 - &up TBD 12/5 - 2/27 We 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM $40.00 View
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13 - &up TBD 12/5 - 2/27 We 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM $150.00 View

SC 1 Introductory SoulCollage® Workshops
SoulCollage® is a process of playing with collected images to convey a narrative mosaic on a personal deck of collaged cards.  Speaking through images becomes an invitation to uncover metaphors and personal storylines.  Joyfully deepen your understanding of the relationships between your personality parts, you and your family/community/world, your dreams, and spirit.  It is a fun and transformative process that provides artful meaning in a fun and creative way. $35

 

SC-1 Ages Teen/Adult | 2nd Saturday of each month 9:30 – 12:30pm   Bring a sack lunch to keep the creative juices flowing)

NO CLASS: May 12th.



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18 - &up Hinz 1/12 - 1/12 Sa 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM $35.00 View
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Hinz 2/9 - 2/9 Sa 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM $35.00 View
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Hinz 3/9 - 3/9 Sa 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM $35.00 View

SCR 1 Special SoulCollage® Artist Retreats

Special SoulCollage® Artist RetreatsPerfect for experienced soul collagers or anyone interested in learning more about using collage and journaling for self-exploration, growth and personal discovery.

This Fall weekend retreat is inspired by the themes of gratitude and Celebrating Community. The earth is shedding her bright vibrant greens for the golden cloak of fall colors. As we move into this season we are invited to reflect and express gratitude. 

This Winter, as the first days of the New Year unfold we will be exploring the theme of Being Resolute. Together we will explore images and create collages to set intention for the year ahead

We hope you'll join us at an exclusive property overlooking the Napa Valley for one or both of these unique weekend retreats.

Retreat activity options  -

Full Retreat - Friday & Saturday (2 workshops, 4 meals, housing) | $350

Open Studio - Friday 1 - 5 p.m. (workshop & potluck dinner) | $75

Day-long Workshop - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (workshop & 2 meals) | $125

* Overnight housing available for a very limited number of participants

Materials packet available upon request. $25

 

SCR-1 October 5 & 6  | Celebrating Community

SCR-2 January 25 & 26 Being Resolute

See our monthly schedule and descriptions of our SoulCollage® workshops in our mixed media listings 

SC- 1 Ages Teen/Adult | 2nd Saturday of each month 9:30 – 12:30 pm (please bring a sack lunch to keep the creative juices flowing



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18 - &up TBD 1/25 - 1/26 Fr Sa Overnight $350.00 View
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18 - &up TBD 1/25 - 1/25 Fr 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM $75.00 View
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18 - &up TBD 1/26 - 1/26 Sa 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM $125.00 View

SIP 1-5 Sip & Paint Series Continues

Enjoy masterfully designed wines while studying the masters! What better place to have a “Sip & Paint” experience than in the Napa Valley!  This no-experience-required 2 hours of pure pleasure is a perfect way to unwind with friends and share an evening of fun! Grab those pals and join us at Nimbus for an evening of creativity, Napa style! Great party event too! $38

**Advance registration required. Minimum number of students necessary to run class. 

Want a special party for you and your friends or workmates? We can create an event just for you! Contact [email protected] for more Sip & Paint party information!

Sip – 1 Ages Adult Saturday October 13 6:30-8:30    
Sip – 2
Ages Adult Saturday November 3 6:30-8:30
Sip – 3
Ages Adult Saturday December 8 6:30-8:30
Sip – 4
Ages Adult Saturday January 5 6:30-8:30
Sip – 5
Ages Adult Saturday February 2 6:30-8:30



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Hearn 1/5 - 1/5 Sa 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $38.00 View
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Hearn 2/2 - 2/2 Sa 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $38.00 View