Saturday Sessions is a unique series of weekend art workshops that bridges the gap between professional artists and our local community. This dynamic program is designed to foster collaboration, exchange ideas, and celebrate the transformative power of art in our lives.

Saturday Sessions goes beyond traditional art workshops. It’s a celebration of art as a catalyst for community building and connection. Through a series of hands-on workshops led by accomplished working artists, participants of all backgrounds and skill levels will not only discover their artistic potential but also forge meaningful connections with fellow participants, local artists, and the broader creative community.


All JCAS classes are made available to families on a sliding scale. Families choose the amount they are able to pay, considering the top end of our scale is how much it costs us to run the class. We encourage families to help support our efforts to make programs available to those in need.

Saturday Sessions will be held at our Temporary HQ (1224 Harrison St.) while we wait for repairs to finish at our Lake Merritt location.

Sessions Offered:

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Past Sessions:


with Sigrid Hubbell & Julia Marchand
ONE DAY SESSION • 11/11 • 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Ages 18 & up • $40 – $60

Join us for an enchanting day in the Cabinet of Botanical Curiosities. Explore a curated collection of unusual plants, flowers, and seeds, all home grown in Oakland by local horticulturist, Sigrid Hubbell. In This interactive workshop you will explore building your own botanical arrangements and dive into the world of botanical illustration as our Teaching Artist, Julia Marchand guides you through drawing plants and flowers in your vase. Step into a realm where nature’s secrets come to life. Leave with a hand selected bouquet of dried flowers and an illustration.


with Stephanie Verrieres & Marco Garcia
TWO DAY SESSION • 10/14 – 10/15 • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ages 8-16 • $50 – $70

Join us for the Costume Designer’s Boot Camp and discover the magic of turning your imagination into reality. Learn the art of transforming everyday fabrics and found materials into extraordinary costume pieces. Discover how to breathe new life into old textiles and unleash your creativity. Bring your own costume design ideas, fabrics, and patterns, or dive into our selection of fabrics and found materials for inspiration. Whether you’re a seasoned designer or a novice, this workshop welcomes all levels of sewing experience. Consult with our experienced teachers and fashion mentors, who will be by your side every step of the way. They’ll help you refine your ideas, troubleshoot challenges, and bring your costume design to life.

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