Whether you’re a seasoned artist or you want to explore the inner workings of natural colors and aromas, the Wildling Museum of Art & Nature on Mission Drive in Solvang is sponsoring workshops in September for art enthusiasts and people who are passionate about perfume.
Exploring Color with Cynthia DeVine at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 will examine how colors shape our lives. Color is a critical component of all forms of art, but it’s also part of everyday life. Color can induce emotions, call up memories and influence us in unexpected ways, and DeVine will offer her expertise on the subject. She will share a history of the development of color theory and help each workshop participant better understand their own relationship to color in their own lives. The workshop will culminate in a coloring activity using mandala designs.
Tuition for Exploring Color is $30 for Wildling members and $35 for nonmembers. All supplies will be included and each participant will be able to take home a set of brush markers.
DeVine, an artist and art teacher, brings to the workshop many years of experience teaching children and adults throughout Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara. Currently, she is focusing on teaching workshops and writing a book on the effect color has on our lives.
On Sept. 23, explore the art of natural perfumery in a three-hour workshop with Susan Farber of Sol Aromatics from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will learn how to formulate their own personal fragrance with botanical essences gathered from around the world. They will partake in a discussion about 18 essential oils and absolutes; play scent games to connect smell with emotions, images and memories; and learn from a trained natural perfumer through a guided blending session.
Tuition for the perfume workshop is $75 and includes a bottle of the custom-made fragrance each participant develops, along with the formula for future refills and a take-home guide of the process.
For more information about the Wildling Museum, to volunteer and/or join as a member, go to 1511 Mission Drive or visit www.wildlingmuseum.org.