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--  Art & Craft Program  -- 

Tuesday Mornings  / September - May

Ages: 13-17+*

Drop off location: Crows End in Squire Canyon, San Luis Obispo

Time: 10am-1pm

* Exceptions possible for younger students with maturity and experience.  

Students ages 11 - 12 can participate with a parent/guardian who is also enrolled in the class.  

Parent/guardian should expect to partner with the child on more challenging projects.


Humans have been making things since the beginning of time and have been inspired to create not only functional pieces, but also things of beauty. The Gathering Skills Art Program explores primarily ancestral and primitive art and craft practices with a focus on using natural materials and time-honored methods. Practices covered may include ceramics, printmaking, fibers, leather-craft, jewelry making and more. Practical skills including basic drawing and using a sketchbook as a tool for planning and imagining will also be incorporated.


Nature is the classroom and the inspiration. Our small classes (8 students maximum) will meet in a private wooded area with the necessary infrastructure for staying dry and comfortable. Fire will warm cold days. The experience of being in a circle out in nature crafting with our hands connects us to our ancestral roots - to the lived experience of all of our ancestors.​

Students may enroll in one or both sessions. Any student in both sessions would have the opportunity to get more in-depth with the current art practice to further reinforce the skill. This option is only recommended for students passionate about deepening their crafting skills.


James Horvath

Paula Horvath


$80/Month (10% discount for addition children or adults from a family.

$200 Deposit

The art program meets 30 times between September and May. It is not a drop-in program and requires a full year commitment. Payment can be made by cash, Venmo or Paypal.

How to Enroll

Full enrollment requires completion of the following:

  • Online Registration and Agreement form

  • 3 Waivers and Forms

    • General Assumption of Risk Waiver​

    • Covid-19 Waiver

    • Emergency Contact Information

  • Deposit of $200​

Art & Craft Practices


- Various Hand-building techniques

- Sculptural and Functional wares

Traditional pit firing


- Found Object printing

- Wood-Cut 

- Natural pigment


- Soft fiber basketry

- Natural Fabric Dying

- Inkle strap weaving

- Felting


- Stamping

- Stitching

- Forming


- Beading

- Metal work

Practical Skils

- Basic drawing

- Sketchbook


Program Dates

  • September 7, 14, 21, 28

  • October 5, 12, 26

  • November 2, 9, 16, 30

  • December 7, 14

  • January 11, 18, 25

  • February 1, 8, 15

  • March 1, 8, 15, 29

  • April 5, 12, 19

  • May 3, 10, 17, 24

--  Currently not Accepting Enrollment -- 

1 - Register Online

Art Program Registration and Agreement

Click the button to fill out the online form and submit to complete enrollment.

2 - Complete Waivers and Forms

Read, complete, sign all three forms

PDF forms will need to be printed and either scanned and emailed or mailed. (See below)

General Assumption of Risk Waiver

COVID-19 Waiver

Emergency Contact Information

3 - Submit Forms

Submit forms through email or snail-mail

Snail Mail

James Horvath

Gathering Skills

6430 Squire Court

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

4 - Make a Deposit

Deposit of $200 secures a spot

Payment for deposit and monthly tuition can be made through cash, venmo or Paypal.





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