In Laguna Beach, patrons of the arts spend a good time admiring artists' work but it's rare to get the chance to create a work by their side.
On Saturday, the public will get a chance to do just that during Spring Into Art at the Sawdust Festival.
From glassblowing and watercolors to mixed media and digital photography, there's plenty to choose from in the list of two-day, weekend workshops until April 3.
Suzette Rosenthal has been teaching Mixed Media Playtime with Coastline Pilot columnist Cherril Doty for the last three years and thinks the class is a fun introduction to the craft, whether or not you're an artist.
"The classes are fun because you can learn a whole new technique or craft you haven't tried before," Rosenthal said. "I know some people don't think they can do art and then they're amazed that they can."
Rosenthal and Doty's class is also popular because it takes advantage of everyday materials, making it an affordable and eco-friendly way to get creative. She mentioned items, such as the corrugated inside of the Starbucks cup holder or produce bag netting, as useful in creating texture and dimension.