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Ongoing activities for individuals or groups by appointment.


Experiencing Life as an Art

A workshop led by Kevin Wallace
Director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
& Happy Valley Cultural Center


Piece by Beatrice Wood
Beatrice Wood
Gold Luster Teapot, 1988
Permanent Collection: Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum


“Our motto at the Center is ‘Life is an Art', as I was invited to create the Center following the presentation of Beatrice Wood: The Art of a Life at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles,” says Wallace. “Beatrice Wood truly lived a life in which the arts and the everyday were seamlessly intertwined."


Beatrice Wood with Ram Pravesh Singh and Tippi Hedren


In this workshop, participants will explore Beatrice Wood’s passions – art books, philosophy, drawing, working in clay, preparing food, and conversation – all with a sense of how the most mundane aspects of life can be imbued with creativity. They will work with clay in her studio, utilize her colored pencils to create drawings, and prepare lunch in her kitchen.


Beatrice Wood in her Studio
Beatrice Wood in her Studio


At the end of the day, participants will leave the Center with valuable lessons in life and the arts, fully immersed in the world-view and processes of Beatrice Wood.


Kevin Wallace, Director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts & Happy Valley Cultural Center, will lead this workshop. As a curator and writer, Wallace works with museum curators and collectors to place works of art in the permanent collections of leading museums, is a regular contributor to numerous international publications, and regularly speaks on the subject of art and craft.

Kevin Wallace Teaching
Kevin Wallace Teaching at the Center

Wallace has guest-curated exhibitions for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Cultural Affairs Department of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles International Airport, and the San Luis Obispo Art Center.

Books include Celebrating Nature: Craft Traditions/Contemporary Expressions; Transforming Vision: The Wood Sculpture of William Hunter, 1970-2005; River of Destiny: The Life and Work of Binh Pho; Moulthrop: A Legacy in Wood; Every Exit is an Entry: The Life and Work of Liam O’Gallagher, The Cutting Edge: Contemporary Wood Art & The Lipton Collection, and Shadow of The Turning.

Wallace has also co-authored a number of books, including New Masters of Woodturning: Expanding the Boundaries of Wood Art; The Art of Vivika and Otto Heino; Michael Peterson: Evolution/Revolution; Contemporary Turned Wood: New Perspectives in a Rich Tradition; Baskets: Tradition & Beyond; and Contemporary Glass: Color, Light & Form.

“Our educational programming at the Center is concerned with sharing knowledge and opening people up to the wonderful world of creative expression,” Wallace says. “Everything I know I learned from others and I have been fortunate to know and work with so many fascinating artists, collectors, dealers, curators and writers.”

Please contact the Center for more information.


Cost $75.00 per person – includes all materials and a communal lunch.


For workshop registration, please contact:
The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
Tel: 805-646-3381 or email us at

Our workshops and classes all take place at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts (driving directions).

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