What Should You to Bring?
Nothing! Unless specifically asked to bring an item (rare) you don't need to
bring a thing! I've been teaching for over 20 years and have
multiples of everything. You might consider a journal, pen and magnification.
Where is the Studio?
is a small, historic gold-mining town in the Sierra Foothills about 2 hours east
of Sacramento. The population is only about 85 and conveniences are few (there
are only 2 restaurants, a small country store, a bakery, no gas stations
and limited wireless and cell phone service). The nearest
town with real business activity is Pine Grove, about 8 miles away.
in Volcano is sketchy. The studio is out in the county jurisdiction, 3 miles from the
village of Volcano. Our address isn't on this page because it is also our home.
We'll email our address to you when you sign up.
How to Get Here
If not driving up, most students rent a car at the
airport. That way they can get around while up here on the mountain. On the
other hand, you could be here with 3 other people, each with a car sitting
around doing nothing all week.
Some people like to share a car at the airport. This takes some
coordination, so let me know if you're interested and I can ask other
students who might be interested.
There is a shuttle service that will drive you directly from the airport
to the hotel for a very reasonable round-trip price. It's a
wonderful alternative, if you know that someone in the group will have a
Amador County Shuttle Service
(Fred and Lourdes Lopez)
Volcano Union Inn
St George Hotel
Day's Inn, Sutter Creek
Interested in camping while here?
Jackson Rancheria RV Park
What is There to Do in the
There's a cavern nearby, and
several historic towns featuring gold mine tours, antique stores, wine tasting
(we are in a world-class wine region and Gold Country), fine dining,
While Shari Durfey was taking a
class here she took tons of photos in and around Volcano. She's a talented
photographer and her flickr show is a great way to see what the area is like.
Wikipedia has a nice little write-up
Our 500 square foot studio
is full of artwork,
shelves of hand-bound books, tools (toys) galore and loads of
50% of class fee must be
at the time of registration. The balance of the class will be charged 90 days before the
Intensive date and you will receive an email reminder with directions, the
itinerary and other pertinent information.
Class fee is due upon signup. The materials fee is due
on the day of the class.
If you have to cancel 90 days or more before the class (60 days for 1 and 2
day classes) you will receive a full class fee refund less $50.00. (Sorry it's such a
long period but since I'm holding the number of students down, a cancellation
would have a large affect on me and on other students' travel plans).
If you cancel between 60 and 90 days (30 and 60 days for 1 and 2 day
classes) ahead of the class you will receive a
class fee refund, less a 25% fee.
Cancellations made during the 59 days before a class will receive no class
Note, if I am able to fill your seat in the class you will receive a full
refund less a $50.00 fee regardless of when the cancellation was made.
In the event of an emergency or
an act of Mother Nature, class may be postponed to a later date at no (class
fee) cost or
loss to you. A full class fee refund will be given if a date cannot be worked out.
Cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the class
will be refunded less $15.
Cancellations made fewer than 7 days prior to the class will be refunded
less 50% of the class fee.
Hotel refunds depend on hotel policy.
Minimum class numbers apply.
Check with me before making your travel plans. We cannot be responsible for
Classes always start on time so
please be sure to arrive a little early. The Studio is in our house so don't arrive too early. ;-)
I am not equipped to teach children under the age of 18.
I am chemically
sensitive so please do not wear perfume or strongly scented lotions. This is
very serious. I've had students in the past think that "light" or
"soft" perfumes, lotions and hairsprays would be OK. I cannot effectively teach if I have a migraine
headache. Please, avoid the whole issue and wear unscented products. I
have unscented lotions and soaps here for student use.
Students are not to be under
the influence of narcotic or sedative drugs, nor alcohol during
class hours. These may impair judgment or cause injury.
Three (beautiful, spoiled) house-cats own us so please do not sign up for
classes if you are allergic to pets of the feline ilk. The cats mostly
stay out of the studio, but we are occasionally honored by their presence.
Our house is clean but cat hair lurks!
If you have any special
needs, dietary or otherwise, please let us know before class so that we can address them
in a timely manner.
The studio is upstairs.