• Ron Nagle: Blueweeorama, 2009; ceramic, epoxy, underglaze, and epoxy resin; 5 x 4 3/4 x 3 in.; collection of the artist.

Virtual Gallery + Studio: Big Colors and Super Drips

For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • With artist

    Julia Sackett is an artist and educator. She graduated from San Francisco Art Institute’s MFA program in 2012 and has taught young people and adults ever since. She can’t get enough of clay and is inspired by clouds, canyons, and cacti.

Recorded Saturday, November 14, 12:30 PM

Inspired by the art of Ron Nagle, work with shapes, textures, and color with artist Julia Sackett. In this workshop, we’ll consider the feel of material and the combined effects of color and shape while we experiment with humor and storytelling. We’ll play with stream-of-consciousness sketching, then transform our sketches into 3-D forms.


Please gather these materials before our session:

  • Paper to sketch on
  • Sketching materials, like pencils, pens, crayons, oil pastels, markers, or whatever you have!
  • Some kind of clay, like modeling clay, Sculpey, or playdough. If you don’t have clay, you can make your own playdough at home using the recipe below.
  • Objects that can create texture. This could be fuzzy fabric that you can get dirty, a rough rock, wood, plastic, or whatever you have on hand!

Homemade playdough recipe:


1 cup of flour (whatever kind you have)
1/4 cup of salt
1 tablespoon of cream of tartar (optional)
1/2 cup of warm water
5 drops of natural food coloring


1. Mix together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar.
2. Mix together 1/2 cup of warm water with a few drops of food coloring.
3. Slowly pour the water into the flour mixture, stirring as you pour. Stir until combined, then knead with your hands until the flour is completely absorbed. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour until it doesn’t stick at all.
4. Repeat the process to make more colors.