Explore Discover Create Workshop

Explore, Discover, Create — Art Workshop for children in Grades 2-6

July 22-26, 10 am to 12:30 pm

Price: $60 per Module; $300 for entire session. Individual modules may be purchased. Non-refundable unless canceled by instructor due to unforeseen circumstances. All materials will be provided. This is a drop-off workshop. All modules will be held at 260 Alta Vista Ave., Los Altos.

Class size: 5 students


Module 1 July 22

Gel plate monoprinting abstracts: Discover and explore what homemade stamps, acrylic paints, and a gelatin plate can create. Students will make 3 bookmarks and wrapping paper to take home.


Module 2 July 23

Gel plate monoprinting portraits: Create stunning portrait collages using techniques learned in Module 1 coupled with new techniques of transferring portraits from various magazines. Students are encouraged to think of new ways of using their portrait prints that they will take home.


Module 3 July 24

Gel plate monoprinting patterns: Create 10 “Thank You” notecards using mini gel plates and repetitive pattern-making. Students will learn to make their own stamps in this module and practice techniques learned in Modules 1 and 2.


Module 4 July 25

Collage-making with gelli plate: Create collages mounted on wooden boards with student-designed portraits and abstracts as well as magazine cut outs. Learn about balancing typography with images. Students create 1 masterpiece to take home. 


Module 5 July 26

Gelli-plate and Shrinky Dinks: This will be an open play workshop where students get to use all the tools they learned in Modules 1-4 to create any objects of their choice: bookmarks, backpack tags, decorative suncatchers, earrings or anything else they can dream up. 


About the Instructor

Mansi is a self-taught artist and Los Altos resident. She has had her art exhibited at the Los Altos Library, Rick’s Cafe, Urfa Bistro, Red Berry Coffee Bar, Hillview Community Center, The Original Pancake House and the Lexus Showroom among others. She has led workshops for seniors as well as preschoolers. No matter the audience, her goal is to focus on free-spirited creations.

Her master’s degree is in journalism and she has two decades of professional experience in marketing and communications, but art became her calling, creating custom pieces of joy became her vocation. She wants her students to feel the rush that comes from experimenting with different media, using colors as a way to express themselves, crafting with their hearts and hands...really tuning into their gut. Because when they listen to their intuition, they create art that connects with the soul. 

She specializes in using various substrates as her canvas, painting with a brushless technique and creating extraordinary functional art from everyday items. Cloth, resin, wood, paper, metal, glass, leather and ceramic tiles are her favorite canvases. Her mantra is “art should be something you can use.” She has a collection of gift items available at Present in Downtown Los Altos and at various pop-ups she does throughout the Peninsula and South Bay Area.

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