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Indigo Dye and Tea WorkshopIndigo Workshop and Tea Workshop
Saturday, April 13, 2019
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Residents: $60 / Nonresident: $66
Pre-registration required.

Manhattan Beach Art Center
1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Michael Aguilar is an LA Native and Co-Founder of MYM Organics--a high-end lifestyle brand that creates organic, unisex garments, made sustainably with natural dyes, organic textiles and hand embroidery. In this workshop, Michael will walk you through the process he uses to create designs with organic dyes that are derived from plants. Next, you will take part in the design process utilizing screen printing techniques to make your own custom t-shirt. Channel your creative side as we experiment with design and style. We will be dying with saturated colors, so please wear clothes you do not mind getting dye on. Also, screen printing images are all MYM Organics images-- you will not be able to design your own graphic in this workshop.

MYM Organics
Fashion with a conscious. Style with a meaning. Art with a message.
Eco-friendly and ethically made in Los Angeles/Hueyapan. Shop the curated art wear by MYM Organics at the Manhattan Beach Art Center. The pop-up shop will be open during the Indigo workshop.

MYM Organics Peacock Jacket

Closing Reception: TWO by Two- Stories Beneath the Surface
Amelia Amell and Jesús Chaidez
Painting, Drawings, and Prints

Exhibition Dates: February 22nd to April 14th
Closing Reception: Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Artist talk from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Live Music: Voz Bohemia

Join us for the closing reception of TWO by Two- Stories Beneath the Surface with artists Amelia Amell and Jesús Chaidez. Enjoy the exhibition one last time with an artist talk from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, followed by live music by Voz Bohemia, refreshments and more.

Art Market - Spring 2019Spring Art Market
Spring into art all while supporting local artists at the annual Spring Art Market. Find unusual, one-of-a-kind art pieces for that special person in your life.

The Spring Art Market consist of handmade artwork by Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation students, instructors and staff! Artwork will include ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, decor, fashion and more. Enjoy drinks, refreshments and light snacks, while shopping local and supporting local artists. 

Spring Art Market
Saturday, May 4, 2019
8:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Joslyn Community Center

1601 North Valley Drive
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

For more information, please contact the Manhattan Beach Art Center (310) 802-5440.



Live at Manhattan Beach Art Center Advertising ElementThe Manhattan Beach Art Center (MBAC) is excited to present LIVE, a free series of Thursday night community-building activities designed to enhance artistic skills and develop presentation confidence in local artists. LIVE is open to everyone ages 16 and up and occurs on the first Thursday of the month. The first Thursday of the month will feature Costumed Figure Drawing (6:00 PM to 9:00 PM). Parking is available in the Manhattan Beach Art Center parking lot.

Costumed Figure Drawing (First Thursday of the Month)
Hang out with your friends and work on your figure drawing skills with a live costumed model. No instructors and no pressure – draw as you feel! Attendees should bring their own materials; easels will be provided if necessary. (A $12 donation for models is suggested)

For more information, please contact the Manhattan Beach Art Center (310) 802-5440.

Discover Manhattan Beach

Exhibition Dates: July 12 through September 29
Opening Celebration: Friday, July 12 • 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Celebrate national Parks and Rec Month and discover everything Manhattan Beach has to offer! Revel with leisure, hidden gems and hot spots through the eyes and lenses of local artists. Enjoy original artwork, by the community in a variety of mediums, that shows what makes the City a desirable place to live and visit. This exhibition is a portrait of Manhattan Beach and its progressive, laid back lifestyle familiar to all!

Interested in being part of the show? Consider submitting your artwork (PDF) or entering the Insta-Photo Contest. Check out the details on the Discover Manhattan Beach Art Exhibition webpage.

1-Day Workshops

For more information on the following workshops, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department via email or call (310) 802-5448.

Floral Mother's Day Arrangement
Saturday, May 11, 2019 • 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Resident: $75 Nonresident: $83
15 and up
Celebrate Mother's Day with a festive floral arrangement class. Learn tips for keeping your flowers beautiful for longer. You'll create your own floral arrangement in class to take home!  Instructor: Sarah Gonzales; Location: Shade Hotel, 1221 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach. Pre-registration required.

Silver Clay Mock Channel Set Pendant
Saturday, June 1, 2019 • 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Resident: $119 Nonresident: $131
16 and up
Create a pendant with 5 (6x8mm stones) set with no back and nothing between the stones. The frame around the pendant will be enhanced with a textured cover and other ornamentation. Basic tools are provided for the class, but firings will be done offsite. Bring lunch and your glasses for detailed work, if you need them. Instructor: Chris Brooks; Location: Manhattan Beach Art Center. Pre-registration required.



Performing and Visual Art Classes
Take a sneak peek at what is coming up this year; everything from music and dance classes to ceramics, pastel, water color and even comic book drawing! Take a look at cultural arts classes for tots, youth, teens and adults, as well as older adults classes, sports programs and aquatics classes in the MANHAPPENINGS Activity Guide.

Visual Arts Classes Performing Arts Classes










To register for any of the classes listed above or to view all the classes and camps offered by the City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department, log on to the Registration Website and search via activity code or camp/class name by typing it into the search box located in the middle of the homepage.

For help with the registration process, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (310) 802-5448 or via email.