The first art festivals were annual events that took place near medieval universities, when artworks by students executed for heresy were auctioned to the cheering public. Visit a modern-day, nonviolent equivalent with today's deal: for $45, you get a two-hour studio art class (a $95 value) at the Sawdust Art Festival, held in picturesque Laguna Beach.
With an annual draw of more than 200,000 visitors, Sawdust Art Festival offers a venue for visitors to support Orange County’s vibrant art scene by participating in studio classes taught by local artists. Jewelry classes with master metal smiths allow dreams of delicate, ham sandwich-shaped silver pendants to become a reality, as you twist, cast, and saw precious metals into honey-smoked patterns. Forge your own terra cotta soldier in a ceramics class, while leaving time to wander Sawdust Art Festival’s 20th annual Winter Fantasy, a showcase for crafts, blown glass, jewelry, clothing, textiles, paintings, ceramics, sculptures, photography, and more.
The Orange County Register profiled the art workshop's launch. The Sawdust Art Festival has been featured by NBC Los Angeles and KTLA. Yelpers give it an average of four stars and more than 6,100 Facebookers like it:
- Located on a three-acre eucalyptus grove in the Laguna Canyon (with waterfalls!), the festival has quickly established itself as the most popular in the region and is known for giving a voice to up-and-coming artisans. – Joanna Clay, NBC Los Angeles
- It's great to see so many artists proud of their talents and showcasing their creativity. The venue is as interesting as the artwork. – Megan M., Yelp
935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, California 92651Get Directions