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Living Your Wild Creativity provides workshops, online courses, art classes, FB groups, blogs, inspirational dialogues via videos, art resources and more to encourage a pathway to self-discovery and expressive explorations.

Workshops are designed to help you explore, learn and express your own unique creativity by trusting your intuition, gaining knowledge of art elements and courage as you go.  Living Your Wild Creativity is based in Sonoma County, CA, and give workshops nationally.

The artist in every one of us came here to create, to be created, to contribute to the intensely infinite gallery of all life.
— Melissa LaFlamme

"What a tremendously fun, challenging, enlightening and engrossing abstract art making experience it was during the 3 day Abstract Art Intensive with Suzanne and Grant this last weekend in Marin. Thanks Suzanne and Grant for all your fantastic teaching! Sooo inspired to keep making marks!"  -Lisa J


"I LOVED being in your class. It was such a good pace, not frantic, and each step built on the prior set of skills. . The group was great, food so delicious and thoughtful, and such a calm atmosphere made for a very productive day. You are genius at Individualizing, also very generous."  ~Sarah O'Hala

“Every time I take a workshop with you, I have a major breath through!   You are such a gifted artist and amazing inspirational teacher.”   Rebecca K

“Fortunate indeed are those who take a class from Suzanne Jacquot and Julie Schumer. This is not the usual experience, where there is normally one platform, or one focus. They both have crafted, as a team, new approaches to content: tools, colors, size, composition. Yes, these are the "under layers", just like any other class you might have taken. But it goes far beyond that.

Meeting you at your level, their skills are intuitive . And this is in a class room with others!! I don't know how they do it, but I felt as if I was getting individualized instruction. I learned to "build" personalized layers with each day's class, within myself, and I became confident of my creativity, and how I express it.” Sarah O’Hala

month to month --- 
6 full MONTHS OF Abstract ART
studio PRACTICe

Jan, Feb, March, April, May, june
First 4 Tuesdays of each Month, 1-4pm
Studio4404, 4404 Ross Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472

suzanne jacquot

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Abstract Art Studio Practice is a great way to commit to your own art practice on a monthly basis or for the full 6 months.  Each month, we will explore an important topic on one of the elements for making strong art in 4 unique 3 hour sessions.  You will learn what makes for a good painting, gain confidence, trust your tuition, experience exercises relating to the topic, explore personal variations and preferences, and create original works of art each week. ALL LEVELS WELCOME.  
We will meet on Tuesdays at 1-4PM.  

November 6, 13, 20, 27---This month is all about the power of composition/eye flow, dividing space/ design and activating your surface.  You will learn  how you naturally divide up space and what is pleasing and not pleasing to you. You will learn how to move throughout the image and create strong focus in your work.  You will learn the idea of expansiveness and grouping.  You will learn many exciting new ways to start a painting. FULL. Join us for January!

January 8, 15, 22, 29---This month you will learn the different ways to structure a painting from Grid to free form.   You will explore various structures for setting up a painting and how to choose what works the best for you so that your paintings are strong and clear. 

February 5, 12, 19, 26---This month you will practice developing shapes and contrast and how this can really boost a painting's interest to the viewer.  You have lots of fun ways to explore these topics and their valuable contribution to your art.  You will work with geometric and biomorphic shapes, learn the value scale and look at edges between objects.  

March 5, 12, 19, 26---This month you explore line and mark making.  You will experiment with charcoal, graphite, ink and acrylic pens.  You will learn automatic drawing, veiling and obliteration.  Through exercises and free time you will learn your own visual mark making vocabulary and how line can help direct the flow in your painting.  

April 2, 9, 16, 13---This month Color Basics is the topic of exciting learning.  You will learn the three properties of color, how to use them powerfully and easily to create dynamic art.  You will learn simple basic terminology of color, the color wheel, do fun exercises and create original images with moods and harmony. 
May 7, 14, 21, 28---This month you will explore your own personal rhythms and movements and how they can enhance your paintings.  You will use rhythms to help enliven your painting  much like various  instruments give a richness and depth to music.  

June 4, 11, 18, 25---This final month of Abstract Art Studio Practice you will explore different ways to create wondrous palettes for your art using nature,  mixing your favorite colors and the wisdom of the masters. 

Cost:  One month at a time for $250/month or all six months in 2019 for $1350.  
LIVE ONLINE $200/month, all six months in 2019 for $1075. (No materials fees)

Materials fee of $25/month paid to the instructor.  

Materials List:  9" x 12" or 11" x 14" Mixed Media Workbook, 1" artist tape, scissors, ruler, glue stick, brushes of various shapes and sizes, plastic scrapers, shapers of your choice, palette knife, 3 or 4” brayer, paint clothes, 9B graphite ebony prisma color pencil, black chalk pastel, water soluble 9B graphite stick, art gum eraser, paper towels. For LIVE ONLINE participants: 15” x 22” and 22” x 30” heavy mixed media paper, mixed media paper 18” x 24”. Needed each class.

Cancellation policy:  Full refund -$75 if cancelled 60 days or more in advance, 1/2  returned -$75 if cancelled 30 days in advance.  No refund if cancelled less than 30 days before workshop.  To obtain refund email Suzanne at

 Suzanne Jacquot

Suzanne Jacquot

Suzanne Jacquot earned a BFA at UC Berkeley in psychology and design, an MFA from Mills College in sculpture and photography, and an Art Therapy Certificate from Sonoma State University. She has shown her work in various galleries and museums throughout the Bay Area, and currently teaches Abstract Art at Marin Museum of Contemporary Art and on-line.


jANUARY 26, 27    Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-3pm
Studio4404, 4404 Ross Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Suzanne Jacquot


Mark Making is a fundamental element in painting.  It is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures we create n a piece of art.  In this workshop you will explore different mark making tools and what they can do to make your painting more expressive,  find your own signature marks, enlarge your painting tool box.  You will also learn to expand and extend your marks in new ways, and see what rhythms your marks can create. Lots of fun exercises with free time to explore and create your own paintings. 

Cost:  $350.  Returnees: $300.
Bring a Friend and save: $625 for two.

Materials Fee of $30.
Holiday Special!—-Materials Fee waived if sign up by Dec 31st.

Things to Bring:  paint brushes of all kinds, scrapers, shapers, palette knife, brayer roller, paper towels, artist tape, 9" x 12" or 11" x 14" Multimedia workbook,  sponge, spray water bottle.   Salad Lunches included.

Color---Moods and Rhythms and More!

 Grant Taylor

Grant Taylor

fEBRUARY 8, 9, 10     
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Studio4404, 4404 Ross Rd,
Sebastopol, CA 95472


This workshop delves into experiencing how you can make your paintings more dynamic with color. You will learn:

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Suznane Jacquot

  1. How to express your feelings with color.

  2. How to create atmosphere and set moods and tone.

  3. How to veil and create layers and depth.

  4. How to master transparency and color blending.

  5. Make and choose color palettes you love that become uniquely yours.

Loaded with exercises and techniques, to make color snap, pop and harmonize. This is a great class for people who have some knowledge of color and want to feel more expressive in its use and get more creatively wild with color. Plenty of time to explore on your own as well as one-on-one help. Acrylics.

Cost:  $750*.  Returnees: $650
*Holiday Special! through Dec 31st—$675.
New: Live ONLINE: $500
Bring a friend and save: $1350 for two.

Materials fee: $95

Things to Bring:   9" x 12" or 11" x 14" Mixed Media Workbook, palette knives, various size paint brushes, glue stick, paper towels, 1" artist tape, scrapers, shapers, sponge, spray water bottle.  

Cancellation policy:  Full refund -$75 if cancelled 60 days or more in advance, 1/2  returned -$75 if cancelled 30 days in advance.  No refund if cancelled less than 30 days before workshop.  To obtain refund email Suzanne at


Grant Taylor, photographer, videographer, artist.  Educated at Art Center College of Design, New York Academy of Art, Grant, draws, paints and inspires others as a mentor and workshop facilitator in Creativity. Co-owner For me, making art is a sacred activity; an ongoing conversation and celebration of what is inside me; and what is outside. It is an activity, a practice, where I can allow myself to feel and express emotional engagements of what I see visually. It’s this connection with what resonates deep within myself and how I respond with what I see and feel visually, that keeps me inspired. It’s in these moments (always profound, always different, and always full of the urge to create) . . . that encourages and urges me on to continue experiencing more of them, and to be so curious to what this intimate engagement will reveal within myself, and how I can more fully express my feelings for life.


mAY 25, 26   FRIDAY, Saturday——-Studio opens at 10AM, Instruction Noon-3:30PM, Studio closes at 4:30PM each day.
Studio4404, 4404 Ross Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Carl Heyward and Suzanne Jacquot

This unique workshop is for your own creative discovery and implementation of those finds. You will explore the creative possibilities of “the materials at hand” which may include both traditional and non-traditional resources such as collage, painting, found materials, and mark making.

Through a wide array various exercises. you will be able to break out of creative blocks and self-imposed barriers. The workshop will also dive into group interaction in collaborative experiences. It is designed to give each participant maximum freedom to explore and gain confidence in their own ways of expressing. Students may bring works-in-progress to move toward completion and there will be limited time for one-to-one look at your process, explorations and directions.

Cost is $550*.
* Holiday Special! through Dec 31: $495.
Bring a Friend and Save: $1000 for two.

Materials fee of $40.
Students are asked to bring watercolor paper, Bristol paper or mixed media paper, photos, xeroxes, acrylic paints, inks, graphite bars, matte medium, YES paste, or UHU glue sticks, plastic spatula, paint brushes, other tools as desired, rag, paint clothes, sponge, scissors.

Cancellation policy:  Full refund -$75 if cancelled 60 days or more in advance, 1/2  returned -$75 if cancelled 30 days in advance.  No refund if cancelled less than 30 days before workshop.  To obtain refund email Suzanne at

 Carl Heyward

Carl Heyward

Carl Heyward is a working artist, NEA grant recipient, former MFA instructor at SF Academy of Art University, arts writer and founder of Global Art Project, a mixed-media collaborative cooperative with a membership in 12 countries. He is affiliated with The Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland, CA, artist-in-residence at The Schools of The Sacred Heart at The Flood Mansion, San Francisco, and continues to exhibit widely including NYC, Kranz, Slovenia: Mazatlan, Mexico; Venice, Italy; Senegal and Ghent, Belgium, in 2017. His work is in collections held by SF-MOMA, NY-MOMA, Yale University Art Library, the National Gallery of Australia and the Brooklyn Museum.


 Julie Schumer and Suzanne Jacquot Collaborative acrylic on paper

Julie Schumer and Suzanne Jacquot Collaborative acrylic on paper

mAY 17, 18, 19, 20    FRIDAY, Saturday, Sunday, mONDAY 9:30am-4pm
Studio4404, 4404 Ross Rd,
Sebastopol, CA 95472

suzanne jacquot AND JULIE SCHUMER

Have you been wanting to push your envelop and paint just a bit larger but haven't done it yet?  This Intensive workshop might be just perfect for you. You will learn techniques to  make larger images than you have before.  This workshop is a combination of guided exercises and independent study.  In a supportive environment we help you set your intentions, encourage experimentation,  and demonstrate ways to bring your heart's desire to fruition. This workshop is for intermediate and advanced students or artists who would like time to do independent study in a creative art space. 

Come enjoy Sonoma Wiine Country and the beautiful vineyard views in Suzanne's new Dream Studio/Studio 4404.

Cost is $895*. Returnee: $775
 *Holiday Special! through Dec. 31st: $800
Bring a Friend and Save: $1600 for two.

Class size is limited.  

Cancellation policy:  Full refund -$75 if cancelled 60 days or more in advance, 1/2  returned -$75 if cancelled 30 days in advance.  No refund if cancelled less than 30 days before workshop.  To obtain refund email Suzanne at


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Julie Schumer is a self taught artist.  Her work is shown in galleries across the United States and is in many private collections.  She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and in the past several years began teaching loosening up painting workshops. 

 Julie has been an abstract expressionist painter since age 5.  The immediacy and freshness of this style as well as its complexity and boldness has always spoken to her.  To this end she paints with acrylic paint in a spontaneous and physical way, moving back and forth across the painting surface, making marks that dance across that surface. She starts by introducing color, shapes and line, then respond to their development.  Julie moves these elements around, adding and removing paint in multiple layers.  The work pushes and pulls itself to completion.  Having had the good fortune to live in New Mexico for a number of years where the light, sky and general landscape are captivating,   Julie’s work is inspired by this beauty and is a translation of the energy of the environment onto canvas, panel or paper.  More recently, her work has focused on her own interior landscape, guided by my intuition and emotion.

Here is a little video we made showing one of the participating Artist, Jamie Madison, and her very exciting work using a whisk broom!



 Jean-Charles Millepied

Jean-Charles Millepied

 Suzanne Jacquot

Suzanne Jacquot

STUDIO4404, 4404 ROSS RD,


Three full days of Immersion in Abstract Expressionism with the acclaimed and gifted French artist Jean-Charles Millepied and Suzanne Jacquot, artist and owner of STUDIO4404.  The mornings will be focused on warm-up and learning exercises, practice and demonstrations; the rest of the day each artist will explore their own directions.  Jean-Charles and Suzanne will provide one-on-one mentoring as well as interactive discussions in an environment that is safe and comfortable for all participants.  We look forward to providing a pivotal experience in your creative and professional breakthroughs.

Studio4404 will be open from 9:30AM-6PM each of the three days.  Teaching and mentoring hours will be 10AM – 12:30PM and 1:30PM – 4PM each day.  This is an Intensive workshop for Mid-level to Advanced acrylic painters and mixed media artists with a maximum of 10 to 12 participants. 

Cost: $650.  There is a materials list which will be provided upon registration.

Cancellation policy:  Full refund -$75 if cancelled 60 days or more in advance, 1/2  returned -$75 if cancelled 30 days in advance.  No refund if cancelled less than 30 days before workshop.  To obtain refund email Suzanne at

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Jean-Charles Millepied was born in Bordeaux, into a family that had six generations of artists in the world of music, opera singing and dance.  His painting is the multicolored expression of this “inner necessity”. His art of ardour reveals to us the scenery of his soul, deployed as many sources of joy, emotion, and a delight for the eye, where one wishes to stay. Here, the pictorial space is so immense that its qualities seem infinite, as such there is always some room left. Each and everyone can lose themselves and find a contagious serenity, a true beauty where colors, music and poetry converge.

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Suzanne Jacquot lives and works as an abstract artist in West Sonoma County. She describes herself as a native Californian whose passion is living with nature, expressing and exploring who she is and sharing with others. She is currently exploring the gesture and its energy, connection and meaning in relationships.


 Suzanne Jacquot

Suzanne Jacquot

express your wild creativity----cut loose! get bold!  Find your marks!
dates: Sept 13, 14, 15, 16  2019    9:30-4PM

Suzanne Jacquot and julie schumer

 Julie Schumer

Julie Schumer

Go wild with us! Bring your courage, your curiosity, your love of creating for this 4-day intensive abstract acrylic workshop. This workshop is chock full of learning, exploring, delving, trusting, getting wildly creative. You will be guided in a series of structured loosening up exercises, using acrylic paint and a variety of drawing tools in the creation of nonobjective abstract paintings. You will gain courage, build trust in your artistic choices, grow your skills of design, explore your own inner painting language and nurture your creative spirit. You will explore tools and marks and how your signature marks enliven your paintings.   Plenty of free painting time as well. Come prepared to rediscover Santa Fe, the art of play and tap in to your inner wildness! All levels welcome.   Julie's spacious art studio is located across the street from MeowWolf. 

Cost: $895.  $795 for returning participants.   
*Holiday Special! thru Dec 31st: $825
Bring a Friend and Save: $1650

Cancellation policy:  Full refund -$75 if cancelled 60 days or more in advance, 1/2  returned -$75 if cancelled 30 days in advance.  No refund if cancelled less than 30 days before workshop.  To obtain refund email Suzanne at





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