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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


Video by Grant Taylor

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


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Build it and they will come.
— 'Field of Dreams'



Thursday, October 18-----6:30-9PM---collaging for fun
Wednesday, November 7---6:30-9PM---mono printing gift wrap, tags, envelopes
Saturday, November 17----9:30am-NOON----painting, small works and cards


These three classes celebrate our New 1900+ sq foot studio dedicated to art!  Take one or all. 
Our desire is to build a thriving art community in West Sonoma County. We want you to experience the joy of creativity and learn about Studio 4404 and what we have to offer you. 
So please come help us celebrate and create!  

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Each 2 1/2 hour class is open to everyone from ages 16 to 96 where you will get to create and learn and have something to take home as well.  ALL LEVELS WELCOME.  So, if you are new to the neighborhood, would like to create and share with others, this is a perfect place to be.  Bring your curiosity, your joy, your willingness to try something new!  

Cost:  $25 each.  All Three for $65.  Materials fee:  $5 each class,  paid to the instructor.

"Tis the season TO

Saturday December 1----10-4PM----painting as gift



In this day long class you will work on three to 6, 6" x 6" wood panels (provided) so that you make unique gifts for those you love.  Youe will collage, paint and draw on these pieces with only your imagination limiting the outcome.  ALL LEVELS WELCOME.  There will be some short demonstrations on use of materials and techniques you may want to use.  It is a day full of creativity and fun. 

Cost:  $125.  Bring images and decorative papers you love and/or letters from loved ones.  All other supplies will be provided. 

Materials fee: $30 paid to the instructor.

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

Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, March, April, May, june
First 4 Tuesdays of each Month, 1-4pm

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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 8 months.  Each month, we will explore an important topic on one of the elements for making good art in 4 unique 3 hour sessions.  You will learn what makes for a good painting, experience exercises relating to the topic, explore personal variations and desires, and create original works of art each week. ALL LEVELS WELCOME.  
We will meet on Tuesdays at 1-4PM.  

October 9, 16, 23, 30---This is the month to commit to yourself and give yourself the gift of opening to new possibilities.  You will starting your own art journal of inspirations, desires and ideas.  You will dedicate a special place to work, set personal goals, learn the power of intentions, set up a creativity routine, change fear to curiosity, exploration and play.   You will explore  tools and materials .  You will begin to trust your intuition, finding out what feels right and good and fall in love with the unknown.   

November 6, 13, 20, 27---This month is all about the power of composition/eye flow, dividing space/ design.  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.

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 the whole eight months for $1800.  
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, paint clothes, 9B graphite ebony prisma color pencil, black pastel, water soluble 9B graphite stick, art gum eraser, paper towels.

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 10am-4pm

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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.  So, 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.  Lots of fun exercises and free time to explore and create your own paintings. 

Cost:  $300.  Materials Fee of $30.
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.  

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Helen Frankenthaler

Color---Moods and Rhythms and More!

fEBRUARY 8, 9, 10     
Friday, Saturday and Sunday


This workshop delves more into experiencing how you can make your paintings more dynamic with color. Learn how to express your feelings, moods, and natural inherent rhythms. Make and choose color palettes you love that become uniquely yours. Loaded with exercises and techniques, learn how 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.  Materials fee of $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

 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
sTUDIO 4404, sEBASTOPOL, ca.

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.  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.  Her paintings may be seen online at


 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

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 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.      

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






 Julie Schumer

Julie Schumer

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.  Her paintings may be seen online at





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