Creative Arts

Coast Redwood High School integrates the arts in many classes. In the documentary, The Music of Strangers, musician YoYo Ma says, “I’m always trying to figure out at some level who I am and how I fit in the world, which I think is something that I share with seven billion other people.” Yo-Yo Ma captures the vulnerability of our humanity—something that deep down we all share, but not always out loud.

Art is a way to stay connected to the essential questions: who am I; what is my purpose? Through creative expression we learn to swim through complexity; while art doesn’t necessarily make the waters less turbulent, it does help to make us more buoyant.

Santa Cruz County, the San Lorenzo Valley, is an amazing place to live and is an example of how art is embedded in our culture. Creating, performing, and celebrating various art forms nurtures our imagination, capacity for empathy, and sense of justice. If you imagine it, you can do it at Coast Redwood High School.


Sierra Nature Prints Studio ~ Fall 2019 Classes

Week of Oct. 16 through the week of Dec. 17, 2019

Three classes offered - 9 meetings each

- Botanical Art - (18-adult) 6:00-8:00, Mon. Oct. 21 to Dec. 16 – 9 classes -$270

- Beginning Natural Science Illustration – (Ages 13-17) 4:00-6:00, Tues. Oct. 22 to Dec. 17 - 9 classes - $270        

- Natural Science Illustration – (Teens Ages 13-19) 4:00-6:00, Weds. Oct. 16 to Dec. 18 - 9 classes - $270 (No class Nov. 27)

Natural Science Illustration: A class exploring the wonders of nature through applied art.  We will draw insects, Arachnids, water drops, animals, seashells, bones, feathers, fur, fungi and flowers using a variety of techniques including pen & ink, scratchboard, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylics, and graphiteThe Beginning class will focus on basic skills in addition to the above activities.

Botanical Illustration: Using herbaria, photos and live specimens for reference, students will produce botanical images in watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, and pen & ink. Topics will include plant parts, dissection, studies, historical botanical art, and Fibonacci forms.

Students in all classes will also learn about various artists and be gently guided in the art of critique. Instruction takes place in a round table setting. Students should come with a desire to draw and be able to focus for two hours. Materials (and popcorn!) are provided in class

Payment may be made to Peggy Edwards – Sierra Nature Prints, P.O. Box 66644, Scotts Valley, CA 95067 OR pay by PayPal to  (Family members and those attending more than one class will receive a 10% discount.)

INSTRUCTOR: Peggy Edwards, Natural Science Illustrator & Credentialed Teacher K-12 & community college.  B.S. – University of California, Berkeley & Graduate Certificate - Natural Science Illustration – University of California, Santa Cruz.  Owner of Sierra Nature Prints

WHERE: Sierra Nature Prints Studio, 1600 Mount Hermon Road, Scotts Valley, CA (DO NOT TURN IN TO THE DRIVEWAY COMING FROM FELTON!)

CONTACT: (831) 566-8471 or write


Dia de Los Muertos
Culinary Arts
Fashion Week and Santa Cruz County Office Fashion Show
Short story mystery novel writing
Creative Writing
Teen Ink
Ukraine Pysanky eggs
Diversity Week
Digital Photography
Santa Cruz Art Museum Spring Art Show
Drama & Theater
Mountain Craft Faire
Charter Craft Fair 

and so much more.....

Time is taken out to celebrate the spring with decorating eggs in the traditional style of Ukraine Easter Egg designs.

fashionTEENS – Local Fashion Design and Creation Competition

fashionTEENS will once again take place at the Civic Auditorium on April 20, 2018. This year, we are partnering with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education to help support the program. Last year we gave away over $1000 in cash prizes to students. The 120 participating students came from 16 Middle and

High Schools in Santa Cruz County.

Fashion Teen Website:

Fashion Teen Application: Fashion Teen Application