Sierra 2 Center’s Learnery program is hands-on fun

The Learnery kicked off its first class Aug. 5 with a hands-on Hypertufa workshop led by Joe Triglia, Sacramento-based maker and owner of Tufarock Design. The 12 eager participants got their hands messy with the hypertufa mixture (made from sand, peat moss, and Portland cement). They made bowls, troughs, pots and planters ready for curing. Hypertufa pottery makes lightweight, rustic-looking pots that encourage healthy plant growth.

The Learnery program is dedicated to hosting classes and workshops that feed curious minds, sharpen skills, and enrich the community with interests most Sacramentans hold dear, like art, food, wine and gardening. Sierra 2 Center often partners with local businesses and topic experts to provide interesting and relevant classes for all ages. Prospective instructors can also apply online to teach with the program.

Upcoming classes and workshops include a

  • Beginning Guitar class with classical guitar musician Greg Williams from 12–1 p.m. on Saturdays starting Sept. 9.
  • Individuals can unleash creativity in the new Art of Doodling on Metal workshop with Charr Crail. This metal embossing workshop will be held from 2:30–4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.
  • Spend the day mastering watercolor techniques in Watercolor Fundamentals for Beginners with artist Teresa Steinbach-Garcia from 2-7 p.m. also on Sept. 23.
  • Or join the culinary adventure, Curry in a Hurry from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. In this vegetarian workshop, participants will cook up Indian delights like chana masala and potato curry with Chef Heera Kulkarni.

All classes happen at the Sierra 2 Center. To learn more about all of our classes and to register, please visit

By Katie Byram Sierra 2 staff

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