Cathi Rivera | Storyteller Pendant Class

January 8 and 9, 2022

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Storyteller Pendant
Cover for a Storyteller Pendant with aluminum, brass and copper metal, watercolor under glass, black pearl, and rawhide cord.

As someone who has spent countless hours at home during the pandemic, I have found great joy and inspiration in my garden, planting, photographing, and painting my flowers and plants and then turning these paintings into wearable art. Join me as we explore the beautiful lush gardens at Pinecrest Gardens. I will show you my techniques for composing close-up photography using your cell phone where you can capture the beauty of nature with one click. In this mixed media class, I will teach you how to use watercolors to replicate the colors and textures in your photograph on watercolor paper. You will be amazed at how easy it is when you use your photographs as your reference. Make sure you bring your phone charger so you can always look at your pictures while you paint. I will guide you as you create several small watercolors which will be used for your storyteller pendant. While the paintings dry, I will teach you how to create a three-dimensional metal cover for your watercolors using tooling aluminum and the traditional metalsmithing technique called repousse. I will have all the tools you need. Using acrylic paint, we will highlight and polish our repousse with simple household implements. While the metal is drying, I will teach you how to write a simple phrase that you can use in your pendant. Using thin pens and calligraphy examples you will add the words to your watercolors. You will be amazed at how beautiful your finished piece looks after I show you how to combine all your work and embellish it with beads, found objects and thin wire.

Discipline: Mixed Media

Skill level: All Levels

Workshop cost: Member $130, Non-member $180

Kit cost: $25

  • tooling metal
  • wire
  • assorted glass beads
  • watercolors
  • acrylic paint
  • brushes
  • thin sharpie
  • faux rawhide necklace
  • watercolor paper

Supplies to bring to class: 

You should bring different sizes and types of beads, broken vintage costume jewelry, rusty bottle caps, interesting small objects, found objects or anything else that you think might be a nice addition to your piece. You should also bring a pencil, eraser, scissors, phone charger, task light, magnifiers, and drawing paper. I will show you how to incorporate these things into your pendant using pliers and colorful wire. I will supply all the hand tools for you to use.

Cathi Rivera
Cathi Rivera

Instructor Name: Cathi Rivera

Date: Saturday, January 8 and Sunday, January 9, 2022

Time: 9:30am- 4:30pm EST

Venue:  Pinecrest Gardens, 11100 Red Road, Pinecrest 33156

Note: Use the Pinecrest Gardens main entrance – we cannot enter from the historical building. Parking will be by the main entrance.

Lunch: Bring your lunch. Coffee is available to purchase onsite.

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Instructor Bio:

Cathi Rivera developed and wrote Florida Middle School Competency-Based Art Curriculum. She taught 2D and 3D art in public and private schools, to art educators at conferences and seminars in New York and Florida for 41 years. She has. taught for the Arsht Center’s Learning Through the Arts Program since 2017, and currently for the Arsht Center’s Pour Your Art Out.

Cathi was awarded Glades Middle Teacher of the Year: 2006 & 2019, FAEA (state) Middle School Educator: 2008, FAEA (state) Teacher of the Year: 2016, NAEA (national) South Eastern USA Art Star Award: 2017, DAEA (Miami-Dade Country) Middle Educator: 2007, DAEA (Miami-Dade Country) Advocacy Award: 2019, and NAEA (state) Florida’s Distinguished Artist Award: 2019.

Cathi is an award-winning metalsmith who has designed and exhibited silver, fused glass, and pearl art to wear. She is currently a docent for the Lowe Art Museum, President of the South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild, and exhibits her own jewelry designs at the Gallery of Light, The Curious Collector, and other venues.  Her work is in many private collections around the world.

Visit her website:
Facebook page: @FlowingWithPearls
Instagram page: #flowingwithpearls


  • Payment is due in full at time of registration.  If you must cancel a class, please notify us at as early as possible.
  • Cancellations received more than 14 days before the starting day of a class will receive a full refund LESS a $25.00 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received 7 – 13 days before the starting day of a class will receive a 50% refund.
  • No refunds are given for cancellations received less than 7 days before the start date of a class.  In the event of no refund, students will receive instructors’ hand-outs and/or instructions and have the option to purchase the instructor’s class kit.