This website strives to be accurate and complete. It represents a large part of the work I have completed since 1990. Although it is rather vast in scope, there are many pieces in each body of work that are not included. On occasion I accept commissions for private and public collections. Please send me a note if you are interested in a commission.

Six-Week Class

  • Lisa Kokin and pooches by her studio
  • Workshops with Lisa Kokin participants
  • Workshops with Lisa Kokin participants
  • Workshops with Lisa Kokin participants
  • Workshops with Lisa Kokin participants
  • Workshops with Lisa Kokin participants
Reuse Muse II: The Joy of Limitations

In my ever-evolving teaching philosophy, which comes from my own studio practice, I have come to appreciate the importance of externally-imposed limitations in the creation of art. The format of the class consists of concept- and materials-based assignments and the distribution of weekly mystery bags which include two types of objects, along with a floater bag to be used with any project. Students are encouraged to use what is in the bags to create their work. The buzz is that it’s fun and pushes artists in directions they wouldn’t have taken were it not for the introduction of strange and interesting materials not of their choosing.

Critiques are both supportive and challenging. All levels of art experience are welcome!

There are only two spots available. If interested please contact me to as soon as possible.

Date & Time!
Six weeks, Mondays, 1:00 — 3:30 p.m.
March 27 - May 1, 2017

Wednesdays, 1:00 — 3:30 p.m.
March 29 – May 3, 2017

If interested please contact me asap, both classes tend to fill quickly.
Cost: $525 (includes most supplies)

Space is limited.
For availability please
email Lisa →
Or call: 510.758.5862

Mail checks to:
Lisa Kokin
5518 Circle Drive
El Sobrante, CA 94803

Class Policy

To reserve your seat, class must be paid for in advance. Checks are accepted for registration. Full refund is provided up to one week before class starts. A $35.00 service charge will be deducted from the refund. No refund during the week before or after class starts. We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule a class as required. Should this happen, you would have your choice of a full refund or enrollment in a future class.

wheelchair Studio is wheelchair-accessible.

What students have said about the classes:
The Reuse Muse class has been a wonderful learning experience. Each week Lisa presents a new challenge to us. I’m learning I can make something out of almost anything. The classes are a way to meet other artists with similar passions for collecting the dilapidated and neglected. Rusted bottle caps, old tea bags, distressed books. In this class we make outrageous and beautiful objects from the discarded and unwanted, even banana peels. Lisa is an awesome teacher. She gives thoughtful, in-depth and honest criticism and helps me constantly expand the reach of my imagination. Deborah Friedman, Walnut Creek, CA www.deborahbeniofffriedman.com

Lisa has opened my eyes to creative possibilities through challenging and unexpected class assignments. Many times she has helped me find creative options in a project that has become frustrating. She is inspiring, supportive, patient and encouraging of exploration. She knows when to push for more in a kind, sustaining way. And she has a wonderful collection of books for even more inspiration!

Susan Brady, El Cerrito, CA | www.msusanbrady.wix.com/msusanbrady

I am finding Lisa’s Reuse Muse class to be highly useful.The assignments are inspiring; Lisa’s teaching is nurturing and insightful. I enjoy the warm community in the class. I am glad we do not have to do the assignment. Lisa welcomes our journey even as it takes us to a place of primary process because of using discarded matter. She has a zillion books on the subject of book arts and art made from recycled materials. Lisa’s own work is at the cutting edge of the growing international culture of book art and reuse. Most important to me is that she gets my sense of humor, and has helped me to hone my craftsmanship while entering new ground. Dorothy Nissen, Berkeley, CA | www.dorothynissen.com

As someone with no formal art experience, I find Lisa's classes to be a nurturing source of artistic inspiration.  The projects, along with Lisa's generous support, encouragement and artistic knowledge, allow me to feel at ease with, and even at home with my creative self.  I am inspired by the extraordinary work of the other participants and their thoughtful, sincere critiques.  The classes are fun and provide a safe place for enhanced awareness of the untapped creative spirit and energy within. Elizabeth Kueny, Alameda, CA