Elevating the Everyday: Vitrine Building – NEW!

Calling all collectors! In this custom vitrine-building class, we’ll explore our love for the miniscule and unglamorous lives of unfamous objects. Students are invited to bring their collections to class. You’ll design and build a custom vitrine for your collection of corks, National Geographic magazines, bugs, receipts, sewing notions, etc. All woodworking abilities welcome. You’ll complete a medium-sized, custom vitrine or housing unit for these personal collections. We’ll cover basic machines such as the table saw, miter saw and planer. We’ll learn to cut glass, join glass and wood, and create an access latch. In addition to technical skills, we’ll also explore light object and animacy theory. Each class will start with selected readings on the subject.

Special Notes

  • Students should be interested in objects and have a collection that they want to work with and bring it to the first class. Class may change based on student interests. Students need to come to every class to finish their project.
  • This class uses a historic printing press which requires the ability to stand and use your legs and arms simultaneously to operate.

Materials List

All materials are provided.

About the Instructor

Nava Levenson

Nava Levenson is an artist, organizer and collaborator based in Richmond, VA. Rooted in ritual and collection, her practice investigates domesticity, objecthood and the human condition. Trained in sculpture and fibers, she utilizes these mediums as tools in performance and process. Her work is comprised of installations, performances, gatherings, and her own a brand of food. Nava has been a resident at Elsewhere Museum (Greensboro, NC) and Torpedo Factory Art Center (Alexandria, VA). Recent exhibitions/performances/workshops include Heavily Processed at VALET Gallery in Richmond, VA and "A Jar Opening" at Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. Nava is the recipient of a CVPA Research Grant and the 2017 David Diller Outstanding Student in Studio Art Award at James Madison University where she received her BFA in Sculpture. Currently her work deals in curating, material reuse and gendered labor as it relates to construction and homesteading.

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Elevating the Everyday: Vitrine Building – NEW!

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Class Details
January 20 - February 246 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Day: Mon
Tuition: $170.00
Member Tuition: $153.00
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Nava Levenson
Level: Beginner