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ONSITE: Introduction to Hand Spinning

November 08, 2022

Expand your range of fiber skills and discover the meditative practice of spinning your own yarn by hand. In this class, you’ll learn how to spin your own yarn from natural wool using a suspended (drop) spindle to use in your own knitting, crochet, or weaving projects, or to gift to a textile artist in […]

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ONSITE: Ceramic Tiles + Transfers

November 07, 2022

Learn transfer techniques such as plaster, monoprint, and stamping with a focus on tiles and 2-D work. Create a set of tiles and develop your personal style and use of imagery. This class is great for students who want to develop drawing and painting skills for their ceramic work. These ideas can be further developed […]

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ONSITE: Ideas + Their Containers: Beginning Sculpture

November 07, 2022

This beginners' workshop will focus on contemporary sculpture practices, creative process and technical development. The class will introduce you to safe and appropriate machine and hand tool usage in the woodshop alongside beginner mold-making techniques. Students will learn traditional and alternative processes for making functional and sculptural hybrid objects: objects that present or perform unlikely […]

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ONSITE: Visible Mending: Clothing Repair Through an Embroidery Lens

November 07, 2022

Learn and practice new hand stitches each week to create vibrant colors and textures for mending clothing. You can apply these techniques to torn areas, stains or embellish something damage-free. We will create patches that can be used for clothing in class or saved for future repairs as we practice various stitch styles.

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ONSITE: Intermediate Metal Jewelry (A)

November 07, 2022

Take your metal jewelry making to the next level. We’ll focus on design execution, complex stone setting as well as fabricating and soldering with sterling silver. You’ll also advance your polishing skills for finishing pieces.

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ONSITE: Make it Riveting! Cold Connections in Metals

November 07, 2022

Make jewelry with no soldering. Apprehensive about using a torch? This is a great way to get your feet wet in metals. Learn how to make and design with rivets for bracelets, pendants, brooches and even rings! Experienced students will learn to refine their riveting skills and learn new ways of including riveting in their […]

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ONSITE: Mythology Making in Clay

November 07, 2022

Experiment with sculptural hand-building techniques while exploring and making mythology. Utilize coil building, slab building, and surface decoration to create your own creations in clay. Students will create hand-built sculptures and develop their understanding of glaze and surface decoration.

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ONSITE: Image-making of the Japanese Masters: Studying Image in Japanese Poetry from Ancient to Modern Times

November 07, 2022

One of the core principles of Japanese poetry throughout the ages has been the preciseness of its image-making. Study how Japanese poets of the Heian, Genroku, Inter-War periods created timeless images that are still very much accessible today. Students will also be introduced to some contemporary poets currently making waves, and engage in creating their […]

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ONSITE: Lost-Wax Metal Casting

November 07, 2022

Learn to cast metal using the lost-wax technique to cast work in silver. By creating jewelry models of your own design, you’ll learn about model preparation, investing, burning out and casting with centrifugal and vacuum-casting machines.

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ONSITE: Introduction to the Figure

November 07, 2022

Conducting figure studies can improve your representation of the human body, as well as the way it interacts with light. We’ll use various media, including graphite, charcoal, sanguine and conte chalk, as we work through a series of quick-gesture and long-pose drawings. Enjoy demonstrations and discussions about anatomy and drawing techniques.

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ONSITE: Introduction to the Wheel (B)

November 07, 2022

Learn to throw clay on a potter’s wheel. We’ll cover the foundations of wheel work, including wedging and centering clay and forming cylinders, cups and bowls. Basic glazing information will help you finish your final forms.

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ONSITE: Beginner Hand Sewing + Embroidery

November 07, 2022

This course will teach you the basics of hand embroidery and hand sewing techniques. You will have time to experiment with different hand sewing and embroidery methods throughout the 6-week course. After establishing a foundation, you will have the opportunity to create one hand-pieced mini quilt and several embroidered patches and samples. Throughout the course, […]

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ONLINE: Introduction to Prose Storytelling

November 07, 2022

Whether you are interested in getting started telling your story in memoir, fiction, or some twisted combination of the two, this generative workshop will serve as a gentle and fun way to push yourself creatively. Through prompts, mini lectures, readings, supportive discussion, and maybe even prestidigitation, group members will work towards realizing their prose visions.

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ONSITE: Stone Setting Basics

November 07, 2022

In this 6 week course, students will learn a variety of basic stone setting techniques including bezel setting, tab setting, prong setting, flush setting, and bead setting. Each week we will introduce a new setting skill. Over the 6 weeks students will be asked to design jewelry that houses any of the stone setting techniques […]

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ONSITE: Intermediate Pastel Drawing (only offered a few times a year)

November 07, 2022

Continue building skills in soft pastels through a series of dynamic exercises on value, composition, underpainting, creating grey without black and white, and more. At the end of the session, you'll be able to bring together all you've learned in a project of your own choosing. Soft pastel experience required.

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ONSITE: Wheel Throwing Refresher (B)

November 07, 2022

Brush up on the basics! We'll review wheel throwing techniques and skills. Create and complete work during class with enough time to fire and glaze. This class is open to students who have previously taken wheel throwing classes. We will review and refresh our knowledge of wedging, centering, throwing, trimming and glazing. We will take […]

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ONSITE: Landscape in Oils

November 07, 2022

Create compelling landscapes in a series of paintings. Each week, we’ll focus on elements of the landscape including techniques for rendering sky, terrain, trees and water. We’ll also focus on palette development and color mixing. We'll cover seasonal themes and architecture while learning to use light and color to create depth. You'll practice layout and […]

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ONSITE: Kurinuki

November 07, 2022

Kurinuki is the Japanese technique of starting with a block of clay, developing the exterior, then hollowing it out. This class will create a box, bud vase, tea bowl and more. We will also explore images of Kurinuki work and talk about bottles, incense burners, pouring vessels and larger bowls.

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ONSITE: Markers, Comics + Zines

November 07, 2022

Learn how to construct a story narrative and pick what kind of drawing style you want to use to tell your story! Students will explore color palette and how to use markers to create clean illustrations for inking thier own compelling stories. These illustrations will be used to make a comic book and a zine! […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Prose Storytelling

November 07, 2022

Whether you are interested in getting started telling your story in memoir, fiction, or some twisted combination of the two, this generative workshop will serve as a gentle and fun way to push yourself creatively. Through prompts, mini-lectures, readings, supportive discussion, and maybe even prestidigitation, students will work towards realizing their prose visions.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Letterpress (A)

November 07, 2022

Explore the letterpress printing process, which dates back to the 15th century and the time of Gutenberg. We’ll cover typesetting, inking, printing and paper selection as you become familiar with the terminology and VisArts’ presses. You’ll have time to create multiple pieces and trade work with classmates, which will help you build a small collection […]

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ONSITE: Learn to Knit Socks

November 07, 2022

Move beyond the scarf and learn to knit cozy socks. We’ll cover skills like knitting in the round, using double–pointed needles, or the "magic loop" method. We’ll also talk about increasing, decreasing, picking up stitches and the fabulous Kitchener Stitch!

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