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ONSITE: WTF (Woman, Trans, Femme) Woodworking: Make a Box

November 07, 2022

This class is a safe space for women, trans, and femme folks to learn introductory woodworking techniques. You'll learn to make a keepsake box with a removable lid using a dado joint. Gain experience using the table saw, mitre saw, band saw, jointer and planer. We will respect marginalized identities, be patient with one another, […]

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ONSITE: Intermediate Wheel Throwing (A)

November 07, 2022

Expand your skills by learning additional throwing techniques and working on complex projects. We'll explore larger-scale pieces, throw platters, make sets, and add hand-built elements to our pieces. This class caters to individual interests, so we'll address specific techniques for your projects. Discussion on reduction firing in the gas kiln and glaze firing to cone […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Darkroom Photography (A)

November 07, 2022

Learn to take photographs using 35mm film, process the film, and print photographs in a darkroom. Enjoy lots of technical guidance and aesthetic feedback, whether you’re just getting started or expanding your portfolio and skill set.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Digital Photography (B)

November 07, 2022

Learn what all the buttons on your digital camera actually do. You’ll learn about things like white balance, resolution and megapixels. We’ll discuss how to capture an image, ensure proper exposure and create an effective composition. Weekly assignments coupled with in-class discussions will help you troubleshoot problems and develop a creative eye.

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ONSITE: Ceramic Surface Decoration

November 07, 2022

Learn expressive ceramic decoration techniques and tricks. Explore processes such as sgraffito, mishima, cricut stencils, tape resists, carving, and slip transfers. No drawing skills necessary— everyone can alter surfaces in a thoughtful way to take their clay creations to the next level.

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ONSITE: Drawing Fundamentals (C)

November 07, 2022

Learn the basic tenets of drawing and composition. We’ll cover line, shape, space and value. Hone your observation skills and use charcoal to translate what you see to paper.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Screenprinting (A)

November 07, 2022

Explore screenprinting, a process that allows artists to create hand-printed multiples of the same image. Translate your graphic design, photography, or drawings into vibrant, layered compositions. Learn a variety of ways to create screens that can be used to print onto fabric, paper or wood.

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ONSITE: Intermediate Hand Building

November 07, 2022

Learn new hand-building forms and construction methods, including slab-built forms and textured slabs. We’ll explore mold making and learn how to use personalized, slump molds to create a set of platters or dishes. We’ll also cover hollow wall construction, using tar paper supports and unique glazing techniques.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Metal Jewelry (B)

November 07, 2022

Learn how to transform metals into beautiful works of wearable art. We’ll cover techniques such as sawing, drilling, texturing, working with wire, filing, sanding and polishing. We’ll also cover riveting, soldering with a torch and basic stone setting. You’ll use these skills to make one finished piece of jewelry.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Clay (A)

November 07, 2022

Explore the basics of clay. We’ll cover the proper use of studio tools, equipment and materials. You’ll learn about slab construction, coil building and combined techniques. We’ll also demonstrate wheel throwing and discuss how various clays and glazes respond to each other.

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ONLINE: Introduction to Digital Photography (A)

November 07, 2022

Learn how to effectively and creatively use your digital camera and leave the auto button behind! You’ll learn the fundaments of photography and image capture, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and composition. We'll also cover tips and tricks like choosing the right lens for your image. Weekly assignments, critiques and discussions will help […]

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ONSITE: Learn to Quilt

November 07, 2022

Learn the fundamentals of quilting, brush up on your sewing skills, and design and make your own quilt. They say a baby and a quilt both take 9 months, so suggested projects are quilted pillows, a small quilt, or a wall hanging.

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ONSITE: Throwing with Intention

November 07, 2022

Do you have a vision of what you would like to create with clay, but aren't sure how to get there? This class will help you throw on the wheel with intention while receiving clear guidance on planning, problem-solving, and process. Walk away with pieces that show growth in your ceramics practice. We'll review and […]

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ONSITE: Stained Glass (A)

November 07, 2022

Learn the basics of glass cutting, foiling, soldering and framing in order to embellish your home with stained glass panels, decorative mirrors or handmade lampshades. By the end of the class, beginners will have learned the fundamentals and completed a panel. Returning students will be able to explore more advanced techniques.

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ONSITE: Intermediate Stained Glass

November 07, 2022

This class is for students who have previously taken a stained glass class at VisArts. Use this class to finish working on projects already started or begin a new project. This is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your creative practice with glass!

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ONSITE: Create a Music Video with Adobe Premier Pro

November 07, 2022

This class is for students with a passion for music, that want to give their sound, or the sound of others a video component! This exciting form of video is perfect to develop foundational skills in videography, and post-production. Students will learn how to shoot footage, and or compile archive footage. They will then put […]

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ONSITE: One Screen, Endless Possibilities

November 07, 2022

The class will explore the many ways one screen can be used in screen printing.  We will create many different silkscreen prints by experimenting with color, repetition, placement, and various paper and surfaces such as wood, fabric, cardboard, etc.  Students will decide if they want to focus on one main image or have multiple images […]

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ONSITE: Writing the Shadow

November 07, 2022

Explore the dark self, what Carl Jung called the “shadow” part of our psyche. Sometimes we see it in our dreams, sometimes it appears in dark imaginings. We’ll learn what the shadow can add to our creative writing by experimenting with timed writing, dream journals, guided imagery and Active Imagination.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Acrylic Painting (A)

November 07, 2022

Get an introduction to acrylic painting including technical aspects, material handling, the pursuit of creative directions, and experimentation with expressive elements. The course is intended to help students develop control in painting from observation as well as invention.

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ONSITE: Silver Metal Clay Jewelry: Exploring Custom Textures

November 07, 2022

Learn to work with metal clay, a malleable, metal-bearing material that is perfectly suited for creating jewelry. Use your hands to shape it and a variety of tools to add detail and texture. You’ll fire the metal clay to transform it into a silver object. Add a new skill to your repertoire each week and […]

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ONSITE: Traditional Figure Drawing

November 07, 2022

If you are looking to master the fundamentals of figure drawing in a traditional manner, then this is the class for you. This class teaches realist techniques that were taught in the academies and ateliers in 19th Century Europe. We will explore charcoal on toned paper – a technique used by masters of this time-period. […]

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ONSITE: Learn to Sew with Guided Projects

November 07, 2022

This class teaches basic sewing skills that a student can build on and use to make custom projects for themselves and their loved ones. They can use these skills to save money by making and repairing things themselves instead of paying someone else to do it. Students will learn how to use a sewing machine, […]

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