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Introduction to Stencils

January 14, 2019

Explore the artistic potential of hand–cut stencils. You’ll learn the fundamentals of this process from muralist Nils Westergard, who uses the technique in his studio practice. We’ll focus on the basics of creating and layering stencils. We’ll use paint and spray paint to create and duplicate finished imagery. You’ll walk away with the skills to […]

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Japanese Temari Ball Weaving

January 14, 2019

Explore Temari, an ancient Japanese craft created by noblewomen who used silk thread to stitch around a core of rice hulls to create a soft ball, or “mari.” These balls were used for gentle indoor games and for decoration. We’ll experiment with Styrofoam balls, baby’s yarn and sewing thread for the core, then use perle […]

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Introduction to Watercolor

January 14, 2019

Get introduced to watercolors or refresh your knowledge of the medium. We’ll explore our materials, then cover application methods like wet-on-wet, glazes, blocks, resists and lifts. We’ll also cover work area set-up, composition set-up, lost and found edges, transferring imagery, and methods for controlling the paint. With an emphasis on value as a way to […]

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Introduction to the Wheel

January 14, 2019

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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Introduction to the Wheel

January 14, 2019

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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Introduction to the Wheel

January 14, 2019

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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Introduction to the Wheel

January 14, 2019

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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Leading for Stained Glass

January 14, 2019

If you’re familiar with copper foiling, you’ll love learning the leading technique. Come with a design in mind and glass to get started. We will review the designs and learn how to fabricate a leaded glass panel.

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Latex Mask Making from Molds – New!

January 14, 2019

Bring your mask designs to life. Combining demonstrations and hands-on learning, we’ll cover sculpting methods, plaster mold making, latex casting and painting techniques. These skills will be handy for Halloween, film projects, performance art and more. You’ll get to take home your wearable mask and plaster mold.

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Learn to Quilt – New!

January 14, 2019

Learn basic piecing and quilting techniques along with the history of this American craft form. Participants will complete a small lap or wall quilt or get started on a larger project. Sewing skills aren’t required so this is a great place to learn how a sewing machine works.

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Lost–Wax Metal Casting

January 14, 2019

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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Letterpress Posters

January 14, 2019

Learn your way around the letterpress studio as you create an edition of hand printed letterpress posters. We’ll cover the basics of typesetting for those who are new to letterpress and focus on designing physically, using what the print shop has to offer. You’ll learn to mix inks, operate letterpress equipment and practice inking techniques.

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Letterpress Editions – New!

January 14, 2019

Work on your letterpress projects in a supportive environment. Students will produce an edition of letterpress artifacts such as poetry broadsides, invitations, greeting cards, posters, chapbooks, or other projects. We’ll review typesetting and press operation, then the instructor will help guide you through the completion of your project.

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Making Your Own Dinner Party – New!

January 14, 2019

Create sets of plates, bowls, tumblers, serving bowls, platters and all the necessary vessels to host a feast. We’ll focus on creating sets with an eye to size, glaze surface and personal embellishments. In addition to weekly demos, the class includes an examination of tableware across cultures and pottery traditions.

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Making Multiples in Ceramics – New!

January 14, 2019

Learn the basic tools and techniques of ceramic slip casting. Through a series of projects, students will learn how to produce single and multi-part plaster molds that can be used to generate multiple functional and/or sculptural clay forms. You’ll also learn how to mix plaster to create molds and how to use slip to create […]

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Mindful Expression in Painting

January 14, 2019

Delve deeper to discover your inner creative self. For painters of all levels, we’ll use meditative techniques to ground and center ourselves, quieting the analytical mind and opening up our creative potential. We’ll explore ways to use color and shapes that reflect your intuition and fluidity. You’ll walk away from the class feeling empowered, free […]

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Mindful Expression in Painting

January 14, 2019

Delve deeper to discover your inner creative self. For painters of all levels, we’ll use meditative techniques to ground and center ourselves, quieting the analytical mind and opening up our creative potential. We’ll explore ways to use color and shapes that reflect your intuition and fluidity. You’ll walk away from the class feeling empowered, free […]

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Metal Clay Jewelry

January 14, 2019

Experiment 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 to add and […]

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Mixed-Media Ceramics

January 14, 2019

Take your hand-built or wheel-thrown ceramics practice to the next level by incorporating paper clay, metal, wood and found objects into your clay forms and pieces. Use your newly acquired skills to create table tops, large platters, sculptures and more.

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Political and Social Protest Writing

January 14, 2019

It has been said that ‘all writing is political.’ We’ll explore what this means by reading and reflecting on social protest writing in both poetry and prose. Participants will write their own thoughts and ideas to develop their personal voice and style.

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Poems, Prose, and Pictures

January 14, 2019

Explore the relationship between words and pictures in a collaborative setting. We’ll use visual images (some found, some created by you) to prompt new creative writing. You’ll create an evolving, book-like object.

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