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ONSITE: Digitally Painted Portraits

August 09, 2022

Try your hand at making a digital portrait! In this class, you'll learn all about creating your own digital portraits, including composition techniques and ways to emulate traditional media like oil paintings. We'll start by sketching out some ideas, then move on to creating our own oil paintings!

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ONSITE: Painting with Gouache

July 12, 2022

In this course, students will learn how to use gouache paint by painting various subjects from observation and then eventually move on to Plein air painting. The class will start off with a one-subject painting from observation. Subject matter will shift from objects to fruits/vegetables, flowers/botanical, interiors/furniture, trees, water/boats, etc. to eventually painting in Plein […]

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ONLINE: The Tough Stuff: Healing Through Writing

July 12, 2022

This class is for the conversations that still need to happen. We’ll talk about the barriers that keep us from writing what we need to write. We’ll also examine works by Chanel Miller, Jeannette Walls, and Layli Long Soldier to take lessons from the ways in which they make difficult topics easier to access. Students […]

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ONSITE: Learn to Use a Sewing Machine

July 12, 2022

In this beginners' course, students will learn the basics of machine sewing. First, students will learn how to set up their machines and practice using them. Once students feel comfortable with simple machine sewing, they will have the opportunity to sew a zippered pouch to apply their new skills. Through the construction of the zippered […]

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ONSITE: Raku Firing Workshop (A)

July 12, 2022

Head over to VisArts' courtyard and join us for some raku pottery firing—an exciting approach to pottery surface design! Participants will glaze their pieces, help load them into the kiln, grab a beer or snack across the street at Goatocado, then return to enjoy the campfire-like atmosphere with friends on our back patio.

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ONSITE: Humor in Memoir

July 12, 2022

Whether you're an adherent of David Sedaris and Patricia Lockwood, or just a total goof-around whackadoodle, this class will take you through a step-by-step process of drafting and refining a humorous tale in prose form.

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ONSITE: Making + Casting Molds

July 12, 2022

Learn how to make and cast clay molds in plaster, use plaster sculpting tools, create alginate molds, and incorporate mixed media into the mold casting process. Plan to create a wall hanging or freestanding plaster sculpture, and leave with the skills to pursue your own at-home casting projects.

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ONSITE: Needle Felt Your Pet

July 12, 2022

Learn how to make a mini, needle felted sculpture of your furry friend. We’ll start with a basic shape, build on details, then incorporate wire and other details needed to bring your pet to life.

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ONSITE: Shibori Dyeing

July 12, 2022

Learn to dye fabric using the ancient Japanese tradition of shibori, otherwise known as tie-dye. You’ll use fiber reactive dyes to add color to white fabric and a discharge chemical to take color out of previously dyed fabric. Your finished fabric will be perfect for quilting, garment sewing and home decorating.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Woodblock Printing

July 12, 2022

Explore woodblock printing, humanity’s oldest printmaking process. You’ll learn to design and transfer an image onto the block and cut the block to produce a relief image. Then, we’ll cover how to transfer the image to paper, both printing it by hand and by press.

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ONSITE: Tree of Life Wire Pendant

July 12, 2022

We will create a tree of life pendant or small window ornament. We will use traditional jewelry making tools, wire and beads. You may bring an item to incorporate into your design if desired. Students will leave with at least one finished pendant from this class and have a good foundational understanding of to how […]

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ONSITE: Screenprinting with Leaves + Flowers

July 12, 2022

Explore the screen printing process: A way to make multiple prints by using a fine mesh screen, photosensitive emulsion, transparency, and exposure to light. Learn to make your own prints using stencils made from real leaves, flowers, or other flat botanical objects.

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ONSITE: Improvisational Quilting

July 12, 2022

Improv quilting is quilting with freedom in mind. Beginning a quilt with no real concept, quilters will spin the fabric into an ever-evolving fabric tapestry. In this one day workshop, we’ll dive into improv quilting blocks of our own while talking about the pioneers of this technique (Rosie Lee Tompkins, Quilters of Gee’s Bend, Etc.)

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ONLINE: Freewriting Intensive: All Genres

July 12, 2022

Calling all poets, fiction and nonfiction writers! Are you looking for new ways into the work? Are you curious about using craft to challenge your instincts and skill set? In this two-day intensive, we dismiss genre distinctions and experiment with a series of vigorous craft exercises that seek to push us outside the bounds of […]

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ONSITE: Fall Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner

July 12, 2022

Learn the basics of watercolor painting as we make fall-themed paintings, with subjects that include pumpkins, apples, florals, and leaves. These watercolor paintings are perfect for making your own Thanksgiving place cards!

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ONSITE: Quick + Easy Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic

July 12, 2022

Adobe Lightroom is a powerful program that allows you to catalog and enhance your digital photographs. We will cover its most useful features like importing, making collections, fix exposure and color, applying local adjustments, using graduated filters, creating fun presets and converting images to black and white.

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ONSITE: Design Repeat Patterns with Scissors + Paper

July 12, 2022

Develop your own repeat patterns utilizing simple shapes, cutting paper and iterative experimentation. In this fun workshop, students will explore visual language potential in fundamental shapes to create a suite of repeat patterns. They'll learn about types of repeats and we'll touch on how to move from cut paper to applications. This workshop is great […]

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ONSITE: Create a Wood Vase + Felt Flower Bouquet

July 12, 2022

Join us for this multi-media workshop to create a felt flower bouquet and a wooden vase to display them in. Both sections of this workshop are wonderful introductions to both felt craft and woodworking. You will learn about the different types of wool felt as you take pre-cut pedals and arrange them to create succulent […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Sewing Knits: T-Shirt or Legging

July 12, 2022

This class is a 2-day crash course on learning to sew with knit fabric. Students will end the workshop with a finished simple t-shirt or pair of leggings. Topics and demonstrations will include knit fabric basics, how to sew knit fabrics without a specialty machine, basic knit seams, and knit finishes.

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ONSITE: Magpie Books: Bookmaking as Collage

July 12, 2022

Make books from anything! Bring clippings, wrappers, cards, boxes, any kind of paper you're willing to cut and glue. A great workshop for collage makers, journalers, collectors, photographers, travelers and anyone who loves paper and wants to learn about bookmaking. Basic bookmaking tools and supplies provided; students will bring paper and materials for their books […]

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