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Tintype Photography (B)

January 15, 2020

Use one of the earliest forms of photography to create tintypes, which are direct positives printed on an aluminum sheet using large format cameras. Learn the basics of this 19th century process, including how to pour and sensitize collodion, properly expose and develop plates, and apply a protective varnish. Plan to walk away with two […]

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Weave Your Own Rag Rug

January 15, 2020

Learn to weave your own rag rug. We’ll explore the basics of weaving on a floor loom and leave the class with at least one finished 2’ x 3’ rug. Bring fabric scraps like old linens, t-shirts or even jeans. Rag rugs are easy and fun to weave and they make great gifts.

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Drawing + Painting with Ink

January 15, 2020

Want a new approach to drawing and painting? Explore mark making with ink, pen and brush. We’ll examine both the classical and contemporary use of ink wash, pen, ink and more. Exercises will be focused on gesture, contour, observation and texture.

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Editing the Digital Photograph in Adobe Lightroom (B)

January 15, 2020

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. Each week, students have the opportunity to practice […]

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Adobe InDesign Basics for Professionals

January 15, 2020

Do you want to improve the quality and consistency of your organization’s communications materials? Learn to create print or digital documents in Adobe InDesign. We’ll cover importing and formatting text, placing and editing images, as well as working with typography and logos. You’ll learn to pull all of those elements together to create an attractive […]

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Glass Bead Making (A)

January 15, 2020

Learn the basics of using a torch and mandrel to wind hot glass into beautiful beads that are perfect for jewelry.

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Handmade Books – NEW!

January 15, 2020

Students will learn how to make several books in one weekend, including the pamphlet stitch, stab binding, longstitch, and coptic binding. These books make great journals, sketchbooks, and gifts. Students will learn about the materials and tools involved in bookbinding and how to use them best depending on the project.

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Image Transfer on Clay

January 15, 2020

Make laser toner decals, experiment with underglaze transfers and incorporate text or stamp imagery into your ceramic art. We’ll focus on practicing these techniques on handmade tiles, however many of these applications can be formatted for use on wheel-thrown or sculptural work.

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Textile Pigment Printing

January 15, 2020

Use low-tech printing techniques such as stencil, stamp and texture plates to print fabric with textile pigment. This approach is more immediate and simple than printing with dye paste and it can be done on different fiber contents. Your finished fabrics can be used in home furnishing and quilting projects.

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Metal Clay Medallions

January 15, 2020

Learn to combine metal clay and a molded element with a custom-made, framed back plate to create a vintage-looking medallion. You’ll learn to use a two-part compound to replicate any flat backed item of your choice and emboss a frame design into an easy-to-use texture sheet. Later, you’ll join these two elements to form a […]

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DIY Journal – NEW!

January 15, 2020

Let’s make a book together! We’ll be choosing covers, papers and binding thread and sewing a DIY journal. The cover will be one of several options of Neenah Paper Boards, the papers will be up-cycled from a local printer and the spines will be wood, laser cut and trimmed to size. You will spend three […]

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Wheel Throwing for Everyone (B)

January 15, 2020

Have you always wanted to try wheel throwing? Come throw a pot using white stoneware, then fire and finish your pieces using food-safe glazes.

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Tintype Photography (A)

January 15, 2020

Use one of the earliest forms of photography to create tintypes, which are direct positives printed on an aluminum sheet using large format cameras. Learn the basics of this 19th century process, including how to pour and sensitize collodion, properly expose and develop plates, and apply a protective varnish. Plan to walk away with two […]

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Spoon Carving (B)

January 15, 2020

Explore spoon carving, a wonderful introduction to woodworking that combines both hand and machine work. You’ll learn to use hand tools such as chisels, gouges, rasps and files to hollow and shape. You’ll also use the bandsaw, drill press and sanders. Enjoy your next meal with your own hand–carved spoon.

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Furniture Finishing and Painting Techniques

January 15, 2020

Transform your furniture from trash to treasure. You’ll learn nine paint techniques including distressing, antiquing and applying metallic finishes. We’ll go over the differences between chalk, milk and latex paint and discuss how to select the best furniture pieces and make minor repairs. You’ll learn to paint and protect your finished product. We’ll practice on […]

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Acrylic Collage Workshop

January 15, 2020

Create paintings using collage techniques. We’ll begin by creating a series of small media experiments with acrylic paint. Then we’ll incorporate those experiments into a larger collage on panel.

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Sketchbook Diaries

January 15, 2020

Elevate small daily moments in sketchbook diaries. We often go through the day ignoring all the little things that make our lives what they are. In this class, we will change all that by reflecting and creating a journal that brings those instants to life. We will go over the basic supplies used (and how […]

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Building a Better Beast: Bookends – NEW!

January 15, 2020

Use components of hand building to design and make clay creatures Bookends. We’ll build our creatures from the ground up using a hollow slab form technique. We’ll use an additive process to flesh out the forms. Students should have basic hand-building experience and a willingness to explore new ideas.

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Introduction to Woodblock Printing

January 15, 2020

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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Introduction to Digital Photography (D)

January 15, 2020

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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Glass Pendants (A) – NEW!

January 15, 2020

This class will take the students beyond the basics of beads and marbles to make pendants. We’ll explore several different methods such as loop-making from molten glass and two-part construction.

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Glass Cast Boxes

January 15, 2020

In this five-day intensive, students will create a cast glass box with a lid. We will begin by making a clay model, then a plaster mold, which we will fill with glass and fire in the kiln. The result will be a three dimensional glass box. The lid can either be made by the casting […]

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Intermediate Metal Jewelry

January 15, 2020

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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