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ONSITE: Slab-Constructed Folded Forms: Bowls and Boxes

July 12, 2022

Starting with basic slabs, we’ll learn how to cut, bevel, dart and fold clay into soup bowls, planters, boxes, salt and pepper shakers, etc. We’ll explore texture as an integral part of the construction process. Plan to leave the course having created matching sugar and creamer bowls.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Sewing for Your Home

July 12, 2022

Learn the basics of how to use a sewing machine, cutting tools and work with fabric. We'll create two different types of pillow covers; one with a flap and the other with a zipper closure design.

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ONSITE: Wheel Throwing Refresher (B)

July 12, 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: Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving

July 12, 2022

Learn how to weave on a rigid heddle loom! We'll warp a rigid heddle loom using the direct warping method. This method is unique to rigid heddles and quick to set up so you can start weaving in no time. You can expect demonstrations on maintaining straight selvages, dealing with weft tails, changing colors, and […]

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ONLINE: Short Story Fiction Writing

July 12, 2022

Explore short story fiction writing by studying narrative craft elements like story, plot, character, scene, structure, archetypal patterns and dialogue. We’ll examine professionally published pieces and your own work. By the end of the course, you’ll be ready to begin a story based on a word or an idea. You’ll also understand how to evaluate […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to the Figure (A)

July 12, 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 Handspinning

July 12, 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: Introduction to Silversmithing

July 12, 2022

Jump right into working with sterling silver for jewelry. Basic jewelry fabrication techniques will be demonstrated or reviewed including sawing, drilling, sanding, polishing, and soldering. You can expect to leave class with one finished piece of jewelry. This class is accessible to the beginner but is also ideal for someone looking to polish their beginner […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Linocut Printmaking

July 12, 2022

Students will learn how to create a single-color linocut print from start to finish! We will talk about contemporary linocut artists, learn about carving tools and safe handling, determine ways to transfer an image to block, try different carving techniques, and different methods of printing the carved image. Students will leave the class with a […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Loom Weaving

July 12, 2022

Learn to weave on a floor loom. You’ll enjoy warping demonstrations and plenty of practice time, along with tips for achieving smooth selvages and an even beat. Plan to design and complete at least one plain weave project—a rag rug, a scarf or a table runner. Returning students will take on more complex projects.

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ONSITE: Stained Glass (B)

July 12, 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: Introduction to Metal Jewelry (B)

July 12, 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: Screenprinting Immersion (A)

July 12, 2022

Whether you are a novice or advanced, this class will immerse you in screen-printing methods and projects that are customized for your personal level of enjoyment and exploration. Each student will select a personal theme and work with the instructor to make use of appropriate inks, image-making techniques like drawing fluid and photo, and substrates […]

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ONSITE: Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner

July 12, 2022

Watercolor beginners will learn the art of watercolor painting and explore techniques such as glazing, wet-on-wet, and the use of salt and plastic wrap to create textures in paintings. As we build on these techniques, we'll paint amazing abstracts and lovely landscapes throughout the session.

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ONSITE: Sewing Fiber Dolls

July 12, 2022

Create your very own fabric doll complete with an outfit from start to finish. Measuring about 14" in height, they make a perfect keepsake for yourself or a gift for someone else. We will be using a sewing machine, hand stitching, and painting in this class. Must be familiar with a sewing machine but not […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Prose Storytelling

July 12, 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 Hand-Building

July 12, 2022

New to clay? Learn to create functional pieces of pottery such as cups, bowls and platters using slab-building and coil-building processes. Learn to select and use the right tools, create a variety of forms and apply both glazes and slips. By the end of the class, you’ll have a good understanding of basic ceramic studio […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to the Wheel (E)

July 12, 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: Introduction to Letterpress

July 12, 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: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator + InDesign for Beginners (B)

July 12, 2022

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are the three most popular programs within the Adobe Creative Suite. When used together, they give you the power to create and manage visual content with amazing results. Learn to create documents for print or digital platforms using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. We will edit images in Photoshop, design graphic […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Stained Glass (A)

July 12, 2022

Students will learn the fundamentals of building a stained glass panel or 3D object from start to finish. The lessons will encompass pattern design, glass scoring/breaking, grinding, foiling, soldering, framing, and applying various patinas. Each student will have made at least one piece they can bring home and immediately display at the end of the […]

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ONSITE: Introduction to Clay (B)

July 12, 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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