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Start Date: Mar 29, 2019 Days: Fridays Time: 1PM - 4PM

Focus this term will be on the Irish Half-Uncial script as seen in the Book of Kells. Students will learn how do create Celtic knotwork, design crazy animals and will make a small book with a leather wrapped cover. In each class, students will have time for deliberate practice, for experimental writing and trying new materials. Beginning, intermediate and advanced students welcome.



MARILYN ZORNADO is a book artist, calligrapher and animator. Her books are at the John Wilson Special Collection and University of Washington. Her animated films have been screened around the world. Author of “Adventures in Pen Land, An Inky Journey.”

Start Date: Mar 30, 2019 Days: Saturdays Time: 9:30AM-12:30PM

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing II or equivalent experience. If you have questions before enrolling, please contact the instructor via email:

Have a metals project you've been meaning to finish but need time and guidance? Need a bit of coaching on some basics that you may have missed, or want to practice in a supportive environment? This class is ideal for the self-motivated jewelry and metalsmithing student who would like to pursue individual projects with the help of an experienced metalsmith. Students should come to the first class with their own ideas of what they wish to accomplish over the course of the class. Technical demonstrations will be given based on the interests of participants and needs for their particular projects. This is a 6 week class with open Studio Benefits during for duration of your class.



Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing II or equivalent experience.

Start Date: Apr 2, 2019 Days: Tuesdays Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm

This course focuses on the fundamentals of working with copper, brass, and sterling silver as an introduction to jewelry fabrication. Techniques covered include sawing, drilling, filing, sanding, annealing, forming, surface finishing, soldering, and bezel setting. Class projects include a set of carved stacking rings and a piercing pendant incorporating a round cabochon stone setting.


ARIELLE BRACKETT is a metalsmith based in Portland, Oregon. She received her BFA in metals at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2017. Brackett was awarded best in metals at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts in Littleton, Colorado and the Art Center of Estes Park in Estes.

Start Date: Apr 3, 2019 Days: Wednesdays Time: 6:00PM-9:00PM

"The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life."

- Steve Jobs 
Begin again and welcome the returning spring with the creative exploration of natural plant dyes.  This year’s focus continues with color on cotton and other plant fibers.  We’ll explore traditional and experimental methods of applying mordants, multiple process dyes, layering of colors, and a variety of print techniques. 

Note: This course is a continuing study group; while we build upon previous experience, adventurous beginners are always welcome!

Start Date: Apr 3, 2019 Days: Wednesdays Time: 6:45PM-8:45PM

Demystifying Your DSLR and an Introduction to Lightroom

This class offers an in-depth look at digital photography. In this four week course, instructor Beth Conyers will help you navigate your camera’s settings, use manual modes, and learn what all of those camera buttons actually do! 

Photography is not all that complicated if you understand a few simple concepts like f-stops, shutter speeds, and ISO. You will learn how to beautifully blur backgrounds, perfectly freeze motion, and bring your entire picture into focus. This class will also cover camera topics and techniques such as metering, composition, and how to improve shooting conditions. We will also discuss some must-know technical details, such as determining file types, using histograms, setting white balance, and choosing lenses. 

The Introduction to Lightroom sessions will introduce you to the fundamental tools, techniques, and workflows for Lightroom CC.  In these sessions we will look at the tools and workflows you’ll need to know for organizing and editing your photos.  

By the end of the course you will have a broad understanding of how to use your DSLR and be able to dive in and start using Lightroom for your own photos and projects right away

Start Date: Apr 13, 2019 Days: Saturday, Sunday Time: 9:30AM – 4:30PM

Continue the Thrift is Poetic series with this opportunity to convert worn denim trousers into a fashionable bag.  We’ll incorporate some specialty techniques such as printing with indigo and other pigments, a simple indigo dye vat, and some couture construction techniques.  Styles could include handbag or shoulder straps, tote or pocketbook, side or patch pockets.  We’ll choose from a variety of additional fabric accents and closure options. Minimal sewing experience required.