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Start Date: Sep 28, 2017 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Thu)

Engage in productive creative strategies useful in exploring complex ideas in ceramics. Starting with a wide range of construction techniques including pinching, coiling, slab work and modeling, open up more possibilities in the world of handbuilt ceramics. Use handbuilding techniques to explore the vessel both as functional container and aesthetic object. Create sculptures and use a range of surface approaches with unfired and fired treatments (such as oxides wash, underglazes cold paint, resin and flocking) to explore different ways of layers and to make engaging, depth-filled surfaces. Gain a deeper understanding of the clay itself as through creative problem solving and develop a personal creative language of integrated techniques that will accomplish your artistic goals.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Sep 30, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat)

“There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change.” (Wm Stafford)

Slow stitching, the meditative art of hand-sewing, is a chance to relax and enjoy the rhythmic dance of needle and thread as we construct a Japanese-inspired bag in the shape of a bird or other small animal.  We’ll enjoy a cup of tea, a treat or two, and the company of like-minded souls.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 2, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Mon)

Gain an overview of the major artists and movements of internet art beginning in the early 1990s to the present. The rise of new technologies such as the public internet and later smart phones, social media, and apps gave birth to entirely new forms of creative possibilities for artists. Each week encounter a different decade of internet art history, specifically looking at how the capabilities of technology began to shape the aesthetics, capabilities and overarching concepts of internet-based art. Consider how new technologies opened up a whole host of possibilities for art experiences and exhibits beyond traditional spaces. Whether you’re an artist, art lover, or history buff, take an accessible and interactive look into new forms of art.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 2, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Mon)

Multiple styles of carving will enhance any wood project, including relief carving, carving in the round, through/pattern carving, and chip carving. Leave with a completed example of all five methods and a good foundation for embellishing any future project.

Prerequisites:  None

Start Date: Oct 3, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

Gain an understanding of the human figure as a touchstone in visual art and design using storytelling. The approach is primarily concerned with the use of line to convey ideas, develop form, and simplify anatomy - the basics of being able to convincingly draw a figure in space,

as well as invent or abstract the figure from memory and imagination. Through a series of drawing exercises guided by artistic principles and knowledge of anatomy, gain a keener appreciation for capturing gesture, make your drawings more expressive, and understand the unique and dynamic design of the human figure - a wellspring of inspiration for artists and designers throughout history.   

Prerequisites: Some drawing experience preferred but open to all levels.       

Start Date: Oct 3, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

Explore alternative process printing with photographer, Ray Bidegain.  Spend four sessions exploring three popular alternative photography processes. Begin with a session in the digital lab learning how to make enlarged digital negatives for contact printing. Learn to make digital negatives from digital files generated with the camera or by scanning camera negatives.  Scanning will not be covered in this session so negative scans will have to be done by students ahead of time.  In the following three sessions we will learn to make cyanotype, VanDyke Brown, and Platinum palladium prints.  Leave the class with a basic understanding of these great alternative processes and a variety of prints for your portfolio.

Prerequisites:  None

Start Date: Oct 4, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Wed)

Explore the realm of sculpture through one of our most common household items: duct tape! Construct your own structures from various materials, and use duct tape as the embellishing magic that brings the artwork to fruition.  Be sure to bring your imagination; the opportunities with duct tape are endless!

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of woodshop safety required.

Start Date: Oct 4, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

This introductory course will cover the basic fundamentals of visual storytelling for the comics medium. You will learn how to use a variety of tools to combine concept, drawing, design, and basic storytelling. Emphasis will be placed on developing clarity, readability, and cohesiveness; all of which are critical strategies for making comics. The final project for the class will be a short 2-4 page story and everyone's story will be collected into a self-published anthology. You will be required to keep a sketchbook to document the creative process.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Oct 4, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:40pm - 9:40pm (Wed)

Make your own custom boxes and portfolios from archival materials - containers for objects, boxes like those used by libraries to stabilize and protect books, papers and small objects. Create your own decorated paper to use in the projects.  Starting with a folding panel book, make a portfolio with ties, a simple box with cover, a slipcase and a customized clamshell box and a box with a secret compartment. Beginning and continuing students welcome. Good hand skills are recommended.      

Prerequisites: None

                                                                                                                                                            

Start Date: Oct 4, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Efficient veneer production allowed bent lamination and plywood to push the materiality of wood to new limits. This technique has been used in the production of furniture, boats, and skateboards. Learn the basics of making molds to create bent laminated and plywood forms in a vacuum bag to create an Aalto style stool.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with woodshop machines or Intro to Woodshop class 

Start Date: Oct 5, 2017 Days: Thu Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Thu)

Indulge your inner child and design the costume of your dreams in Costume Construction!  During this class, we will be fabricating our costumes, start to finish.  You will learn how to take your drawn designs and bring them to life through the processes of sewing.  This class will cover the basics of machine sewing, but also cover the basics of hand sewing for decorative stitching and embellishments.  Be the life of the party this Halloween when your costume is 100% handmade!

Prerequisites:  Basic sewing knowledge encouraged, but not required.

Start Date: Oct 5, 2017 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Thu)

Learn to turn beautiful wooden vessels on the lathe.  This course is geared toward the beginning turner with little or no experience.  Turners with some experience will also benefit. You will explore various turning techniques, beginning with some simple spindle turning exercises and culminate in turning bowls and vessels.  You should expect to have multiple bowls/vessels by the end of the course.   Through demonstration and individual guidance, you will create multiple pieces to take home and use.

This class is good for both the beginner and those with some experience looking to hone their craft.  We will work up to a maximum of 10” in diameter.  While all materials will be provided for this course, you can feel free to supplement with your favorite piece of domestic lumber.

Prerequisites:  None                                     

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Start Date: Oct 6, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm (Fri)

Combine the traditional lettering arts of the calligrapher with modern experimental lettering techniques. Starting with calligraphy basics, develop hand skills and knowledge of traditional pen made letterforms and materials to transform into experimental lettering technique. Good hand skills recommended. Beginning and continuing students are welcome.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 6, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Fri)

Learn to make useful everyday pottery - bowls, mugs, plates and serving dishes - on the wheel in this Friday evening workshop. New glazing techniques will add a colorful finishing touch to your new clay pieces to keep or give as gifts for the upcoming holidays.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Oct 7, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Use plywood as a modern material to introduce the use of standard shop tools. Gain an understanding of wood veneer as a material and the techniques to use plywood properly and learn various construction methods for simple nesting boxes and applying finish. Expand on creating a custom box for a small personal item.

Prerequisites:  None

Start Date: Oct 7, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Mark making is a primal urge dating back to the beginning of time. Marks and simple pictures are humanity’s first universal language. Explore mark making with charcoal, walnut ink wash, white-out correction pens, xerox transfer and alternative art-making, such as making art from personal archives as a way to tell a personal narrative. Paint with charcoal and acrylics while investigating making gestural, structured, and loose marks. Create finished artworks!

 

Start Date: Oct 7, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat, Sun)

There’s a history of thriftiness in many cultures.  In Japan, mottainai is a term conveying a sense of regret concerning waste.  The British proclaim, “Make do or do without.”  The American phrase is “Waste not, want not,” to imply if you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance, you will never be in need.  This class is an exercise in creative re-use.  By restructuring thrift store men’s shirts (or family excess?) we will construct new garments that are inexpensive, modern, and fully original without proclaiming their origins. “Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.” (G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World)

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Oct 8, 2017 Days: Sun Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Sun)

This course will cover a variety of woodworking techniques and machinery as you craft a side chair.  We will cover all the basics such as milling, the intricacies of chair design, joinery and shaping using templates.  While this chair design is simple in form, it is not simplistic in construction, allowing you to push you craft & making skills.

Prerequisites: Recommended for “Advanced Beginners”.  Students will purchase lumber following the first class.  Students are encouraged to make up to two chairs.

Start Date: Oct 13, 2017 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Learn from artist Elizabeth Burger the many ways of stretching handmade paper and pulp into large and unusual sculptural shapes. Lightweight and easily colored, paper allows you to combine wood, wire, natural materials such as bamboo, tumbleweed and reeds into units that are strong and easily transported.  Experiment with pre-made plaster molds, wire, plastic, chicken wire, reeds and tumbleweed combined with sheets of bleached abaca and pulp in three colors. 

(The pulp will have been processed the day before the workshop.)

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 14, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Sat, Sun)

For people who have zero experience, enter a hands-on environment of the basics of using the Arduino microprocessor. Cover the basics layout of the Arduino UNO, how to use a button, LEDs, RGB, LEDs, Photocell Sensor (light sensor), and how to control a DC motor! No coding or electronics experience needed.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 15, 2017 Days: Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Sun)

Come experiment with Surface Design in the Fibers Studio.  Dye, print, paint, and stitch on a variety of textiles building complex layered effects. Experiment with color and material as well as methods for functional or conceptual projects. Spend the day with individuals exploring a broad variety of goals to expand the potential for learning and creating beyond a one day maker space. Course includes one tote bag, access to dyes, printing inks, fabric, yarns, and more.

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Oct 18, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Wed)

Get started with Adobe Creative Suites. Learn Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, the backbone of any digital creative output. Consider the strengths or weaknesses of each program, and when and how to use them. Create three basic projects in each program that will get you started understanding the ins and outs of creating using Adobe. Whether you want to use Adobe for planning and sketching work, or as the work itself, you’ll be guided through the basics of learning these powerful digital tools!

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 21, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Color and pattern are beautiful! Explore the allure of old steel tins and how honing fundamental skills can strengthen any design. With emphasis in tab settings and linkage methods, create thoughtful forms of jewelry. Expect to create several small pieces and/or a statement piece throughout this concentrated class and leave with a refined knowledge of basic skills in small metals.

Prerequisites:  Beginning metals experience suggested but not required.

Start Date: Oct 21, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat)

Spend the day with photographer, Ray Bidegain, learning this fascinating historical process.  Learn how to mix the needed materials and receive instructions on how to gather and build the equipment to make wet plate collodion tintypes.  Spend the day pouring plates and making images in the studio and darkroom. By the end of the day you will have had a chance to make many plates and should have a good understanding of the process.  Techniques covered include learning and understanding equipment and materials needed for Wet Plate Collodion, using of a 4x5 view cameras to make Tintypes and Ambrotypes, pouring plates, exposing plates, developing plates by inspection, finishing plates using sandarac varnish and safety measures needed.

Prerequisites:  None

 

Start Date: Oct 21, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Engage the world of welding, focusing on the skills necessary for artists to explore and create.  Cover material types, basic welding theory and safety, metal preparation, grinding/cutting, basic MIG welding and TIG welding ferrous metals. Learn with a hands-on approach alongside a welder with over 15 years experience.

Prerequisites: None