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Start Date: Sep 15, 2017 Time: 4:00pm - 4:00pm () 4:00pm - 4:00pm ()

Dream it and make it!

Come explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment. Our studios provide a community of members that feed inspiration and support making. Maker Space Painting and Drawing is designed for experienced artists and makers who have the independent skills necessary to bring their ideas to fruition. You will have access to our Open Studio hours and select equipment, following all policies and procedures required in each department and studio. After approval of your Maker Space request from a studio manager and department head, you will be given an orientation on policies, equipment safety and clean-up to ensure success in our studios.

Please note that fees do not cover materials. Any materials being brought in by students must have prior approval for use.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and know how to use studio equipment. Registration is contingent upon approval.      

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Start Date: Sep 25, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Mon)

Sketchbook Confidential is an exploratory class focusing on the sketchbook. We will try out new ideas, give ourselves permission to play, to explore and give ideas immediate life on the pages of are sketch books. We will investigate using a wide variety of tools such as Japanese brush pens, micron pens, gel pens, collage, inks, paint, white-out, spray paint, xerox mash-up, and packing tape transfer, all while drawing from real life, photo references and still lifes. This class will delve deep into themed sketchbooks.  Journaling, travel, and using the sketchbook as a personal record of memories are some examples of the variety of themes we will be exploring. 

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 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 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: Nov 3, 2017 Days: Fri Sat Sun Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Fri) 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat, Sun)

Paint eye-catching portraits with a big brush. Learn and apply the following concepts:

• “See the forest for the trees”- how to effectively block-in a painting, the big brush approach, and strategies for greater brushwork confidence and capturing the spirit of the pose.

• Work from observation and learn to accurately observe value and color relationships to mix equivalent analogies with oil paint.

• Learn from and discuss past and contemporary masterworks to inform your work and artistic vision.

Focus on the eight keys vital to portrait painting and a working process to progressively finish a portrait study in three hours.

Prerequisites: Some drawing experience preferred but open to all levels                   


Start Date: Nov 11, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Explore bundling as a way to collect, protect, and preserve the personal. Use your own history, used items, and personal ephemera, such as letters, used clothing, and saved items to create bundled sculptures that speak to the hidden, the mystical, and the preservation of a life lived. Wrapping items with string, yarn, and fabrics, and utilizing paper, paint and limestone clay, create and transform personal history to rare and magical artworks. 

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Dec 2, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

If you are looking to share and connect with other artists internationally, this is it!  Mail art (also known as postal art and correspondence art) is a populist artistic movement centered on sending small-scale works through the postal service.  In this two-day workshop, we will build a community while working on projects like artist trading cards, collages, making a ‘zine out of one sheet of paper, add and pass sheets and plastic pop bottles as envelopes. Mail art is a personal artistic correspondence with another artist while creating a fabric of weaving together a community who is sharing ideas, experiences, personal stories, and wonderful art.

Prerequisites: None