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Start Date: May 13, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

The sketchbook is one of the most vital tools for any artist. It serves as a journal, a place to work out visual problems, experiment techniques, and practice your skills. This course will serve as a pathway to developing one’s visual voice and good creative habits. You will be given various prompts and writing & drawing exercises. These exercises are designed to spur idea generation, strengthen drawing & observation skills, and allow experimentation. 

Prerequisite: No previous drawing experience is required - just an open mind and willingness to draw!

Start Date: May 13, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

We invite you to join us in the Painting studio for a day of material and project exploration while we explore ideas around mark making using a variety of marking tools. Like charcoal, charcoal dust, wax crayon, watercolor, acrylic, glazing and building layers. Learn to incorporate Xerox transfer, surface treatments, boxes, books, jewelry, wire, wood, collage, dye, color, fabric, printmaking, etc. Join other artists, crafters, builders, programmers, engineers, hackers, painters, woodworkers, tinkerers, inventors, designers and more. Come join a new community of makers and let's get started!

No prerequisites

Start Date: Jun 7, 2017 Days: Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Forgetting is a precondition for symbolization, while repetition is what happens when something cannot be remembered. In this intensive five-day workshop offered by visiting artist Patricia Wheeler, you will explore a deeper level of Patricia’s philosophy and techniques for processing memory through journaling, repeating imagery and themes. Together, you will revise your feelings and desires to transform personal vision into abstract paintings using limestone clay on board with acrylic paint and cold wax. As you build, stencil and cut into the paintings, you begin to understand the layering and distressed surfaces of ancient places and how that accumulation of history and visual information can metaphorically reflect ourselves. Emphasis will be working in series. We will work on multiple paintings, one with a niche to hold a bundled object you create with gathered bits and pieces of nature, which are wrapped, stitched, glued and waxed. These bundles are something sacred, each bundle like a kernel of the whole land. You will leave the workshop with a series of works, a fresh creative perspective and a great sense of exploration.

Prerequisite: Basic design sense and a willingness to be vulnerable, facing fear holds the promise of empowerment, this class is physical and messy.


Start Date: Jul 21, 2017 Days: Fri, Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

This 3-day workshop will introduce new ways for creating unique mixed media artworks. Using the landscape as the subject matter, students will discover how to experiment and integrate imagery with hand –pressed monoprint techniques and various media such as acrylic paints and gel mediums, stencils, inks, graphite, and collage. Experimental in nature, this class will give you new ideas for pushing your work in a variety of new directions. Open to beginners.

No prerequisites.

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Start Date: Jun 21, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

This introductory course will cover the basic fundamentals of visual storytelling for the comics medium. Students 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. Students will be required to keep a sketchbook to document the creative process.

No prerequisites.

Start Date: Jul 17, 2017 Days: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

The human figure is a touchstone of visual art and design in many creative disciplines. An understanding of it’s dynamic and structure will help anyone interested in drawing, painting, design, architecture, sculpture, animation, story telling, etc. The approach taught is primarily concerned with the use of line to convey ideas, development of form, and a simplified design of 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, students will gain a keener appreciation for capturing gesture, make their drawings more expressive, and better understand the unique and dynamic design of the human figure – a wellspring of inspiration for artists and designers throughout history.

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

Start Date: Jun 12, 2017 Days: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Paint eye-catching portraits with a big brush! You’ll learn and apply the following concepts: Seeing the forest before 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 relationship to mix equivalent analogies with oil paint. Learn from and discuss past and contemporary masterworks to inform your work and artistic vision. This workshop will focus on the eight keys vital to portrait painting and a working process to progressively finish a portrait study in three hours.

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

Start Date: Jun 17, 2017 Days: Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

In this two-day workshop adventure we will learn about many different mediums to use in the sketchbook along with demos on the mediums. How to overcome artist's block and find what flows for you. We will discuss individual interests in travel and what that word means to each of us. Ideas on how to keep yourself motivated to continue filling the pages and how it turns into YOUR story will also be covered.

No prerequisites.