Found Object: Mixed Media Sculpture (S-1)
255.00

Erika Garrett

All Levels
Monday morning, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
July 8 – August 12
6 weeks
$220 members / $255 public

In this course, students will learn how to assemble and approach various materials to produce a sculpture. The students will be able to focus on objects found in natural environments to local hardware stores as materials. By using these unconventional and non-traditional materials, students can transform everyday items into uniquely crafted artworks. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 8 students.

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Intro to Foundry: Lo-Tech Aluminum Casting (S-3)
340.00

Nicolle LaMere

Beginner
Monday evening, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
July 8 – August 26
8 Weeks
$305 members / $340 public

Ever wonder what to do with all of those leftover soda cans? In this class we will be making our very own backyard mini metal foundries. We will all practice using our foundries by first making our own aluminum ingots for quick and easy melting. Students will either carve and sculpt original foam objects to cast in aluminum. Students will learn how to prepare their foam objects to cast in the burnout sand casting method, how to safely pour molten metal, and how to polish their final projects to a shine. This class is designed for beginners, so everyone is welcome. For safety reasons while casting all students must wear leather or closed-toe shoes. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 8 students

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Design: Book Art (MM-1)
310.00

Molly Koehn

All levels
Tuesday evening, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
July 9 – August 27
8 weeks
$275 members / $310 public

This course provides a foundation in the fundamentals of book design. Students will learn the basics in constructing a book using a variety of stitches. In a sequence of projects, the student will learn five book binding techniques. Each technique will build on each other, equipping students with the skills to artfully craft handmade books and learn more stitches.

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Sculpture: Alternative Methods (S-6)
315.00

Jordan Clough

Beginner / Intermediate
Wednesday morning, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
July 10 – August 28
8 weeks
$280 members / $315 public

In this class, students will focus on cost effective techniques using found objects and low cost materials, such as insulation foam and joint compound, to create sculptures. By using the alternative methods and applying basic design elements, students will create a small body of work by the end of the course. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 8 students.

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Opaque Watercolor: Gouache 101 (W-1)
305.00

Zain Awais

All levels
Wednesday morning, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
July 10 – August 28
8 weeks
$270 members / $305 public

In this course students will be introduced to Gouache, a flexible water-based, opaque medium that’s workable even when dry, allowing participants to express techniques from realistic rendering to expressive spills of color. By exploring the properties of gouache, students will learn about the materials and fundamental techniques such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, color mixing, and more.

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Photoshop Basics (MM-3)
215.00

Zain Awais

Beginner
Wednesday evening, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
July 10 – August 8
5 weeks
$180 members / $215 public + additional application fee

In this 5-week course, students will explore Photoshop and the tools available to create and manipulate photographs in this versatile software.  Students will go over the basic tool bar and discuss photo manipulation. Please note: This class requires students to provide their own laptop.

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Drawing: Constructed Perspective (D-8)
305.00

Nyssa Juneau

Beginner / Intermediate
Thursday morning, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
July 11 – August 29
8 weeks
$270 members / $305 public

In this class, students will learn the constructed perspective skills needed for the studio artist. No straight edges, French curves, or special tools will be used. All drawings will consist of line only, all forms will be drawn transparently, and no tonal relations (shading) will be used. Each session will revolve around a short discussion in relation to geometrical proposition or historical ideas about perspective before diving into the drawing. If weather permits, field drawings exploring planes and elevation will occur in the final two sessions of the course.

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Intro to Body Casting (S-7)
335.00

Nicolle LaMere

Beginner
Thursday afternoon, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
July 11 – August 29
8 Weeks
$300 members / $335 public

Students will be encouraged to explore the emotions which can be expressed in gesture by casting body parts such as hands, feet, or the face. To capture fine details like finger prints and wrinkles, students will be using alginate, a non-toxic rubber like substance deriving from algae. From these casts students will be making silicone molds and will have the opportunity to create multiple copies of the single body part in either plaster and/or wax. These materials offer a wide range of surface coloration and design which will also be demonstrated. This class is designed as a beginner class but all levels are welcome.

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Intro to Encaustics (P-11)
215.00

Salli Babbitt

All Levels
Thursday evening, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
July 18 – August 15
5 weeks
$180 members / $215 public

In this 5 week course, the students will be demonstrated the basic techniques of color mixing, fusing waxes, and texture building using the encaustic process. After completing basic design elements, students will add various color pigments to give the artworks an added depth through experimental approaches. This course is sure to improve your confidence when it comes to utilizing this fascinating medium.

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Multi-Block Stamp Intensive: Print on Fabric (PR-3)
195.00

Claire Elestwani

All Levels
Weekend, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
July 20 & 21
2-Day Workshop
$160 members / $195 public

After gaining a basic understanding of carving methods and color separation, students will carve 2 or 3 stamps intended for layered use, to create 2- or 3-color stamped images. Using these carving techniques and multiple block in layered compositions, students will create patterns on fabric.

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Experimental Painting: Liquid Cells (P-13)
130.00

Salli Babbitt

All Levels
Sunday morning, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
July 21
1-Day
$95 members / $130 public

In this three-hour intensive workshop, students will learn basic techniques of paint pouring methods using specialized products and paints. By applying basic design elements, students will add various paints to create cellular-like visuals to give the artworks an added surreal surface through this experimental approach. This workshop is sure to improve your confidence when it comes to utilizing these fascinating mediums.

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Experimental Painting: Textural Approaches (P-14)
130.00

Salli Babbitt

All Levels
Sunday afternoon, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
July 21
1-Day
$95 members / $130 public

In this three-hour intensive workshop, students will learn basic approaches to applying texture through specialized product and paints. By reviewing basic design elements, students will add various pastes, paints and gels to give added physical and visual depth to artworks through these experimental methods. This workshop is sure to improve your confidence when it comes to utilizing these fascinating mediums.

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Viva La Vida: Exploring Color and Texture (MM-4)
230.00

Lucinda Cobley

Beginner / Intermediate
Weekend, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
August 3 & 4
2-Day Workshop
$195 members / $230 public

Inspired by Frida Kahlo’s 1954 still life painting of watermelons evocatively called ‘Viva la Vida’ this mixed media workshop will allow you to discover new ways to work with color and texture within your painting practice. Working directly from a still life set up of sumptuous fresh summer fruits and flowers will help to increase your observational skills and give many opportunities to experiment with challenging new approaches. Bring along your water-based paints, acrylic and/or watercolor, and any dry media such as color crayons and pastels plus several sheets of heavy weight paper and enjoy spending the day painting and drawing from a colorful still life. Since there is a very long history of symbolism in still life painting, there will be time to consider the personal meanings within your own paintings. Demonstrations during the workshop will help to inspire new ways to combine wet and dry media plus you will gain expertise about new acrylic media such as special texturing gels, pastes and grounds. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students

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Eco-Printing: Natural Approaches to Dye (PR-4)
160.00

Molly Koehn

All Levels
Sunday, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
August 4
1-Day Workshop
$125 members / $160 public

Eco-printing is a natural dye process that uses leaves to create prints on fabric. The leaves are bundled tightly in the fabric, and the bundle is then steamed. This process creates almost exact prints on the fabric from the leave’s pigment. This workshop will go over techniques to get the best print possible and will also cover mordanting to create color variations. Participants will experiment with printing on silk blend and are encouraged to bring other materials to work with.

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Jewelry Intensive: Cuttlefish Bone Casting and Broom Casting (S-8)
215.00

Mary Rogers

Intermediate / Advanced
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
August 31 & September 7
2-Day Workshop
$180 members / $215 public

This is an introduction to the process of cuttlefishbone casting, a method of gravity casting. Cuttlefishbone is an organic material that is soft enough to carve a negative mold. Once the mold is cut and both sides are marked for alignment, a sprue channel is cut into the material and molten sterling is poured into the negative area. The texture of the soft bone surface is very organic. Once the casting is complete it can be cut, filed, and soldered to create a distinctive piece of jewelry. This class requires some advanced jewelry skills such as sawing, filing and torch skills. Students will be casting in sterling silver and will need 2-3 ounces of sterling scrap or sterling casting grain. Sterling scrap will be available for purchase from the instructor in ½ ounce packets. Please note: For safety reasons while casting all students must wear leather or closed-toe shoes.

THIS CLASS IS FULL