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Mindful Music: The Virtual Series with Molly Lord

A wildly inspiring online fun dive into what really happens when music crawls inside your mind. The first of this pre-recorded series provides you with four hours of intriguing “music and mind” education, insights, and music. Discover three secrets you never knew about the music you love and three intriguing interviews with national music artists exploring their insights into those secrets and weaving their personal music into the dialogue. You’ll never listen to music the same again. Your job is to relax, push play, and listen. 16-Adult

Square Plates and Mugs

Get square! Explore the exciting possibilities of building square plates and mugs. Learn to handbuild with soft pre-textured clay slabs using flat patterns that fold up into 3-dimensional forms to create dynamic and self-expressive plate and mug sets. Glazing for textured surfaces will be taught. 16-Adult

Portraits in Oil

Inspired by Rembrandt’s palette and layering techniques, this class will provide a solid foundation for developing portrait painting skills and/or expanding and enriching your current practice. Informed with the instructor’s years of personal development and experience, the approach is a simple, step-by-step process designed for minimal anxiety and a solid foundation to continue to expand your skills confidently after the class ends. Non-toxic alternatives to the traditional mixing mediums and paints will be covered. As the course ends, adding one’s distinctive mark to these fundamental oil painting techniques and color palettes will be discussed and implemented. Adults

Enameling: Layered Images

This workshop explores using multiple layers of enamels to evoke a mood or tell a story. We will explore the different effects of light on transparent and opaque enamels and the shimmering qualities of light reflecting off metal through fired glass. We will consider the visual and metaphorical use of layers and balancing image clarity with ambiguity in service of the concept and design in the piece you complete. 16-Adult

Whimsical Lidded Boxes

Have a blast learning the slab construction process used to handbuild whimsical lidded boxes from pre-textured clay slabs. Move from flat to free-standing using simple measurements and your own mirror image flat patterns. Glazing for textured surfaces will also be taught. These boxes are pure joyful self-expressive whimsy! 16-Adult

Enameled Copper Pins & Pendants

Explore the fusion of brightly colored glass with metal to make an enameled copper pendant or pin. You will learn to clean the copper, sift powdered glass onto it, fire it, and continue the process using basic enameling techniques, including wet inlay, enamel threads and lumps, and others. A choice of pre-cut copper shapes will be available. 16-Adult