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Unique Platters & Pitchers

Create a pitcher and platter set that expresses your personal uniqueness! Learn basic slab construction techniques to hand build plant or animal themed platters using templates, texturing tools and textured leaf molds. Ages 16-Adult

20 Prompts for Two Paintings: Learning to Create Free of Fear

Many of us let fear or a need for perfection halt our artistic endeavors. This fast-paced mixed media workshop will interrupt the tendency to overthink and will allow artists to break free of their inner critic. Ages 16-Adult

Words Matter When Language Becomes Art

Study a variety of ways to include language in visual art in this thought-provoking class. The words can be a background, create a subtle message, be a graphic element or pattern, or become the central element of the artwork. Ages 16-Adult

Off-Loom Bead Weaving: The Artful Netted Amulet Bag Necklace

Challenge your inner creativity and learn how to stitch a beaded bag necklace using the tubular netted stitch, and seed beads. In the past, amulet bags have been used to hold meaningful items such as amulet stones, crystals, and healing herbs. In modern times, amulet necklaces are fun, and can still be used to hold small, meaningful items. Ages 16-Adult

Abstract Collage: How to Create a Visual Language with Altered Materials

Experiment with an extensive list of mark making tools to create unique collage papers. Test ink, colored pencil, oil pastel, charcoal, ball point pen, and markers—just to name a few. Ages 16-Adult

Beading Basics

Learn the techniques the professionals use to design, create, and finish earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Create unique pieces to enhance your wardrobe, give as gifts, or create jewelry to sell. Ages 16-Adult

Introduction to Murals

Using acrylic paints, learn how to begin the process of painting on a wall, formulating concept designs, and transferring your design to a surface. Ages 12-16

Tantalizing Textured Mugs

Practice slab construction to hand build tantalizing mugs from textured clay slabs. Build several mugs that are three or four footed or darted with pedestals using simple measurements and flat patterns. Ages 16-Adult

Hand Building in Clay II

A continuation of Hand Building in Clay I, although new students are welcome to join. Advanced methods of building by hand will be taught. Adults

Pleasing Pitchers

Learn slab construction to hand build a pleasing pitcher with whimsical forms using textured clay slabs. Move from flat to free-standing using simple measurements and flat patterns. Ages 16-Adult

Whimsical Lidded Boxes

These boxes are pure joyful self-expressive whimsey! Move from flat to free-standing using simple measurements and your own handmade flat patterns. Ages 16-Adult

Refine Your Black & White Darkroom Printing Skills

This darkroom experience will help you bring your printing skills to the next level. Spend three hours learning to refine your black and white darkroom printing skills with private instruction in contrast filters, split-filter printing, and/or cropping/positioning for artful presentations depending on the student’s skill level and goals. Ages 16-Adult

Introduction to the Elements of Art II

While both reviewing and solidifying the aspects covered in Introduction to the Elements of Art, this course will introduce exciting new artists and mixed-media projects. Ages 6-9