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Metal Embossing: Day of the Dead

The fine art of metal embossing or metal relief, known as repoussé or repujado, is the working of metal to give volume and depth to decorative designs engraved on metal and crafted by hand. Your class project will be wrap-mounted tile using aluminum, or, if you prefer, your finished artwork can be on your own traditional frame. Several Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) patterns and ideas will be provided. Bring your creativity! Ages 12-16

Start Your Week with Studio Practice

Join us as we create time in our weeks to share space and build creative practice into our lives! If you've been looking to incorporate more play, art, and community into your life, this class is for you. We will experiment with mixed media sketchbook techniques and focus on creating a space for self-expression and developing the habit of creating art as a regular and prioritized activity. Explore color, texture, word art, and more! Adults

Create Your Own Tarot Deck

Interested in tarot? Are you a beginner or a seasoned reader? In this class, you will learn about the art history of tarot cards, their various systems of symbolism and interpretation, as well as basic image-making techniques to create your own deck of tarot cards using a medium of your choice. 16-Adult

Introduction to Concept Art

This class is for pre-teens and teenagers who enjoy drawing ideas for fantasy and sci-fi worlds. The course will outline a process for guiding the design of characters, objects, creatures, buildings, or locations drawn right from your imagination. You will start by referencing source material and sketching to arrive at completed drawings. The goal is to visually craft an imaginary world and bring it to life. Ages 12-16

Ultimate Mixed Media

Using fabulous materials, experience a variety of art-making processes to find your creative niche. Explore artful compositions in watercolor, collage (with various methods of Gelli plate printing), painted papers, fabric collage, simple bookmaking, and much more. We will also be visiting the Fine Arts Center museum as a class for inspiration. Join us and explore your hidden talents! There is a material fee of $63 due to the instructor on the first day of class. Adults

In-Person: Military Artistic Healing

Discover techniques to inspire creative skills and gain greater self-awareness. Explore possibilities, develop your creativity, and gain personal insight in working with a variety of controllable mediums. Visits to the Fine Arts Center’s museum galleries using visual thinking strategies will increase group cohesion. Adults

Contemporary Dream Catchers

Want to tap into your creative side? Need some healing crystals and calming energy in your home? Let's honor the history of dream catchers while adding a modern twist with pops of color, soft materials, and beautiful crystals. You will learn the step-by-step process of weaving and creating a magical contemporary dream catcher with your own creative flair and style. Come with me on this fun and amazing journey of discovery and creativity! 16-Adult

Sugar Skull Making & Decorating

Learn about the history and meaning behind the popular Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Participants in this class will help prepare their own sugar skulls and icing for decorating a unique piece to take home. Get creative and expand your understanding of a rich piece of Latin culture! 16-Adult

Beginner Gold Leafing

Have you ever finished a piece and felt like something was missing? Maybe it needs a little razzle dazzle! You will learn about the history of gold leafing, how to prepare surfaces and pieces for gold, and then the actual process of leafing. You will learn how to use sizing adhesive, apply leaf, burnish, and seal it all. You will leave with extra materials, a "final project," and enough experience to experiment on your own! 16-Adult

Metal Embossing: Day of the Dead

The fine art of metal embossing or metal relief, known as repoussé, or repujado, is the working of metal to give volume and depth to decorative designs engraved on metal and crafted by hand. Your class project will be wrap-mounted as a 5″x5″ tile using aluminum; or, if you prefer, your finished artwork can be on your own traditional frame. Several Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) patterns and ideas will be provided! Bring your creativity! 16-Adult

Color, Texture, & Surface Design

This exciting course works with color and texture on various found, bought, and created surfaces. Make fabulous sculptural pieces using Tyvek, a repurposed commercial material. In this class, we will make historic paste paper using a traditional process of designing the paper surface with paints, tools, and created paste. We will also make fabulous Gelli plate prints with paints, stencils, hand designs, stamps for collages, and more! Adults