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Colored Pencil Sampler

This fun, colored pencil workshop will lighten the heavy handed. You will explore color through colored pencils with blending techniques like burnishing, as well as explore how to bring a light source into your work. You will also learn about color theory, creating volume of an object, blending techniques, layering, texturing, and more! The techniques explored in class will help give your artwork a sense of depth! Ages 16-Adult

Drawing Sampler

This fun workshop will guide you into some of the fundamentals of drawing. We will start to train the eye to see. You will learn a new way of looking at how to draw by exploring light sources, rendering techniques, layering, value scale, and a bit of color theory. Whether you're just starting out or have never drawn before, you will see notable improvements in your drawings and will want to continue to expand your drawing skills! Ages 9-12

ArtTrax: Painting II

In addition to reviewing topics in Painting I, this course also covers the basics of acrylic painting including materials needed, color mixing, pigment choice, brush-handling, and palette-knife techniques. Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art but rather on developing a basic skill set through practice and repetition. Ages 16-Adult

Military Artistic Healing: Ceramics

This ceramics class will allow you to have an arts enrichment experience and unleash your inner creativity. You will learn the handbuilding techniques of pinch pot, coiling, and slab building to successfully create forms of your choosing. You will also explore how to add exterior texture on your pots as you create them. Additionally, you will learn glazing techniques and finally, have the opportunity to try throwing a pot on the potter's wheel if you like. This class is for active military personnel, veterans, and spouses. Adults

ArtTrax: Drawing II

In addition to reviewing topics in Drawing I, in this course you will learn how to enhance your drawings using basic shapes, negative space, and perspective. Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art but rather on developing a basic skill set through practice and repetition. Ages 16-Adult

ArtTrax: Sculpture II

Building on knowledge from Sculpture I, you will learn how to design and create plaques and/or tiles out of slabs using hollowing techniques, finishing techniques, underglaze, and low fire glaze. Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art but rather on developing a basic skill set through practice and repetition. Ages 16-Adult

Whimsical Animal Necklace

Meow, hoot, woof! The possibilities are many when it comes to the Peyote stitch. Why not challenge your peyote skills to stitch up a whimsical cat, dog, or owl mini pouch necklace? This particular odd count tubular peyote method starts by building both sides of the pouch from the bottom up, from one line of strung beads. In addition, learn the twisted herringbone stitch to make a fun strap to complete the necklace. Ears, feet, and tails can be added for more details, as well as face design. Larger beads and metal findings can also be added if so desired. Ages 16-Adult

Painted Sculptures

Create animal sculptures inspired by the Oaxacan-painted animals of Mexico. You will learn about color theory, rhythm, and repetition, and how to mix colors. You will then apply these skills to a variety of projects including painting, pattern making, and sculpture. Sculptures will be made with wood in the shape of an animal or something else of your choosing. Ages 6-9

Enameling on Granite Ware

Camp dinnerware known as “granite ware” makes an easy-to-enamel substrate for further enameling (powdered glass fused to the surface). We’ll create designs for a circular form, then apply enamels on six-inch-diameter plates, fuse them to the plate by firing for a few minutes, and repeat the process in many successive layers. Techniques and types of enamels used will include sifting, sgraffito, poured-on liquid enamels, and more! Ages 16-Adult

Build a Container

Learn how to build a basic container form. Customize your own container and make it not-so-basic by adding texture, appliqués, handles, feet, and glaze. Explore traditional and non-traditional handbuilding techniques. Come build your own fantastic box or jar! Adults

Time to Paint Your House!

Revive memories of your current or former residence while discovering how to create a realistic painting of architecture. Fond memories of your home can be preserved in an acrylic painting done by you. We will create one or two paintings of your home in this workshop culminating with a finished painting suitable for hanging or passing down to your family. Make a stunning keepsake painting of your residence! Ages 16-Adult

Contemporary Dream Catchers for All Ages!

Want to tap into your creative side with people of all ages? Want 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. Learn the step-by-step process of weaving and creating a magical contemporary dream catcher with your own creative flair and style. Join us on this fun and amazing journey of discovery and creativity! For all ages. Students under the age of 12 are encouraged to be accompanied by a participating adult.

Enameling: Multiple-Segment Pieces

A larger enameled wall piece can be made even with a small kiln by mounting multiple segments together. We’ll consider historical and contemporary works in enameling and other media made up of segments. In designing and making your piece with an overall image or composition spread over multiple sections, we’ll consider concept, imagery, shapes of segments (jigsaw vs. squares, for example), final size, visual texture, firing sequence, and other factors. The last class will include mounting and critique of the pieces. Ages 16-Adult