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Let the Clay Speak

Do you want to learn how to work better with clay or develop more advanced techniques? Then, this is the class for you! This course is open to intermediate and advanced level students. You will learn new techniques to create more advanced forms. You will also have the opportunity to pursue handbuilding, sculptural work, and/or a combination of any of these methods. Ages 16-Adult

Introduction to Colored Pencil

In this exploration of colored pencils, you will be guided in a new way of looking at how to apply a spectrum of colors into your artwork, giving your work a sense of depth and composition. Investigate color theory, value scale, blending techniques, perspective, and more! Ages 12-16

Just Scratching the Surface! Sgraffito in Clay

Sgraffito comes from the Italian word for scratch, so just scratch the surface to reveal your design! Explore the exciting visual and textural possibilities of sgraffito decoration on white clay using contrasting and varied colored underglazes. Learn a cool technique to easily transfer design onto 2D and 3D surfaces such as a tumbler and a platter. Look at wood or linoleum block cuts and prints for your textural design inspiration. Ages 16–Adult

Expand Your B&W Darkroom Printing Skills

Love the darkroom? Let’s take your experiences to the next level. This eight-week darkroom class will introduce you to advanced techniques such as split-filter printing, Sabattier printing, and combination printing. We will work on honing your skills to produce beautiful exhibition quality prints. Consider a local art show for your work or build on a portfolio you have already started. Ages 16-Adult

Introduction To Colored Pencil

In this exploration of colored pencils, you will be guided in a new way of looking at how to apply a spectrum of colors into your artwork, giving your work a sense of depth and composition. Investigate color theory, value scale, blending techniques, perspective, and more! Ages 9-12

Embroidery: Drawing & Painting with Thread

In this course, you will be introduced to the process of artistic needlework. Rob considers his work as drawing and painting with thread. Starting with basic exercises, learn color blending, shading, drawing, creating lines, and other fundamental embroidery techniques. With the support of the instructor, you will be encouraged to sketch design ideas from your imagination, photos, or natural surroundings, which will serve as a basis for a final piece. Adults

Decorated Plates, Tumblers, & Bowls, Oh My!

Working from templates, learn to handbuild and decorate a plate, tumbler, and bowl. After your pieces have been fired once, they will be decorated with underglaze transfers to reflect your personal artistic statement. Colors, patterns, and designs are determined by each individual. Join the fun, learn a new decorating technique, and make some clay art! Adults

Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery

This class is an introduction to wheel throwing methods of working with clay. Learn to create forms such as bowls and mugs, as well as decorating and glazing your finished pieces. Explore your own ideas on the wheel and use hand-building techniques to enhance your work. Ages 12-16

Introduction to Acrylic Painting

In this fun introduction to acrylic painting, you will learn the fundamentals of drawing followed by traditional painting techniques that will allow for a smooth transition into acrylic painting. We will explore color theory, as well as paintbrush techniques like blending, dry brush, layering, and so much more. Give your paintings a breath of life! Ages 12-16

ArtTrax: Painting I

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 skillset through practice and repetition. No prior knowledge or experience in the medium is needed/expected for level I classes. The courses then proceed sequentially, each level building upon what was previously presented. Ages 16-Adult

3D Sculpture Design

In this course, we are all free to let our imaginations soar! 3D sculpture design is a unique and exciting way to explore your creative side using traditional and non-traditional art methods and materials. Take your ideas to the next level from concept drawing designs to 3D sculptures. With polymer-based clay, the possibilities are close to limitless! Ages 9-12

Get Out of Round! Wheel Thrown & Altered Bowls

Don’t be bored with round, get out of round! Alter, cut, carve, and stamp your bowls. Make your own clay stamps and learn to throw basic bowl forms in preparation for each type of alteration process. Staining and glazing will be taught to suit this project. Wow everyone with your own unique, functional clay art serving pieces! Ages 16-Adult

Knit to Fit Math

Knitters want their time and efforts rewarded with a finished garment that fits. It all starts with a knitting gauge and body measurements, the necessities of excellent sweater construction and fit. We will discuss gauge and measuring accurately, work formulas for basic long-sleeve crew neck pullovers, and work the math for other variations. Armed and informed, let the magic of math formulas open the doors of your creativity. The instructor will provide specific homework to be done before attending class. Ages 16-Adult