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Contemporary Tilt-Top Side Table

Teaching Artist: Stephan Micheletto-Blouin
$375
9-week course
Mondays, September 18 – November 13, 6-9pm
The unassuming scale and delicate proportions of the tilt-top table has its American roots in the ostentatious style of the Federal period in conjunction with the stripped-down simplicity of Shaker furniture. In this class, we will retain the table’s functional and structural core while using our contemporary approaches to design and build. This project features dovetailed tenon and wedged tenon joinery, solid wood shaping, laminating, pattern router work, and much more. This little table offers the rigor to engage woodworking techies and the design moments to capture the imagination of free spirits. Our approach will be direct, fun, and easy for students of all skill levels (or none!) to have a great time and build something awesome.

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Sewing 101

Teaching Artist: Theresa Wilson
$135
4-week course
Tuesdays, September 19- October 10, 6-9pm
Learn how to sew and/or increase your sewing skills! The lessons in this sewing course will cover the core principals of sewing by hand and by sewing machine. Your newly acquired knowledge and skills will be put into practice with individual projects or, if you have a project you’re struggling with, this is the perfect opportunity to finish it (alter your Halloween costume or make Christmas stockings!). This interactive course will strengthen your understanding of the sewing craft, spark your creativity, and send you home with a project that will make your loved ones say, “Wow! You made that?!” Students are encouraged to bring their own sewing machines, projects they want to work on, and any additional sewing supplies they already have!

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Multi-Level Ceramics

Teaching Artist: Rob McClurg
$275.00
9-week course
Wednesdays, September 20 – November 15, 6-9pm
Learn the art of hand-building and wheel-throwing in this multi-level class that is great for beginners and experienced students alike. You will create functional and sculptural pieces and leave with an understanding of form, decoration and texture. Pieces will be kiln-fired and glazed, painted or stained. Clay and glazes are included with lab fee; students should bring their own set of clay tools (details will be provided prior to the first class).

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Introduction to the Art of Embroidery

Teaching Artist: Anna McKeown
$165.00
6-week course
Thursdays, September 21- October 26, 6-9pm
Learn the art of decorative hand stitching in this 6-week introductory class! Students will learn new stitches each week and will create projects that are both challenging and fun for beginners. By the end of the class, students will have completed projects that they can display and wear, and will have the skills to continue their practice on their own.

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Exploring Collage & Embroidery

Teaching Artist: Anna McKeown
$125
2-day workshop
Saturday & Sunday, September 23 &24, 10am-4pm
In this two-day workshop, students will experiment with paper, thread, and ink to create unique, personalized collages. Push the boundaries of your artistic expression by gluing, weaving, and sewing together paper, personal photographs, and more!

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Mosaic Mirrors: Found & Collected

Teaching Artist: Carrie Fanning
$125
1-day workshop
Saturday, September 30, 10am-4pm
Using found and collected items such as beads, stones, broken china and forgotten jewelry, we will create small, mosaic mirror sculptures. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own ephemera (old jewelry, beads, shells, coins, broken dishes, small toys, etc.) to add personal layers of significance to their work.

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Knife-Making for Woodworkers

Teaching Artist: Stephan Micheletto-Blouin
$250
2-day workshop
Saturday & Sunday, October 21 & 22, 10am-4pm
Most woodworking projects require some carving, whittling or paring, and the knives used for such tasks are prized tools. In this class we will take our cue from the long line of woodworkers who have eschewed the ready-made and ill-fit generality of what industry provides us and make our own carving knife to fit our own hands. Working from square steel, we will shape our knife and our handle to best meet our needs, covering grinding, heat-treating, tempering and sharpening along the way. In the end we will come away with a lovely little knife, suitable for hand carving, chip carving or whittling that will fit our work and our own personalities. This fun class is suitable for students of all experience levels.

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Badge of Honor

Teaching Artist: Anna McKeown
$105
1-day workshop
Saturday, October 28, 10am-4pm
In this one-day workshop, students will learn a series of basic stitches to create their own own hand-embroidered patch! Students will embroider their initials using the stitches taught during the workshop. This project is a fun way to personalize your favorite jacket or backpack with your very own handmade work of art!

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Introduction to Jewelry-Making

Teaching Artist: Brooke Griffith
$135
1-day workshop
Saturday, October 28, 10am-4pm
This one-day workshop will introduce students to the foundation and basic techniques for working with wire and beads. Using these methods, participants will learn how to wire a briolette, use hairpin wires, and connect beads into a single wired thread. The day will culminate into students walking away with a hand-designed bracelet or necklace using techniques learned from the day!

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Creative Writing

Creative Writing Fundamentals

Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard
$210.00
9-week course
Mondays, September 18 – November 13, 6-9pm

Explore techniques for strengthening creative writing in all genres. This class is for writers of all skill levels and will focus on triggers for effective writing, ways to engage the reader, in-class exercises, and feedback on works-in-progress. The class will include short writing assignments at home as well as gentle commentary and critique in a workshop setting.

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Plot Your Novel

Teaching Artist: Keith Potempa
$180.00
6-week course
Tuesdays, September 19 – October 24, 6-9pm

The plot of an entire novel is a daunting thing to chew. Cut that meal into manageable pieces without compromising any of the unique flavors within. In this six week course, students will examine story structures both rooted in mythology and used by accomplished authors and screenwriters. Students will learn the core ingredients of dramatic storytelling and practice developing novel concepts and full plot outlines with those ingredients. This course is open to all levels of experience.

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Writing Characters with Personality

Teaching Artist: Keith Potempa
$180.00
6-week course
Thursdays, September 21 – October 26, 6-9pm

Writing a dynamic character requires a number of factors. Goals and motivations. Background and upbringing. Inner demons and the journey toward profound positive change. But most importantly, they must behave, think and act in a convincing and consistent enough fashion to appear to be real living people. This course seeks to break down these components through use of the heuristic Enneagram model of human personality, mythic character archetypes, wisdom and techniques of highly accomplished authors, so that students can create convincing, dynamic characters and set them up for journeys of self discovery and change. The course will include lecture, group discussion, in-class readings, take-home writing prompts, as well as private and small-group exercises. All levels of skill and experience are welcome.

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Life in 1,000 Words or Less: Writing the Personal Essay

Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard
$80.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, October 7, 10am-4pm

Personal essay is a form of creative nonfiction in which we examine our own lives and the ways they reflect the universal truths of the world around us. These short-form essays are found everywhere, from literary journals to blog posts. In this one-day workshop, we will examine short personal essays by contemporary writers and participants will have the opportunity to explore their own topics and ideas in guided writing sessions, working toward a finished draft. Instruction will include how to search your own life for essay topics, where and how to begin, and how to turn your life experiences into compelling stories. The workshop is open to all levels of writing experience.

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Travel Writing: Let Yourself Go!

Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard
$80.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, November 4, 10am-4pm

Sometimes a trip is more than just a trip, it’s a transformative experience that the traveler must put into words. This workshop is designed to examine different types of travel writing, from basic where-to, how-to stories to creative, first-person essays that reflect on the inner journey that arises from a special trip, location or destination. Students will discuss a variety of contemporary travel writers and their techniques, and begin to transform their own travel experiences into compelling, true stories. Instruction will include generating ideas for travel writing, how to gather information for a travel story, how to prepare for a trip that will provide material for a travel essay, and what travel editors look for in the stories they publish. The workshop is open to all levels of experience.

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Drawing & Painting

Intermediate Figure Drawing

Teaching Artist: Anna deWitt Houghton
$185
6-week course
Mondays, October 23 – November 27, 6-9pm

Drawing from life is essential to master figure drawing. In this course, students will be given material prompts, technical guidance, and the freedom to create their own finished works of art. Some figure drawing experience required.

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Acrylic Painting Fundamentals (CANCELLED) 

Teaching Artist: Shawn Krise
$210.00
9-week course
Tuesdays, September 19 – November 14, 6-9pm

 

Drawing Fundamentals

Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn
$210.00
9-week course
Wednesdays, September 20 – November 15, 6-9pm

Enhance your view of the world with this comprehensive drawing course, which will sharpen your eye for detail while providing art school level instruction in observational drawing. Perfect for beginners, or professionals who want to revisit the basics, this course offers all of the essential exercises, techniques and approaches to learning the natural way to draw. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

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Mixed Media: Watercolor + Ink

Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford
$210.00
9-week course
Wednesdays, September 20 – November 15, 6-9pm

Explore the possibilities of mixed media by combining watercolor and ink. Discover ways to use each medium to enhance the other, and learn effective techniques for adding texture and detail to any subject, from landscape to abstraction. All skill levels are welcome. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

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Approaches to Abstract Painting

Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn
$210.00
9-week course
Thursdays, September 21 – November 16, 6-9pm

In this acrylics course, students will employ the composition strategies, paint handling and color mixing techniques of the modern masters, learning how and why these developments evolved from early modern abstraction to the many approaches seen in contemporary abstract painting today. Students will be encouraged to develop their own painting style and direction. This course is good for both beginners and experienced painters, and offers a place to connect and discuss developments in the contemporary art world while engaging in lively classroom discussions about art. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

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Drawing on Your Creativity

Teaching Artist: Daniel Arite
$185.00
6-week course
Thursdays, September 21 – October 26, 6-9pm

Discover a personal way of drawing that is as distinct as your signature! This class focuses on drawing from your imagination in a way that expresses your unique inner scape. Explore uncommon techniques like drawing with the mind’s eye, using your senses to guide you, and communicating with symbols. You will learn how to apply principles of design and composition to enhance drawings and to create visual impact. Through an ongoing practice of keeping a personal visual journal, you’ll free your imagination and gain more confidence in your abilities. Join us and draw for the sheer enjoyment of expressing yourself through imagery.

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Botanical Watercolors: Herbs

Teaching Artist: Mary Gwyn Bowen
$150.00
2-day workshop
Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17, 10am-4pm

We’ll be perfecting botanical watercolor and drawing techniques focusing on the early 19th century style herb garden at historic Travellers Rest Museum and Gardens. Mary Overton’s herb garden, or kitchen garden, would have been an important part of the plantation by providing both medicinal and culinary herbs, including some very rare plants.. This class will have the opportunity to focus on the unique color and structure of herbs as well as learn a bit about the history of some of the herbal plants in the garden. Bee balm, an early American substitute for tea, is just one of the plants we’ll have the opportunity to paint.

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Natural Abstractions in Mixed Media

Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford
$135.00
2-day workshop
Saturday & Sunday, September 30 & October 1, 10 am-4pm

Learn how to use the natural world as your inspiration for painting abstractly. Explore expressive color and textural effects to help you find the right balance between control and spontaneity. Experiment with watercolor, acrylic, ink and more. Discover how versatile paint on paper can be as you explore techniques to create a personal path to abstraction. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

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Botanical Watercolors: Fall Leaves

Teaching Artist: Mary Gwyn Bowen
$150.00
2-day workshop
Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5, 10am-4pm

Capture the beauty of autumn using classical methods of watercolor painting in the techniques of botanical artists of the 18th and 19th centuries. Recreation of authentic color and detail will be a special focus. Preservation of leaves for future work will be demonstrated.

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Film

Screenwriting Fundamentals

Teaching Artist: Bob Giordano
$210.00
9-week course
Mondays, September 18 – November 13, 6:30-9pm

Get hands-on guidance for developing a great idea into a story that conforms to professional Hollywood standards, and discover elements that strengthen or weaken a script. Students will write actual script pages and begin the journey of translating a story from their heads onto the page.

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Advanced Screenwriting

Teaching Artist: Bob Giordano
$210.00
9-week course
Tuesdays, September 19 – November 14, 6:30-9pm

This writer’s boot camp will take you through the development process where you will create a professional logline, synopsis, outline, and the first act (25 – 30 pages) of a script. Students will receive hands-on, one-on-one coaching through an intensive development and writing process. This class is recommended as a follow up course to Screenwriting Fundamentals.

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Writing the Short Film

Teaching Artist: Bob Giordano
$105.00
4-week course
Wednesdays, September 20 – October 11, 6:30-9pm

The short film is more popular than ever and an affordable way to make an idea a film reality. From how films are funded, produced, and ultimately consumed, short films are paving the future of storytelling. This four week course will teach students how to write an effective short film script that can be shot on a tight budget.

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Writing Adaptations: Trials & Triumphs

Teaching Artist: Gena Ellis
$80
1-day workshop
Saturday, November 4, 10am-4pm

Do you usually love or hate adaptations? Have a short story, essay, song, or other writing from a previous workshop (published or not), that might make a good film (or radio drama/podcast)? Bring it and let’s start ‘upcycling’ it into a script and talk about decisions writers must make. More than 50 percent of films, from Casablanca to Wonder Woman, are adapted from something. No script experience? No problem. We’ll discuss basic script and write a scene from a source material and discuss why you made certain choices and the end result- an adaptation.

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Graphic Design & Illustration

Illustrating Stories

Teaching Artist: Ariel Williams
$185.00
6-week course
Tuesdays, September 19 – October 24, 6-9pm

Inspired by fairytales? Moved by magic? Let these tales inspire illustrations of your own by practicing the conceptual design process for illustration. Intermediate and experienced drawing students will learn how to make compelling and unique illustrations using a variety of media including, but not limited to, watercolor, pen and ink, block printing, graphite, and collage.

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Introduction to Sequential Storyboarding and Comic Art

Teaching Artist: Billy Martinez
$185.00
6-week course
Wednesdays
September 20 – October 25, 6-9pm

This course will guide you through a step by step approach to comic illustration, melding basic anatomy with perspective and storytelling. From dynamic facial expressions to foreshortening techniques, students will learn how to create characters and worlds with depth and intrigue. Final inking and tone techniques enhance the details of the drawings and bring the finished story to life.

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Traditional Animation

Teaching Artist: Tim Oliphant
$185
6-week course
Thursdays, September 21 – October 26, 6-9pm

Learn the real-world techniques of basic animation from forms and shapes to creating characters. Students will be exposed to turning heads, body shapes, “extremes,” “in betweens,” storyboards, and finally creating their own animation, much in the tradition of the early animation masters. Students should bring their own sketchbook.

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Concept to Product: Using Adobe Illustrator to Create Patterns

Teaching Artist: Zie Campbell
$150.00
2-day workshop
Saturdays, October 21 & 28, 10am-4pm

From wallpaper to greeting cards, all great design begins with paper and pen! Spend the first day of this workshop applying the design process to create your unique pattern by hand. Then, transform your pattern from paper to screen, while learning the basics of Adobe Illustrator, the industry-standard program for creating graphics, logos, illustrations and much more. Students will leave with printed prototypes! Basic experience using Mac computers is required and students should bring their own external storage device.

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Interior Design

There are no classes in this category for the fall semester. Please check back in regarding spring 2018 classes on December 1st.

Photography

Digital Photography Foundations: Capturing Images

Teaching Artist: Abby Whisenant
$260.00
9-week course
Wednesdays, September 20 – November 15, 6-9pm

Learning how to use their digital SLR cameras, students will develop the necessary technical skills to produce artful and expressive photographs. Through classroom discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on photo assignments, students will learn camera controls while developing an understanding of light, exposure, framing and composition. Students should bring their own digital SLR cameras and instruction manuals.

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Print, Paper & Book

DIY Printmaking

Teaching Artist: Amy Weiss
$185
6-week course
Saturdays, September 23 – October 28, 1-4pm

Become a printmaking master with supplies from home! Learn techniques such as screen printing, collagraph printmaking, and relief printing without the use of a printmaking press. Look upon discarded styrofoam, bubble wrap, matboard, fabric scraps, sandpaper, and more with a fresh new eye. Students will complete a full body of printmaking works ranging from monoprints to editions. They will leave the class with a range of techniques, tricks, and tools that can easily be applied at home!

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Japanese Table-Top Hinged Screen

Teaching Artist: Claudia Lee
$130
2-day workshop
Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8, 10am – 4pm

The Japanese hinged screen is both beautiful and versatile. Knowing how to construct one is an invaluable technique to have in one’s toolbox. Day one will begin with students producing an assortment of decorative papers using techniques that will add color, pattern, design, text and mark-making. On day two, we will plan and cut out the basic screen and learn how to add hinges and spines. Using our decorative papers we will then cover and embellish the screens.

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Stitched Boxes

Teaching Artist: Claudia Lee
$130.00
2-day workshop
Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5, 10am-4pm

During this workshop students will use handmade paper to create a paper box. Students will learn to design and create a pattern for their box, learn different ways to construct the box as well as how to embellish with stitching and collage. The box that students walk away with will not only be a work of art but also sturdy and functional!

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Professional Practice

A Guide to Self-Publishing

Teaching Artist: Jennifer Chesak
$100.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, September 30, 10am-4pm

More and more authors are foregoing traditional publishing methods and taking charge of their work and their royalties. Self-publishing your novel is a way to cut through all the red tape associated with getting your book out to the masses, but you’ve got to take the proper steps for success. Students will learn about the pros and cons of self-publishing, the different DIY platforms, ISBN number and imprint setup, production steps, costs associated with self-publishing, as well as potential return on investment.

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Treat Your Art Like A Business

Teaching Artist: Jennifer Chesak
$50
1-day workshop
Saturday, October 28, 1-3pm

This one-time, two-hour workshop goes over the basics for treating your art (whether that’s writing, design work, sculpting, painting, etc.) like a business. We’ll discuss taxes, tracking income and expenses, managing feast-and-famine cycles, insurance, work-for-hire contracts, and the technology that can help you do it all.

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Gift CertificatesGift Certificates

Empower your family and friends to embrace their creativity by giving them a gift certificate for a Watkins Community Education class. Great for any occasion and available in any amount! To purchase a gift certificate please contact the Community Education offices at community@watkins.edu or stop by our offices located in Metro Center, 2298 Rosa Parks. Blvd.