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Current Course Descriptions

3-D

MULTI-LEVEL CERAMICS

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 11—August 6 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Allison Jarrett

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).

INTRODUCTION TO WELDING

Section 1: Saturday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 22, 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. OR
Section 2: Saturday, July 26
, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 27, 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
$95, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist:GT McMahon

Joining metal with heat is an age-old fabrication process. In this introductory workshop, students will learn two basic welding techniques: arc (or “stick”) welding, and metal inert gas (MIG) welding. With an emphasis on proper setup and safety, students will use these techniques to create an individual piece to take home. All tools and supplies included in lab fee. Students must wear closed-toe shoes and 100% cotton clothing (i.e. jeans, t-shirt, bandana, and a longsleeve button down shirt).

METAL WORKING: TOOLS, TIPS & METHODS

Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
June 4—August 6 (9 weeks, no class July 2)
$210, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: GT McMahon

This course is a complete guide to basic metal working on a budget. Students will learn the correct methods to heat, bend and weld steel without breaking the bank. Included will be an in depth guide to the equipment, tools and raw materials needed to set up a metal shop at home. Students will learn how to operate and maintain a shop safely while completing projects to take home with them. All tools and supplies included in lab fee. Students must wear closed-toe, real leather shoes and 100% cotton clothing (i.e. jeans, t-shirt, bandana, and a long-sleeve button down shirt) with no synthetic materials.

WOOD FURNITURE: SIDE TABLES

Tuesdays 6:00 — 9:00 p.m.
June 3—July 29  (9 weeks)

$210, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Stephan Michletto-Blouin

Through the construction of a solid wood side table, students will explore mortise and tenon joinery options, shaping techniques in solid wood and strategies to compensate for seasonal wood movement. Students will also explore furniture design considerations, and will investigate furniture presence in context of place and the decisions that affect it. This class is suited for both beginners and intermediate woodworkers. Students will walk away from this class with a table and a foundation of skills to bolster their future woodworking practices. All tools and materials included in the lab fee.  Students should wear closed-toe shoes.

WOOD FURNITURE: WINDSOR BENCHES

Saturday, July 12—Sunday, July 13
10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Stephan Michletto-Blouin

In this course, students will learn efficient Windsor construction techniques through lumber selection, millwork, joinery, shaping, and then finally assembly. In just two days student will establish a fundamental approach to woodworking that will serve them well in future woodworking endeavors. This fun and fast-paced workshop will result in a bench or table that students will be thrilled to put their mark on. This is an excellent workshop for beginners and those with intermediate experience.  All tools and materials included in the lab fee.  Students should wear closed-toe shoes.

SPOON CARVING BASICS: THE COFFEE SCOOP

Saturday, June 28—Sunday, June 29
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $35 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Emily Brock

In this course students will spend two days learning the basic techniques of hand carving a wooden spoon guided by local kitchenwares woodworker Emily Brock. Through focused attention on designing a coffee scoop, students will learn how to use some essential hand tools to carve and shape their piece. Students will then sand their scoops to a silky finish. All tools and materials included in the lab fee.  Students should wear closed-toe shoes.

Drawing & Painting

DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 3- July 29 (9 weeks)

$210
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn

Learning to draw not only trains the hand but also sharpens your powers of observation, perception and critical thinking. This beginning drawing course offers a comprehensive but natural approach to translating the three-dimensional world into two dimensions. Students will use primarily charcoal and graphite as they learn the essentials: contour, rendering, gesture, and perspective through still life, landscape, and memory drawing. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

ABSTRACT PAINTING: HOW AND WHY

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 5 – July 31 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn

This multi-level acrylics course provides a hands-on study of modern painting techniques, strategies and history—from Impressionism to late modernism and the present day. Students will learn how and why abstraction evolved, and they will employ the composition strategies, paint handling and color techniques of the modern masters while developing their own painting style and direction. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

ACRYLIC PAINTING: FUNDAMENTALS AND BEYOND

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 2—July 28 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Shawn Krise

Beginning and intermediate students will learn efficient and effective ways to paint with acrylics. With an emphasis on color mixing, brushwork, and paint handling, the course will help students develop an understanding of value (light and dark), form and color. Students with some painting experience can expect to learn new methods that elevate the quality of their work and inspire experimentation. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

COLOR THEORY

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 4—25 (4 weeks)

$105
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn

Students will learn through painting, pastel drawing and collage the phenomenon of how colors gradate from one to the next and work together to affect mood. A comprehensive study of primary, secondary, tertiary values, hues and colors will be examined as well as the full spectrum of complementary color use and temperature. Students who take this class will come away with a much-improved ability to mix colors and use color effectively.  Suitable for beginners as well as more-experienced artists. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

COMPOSITION STRATEGIES: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
July 9-30 (4 weeks)

$105
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn

This drawing and painting course will emphasize compositional approaches to both realistic and abstract imagery.  Dynamic symmetry, balance, structure, tension and color usage will all be examined in this course as means of creating exciting paintings and drawings. Suitable for beginners as well as more-experienced artists. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

CAPTURING THE FIGURE WITH PENCIL AND PAINT

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 2—July 28 (9 weeks)

$210
Teaching Artist: Jammie Williams

Working from both clothed and nude models, students will explore various ways to understand and render the human form. From contour and gesture drawings in graphite to tonal studies and emotional interpretation in watercolors, students will capture the figure in both short and longer poses. Topics include line quality, color theory, anatomical proportion and portraiture. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

INTERMEDIATE ACRYLIC PAINTING: STUDIO PROJECTS

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 3—July 29 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Shawn Krise

This class is geared for the painter who has some working experience in acrylics, or students who have completed Acrylic Painting: Fundamentals and Beyond. Students will continue to learn more color theory, paint handling, styles and special effects. This course is a great opportunity to work on individual projects and “find your own style.” Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

LAYERED IMAGE: PAINTING, COLLAGE & TRANSFERS

Saturday, June 21—Sunday, June 22
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Carmen Mims

This mixed-media workshop will not only explore acrylic painting techniques, but it will also introduce students to methods for layering their images with collage elements, transfers, text and found objects. Covering both representational and abstract approaches, this workshop will focus on ideas of composition, layering, color psychology, mark making, texture, and balance. Some paints and collage supplies are included in lab fee; students should bring two canvas boards and additional collage elements such as greeting cards, journal entries, photographs, sheet music, scrap fabric, and even small trinkets.

PORTRAITS IN OIL

Saturday, July 26—Sunday, July 27
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. both days
$105
Teaching Artist: Jammie Williams

In this workshop intermediate painting students will learn the traditional methods of oil portraiture. From toning your canvas and creating an underpainting to the final addition of color, students will learn techniques and concepts used from the Renaissance to the present. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided prior to the workshop.

INTRODUCTION TO ILLUSTRATION 

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 4- July 30 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Lauren Minco

Illustrations, found on everything from posters and magazines to children’s books and stationery, communicate a feeling, a story, and ideas to the public. In this class, students will work in the styles and mediums of their choosing to learn how illustrators tackle different contemporary markets. Presentations, critiques, and guest artists enhance the experience by educating students on how to promote themselves, work with Art Directors, and develop a strong illustration from sketch to finish. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided. Cross-listed in Graphic Design.

THE ART OF LICENSING

Tuesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 3—July 29 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Lauren Minco

Have you ever imagined seeing your work on journal covers and greeting cards? How about wrapping paper or fabric? More artists are entering the world of licensing, a lucrative and exciting field where artists allow companies to reproduce their artwork on products for a fee. This course will help students understand trade shows and marketing, what clients are looking for, and how to start a successful portfolio through three in-depth projects. Great for both digital and traditional artists. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided. Cross-listed in Graphic Design.

ART FOR CHILDREN’S MARKETS

Thursdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 26—July 31 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Lauren Minco

Children’s books are full of imagination and wonderful art, but these illustrations can also be used for other products like wall art, flash cards, and kid’s magazines. This course explores children’s markets and how your illustrations can be used for books and beyond! From designing successful characters to learning how to find clients, students will leave feeling confident and inspired. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided. Cross-listed in Graphic Design.

WATERCOLOR FUNDAMENTALS: A FRESH APPROACH

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 4—25 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford

Explore how versatile watercolors on paper can be. Discover a variety of contemporary techniques that can be used with any subject matter, from landscapes to abstractions. Learn fresh approaches to painting methods such as wet-in-wet, glazing, texture and color. All skill levels are welcome. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

INTERMEDIATE WATERCOLOR

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
July 9-30 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford

This class is designed for students who have some experience with watercolor, including those who have taken Watercolor Fundamentals. Demonstrations will emphasize the unique properties of watercolor, and students will be encouraged to develop a personal approach to the medium. Color and composition will be stressed. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

MEMORABILIA COLLAGE

Saturday, July 26 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 27, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
$95, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Sarah Stob

In this workshop students will incorporate drawing, painting, collage, and affordable encaustic mediums to create a work of art from old photos, papers, and small memorabilia. Most materials provided. Please bring in copies of photos, old jewelry, copies of old letters, etc. to use in your piece.

RELIVING ART HISTORY: A HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

Thursdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 5—July 10 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Logan Barnum-Rogers

In this course students will have the opportunity to “become” a famous artist through individualized hands-on methods and historical studies. Each student will choose, from a selection, an artist to study on a personal level including the inspirations, identities and life events that shaped his or her career. Using pastels, acrylics and/or other materials students will learn to identify with an artist by recreating that person’s work or generating original pieces inspired by the artist’s style. In addition students will learn how to discuss, analyze, apply and critique art. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

INTRODUCTION TO PLEIN AIR PAINTING

Saturday, June 28—Sunday, June 29
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. both days
$105
Teaching Artist: Anna DeWitt

Plein Air painting, or the act of painting outdoors, was especially significant for Impressionist painters and is still important for artists rendering outdoor scenes. This workshop will teach intermediate students to understand color and its relationship to changing outdoor light. As such, students will build skills in painting with speed and efficiency. Students will learn to connect with their surroundings and gain inspiration to take their creativity outdoors! Students should bring their own supplies; suggested materials list will be provided.

COMIC ILLUSTRATION

Saturday, June 7—Sunday, June 8
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn

Comics aren’t just for kids! Learn basic techniques in developing characters, scenes and humor for single, double and multi-panel comics. Students will gain important knowledge about simplifying drawings and using lines, shapes, and colors to illustrate their everyday observations. Most supplies included in the lab fee. An additional suggested materials list will be provided prior to class.

VISUAL STORYTELLING

Mondays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
July 7—28 (4 weeks) 
$105
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford

This class is designed for painters and book artists who are interested in focusing on the content of their work and developing personal narratives. Through demonstrations, painting and writing exercises, students will explore the power of visual images to tell personal stories. Expressive use of color, texture and composition will be emphasized. Students will be encouraged to explore their chosen medium as a path to telling their own visual stories. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided. Cross-listed in Print, Paper & Book.

Film

SCREENWRITING FUNDAMENTALS

Mondays, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
June 2—July 28 (9 weeks)

$210
Teaching Artist: Bob Giordano

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 head onto the page.

INTERMEDIATE SCREENWRITING: WRITING YOUR SCREENPLAY, Part 2

Tuesdays, 6:30—9:00 p.m.
June 3—July 29 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Bob Giordano

You’ve got a logline and an outline for your script, and you’ve started writing. Now it’s time to really dive in. In this course, writers will receive hands-on feedback to help them through that most daunting segment of their script – Act 2! Students’ skills for writing, re-writing, and editing will improve as they accomplish the goal of completing a screenplay. Students will receive hands-on coaching through an intensive development and writing process. This course is ideal for students who have completed Intermediate Screenwriting, Part 1 or a first act and need help completing their screenplay.

INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS

Mondays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 2—July 28 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Galen Fott

While generally regarded as a compositing application, Adobe After Effects has more accurately been described as a “Swiss army knife” of video production. Whatever the task, After Effects probably has a tool for accomplishing it. The program has been used in many major motion pictures such as Avatar and The Social Network. This course will give students a solid grounding in the application, showing them how to composite various elements together, animate text, create character animation, and move into the realm of 3D compositing. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device (250GB or more).

INTRODUCTION TO CINEMATOGRAPHY

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 4—August 6 (9 weeks, no class June 18)
$210
Teaching Artist: Jeremy Bolden

This course will teach students the basics of cinematography including lighting techniques, general camera settings, and understanding how to cover a scene. Topics such as composition, framing, exposure, shot selection and more will be covered. Students will also focus on gathering imagery for a professional reel. Students should bring a digital recording device that captures video and sound (digital camera, iPhone, Flip video camera, etc.) as well as a pen and notebook. A portable hard drive (250GB or more) is also highly recommended.

INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE PREMIERE

Tuesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 3—July 29 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Galen Fott

Other programs have ebbed and flowed in popularity, but Adobe Premiere has been a powerful and professional choice for editing video for 23 years. Whether your ultimate goal is YouTube or movie theaters, Premiere has a flexible toolset that can turn rough footage into a polished presentation. Students will learn basic video editing and discover how to use Premiere for titling, audio, color correction, and effects to add impact and flair to their work. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device (250GB or more).

HerStory Institute Summer Cinema Series

The HerStory Institute presents a summer cinema series of films in the Watkins Theater beginning in June 2014. This partnership between Community Education and Her Point of View, an international arts and entertainment festival supporting the creative work of women, will deliver thought provoking and entertaining films that highlight the writing, producing, directing, cinematography, production design and editing in films created by women. The series will screen a range of features, shorts and documentary films including but not limited to independent and foreign films, classics, and festival favorites. In addition, the HerStory Institute will deliver monthly panels and/or workshops for film aficionados who desire a deeper understanding of the art and craft of film. Stay tuned! More information about the series will be available soon. For more information about Her Point of View or to submit your film project for programming consideration, please visit www.herpointofview.tv.

Graphic Design

INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE INDESIGN

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 3—July 29 (9 weeks)

$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Matt Allison

Learn the fundamentals of using Adobe InDesign, an essential program for graphic designers, while covering topics such as composition, the grid system and color theory. Through projects, hands-on use of the software program and critiques, participants will leave with a thorough understanding of design and how they can incorporate it into their own lives. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device. A copy of the book Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (by Adobe Creative Team) is recommended.

INTERMEDIATE GRAPHIC DESIGN

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 3—July 29 (9 weeks)

$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez

Improve your graphic designs skills with this hands-on intermediate course. Students will work through the entire design process — from brainstorming and sketching, to executing concepts with design software, to printing final products. Students will design a résumé, create a magazine cover, produce a multi-page publication, and craft original product packaging. These projects teach effective communication through design, explore the interplay of typography and imagery, and give students the chance to receive feedback on their work. Most projects will be completed using Adobe InDesign, but students will also work in Photoshop and Illustrator. Students should have experience using Mac computers and a working knowledge of InDesign. Experience with Photoshop and Illustrator would be helpful, but is not required. Students should bring an external storage device and sketchbook to class.

INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 4—July 30 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Richard Cook

Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, the industry-standard program for creating graphics, logos, illustration and much more. Students will work with type effects, color and other tools to create their own digital images. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device.

INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE PHOTOSHOP

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 5—July 31 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Matt Allison

Whether you want to edit and enhance your digital photos or learn to construct digital images and designs, this beginner’s Photoshop course will provide an overview of the program’s editing and design tools. Instruction will cover resizing images, working with layers and masks, manipulating light and exposure levels, color correction, retouching and more. You will leave with an understanding of Photoshop’s editing tools and the ability to prepare files for print or digital use. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device and a copy of the book Exploring Adobe Photoshop CS6 (by Hartman and Toland). Cross-listed in Photography.

WEBSITE CREATION

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 3- 24 (4 weeks)

$105, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Meredith Eastburn

In this course students will learn how to create and maintain their own websites using web-based applications such as Weebly. Students will learn how to acquire domain names and host their websites online, and they will leave with an understanding of well-organized site structures and the basic Photoshop skills needed to create and optimize images for the web. Working knowledge of Mac computers and the Internet are required. Basic experience using Adobe Photoshop is suggested, and students should bring their own external storage device.

INTRODUCTION TO ILLUSTRATION

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 4—July 30 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Lauren Minco

Illustrations, found on everything from posters and magazines to children’s books and stationery, communicate a feeling, a story, and ideas to the public. In this class, students will work in the styles and mediums of their choosing to learn how illustrators tackle different contemporary markets. Presentations, critiques, and guest artists enhance the experience by educating students on how to promote themselves, work with Art Directors, and develop a strong illustration from sketch to finish. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided. Cross-listed in Drawing & Painting.

BASIC DIGITAL DESIGN FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Mondays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 9—August 4 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Amanda Penecale

Perfect for artists, musicians, small businesses, or anyone who wants to amplify their visual presence, students will discover how to advance their business using a computer. Students will learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop including photo uploading, resizing, basic editing, incorporating text, and working with predesigned templates. Instruction will cover basic design for business cards, logos, letterhead, Facebook cover pages, album art (for musicians), and promotional posters. Students will also discuss the use of blogs, self-publishing, and various online platforms. Students should bring files to work with on an external storage device including photographs, clip art, or imagery saved for inspiration. Basic experience using Mac computers is required.

THE ART OF LICENSING

Tuesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 3—July 29 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Lauren Minco

Have you ever imagined seeing your work on journal covers and greeting cards? How about wrapping paper or fabric? More artists are entering the world of licensing, a lucrative and exciting field where artists allow companies to reproduce their artwork on products for a fee. This course will help students understand trade shows and marketing, what clients are looking for, and how to start a successful portfolio through 3 in-depth projects. Great for both digital and traditional artists. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided. Cross-listed in Drawing & Painting.

ART FOR CHILDRENS’ MARKETS

Thursdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 26—July 31 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Lauren Minco

Children’s books are full of imagination and wonderful art, but these illustrations can also be used for other products like wall art, flash cards, and kid’s magazines. This course explores children’s markets and how your illustrations can be used for books and beyond! From designing successful characters to learning how to find clients, students will leave feeling confident and inspired. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided. Cross-listed in Drawing & Painting.

Interior Design

INTRODUCTION TO INTERIOR DESIGN

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 3—July 29 (9 weeks)

$210, plus $30 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Dallas Dedmon

This course introduces students to the language and field of interior design as they learn what is required to design and build interior spaces—from concept to reality. Instruction will cover space planning and basic drafting techniques, including lettering, line weights and dimensioning. By the end of the course, students will have created a floor plan for an interior space, taking into consideration elevations, materials, color palettes, lighting, textiles and furniture styles. Most tools and supplies included in lab fee.

KITCHEN DESIGN BASICS

Mondays, 6:00—9:00 a.m.
June 2—July 7 (6 weeks)
$160, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Ren’ee Hearn

In this course students will learn all they need for a basic kitchen redesign including finishes, appliances, cabinetry. Using their own kitchens as inspiration, students will learn how to do a redesign from start to finish. Choosing finishes such as counter top material, floors, sinks, and faucets as well as appropriate appliance selections will be covered. Students will also discuss contractors and DIY methods. Most tools and supplies included in lab fee.

FURNITURE PAINTING TECHNIQUES

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00pm
July 9—30 (4 weeks)
$105, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Dallas Dedmon

This course will provide students hands-on practice and knowledge of painting and distressing furniture. Instruction will include a variety of techniques and types of paint and students will be able to experiment with a variety of these techniques to gain an understanding of outcomes. Each student will complete a piece of furniture or an accessory by the end of the course. The lab fee covers painting and practice materials; students should bring their own piece of furniture. More details will be provided at the first class meeting.

Photography

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOUNDATIONS:
CAPTURING IMAGES

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 5—July 31 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Sam Angel

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.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CRASH COURSE

Section 1: Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 4—25 (4 weeks) or
Section 2: Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m. 
July 9—30 (4 weeks) 
$105 
Teaching Artist: Sam Angel

Our crash course provides a condensed version of the 9-week Digital Photography Foundations class to help students take better photographs and learn to use their camera in a short amount of time. Perfect for students with a busy schedule or those preparing to travel and in need of basic photography knowledge. Students should bring their own digital SLR cameras and instruction manuals.

INTRODUCTION TO DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY

Tuesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 3—July 29 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Angel Rabus

In this introduction to the darkroom students will learn how to create original images using basic camera handling skills and discuss aesthetic principles of photography. Emphasis will be placed on how to use a film camera, lenses, exposure meters, flashes, enlargers, and related equipment. Students will gain experience with black-and-white film processing, printing and presentation. Most chemicals and equipment included in the lab fee. Students should bring their own 35mm camera, film and paper. A suggested materials list will be provided prior to class.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PRODUCTION: MANIPULATING YOUR IMAGES

Monday, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 2—July 28 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Angel Rabus

In this introduction to electronic photo editing, students will become acquainted with the concepts, hardware, and software, related to digital image acquisition, manipulation, and output. This course is designed to develop students’ skills in pixel based photographic design and printing. Topics covered include scanning, masking, layering, and retouching in Adobe Photoshop CS6. Basic experience using Mac computers is required. Students must bring their own digital camera (DSLR, point-and-shoot, Iphone, etc…) and an external storage device.

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY: FROM CONCEPT TO FINAL EDIT

Saturday, June 28—Sunday, June 29
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Chris Daniels

In this course students will learn the basics of portraiture and begin to create studio-quality images. Instruction will cover the importance of light and off-camera lighting. Each student will shoot a model in a studio setting with props, as well as learn how to perfect their images in the digital darkroom of Photoshop. Participants will leave this course with a foundation on which to build their own creativity. Students should bring their own digital SLR cameras and instruction manuals.

LIGHT PAINTING WORKSHOP

Monday, June 30—Tuesday, July 1
6:00—9:00 p.m. both nights
$80
Teaching Artist: Sam Angel

Using a variety of light sources, this creative hands-on class will teach students how to paint with light using a digital camera. Topics covered include understanding shutter speed, efficiently using a tripod, exposing an image at night, and bulb settings. Great for all experience levels! Students should bring their own digital SLR cameras, tripods, and instructions manuals.

Print, Paper & Book

SCREENPRINTING

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 3—July 29 (9 weeks)
$210,  plus $40 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Christopher Cheney

Silkscreen printing is a popular and versatile printing method commonly used to create posters, t-shirts and labels. In this class, students will learn the whole process from preparing an image to developing a screen to running a set of prints on paper. Instruction will include demonstrations and hands-on practice using stencil methods as well as transparencies. Most materials included in the lab fee; students should provide t-shirts if wanted.

HANDMADE PHOTO ALBUMS

Saturday, June 21—Sunday, June 22
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $30 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez

Learn to bind a hardcover book in a style designed to hold photos, creating an album for cherished wedding photos, vacation keepsakes, or a photographer’s portfolio. Using the Japanese stab binding style, students will make an album with decorative handmade papers and colorful ribbon or thread. Students will complete a hardcover photo album, four soft-cover notebooks, and acquire the skills and resources to continue binding at home. Special topics covered include creating hinged hard covers, the proper use of binding tools and materials, and the essentials of sewing a book by hand. No previous bookbinding experience required. All materials are provided.

TEN BOOKS IN TWO DAYS

Saturday, June 28—Sunday, June 29
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $30 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Sarazen Haile

This crash-course in bookmaking will teach necessary skills to make ten handmade books. A few of the book forms covered will be single-sheet, accordion, pamphlet-stitch, and interactive books called flexagons. Students will leave the course with their own personal mini library of handmade books and the skills needed to continue making more at home. No previous knowledge is necessary to excel in this course. All materials are provided.

PLACES IN PAPER

Saturday, July 12
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Carmen Noel

Ever wanted to turn a memory of a favorite place into a work of art? This course will allow students to explore the capabilities of paper while recreating a place relevant to them. Beginning with a landscape or cityscape from a recent trip, a postcard, or even an everyday space, students will use the art of cut paper and collage, as well as exploration of layering and depth, to bring images to life. Color will be creatively incorporated into the artwork using paper dying and printmaking techniques. Paper manipulation techniques will allow students to create the distinct characteristics of their inspirational place. Most material provided in the lab fee although students should bring in their own printed images.

LINOCUT PRINTMAKING: REDUCTION BLOCK PRINTING

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 4—July 9 (6 weeks)
$160, plus $40 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Laura Baisden

Learn the process of creating an edition of custom reduction linoleum block prints with multiple colors. Students will discover how to compose and transfer an image, carve into linoleum, and print their images using a press. This is a straightforward method of relief printing and perfect for all levels. A background in drawing is suggested but not necessary. All materials included in the lab fee.

VISUAL STORYTELLING

Mondays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
July 7—28 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford

This class is designed for painters and book artists who are interested in focusing on the content of their work and developing personal narratives. Through demonstrations, painting and writing exercises, students will explore the power of visual images to tell personal stories. Expressive use of color, texture and composition will be emphasized. Students will be encouraged to explore their chosen medium as a path to telling their own visual stories. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided. Cross-listed in Drawing & Painting.

Special Topics

SEWING MACHINE FUNDAMENTALS

Tuesdays, 6:00 — 9:00 p.m.
June 10—July 1  (4 weeks)

$105, plus $30 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Allison Jarrett

This class is designed for students who have never touched a sewing machine or who need a refresher on the basics. You will learn to properly thread a sewing machine and will gain confidence in completing a variety of basic sewing tasks. With one-on-one guidance, students will learn to troubleshoot and resolve common problems that arise in machine sewing.  Finally, students will learn basic construction and surface decoration techniques, and will apply these skills to create simple projects such as housewares, soft sculptures, pieced collages, or embroidered artwork.  Most materials are included in the lab fee; students should bring their own sewing machines.

INTRODUCTION TO FASHION SEWING

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 5—July 31 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Lauren Taylor

There are few things more rewarding than wearing a beautiful garment you’ve created with your own two hands. This course will introduce the beginner sewer to the proper use of their machine, an overview of textiles and appropriate fabric selection, and techniques for garment construction from start to finish using a pattern from the instructor. Students will learn handy sewing techniques for updating pre-existing garments, how to follow a pattern, properly cut fabric, fit a garment to their body with basic alterations, and construct clothing using efficient, timesaving techniques from the fashion industry. Leave the course with a garment that fits you perfectly and the skills to take your sewing to the next level. Basic sewing machine skills are required, and students should bring a sewing machine to each class. Students should bring their own supplies; a materials list will be provided prior to the first class.

SEWING WORKSHOP: THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

Saturday, July 12—Sunday, July 13
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $30 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Pape

Everybody needs a classic little black dress. During this workshop students will make a well-fitted fully lined black silk shift dress from start to finish. All students will use the same sleeveless pattern with bust darts, but will be guided through style changes like adding length, changing the neckline, or inserting pockets if desired. Instruction will cover sewing a muslin, fitting the pattern and making any necessary adjustments to construct and finish the dress. Basic sewing knowledge required. Most materials are included. Students must bring their own sewing machine.

THE ART OF CREATIVE NONFICTION

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
July 7 – 28 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard

Personal narrative, family history, memoir—write your own story while you explore techniques that make these popular forms of creative nonfiction compelling. This class, designed for writers of all skill levels, examines the work of contemporary nonfiction writers and allows you to bring your own ideas to the page by using writing triggers and prompts. Participants will receive feedback on their work.

CREATIVE WRITING LAB

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
July 9—30 (4 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard

Designed for writers with a work in progress who are looking for encouragement, incentive and time to write each week, this open studio class will offer instruction with brief discussion of various writing topics followed by time to hunker down with your own creative work. For those who need a solution to writer’s block, writing topics may be suggested, and in-class reading and critique are also options.

WRITING YOUR LIFE: MEMORY, INSPIRATION, AND INVENTION

Saturday, June 7
10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
$80

Teaching Artist: Susannah Felts from The Porch Writers’ Collective

Do you have great life stories to share, but aren’t sure where or how to start? Do you long to put your memories in a lasting form to share with your loved ones and others? This workshop will give you the time, encouragement, and creative prompts to get started crafting real-life experience into meaningful narratives. We’ll look at some strong works of creative nonfiction as inspiration, and we’ll draw from our own journals and memories to complete a number of prompts designed to draw material out of lived experience—both things you know you want to say, and things you’ll be surprised to find on the page. We’ll share our work in small group discussions and offer one another constructive feedback that will help grow the “seeds” planted in this class.

ARTISTS IN HEALTHCARE 

Saturday, July 12
10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
$80

Teaching Artist: Mary Gwyn Bowen  

Artists and designers will explore the possibilities of working in healthcare. This class will cover current art and design projects in various medical facilities, art in health research projects, and art exhibitions in hospitals. Artist-in-residence roles, considerations when working with patients and in medical facilities and career viability for artists and designers in healthcare will also be addressed.  This is a great opportunity for professional artists and entrepreneurs to learn more about career opportunities and involvement in the growing healthcare field.

WELLNESS AND CREATIVITY

Saturday, June 7
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80
Teaching Artist: Alethea Robbins

In this workshop, students will examine the intertwined determinacy of health and creativity. The day will be filled with many “did you knows”, an overview of stress and how it can destroy and fuel the creative mind, and ways to make a healthy lifestyle tied into a creative one. Take time to learn more about yourself, re-evaluate your creative systems, and learn more about how you can honor yourself through healthy, conscious choices. Open to all levels although students should have an active creative practice in any discipline.

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 (615) 383-4848 or stop by located in Metro Center, 2298 Rosa Parks. Blvd.