COMMUNITY EDUCATION

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3-D

 

 

Faux Taxidermy

Teaching Artist: Wren Whitman
$135.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, June 10, 10am -4pm

In this class, we will needle felt a small soft sculpture of an animal head mount, aka cruelty-free faux taxidermy! The pieces created are perfect for a nursery, a playroom or as whimsical decor for any room. Needle felting is an additive process utilizing a barbed needle to compress whisps of wool fibers into a dense single piece. All skill levels are welcome.

 

Introduction to Body Casting

Teaching Artist: Alexandra Sutton
$130.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, June 17, 10 am – 4 pm

This one-day workshop is an introduction to the basics of life casting with body-safe alginate. The course covers basic mold making terms, casting techniques, and body casting safety. Students will come away from the course with a wax or plaster casting of their own hand or face. Body casting, or “life” casting, is an excellent way to work with the human form in sculptural practices, and mold making knowledge can be applied across a variety of media and materials. Students will learn in a hands-on environment, engaging with the materials, watching in-class demos, and working in the studio under the guidance of the instructor to create their own molds.

 

Wool Painting

Teaching Artist: Wren Whitman
$150.00
2-day workshop
Saturday & Sunday, June 17 – 18, 10am -4pm

In this class, students will learn how to harness dyed wool’s ability to gently melt into surrounding colors creating a watercolor effect. Using this method, students will create a textile, that once dry, will become the “canvas” students will “paint” by using needle felting techniques!

 

Badge of Honor

Teaching Artist: Anna McKeown
$80.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, June 17, 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!

 

Trays and Ladles: Carving and Shaping Servers in Solid Wood

Teaching Artist: Stephan Micheletto-Blouin
$135.00
2-day workshop
Saturday & Sunday, July 15 – 16, 10am-4pm

This class takes its cue from the wooden objects made by the late Wharton Esherick, early American studio furniture maker. His expressive designs gave life to the ubiquitous objects that frame our everyday life. Students will use carving and shaping techniques found in Esherick’s work to explore an individual approach to design in making trays and ladles, and will gain a firm grasp of wood qualities and shaping strategies while making these objects. We will also have a ton of fun! All skill levels are welcome.

Creative Writing

The Hidden Lives of Objects

Teaching Artist: Joseph Kane
$80.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, June 24, 10am-4pm

My grandfather lived in a big, old farmhouse. After his kids moved out, he gradually let the upstairs rooms fill with stuff. You never knew what you would find up there: motorcycle helmets, wood tennis rackets, leather jackets from the 70s, a toolbox full of acorns. I used to explore those upstairs rooms and wonder about the stories behind the objects I found. Where did they come from? Who used them? Did the motorcycle helmet zing through the air on a damp summer night? Was the rider racing toward someone or running away?

You’ve heard the expression “if walls could talk.” Well what if bicycles, night stands, or kitchen knives could talk? In this workshop, we’ll discover how extraordinary and everyday objects can inspire us, as well as help us understand ourselves and the characters we write about. We’ll interact with some interesting objects, look at how successful authors make use of objects in their work, and use engaging exercises to start writing our own object-inspired pieces. By the end of the workshop, we’ll all have beginning drafts of several pieces of original poetry and prose. Writers of all experience levels are welcome!

 

Travel Writing: Let Yourself Go!

Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard
$80.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, July 22, 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.

 

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

Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard
$80.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, July 29, 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.

Drawing & Painting

Composition Strategies

Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn
$105.00
4-week course
Thursdays, 6-9pm
July 6 – July 27

This drawing and painting course will emphasize compositional approaches to both realistic and abstract imagery. Students will explore dynamic symmetry and create simple and complex compositions while learning to accomplish visual rhythm, harmony, and clear spatial relationships. Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced artists. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

 

Letter YOUR Sign

Teaching Artist: Edwina Shannon
$100.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, June 17, 10am-4pm

Learn the basics of lettering for signs & decoration in your home and garden! Students will be introduced to letter angles, pen angles, and consistency of the alphabet. Learn about prepping, painting and sealing your work for indoor and outdoor use. Skills learned in this class can be used for all lettering projects.

 

Botanical Watercolor Painting

Teaching Artist: Mary Gwyn Bowen

Explore the techniques used for centuries by artists who portrayed, in accurate detail, the flora and fauna of our world. Learn dry brush watercolor, color theory and other methods for rendering nature. Master the art of capturing the intricacies of light and shadow in the complexity of the beauty of growing things. Pencil rendering and color mixing for accuracy will be covered as well as layering and other dry brush techniques of botanical watercolor painting. The botanical watercolor workshops below will focus on particular subject matter, and place emphasis on each individual’s unique skill level, from beginner to experienced artists alike. Click on the titles below to register for each workshop individually.

Exotic Flowers
$125.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, June 10, 10am-4pm
Capture the intrigue of orchids, birds of paradise and other exotic flowers in this botanical watercolor workshop. The unusual color and structure of exotic plants are the perfect focus for developing your skill with color mixing, glazing, botanical form and more.

Fruits & Veggies
$125.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, July 8, 10am-4pm
Fruits and vegetables provide a wealth of rich color and form to perfect botanical watercolor techniques. This workshop will focus on achieving the myriad of colors and the unique shapes found in fruits and veggies. Attention will be paid to creating interesting and fun arrangements in each painting.

Silverpoint Drawing
$150.00
2-day workshop
Saturday & Sunday, July 29 & 30, 10am-4pm
Silverpoint was the botanical drawing technique practiced by artists of the Renaissance, including Leonardo da Vinci. This workshop will focus on the methods and materials of silverpoint botanical drawing used during the Renaissance, then later by Rembrandt and other old masters.

 

Natural Abstractions in Mixed Media

Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford
$135.00
2-day workshop
Saturday & Sunday, July 22 & 23, 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 abs

 

Film

Graphic Design

Building and Dissecting Alphabets

Teaching Artist: Edwina Shannon
$100.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, June 24, 10am-4pm

In this hands-on class, students will learn letter design principles, including the basics of symmetry, proportion, angle and style. By applying these principles, students will learn to develop evocative lettering & calligraphy.

Interior Design

Photography

Food Photography

Teaching Artist: Sam Angel
$105.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, July 8th, 10am-4pm

This one day workshop teaches students the fundamentals of food photography for food bloggers, hobbyists and foodies in general! Learn about basic camera techniques, aperture, ISO, and white balance. Gain hands on experience in basic food styling, how to use natural light, and composition. Students should bring their own digital SLR cameras and instruction manuals. All levels welcome. Pairs well with Eat Your Heart Out: Effective, Emotional Food Writing Made Easy.

Print, Paper & Book

Professional Practice

A Guide to Self-Publishing

Teaching Artist: Jennifer Chesak
$80.00
1-day workshop
Saturday, June 10, 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.

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.