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Current Course Descriptions

3-D

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MULTI-LEVEL CERAMICS

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 17—November 12 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Rob McClurg

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, September 27, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 28, 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. OR
Section 2: Saturday, November 8
, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 9, 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
$95, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Alana Danielle Wright

Joining metal with heat is an age-old fabrication process. In this introductory workshop, students will learn two basic welding techniques: oxy-acetylene welding, and metal inert gas (MIG) welding as well as how the two can be used in conjunction. 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, real leather shoes and 100% cotton clothing (i.e. jeans, t-shirt, bandana, and a long-sleeve button down shirt) and no synthetic materials. It is recommended that students bring a respirator to wear while working; inexpensive ones can be found at most hardware stores.

WOOD FURNITURE: CABINETS

Tuesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
September 16—November 11 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Stephan Michletto-Blouin

In this class students will construct a small cabinet using time-tested furniture making approaches including modern tooling and timeless hand-working processes. Through the lens of a humble cabinet, this class will show students that the process of creation often expresses itself in the appearance of a final product. This workshop is intended to be challenging and fun for both experienced and new woodworkers. All tools and materials included in the lab fee. Students should wear closed-toe shoes.

WOOD FURNITURE: CREATIVE BOXES

Saturday, September 27—Sunday, September 28
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Stephan Michletto-Blouin

Ideal for beginners and experienced woodworkers, this workshop will introduce you to the materials and methods of building a small scale wooden box—from stock selection, through joinery, assembly, and fit and finish. Instruction will address design considerations integral to woodwork including grain graphics, designing for humidity cycling, scale and proportion in relation to durability, among other issues. Students will leave the workshop with a finished box, the skills to design and build like objects, and an understanding of the considerations integral to a whole trope of woodworking. All tools and materials included in the lab fee.  Students should wear closed-toe shoes.

 

Drawing & Painting

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DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 15—November 10 (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.
September 18 – November 13  (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

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 16—November 11  (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Shawn Krise

Beginning and experienced students will gain fundamental knowledge of the handling and theory of acrylics. Each lesson will begin with demonstrations of techniques to portray objects such as trees, skies, water, and smaller still life objects such as fruit, flowers and vases. Color theory, mixing and painting principles are also covered through guided practice and handouts. This course is a comprehensive study to get your artwork started regardless of your style or interests. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

COLOR THEORY

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 17—October 8 (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.

INTRODUCTION TO FIGURE DRAWING

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 15—November 10 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Anna DeWitt

Working from a live model is necessary to succeed in capturing the human form. Students will review basic elements of art including line, shape, and volume while exploring composition, spatial illusions, and linear perspective. Instruction will focus on skeletal and muscular anatomy while students learn the formulas of the masters to achieve correct proportion. Students will explore a wide range of materials and media while developing their personal style. Students should have some drawing experience and bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

INTERMEDIATE ACRYLIC PAINTING: STUDIO PROJECTS

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 17—November 12  (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.

INTRODUCTION TO CARTOONING

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
October 22—November 12 (4 weeks)
$105, plus $30 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Mike Meredith

This course will give student the opportunity to learn how to use simple shapes to create cartoon characters. Although there are many styles of art and cartoons, this class will focus on creating appealing characters, styles of inking and rendering images in either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator and preparing for print. All materials are provided. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device. Cross-listed in Graphic Design.

WATERCOLOR FUNDAMENTALS

OPEN TO AGES 16+!
Saturdays, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
September 20—October 11 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Braswell

Combining technical knowledge with practice, this course introduces the beginning watercolor painter to the materials and techniques of the past and present. Students will study various approaches to watercolor; and learn how to use both wet into wet and dry brush techniques. Students will also acquire a basic understanding of the proper selection of paper, brushes, paints and equipment required to work with watercolors. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

WATERCOLORS: NATURAL ABSTRACTION

Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m., both days
$105, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford

Learn how to use the natural world as a catalyst for painting abstractly in watercolor. Explore several different ways to use color, texture and composition expressively. Experiment with the natural properties of paint, paper and water as a path to abstraction. All skill levels are welcome. All materials are provided.

Film

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SCREENWRITING FUNDAMENTALS

Mondays, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
September 15—November 10 (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 1

Tuesdays, 6:30—9:00 p.m.
September 16—November 11 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Bob Giordano

Ready to take the next step with your story idea? Do you want to see if you’ve got what it takes to complete a full-length feature script? This writer’s boot camp will take you through the development process, where you will create a professional log line, synopsis, outline, and the first act (25-30 pages) of your script. Students will receive hands-on coaching through an intensive development and writing process. This course is ideal for students who have completed Screenwriting Fundamentals or those who have started a script, but need help finishing.

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.

Her Point of View Arts & Entertainment Festival

August 28—August 31
Times and costs vary

With the help of Watkins Community Education, Her Point of View will conduct a four-day international arts and entertainment festival complete with master classes, workshops, panels, independent films, fine arts gallery, live music events, industry parties and plenty of networking mixers. Filmmakers and other TV, film, music, art and entertainment professionals, as well as the general public, are invited to participate in the event. Join us to celebrate, highlight and support the work of female artists from around the world. More information and tickets are available at www.herpointofview.tv

Graphic Design

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INTRODUCTION TO GRAPHIC DESIGN

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 16—November 11 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez

Learn the fundamentals of graphic design including composition, the grid system and color theory. In particular, the course will cover the expressive and conceptual use of type in design. You’ll become familiar with Adobe InDesign, an essential program for designers, while working on projects such as calendars, posters and business cards. 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.

INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 15—November 17 (9 weeks, no class September 29)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Mike Meredith

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

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 16—November 18 (9 weeks, no class September 30)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Mike Meredith

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. Students 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 digital images. Do not be afraid! Anyone is capable of learning to use and have fun with Photoshop!

INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PAINTING

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
September 17—November 12 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Michael Cribbs

This course covers the basic aspects of drawing and painting within a digital platform and Adobe Photoshop. Students will examine the use of brushes, layers, filters, and multiple avenues of painting within digital media from start to finish. Concepts covered will include compositions, color, light, form and matte painting. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device. Some experience with Adobe Photoshop suggested, but not required.

INTRODUCTION TO CARTOONING

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
October 22—November 12 (4 weeks)
$105, plus $30 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Mike Meredith

This course will give student the opportunity to learn how to use simple shapes to create cartoon characters. Although there are many styles of art and cartoons, this class will focus on creating appealing characters, styles of inking and rendering images in either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator and preparing for print. All materials are provided. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device. Cross-listed in Drawing & Painting.

Interior Design

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INTRODUCTION TO INTERIOR DESIGN

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 16—November 11 (9 weeks)

$210, plus $30 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Andrew Robinson

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.

COLORS, FINISHES & TEXTILE SELECTION

Thursdays, 6:00—9:00pm
October 23—November 13 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Dallas Dedmon

This course is designed for students who want to have a deeper understanding and ability to select appropriate textiles and finishes through pattern, color and texture for finishes in a space.  Through a series of client types, students will have practical application of selecting finishes for a prescribed client and space.  This course will also aid in decorating decisions to compliment the existing elements within a space.

 

Photography

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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOUNDATIONS:
CAPTURING IMAGES

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 17—November 19  (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: Thursdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
September 18—October 9 (4 weeks) or
Section 2: Thursdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m. 
October 23—November 13 (4 weeks) 
$105 
Teaching Artist: Christy King

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.

INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTOGRAPHIC ABSTRACTIONS

Mondays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
September 15—October 6 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Steve Reed

This course is designed for the intermediate to advanced photographer wanting to expand their skills talents in the exploration of photographic abstractions and artistic design. The overall focus will be on developing an artistic eye and improving design skills. Instruction will cover the basics of photographic abstraction, and how and why certain design elements present a more artistic visual image. There will be four shooting assignments primarily focused on “in-camera” results. For those familiar with photo manipulation software there will be at least one assignment that allows post-production design modifications. Students should bring their own digital SLR cameras and instruction manuals.

INTRODUCTION TO DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY

Mondays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
September 15—November 10 (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.

HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSES

Thursdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
September 18—October 9 (4 weeks)
$105, plus $30 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Angel Rabus

In this course students will learn how to develop digital negatives using two historic photographic techniques: Cyanotype and Van Dyke. Enjoy creating photos using these printing processes and learn how to transform most surfaces into a photographic medium. Suitable for beginners and more advanced photographers. Most supplies are included in the lab fee; students should bring their own digital images. More details will be provided prior to class.

PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Saturdays, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
October 18—November 8 (4 weeks)
$105, plus $30 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Angelique Rabus

One of the first methods of capturing a photographic image, the pinhole camera remains an important method of alternative darkroom photography. In this class you will learn how to create your own pinhole camera, how to shoot with that camera and how to develop the image that was captured.  You will also have an opportunity to explore the inside of a life size pinhole camera, and even photograph with it.  Most materials are included in the lab fee; students should bring their own cardboard shoebox.

NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY INTENSIVE

Monday, October 20—Wednesday, October 22
6:00—9:00 p.m.
$95
Teaching Artist: Sam Angel

In this intermediate workshop students will experiment with long exposures at night through techniques such as light painting and star trail photography. Using a variety of light sources, this creative hands-on workshop will teach students how to paint with light using a digital camera, as well as experimenting with exposures up to twenty-five minutes long! Topics covered include understanding shutter speed, efficiently using a tripod, exposing an image at night, and bulb settings.  Students should bring their own digital SLR cameras, tripods, timer remote controller (remote shutter release) and instruction manuals. Students must be comfortable using their cameras on a manual setting.

Print, Paper & Book

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SCREENPRINTING

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 18—November 13  (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.

SCREENPRINTING CRASH COURSE

Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $40 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Christopher Cheney

A condensed version of the nine-week course, this class will cover the fundamentals of screenprinting from coating and exposing a screen to printing and everything in between. Students will build an understanding of the processes and techniques involved in screenprinting, while creating single and multiple color print editions. Most materials included in the lab fee; students should provide t-shirts if wanted.

INTRODUCTION TO BOOK ARTS

Mondays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
September 15—November 10 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $40 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez

Learn how to make more than a dozen types of books in this introductory class. Students will become familiar with the materials, tools, techniques, and vocabulary of handmade books. Students will create their own books each week, starting with simple folded structures and building toward intricate books that can be used as journals, sketchbooks, photo albums, and sculptural displays. Students will explore the essentials of paper grain, folded signatures, hardcover and softcover books, and binding by hand. You’ll leave this class with an assortment of your own handbound books, and the skills to continue binding at home. All tools and supplies included in the lab fee.

INTERMEDIATE BOOK ARTS: EXPOSED SPINE BINDING

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 17 – November 12 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $40 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez

Build your bookbinding skills in this class focusing on a handful of ambitious bindings that feature exposed stitching along the book spines. Students will go in-depth with a series of binding lessons — learning new techniques and styles while having substantial time to personalize each project. We will explore long stitch and link stitch variations, exposed tape binding, and the icicle binding, among other styles. These bindings will allow students to create journals, sketchbooks, and photo albums. You’ll leave this class with an assortment of your own handbound books, and the skills and resources to continue binding at home. Prerequisite: completion of Introduction to Book Arts, one of Katie’s bookbinding workshops, or comparable book arts experience. All tools and supplies included in the lab fee.

PLACES IN PAPER

Saturday, November 8
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

Tuesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
October 7—November 11 (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.

TUNNEL BOOKS: TELLING VISUAL STORIES

Saturday, November 1
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford

Learn how to make your own tunnel book, a simple structure that expands into a miniature theater and is a great format for visual storytelling. While the subject of your story is up to you, landscape and fairy tale imagery works especially well. All skill levels are welcome. Most materials are provided although students may want to bring in other preferred mediums. More details will be provided prior to class.

HANDMADE MINIATURE BOOK ORNAMENTS

Saturday, November 15
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez

Create eye-catching ornaments perfect for the holiday season! Students will complete three types of miniature books while learning basic bookbinding techniques. One ornament will be a traditional hardcover book with blank pages, perfect for collecting holiday memories to reminisce each year. The second book will be bound in a lotus style that can hang on your tree in two different shapes: either opened into a three-dimensional star, or folded closed into a neat diamond. The third ornament will be folded and stitched together to create an accordion book resembling a festive star or snowflake. No previous bookbinding experience required. All tools and materials provided.

Special Topics

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SEWING MACHINE CRASH COURSE

Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m., both days
$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

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 16—November 11 (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 KNITS

Thursdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
October 9—November 13 (6 weeks)
$160, plus $40 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Lauren Taylor

Knits get a bad rap in the sewing world for being “difficult,” but nothing can be farther from the truth! This course will introduce you to the wonderful world of sewing knit fabrics and give you the skills and knowledge you need to produce beautiful and professional looking knit garments. Students will learn the different types of fabrics available and what garments they are useful for, how to understand sizing and alterations for knit patterns, and a variety of techniques and finishing specifically for knits. During the course, students will construct a knit t-shirt from start to finish. Most supplies are included in the lab fee. Basic sewing machine skills are required, and students should bring a sewing machine with a zig-zag function to each class.

CREATIVE WRITING FUNDAMENTALS

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 15—November 10 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard

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 work-in-progress. The class will include short writing assignments at home as well gentle commentary and critique in a workshop setting.

CREATIVE WRITING LAB

Thursdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
October 9—November 13 (6 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.

TRAVEL WRITING: LET YOURSELF GO!

Saturday, November 1
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80
Teaching Artist: Gloria Ballard

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.

WRITING WORKSHOP: PREPARE TO PUBLISH

Saturday, November 8, 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. AND
Sunday, November 9, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
$95
Teaching Artist: O.A. Lindsey

This workshop focuses on turning completed (or near-completed) writing projects into published work. Alongside individual and peer editing sessions, we will cover final edit, format, and pitch letter strategies, and explore various publishing options—print or electronic, agented or indie—to help facilitate your writing goals.

ARTISTS IN HEALTHCARE 

Saturday, September 27
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.

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.