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Current Course Descriptions

3-D

MULTI-LEVEL CERAMICS

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 2 — August 11 (9 weeks, no class June 22 or July 28)
$210, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Audry Deal-McEver

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).

WOOD FURNITURE: STICK WINDSOR CHAIRS

Tuesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 2- July 28 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Stephan Michletto-Blouin

Stick Windsor chairs have graced homes for centuries. This chair is comfortable, beautiful and strong, made with a humble structure and sophisticated design. In this class students will build a chair suitable for the dining table or the hearthside. Students will carve and contour the seat, shave spindles and legs and connect these with tapered sockets. Close attention will be paid to chair geometry and use. This class will be accessible and fun for students of all experience levels. All tools and materials included in the lab fee. Students should wear closed-toe shoes.

WOOD FURNITURE: BENTWOOD BOXES

Saturday, July 25—Sunday, July 26
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Stephan Michletto-Blouin

The Shakers were a well-known utopian group renowned for the objects they built using innovative, sleek designs. Shaker bentwood boxes, both beautiful and practical, are perhaps their most recognized offering. In this class students will start from the core of Shaker box construction, using steam bending and hot pipe bending to create enclosed forms with thin wood. In addition students will gain experience selecting grain as well as shaping and fastening using alternate methods. This class will cover basic woodworking tools and techniques including the fundamentals of wood properties and machinery use and safety. Students of all experience levels welcome. All tools and materials included in the lab fee. Students should wear closed-toe shoes.

INTRODUCTION TO GLASSBLOWING

Thursdays, 7:00—10:00 p.m.
June 4—25 (4 weeks)
$395
Teaching Artist: Michael Allison

In this basic introduction to glassblowing students will learn Italian terminology for the tools and equipment used while getting comfortable moving around in the studio with a pipe. Students will begin with solid glass, and learn how to start a bubble. While creating a tumbler glass, instruction will cover color application and techniques. Students will end the course by creating a small sculptural piece, while discussing symmetrical and asymmetrical forms. All materials are provided. This course will meet at Nashville Glass Blowing in Joelton, TN. Details provided prior to class. Space is limited.

 

GLASSBLOWING BASICS: THE PAPERWEIGHT

Saturday, June 13
1:00—4:00 p.m.
$195
Teaching Artist: Michael Allison

In this short introduction to glassblowing students will terminology for the tools and equipment used and gain understanding of how to move in a studio while using equipment. Instruction will cover using solid glass and color application, resulting in the creation of a unique and personalized paperweight. All materials are provided. This course will meet at Nashville Glass Blowing in Joelton, TN. Details provided prior to class. Space is limited.

Drawing & Painting

DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 1 – July 27 (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.

ACRYLIC PAINTING: FUNDAMENTALS

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

Beginning students will gain fundamental knowledge of the handling and theory of acrylics as well as how to artistically view a subject. Students will learn composition, color theory, color mixing, brush technique and painting principles through teacher demos, guided practice, presentations and written 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.

INTRODUCTION TO FIGURE DRAWING

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 1 – July 27 (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.

INTRODUCTION TO ILLUSTRATION

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m—9:30 p.m.
June 2- July 28 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Lauren Lowen

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.

INTRODUCTION TO CHARACTER DESIGN

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m—9:00 p.m.
June 3—July 8 (6 weeks)
$160, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Michael Cribbs

Whether happy, sad, angry, or excited, facial expressions and body language are what make characters unique and relatable. To understand and represent a character is to understand form, shape, color, and personality. This class will cover the basics of creating a character from initial sketches to a finished design. Students must have experience with drawing and a basic knowledge of the human figure. Basic experience using Mac computers is required. Photoshop experience recommended, but not required. Cross-listed in Graphic Design.

WATERCOLOR FUNDAMENTALS

Saturdays, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
June 6—27 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Braswell

This foundational class covers the basic materials and techniques that are needed to paint in watercolor. Additionally, students will learn the theories and do the practice necessary to continue producing high quality paintings long after finishing the class. Your teaching artist will provide the guidance needed to acquire skills and knowledge to become a practicing watercolorist. This course is suitable for beginning and more experienced artists. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

INTERMEDIATE WATERCOLORS

Saturdays, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
July 11—August 1 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Braswell

This course will pick up where Watercolor Fundamentals left off. Students will practice landscape, still life, portrait, and abstract painting techniques. Emphasis will be placed on supporting students in the expression of their own concepts. This course is suitable for students with some experience with watercolors. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

WATERCOLOR SCULPTURES

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

This class is designed for experimental watercolor, acrylic and mixed media painters who are interested in exploring the space between 2- and 3-dimensions, both on and off the wall. Students will be encouraged to develop a personal approach to space by using layers of painted paper to create dimensional wall pieces or sculptures. Expressive use of space, color, texture and composition will be emphasized. Through demonstrations and exercises, we will explore the interaction of structure and content. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

WORKING WITH TEXT AND IMAGE

Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
June 4—July 30 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Noah Saterstrom

Writing and image-making have a shared lineage, rooted in our need to communicate. Pictographs, hieroglyphs, manuscript illumination, and book illustration all represent different facets of the complex interconnectedness of text and image. In this course we will explore the tense and generative power dynamic between text and image. Each class will be a combination of presentations, experiments, collaborations and individual projects that will allow students to analyze the various roles of text in artwork. Some materials are provided; an additional list of suggested materials will be available prior to the start of class. Cross-listed in Graphic Design.

THE ART OF LICENSING

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m—9:30 p.m.
June 3- July 29 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Lauren Lowen

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.

INTERMEDIATE ACRYLIC PAINTING

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

This class is geared toward 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.

UNDERSTANDING MODERN PAINTING

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 4-July 30 (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 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.

MAKING TIME TO PAINT: DEVELOPING AN ARTISTIC PRACTICE

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
July 9—30 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Beth Boquel

Paint in a collegiate atmosphere with other working artists and serious students in this open studio course. Our three-hour class format provides a solid work session, plus time for peer interaction and discussion. Students work on painting or drawing projects of their own devising, with instructor input and occasional class critique. This is great way for working artists to carve out time to work while staying motivated and engaged with their artistic practices. Students should bring their own supplies; all media and subject matter are welcome.

INTRODUCTION TO PASTELS

Saturday, July 11
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Shawn Krise

Learn how to use pastels correctly and get dynamic results! This beginner workshop will combine demonstrations and guided practice resulting in a piece of artwork students can be proud of. The instructor will share lots of tips, techniques, and information regarding buying pastels, papers, preparing surfaces, general color rules, and general recommendations on using and framing pastels. All materials are provided.

PORTRAIT DRAWING

Saturday, June 13 & Sunday, June 14
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m., both days
$105, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Anna DeWitt

This workshop will cover the basics of drawing a portrait in graphite and pen in both self-portraits and working from a live model. Instruction will cover the structures and measurements of the face. The techniques and tools used in this class will expand skills in drawing, painting, and sculpting, as well as, digital mediums. This course is perfect for artists with some experience drawing who want more focused instruction. All materials are provided.

INTRODUCTION TO FIGURE PAINTING

Saturday, July 25 & Sunday, July 26
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$105, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Logan Barnum-Rogers

Using acrylic paints, students will learn proportions and painting techniques to create a realistic rendering of the human figure. Instruction will cover the use of light and shadow to establish volume and foreground, color combinations, and creating an expressive style. Students should have experience in design fundamentals and figure drawing; this course is not suitable for first-time artists. All materials are provided.

VISUAL STORYTELLING

Mondays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
June 1—22 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford

This class is designed for book artists who are interested in focusing on the content of their books to develop personal narratives. Through writing, painting and drawing exercises, we 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 the interaction of structure and content 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.

DESIGNING LETTERS

Saturday, June 27
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Edwina Shannon

In this hands-on class students will learn letter design principles including the basics of symmetry, proportion, angles, slant and style. Students will be able to apply and create alphabets, manually or electronically, that are structurally sound yet full of feeling. Instruction will focus on intelligent development of letterforms from solid principles, while recognizing the purpose of the alphabet being created: serious, fun, open, or a historic visual message. All materials are provided. Cross-listed in Graphic Design.

MIXED MEDIA JOURNALING

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
June 3—July 8 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Lisa Deal

Get acquainted with the practices and habits of visual journaling and create a vibrant document of your life, a personally meaningful and relevant artifact. Instruction will cover various writing techniques and mixed media artistry. Each class will include time to investigate, communicate, and hands-on studio time. Students will be challenged to engage with their routines and surroundings with fresh perspective as a core part of their journaling practice. This course is perfect for first time and practicing artists who are looking to reignite or build upon a creative practice. Students should bring their own micron pens and journal; format options will be discussed in the first class. Cross-listed in Special Topics.

Film

SCREENWRITING FUNDAMENTALS

Mondays, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
June 1 – July 27 (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.

WRITING FOR TV AND THE WEB

Tuesdays, 6:30—9:00 p.m.
June 2- July 28 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Bob Giordano

Do you have an idea you’ve been wanting to turn into a TV show? Do you want to create the next hot new internet series? This writer’s boot camp will take you through the process of creating a professional log-line, show bible, and a pilot script (5-60 pages). Students will receive hands-on, one-on-one coaching through an intensive development and writing process. This course is not suitable for beginners. Students need to have completed Screenwriting Fundamentals or have equitable writing experience.

INTRODUCTION TO DOCUMENTARY FILM

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 3 – June 24 (4 weeks)
$80
Teaching Artist: Joseph Schmickrath

By exploring the differences and similarities between documentaries and fictional, feature films, this course unravels what makes a documentary unique in form and content within the motion picture medium. Central to a documentary is the moral ambiguity present within it. What are the ethics of a documentarian? How far is too far to get to the bottom of the story or reveal a subject? The subject being documented may be an individual, a cause, an issue or a trial in a sense. Often documentaries present events as facts. We, as an audience, are to decide what we believe or don’t believe about those facts. As students look at the different ways in which a documentarian can present his or her material, they will discover the ways in which the documentaries screened in class can be analyzed.

FILM APPRECIATION: WHAT MAKES IT GREAT?

Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
June 4—25 (4 weeks)
$80
Teaching Artist: Bob Giordano

Ever wonder what makes a great film work? What do successful films do to result in critical and financial success? How does genre determine different expectations and reach different audiences? This analytical course will explore four different award-winning films, reveal the rules they follow and break in genre and structure and how this relates to their ultimate success.

THE AESTHETICS OF FILM

Thursdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
July 9—30 (4 weeks)
$80
Teaching Artist: Joseph Schmickrath

What the story is, what it is trying to convey, and the personal choices of a motion picture’s director all play a part and inform how a movie is presented to an audience. How an audience interprets this “code” is entirely up to them. This coding and decoding, coupled with the social, historical, and cultural factors surrounding a film’s production inform the final product. By grappling with these elements of narrative, this course introduces you to various aspects on the subject of film aesthetics. By learning how to “read” film as a text and utilize proper cinematic film grammar, you will begin to critically understand film as an art form and a product of its culture. We will examine each element’s function in the production of meaning in a text, and in doing so, generate a shared vocabulary by which we can all speak and write with intelligence, confidence, and specificity about the ways in which a motion picture affects us, and the ways film constructs meanings.

INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS

Mondays, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
June 1—July 27 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
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 you a solid grounding in the application, showing how you can 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.

INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE PREMIERE

Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
June 2—July 28 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
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 over 24 years. Whether your ultimate goal is YouTube or movie theaters, Premiere has a flexible toolset that can turn your rough footage into a polished presentation. Beyond basic video editing, Premiere gives you access to titling, audio, color correction, and effects to add impact and flair to your work. With the advent of the Internet and social media, video is more popular than ever. Learn how to put your work on the cutting edge! Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device.

Graphic Design

INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 1 – August 3 (9 weeks, no class June 22)
$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

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 3 – July 29 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Galen Fott

Photoshop is such an important tool in our creative culture; it’s now used as a verb! This course will bring you up to speed on basic concepts like size, resolution, file formats, and the Photoshop interface. From there we’ll look at using the program’s arsenal of tools to “photoshop” your photographs, improving contrast, exposure, color balance, retouching, and sharpness. Finally, we’ll learn how Photoshop can be an important tool in design, adding text, using layers, and layer styles. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device and digital images.

INTERMEDIATE GRAPHIC DESIGN

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 4- August 6 (9 weeks, no class June 25)
$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 learn how the software works with Photoshop and Illustrator. It is required that students have a working knowledge of InDesign and experience using Mac computers. Experience with Photoshop and Illustrator would be helpful, but not required. Please bring your own external storage device and a sketchbook to class.

WORDPRESS FOR ARTISTS

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

This course is designed to help students customize and manage their own WordPress site. WordPress is a wonderful and brilliant tool, and once a site is built, looks and acts the way you want it to, it is incredibly user-friendly. However, getting it to that point can be time-consuming and confounding. At the completion of the course students will have the skills required to manage their website effectively on their own. Students will learn the basic skills of installing a visual theme, building custom pages, a custom menu (including drop-down items), and creating links and posts. Instruction will include working with widgets, plug-ins and stylesheet basics. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device.

BLOGGING BOOT CAMP

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
July 8—29 (4 weeks)
$105, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Zie Campbell

So you want to start a blog? This course will help you determine your blogging voice, ideal audience, explore various platform options and more! Instruction will cover how to create blog graphics and edit photos using Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn how to create content, avoid writers block and easily find inspiration in their daily lives. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device. Cross-listed in Special Topics.

PERSONAL BRANDING

Mondays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
June 1—July 6 (6 weeks)
$160, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Zie Campbell

Did you know you already have a personal brand, you just have to discover how to use it? In this course students will learn what a personal brand is and how to define theirs. Instruction will cover niche branding, moodboards, networking, and what to do with your personal brand. We’ll also explore what makes an excellent personal logo and you’ll receive step-by-step guided assistance in creating it, as well as one-on-one personal consultations on how to make your brand bigger, better & more powerful. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device. Cross-listed in Special Topics.

DESIGNING LETTERS

Saturday, June 27
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Edwina Shannon

In this hands-on class students will learn letter design principles including the basics of symmetry, proportion, angles, slant and style. Students will be able to apply and create alphabets, manually or electronically, that are structurally sound yet full of feeling. Instruction will focus on intelligent development of letterforms from solid principles, while recognizing the purpose of the alphabet being created: serious, fun, open, or a historic visual message. All materials are provided. Cross-listed in Drawing & Painting.

INTRODUCTION TO CHARACTER DESIGN

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m—9:00 p.m.
June 3—July 8 (6 weeks)
$160, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Michael Cribbs

Whether happy, sad, angry, or excited, facial expressions and body language are what make characters unique and relatable. To understand and represent a character is to understand form, shape, color, and personality. This class will cover the basics of creating a character from initial sketches to a finished design. Students must have experience with drawing and a basic knowledge of the human figure. Basic experience using Mac computers is required. Photoshop experience recommended, but not required. Cross-listed in Drawing & Painting.

INTRODUCTION TO ILLUSTRATION

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m—9:30 p.m.
June 2- July 28 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Lauren Lowen

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.

WORKING WITH TEXT & IMAGE

Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
June 4—July 30 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Noah Saterstrom

Writing and image-making have a shared lineage, rooted in our need to communicate. Pictographs, hieroglyphs, manuscript illumination, and book illustration all represent different facets of the complex interconnectedness of text and image. In this course we will explore the tense and generative power dynamic between text and image. Each class will be a combination of presentations, experiments, collaborations and individual projects that will allow students to analyze the various roles of text in artwork. Some materials are provided; an additional list of suggested materials will be available prior to the start of class. Cross-listed in Drawing & Painting.

THE ART OF LICENSING

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m—9:30 p.m.
June 3- July 29 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Lauren Lowen

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 Drawing & Painting.

Interior Design

INTRODUCTION TO KITCHEN DESIGN

Mondays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
June 1—July 6 (6 weeks)
$160, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Renée 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.

COLORS, FINISHES AND TEXTILE SELECTIONS

Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
June 2—23 (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

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOUNDATIONS: CAPTURING IMAGES

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 3 – July 29 (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

Thursdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
Section 1: June 4- 25 (4 weeks)
Or
Section 2: July 9-30
$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.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS

Saturday, July 11
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80
Teaching Artist: Cassie Lopez

Learn to use your digital camera to create beautiful, unique images in just one day! This workshop starts with the basics of taking photographs and finding your personal inspiration. Student will take photos outdoors and experiment with available sunlight. Finally, students will utilize creative computer software to enhance and polish their images. Students should bring their own digital SLR cameras, instruction manuals and an external storage device.

INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 4—July 9 (6 weeks)
$160, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Abby Whisenant

This class provides students an opportunity to focus on intelligent composition, gain new skills in digital editing using Photoshop, and utilize printing techniques. There is also an introduction to flash photography and lighting, as well as shooting and editing in RAW. Group critiques and presentations during class will provide students with valuable feedback and inspiration for their work. This course is perfect for those who have taken Digital Photography Foundations, Digital Photography Crash Course, or other photographers wanting to delve deeper into intermediate topics. Students should bring their own digital SLR cameras and instruction manuals.

TAKE A HIKE SERIES:
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28
1:00-4:00 p.m., both days
$80
Teaching Artist: Sam Angel

During this two-day workshop students will learn basic composition techniques and tricks for shooting Nature Photography! Spend the first day hiking in the fresh air photographing the great outdoors at the beautiful nature preserve of Radnor Lake. Day two is all about editing and feedback! Students must be comfortable using their cameras on a manual setting. Participants should bring their own DSLR camera and accessories and plan to meet at the Radnor Lake Visitor’s Center. Details will be shared before the workshop.

LIGHT PAINTING WORKSHOP

Monday, July 6 and Tuesday, July 7
6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m., both days
$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 2- July 28 (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.

SCREENPRINTING CRASH COURSE

Saturday, June 27—Sunday, June 28
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $25 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.

INTRODUCTION TO LETTERPRESS

Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
June 4—July 30 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $40 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Sawtooth Print Shop

In this introductory course to letterpress printing, students will create one-of-a -kind print editions in the studio space of printmaking duo Nieves Uhl & Chris Cheney, collectively known as Sawtooth Print Shop. Students will work from the shops’ collection of wood and metal type as well as carved image blocks as they gain an understanding of the steps involved in making a letterpress print. Students will gain a working knowledge of how to typeset a form and ready a press for printing, as well as how to run a printing press to make their prints. No experience required. All materials are provided although a sketchbook is highly encouraged.

PRINTED PAMPHLETS

Saturday, July 11, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
and Sunday, July 12, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
$95.00, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Sarazen Haile Kokodynsky

In this workshop students will learn how to combine methods of printmaking and bookbinding—the peanut butter and jelly of art-making. On the first day, students will learn how to create printed images on paper through the use of relief printing methods. On day two, students will cut, fold and stitch these prints together to make hand-bound books. Two variations on the pamphlet stitch will be demonstrated, and the resulting custom books make great small journals and sketchbooks. No previous knowledge is necessary to excel in this course. All materials are provided.

VISUAL STORYTELLING

Mondays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
June 1—22 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford

This class is designed for book artists who are interested in focusing on the content of their books to develop personal narratives. Through writing, painting and drawing exercises, we 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 the interaction of structure and content 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.

INTRODUCTION TO BOOK ARTS

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
June 3 – August 5 (9 weeks, no class June 24)
$210, plus $40 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez

Learn the basics of bookmaking, and more than a dozen binding styles, in this introductory class. Over nine weeks, 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 and exciting books that can be used as journals, sketchbooks, photo albums, and sculptural displays. We will explore the essentials of paper grain, folded signatures, hardcover and softcover books, and binding by hand. The class will also include the opportunity to view and handle a collection of professionally made examples. You’ll leave this class with an assortment of your own handbound books, and the skills and resources to continue binding at home. All materials are provided.

BIND & FILL ARTISTS’ BOOKS

Saturday, June 13
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artists: Susannah Felts and Courtney Adair Johnson

Artists’ books are a beautiful, endlessly adaptable way to create with a mixture of image, structure, and words. In this workshop, creative reuse artist Courtney Adair Johnson will help you create an accordion-fold book with four swinging panels that will open to the viewer when fully displayed. A hardcover front and back will make this a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. In addition, writer Susannah Felts will guide you through simple, fun writing prompts to create text you may incorporate into that book structure. Most materials will be provided, but you’re encouraged to bring materials of significance to you and any journals or other writing that may prove inspiring for your written content. Cross-listed in Special Topics.

MINIATURE MIXED MEDIA BOOKS

Saturday, June 27
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Lesley Patterson-Marx

Be prepared to connect to your sense of wonder while making books no larger than 3” in height, width, or thickness! In this exciting workshop, students will explore mixed media techniques such as collage, stamping, and drawing within the format of handmade miniature books. Projects will include an accordion book, a dimensional folded paper book using paper cutting and collage techniques, and a hand sewn exposed spine binding. All materials are provided.

PAPERMAKING: FOR BOOKS AND MORE!

Saturday, July 11—Sunday, July 12
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $40 lab fee (*note: this materials fee is correct. The materials fee listed in our catalog is incorrect. We apologize.)
Teaching Artist: Claudia Lee

Students will learn the basics of sheet forming as well as how to create very thin sheets and thick sheets of paper. Students will also learn to use pigments and color washes to create decorative sheets. All students will go home with a selection of papers suitable for making artist’s books and other projects. All materials are provided.

HANDMADE JOURNALS: COPTIC BINDING

Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., both days
$105, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez

Learn to bind your own blank book — a handmade work of art that’s also practical for sketching, journaling, or displaying photos. This two-day workshop focuses on the traditional Coptic binding style, which features hard covers, decorative stitching across the spine, and pages that lay completely flat when open. Students will personalize their books by choosing from a variety of unique handmade papers and colorful thread. No bookbinding experience required. All tools and materials are provided.

Special Topics

PLOT YOUR NOVEL

Mondays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
June 1—22 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Keith Potempa

The plot of an entire novel is a daunting thing to chew. In this course students will cut that meal into manageable pieces without compromising any of the unique flavors within. Students will learn the basics of story plotting, and then examine three established story structures used by accomplished authors and screenwriters. Each student will create their own novel concept (or enhance an existing one), develop a full outline of its plot, and have it critiqued by the class using the skills and techniques taught during the course. This course is open to all levels of experience.

CREATIVE NONFICTION

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
July 6—27 (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 to readers. 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 gentle feedback on their work.

THE ART OF THE TEN-MINUTE PLAY

Tuesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 2—July 7 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Renée Ramsey

Do you often visualize a narrative? Do you imagine your characters performing the actions you describe? Consider writing a pithy one-act play or a ten-minute play! Learn the basics of playwriting from formatting to setting to dialogue. Learn the punch of excitement that stems from a brief performance and bring your story closer to fruition. This course will cover other writers who have succeeded at the one act play, explore ten-minute play difficulties and how to overcome them, and students will walk away with a play of their own. This course is open to all skill levels—just bring your imagination and a pen!

THE SHORT STORY: A BRIEF ADVENTURE

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
June 3- July 8 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Meghan Kraft

This course encourages personal study and lets the imagination run wild. Students will learn to create a succinct story that keeps their reader wanting more and exemplifies individual artistic flair in fewer than 10,000 words. This course will define the characteristics of a short story and encourage a well-versed, intelligent critique of current published works. Students will read and respond to weekly assigned short stories and participate with both in-class and at home writing prompts that foster the solid creation of their own work of short fiction. Students will discuss the proponents of fiction, short fiction, and flash fiction. They will also take a look at the variety of published writers, their personal writing structure and the effect it has on their targeted audience. Writers of all experience levels are welcome.

TRAVEL WRITING: LET YOURSELF GO!

Saturday, July 11
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.

BIND & FILL ARTISTS’ BOOKS

Saturday, June 13
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artists: Courtney Adair Johnson and Susannah Felts

Artists’ books are a beautiful, endlessly adaptable way to create with a mixture of image, structure, and words. In this workshop, creative reuse artist Courtney Adair Johnson will help you create an accordion-fold book with four swinging panels that will open to the viewer when fully displayed. A hardcover front and back will make this a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. In addition, writer Susannah Felts will guide you through simple, fun writing prompts to create text you may incorporate into that book structure. Most materials will be provided, but you’re encouraged to bring materials of significance to you and any journals or other writing that may prove inspiring for your written content. Cross-listed in Print, Paper & Book.

STRANGE FICTION: MAGICAL REALISM AND OTHER FANTASTICAL IDEAS

Saturday, June 27
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80
Teaching Artist: Renée Ramsey

Sometimes life is stranger than fiction, and often, a metaphor can make that fiction reflective of life. Are you interested in writing something unrealistic into a reality? Do you find zombies not simply to be a tool for horror, but representative of a greater social issue? Magical Realism is not simply a literary and artistic movement, but a genre interdependent on the blend between the mundane routine of everyday life and the absurdity of something fantastic. Write your own magical realism and uncover an imaginative side of yourself.

MIXED MEDIA JOURNALING

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
June 3—July 8 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Lisa Deal

Get acquainted with the practices and habits of visual journaling and create a vibrant document of your life, a personally meaningful and relevant artifact. Instruction will cover various writing techniques and mixed media artistry. Each class will include time to investigate, communicate, and hands-on studio time. Students will be challenged to engage with their routines and surroundings with fresh perspective as a core part of their journaling practice. This course is perfect for first time and practicing artists who are looking to reignite or build upon a creative practice. Students should bring their own micron pens and journal; format options will be discussed in the first class. Cross-listed in Drawing & Painting.

BLOGGING BOOT CAMP

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
July 8—29 (4 weeks)
$105, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Zie Campbell

So you want to start a blog? This course will help you determine your blogging voice, ideal audience, explore various platform options and more! Instruction will cover how to create blog graphics and edit photos using Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn how to create content, avoid writers block and easily find inspiration in their daily lives. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device. Cross-listed in Graphic Design.

PERSONAL BRANDING

Mondays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
June 1—July 6 (6 weeks)
$160, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Zie Campbell

Did you know you already have a personal brand, you just have to discover how to use it? In this course students will learn what a personal brand is and how to define theirs. Instruction will cover niche branding, moodboards, networking, and what to do with your personal brand. We’ll also explore what makes an excellent personal logo and you’ll receive step-by-step guided assistance in creating it, as well as one-on-one personal consultations on how to make your brand bigger, better & more powerful. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device. Cross-listed in Graphic Design.

ARTISTS IN HEALTHCARE

Saturday, July 11
10:00 a.m.—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.