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Current Course Descriptions

3-D

MULTI-LEVEL CERAMICS

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 15 — November 10 (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).

WOOD FURNITURE: DOVETAILED BENCH

Tuesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
September 15- November 10 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Stephan Michletto-Blouin

The processes of woodworking can either be drudgery or delight and it often comes down to the details in your approach. Students will focus on making these processes as beautiful as the furniture they are building. Attention will be given to sharpening chisels, irons and scrapers; hand-planing for dimension and surface; hand sawing; laying out, chopping and paring joinery; and material, work and design in conjunction. Students will build a bench featuring through or half blind dovetails and through mortise and tenon joinery (although many joinery options will be explored). Open to all skill levels. All tools and materials included in the lab fee. Students should wear closed-toe shoes.

WOOD FURNITURE: BUILDING A WOODEN HAND-PLANE

Saturday, October 17—Sunday, October 18
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Stephan Michletto-Blouin

Wooden hand-planes predate their metal-bodied siblings by centuries. 20th century woodworker James Krenov is credited with revising them and championing their use, and to him they offer a character of versatility in their design and an intimacy in their use that metal planes cannot rival. In this class students will build a smoothing plane with a laminated wooden body and wedge and pin throat that works as well or better than any of its heavy-bodied steel brethren. This class is open to students of all levels. Students should wear closed-toe shoes.

HANDMADE CUTTING BOARDS

Saturday, September 26
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80, plus $35 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Sam Angel

Learn to plane, shape with hand tools, and sand by-hand rough walnut into a simple, elegant cutting board! Students will learn the basics of making a walnut cutting board for food prep, serving, or bragging rights! This is a beginner level course, but all experience levels are welcome! All tools and materials included in the lab fee. Students should wear closed-toe shoes.

WOOD FURNITURE: STOOLS WITH A SCULPTED SEAT

Saturday, November 7—Sunday, November 8
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $65 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Stephan Michletto-Blouin

This class takes its inspiration from the beloved work of mid-20th century furniture maker Wharton Esherick. The stools he made nicely married the character of furniture work, with its ability to create uniform multiple parts, and original quality that can only come from something handmade. These three-legged stools will be built for either a table or bar height and will feature spoke-shaved tapered legs and spindles with through mortised tenons. The seat will be sculpturally carved with both hand and power carvers. Students will come away with a piece that only they could have made. This class is open to students of all levels. All tools and materials included in the lab fee. Students should wear closed-toe shoes.

Drawing & Painting

DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
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.

ACRYLIC PAINTING: FUNDAMENTALS

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 15—November 10 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Shawn Krise

Acrylic paints, a versatile medium, are perfect for beginning artists! Students will be guided on material options and will learn at least six different painting methods. Topics such as fundamental color mixing and color theory are covered and handouts provide more resources for at-home work. Many techniques and tips are discussed throughout class making this a great place to start your painting journey. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

FIGURE DRAWING

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 14 – November 9 (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.

ART LICENSING II

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m—9:30 p.m.
September 16—November 18 (9 weeks, no class September 30)
$210
Teaching Artist: Lauren Lowen

Students expand upon their experience from Art Licensing I (previously called “The Art of Licensing”) by creating a more developed art collection over the semester that thoroughly covers all steps of the process: from trend research and color exploration to digital mock ups and advanced digital techniques. Whether students are interested in art for stationery, home décor, textiles or kid’s products, this course offers a more personal and in-depth experience towards developing art that is ready to be licensed tomorrow. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided. Cross-listed in Graphic Design.

UNDERSTANDING MODERN PAINTING

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 17—November 12 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Richard Heinsohn

This 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. This course will also be a great forum for experienced painters to connect and discuss developments in the contemporary art world while learning more about museums, galleries and alternative spaces. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

MAKING MEANING: EXPLORING FORM AND CONTENT

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 16—November 11 (9 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Grace Mikell Ramsey

Have something to say but not sure how to express it in your work? This class will explore how the two essential ingredients of art, form (what it looks like) and content (what it means), work together. By breaking down and considering these elements as well as visually analyzing successful artworks, students will discover what makes a work of art powerful, uncanny, disturbing, funny, etc. This class will help students hone their ideas and create the kind of work they want to be making. Instruction will include lecture/observation/discussion as well as hands-on application of new ideas using acrylic paints (other mediums are also welcome). Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

FIGURE PAINTING: EXPLORING THE STYLE OF ALICE NEEL

Saturdays, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
October 17—November 14 (4 weeks)
$210
Teaching Artist: Grace Mikell Ramsey

The paintings of Alice Neel are striking, haunting, intimate and as fresh as ever. Students will study Neel’s work and create one or two paintings in her particular style. Working within the parameters of emulating Neel’s dynamic style will help students loosen up, experiment with new brushstrokes and ways to apply paint, play with color, and practice painting the figure without worrying too much about proportions and accuracy. Perfect for those who are interested in, but intimidated by, painting the figure. Some basic experience painting and drawing is preferred. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

SEQUENTIAL ART STORYTELLING: WRITING FOR COMICS

Thursdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
September 17—October 8 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Damian Rowe
This course pairs well with “Introduction to Comic Design”

Have an idea for a comic book or graphic novel, but you’re not sure where to start? This course is designed to show you how to form your ideas into a script that is ready to be illustrated. Students will learn important languages and terminology in script writing and story development including the anatomy of a comic book page. Students will also learn how to break down your ideas to include what is important and exclude what is not, resulting in a final pitch to share with the class. Cross-listed in Special Topics.

INTRODUCTION TO COMIC DESIGN

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
October 14—November 18 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Billy Martinez
This course pairs well with “Sequential Art Storytelling”

This class is designed to introduce basic anatomy, perspective and storytelling using up-to-date standards in creating your own comic book and/or graphic novel. This class will focus on anatomy, basic perspective as well as understanding cropping and foreshortening and proper pacing of storytelling. Students will learn how to layout and design ideas in a storyboard form. This class combines a basic understanding of traditional art mixed with sequential design. All levels welcome. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided. Cross-listed in Graphic Design.

BUILDING YOUR ALPHABET

Saturday, September 26
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. Applying these principles, students will create structurally sound alphabets, manually or electronically. Instruction will focus on intelligent development of letterforms from solid principles, while incorporating characteristics that infuse emotions and purpose into the letters: serious, fun, open, or a historic visual message. All materials are provided. Cross-listed in Graphic Design.

BOTANICAL WATERCOLOR

Saturday, October 17
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80, plus $25 materials fee
Teaching Artist: Mary Gwyn Bowen

Explore the historic techniques used by artists who portrayed, in accurate detail, the flora and fauna of our world. Learn to capture the intricate details of nature through pencil under drawings, dry brush watercolor techniques and color mixing. Emphasis is placed on completing a detailed plant portrait while learning about the appropriate materials and techniques for botanical watercolors. All skill levels are welcome. All materials are provided.

WATERCOLORS: NATURAL ABSTRACTIONS

Saturday, November 7—Sunday, November 8
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m., both days
$105, plus $25 materials fee
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Sanford

Learn how to use the natural world as a starting point 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.

SILVERPOINT DRAWING

Saturday, November 7
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80, plus $25 materials fee
Teaching Artist: Mary Gwyn Bowen

Silverpoint was the drawing technique of scribes, artisans and craftsmen for centuries and is associated with illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages and drawings of the Renaissance. Advances in modern materials have allowed for a simplification and rebirth of this historic art form. In this workshop, the art of silverpoint drawing will be covered including material choices, preparing a ground and specific drawing techniques. Students will leave the workshop with a completed silverpoint drawing. All materials are provided.

PORTRAIT DRAWING

Saturday, November 14—Sunday, November 15
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.

Film

FILMMAKING FUNDAMENTALS

Tuesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
September 15—November 10 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Clark Anderson

A hands-on, grassroots course for beginning filmmakers who are interested in learning more about the art and technique of production or improving skills they may already have. Topics will include storytelling, planning a shoot, directing fundamentals, composition and staging, camera dynamics, choreography and timing, location prep and basic editing fundamentals. Students will conceive, plan, and direct their own 3-5 minute films using their own video cameras (or smart phones), computers and software. Light homework between classes is required to achieve course goals.

SCREENWRITING FUNDAMENTALS

Mondays, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
September 14—November 9 (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.
September 15—November 10 (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.

FILM APPRECIATION: WHAT MAKES IT GREAT?

Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
September 17- October 8 (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.

Graphic Design

INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

Tuesdays, 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

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 17—November 12 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Matt Allison

Beginning students will be transformed into confident Photoshop users through in-depth instruction that not only covers how to use the program’s tools, but the bigger concepts behind them. The class covers a wide range of material and is divided roughly into three sections: Basic Photoshop, Photo Editing, Drawing & Color. Lessons will include demonstrations followed by in-class projects with time for individual questions. Basic experience using Mac computers is required, and students should bring their own external storage device and digital images.

INTRODUCTION TO GRAPHIC DESIGN & TYPOGRAPHY

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 15—November 10 (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. This course will also have a strong emphasis on typography, including choosing and pairing fonts, creating images from type, and using typography to communicate. Students will 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.

WORDPRESS FOR ARTISTS

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 17—October 22 (6 weeks)
$160, 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.

DIGITAL PAINTING

Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
September 17—November 12 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
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. Proficient knowledge of Mac computers is required and experience with Adobe Photoshop is suggested. Students should bring their own external storage device.

ART LICENSING II

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m—9:30 p.m.
September 16—November 18 (9 weeks, no class September 30)
$210
Teaching Artist: Lauren Lowen

Students expand upon their experience from Art Licensing I (previously called “The Art of Licensing”) by creating a more developed art collection over the semester that thoroughly covers all steps of the process: from trend research and color exploration to digital mock ups and advanced digital techniques. Whether students are interested in art for stationery, home décor, textiles or kid’s products, this course offers a more personal and in-depth experience towards developing art that is ready to be licensed tomorrow. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided. Cross-listed in Drawing & Painting.

BUILDING YOUR ALPHABET

Saturday, September 26
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. Applying these principles, students will create structurally sound alphabets, manually or electronically. Instruction will focus on intelligent development of letterforms from solid principles, while incorporating characteristics that infuse emotions and purpose into the letters: serious, fun, open, or a historic visual message. All materials are provided. Cross-listed in Drawing & Painting.

INTRODUCTION TO COMIC DESIGN

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
October 14—November 18 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Billy Martinez
This course pairs well with “Sequential Art Storytelling”

This class is designed to introduce basic anatomy, perspective and storytelling using up-to-date standards in creating your own comic book and/or graphic novel. This class will focus on anatomy, basic perspective as well as understanding cropping and foreshortening and proper pacing of storytelling. Students will learn how to layout and design ideas in a storyboard form. This class combines a basic understanding of traditional art mixed with sequential design. All levels welcome. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided. Cross-listed in Drawing & Painting.

Interior Design

INTRODUCTION TO INTERIOR DESIGN

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 16—November 11 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $30 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Dallas Dedmon

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

Photography

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOUNDATIONS: CAPTURING IMAGES

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

PHOTOGRAPHY & THE ART OF SEEING

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
September 16—November 11 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $20 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Jim Brown

This study will explore the elements of art and principals of design involved in the development of the photographer’s eye. Students will learn how to “work a subject” and improve their use of photographic composition. Through hands-on instruction students will gain a better understanding of their camera’s functions and develop a portfolio of images that improves throughout class. Students should bring their own digital SLR cameras, instruction manuals and external storage devices. A list of recommended (not required) interchangeable lenses will be provided. Students must be comfortable using their cameras on a manual setting.

STAR TRAIL PHOTOGRAPHY

Monday, October 12—Tuesday October, 13
6:00—9:00 p.m., both days
$80
Teaching Artist: Sam Angel

In this intermediate workshop students will experiment with long exposures at night through the technique of star trail photography. Students will learn how to control exposures up to twenty-five minutes long! Topics covered include understanding shutter speed, efficiently using a tripod, and exposing an image at night. 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. The first night will include instructions and experiments on campus. The second night will consist of meeting off location up-to 30 minutes outside of Nashville. Location details will be shared before the workshop.

Print, Paper & Book

 SCREENPRINTING

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 15—November 10 (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, September 26—Sunday, September 27
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

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
September 16—November 11 (9 weeks)
$210, plus $40 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Sawtooth Print Shop

In this introductory course to letterpress printing, students will create multiple-color print editions in the studio space of 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. Class will be held at Sawtooth Print Shop, 604 Gallatin Ave, Suite 215.

LETTERPRESS BASICS

Saturday, October 31
9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Sawtooth Print Shop

In this introductory workshop, students will create an edition of 25, single-color prints in the studio space of 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 provided. Class will be held at Sawtooth Print Shop, 604 Gallatin Ave, Suite 215.

INTERMEDIATE BOOK ARTS

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 14—November 9 (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 sewing onto cords, the secret Belgian binding, and the four-needle Coptic 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 materials are provided.

HANDBOUND JOURNALS WITH HANDPRINTED PAPERS

Wednesdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
September 16—October 7 (4 weeks)
$105, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Lesley Patterson-Marx

In this fun and informative class, students will learn how to cut durable paper stencils from which to print their own book cloth, end papers, and inner pockets. Students will then incorporate their beautiful hand printed cloth and papers into a sturdy hard bound exposed spine journal. No previous bookbinding experience is required. All materials are provided.

PAPERMAKING: FOR BOOKS AND MORE!

Saturday, September 26—Sunday, September 27
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. both days
$105, plus $40 lab fee
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.

TRADITIONAL LEATHER BOOKBINDING WITH A CONTEMPORARY TWIST

Saturday, October 17
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez

Learn to bind a soft-cover leather book that can be used as a journal, a sketchbook, or a photo album. Using the Italian Longstitch style, each student will create a book with a leather cover that features exposed decorative stitching on its spine and pages that lay completely flat when open. Students will have the option to include interesting contemporary papers inside. Students will leave this class with a completed handmade book, and the skills and resources to continue binding at home. No previous bookbinding experience is required. All materials are provided.

HANDBOUND BOOKS: FRENCH LINK STITCH

Saturday, November 14
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
$80, plus $25 lab fee
Teaching Artist: Katie Gonzalez

Learn the basics of bookbinding while creating a one-of-a-kind handbound book. You’ll make a softcover book of your own design, bound with the French link stitch. This style allows the crisscross stitching pattern to be visible on the spine of the book, a great way to show off your handiwork. In addition to completing one book in class, you’ll learn a type of binding that’s easy to replicate at home with simple materials and few tools. With your know-how, you’ll create awe-inspiring books that could make meaningful holiday gifts to be used as sketchbooks, planners, guest books, and travel journals. No previous bookbinding experience is required. All materials are provided.

Special Topics

CREATIVE WRITING FUNDAMENTALS

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
September 14—November 9 (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 22—November 12 (4 weeks)
$105
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 7
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.

SEQUENTIAL ART STORYTELLING: WRITING FOR COMICS

Thursdays, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
September 17—October 8 (4 weeks)
$105
Teaching Artist: Damian Rowe
This course pairs well with “Introduction to Comic Design”

Have an idea for a comic book or graphic novel, but you’re not sure where to start? This course is designed to show you how to form your ideas into a script that is ready to be illustrated. Students will learn important languages and terminology in script writing and story development including the anatomy of a comic book page. Students will also learn how to break down your ideas to include what is important and exclude what is not, resulting in a final pitch to share with the class. Cross-listed in Drawing & Painting.

ART OF THE SENSES

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
September 16—October 22 (6 weeks)
$160
Teaching Artist: Matthew Jernigan

Students will explore the five accepted human senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell) and the way our interactions with those senses dictate our realities. The course will be compartmentalized by the senses as we break down how our brains take in the five senses and the physiological changes that occur with each. Beyond the scientific context, we will discuss each sense philosophically and conceptually – considering how tweaking our sensory input changes our reality, what it means to do so as an artist, and how these concepts are being put into practice by artists and corporations today in order to create a desired experience.

ART, SOCIETY & ME

Saturday, September 26
10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
$80
Teaching Artist: Kenneth Lacy, Jr.

Are you interested in understanding the relationship between art and society? Do you believe that art should be defined by the artist or by society, as a whole? With the importance of art and society in mind, students will delve into art from a sociological perspective. The parallels between art and Sociology are that any given subject matter can be approached and displayed in a multitude of ways. Students will discuss their perceptions on art as well as their perception of their one‐of-a-kind piece of artwork created during the workshop. Bring an open mind, your imagination, drawing utensil(s) and paper of choice. Open to all levels of experience.

ARTISTS IN HEALTHCARE

Saturday, November 14
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.