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Fine Art Classes

Fine Crafts Classes

Art/Technology Classes 

Class Registration is now open!  View The Current Class Schedule HERE

Now Registering for 2018 Classes! View the Jan - March 2018 Class Schedule HERE

 

 

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Basket Weaving

Basket Weaving 
Instructor: Naiomi Paquette

Two baskets will be taught--a simple round spoked basket and a simple square-to-round plaited basket. Students will learn basic basket making techniques such as laying and truing a base, upsetting stakes, stop-and-start weaving, twining, cutting and tucking, rimming, and lashing, These basics will lay a foundation for the student to create a variety of baskets. Note: There is a materials fee to the instructor to be paid on the first day of class.

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Doll Making

Cloth Doll Artistry
Instructor: Mary Jollett

No Experience necessary. Make a doll with a cone base with a focus on sculpting faces with needle and thread. Create a Tree Top Angel, Witch or Princess in a ball gown. Your imagination will determine what your finished doll turns out to be. Learn to make and paint a doll ready for costume and adornment. Sewing knowledge is helpful, but not necessary

 

Printing

Gelli Printing
Instructor: Pamenla Wilson

Gelli plate printing is a mixed medium mono printing without the press. Have fun experimenting with color, texture and design. In no time, you will have amazing prints. Perfect for greeting cards, envelopes, pictures, and more. Create your own personal journal.

 

 

Jewelry

Chain Maille 
Instructor: Dianne Brooks

Learn to make beautiful patterns and variations one link at a time. Turn Chain Maille into beautiful jewelry.

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Glass Fusing for Jewelry
Instructor: Dianne Brooks

Learn to fuse your very own dichroic glass cabochons for use in jewelry. You will make about  20-30 pieces in the 6-week. We will cover:

  • Types of glass
  • The basics of glass cutting, assembly and kiln firing using dichroic and non-dichroic fusible glass.
  • What dichroic glass is and how to tell how it should behave
  • Achieving different effects 

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Enameling for Jewelry
Instructor: Dianne Brooks

The Basics will cover safety, tool and material usage, kiln firing procedures, metal preparation, enamel application methods (sifting, wetpacking), discussion with examples of different design techniques (sgraffito, stencils, inclusions, textured surfaces, champleve, cloisonne, plique a jour, painting, etc.). Basic projects will include sgraffito, stencils, inclusions, textured surfaces. Instructor will have die-cut copper forms available. Beyond the Basics will depend on skill level and interest of individual students. Students may choose from advanced techniques such as: champleve or plique a jour, cloisonne on copper or silver, beads, foil, enamel on PMC, etc. $25 material fee will include all enamels and consumable supplies and inclusions, cloisonne wires and tool usage as well as 5 copper pieces to enamel. Additional copper and silver will be available for purchase.

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Fold Forming & Hydraulic Press
Instructor: Dianne Brooks

Explore the elasticity of metal. Fold, hammer, roll and stretch copper sheets to make different shapes and textures. $25 Material Fee. 


Silver & Copper Mixed Metals Jewelry
Instructor: Belinda Duclos

Learn how to create jewelry using mixed metals and various techniques. Our metal studio is equipped with the latest and most popular tools for learning many metal manipulation methods. You will soder, etch, texture, drill, form, rivet, cut saw, stamp, color, cast and more as you aquire skils from the instructor. Some tools available for use in the class include acetylene torch, rolling mill, bench shear, drill press, hydraulic press, buffer, bench sander, stamps, mandrels and hand tools. You will leave the session knowing safe tool handling techniques and and can create beautiful, wearable works of art with no prior experience necessary. You may bring cabochons (a smooth, domed flat backed gem) and tools of your own, but tool kits are provided. You can purchase stones and metals from the instructor, and there is a minimal lab fee. 


Wire Wrap Jewelry
Instructor:  Diana Reinhard

Classes are offered for both beginners and advanced students. Participants will progress from the basics to advanced techniques of wire wrapping. Each week, you will be challenged with a new set of parameters. Topics to be covered include: tools, all about wire, what is the difference between a stone and a cabochon, measuring, creating a design, where to shop for supplies, helpful hints, and the ever popular "what to do when things go wrong." Supply list available at registration. Basic wire wrap kit available for purchase ($16) at first class from instructor.

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Polymer Clay

Polymer Clay Jewelry
Instructor:  Christine Keyworth

Explore the art of making jewelry out of polymer clay! Learn several ways to work with polymer clay to make your own wearable pieces. Create focal beads, pendants, earrings and brooches. Use different tools and stencils to add texture and interest to your peices. We will use molds and you'll even learn how to make your own mold.

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Polymer Clay- Cane Cafe
Instructor:  Christine Keyworth

In this class we will explore and make canes for the first 4 weeks. In the final two weeks we can construct our made canes into something such as ring dishes, for covering  altoid tins, glass bottles, or beads. I will share with you tips that I have found that help me cut down on wasting time or wasting clay. First we will make some simple skinner blends and learn some of the basics. From there we will make accent canes, then on to putting them together to make simple kaleidoscope canes that are bound to amaze you. We are sure to have a good time there are no limits to what you and your creative mind can do and your fingers execute.

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Pottery & Sculpture


Apoxie Sculpture
Instructor: Susan Shore


This class will be using 2-part apoxie clay. It is non-toxic, waterproof and can be drilled, sanded and painted. You will learn how to sculpt over wire frame, on wood or canvas. You will also learn how to repair your treasures. Additional materials fee of $37 paid to instructor.


Handbuild Pottery: All Levels
Instructor:  Howard Hartke

Constructing forms with the use of slab roller and extrudes. High and low fire glazed used. Introduction to Basic Wheel Throwing.


Wheel Pottery
Instructor:  Howard Hartke

This class caters to the individual with a desire to learn the art and technique of wheel thrown pottery. The class is designed for the beginner as well as those that have been challenged by the potter’s wheel. This class will focus on mastering the basics of centering, pulling and shaping. No previous pottery experience is needed. The student will learn how to create bowls, vases, and other functional stoneware pottery pieces. Students need to purchase basic pottery tools prior to the first class. Tools are available for sale at the Visual Arts Center front desk.


Wheel Pottery
Instructor:  Jack Vartanian

This class caters to the individual with a desire to learn the art and technique of wheel thrown pottery. The class is designed for the beginner as well as those that have been challenged by the potter’s wheel. This class will focus on mastering the basics of centering, pulling and shaping. No previous pottery experience is needed. The student will learn how to create bowls, vases, and other functional stoneware pottery pieces. Students need to purchase basic pottery tools prior to the first class. Tools are available for sale at the Visual Arts Center front desk.


Big and Tall: Making Large Vessels
Instructor:  Howard Hartke 

This class is designed for experienced potters who have already mastered the basics of centering, pulling and shaping. Students should have the ability to center up to 3 lbs. of clay and pull a 6” cylinder as well as be able to trim their own work and prepare it for firing. This class will cover the throwing of larger pots, bottles, handles, covered jars and casseroles, out-of-the-round pots and other projects of the potter’s choice. Advanced glaze techniques will also be covered.

 

 

Stained Glass

Stained Glass
Instructor:  Belinda Duclos

The goal for this class is twofold. Not only will the student be able to complete a simple sun catcher using the copper foil method but they will learn the complete process of traditional stained glass design. Each student will be able to finish one sun catcher within the first two classes. They may choose thier next project from a vast library of pattern books. We can provide all materials and tools, there is a minimal lab fee.