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Master Series

Check this page often for new class series! We will feature special classes taught by master artists throughout the year. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and 4culture.

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SGE: Extra Texture: Intermediate Caneworking at an Advanced Level | 10.5

Scott Benefield

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6227
10/5 - 10/9
9:30am - 5:45pm
Wed - Sun
1
$1000
$900

In this intense five-day workshop we will unzip all the secret compartments in the caneworking suitcase to reveal what lies beyond the basics of Venetian cane and murrine. Taking simple, traditional cane techniques as a starting point, this workshop will explore the potential that lies in combining and synthesizing methods of generating regular patterns in glass in order to achieve innovative, original results. Cane techniques can be understood a means of assembling a glass envelope, which offers a different starting point from the more usual methods of inflating a homogeneous mass of glass. As such, a glass object becomes more related to collage and opens new avenues of discovery. Prerequisite: Intermediate Glassblowing


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Master Artist Workshop – Sculpture from the Forge | 10.17

John Medwedeff

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6714
10/17 - 10/20
9:30am - 5:30pm
Mon - Thurs
1
$675
$608

Seven basic forging processes comprise the foundational visual language of blacksmithing, most often employed to create decorative and utilitarian objects. In this class, we will explore forging in the context of sculpture. Students will create sculptural volume from bar stock and sheet steel which expresses the strength, plasticity and organic qualities of the metal. Discussion of craftsmanship, content, composition, proportion, presentation, structural integrity, and finish will be balanced with hands-on work at the forge. Beginning Blacksmithing and Welding experience recommended.


Master Class: Intelligent Making | 11.11

Lori Talcott

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6832
11/11 - 11/14
9:30am - 5:30pm
Fri - Mon
1
$416
$374

When an artist's materials, techniques, concepts, and aesthetic are well considered and in alignment, the result is strong, compelling, and authentic work. This challenging but supportive workshop aims to develop the skills artists need to align and articulate the many aspects of their studio practice. Research strategies, both traditional and non-traditional, will be explored to help identify and investigate your interests and to locate your work in a cultural and historical context. Various modes of writing will be employed to generate, develop, and articulate ideas. The goal is to bypass artspeak and clichés and to focus on the features that make your work personal and idiosyncratic. This is an opportunity to carefully consider and hone the thinking and language that supports your work and to translate this into polished artist statements and presentations. Finally, in-class presentations and an exhibition will give you the chance to try out your new insights in front of an audience. This workshop will be of particular benefit to anyone preparing to apply for school, grants, or teaching opportunities, or those simply interested in pushing their practice to a new level.  Prerequisite: Participants should have at least a small, coherent body of work that is self-generated, not solely the result of class assignments. Supply fee: $10