'In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few.' Shunryu Suzuki 'Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up' Pablo Picasso
At the beginning of any endeavor there is a natural innocence, freshness, and availability. The beginner is not yet patterned by habit or experience. There is an open 'not knowing' that when understood and supported, can be a great asset to the art-making process.
This class will introduce you to a variety of new media and materials while cultivating the beginner's attitude. We will explore in drawing, painting, sumi brush and ink, mixed media, collage and art play in a critic-free environment.
Great for the beginner or the seasoned artist beginning again. Prerequisite: None Studio Fee $20
Use paper, cloth, found materials, and other unique elements to make a series of simple collages. Learn image transferring techniques and how to integrate these images into your collages. These collages will serve as a foundation for experiments using paint, stencils, crayons, nails, stitching by hand and/or sewing machine and other objects using alternate means of connections to add dimension. Prerequisite: None Supply Fee $20
Miniature painting has a rich history in many cultures. You will learn to use the mini encaustic tool and other techniques for fine manipulation of the encaustic medium. Miniature paintings can be worked on metal, glass, or wood surfaces. Lots of examples will be provided. Studio fee $25
Learn how to observe color in the world while making prints from color negative film, using Pratt's Colex color processor, the only one in the area. Analogue color remains the best medium for learning color photography, because of its fidelity to the world and its limitation of post exposure manipulation. The physicality of the process also engages many artists more fully than digital capture and editing. The class will teach color accuracy and also address aesthetic issues and accommodate individual interests. Class time will include supervised in-class printing, critiques, and slide lectures on color theory and contemporary practice, and will prepare students for more advanced work in both analogue and digital processes.
Studio Fee $30
Collage is a simple art form, anyone can do it. However it can develop into a complex an interesting form of expression that can be thoughtful and idea driven. In this class we will build collages using cut paper, vintage ephemera, old photos, tissue paper, water color and drawing, homemade modeling clay stamps, old letters, and postage stamps. You will be encouraged to create a stockpile of images by carefully cutting out as many pieces with a scissors or a blade. We will start with simple 1-10 element collages then move on to more complex multi element work. Prerequisite: None
In this class you will learn how to create custom boxes and small books with pockets to hold prints, drawings, photos, and objects. We will begin with folded structures created out of single sheets of paper, such as envelopes and mini scrapbooks. Then we will create a nested box sampler, consisting of various slip cases and clamshell boxes. If you are either a 2-D or 3-D artist who is looking to create custom enclosures and portfolios for your work this class is for you. Prerequisite: None Supply fee $25
In this six week class we will start out with painting, printing, and dyeing cloth, and then we will morph into manipulating your fabrics further through explorations of additive and subtractive design placement. We will play with direct mark making, dried stencil screen printing, bound resist, paste resist, acrylic paint additives for fiber applications and natural plant and pigment staining. You will be able to incorporate other remnants from your own practice into all phases of the class , from items you illustrate and print directly with, to elements you incorporate into your compositions. There will be ample time to work, samples to peruse, and time to share. Prerequisite: None Supply fee $20
This workshop makes use of recycled materials to create unique books. We will use unconventional bookbinding materials, such as plastic bags and cereal boxes to explore simple book structures. We will also cover bookbinding basics, including terminology, tools, and techniques. This class is for all levels. Prerequsite:None Studio fee $15