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Color-Shifting Workshop & An Introduction to Indigo Dyeing

$75

with Alexandra Arellano

Calendar Jun 4, 2022 at 11 am, runs for 1 week

Join Alexandra Carmona-Arellano for a natural dyeing workshop that will dive into the magical realm of color-shifting, while also getting acquainted with a fresh leaf Indigo dyeing process. This workshop will be an introduction into the expansive, and enchanting world of natural dyeing.  Whether you are a seasoned dyer, a novice or true-beginner; this workshop is welcome to all, while also being beginner-friendly.  An array of shifting modalities will be explored, to experience the various color ranges that are possible to achieve, with desired material(s)/fiber(s).  The workshop will also cover needed safety and protection in the dye lab, materials needed, how to set-up a proper dye area and different dye matter. Students are encouraged to bring something of their own to dye in this workshop, as reusing is encouraged wherever and whenever possible.  Whatever one chooses to dye, must be 100% of natural origin (i.e. wool, bamboo, cotton, silk, hemp, etc.) - as synthetics will not absorb the color from natural dyes.  The workshop will cover how to prepare, mordant and fix the color to the fibers, as well as taking a look at safety, tools and instruments that are necessary in order to facilitate safe and successful explorations within the world of natural dyeing. In this workshop will set out to explore the different colors that can be achieved through different pH shifts using various mediums.  Students will decide which color variance they would like to explore with their material/fiber. We will also cover needed safety and protection in the dye lab, materials needed, how to set-up a proper dye area and different dye matter. If participants do not possess or have access to dyeable material/fiber, Alexandra will have a small array of fiber and materials that can be dyed.  This option is available for an additional $25 that can be paid upon class meeting to her. Those in attendance will also be gifted with a bit of lagniappe to commemorate this gathering.

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Oil Painting for Everyone: Landscapes En Plein Air

$135

with Ed Higgins

Calendar Jun 14, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

A summer session continuing last session’s oil painting class, though all levels are welcome. Weather permitting, we’ll be concentrating on landscape painting outdoors with oil paints. We will paint in and around the summer campus environs, and depending on student interest, we may meet at remote locations for a change of scenery. The paintings will tend to be small and portable. You’ll learn to stay loose, mix colors on the fly, and “chase the light” capturing essential information rapidly. We’ll aim for one painting per class. If you want to paint effectively in the field, this is the course for you! Materials list available.

Abstract Painting Studio: Working Large

$145

with Ed Higgins

Calendar Jun 15, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

In this class each artist will be working on one large abstract painting. It can be one single stretched canvas, or made up of a series of canvases hung together as one piece. The course will take you from planning your original concept, through preparatory sketches and drawings. Then you will stretch either a single large canvas (or canvases), and begin painting in your medium of choice. You will sustain the painting for the remaining duration of the 10 week course. The size of your piece is up to you. But fair warning: part of the challenge of the class is figuring out how big to work, and how to work big when you have a limited budget, studio space, materials, and equipment. We’ll strategize about ways to execute, hang, store, and transport larger paintings, too. It is possible to work large… if we put our heads together and work smart! Materials list available.

Art Afield: Traveling Light

$155

with Ed Higgins

Calendar Jun 17, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

This summer course is for new or continuing sketching, painting or drawing students. Working in a small pocket field journal out in the fresh air and sunshine is one of life’s great pleasures. So pack up your hat and sunscreen because if the weather is nice, we’ll be working outside. In the portable media of ink and watercolor. The emphasis will be on assembling and using a field kit that’s easy to carry on your person for art on the go. Let’s take a break from lugging all our art supplies to class, and travel super light. Just what we can fit in our pockets.  In inclement weather we’ll figure out a way to paint a rainy day!

Card Making 101

$60

with Stephanie Fenderson

Calendar Jun 21, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

It’s time to release and utilize your inner artistic abilities. Join me for three weeks of beginner and intermediate skill level classes. We will be testing and challenging ourselves to learn a few fun and interesting techniques in card making. Summer and nautical themes will be our focus to be explored in this particular class. All materials, supplies and tools will be provided for student use.

Flowers & Leaves: Session I

$65

with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Jun 23, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 3 weeks

This class is part art history and part studio art. Each week I will bring in a flower image from art history for us to look carefully at. I’ll give the piece a bit of art historical context and briefly discuss how the piece fits into the artist’s overall body of work. We will discuss the formal elements: line quality, color, palette, brushwork, etc.of the image. Then we will spend the majority, and remainder, of class time working from a flower still life that I have set up which considers elements of the art history piece we looked at. You’ll utilize some of the ideas that we’ve talked about to make your own “inspired by” piece. The morning and the afternoon class will discuss the same artist. However, if you'd like to draw from the still life in the morning, and also sign up for the afternoon session so that you can keep working, maybe put color in?, you are more than welcome. Graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, and acrylic are welcome to be used. Beginners are welcome and encouraged. (If you are an absolute beginner let me know upon registration so I can help you to feel comfortable in the class with one of the above media.) A suggested materials list will be provided upon registration. Learn about, or learn more about, 4 artists who painted flowers. “Leaf” class with 4 of your own images of flowers!

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Flowers & Leaves: Session II

$65

with Jennifer Linskey

Calendar Jun 23, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This class is part art history and part studio art. Each week I will bring in a flower image from art history for us to look carefully at. I’ll give the piece a bit of art historical context and briefly discuss how the piece fits into the artist’s overall body of work. We will discuss the formal elements: line quality, color, palette, brushwork, etc.of the image. Then we will spend the majority, and remainder, of class time working from a flower still life that I have set up which considers elements of the art history piece we looked at. You’ll utilize some of the ideas that we’ve talked about to make your own “inspired by” piece. The morning and the afternoon class will discuss the same artist. However, if you'd like to draw from the still life in the morning, and also sign up for the afternoon session so that you can keep working, maybe put color in?, you are more than welcome. Graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, and acrylic are welcome to be used. Beginners are welcome and encouraged. (If you are an absolute beginner let me know upon registration so I can help you to feel comfortable in the class with one of the above media.) A suggested materials list will be provided upon registration. Learn about, or learn more about, 4 artists who painted flowers. “Leaf” class with 4 of your own images of flowers!

Sketching for Everyone: Multimedia Journaling

$110

with Ed Higgins

Calendar Jun 27, 2022 at 9:30 am, runs for 8 weeks

For continuing or beginning sketch artists. Writers and poets are also welcome! In this class we’ll take keeping a sketchbook or journal of your thoughts and ideas to the next level. You’ll integrate multimedia collage, doodles and sketches with your musings, poetry and prose. Keeping a journal or sketchbook is essential for any creative pursuit. The goal for this summer workshop is to completely fill a journal/sketchbook with 8 weeks of your meaningful experiences, and to share ideas with your fellow artists and writers. Materials list available.

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