2017 Fall Continuing Education Catalog

Embrace your creativity with a studio art class at SMFA.

Registration for 2017 Fall CE classes will open on July 27.

The following studio art courses and workshops are offered for Fall 2017.

Classes take place at our 230 Fenway campus.


FALL 2017

Ceramics

Ceramics: Wheel Throwing
Ji Eun Kim
CER 0064-01
Saturdays 9:00 am–12:15 pm
Tuition $975

Prepare to get your hands dirty in this introductory wheel-throwing course. We will start by learning the basics of creating a simple vessel and move on to more refined techniques that push the limitations of this versatile media. Through demonstrations and hands-on learning, we will cover the use of low-fire clay, as well as high-fire stoneware. You will be provided with the opportunity to explore a variety of wheel-throwing techniques and various glazing methods. This course is designed for beginner throwers.

 

The Basics of Ceramics
Ji Eun Kim
CER 0030-01
Fridays 9:00 am–12:15 pm
Tuition $975

An introduction to creating basic ceramic vessels and sculptures. Through demonstrations and hands-on learning, students will learn both wheel and hand- building techniques and be involved with glaze testing. Mid-range temperature clay (cone 6) will be used to explore both commercial under-glazes and homemade glazes. Through the completion of several projects, students will experience basic properties of clay and discover the diverse range of glazes and methods to finish work. Demonstrations will be divided equally between hand-building, wheel and finishing. This course is designed for beginners and intermediate level students.


DRAWING

A Break with Traditions: Mixing it Up!
Sue Yang
DRW 0040-01
Tuesdays 6:30–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

In this course, students will use different media to create the same image of their choosing and explore the effects of each medium. Students can choose media familiar to them, as well as experiment with new or mixed media choices, including collage. The instructor will introduce Chinese brush stroke technique for those interested in possibly using this traditional technique in their work. The instructor will critique individually and lead group critique. Students are encouraged to bring their own materials, and an image or images to work on.

 

Abstract Drawing: Mixed Media
Gerri Rachins
DRW 0042-01
Wednesdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

In this class, students will use a variety of materials and techniques to develop abstract images with personal interpretations of people, places, and things. We will combine traditional and non-traditional wet and dry media (inks, water-soluble pencils and crayons, charcoal, paint and more) in innovative ways to create stimulating works on paper. We will also discuss examples of 20th century and contemporary abstract artists’ work, and the relevance of artwork to the cultural conditions of the time. You will gain insight into how meaningful artistic choices of subject matter, form, and content can produce dynamic works. Group and individual critiques emphasize development of a more critical eye and the verbal skills necessary to discuss the process of abstraction articulately. Open to students of all levels, including beginners.

 

Anatomy of the Skeleton for Life Drawing
Kathleen Quigley
DRW 0027-01
Tuesdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

This course is designed to improve your concept and understanding of the human figure by studying the underlying skeletal structure and how it affects surface appearance. This is the first of a two-part study; the musculature is the focus of the spring course. Class meetings will include observations and drawing from the model (gesture and long pose), illustrated lectures, the skeleton plaster casts, occasional slide lectures and more. Homework is required (one hour per week minimum). Anatomy study is best suited for students who have had at least a beginning course in drawing.

 

Art as Process
Kata Hull
FND 0010-01
Thursdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

This course is for individuals who want to transform and develop their artistic practice and visual awareness. Art as Process is an intensive studio class focusing on experimentation and creativity rather than a pre-imagined end product. Each week we introduce and complete a new project, working with painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and other disciplines and media. Abstraction, realism, and conceptual approaches will be discussed and explored through hands-on projects. Open to all, from absolute beginners to advanced artists, Art as Process is particularly useful for those who want to develop their creative abilities, assemble a portfolio or explore the idea of a professional art career.

 

Comprehensive Figure Drawing
Mela Lyman
DRW 0045
Wednesdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

Contemporary and traditional approaches to the figure are the focus and inspiration of this course. We will explore composition, light, gesture, contour and space through the juxtaposition of models and objects. The class will address proportion and traditional methods for observational drawing, including perspective. We will experiment with various materials: charcoal, sumi ink, graphite, erasers, water-based and mixed media. Exploration of other artists past and present will provide context for understanding artmaking and its history. Class discussion and critiques will encourage the development of ideas and experimentation. This course is open to beginners and experienced artists.

 

Drawing for Illustrators & Narrative Realists
Ethan Haynes
DRW 0016-01
Wednesdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

This course combines frequent drawing sessions at the Museum of Fine Arts, in-class workshop assignments and at-home drawing exercises. Students will learn the fundamentals of traditional figurative drawing, novel techniques used by successful artists, composition, perspective, expressive light and shade and the creative use of reference. The course will also include group critiques, examples of relevant artwork and demonstrations of tools, materials and techniques. By the end of the course, students will be proficient at the fundamentals of traditional drawing, familiar with the basic tools of drawing, and adept at imagining, designing, and executing compelling and dynamic figurative imagery.

 

Experimental Drawing: The Figure and Beyond
Robert Siegelman
DRW 0082-01
Thursdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

This course is open to individuals at any level and will focus on figure drawing as an experimental medium. By using the figure as a focus and a point of departure, we will explore various approaches for developing personal connections to drawing and content. Representation, abstraction, expressionist and conceptual possibilities will be discussed. We will look at different ways of using drawing to expand creativity and enhance your willingness to take risks. Experimentation, process, materials, and learning to critique will be emphasized in this fun and supportive yet challenging course.


Personal Geographies: Maps, Journals, and Landscape
Heidi Whitman
DRW 0084
Mondays 2:00 pm–5:15 pm
Tuition $975

Mapping has a central place in contemporary art as well as a universal graphic appeal and fascination, conjuring up journeys and unexplored places. In this course students will use maps, journals, and landscape as inspiration for drawings, paintings, and mixed media work. In creating personal geographies students will use words and literature in a metaphoric approach to mapping. Class sessions will center on the effective use of collage, water-based paint, and drawing materials such as marker, graphite and ink. Class discussions, critiques, visual presentations and gallery/museum visits will be integral to the course.

 

Works on Paper: Mixed Media Drawing
Robert Siegelman
DRW 0010-01
Mondays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

This high-energy class explores drawing using a variety of materials and approaches: wet and dry, collage, text, artists’ books and more. We will investigate and work from the observational, the abstract, the imaginative and the narrative. Experimentation, interpretation and process will help students find a personal connection to drawing and art making, and you will be encouraged to take risks. Students will have frequent feedback, group critique and discussions, and individualized instruction. Those new to drawing and experienced artists are all welcome. Bring your curiosity, prepare yourself to have fun and be challenged.


GRAPHIC DESIGN

Children’s Book Illustration
Ilse Plume
GRA 0004-01
Tuesdays 9:00 am–12:15 pm
Tuition $975

As a kid you probably spent happy times with Winnie the Pooh, Dr. De Soto, or Where the Wild Things Are. Now it’s time for YOU to take the plunge, and become author and illustrator! In this course, students will create a book dummy or mock-up. Assignments start with beginning sketches and text, to small vignettes, and later full-page and double-spread illustrations. We’ll examine types of children’s books in the marketplace, and become familiar with current demands of editors and publishers. This course is suitable for beginners as well as those developing skills further.

 

Graphic Novel
Raul Gonzalez
GRA 0025-01
Tuesdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

In the new golden age of graphic novels and cartooning, publishers and online comics have redefined what a comic book can be. With the instructor, an award- winning artist and cartoonist, students will explore the history of cartooning from the early days of newspaper strips through today’s most exciting creators. Students will begin creating the ideas for their very own projects, will learn how to create concept drawings, book layouts, and will learn penciling and various inking and finishing techniques. The course will also teach students how to share their ideas with the greater cartooning community through digital media.

 

Illustration: An Introduction
Glenna Lang
GRA 0014-01
Mondays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

In this course, you will explore the partnership between the art of illustration and the written word. We begin with a warm-up drawing exercise followed by weekly assignments in logical progression. Students work with diverse subject matter for a variety of venues, ranging from small black-and-white pieces to larger color images dependent on text. The course emphasizes idea development, visual metaphor, and the search for a personal style. Presentations focus on the work of accomplished illustrators, painters, and printmakers as well as illustration techniques. Suitable for beginners seeking a foundation and those wanting to strengthen their skills.

 

Adobe Illustrator: A Complete Introduction
Kevin Dacey
GRA 0030-01
Wednesdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

The course is a comprehensive introduction to the expansive qualities of Adobe Illustrator. The class will take you through many of the tools and effects, and will include topics such as color theory and graphic design history. Studio time is both lecture and demonstration format, with hands-on experimenting. The course will give you insight into the depths of the software and its potential to enhance your work and design.

 

Beginning Graphic Design Section 1
Sofie Hodara
GRA 0002-01
Mondays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

Beginning Graphic Design Section 2
Sofie Hodara
GRA 0002-02
Wednesdays 9:00 am–12:15 pm
Tuition $975

With a focus on the integration of design elements and how they are created, chosen, and organized, this intensive course explores the potential of graphic design. For each project, students will explore the relationships between typography, language, image, and symbolism. Throughout the course, emphasis will shift between idea generation, design theory, and technical skills. Lectures will address graphic design, letterform history, typography, and creativity. The course accommodates beginners and more advanced students who are building a portfolio.

 

Design Fundamentals: Digital Version
Kevin Dacey
GRA 0044-01
Tuesdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

Using Adobe Illustrator, Design Fundamentals DV will provide a foundational approach to the study and practice of 2D design. You will learn the core issues of design and investigate solutions with computer-aided exercises. At the end of the course, you will be able to describe and discuss the finer points of design principles and identify areas of strength and potential in your own work. The course offers an expansive approach to core ideas and tools and a solid foundation in the fundamentals of design. Knowledge of Illustrator is not required and this is not an Illustrator course.

 

Designing with Photoshop
Staff
GRA 0056-01
Fridays 9:00 am–12:15 pm
Tuition $975

This course begins with basic Adobe Photoshop techniques such as selecting objects, color correction, photo retouching, collage and more. We move on to incorporate advanced features using layers, masks, paths, colorizing and duo tones. The basics of scanning reflective art, negatives, slides and video capture will help you understand resolution and output options. The course finishes with applying these basic techniques to design issues of logo and type.

 

Digital Type Founding: An Introduction to Making Fonts
Charles Gibbons
GRA 0008-01
Tuesdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

Fonts. We see them everywhere, use them daily, and seldom pause to ask where they come from. This introductory course surveys concepts and processes involved in creating typefaces from initial sketches to digital fonts. Students will design their own typefaces based on existing models from letterpress printing, calligraphy and other lettering arts. Topics include developing concepts and gestures into a coherent visual system, using current font-making tools (particularly FontLab Studio 5), drawing vector art, managing space, and developing OpenType features that empower fonts to do tricks like mimicking handwriting. Prerequisites: basic experience in typography and in Adobe Illustrator.

 

Illustration for Mythology
Eli Minaya
GRA 0024-01
Thursdays 2:00 pm–5:15 pm
Tuition $975

In this course, students will learn how to interpret mythology as a visual system for narrative illustration. Students will explore classic and contemporary myths; like that of the Ancient Greeks, Native Americans and the mythos of Modern Americans, to infuse their illustrations with powerful cultural and historical icons. The class will learn pen and ink illustration techniques as a means to illustrate their mythological ideas. This course is aimed at intermediate and experienced artists. Prerequisites: an introductory illustration course and at least one other drawing course.

 

Illustrator as Designer
Eli Minaya
GRA 0038-01
Thursdays 9:00 am–12:15 pm
Tuition $975

This course focuses on the relationship between illustration and design, and how it can generate meaningful content. By exploring symbols, typography, and picture-making we will begin to understand illustrators’ roles in the design world. This is a project-based course. All exercises and lectures are geared toward teaching you not just the tools needed to be a professional, but also the process to create meaningful projects.

 

Intermediate Graphic Design
Joanne Breiner
GRA 0063-01
Thursdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

This course is for students who have taken Beginning Graphic Design or an equivalent and are looking to take their skills to the next level. Emphasizing hands-on studio work with minimal lecture time, the goal of the class is to develop efficient work habits, build confidence, improve problem-solving techniques, refine your style and learn more about the practice and profession of graphic design. The instructor will give students individual attention and feedback, while encouraging the development of personal style and voice. We will produce 3–4 projects as well as explore the history of graphic design through films, presentations and readings.

 

Intermediate Illustration
Erling Saevarsson
GRA 0049-01
Mondays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

This course continues your exploration of illustration by simulating the experience of a professional freelance illustrator. Through homework assignments, students will learn the importance of disciplined, practical working methods from concept to sketches to finished art. Technical instruction focuses on a digital approach, but lectures will cover topics that can apply to any traditional illustration medium. Each class will consist of the presentation of a topic, samples of artful illustration, and critiques of assignments. This seminar-style course utilizes group participation and accommodates individual needs. Prerequisite: an introductory illustration course or equivalent, and some drawing experience.

 

Introduction to Web Design
Staff
DIG 0007-01
Fridays 9:00 am–12:15 pm
Tuition $975

This course will teach the fundamental skills necessary to plan, organize, design, and build modern standards-compliant websites. Students will learn the basic building blocks of the web (HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript) and theoretical and practical approaches to interface design. Students will also come to understand the web as a series of delicately choreographed visual, conceptual, and navigational systems. Prerequisite: experience with digital imaging software such as Adobe Photoshop.

 

Visualizing Information
Charles Gibbons
GRA 0064-01
Wednesdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

Our lives are full of facts we need to sift through in order to make sense of the world. Which T line gets me to South Station? What do my taxes really pay for? Frequently we need to draw connections between seemingly unrelated factors, and information design makes those relationships visible. By exploring the core principles of information design and putting them into practice, this course will explore ways a picture really can be worth a thousand words. Throughout, we’ll emphasize the hallmarks of excellence in information graphics: clarity, precision, and efficiency.


ANIMATION

Introduction to Digital and Experimental Animation
Maya Erdelyi
FLM 0039-01
Tuesdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

This introductory course focuses on bringing still and moving images to life through a wide variety of applications including Photoshop, After Effects, Dragonframe and Premiere Pro. By becoming familiar with and understanding each application, students will develop a deeper understanding of digital media and creative editing. Lessons include building simple animated GIFs, making movies “out of nothing,” and finding best uses of Layers and Puppet Tools in Photoshop and After Effects. We will also explore more traditional approaches to animation via hand-drawn exercises, stop-motion and ways to hybridize these with digital processes. The class includes screenings of contemporary and past animations, and discussions.


METALSMITHING

Stone-Setting: Bezels and Beyond
Tanya Crane
MTL 0020-01
Thursdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

Stone-setting is one of the fundamental skills in a metalsmith’s toolbox. In this course, you will learn to create rings and pendants using beginning to intermediate metalsmithing techniques and processes. Working with mainly sterling silver, we will cover soldering, forming and texturing, bezelsetting, prong settings, tube settings and flush settings.


PAINTING

A Break with Traditions: Mixing it Up!
Sue Yang
DRW 0040-01
Tuesdays 6:30–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

In this course, students will use different media to create the same image of their choosing and explore the effects of each medium. Students can choose media familiar to them, as well as experiment with new or mixed media choices, including collage. The instructor will introduce Chinese brush stroke technique for those interested in possibly using this traditional technique in their work. The instructor will critique individually and lead group critique. Students are encouraged to bring their own materials, and an image or images to work on. 

 

Color Theory for Artists, Designers and the Color Curious
Gerri Rachins
PAI 0023-01
Mondays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

What is color, and how has it been used historically, symbolically, and culturally across many disciplines and virtually all areas of art? Whether you are interested in fashion, design, fine art or marketing, this hands-on studio course is for you. Students learn a variety of color systems and terminology based on artistic and scientific theories. By the end of the course, you will be able to speak and understand the language of color (tint, tone, shade, harmony, discord, chromatic intensity and more). Most importantly, you will learn to utilize color relationships practically and professionally in new and meaningful ways. You may even develop a new theory!

 

Intermediate to Advanced Painting
Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz
PAI 0069-01
Mondays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

This course is for students who have achieved basic painting skills and want to further their abilities, interests and projects on the intermediate or advanced level. You will begin by sharing your previous work and goals, and will receive ongoing personalized feedback from the instructor. The class covers painting techniques, archival issues, color complexities, composition, meaning and subject matter. You will look at the work of professional painters and learn to think about your work in relation to these “mentors.” Group critiques will be conducted occasionally to increase dialogue and foster an artistic community, but the main focus is your personal journey in painting.

 

Painting the Landscape
Michael MacMahon
PAI 0037-01
Mondays 2:00 pm–5:15 pm
Tuition $975

Landscape painting is an innately pluralist exercise: it presents us with a range of possible approaches and perspectives by which to analyze not only places, but also their contexts. In this class, we will explore the landscape as a means of expressing our contemporary world via realism, metaphor and abstraction. You will have the opportunity to learn the groundwork for a successful landscape painting and the freedom to build on this throughout the semester. This is a fantastic opportunity for all ranges of students from first timers to more advanced students.

 

Portrait Painting & Drawing
Patrick Carter
PAI 0066-01
Tuesdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

Portraiture is specific and general, timely and timeless. It informs us about a particular individual while revealing something about us all. The portrait, whether a painting or drawing, involves technical, organizational, spiritual and philosophical concerns basic to any work of art. The initial objective is to produce a physical resemblance to the model, but it is even more important to progress toward the elusive “other” inner life, sometimes at the expense of physical likeness. The class introduces several approaches to help you discover a natural and personal direction. You will use materials such as charcoal, graphite, acrylics, ink washes, water-based paint and oil-based media.

 

Splash: Watercolor and Water-based Mixed Media
Michael MacMahon
PAI 0036-01
Mondays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

In this course, students will learn the tools to tackle personal projects with a variety of media. We will discuss ways to effectively use and combine media such as ink, watercolor, gouache, acryla gouache, Flashe, acrylic, collage and drawing materials. You will experiment on a variety of papers in order to develop your technique and personal imagery. Class discussions, critiques and ongoing personal development are integral to the class. This class is ideal for those who wish to learn new techniques and those who wish to take personal projects to a new level with close guidance.


PHOTOGRAPHY

Digital Photography Post-Production
Dan O’Connor
PHT 0080-01
Saturdays 9:00 am–12:15 pm
Tuition $975

This class is an exploration of basic to advanced principles of digital post-production workflow for photographers. Students will become familiar with color management, file formats, storage, and archiving. They will also be introduced to the software programs used in digital photography, with a concentration on Photoshop. The class will explore the design elements and principles related to aesthetics and process in post-production. Students will learn to approach a post-production problem and document their process in reaching a solution. This class provides a framework to build on for all future photography classes.


PRINTMAKING

Lithography: Nuts & Bolts
Carolyn Muskat
PRT 0057-01
Tuesdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

This course focuses on using lithography as a starting point for editioned images as well as series and monoprints. Structured for both beginning and advanced students, the course tailors technical information, demonstrations and group discussions to support student projects and ideas. Beginners are introduced to stone, aluminum plate, and polyester plate lithography, using direct drawing, transfer and photo-collage techniques. Intermediate and advanced students propose and develop ongoing projects and receive technical support and direction as needed.

 

Screenprinting: The Whole Story
Michael Hecht
PRT 0082-01
Mondays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

This course enables students to explore some of the most current and innovative technology within the world of printmaking and screenprinting. Color separations, large format screenprinting and the use of computer applications in the screenprinting process form the heart of the course. We will also examine traditional screenprinting techniques in order to provide students with an understanding of the full spectrum of approaches. No printmaking or computer experience is required.


SCULPTURE

Guitar and Dulcimer: Design and Construction
Walter Stanul
SCP 0036-01
Wednesdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

In this course, students learn to make their own stringed instruments and develop fine woodworking skills. The course begins with designing and building a uniquely American instrument: the Appalachian or mountain dulcimer. This beautiful instrument is relatively easy to build, even with little or no woodworking background. Students who complete a dulcimer may start a travel or “backpack” guitar, which is light and easier to make than a full-sized guitar. Both projects involve shaping, bending and joining wood into delicate yet amazingly strong structures—skills that can be applied widely to other fabrications and sculptures.

Completing both dulcimer and guitar usually requires extra shop time outside of class.

 

Making Wooden Boxes
Walter Stanul
SCP 0038-01
Thursdays 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Tuition $975

In this class, we will construct a variety of imaginative wooden boxes which are surprisingly easy to make. After constructing a basic box, you can add drawers, dividers, and compartments. Boxes can be quite functional or quite fantastic, or both! We use the bandsaw to make fitted box parts that are glued together and finished. For our final project, we make a traditional small tool cabinet with drawers to house frequently used tools. In this course, students learn an enjoyable way to make useful, beautiful objects as well as to shape, join, and finish wood. This class is suitable for students with any level of woodworking experience.


WORKSHOPS

What a Relief: Chasing and Repoussage
Linda Priest
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am–6:00 pm (Includes a one-hour break)
October 7–October 15 (2 weekends)
Tuition $600

This workshop teaches you about sculpting metal on a small scale. You will learn processes that allow you to create all sorts of things, from interesting textures, geometric shapes, and abstract forms to realistic imagery. This technique, chasing and repoussé, will enable you to sculpt pieces that have interest, texture, angles, movement and detail. You will learn to make reliefs that are light enough to be used in wearable art.

 

Cut, Fold, Make: Laser-Cut Paper Design
Jennaca Davies
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am–4:00 pm (includes a one-hour break)
October 18–October 19 (2 days)
Tuition $400

Paper is one of the most readily available artistic materials and is perfect for testing out ideas, making models, experimenting with form and even creating finished artwork. In this workshop, students with no previous experience with laser cutting can learn to quickly draw shapes in the computer that will be cut in paper. From there, the paper can be transformed from 2D to 3D using personal image collections as a starting point for inspiration. Folding, gluing and other paper construction techniques will be shown so students can experiment to create design prototypes, small scale sculpture, and paper patterns.

 

The Art of Collage
Ilse Plume
Saturdays 9:00 am–12:15 pm
September 30–October 21 (4 Saturdays)
Tuition $400

Picasso, Braque and Matisse launched collage into the mainstream of art in Paris. But even before that, the earliest collage were created by twelfth-century Japanese calligraphers who glued paper and fabric and created textured surfaces as a background for their poems. Using materials such as photos, magazines, newspapers, wallpaper or paint, students will create new images. Topics will include the history of collage, and methods such as découpage (cut paper), décollage (subtracting materials), photomontage (cut and ripped photos) or assemblage (3D objects). No other medium gives such a wide variety of exciting possibilities. All levels are welcome!

 

Band Together: Making Rings
Jennaca Davies
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am–4:00 pm (includes a one-hour break)
October 14–October 15 (2 days)
Tuition $400

This two-day workshop teaches students how to design and create handmade rings using basic metals techniques such as sawing, filing, forming, and sanding. Students will be encouraged to experiment with finishes and textures and will be able to size rings to fit on any finger. This workshop is designed for beginners as well as students who already have some jewelry making experience. By the end of the workshop, everyone will have made several rings that can be worn alone or stacked together as a series.

 

Chainmaking Workshop
Jennaca Davies
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am–4:00 pm (includes a one-hour break)
September 30–October 1 (2 days)
Tuition $400

Working mainly with metal wire, this two-day technique workshop investigates methods for making handmade chains. Handmade chains can be worn alone or used for pendants and charms and are much more personal than standard machine-made chains. Students learn to create linkages with jump rings and other wire shapes. The earliest chainmaking dates back to Egyptian jewelry made in 225 BCE, and students will gain an understanding of both historical and contemporary methods. By the end of this workshop, students will have created samples of several different types of chains and made at least one finished chain.

 

Small Scale Forging
April Franklin
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am-6:00 pm (includes a one-hour break)
September 30–October 8 (2 weekends)
Tuition $800

Forging is the process of shaping metal using heat and hammering the metal usually on an anvil, but sometimes into specialized iron forms called swages or stakes, until it takes the intended shape. The class will teach students the vocabulary of forging and the ability to directly manipulate metal with fire and hammer in a series of object- based projects, as well as an historical understanding of the metals used. We will begin honing skills by forging copper bracelets, then on to bronze fibulas, before moving into making fundamental steel tools. The workshop will conclude with forging silver spoons. No previous experience is required.

 

Step-by-Step: Beginning Painting with Oils
Laura Fischman
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am–6:00 pm (includes a one-hour break)
September 23–September 24 (2 days)
Tuition $400

Designed for the beginning painter or for those new to oil paint, this workshop will introduce students to the fundamental tools, materials and techniques of oil painting. There will be demos on paint handling, color mixing and how to use various brushes and the palette knife, as well as group discussions offering constructive feedback. We will focus on developing compositions, solid value structures and accurate color mixing. Students will leave the workshop with an understanding of the basics of the medium, so that they can continue working independently or move on to another oil painting course.

 

Still Life Painting Workshop
Ingrid Pimsner
Saturdays 9:00 am–1:00 pm
October 14–November 4 (4 Saturdays)
Tuition $400

Students paint the still life from observation and read supplemental readings as supporting material in this oil painting studio class. We will learn the foundations of painting principles and color theory in a studio environment while painting in situ. Class time will consist of studio time, group critiques, and class discussions. Students will learn foundational painting principles, painting materials, and color theory in order to help them develop their own visual language in approaching the still life. In addition, students will leave the workshop with a general knowledge of significant past and present still life painters and their methods.


Wood Construction for Artists
April Franklin
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am–6:00 pm (includes a one-hour break)
September 16–September 24 (2 weekends)
Workshop: $800

This workshop provides you with the knowledge and confidence to use woodshop tools and add new dimensions to your work. We will start with making stretcher bars, and will explore fasteners for different types of materials and hanging devices for installation needs. We will cover wall construction (wood and steel stud) and working with drywall. The workshop starts with a small box project to build familiarity with planing and cut lists, and ends with constructing a small shelving unit. This class will fulfill the safety class requirement to use the woodshop.