Basketweaving: Closed-Bottom Coffee/Tea Basket

A next step in beginner-level workshops for students who already have completed Intro to Basketweaving, or have some basic basketweaving experience, and would like to continue to build their skills in classic flat-reed basketry. In this one-day workshop, we’ll be focusing on learning how to create a solid base in your square basket and how to create a zipper pattern using weaving techniques with a specially hand-dyed, natural tea-dyed reed. You will get to weave your very own 7-inch x 7-inch x 4-inch Zipper-Pattern Closed-Base Coffee/Tea Basket to take with you. Tool kits, spoke weights, and soak tubs will be available to use during class.  You will need to bring your own blot cloth and clothes pins. Weaving materials can be purchased directly from the instructor for $8.

Basketweaving: Intro to Wickerwork

An intermediate workshop for returning students who are proficient in traditional plait basketweaving. During this four-day hands-on workshop, students will be introduced to the concepts and techniques of traditional wickerwork. Many of these techniques have their origins in weaving fabrics and we’ll use them to weave wicker. By the end of the class, you’ll have created a sampler mat of 9 common wicker weaves, 4 different types of sample bases, 3 mini baskets showcasing 3 different woven border techniques, and a sampler breadbasket that you design and weave based on the techniques you learned in the course. Weaving materials can be purchased directly from the instructor for a $41 fee.

Intro to Handbuilding

Learn the basics of handbuilding to create functional and sculptural ceramics in our professional ceramics studio. Experiment with surface design and textures and use glazes to create enduring stoneware pieces. Tuition includes clay, glazes, and firings.

All students must be 18 years of age or older. 

Pressure Printing on an Etching Press

This mono printing technique uses the pressure of the etching press to create the plate you will print from. Using cut stencils and mat board sheets as our matrix, students will create ephemeral monoprints in this one-day workshop. All levels are welcome! Please arrive prepared for a fun and productive workday. All materials except paper are provided.

All students must be 18 years of age or older. 

Expressionist Landscape Painting

Interested in making your landscape paintings more vibrant and expressive? In this class we’ll explore color relationships, compositional structures, and mark making in order to do just that. Taking cues from painters such as Van Gogh and the Fauves, as well as contemporary artists, we’ll learn ways to create works that reflect a more subjective view of the world around us.

All students must be 18 years of age or older. 

Motion Graphics with After Effects

Learn how to use After Effects to create motion media. We will begin with ideation and development techniques to design student projects. Then we will practice the processes and techniques needed to execute one’s video. Final project options include: an animation, video with animated typography, abstract/experimental art film, prototypes for animated UX/UI webpages, and more. Artists already practicing specific media disciplines, such as photography, film, graphic design, illustration, animation, and sound design are welcome to transport ideas into the motion design space. We will explore a variety of softwares and techniques, including After Effects, Photoshop, editing with Premiere, 3D modeling, and front-end web animation.

Intermediate Digital Photography

Looking to take your digital photography skills to the next level? In this short course, we’ll teach you how to use your camera’s advanced features while gaining an understanding of how to further experiment with composition and lighting. We will also cover image editing. Students should bring their own DSLR camera to class.

Digital Illustration: Repeating Surface Patterns

In this class we will be designing repeat surface patterns. Students will learn techniques to draw patterns traditionally by hand as well as with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Student will have an opportunity to experiment with traditional media along with digital programs while getting an introduction to different types of repeating patters as well as a chance to explore historical methods and contemporary surface design. Over the course of the term, students will build a small pattern collection. This class is great for students who are interested in creating digital patterns for work that remains digital, or for other applications like screenprinting or ceramic decals. No experience with drawing or digital programs is needed, though it might be helpful!

Online: Game Narrative Writing

Ever wanted to learn how to write for video games? This introductory course is an opportunity for those passionate about games to try their hand at creating their own narrative games. Every week will focus on a different aspect of game writing, and in the course of eight weeks, students will prepare to write a fully fleshed-out game world and a tutorial on their game writing journey. This class will meet online, via Zoom.

Online: Visual Storytelling

In this class, we will examine various elements that constitute the moving image, including composition, camera movement, color, light and shadow, set decoration/location, editing/duration, performance strategies/blocking, sound design and music. This course will be an exploration of the myriad of ways in which you can enhance your story through the selective emphasis on those elements. We recommend this class for students who have completed any of our screenwriting classes, who are interested in learning the next steps in the filmmaking process. This class will meet online, via Zoom.