Workshops

Oh what paint can do!
 
Wednesday 6:30-9:30y
10/24/2018 to 11/14/2018

Acrylics are an easy and forgiving medium with which to create stunning abstract works.  Participants will cover mixing, application, composition, and more. Individual attention and demonstrations will assure success in this fun acrylic workshop that is perfect for beginners and continuing painters a like. No class 10/31.

Acrylic Paint Layers and Textures
Workshop Canceled
Wednesday 6:30-9:30
10/03/2018 to 10/17/2018
Shibori Scarf
 
Sunday 1:00-4:00
10/14/2018 to 10/21/2018

Shibori is the Japanese art of fabric resist dyeing. Students will learn Arashi Shibori, a pole wrapping and compression technique in this class. Variances in fabric direction and compression combine to create a distinctive storm-like pattern.

 
Friday 2:30-5:30
10/12/2018 to 11/16/2018

Explore the cool, forgiving nature of clay, and let your hands guide your artistic expression. Wheel-throwing, handbuilding, and glazing techniques will be covered. Workshop emphasizes individual instruction. Beginning and continuing students welcome.

 
Sunday 5:00-8:00
10/07/2018 to 11/11/2018

Explore the cool, forgiving nature of clay, and let your hands guide your artistic expression. Wheel-throwing, handbuilding, and glazing techniques will be covered. Workshop emphasizes individual instruction. Beginning and continuing students welcome.

 
Tuesday 6:30-9:30
10/09/2018 to 11/20/2018

Explore the cool, forgiving nature of clay, and let your hands guide your artistic expression. Wheel-throwing, handbuilding, and glazing techniques will be covered. Workshop emphasizes individual instruction. Beginning and continuing students welcome. No class 10/23.

 
Wednesday 3:00-6:00
10/10/2018 to 11/14/2018

Explore the cool, forgiving nature of clay, and let your hands guide your artistic expression. Wheel-throwing, handbuilding, and glazing techniques will be covered. Workshop emphasizes individual instruction. Beginning and continuing students welcome.

Balter Figure Drawing
 
Tuesday 6:30-9:30
10/02/2018 to 10/30/2018

Expand your awareness and visual understanding of the world through drawing and have fun doing it! This beginner’s workshop will explore basic drawing methods including perspective, composition, and use of positive and negative space. Discover drawing materials while enhancing self expression.

 
Wednesday 6:30-9:30
10/10/2018 to 10/24/2018

This workshop is a perfect starting point for the aspiring glass artist. We will explore shaping, attaching, and finishing to create small marbles, pendants, and sculptural objects while teaching the fundamentals of working glass on the torch. No experience necessary.

Workshop Canceled
Thursday 6:30-9:30
10/04/2018 to 10/18/2018

You can learn a variety of glass fusing skills, including cutting, shaping, design, and problem solving, in just a few sessions. Once you know the basics, you can come back and work on your own! Basic materials provided.

 
Tuesday 6:30-9:30
10/30/2018 to 11/20/2018

Feel the heat and catch the excitement. Using furnace glass, pipes and punties, participants will work in teams and explore the manipulation of solid and blown forms in glass. Safety, tool use, color application and more will be covered. No experience necessary.

 
Wednesday 6:30-9:30
10/03/2018 to 10/24/2018

Feel the heat and catch the excitement. Using furnace glass, pipes and punties, participants will work in teams and explore the manipulation of solid and blown forms in glass. Safety, tool use, color application and more will be covered. No experience necessary.

Knitting
 
Monday 6:30-9:30
10/08/2018 to 10/22/2018

A classic beginning knitting project. This is a simple and fun scarf that will help you learn the basics of knitting. All materials provided.

Photography
 
Monday 6:30-9:30
10/08/2018 to 11/12/2018

Set your digital camera aside for a while and step back into traditional black and white photography. Manual camera operation, film exposure and development, and basic printing techniques will all be covered. Through demonstrations and supervised darkroom time, you will have the opportunity to learn the basic skills of black and white photography including visual elements like composition. Bring an empty 35 mm camera. Manual settings are strongly recommended but not required.

 
Tuesday 6:30-9:30
10/02/2018 to 11/13/2018

Construct a simple project of your choosing while learning power tool use and safety. Instruction includes project design, wood properties, joinery, hand and power tool use.

 
Wednesday 6:30-9:30
10/03/2018 to 11/21/2018

Construct a simple project of your choosing while learning power tool use and safety. Instruction includes project design, wood properties, joinery, hand and power tool use. No class 10/31.

Workshop Canceled
Wednesday 3:00-6:00
10/03/2018 to 11/21/2018

Construct a small side or end table in the elegant Shaker style while learning basic woodworking skills. The workshop will cover design, wood properties, joinery, and hand and power tool use. No class 10/31.

 
Wednesday 6:30-9:30
11/07/2018 to 11/14/2018

This bag is awesome and easy! A quick, fun project to introduce the basics of pattern sewing and construction, with a useful product at the end.

 
Monday 3:00-6:00
11/19/2018

Go beyond stamping! Learn to carve a piece of wood, linoleum, or rubber to make your own custom cards or artwork. Just in time for the holidays! Materials provided. No experience necessary.

Chalk Bag
Workshop Canceled
Monday 3:00-6:00
10/01/2018

Rock climbers (and friends): you can make your own chalk bag! Acquire some basic sewing skills and learn a simple, useful pattern. All materials provided. No experience required.

Bamboo
Workshop Canceled
Sunday 2:00-5:00
10/07/2018 to 10/14/2018

Learn some of the basic building strokes of Chinese brushpainig in this introductory workshop.

 
Friday 2:30-5:30
10/19/2018 to 11/16/2018

Build a playable, three-string, cigar-box instrument in this hands-on, simple, instrument class. Focus will be on simple DIY style construction using a variety of hand and power tools. Get that vintage sound while learning to craft a funky one-of-a-kind axe. Basic hardware and supplies included.Fee includes all materials.

Workshop Canceled
Sunday 12:30-4:30
10/28/2018

We will weave with natural manila fiber, pine needles, grasses, leaves and more to creat a small basket about 3 to 4 inches across. You'll be able to take materials and finish it at home, if you'd like it to be larger. Materials provided for 1 basket.

Continuing Fusing
 
Thursday 6:30-9:30
11/01/2018 to 11/15/2018

This workshop will help you hone your technique as you practice the skills learned from beginning glass fusing. We will also explore advanced processes and experiment! Allow extra $ for materials.

Beginning Knitting
Workshop Canceled
Monday 6:30-9:30
10/29/2018 to 11/05/2018

Keep yourself on trend and warm this winter with your choice of boot toppers. Can be worn with tall or short boots and include ribbing, knitting in the round and cable techniques.

 
Monday 6:30-9:30
10/22/2018 to 10/29/2018

Cribbage is a fun and challenging game for all ages -- but the best part is the board! Make your own beautiful, keepsake wooden cribbage board and pegs to amaze your friends and family. All materials included, no experience required.

Cutting Board
Workshop Canceled
Monday 6:30-9:30
10/08/2018 to 10/15/2018

Participants in this workshop will assemble a simple strip cutting board from a variety of woods. A fun and easy introduction to a few woodworking tools.

Cutting Board
 
Monday 6:30-9:30
11/05/2018 to 11/12/2018

Participants in this workshop will assemble a simple strip cutting board from a variety of woods. A fun and easy introduction to a few woodworking tools.

Workshop Canceled
Sunday 5:00-8:00
10/07/2018 to 10/21/2018

Get into our black and white darkroom and work on your own projects with some professional expertise on hand! You can print some images you've been meaning to finish, or try out some new techniques, or just find the time to get back in the darkroom and experiment. Darkroom experience required.

Arm Knitting
 
Friday 6:00-9:00
10/26/2018

Learn to knit using only your hands! Make a chunky wool scarf to keep you warm this winter. This special price is for you and one guest! It doesn't have to be a date... bring a friend, a roommate, anyone you choose. We'll provide light snacks and a fun activity.

 
Friday 6:00-9:00
11/02/2018
 
Friday 6:00-9:00
10/19/2018
 
Friday 6:00-9:00
11/09/2018
Enameling
 
Wednesday 6:30-9:30
10/10/2018 to 11/07/2018

Learn the fundamental skills and techniques of fusing colored glass to metal. Create colorful pieces with copper and lead free enamels to use in jewelry or wall art. We will explore sifting, stenciling, wet packing, and foils to create your images. No class 10/31.

 
Sunday 5:00-8:00
11/04/2018 to 11/18/2018

Develop multiple samples while learning basic hand embroidery techniques without the aid of a plan or drawing. Improvisational embroidery allows participants to freely experiment with multiple stitching techniques while also considering color, texture, and pattern.

Figure Drawing
 
Monday 6:30-9:30
10/08/2018 to 10/22/2018

Drawing the human figure is perhaps the best exercise one can do to improve their drawing abilities. Pencil and charcoal will be used while covering anatomy, proportion, lighting, and how to see and simplify the human form. Life models will be used at every session. All levels welcome.

 
Monday 6:30-9:30
10/29/2018 to 11/19/2018

Drawing the human figure is perhaps the best exercise one can do to improve their drawing abilities. Pencil and charcoal will be used while covering anatomy, proportion, lighting, and how to see and simplify the human form. Life models will be used at every session. All levels welcome. No class 11/12.

Glass Floats
 
Wednesday 6:30-9:30
11/07/2018

Create your own beautiful blown glass orb to hang in a window, decorate a tree, or admire on a table. You will pick and apply color, and blow it out into a unique ornament with the guidance of a glass artist. Must sign up in person to receive student price.

 
Tuesday 6:30-9:30
10/23/2018

Create your own beautiful blown glass orb to hang in a window, decorate a tree, or admire on a table. You will pick and apply color, and blow it out into a unique ornament with the guidance of a glass artist. Must sign up in person to receive student price.

Fused Glass Magnets
Workshop Canceled
Wednesday 6:00-9:00
09/26/2018

Spice up your kitchen with colorful fused glass! Using small bits of colored glass, you will design and create your own small fused glass magnet.

 
Tuesday 3:00-5:00
09/25/2018

Try your hand at some basic glass torch work, and make yourself a fun, reusable straw to take home! Fun, fast, no experience required.

Mosaic
 
Sunday 5:00-8:00
11/04/2018 to 11/11/2018

Use small pieces of glass to create beautiful designs! A great way to play in the glass studio. No experience necessary.

 
Tuesday 6:30-9:30
10/09/2018

Learn how to manipulate glass and create paperweights for your home or office. Explore how to transform glass and color application techniques. No experience needed. 

 
Wednesday 6:30-9:30
11/14/2018

Learn how to manipulate glass and create paperweights for your home or office. Explore how to transform glass and color application techniques. No experience needed. 

 
Monday 6:30-9:30
11/19/2018

This workshop is a perfect starting point for the aspiring glass artist. We will explore shaping, attaching and finishing to create glass pumpkins while teaching the fundamentals of working glass. No experience necessary.

 
Thursday 6:30-9:30
10/25/2018

This workshop is a perfect starting point for the aspiring glass artist. We will explore shaping, attaching and finishing to create glass pumpkins while teaching the fundamentals of working glass. No experience necessary.

Greenland Kayak Paddle
Workshop Canceled
Tuesday 4:00-6:00
10/09/2018 to 10/30/2018

A collaboration with the EMU Outdoor Program! Make your own wooden kayak paddle, based off of traditional designs used by the first kayakers, native peoples of the Arctic.  The "Greenland Paddle" is a beautiful design, and extremely functional for the recreational paddler.  These are also the paddle of choice for expert paddlers, and those wishing to sneak up on walrus during the hunt!  Hand tools and power tools will be used in this class. No experience necessary.

 
Sunday 5:00-8:00
10/28/2018 to 11/11/2018

We will explore techniques to alter your black & white photos by hand coloring them. We will print images specifically for hand coloring, then tone them and apply a variety of paints and pencils to the final images. Darkroom experience is required. Please bring B&W negatives to first class.

Handbuilding
 
Tuesday 3:00-6:00
10/30/2018 to 11/20/2018

Use hand-building skills to create a unique, artistic vessel. Methods and techniques covered will include design, coils, slabs, creating and using press molds, extruding pinch-pots, surface embellishment, and glazing. Beginning and experienced students welcome.

 
Wednesday 6:30-9:30
11/07/2018 to 11/21/2018

Learn how to create a 3D flower inside glass. Use basic flameworking techniques to create beautiful wearable art. No experience necessary.

 
Friday 1:00-4:00
10/12/2018
Glass Beads
 
Thursday 6:00-9:00
09/27/2018

Intrigued by fire and glass? Are you curious about how to make beads? Then take this workshop! We will cover how to make a simple round bead over a torch. This class will also cover how to add dots, bubbles and fun lines to your beads. This is a fun and easy way to try glass working.

 
Wednesday 6:00-9:00
09/26/2018

Enjoy a quick overview of painting using primarily acrylic media. Color mixing, brush techniques, and basic drawing skills will be included. This workshop is best suited for beginning painters.

 
Thursday 2:00-5:00
09/27/2018

Not sure printmaking is for you? Well it is, and this introduction will show you why. Learn about the different printing processes as well as some simple printmaking techniques. Use our stock of printmaking papers and ready-made print blocks.

 
Monday 3:00-6:00
10/29/2018 to 11/12/2018
 
Monday 6:00-9:00
10/01/2018 to 11/05/2018

Explore the technique of lost wax jewelry casting. Create models in wax, then, using the vacuum casting method, turn them into pieces of metal jewelry or tiny sculpture. Lots of individual attention. No experience required.

 
Sunday 5:00-8:00
10/07/2018 to 11/11/2018

Explore the technique of lost wax jewelry casting. Create models in wax, then, using the vacuum casting method, turn them into pieces of metal jewelry or tiny sculpture. Lots of individual attention. No experience required.

 
Tuesday 6:30-9:30
10/02/2018 to 11/06/2018

Learn the fundamental skills for creating beautiful jewelry and metal work. Fabrication techniques will include design, cutting, filing, soldering, and finishing.

Workshop Canceled
Monday 3:00-6:00
10/08/2018 to 10/22/2018

Kalimba is a bantu word meaning “little music” and is also known as a thumb piano. It is a keyed and tuned percussion instrument that makes a great introduction to woodworking. These beautiful instruments will be crafted from the woods of your choice and spring-steel keys. Power and hand tool use and safety will be covered.

Dyed yarn
 
Wednesday 6:30-9:30
11/14/2018

Learn how to dye yarn and wool with food coloring and Kool Aid. You'll learn how to dye a skein a solid color, variegated coloring and stripes. Students may bring light colored, 100% wool skeins of yarn or finished knitted or crocheted projects that were made from wool. This type of dyeing cannot be done on cotton or acrylic.

Glass Monsters
 
Monday 6:30-9:30
10/08/2018 to 10/22/2018

This lamp work glass class is all teeth and eyeballs! Learn the basic fundamentals of working with borosilicate, including torch set up and safety. Lots of demos and hands-on torch experience and you will be creating your own little monster!

 
Wednesday 6:00-9:00
09/26/2018

Add a splash of originality to your cupboards by building your own ceramic mugs, tumblers, small bowls or plates while getting acquainted with the ceramics studio. Fee includes clay and glazes.

Mugs and Bowls
 
Thursday 6:00-9:00
09/27/2018

Add a splash of originality to your cupboards by building your own ceramic mugs, tumblers, small bowls or plates while getting acquainted with the ceramics studio. Fee includes clay and glazes.

Mugs and Bowls
 
Wednesday 6:30-9:30
11/14/2018

Add a splash of originality to your cupboards by building your own ceramic mugs, tumblers, small bowls or plates while getting acquainted with the ceramics studio. Fee includes clay and glazes.

 
Thursday 6:30-9:30
11/08/2018

Add a splash of originality to your cupboards by building your own ceramic mugs, tumblers, small bowls or plates while getting acquainted with the ceramics studio. Fee includes clay and glazes.

 
Monday 6:30-9:30
10/01/2018

This crash course is designed for those with darkroom experience who are a little rusty on their skills. Manual camera controls, film exposure and development, and darkroom printing will all be covered. Students will walk away with the skills and resources to work independently.

Photograms
Workshop Canceled
Thursday 6:00-9:00
09/27/2018

The photogram represents a unique art form requiring only the action of light on a photosensitive substrate. Learn to make photographic art in its simplest form.

Raku Firing
 
Monday 5:30-9:30
11/12/2018 to 11/19/2018

In this tongs-on workshop, you will learn how to interact with fire to achieve stunning glaze colors only possible with Raku firing. Raku glazes range from unique iridescent metallic to ancient-seeming white or golden crackle effects. During the first session you will learn about the properties and techniques of raku glazing. In the second class you will participate in the firing of your work. Please bring up to four of your previously bisqued ceramics pieces to the first class. Be ready to see some flames! Wear natural fiber clothing.

Rucksack
 
Wednesday 6:30-9:30
10/03/2018 to 10/24/2018

You'll feel accomplished and ready when you make your own simple, sturdy cloth backpack! Learn how the pattern goes together, practice cutting and stitching, and attach all the straps and notions. All materials provided.

Balter Self Portrait
Workshop Canceled
Thursday 6:30-9:30
10/04/2018 to 11/08/2018

Self-Realization through the Self-Portrait. In this class students will examine themselves through drawing and painting a self-portrait. We will explore color, light and shade, and negative space as ways to create mood and self-expression. This will be a challenging and fun class. We will also examine how past Masters used self-portraiture to reflect and express themselves. Fee includes some materials.

 
Tuesday 6:30-9:30
11/13/2018

If you need help with those rips or alterations, then this workshop is for you. We will introduce you to the not-very-mysterious workings of a sewing machine. Confidently hem your jeans, patch a skirt and more!

 
Tuesday 6:00-9:00
09/25/2018

If you need help with those rips or alterations, then this workshop is for you. We will introduce you to the not-very-mysterious workings of a sewing machine. Confidently hem your jeans, patch a skirt and more!

 
Tuesday 6:30-9:30
10/09/2018 to 11/06/2018

You won’t need to shop for that perfect design if you can create your own. We’ll cover pattern selection, fabric choices, and sewing machine operation, as well as zippers, buttons, and more. Choose a project and then work from start to finish.

 
Wednesday 6:30-9:30
11/14/2018

Make a simple silver ring quickly and efficiently enough to wear it home. The basics of soldering, shaping and sizing will be covered. 

 
Tuesday 6:00-9:00
09/25/2018

Make a simple silver ring quickly and efficiently enough to wear it home. The basics of soldering, shaping and sizing will be covered. 

 
Monday 6:00-9:00
11/12/2018

Make a simple silver ring quickly and efficiently enough to wear it home. The basics of soldering, shaping and sizing will be covered. 

 
Wednesday 6:30-9:30
10/03/2018

Make a simple silver ring quickly and efficiently enough to wear it home. The basics of soldering, shaping and sizing will be covered.

Hardbound Books
 
Tuesday 3:00-6:00
11/13/2018

Did you know you can make yourself a simple sketchbook in about 10 minutes? We'll talk about the mechanics of paper, pamphlet stitches, and the next steps to explore the world of book arts. Materials provided for one book and additional experiments.

 
Tuesday 6:30-9:30
10/23/2018 to 10/30/2018

Get clean, feel soft, and smell good. Participants will make soap customized to their scent-sibilities, then adapt this information to cover lotions and lip-balms. This is a hands-on workshop full of good, clean fun. Fee includes all materials.

Workshop Canceled
Sunday 5:00-8:00
10/07/2018 to 10/28/2018

No experience needed for this workshop. We will show you step-by-step how to prepare your pattern, cut glass, foil, and solder to complete a beautiful stained glass panel.

Workshop Canceled
Wednesday 3:00-6:00
10/10/2018 to 10/24/2018

Knowledge of cutting, soldering, and shaping required.

Fused Glass Plate
 
Tuesday 6:30-9:30
10/16/2018
 
Monday 6:30-9:30
10/29/2018 to 11/12/2018

Learn the secrets to creating spectacular sparkling marbles. Making it round is the hardest part! You will also  learn about torch set up, safety, and the fundamentals of working with borosilicate. Lots of demos and hands on torch experience! For the beginning or continuing glass artist. Fee includes some materials and up to 3 hours of equipment use outside of the workshop.

Workshop Canceled
Monday 6:30-9:30
10/01/2018

Whether you want to make your own yarn for crochet, knitting, or weaving, or you just love the idea of learning to use a spinning wheel, join us for this one-session introduction to spinning!