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Friday, Sep 5, 2014
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The Potter’s Wheel

September 5, 2014 to October 24, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: John Visser

In this all-levels course, students will learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel and continue to develop wheel throwing skills, refine techniques, and explore the creative aspects of the medium. Students will learn how to throw vases, bowls, pots and more. Carving and slip trailing for surface decoration will embellish creations, which will be glazed and kiln-fired. This is a fun, hands-on class for any beginning or continuing student.

Monday, Sep 8, 2014
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Independent Study in Jewelry

September 8, 2014 to October 13, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

This class is for students continuing development of their jewelry and metalworking studies with refinement in both technical and aesthetic pursuits. Working with the instructor, students will create a variety of finished projects that express their own interests in terms of technique, style, and subject. In addition to scheduled class time, students can take advantage of open studio throughout the duration of their 6 week session. Students will be expected to purchase their own materials for their individual projects, aside from these shared basics. Students can consult with the instructor on where to purchase materials, and what they might need for specific projects. Studio fee covers tool usage, gas, solder, flux, etc. Prerequisite: Students must have taken Jewelry I and II at The Arts Center, or have significant outside experience.

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014
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The Potter’s Wheel

September 9, 2014 to October 28, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: John Visser

In this all-levels course, students will learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel and continue to develop wheel throwing skills, refine techniques, and explore the creative aspects of the medium. Students will learn how to throw vases, bowls, pots and more. Carving and slip trailing for surface decoration will embellish creations, which will be glazed and kiln-fired. This is a fun, hands-on class for any beginning or continuing student.

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014
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The Art of Handbuilding

September 10, 2014 to October 15, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Tholl

Handbuilding is a fun and creative introduction to ceramics. In this six week class, students will learn the basics of pinching, coiling, slab work, making simple molds and much more. Discussions will be set around technique, idea development, and contemporary hand-built ceramics. Come with ideas, personal challenges, just plain interest, and a willingness to learn. Demonstrations for guidance as well as independent studio time will give students the opportunity to create several finished pieces of pottery.

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014

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Advanced Study in Wheel Throwing

September 10, 2014 to October 29, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: John Visser

This advanced level class will improve students’ technical mastery on the wheel. Demonstrations of advanced throwing techniques will include a wide variety of different kinds of vessels. This intense and focused course will fine tune your throwing skills while expanding the creative potential of wheel work. Prerequisite: Students must have taken at least two pottery classes at The Arts Center or have significant outside experience.

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014
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Beginning Wheel

September 16, 2014 to October 21, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: Kristen Martin

Learn how to “throw” on the potter’s wheel. Create vases, bowls, pots and more. This class is for those true beginners who have always wanted to try their hand at the wheel. Experienced and approachable instructor Kristen Martin will help you learn the skills it takes to throw a successful piece of pottery. Carving and slip trailing for surface decoration will embellish your creations, which will be glazed and kiln-fired. This is a fun, hands-on course for any enthusiastic beginner, and can be repeated to better improve your skills.

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014
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Try It! Pottery Studio Tour

September 17, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM Instructor: Kristen Martin

Have you always wondered what it would be like to take a pottery class? Try it! Get a feel for our pottery classes before you sign up for an extended class. Students will learn all about our ceramics studio, including wheel throwing, hand building, glazing, and firing. Students will watch a demo, try working with the clay, work with the wheel, and gain knowledge to jump start their interest in clay!

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014
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Try It! Pottery Studio Tour

September 18, 2014 — 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM Instructor: Sarah Pratt

Have you always wondered what it would be like to take a pottery class? Try it! Get a feel for our pottery classes before you sign up for an extended class. Students will learn all about our ceramics studio, including wheel throwing, hand building, glazing, and firing. Students will watch a demo, try working with the clay, work with the wheel, and gain knowledge to jump start their interest in clay!

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014

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Kumihimo Necklace

September 18, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Kathleen Cianfarani

Enjoy learning the art of “Kumihimo” to make a necklace in this beginner course. Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making in which cords of all types can be used for different thicknesses and textures. A firm but flexible foam disc with notches is the form used to weave the cords into the rope like braided neck piece we’ll end up with. There will be a center focal piece supplied along with all the attachments (findings) to be able to complete your necklace.

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014
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Try It! Pottery Studio Tour

September 20, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Instructor: John Visser

Have you always wondered what it would be like to take a pottery class? Try it! Get a feel for our pottery classes before you sign up for an extended class. Students will learn all about our ceramics studio, including wheel throwing, hand building, glazing, and firing. Students will watch a demo, try working with the clay, work with the wheel, and gain knowledge to jump start their interest in clay!

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014

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Create a Stained Glass Panel

September 20, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Theresa Faul

No matter what your level of experience may be, you can create a beautiful stained glass panel! Beginners will choose from four available designs and then learn how to cut glass, assemble, foil and solder your panel (up to 8×10 inches). Experienced students can take this opportunity to work on their own designs with the guidance of an experienced instructor. You will be amazed by what you can accomplish in one day. Ages 12 and up are welcome.

Monday, Sep 22, 2014
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Woodworking 101

September 22, 2014 to October 20, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Curtis Hebert

This class introduces beginners to basic woodworking skills. Aspiring woodworkers will be familiarized with the shop environment, learn the safe and proper use of many common woodworking tools, as well as several woodworking techniques. Tool instruction will include the safe and proper usage of the table saw, surface planer, clamps, band saw, stationary sanders, palm sanders, and carving tools. Other techniques may be introduced as time permits. There will also be lectures on safety, wood species, and finishes. No experience necessary. Students will learn to work with hand tools as well as power tools; fine motor coordination is required for this course. Each step will be clearly demonstrated, and all techniques, safety tips and guidelines will be explained before use of equipment.

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014
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Glass Beads: Introduction to Lampworking

September 23, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley

Glass bead making (Lampworking) is an ancient Venetian art form that has experienced a great resurgence in the past several years. There are countless varieties of style, color, and shape that combine to make beautiful and unique glass beads. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the equipment, tools, materials, and techniques used to safely melt and form glass into an array of bead shapes and styles. You will leave the class with your own beautiful beads in hand and perhaps a dose of glass bead fever!

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014

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Try It! Stained Glass Studio Tour

September 23, 2014 — 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM Instructor: Theresa Faul

Have you always wondered what it would be like to take a stained glass class? Try it! Get a feel for the subject before you sign up for an extended course. In this class, students will learn about the possibilities in our stained glass studio including design, glass cutting, soldering, polishing, and finishing. Students will watch a demo, try working with the glass, and gain knowledge to jump start their interest in stained glass!

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014

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Try It! Stained Glass Studio Tour

September 23, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM Instructor: Theresa Faul

Have you always wondered what it would be like to take a stained glass class? Try it! Get a feel for the subject before you sign up for an extended course. In this class, students will learn about the possibilities in our stained glass studio including design, glass cutting, soldering, polishing, and finishing. Students will watch a demo, try working with the glass, and gain knowledge to jump start their interest in stained glass!

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014
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Woodworking for Women 101

September 24, 2014 to October 22, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Melissa Collins

Join this beginner-friendly woodworking class designed for women. Learn the possibilities of working with wood as you explore creative work primarily with hand tool techniques. You’ll gain confidence with the tools and techniques required to complete a variety of basic woodworking projects. Each student will complete the class with a finished project they’ll be proud of, and skills that they can continue to use on their own.

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014
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Felting 101: Painting With Wool

September 27, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Jeannie Thomma

Discover the magical process of felting: one part joy, one part imagination. This workshop will introduce you to the alchemical art of wet-felting. Students work with wool in new and exciting ways to create fabulous surfaces that dance with layers of color and information. You can think of the work as “fiber paintings.” This workshop will include demonstrations followed by open studio time in which participants will be able to explore their own creative vision. Materials fee includes a wool felting kit to take home.

Monday, Sep 29, 2014
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Introduction to Pottery

September 29, 2014 to December 8, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: Cara Nisbeth

This is an introductory studio class in stoneware ceramics. Through lectures, wheel throwing, and hand-building, students will explore the aesthetic, sculptural, and functional possibilities of clay. Techniques will be demonstrated and lectures will feature technical information on high temperature firing and stoneware glazes. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 10/13. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Monday, Sep 29, 2014

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Introduction to Pottery

September 29, 2014 to December 8, 2014 — 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Cara Nisbeth

This is an introductory studio class in stoneware ceramics. Through lectures, wheel throwing, and hand-building, students will explore the aesthetic, sculptural, and functional possibilities of clay. Techniques will be demonstrated and lectures will feature technical information on high temperature firing and stoneware glazes. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 10/13. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Monday, Sep 29, 2014

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Stained Glass I

September 29, 2014 to December 8, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: Theresa Faul

This class is an introduction to basic stained glass techniques and will explore Tiffany Foil aspects of two-dimensional stained glass construction, including preliminary work, glass cutting, soldering and cleaning. Design and color theory, as it relates to stained glass, will be explored through lecture and examples and demonstrations. This class involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 10/13. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Monday, Sep 29, 2014

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Stained Glass I

September 29, 2014 to December 8, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: Theresa Faul

This class is an introduction to basic stained glass techniques and will explore Tiffany Foil aspects of two-dimensional stained glass construction, including preliminary work, glass cutting, soldering and cleaning. Design and color theory, as it relates to stained glass, will be explored through lecture and examples and demonstrations. This class involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 10/13. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Monday, Sep 29, 2014

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Basic Sewing & Pattern Drafting

September 29, 2014 to October 27, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Megan Ingalls Stasi

Whether you just want to brush up on sewing or have never touched a sewing machine before, this is the class for you! This is a series of simple but satisfying projects that build basic sewing and drafting skills. Infinity scarves, a simple skirt, leggings, and tote bags are all straight forward and creative projects that give you a great sense of accomplishment and style! You’ll leave with the basic skills to design projects of your own. Some sewing machines will be available it is preferred that you bring your own portable sewing machine to class. Students will be expected to purchase their preferred material for the projects.

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
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Pottery II

September 30, 2014 to December 2, 2014 — 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM Instructor: John Visser

This class is a continuing development of pottery techniques with a refinement in both technical and aesthetic pursuits. The emphasis in this class will be to bring students’ skills to a point where the creative aspects of the medium may be explored freely with emphasis on traditional form. A more in-depth exploration of glaze technology, various kiln atmospheres and firing techniques, as well as a more and complex treatment of surface decoration will be pursued. The historical background of ceramic arts, from ancient to contemporary, will be explored. This class involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Prerequisite: Pottery I. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014
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Jewelry I

October 1, 2014 to December 10, 2014 — 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

This is an introductory course covering fundamental concepts and techniques of both the design and creation of original jewelry. It includes the techniques of piercing and filing, soldering and polishing. Students will work with metal alone and in combination with other materials, such as wood, plexiglass, etc. Development of individual designs will be encouraged. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 11/26. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014

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Jewelry II

October 1, 2014 to December 10, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

This is an advanced course in metalworking and jewelry design that will allow students to refine basic skills and explore advanced techniques. Stone setting, forming and fabricating skills will expand the student’s knowledge and allow for more advanced designs. Control of the material to achieve desired results will be emphasized. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 11/26. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26. Prerequisite: Jewelry I

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014

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Jewelry III: Stone Setting

October 1, 2014 to December 10, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

Techniques of setting cabochon and faceted stones in both hand-made and commercial settings will be taught in this course. Construction of bezel and basket settings for round – and fancy – shaped stones will be covered, as well as tube and channel settings. Stone and gem identification and individual characteristics of stones will be discussed. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 11/26. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26. Prerequisite: Jewelry I + Jewelry II

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014
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SOLD OUT! Introduction to Furniture Making

October 2, 2014 to December 11, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: Curtis Hebert

This class is an introduction to the practical application of basic knowledge of wood, using hand and power tools to make standard furniture joinery. This class involves the use of hand and power tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 11/27. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014

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Introduction to Pottery

October 2, 2014 to December 11, 2014 — 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Cara Nisbeth

This is an introductory studio class in stoneware ceramics. Through lectures, wheel throwing, and hand-building, students will explore the aesthetic, sculptural, and functional possibilities of clay. Techniques will be demonstrated and lectures will feature technical information on high temperature firing and stoneware glazes. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 11/27. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014

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Independent Study in Clay

October 2, 2014 to November 20, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: John Visser

This is a wonderful opportunity for an experienced clay student to realize a personal goal in clay. Working independently, students will pursue their own ceramic project objectives with John Visser, who has mastered the art of throwing, hand building and sculptural ceramics. He will act as a resource providing expertise in support of the unique goals of each student and fostering creative thinking through demonstration, lecture, and discussions. This is an advanced class that requires pre-approval by the instructor. Prerequisite: Students must have taken at least two pottery classes at The Arts Center or have significant outside experience.

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014

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Kumihimo Bracelet

October 2, 2014 to October 9, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Kathleen Cianfarani

Enjoy learning the art of “Kumihimo” to make a bracelet in this intermediate class. Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords of all sorts can be used for different thicknesses and textures. A firm but flexible foam disc with notches is the form used to weave the cords into the rope-like braided bracelet we’ll end up with. There will also be beads incorporated into this braided bracelet that will make this piece sparkle. All the attachments are included to make a finished project. Additional materials fee of $6.00, payable at the first class, if you need the foam disc.

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014
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Introduction to Furniture Making

October 4, 2014 to December 13, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM Instructor: Robert W. Kehn

This class is an introduction to the practical application of basic knowledge of wood, using hand and power tools to make standard furniture joinery. This class involves the use of hand and power tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 11/29. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014

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Jewelry I

October 4, 2014 to December 13, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM Instructor: Gail Bossalini

This is an introductory course covering fundamental concepts and techniques of both the design and creation of original jewelry. It includes the techniques of piercing and filing, soldering and polishing. Students will work with metal alone and in combination with other materials, such as wood, plexiglass, etc. Development of individual designs will be encouraged. This course involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. Special registration policies apply; please call (518) 273-0552 x 231 to sign up. No class 11/29. Last day to register for this class is Friday, September 26.

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014

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Band Ring Workshop

October 4, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

Using basic metalsmithing techniques, students will make a simple band ring from sterling silver with the option to embellish it using a variety of texturing methods. This class involves the use of hand tools requiring fine motor coordination. This workshop will teach students how to lay out precise designs on metal. Then we will use these techniques to construct a simple band ring using sterling silver. Prerequisite: Jewelry I or Jewelry + Metalsmithing 101

Monday, Oct 6, 2014
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Try It! Jewelry Studio Tour

October 6, 2014 — 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

Have you always wondered what it would be like to take a jewelry or metalsmithing class? Try it! Get a feel for our jewelry classes before you sign up for an extended course. In this class, students will learn about the possibilities in our jewelry studio: design, cutting, soldering, mixing metals, stone setting, polishing and finishing. Students can watch a demo, try working with the materials, and gain knowledge to jump start their interest in making metal jewelry!

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014
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Glass Beads: Introduction to Lampworking

October 7, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley

Glass bead making (Lampworking) is an ancient Venetian art form that has experienced a great resurgence in the past several years. There are countless varieties of style, color, and shape that combine to make beautiful and unique glass beads. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the equipment, tools, materials, and techniques used to safely melt and form glass into an array of bead shapes and styles. You will leave the class with your own beautiful beads in hand and perhaps a dose of glass bead fever!

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014
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Collage Quilting

October 11, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Jeannie Thomma

This workshop will introduce you to the playful art of collage quilting to create a miniature story quilt. Students will work with old and new fiber in exciting ways to create images filled with personal symbolism. A combination of machine and hand sewing techniques will be explored. Additional bits of ephemera may be brought and added to the quilts. Demos and studio time will be given to reach your creative vision.

Sunday, Oct 19, 2014
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Stained Glass Jewelry Workshop

October 19, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Theresa Faul

Bring two fabulous art forms together to make pendants, earrings and more. Beginners will learn introductory stained glass and metalsmithing techniques, while experienced students will expand their horizons in these mediums. You will leave with beautiful jewelry and some new skills. Ages 12 and up are welcome.

Monday, Oct 20, 2014
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Felting 101: Painting With Wool

October 20, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Jeannie Thomma

Discover the magical process of felting: one part joy, one part imagination. This workshop will introduce you to the alchemical art of wet-felting. Students work with wool in new and exciting ways to create fabulous surfaces that dance with layers of color and information. You can think of the work as “fiber paintings.” This workshop will include demonstrations followed by open studio time in which participants will be able to explore their own creative vision. Materials fee includes a wool felting kit to take home.

Monday, Oct 20, 2014

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Ceramic Bust Sculpture

October 20, 2014 to December 8, 2014 — 06:15 PM to 09:15 PM Instructor: John Visser

This class will introduce students to anatomical proportion with the help of one of the The Arts Center’s figure drawing instructor, Monica Bills Hughes, through drawings, studies, and analysis of the model. John Visser, our resident potter, will collaborate with the three-dimensional modeling of the bust with emphasis on successful armature creation and skill development in clay sculpting. The culmination will be a fired stoneware bust which will withstand the ages. Come create with these two great instructors as they help you learn the tricks of sculpting the human form in clay. Patience, dexterity, attention to detail, and general enthusiasm are all that are needed for this class.

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
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Beyond The Basic Bead: Surface Decoration

October 21, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley

Endless design possibilities begin with a simple dot or line. Students will learn how to lay dots and lines on the surface of a bead as the basis of bead design and style. Learn how to melt and move the dots and lines into various patterns and designs. Creating and using multicolor rods of glass called “twisties” will also be covered. Prerequisite: Introduction to Lampworking.

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
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Stained Glass Halloween Ornament Workshop

October 25, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Theresa Faul

Calling all kids, and kids at heart. Create a ghoulishly frightening Halloween ornament in an afternoon! You’ll learn basic stained glass techniques and will come away with a new appreciation for the art form. Ages 9 and up are welcome. THIS CLASS QUALIFIES FOR OUR CREATIVE FAMILIES PRICING.

Monday, Oct 27, 2014
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Jewelry & Metalsmithing 101

October 27, 2014 to December 1, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

This is an introductory course covering the fundamental concepts and techniques of both design and creation of metal jewelry. Students will be introduced to piercing, filing, soldering and polishing working with copper, brass, and nickel silver. Students will work with metal alone and in combination with other materials. The development of a student’s individual designs will be explored. No experience necessary. Students will learn to work with hand tools as well as power tools; fine motor coordination is required for this course. Each step will be clearly demonstrated, and all techniques, safety tips and guidelines will be explained before use of equipment.

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014
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Felted Fiber: From Functional to Frivolous

October 29, 2014 to December 10, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Jeannie Thomma

Explore the magic of hand-felted wool! In this 6-week class, students will learn the ancient, alchemical craft of felting wool. Throughout the class we’ll play with form, function, color, surface, texture and adornment to create fiber art embellished with details of personal significance. Pursuing the creation of beauty, we’ll blur the lines between utilitarian objects (bowl, purse, scarf) and simply stunning art pieces, created solely for display. Each week, we’ll experiment with new felting techniques, including the incorporation of playful and unexpected materials into our finished wool works to yield beautiful textures. Students will build a felting skill-set that will give them the confidence to bring their creative ideas to life! Felting 101 workshop is recommended as a prerequisite for this class, but not required. Please see supply list on your class confirmation for additional supplies to bring to the first class session. No class 11/26. A master teacher for over a decade, Jeannie Thomma has lead workshops in the ancient art of hand-felted wool to over 7,500 students of all ages and abilities since 2001, and more recently has shared the wonders of weaving through workshops and private sessions. A sought after artist-in-residence, she was the recipient of an ArtsWestchester Arts Alive Grant in 2010, funded by the Decentralization Program of New York State Council on the Arts. She has taught at numerous nationally recognized art centers, including Westport Arts Center, CT; Brookfield Craft Center, CT; and The Katonah Museum of Art, NY. Since 2012, she has been involved with Make.Art.Work., a professional practice program for visual artists in CT, as the Project Manager and Coach to all of the Cohort Artist Members. No class 11/26.

Friday, Oct 31, 2014
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The Potter’s Wheel

October 31, 2014 to January 9, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: John Visser

In this all-levels course, students will learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel and continue to develop wheel throwing skills, refine techniques, and explore the creative aspects of the medium. Students will learn how to throw vases, bowls, pots and more. Carving and slip trailing for surface decoration will embellish creations, which will be glazed and kiln-fired. This is a fun, hands-on class for any beginning or continuing student. No class 12/26/14 or 1/2/15.

Saturday, Nov 1, 2014
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Create a Stained Glass Panel

November 1, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Theresa Faul

No matter what your level of experience may be, you can create a beautiful stained glass panel! Beginners will choose from four available designs and then learn how to cut glass, assemble, foil and solder your panel (up to 8×10 inches). Experienced students can take this opportunity to work on their own designs with the guidance of an experienced instructor. You will be amazed by what you can accomplish in one day. Ages 12 and up are welcome.

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014
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Woodworking 101

November 4, 2014 to December 2, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Curtis Hebert

This class introduces beginners to basic woodworking skills. Aspiring woodworkers will be familiarized with the shop environment, learn the safe and proper use of many common woodworking tools, as well as several woodworking techniques. Tool instruction will include the safe and proper usage of the table saw, surface planer, clamps, band saw, stationary sanders, palm sanders, and carving tools. Other techniques may be introduced as time permits. There will also be lectures on safety, wood species, and finishes. No experience necessary. Students will learn to work with hand tools as well as power tools; fine motor coordination is required for this course. Each step will be clearly demonstrated, and all techniques, safety tips and guidelines will be explained before use of equipment.

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014

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Beginning Wheel

November 4, 2014 to December 16, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: Kristen Martin

Learn how to “throw” on the potter’s wheel. Create vases, bowls, pots and more. This class is for those true beginners who have always wanted to try their hand at the wheel. Experienced and approachable instructor Kristen Martin will help you learn the skills it takes to throw a successful piece of pottery. Carving and slip trailing for surface decoration will embellish your creations, which will be glazed and kiln-fired. This is a fun, hands-on course for any enthusiastic beginner, and can be repeated to better improve your skills.

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014

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Beyond The Basic Bead: They Don’t Have to Be Round!

November 4, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley

Beads come in many shapes and sizes. In this class, students will learn how to use tools and marvering techniques to shape glass into square, triangle, bi-cone, tube, and tab shaped beads. Prerequisite: Introduction to Lampworking.

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014

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The Potter’s Wheel

November 4, 2014 to January 6, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: John Visser

In this all-levels course, students will learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel and continue to develop wheel throwing skills, refine techniques, and explore the creative aspects of the medium. Students will learn how to throw vases, bowls, pots and more. Carving and slip trailing for surface decoration will embellish creations, which will be glazed and kiln-fired. This is a fun, hands-on class for any beginning or continuing student. No class 12/30.

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014
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Woodworking for Women

November 5, 2014 to December 10, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Melissa Collins

This continuing woodworking class is designed for women who have some comfort with woodworking equipment, but want to sharpen their skills. You’ll explore further the possibilities of working with wood as you work primarily with hand tool techniques, with a power tool or two thrown in. Each student will complete the class with a finished project, and skills that they can continue to use on their own. No class 11/26.

Friday, Nov 7, 2014
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Collage Quilting

November 7, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Jeannie Thomma

This workshop will introduce you to the playful art of collage quilting to create a miniature story quilt. Students will work with old and new fiber in exciting ways to create images filled with personal symbolism. A combination of machine and hand sewing techniques will be explored. Additional bits of ephemera may be brought and added to the quilts. Demos and studio time will be given to reach your creative vision.

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014
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Forged Cuff Bracelet Workshop

November 15, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

In this short jewelry workshop, students will learn how to form a piece of heavy gauge sterling silver wire into a beautiful, hammered (forged) cuff bracelet. No experience necessary.

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014
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Beyond The Basic Bead: Adding Depth with Encasing

November 18, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley

An encasement layer of clear glass adds depth and interest to the bead design. In this class, students will learn various methods of adding an encasing layer of glass to beads. Altering the look and design of the base bead through heat control and glass movement, as well as how to add glass without altering the base design will be explored. Prerequisite: Introduction to Lampworking.

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014
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Advanced Study in Wheel Throwing

November 19, 2014 to February 4, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: John Visser

This advanced level class will improve students’ technical mastery on the wheel. Demonstrations of advanced throwing techniques will include a wide variety of different kinds of vessels. This intense and focused course will fine tune your throwing skills while expanding the creative potential of wheel work. Prerequisite: Students must have taken at least two pottery classes at The Arts Center or have significant outside experience. No class 12/24 or 12/31

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014
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Basic Wire Wrapping

November 22, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM Instructor: Sandra Haggett

Wire wrapping of beautiful stones has been around for centuries, and the simple beauty of a wire wrapped pendant is a piece of jewelry anyone would love! This introductory course in wire wrapping will use sterling silver wire to frame a cabochon and make a wearable pendant. Basic wire wrapping techniques will be covered and at least one pendant will be finished and ready to wear and take home by the end of class. If you have your own needle nose pliers or wire-cutters, please bring them with you. Students must bring $25 in check or cash payable directly to the instructor for materials.

Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014
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Beyond The Basic Bead: Fun with Florals

December 2, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley

Whether they are encased within the glass or elegantly placed on the surface of a bead, flowers are a beautiful addition to bead design. In this class, students will learn how to create beautiful gardens under a layer of glass encasement. Creating and using petal and vine cane to create beautiful surface flowers will also be covered. Prerequisites: Introduction to Lampworking + Adding Depth with Encasing.

Thursday, Dec 4, 2014
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Independent Study in Clay

December 4, 2014 to February 5, 2015 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: John Visser

This is a wonderful opportunity for an experienced clay student to realize a personal goal in clay. Working independently, students will pursue their own ceramic project objectives with John Visser, who has mastered the art of throwing, hand building and sculptural ceramics. He will act as a resource providing expertise in support of the unique goals of each student and fostering creative thinking through demonstration, lecture, and discussions. This is an advanced class that requires pre-approval by the instructor. Prerequisite: Students must have taken at least two pottery classes at The Arts Center or have significant outside experience. No class 12/25/14 or 1/1/15.

Thursday, Dec 4, 2014

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Bead Embroidery

December 4, 2014 to December 18, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Kathleen Cianfarani

Take your beading to the next level! In this class, you’ll learn basic embroidery stitches to create a necklace focal piece or pin using a variety of bead shapes and sizes around a center form. The beads will be stitched to a suede like material and you will learn how to put a backing on the finished piece, making it into a pendant or pin. All materials will be provided and no experience necessary. Ages 14 and up welcome.

Saturday, Dec 6, 2014
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Bezel Setting Workshop

December 6, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Maria Fusco

In this class, students will learn how to fabricate a bezel setting and set a cabochon shaped gemstone in sterling and fine silver. We will look at many different cuts of cabochons and discuss strategies for setting odd shapes or sizes, highlighting several varieties of gemstones and their inherent risks. Personal safety and careful handling of gemstones will be a main focus of the techniques being taught. Students will have the option to make a pendant or a pair of earrings (bring your own stone or choose from ones that are supplied by instructor) and leave class with a finished piece of jewelry. Prerequisite: Jewelry + Metalsmithing 101 or HVCC Jewelry I. One day jewelry workshops do not qualify as a prereq.

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014

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Stained Glass Jewelry Workshop

December 13, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Theresa Faul

Bring two fabulous art forms together to make pendants, earrings and more. Beginners will learn introductory stained glass and metalsmithing techniques, while experienced students will expand their horizons in these mediums. You will leave with beautiful jewelry and some new skills. Ages 12 and up are welcome.

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014

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Precious Metal Clay Exploration

December 13, 2014 — 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM Instructor: Nancy Miller

Explore the many ways that you can use fine silver precious metal clay to create jewelry designs of your own. Precious metal clay can be shaped like clay to produce uniquely textured surfaces, and once it is fired in the kiln, it results in shiny, durable, and beautiful silver jewelry. Students will have the opportunity to make pendants, earrings, beads, charms, and rings. The class will also cover techniques for setting and firing stones. Each student will leave with at least three finished pieces of jewelry. No previous experience necessary. Students will pay a materials fee of $85 directly to the instructor at the start of class. Please note that this price is subject to increase or decrease based on the market price of silver at the time.

Sunday, Dec 14, 2014
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Stained Glass Ornament Workshop

December 14, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Theresa Faul

Create a simple, beautiful hanging ornament in an afternoon! You’ll learn some basic stained glass techniques and will come away with a new appreciation for the art form. Plus, you’ll take home a fabulous gift for the holidays – if you can bear to give it away! Ages 12 and up welcome.

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014
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Beyond The Basic Bead: Metal Inclusion

December 16, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Renee Kingsley

Glass not enough for you? Add metal to your lampwork beads. This class will cover tips and techniques for metal inclusion (copper, gold and silver) in and on your lampwork beads. Prerequisites: Introduction to Lampworking and Adding Depth with Encasing.