Using basic hand building techniques students will create a vase, mug or functional piece of their choosing. We will use found natural objects to create pattern and texture while discussing form and function. Leaves, pine cones, bark and flowers will be pressed into slabs which will then be used to create our piece. We will be using underglazes for color and to accentuate our forms and texture. A great introduction into clay or for those more advanced students who are looking for a new technique.
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Learn the basics of this art form in our stained glass camp. You’ll learn to work safely with the tools required, such as soldering irons and glass cutters, while creating your own stained glass designs and practicing construction, glass cutting, copper foiling, soldering, and cleaning. You’ll create a few of your own unique stained glass pieces to take home! Please note: fine motor skills required.
In this beginner level class, you are invited to learn the basic skills of watercolor painting, from free experimentation to a more controlled approach, using transparent watercolors. learn about the materials, practice different techniques, and apply color theory. Still life, flowers, landscape, and intuitive process will be explored. *All materials are provided.
This class introduces beginners to basic woodworking skills. Aspiring woodworkers will be familiarized with the shop environment and several woodworking techniques as they complete a useful and beautiful project to take home: a Stickley Craftsman style table. 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.
Ever wonder what it takes to become a computer game designer? Join us in our digital lab and build your own interactive world, create puzzles, or tell a story using our computer gaming software. You will learn and enhance your skills to become the ultimate game designer. At the end of the week you’ll host a game showcase to share with your friends and family!
PRE-TEEN CAMP: Stained Glass Mosaics (Ages 11–13) – LIMITED SPACE – PLEASE CALL 518.273.0552 TO REGISTERTuesday, April 11th, 2017
In this camp, you will design and create a colorful, light-catching mosaic with stained glass. Discover the many decorative and functional possibilities this style of mosaic offers. You’ll learn to work safely with appropriate tools to practice construction, glass cutting, copper foiling, soldering, and cleaning. Create your own unique stained glass pieces to take home! Please note: fine motor skills required.
SPRING BREAK PRE-TEEN CAMP: Viking Jewelry Making & Design (Ages 10-13) – LIMITED SPACE – PLEASE CALL 518.273.0552 TO REGISTERTuesday, April 11th, 2017
In this week-long camp, you will learn the art of jewelry making and metalsmithing inspired by the Viking era. Work alongside one of our talented jewelers to create wearable designs, necklaces, bracelets, pendants and much more. At the end of the week, you will take home your own unique wearable works of art, along with the skills you developed to create them. Materials will include copper, brass and leather.
This one-day three-hour class will teach the basics of glazing ceramic pieces. The instructor will inform participants about the different techniques in glazing and the firing process. Each student will work with a previously made piece created in the Hand-build cookie jar class.
In this class, students will learn various carving and printing techniques related to relief printmaking. Together we will carve a linoleum block, learn to print by hand, as well as print a limited edition of prints on the Vandercook press. There will also be time to discuss the translation of this technique for woodblock printing. Examples from the history of printmaking will inform studio work.
Painting intuitively connects us to our source of creativity, often bringing about transformative changes. Come have fun with brushes of flowing tempera color on large sheets of white paper, discovering your own unique imagery. By focusing on the painting process, without observing a subject or even having anything in mind, we can explore color, form, and gesture, guided by an inner sense of direction, free from expectations. In this body-centered approach, marks suggest shapes, and images begin to emerge. A nurturing environment supports taking risks, staying present through creative blocks, and learning ways to continue painting at home.