Archive for December, 2013

SOLD OUT! Glass Beads: Introduction to Lampworking

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE – CALL 518-273-0552 TO REGISTER! Glass bead making 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!

SOLD OUT! Using Your DSLR Camera: a Crash Course

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

This super condensed “crash course” will introduce students to the basics of using a digital SLR camera. This course will define and clarify the functions that are found on most SLR cameras, as well as some basic photography tips. Students will learn about depth of field, aperture, exposure, light meter, quality settings, shutter speeds, and basic composition. A digital SLR can be provided for you, but if you have your own, please bring it with you.

Illustrator: A Crash Course

Friday, December 13th, 2013

In this super condensed “crash course,” students will be introduced to Adobe Illustrator CS5, the top program for creating vector graphics. Adobe Illustrator is great for creating posters, text-based imagery, polished drawings, maps, and more. Illustrator supports cross-media design and multiple graphics formats, and provides endless options to create impressive designs and artwork. Participants must be comfortable with basic computer operations. Mac experience is helpful, but not required.

SOLD OUT! Photography 101

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE. PLEASE CALL REGISTRAR! This course will define and clarify the functions that are found on most digital SLR cameras, shooting techniques, and an introduction to digital viewing and editing on the computer. Students will learn about depth of field, aperture, exposure, light meter, quality settings, shutter speeds, and basic composition. Students can bring their own DSLR camera, or use one at The Arts Center. Please bring a USB flash drive to save your work.

Silver Metal Clay Exploration

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

This is the introductory class to take if you’ve never taken a metal clay class or if you’ve been away from working with metal clay and would like a refresher. Explore the many ways that you can use silver in a metal clay formulation to create jewelry designs of your own.  The newest way of working with silver is metal clay which can be shaped like clay to produce uniquely textured surfaces, resulting in durable beautiful silver jewelry.  Students will learn metal clay working techniques and make pendants, earrings, charms, and rings.  The class will also cover techniques for setting and firing stones directly in metal clay.  Each student will leave with at least four finished pieces of jewelry.  No previous experience necessary.  Students at all levels of experience are welcome to join in the fun of using the newest method of working with pure silver.

Materials fee of $78 is payable directly to instructor at time of class.

Using Your DSLR Camera: a Crash Course

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

In this super condensed crash course students will be introduced to the basics of using a digital SLR camera. This workshop will define and clarify the functions that are found on most SLR cameras as well as some basic photography tips. Students will learn about depth of field, aperture, exposure, light meter, quality settings, shutter speeds, and basic composition.  A digital SLR camera can be provided for you, but if you have your own, please bring it with you.

Cooking It with Sam’s

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Come to the Arts Center and spend a lovely afternoon cooking with renowned Local Chef and restauranteur Sam Zoleo! Once a month, Sam will take to the kitchen and show you easy ways to prepare delicious Italian dishes with very little time and effort. Come learn the secrets that made Sam’s such a success in the kitchen, and earned Sam’s of Saratoga four stars and the title of Best Restaurant in the Northeast! The dishes prepared each session will be decided by what YOU want to learn, and upon registration you will be asked to let us know any ingredient or dish you are really interested in learning, and the class will be designed by your student input. You’ll cook, eat and chat, and eat some more and leave with fabulous and easy recipes to cook at home.

Memoirama

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Put down that glue gun, toss aside that scrapbook, and take the challenge to tell your tale. A possible subtitle for this one-shot class could easily be Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Memoir, but that’s a little wordy, isn’t it? We’ll talk about being too wordy, as well as every other aspect of writing what you know, in this unique, rarely-offered class. Multi-media, highly entertaining, this is the class you say you never have time to take in the 6-week, wait-listed version we regularly offer. Highly informative, after this class you will be able to write memoir, whether it be a college essay, a blog, a letter home, an essay for public radio, an op-ed for the newspaper, or a book-length memoir. Marion Roach Smith is a former New York Times staffer, author of four mass-market books, and commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. This will include a session during which you can pitch your tale to Marion, and she tells you how to do it. A copy of The Memoir Project, A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing and Life (June, 2011, Grand Central Publishing) will be available for purchase.

SOLD OUT! Writing What You Know

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Flannery O’Connor said that anyone who survived childhood has enough material to write for the rest of his or her life. She’s right, of course. But writing about yourself and your crazy (or not-so-crazy) family can be the big vein, if you’re ready, or the brick wall, if you’re not. This course will help you dig among your stuff and get it down on paper in some interesting, funny, enlightening, compelling, readable and possibly saleable way. Let’s go! It’s there for the mining.

Jewelry Open Studio Card

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Supervised open studio is for experienced jewelry and metalworking students who wish to work independently on their own projects. Open Studio Cards are sold in ten-hour increments that can be used freely during any open studio session. Students must have taken at least Jewelry I and complete a brief studio orientation with a faculty member or studio assistant. A once-annual $45 fee must be paid at the purchase of your first card to cover the cost of flux, solder, and other expendable studio materials. To purchase a card, pay your annual material fee, and/or set up an orientation, please call 273-0552 x 222. Students who are enrolled in a six or ten week class may attend open studio at no cost.