Archive for January, 2014

Individualized Study in Oil Painting

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Learn more advanced techniques in oil painting and work to build upon the skills you already have. The instructor will demonstrate techniques in class and discuss the materials and tools of oil painting. It is recommended that students enrolling have some prior experience with oil painting or have taken Principles of Oil Painting at The Arts Center. Students will need to provide some of their own supplies, but some basics will be provided.

Latin American Cuisine Series: Moles

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Join Chef and Latin American enthusiast Julianna Glassanos in this basic mole making class. Learn about the history of the dish and how Spanish influence changed the dish into what we know about it today. In this class we will learn one of the most prized and notable moles, mole Poblano, from Puebla, Mexico.

SOLD OUT! Using Your DSLR Camera: a Crash Course

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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.

A Writer’s Circle: Encouraging Feedback and Advice for Writers

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Led by prolific author and inspirational teacher Coleen Murtagh Paratore, each class time will be equally divided among participants and when it’s “your turn” you may use your minutes as you wish: get critiques of a first page or chapter, feedback on a book idea, help with a title, advice on publishing, answers to questions that are blocking you — whatever will help you move forward with your writing. Come write away and be inspired. Sign on for one session, all four – or pick and choose sessions to fit your schedule. Troy native and resident Coleen Murtagh Paratore is the award-winning author of 17 books. Her publishers include Simon & Schuster, Penguin, and Scholastic Press. Her latest publication, FIREFLIES: A Writer’s Notebook (for all ages), Little Pickle Press, debuts 2014. Check out her website: www.coleenparatore.com

SOLD OUT! Glass Beads: Introduction to Lampworking

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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!

Jewelry Open Studio: Saturdays

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Supervised open studio is for experienced jewelry and metalworking students who wish to work independently on their own projects. Students who are enrolled in a six or ten week class may attend open studio at no cost. For experienced students, 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. PLEASE NOTE: CARDS CANNOT BE PURCHASED ON LINE.

Jewelry Open Studio: Sundays

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Supervised open studio is for experienced jewelry and metalworking students who wish to work independently on their own projects. Students who are enrolled in a six or ten week class may attend open studio at no cost. For experienced students, 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. PLEASE NOTE: CARDS CANNOT BE PURCHASED ON LINE.

Introduction to Burlesque

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Owing its origins to vaudeville, Burlesque is a style of theatrical entertainment that offers women of all ages, shapes and sizes the opportunity to experience a sensual performance tradition that deftly combines allure with satire and humor. This class will consist of a variety of stretches and warm-ups with an emphasis in posture and poise, along with instruction in classical struts and shimmies and traditional bump and grinds. Students will be introduced to both forms of Classical and Neo-Burlesque culture, encouraged to create a burlesque persona of their own and discover their identity within the community. Channel the history of magnetic, powerful women, and become part of that history yourself! For the full experience, please bring high-heeled shoes.

Keep Warm With Chili!

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Learn to make Chef Sarah Fish’s award winning chili and a few modifications to change the recipe for your family’s liking. Just in time for the Superbowl, this class will cover making chili from scratch with locally raised grass fed beef and how to adjust the flavor to make it your own. It doesn’t end there! Chili has so many ingredients, it provides the perfect opportunity to learn how to make snacks to go along with it. You’ll leave having learned to make homemade hummus and dips for your party platter and what to do with the left overs (if there are any!)

The Art of Handbuilding

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Handbuilding is a fun and creative introduction to ceramics! In this course, 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, or just plain interest and willingness to learn. Demonstrations for guidance as well as independent work time will give students the opportunity to create several finished pieces of pottery.