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Upcycled Hand + Rod Puppets

Course No. CEFD 130 00
Cost $250 Register Now
Sessions 6
Room 301
Dates June 10 - July 15 (Wednesday) – 6 - 8:30pm

Who hasn’t been touched by Jim Henson’s Muppets? Use upcycled and found materials to create characters to play with and talk through. Once your new characters are finished we will team up with classmates to formulate a performance for the last session. Props and a visible setting will be available for rehearsal and performance. Be prepared for a light potluck reception for the final evening-performance.

View Camera: Black & White Large Format Photography

Course No. CEPH 250 00
Cost $300 Register Now
Sessions 6
Room 315
Dates June 15 - July 20 (Monday) – 6:30 - 9:30pm

This is an introductory class for photographers with a desire to use the view camera and large format photography in their work. The coursework covers 4×5 and 8×10 camera operation, large format sheet film, the zone system, darkroom printing skills, related equipment, and individual projects using the large format image. In addition to technical work specific to the view camera, this class focuses on traditional darkroom printing methods. Students learn to choose and handle appropriate equipment and materials, develop large format sheet film, and make fine prints on gelatin-silver papers. Each student will develop and produce a final portfolio of archival gelatinsilver prints. Available for use are 4×5 and 8×10 view cameras, light meters, darkroom equipment and chemistry. Students will need to supply their own 4×5 and 8×10 black & white sheet film and gelatin-silver papers (20×24 maximum paper size). Basic understanding of 35mm camera operation and exposure principles recommended.


Course No. CEFM 155 00
Cost $525 Register Now
Sessions 5
Location Praxis Fiber Workshop
Room Praxis Fiber Workshop
Dates June 8 - 12 (M-F) – 9:30am - 4pm
Location: Praxis Fiber Workshop
Room Praxis Fiber Workshop

Students will learn to paint a warp (the vertical yarns that are threaded through a loom), using two important and historical processes, ikat and direct application. Ikat (to tie) is tying yarn into bundles, each tied section acts as a resist to dyeing. In contrast students will also explore direct application, which is painting dyes directly on the warp. Any store bought yarn or material may be used for the weft. This is a great opportunity to learn the very basics of loom weaving or to gain exposure to painted warps for weavers of all levels.

Watercolor Landscapes

Course No. CEPT 375 00
Cost $325 Register Now
Sessions 8
Room 302
Dates June 8 - July 27 (Monday) – 6:30-9:30pm

Watercolor landscapes will introduce the foundations of working with watercolor paints in the studio environment. Watercolor painting makes use of transparent washes and in doing so allows for a bright image. A painting made with watercolor paints uses the white paper as a mirror to reflect and capture a luminous quality. Topics discussed and demonstrated in class are color theory, paint application, painting techniques, and paint manipulation. Each example will incorporate a new color theory lesson and a painting technique. You will be shown how to paint elements found in the landscape such as skies, rural and cosmopolitan environments, trees, and water. Many small quick paintings and fast dry time permits for a wide range of tricks and topics to explore. Almost all of the paintings are guided by a step by step process from beginning to end. Both group and individual attention will aid in your painting’s focus and direction. The beginner and novice painter will be encouraged.


Course No. CEFM 115 00
Cost $525 Register Now
Sessions 5
Location Praxis Fiber Workshop
Room Praxis Fiber Workshop
Dates June 15 - 19 (M-F) – 9:30am - 4pm
Location: Praxis Fiber Workshop
Room Praxis Fiber Workshop

Join us for the 2nd exciting week at Praxis and use their unique facilities to explore dyeing wefts (yarns woven perpendicular to the warp using a loom). Students will learn Kasuri, the Japanese technique for binding and dyeing the weft which will integrate with Ikat warp from week one, creating images and patterns completely unique to this process. Materials will be provided for the warp and students who participate in ‘week 1-WEFT’ will have the opportunity to combine warp and weft designs for a truly elaborate and cohesive project. This is a great opportunity to learn the very basics of loom weaving or to gain exposure to dyed wefts for weavers of all levels.

Wheel Throwing: Beginning + Advanced

Course No. CECR 200 00
Cost $345 Register Now
Sessions 8
Room 402
Dates June 9 - July 28 (Tuesday) – 6 - 9pm

Discover throwing on the potter’s wheel to create forms ranging from refined porcelain vessels to rustic teabowls to sculptural objects. We will begin with fundamental elements of centering and making cylinders, cups, bowls, and plates, and continue by exploring form and scale. Finishing surfaces with various methods of carving, joining, and decorating will also be included. Everyone has a unique way of touching clay and this will be an opportunity to get better acquainted with your unique touch while using the wheel. Please bring sketches of forms, decorative patterns or drawings, texturing tools, basic pottery tools, a small bucket, a towel, and plastic to cover work. All experience levels are welcome.

Young Artists Photography

Course No. YAPH 100
Cost $125 Register Now
Sessions 8
Room 317
Instructor Nicole Bozickovich
Dates September 26 - November 21 (no class October 24) (Saturdays) – 9:30am–12pm

This class will encourage creativity through photography. You will be introduced to key elements of photography including composition, portraits, landscapes, and more. Through experimentation and demonstrations, you will create images and begin to understand the medium as an art form. Emphasis will be placed on enjoyment, fun, and creativity. Please bring your own camera – any point-and-shoot model will do.

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