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Summer Adult Classes

June 1 - September 13, 2021




Clay

Sustainable Wood-Fire

Saturday & Sunday June 26 & 27 | 12 - 3pm

Experience atmospheric wood-fire with Dan Barnett at his Watermark Studios in Worden, IL. An atmospheric firing process (salt, soda, and wood) is the interaction of a clay surface with fusible materials that are added to the kiln during the firing process to form a glaze on the clay. Dan has developed a high-efficiency, fast-fire wood kiln that uses a small amount of wood sustainably harvested from his land.

Small Sculpture

Saturday, July 10 | 1:00 - 5:00pm

Don't let ceramic sculpture intimidate you! Join Kimberly Mayden to learn the basics of small-scale ceramic sculpture. Starting with a ball of clay that fits in the palm of your hand, learn to sculpt a solid form, carve and hollow it out, and reassemble.

Hand Building: Level 1

Mondays | 6 - 9pm

Work in clay using your hands as the tools! Learn basic hand-building techniques such as coil, slab, and pinching methods to explore tableware forms and sculptural ideas. You will learn basic surface design techniques using glazes, slips, sgraffito, resist, and carving to get your decorating skill set started!

Hand Building: Level 2

Sundays | 12:30 - 3:30pm

Develop your hand-building skills while working on projects of your own choosing. Figurative, abstract, functional, or sculptural, you will learn the necessary techniques to successfully complete your artwork. Students work on independent projects while receiving consultation, technical demonstrations, and critiques of their work.

Slab Built Dinnerware

Tuesdays | 1 - 4pm

Learn to use soft slab, hard slab, and templates to create functional dinnerware! This class will also guide you through the basic finishing processing of surface techniques in glazing and decoration.

Sew Sassy

Glaze Construction & Application

Thursdays | 6 - 9pm

In this course learn the steps to understanding glaze composition! Construct glaze recipes by using the triple-beam gram scale, line-blend testing, and underglaze experimentation. Glaze applications such as dipping, pouring, brushing, and spraying will be explored.

Ink It

Spouts, Lids, & Handles

Wednesdays | 1 - 4pm

Refine your throwing techniques by learning spouts, lids, and handles! Take time to understand the function, and your personal aesthetic, of pouring vessels. Learn steps of attaching and building clay parts to advance your clay forms.

Beginning Assemblage: Wheel Throwing & Hand Building

Saturdays | 9am - 12pm

Wheel Throwing and Handbuilding are important subjects in the clay studio, and both can be explored in so many different ways, choose your way! Explore fundamental techniques of throwing forms, constructing forms, and learn the basic methods of combining and understanding beginning assemblage.

Wheel Throwing: Level 1

Wed, Thur, & Fri | 6 - 9pm

Saturdays | 12:30 - 3:30pm

Sundays | 1:00 - 4:00pm

Learn how to throw pots on a wheel. This wheel-throwing course focuses on skill development and form. Explore fundamental techniques of throwing cylindrical shapes, bowls, and plates. Take this class as many times as you like to gain proficiency. Classes include individual and group instruction.

Wheel Throwing: Level 2

Mondays & Tuesdays | 6 - 9pm

If you have experience on the wheel, this class focuses on refining your technique and developing a personal aesthetic. Demonstrations and discussions will focus on concepts, the relationship between form and function, and advanced wheel and glaze techniques.

Member Studio

Multiple Dates & Times

This extra studio time is available by appointment only to Craft Alliance members. You may register for our Clay Studio, or specifically our Glaze Kitchen

Metals

Jewelry Foundations: Level 1

Mondays | 6 - 9pm

Sundays | 10am - 1pm

This class is designed for students with little or no prior metalworking experience. Learn traditional metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, piercing, forming, soldering, surface embellishment, and finishing.

Jewelry Foundations: Level 2

Tuesdays | 6 - 9pm

Sundays | 2 - 5pm

This class is designed for the beginning metalsmith who has completed at least one class and will commit to additional practice in the basic skills necessary to the craft before continuing on to more advanced classes. Students will complete projects, both directed and independent, which combine skills such as sawing, filing, texturing, soldering, forming, and finishing, as well as becoming more proficient with tool usage.

Jewelry & Metalsmithing: Level 3

4 Weeks

Thursdays | 1 - 4pm

This course builds on traditional metalworking techniques learned in beginning classes. Intermediate students continue to refine technical skills and acquire new ones such as basic stone setting. Guidance in design will be provided in making one-of-a-kind jewelry, small scale sculpture, and functional objects.

Jewelry & Metalsmithing: Level 3

6 Weeks

Thursdays | 1 - 4pm

This course builds on traditional metalworking techniques learned in beginning classes. Intermediate students continue to refine technical skills and acquire new ones such as basic stone setting. Guidance in design will be provided in making one-of-a-kind jewelry, small scale sculpture, and functional objects.

Advanced Jewelry & Metalsmithing

4 weeks

Tuesdays | 1 - 4pm

In this advanced class, students will receive individualized attention as they work on self-directed projects of their own choosing, whether jewelry or small objects. With the guidance of an instructor, students will advance their proficiency and expand their skill set in order to problem solve as well as further develop their own unique aesthetic and voice. Techniques elaborated on may include findings, hollow construction, soldering and soldering set-ups, forming, textures, stone setting, cold connections, chasing and repoussé. Students are responsible for supplying their own metal.

Advanced Jewelry & Metalsmithing

6 weeks

Saturdays | 9am - 12pm

In this advanced class, students will receive individualized attention as they work on self-directed projects of their own choosing, whether jewelry or small objects. With the guidance of an instructor, students will advance their proficiency and expand their skill set in order to problem solve as well as further develop their own unique aesthetic and voice. Techniques elaborated on may include findings, hollow construction, soldering and soldering set-ups, forming, textures, stone setting, cold connections, chasing and repoussé. Students are responsible for supplying their own metal.

Centrifugal Casting: Projects 1

Wednesdays | 6 - 9pm

Learn how to create models to cast into metal with the centrifugal casting machine. Explore additive and subtractive wax techniques as well as the “ins and outs” of casting organic or plastic materials. Castings can be used as design components, jewelry pieces, or small sculptural objects. Basic fabrication and surface finishing techniques will be covered. Students will have the opportunity to create two castings. Tools, casting grain, and basic supplies provided.

Centrifugal Casting: Projects 2

Thursdays | 6 - 9pm

This class is for intermediate to advanced students who wish to expand and refine their knowledge of centrifugal casting techniques. Students will create a vulcanized rubber mold, allowing them to create many wax model copies for the production of cast multiples. Tools, casting grain, and basic supplies provided.

Advanced Techniques: Stone Setting

4 Weeks

Wednesdays | 1 - 4pm

This in-depth class includes stone setting tips and techniques that every stone setter should know. Packed with examples and projects with plenty of practice settings, you will learn everything from how to successfully flush set, prong set, channel set, bezel set, as well as how to work with gravers. This class covers many contemporary stone setting designs and techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on bur control, graver sharpening, and use. Students will leave with a comprehensive understanding and building blocks for effective stone setting.

Advanced Techniques: Stone Setting

6 Weeks

Wednesdays | 1 - 4pm

This in-depth class includes stone setting tips and techniques that every stone setter should know. Packed with examples and projects with plenty of practice settings, you will learn everything from how to successfully flush set, prong set, channel set, bezel set, as well as how to work with gravers. This class covers many contemporary stone setting designs and techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on bur control, graver sharpening, and use. Students will leave with a comprehensive understanding and building blocks for effective stone setting.

Enamel Imagery

Mondays | 1 - 4pm

June 7 - 28

Bring imagery and color to your metalwork! Learn to apply vitreous enamel to copper and fire it in a kiln. Then, create decals using images from black & white photos, prints, or your own drawings to fire onto the enamel's surface. Completed enamels can be used to create a pendant, earrings, or a bracelet.

Press Play

Mondays | 1 - 4pm

Aug 2 - 23

Press play with the hydraulic press! The press allows you to create pillowy metal forms without marring the surface of your piece and the easy reproduction of multiples. Techniques for texturing your metal and creating hollow forms will also be covered.

Member Studio

Multiple Dates & Times

This extra studio time is available by appointment only to Craft Alliance members.

Wood

Introduction to Woodturning

4 weeks

Tuesdays | 6 - 9pm

This course is an introduction to woodturning on student lathes. Students will learn basic woodturning techniques, including safe speeds for various object sizes, mounting your work, making adjustments, choosing the right type of wood, how to keep lathe tools sharp, and much more!

Introduction to Woodturning

6 weeks

Sundays | 9am - 12pm

This course is an introduction to woodturning on student lathes. Students will learn basic woodturning techniques, including safe speeds for various object sizes, mounting your work, making adjustments, choosing the right type of wood, how to keep lathe tools sharp, and much more!

Beginning Woodworking: Cutting Boards

Wednesdays | 6 - 9pm

Learn how to create a series of beautiful cutting boards by laminating, cutting and manipulating different hardwoods. We will start with a basic cheese board and get progressively more complex. Learn to use the bandsaw to make a curvy serving board and end up making an impressive chevron board. This 4 week course will cover and discuss types of wood, wood grain, laminating compositions, and the use of a planer. We will also use a chop saw, sander and a router. All skill levels welcome.

Fibers

Introduction to Floor Loom Weaving

Tuesdays | 6 - 9pm

Explore the art of weaving on a four-harness floor loom in 6 weeks, students will learn to warp the loom and weave basic patterns. The process of creating a pattern draft, tapestry techniques, project planning, and textile material selection will be covered. Creativity with color and texture are emphasized in this weaving course!

Embroidery: Stitch & Design

Thursdays | 1 - 4pm

Review basic stitches and then advance weekly with new stitches. Design and transfer your designs, explore a variety of threads and substrates and discover possible finishing techniques. Embroidery can open many creative possibilities for you!

Floor Loom Weaving

Thursdays | 6 - 9pm

Discover the magic of weaving on a four-harness floor loom for 6weeks! Beginners will learn to warp the loom and weave basic patterns. Intermediate students will explore the advanced process of pattern drafts or tapestry techniques. Project planning and material selection will also be covered. Creativity with color and texture effects are emphasized in this weaving course.

Preserving Memories

August 11 & 18 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm

In this fiber and mixed media workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of materials. The ultimate goal is to create one or more sculptural forms that highlights an object of sentimental value. This workshop, Preserving Memory is not only about making in art and craft techniques, but about history, legacy, family, and self-care. Looking through the lens of my own art practice, participants will be encouraged to examine and incorporate materials around them in their immediate environment as well as in nature.

Introduction to Papermaking

Mondays | 6 - 9pm

In this course, explore papermaking, binding, and folding to make a journal or an artist book with your own handmade paper! Explore techniques such as collecting fibers, beating the pulp, and pulling sheets. A variety of surface design techniques like pulp-painting, embossing, watermark making, mono-printing, and marbling will also be covered.

2D

Drawing Fundamentals

Mondays | 1 - 3pm

Learn to observe your surroundings and draw what you see! Discover your personal style by learning perspective, form, lighting, value, and composition through using different drawing mediums; such as charcoal, pencil, inks, and other media. Drawing fundamentals is a great foundation to add to your sketchbook of ideas and push your artwork to the next level!

Painting Fundamentals

Tuesdays | 1 - 4pm

Learn color mixing and basic drawing skills using watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint. Work with light and dark values, perspective, and composition as you paint subjects such as still life, nature, and portraits. In this class, you will receive individual attention as you learn to develop your personal style.

Printmaking Fundamentals

Wednesdays | 1 - 3pm

In this class, explore printmaking techniques and create projects through screenprinting, solar printing, etching, and monotype printing. Learn carving on wood, linoleum, and rubber to create compositions. Learn about registration and strategies to develop patterning for larger designs on paper.

Book Making

Sundays | 10 - 1pm

Explore the art and craft of book-making through this workshop style class. Students will learn a variety of different book structures and book binding techniques. This class will involve making hardcover sketchbooks for use outside of the class, as well as one-of-a-kind art books through mixed-media techniques.

Glass

Introduction to Glass Beadmaking

Tuesday | 6 - 9pm

Wednesday | 6 - 9pm

Sunday | 1 - 3pm

In three intense, fun-filled hours, learn to wind hot molten glass on steel to form colorful glass beads! Explore a variety of flameworking techniques and go home with a handful of beads at the end of this workshop. No prior experience is required.

 

 

Glass Beadmaking: Hollow Forms

Wednesday, July 28 | 6 - 9pm

Hollow beads are like small glass bubbles, learn some basic lamp-working techniques to make your creations! Design beautiful and lightweight statement pieces that can be used as a focal point in your wearable artwork. *An introductory glass bead making workshop is required.

Glass Beadmaking: Fun with Frit

Tuesday, Aug 3 | 6 - 9pm

Learn how to make glass beads and embellish them with crushed colorful glass (frits) for a wide variety of effects and decorations! Learn basic flame working techniques and how to decorate by melting and using glass frits. Take your skills to the next bead making level and experiment with new techniques!