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Studio Arts: Other Media Classes
Twill Basket-Weaving Workshop

Twilling produces a unique and interesting pattern different from the standard over-and-under weave. Master basket weaver Lori VanKirk Schue guides students of all levels in creating a beautiful basket using the technique.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mosaic Mentoring

Could your mosaic project in progress benefit from some personalized professional direction and new infusion of creative energy? Get both when you spend a valuable day guided by Studio Arts program instructor Bonnie Fitzgerald.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Exploring the Visual Foundations and Traditions of Art: Or, Who Was Fibonacci and What Did He Do for Art?
2-Session Afternoon Course

An exploration of the scientific and artistic developments that surfaced during the Renaissance can offer valuable insights for contemporary artists and viewers. Through lectures and drawing and composition exercises, learn how the period’s artists used the Golden Ratio, the Rule of Thirds, three-point perspective, and the Fibonacci spiral—as well as how these elements can provide dynamic visual interest to your own compositions, no matter the medium. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Wednesday, March 8 and 15, 2017 – 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Twill and Twining Basket-Weaving Workshop

Master basket weaver Lori VanKirk Schue guides students of all levels in creating a beautiful basket using twilling and twining techniques, which produce unique and interesting patterns different from the standard over-and-under weave.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Calligraphy: Introduction to the Italic Hand

One of the most popular styles used in contemporary Western calligraphy, the elegant Italic script was developed from antique Latin texts and inscriptions during the Italian Renaissance. The workshop is geared for students who have some knowledge using the broad- edge pen and wish to expand their study of calligraphy.

Wednesday, March 22 to April 12, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sip and Sample: Try Your Hand at Three Studio Arts Classes

Get a taste of three of our most popular studio arts classes—in watercolor, mosaics, and oil painting—for a single night each as you enjoy a glass of wine and stimulate the artist within.

Thursday, March 23 - April 6, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Colored and Textural Backgrounds for Calligraphy and More
2-Session Weekend Course

Backgrounds filled with color or texture can add extra dimension and interest to calligraphy, handwriting, or other projects—or simply stand on their own as artwork. Have fun as you learn to create them using colored inks, pastels, and other media.

Saturday, April 1 and Sunday April 2, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Introduction to Pointed-Pen Calligraphy
8-Session Evening Course

The elegant script commonly known as Copperplate is unmatched in its usefulness for social stationery. The rhythm and grace of the letterform is used on invitations, menus, and place cards, and can take your personal correspondence to a whole new level.

Monday, April 17 to June 12, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class May 29)
Contemporary Mosaics: The Cosmos in Glass Mosaic
8-Session Afternoon Course

This class introduces participants to the ancient art of mosaics with decidedly contemporary twist and theme. We will look to the heavens for inspiration creating a fine-art glass mosaic based on images from the Cosmos.

Tuesday, April 18 to June 6, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Contemporary Glass Mosaics: Realism
8-Session Evening Course

Students of all levels explore the range of technical skills that mosaic artists use to create realistic images in vitreous and stained-glass tiles.

Tuesday, April 18 to June 6, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Relief Printing: Linocut and Woodblock
8-Session Evening Course

The most sculptural of all printmaking techniques, woodblock printing and linocut printing are ideal for creating bold images made up of patterns and textures. Relying on your hands, from carving the image to pressing it, woodblock and linocut are the most direct ways to create images because they don’t rely on mechanical processes.

Tuesday, April 18 to June 6, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Color Theory
8-Session Evening Course

In this course open to students of all levels, gain a practical understanding of color concepts and relationships through studio exploration of topics including the color wheel, value, chroma, hue, and contrasts and harmonies. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Thursday, April 20 to June 8, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
18th- and 19th-Century Furniture: A Day with a Curator

Join the collections manager of the Montgomery County Historical Society and a period furniture maker for a full day’s exploration of the history and construction of American furniture of the colonial and early-Federal eras. Open drawers and turn over tables and chairs at the Beale-Dawson House as you get a close-up look at the details of extraordinary craftsmanship.

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
An Egyptian Coil Chain

Egyptian-inspired jewelry was all the rage in the 1920s. Learn the secrets to great-looking wire work and hammering and finishing techniques as you create a fluid coil chain any flapper would be proud to wear.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Design an Asymmetrical Necklace

Sometimes an off-kilter design can be stylishly on target. Design and create an asymmetrical necklace, using supplies that may already be in your bead stash.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Abstract Silver and Gemstone Earrings

Take a freer approach to design—and learn metalsmithing techniques—as you create a pair of asymmetrical statement earrings guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind.

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
A Wire Ring Sampler

Learn the tips and tricks needed to create a wire ring with a perfect fit, then create up to two rings from a variety of designs ranging from dainty to funky. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Art Deco-Inspired Micro-Macramé Necklace
2-Session Evening Course

Combine fiber, metal, and stone to create a unique necklace design that takes its influence from the geometric jewelry of the 1920s.

Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sogetsu Ikebana: Modern Japanese Flower Arranging
6-Session Evening Course

The elegance and aesthetic harmony of ikebana—Japanese flower arranging—have inspired poets and artists since its founding. In this course for beginning and continuing students, participants learn basic styles of ikebana as taught by the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Japan.

Wednesday, April 26 to May 31, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Hanging Flower Basket Workshop

A master weaver guides students of all levels in creating a beautiful hanging flower basket crafted from flat reeds.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
2-Session Afternoon Course

This two­-session workshop examines fundamental concepts of composition and their practical application in studio-art practice, offering participants tools to enrich their own work as well to analyze and appreciate visual art in general. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Saturday, May 13 and May 20, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bread Basket Workshop

Lean to create a versatile flat-reed bread basket sure to find a place at the center of your table.

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.