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Studio Arts: Mixed Media Classes

Studio Arts
Saturday, March 6, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Forcing bulbs to bloom is a long and intense process. This winter, create a crimson amaryllis’s stamen, petals, leaves, and bulb using crepe paper. Leave the Zoom meeting ready to complete two or three realistic amaryllis plants.

Studio Arts
Thursday, March 11 to 25, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Learn the rules of bookmaking…then get creative and break them!  Each week, make different kinds of books, including an accordion book, Japanese stab bound journal, and a travel journal with sewn in pages.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, March 17 and 24, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Breathe new life into your unfinished or "failed" collages or paintings. Find ways to infuse interest and create a variety of compositions to change the look and feel of your pieces.

Studio Arts
Monday, April 12 to May 17, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

In an artist-led series designed to provide a tranquil mid-day break, create small but satisfying works of art as a way to hit “pause” and incorporate a bit of creativity into your at-home routines.

Studio Arts
Monday, April 12 to May 3, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Expand your mixed-media repertoire by creating one-off prints using acrylic paints and inks on gel plates and exploring other monoprinting techniques that do not require plates.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, April 14 to June 2, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Students are introduced to the materials, tools, and technologies used in collage and assemblage. They find inspiration in artists who worked in collage including Joseph Cornell, Romare Bearden, and Gertrude Green.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, April 14 to June 2, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Create your own story as you learn to upcycle book pages as surfaces for drawing, painting, and collage using gelatin plate prints, textures, photo transfers, drawing, painting, and text redaction.

Studio Arts
Thursday, April 15 to June 3, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Explore the basis of abstraction by studying color, line, and shape as they relate to composition. Learn to create exciting and innovative works of art, using a series of drawing and painting exercises designed to examine non-traditional ways of handling traditional materials and subject matter.

Studio Arts
Friday, April 16 to 30, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Take your mixed-media projects to the next dimension by creating on wood panels and boxes. Enshrine personal mementos, objects, photos, and other materials in a three-dimensional format.

Studio Arts
Monday, April 19 to May 17, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

This class introduces students to the materials and techniques of one-color relief printmaking, from design and carving of the block, through inking, printing, and presentation of the finished linocut.

Studio Arts
Monday April 19 to May 10, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Gain a deeper understanding of art by developing skills in decoding (reading) and encoding (expressing) visual meaning. Create a personal set of expressive visual pages for your unique “coloring book”.

Studio Arts
Friday, April 23 to May 7, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Explore the materials, tools, and techniques used in collage and assemblage as you create an artwork that’s uniquely yours. The workshop, ideal for both nonartists and those with experience, is a great way to spark your creativity in two forms that offer wide possibilities for inventive expression.

Studio Arts
Saturday, May 1, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Learn how to make fun and whimsical handmade cards with stamps, ink, and paper.  Beginners and experienced card makers are welcome.

Studio Arts
Saturday, May 8, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Using direct printing and water-based printing inks, create realistic looking schools of fish or a single artistic print simply by inking a whole fish and pressing it to paper.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, May 12 to 26, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Discover a variety of methods for making and using image transfers and expanding your creative horizons with photo alteration. Both techniques can offer new dimensions and interest to your artworks.

Studio Arts
Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

If you’ve taken the studio arts class Gyotaku: The Japanese Art of Fish Printing, you are ready to try Hawaiian-style gyotaku. It includes printing in colorful inks and thin acrylics and adding color and texture with watercolor crayons and acrylic media.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, May 25 to June 22, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Learn both the classic materials and techniques of the woodcut, a printmaking technique almost as old as the printing press that remains a popular medium of artistic expression.