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Studio Arts: Mixed Media Classes

Studio Arts
Saturday, December 5, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 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
Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Using mini-canvases as the base, decorative embellishments, photos, and other personal mementos, create one-of-a-kind small hanging artworks that can be individualized to fit any occasion for giving.

Studio Arts
Sunday, December 6, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

In this workshop, learn to transform a milkweed pod and its floss into a whimsical nesting swan using both wet and needle-felting techniques that will add a touch of nature to your holiday décor.

Studio Arts
Tuesday, January 19 to February 16, 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
Thursday, January 21 to February 25, 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, January 22 and 29, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Showcase your writing or art in a book as unique as you are. Book artist Sushmita Mazumdar guides students as they work with a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials to craft one-of-a kind storybooks.

Studio Arts
Saturday, January 23, 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
Saturday, January 23 to February 13, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Combine painting techniques with collage to produce pieces with texture and depth. Students work on watercolor paper and canvas as they learn how to use papers, acrylics, inks, and other materials.

Studio Arts
Sunday, January 24, 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
Wednesday, January 27 to March 17, 2021 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn to sketch animals and objects found in nature, then combine your drawings with painting and additional elements and textures to create whimsical or serious mixed media art.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, January 27 to March 17, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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
Monday, February 1 and 8, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Spend two sessions investigating new techniques as you have fun creating papers for collage and other art projects. Take home a glorious collection of one-of-a-kind papers accented by acrylic, inks, stamps, and other printmaking materials.

Studio Arts
Friday, February 5 to 19, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 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, February 6, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Everyone appreciates receiving a card in the mail. When it is a bespoke card just for them, the impact is greater. In this workshop, create cards that celebrate joyful events in life, like a birthday, or share a message of comfort and solace in the event of sickness or loss. 

Studio Arts
Monday, February 22 to March 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 and that remains a popular medium of artistic expression.

Studio Arts
Saturday, February 27, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

White-line woodcuts are multicolor images printed from a single block of wood. Learn to create your own by cutting a nature print or simple line drawing into a single wood block with a knife or gouge, creating the “white lines” when printed.

Studio Arts
Monday, March 1 to 22, 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, March 1 to 22, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Learn to identify the elements of composition, and how to apply and expand design concepts in individual pieces.

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.