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Studio Arts: Mixed Media Classes

Studio Arts Course

Altered Books

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 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 Course

Collage and Mixed-Media

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 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 Course

Exploring Abstraction

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 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 Course

Artful Mind, Tranquil Mind

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 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 Course

Kitchen Table Collage

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Explore creating unique mixed-media artworks by using food and plant-based items, recycled materials, and household tools and implements to fashion colors, make stencils, and add textures.

Studio Arts Course

Build a Tiny Interior

Friday, October 21, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

In this mixed-media challenge, imagine your dream home, then bring its tiny interior to life using papier-maché, acrylics, and other techniques.

Studio Arts Workshop

Holiday Card Workshop: Timeless Tidings 

Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

This year, send friends and family bespoke holiday cards. From the decorated envelope to the personalized sentiment, paper crafter Karen Cadogan shares tips and demonstrates techniques for creating simply elegant, unique cards that will become a keepsake long after the season ends. 

Studio Arts Course

Paper Frenzy - In Person

Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Spend three 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 Course

Newsprint Collage Workshop  

Monday, November 7, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Making art can be a wonderful way to escape from everyday life. It can be a useful tool in understanding current events. Work with newspapers, magazines, and mixed-media techniques to create a visual representation of the news through collage—and a uniquely personal artwork.

Studio Arts Course

Dissecting Design with Abstract Collage

Monday, November 14, 2022 - 6:00 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 Course

Crepe Paper Flowers: Poinsettias

Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Create colorful poinsettias as you learn floral papercraft techniques. At the workshop’s end, leave with the ability to complete two realistic poinsettia shrubs.

Studio Arts Course

Let’s Tell Our Tales: Personal Storybooks

Monday, November 28, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Tell your story as you fill three unique handmade books with original art and writing. Each book presents an opportunity to work with different techniques and media.

Studio Arts Workshop

Introduction to White-Line Woodblock Printing

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 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 Workshop

Holiday Keepsakes - In Person

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Using mini-canvases as the base, decorative embellishments, and 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 Workshop

White-Line Woodblock Printing II

Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Learn a variety of advanced techniques as you create multiple prints from your favorite white-line woodcut block.