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Studio Arts: Mixed Media Classes

Studio Arts Course
Monday, December 6, 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 Course
Wednesday, January 19, 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
Wednesday, January 19, 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
Thursday, January 20, 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
Saturday, January 22, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Collage is an amazingly versatile art form with no limit when it comes to techniques and materials. In this beginner-level course, learn about tools, adhesives, materials, and appropriate bases for supporting a collage.

Studio Arts Course
Monday, January 24, 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 Workshop
Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

At a very young age we began making marks on paper, but then forgot how satisfying scribbling actually can be. Beginning with some basic exploration, this class reminds students of fun techniques they haven’t thought of for a long time and provides food for future thought about what students can mark up next.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, February 12, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Create simply elegant greeting cards while learning tips and techniques of card making. The workshop focuses on card construction, sentiments, foreground, background, and embellishments—all components of unique personalized cards.

Studio Arts Workshop
Sunday, February 20, 2022 - 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 Workshop
Wednesday, February 23, 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 Workshop
Saturday, March 5, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Create two finished accordion books that can be used as blank canvasses for drawings, mixed media work, collage, or as a model for a more complex, printed-book edition.

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Energize your collage experience with an expanded repertoire of materials and techniques designed to build texture and dimension. Work on a wood or canvas base with an assortment of papers, fabric, natural fiber materials, gels, household materials, and found objects.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, March 12, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Why do the kids get to have all the fun? When you were younger, did you want to be an artist—but then life got in the way? Recapture the desire to explore a variety of media, to let loose, and to create your own original artwork in this two-day workshop.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, March 19, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Spend a day discovering the creative possibilities of the centuries-old encaustic method, which offers rich and luminous color and great compatibility with collage materials.