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Studio Arts: Other Media Classes

A World Tour of Mesmerizing Mosaics

Live Streaming

Escape into the unique world of mosaics in a lively pictorial lecture that travels to Ravenna, Barcelona, Chartres, and other locations to celebrate the beauty and expressive variety of the art form.

Date of event
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.

Relief Printing: Linocut and Woodblock

Woodblock printing and linocut printing are ideal for creating bold images made up of patterns and textures. This course is an introduction to the relief print, from techniques of design and transfer through cutting and printing the block. Students design and produce their own editions, using nontoxic materials and employing both one-color and two-color techniques.

Date of event
Tuesday, July 9 to August 13, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Introduction to Mosaics in Glass

Develop a strong technical foundation in working with glass mosaic as you design and create a striking 8-inch-square home décor piece.

Date of event
Saturday, July 11, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Sunday, July 12, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Introduction to Pointed-Pen Calligraphy

The elegant script commonly known as Copperplate is unmatched in its usefulness for social stationery. Beginning with basic tools and mechanics, students discover how to develop their skills and to recognize the small details that make this style of writing so appealing.

Date of event
Saturday, July 18 to August 22, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Henna Workshop

Henna tattoos reflect an ancient and beautiful practice of body art. Explore the form’s history as you learn to apply simple traditional Indian henna designs.

Date of event
Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Afghan Manuscript Illumination

The beautiful decorations of religious and secular manuscripts are centuries-old Islamic traditions. Guided by a graduate of the Turquoise Mountain Institute, explore the elements of gold-leaf manuscript illumination in the Afghan tradition.

Date of event
Saturday, July 25 to August 29, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Decorative Lettering

Get an introduction to stylized lettering, including altered block letters, botanical borders, and illuminated initials with vines and flourishes.

Date of event
Tuesday, September 8 to 29, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Introduction to Beading

In this three-night workshop, learn to create your own hand-crafted jewelry. This experience is perfect for the student new to jewelry making, or those with experience who want to refresh their skills.

Date of event
Monday, September 21 to Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Introduction to Beading Intensive

In this one-day workshop, learn to create your own hand-crafted jewelry. This experience is perfect for the student new to jewelry making, or those with experience who want to refresh their skills.

Date of event
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.