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Neuroscience and Art: A Creative Connection

Monday, October 23, 2023 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Mesh recent findings on visual perception with familiar elements of art to discover how your works of art can take on fresh creative edges.

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Curating a Life: Art as Memoir

Monday, October 23, 2023 - 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET

Keep a visual-thinking journal as you learn to see like an artist and create personally meaningful works of art in terms of form, theme, and context. Use text, images, and newly developed visual thinking skills to create a “memoir museum”—a handmade map that traces where you’ve been in your life and where you have yet to explore.

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The Art of Black-and-White Photography

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Through lecture, demonstration, and work sharing, harness digital tools to create powerful black-and-white images with the emotive power seen in works by Edward Weston, Paul Strand, and Alfred Hitchcock.

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Wool Embroidery from the Andes - In Person

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Discover the joy of this craft characterized by colorful floral designs embroidered in wool, a style that originated in the Andean mountains of Peru.

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An Introduction to Watercolor: Loose and Beautiful - In Person

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Discover the versatility and fluidity of painting in watercolor, an exciting and unpredictable medium. Learn techniques such as graded washes, wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, dry brush, splattering, lifting, and glazing.

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Build Your Photographic Portfolio

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Show off your photos like a pro and learn how to assemble a personal portfolio that reflects your best work and your distinctive vision as a photographer. Targeted homework assignments help you increase your collection of portfolio-quality work.

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Figure Painting from Life - In Person

Saturday, October 28, 2023 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Learn the foundational skills needed to create a naturalistic figure painting from a live model. The class covers basic proportion, anatomical structure, and color mixing from a limited palette.

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Surrealism: Hands-On History of Photography

Saturday, October 28, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Students are introduced to the world of the photo surrealists and explore how they pushed the boundaries of photographic imagery in the 1920s to 1940s. Create a surrealist collage as part of the experience. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Photography Next Steps: The Personal Project

Monday, October 30, 2023 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Look at the work of historical and contemporary photographers and fellow students with the goal of creating an effective photographic series. Through discussion and writing, the concepts of editing and sequencing are explored in terms of creating a personal project.

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Botanical Illustration: Watercolor Flowers

Monday, October 30, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Learn watercolor techniques specific to botanical illustration, including dry brushing and creating small details, while working from sketches or photos of real flowers.

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Newsprint Collage

Tuesday, October 31, 2023 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Making art can be a wonderful way to escape from everyday life. It can also 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.

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Weaving Plaid on the Rigid Heddle Loom

Thursday, November 2, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Learn to warp the rigid heddle loom for a plaid design and create a woven structure with a repeating sequence. Students work on a scarf or table runner during the class.

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Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

Saturday, November 4, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this workshop, which provides a solid introduction to these cameras’ features and potential.

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Embroidered Pendant Workshop - In Person

Saturday, November 4, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Create a unique stitched pendant hung from a strand of colorful beads. Learn a variety of easy and lovely stitches, how to mount the embroidered cloth in a pendant bezel, and jewelry-making techniques to finish the piece.

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Orchids for the Holidays

Saturday, November 4, 2023 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Take a break from the stress of the season to enjoy an entertaining and informative afternoon with an orchid expert and come away with an elegant orchid centerpiece.

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Introduction to Bobbin Lace

Monday, November 6, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Learn the basics of weaving handmade bobbin lace, from winding the bobbins to making four small lace projects.

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Oil Pastels for Beginners

Thursday, November 9, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn proper application and blending techniques for oil pastels, which behave like chalk pastels but possess characteristics similar to those of wax crayons.

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Alternative Pens for Mark Making and Calligraphy

Saturday, November 11, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Harness your imagination to create writing instruments with common household items and found objects in nature. In-class exercises are geared toward experimental calligraphy, mark making, and spontaneity.

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iPhone Photo Editing

Saturday, November 11, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

The iPhone camera is a simple picture-taking device, but editing is a must for photos to look their best. Discover a select group of specialty apps designed for the iPhone and iPad.

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Sock Animal Workshop - In Person

Saturday, November 11, 2023 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Join this fun, hands-on workshop to upcycle humble socks into whimsical and endearing soft animal sculptures.

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Felted Shibori Duo - In Person

Sunday, November 12, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Shibori is the Japanese term for an array of resist dyeing methods. Create lightweight, felted wrist warmers and a cowl neck scarf as you explore two complementary shibori processes.

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Introduction to Papercutting

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Learn the main concepts of papercutting and how to translate your personal vision into a small custom project. Leave with your original papercut and the know-how to continue working at home.

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Natural Milkweed Floss Ornament

Thursday, November 16, 2023 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Learn to transform a milkweed pod and its floss into a whimsical nesting swan that will add a touch of nature to your holiday décor.

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Photographing Pets and People

Thursday, November 16, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Learn to create photo portraits of family, friends—and passers-by—and their pets. Draw on tips from photojournalism and street photography for shooting in various situations.

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Introduction to White-Line Woodblock Printing   

Saturday, November 18, 2023 - 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 wood block, creating the “white lines” when printed.

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Beaded Bauble

Saturday, November 18, 2023 - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Create a holiday ornament that is destined to become an heirloom or just brighten up a window space during the gray days of winter with this easier-than-it-looks beaded glass ball.

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Visual Journaling: Creativity Workout

Saturday, November 18, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

In an afternoon of artistic experimentation designed to deepen skills in visual expression, explore five modes of visual thinking: working from memory, observation, imagination, narrative, and experimental approaches.

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White-Line Woodblock Printing II

Saturday, December 2, 2023 - 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.

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Quick-Sketch Watercolors

Saturday, December 2, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Discover how to easily capture a variety of subjects with loose lines and painterly colors using a quick-sketch watercolors method. This go-with-the-flow technique is perfect for studies, travel journals, and finished fine art.

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Crepe Paper Flowers - Paperwhites

Saturday, December 2, 2023 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Create delicate and cheerful paperwhites from crepe paper. The flowers are made from one color of crepe paper in a variety of weights.

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Amaryllis in Watercolor

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Fine-tune a drawing of an amaryllis from a provided tracing, then focus on creating captivating, colorful shapes. As you add details, the rhythmic lines and soft folds of the petals become even more vibrant and lifelike.