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Studio Arts: What's New

Studio Arts Workshop

Color Theory and Chroma-psychology Workshop

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn how to make color choices in your art to bring out a reaction from the viewer. Create combinations with colored pencils that illustrate how color theory works.

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When Good Patterns Go Bad: Avoiding and Fixing Knitting Mistakes

Friday, November 18, 2022 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Tangled up in a knitting problem? From dropped stitches to difficult pattern instructions to twisted stitches and more, learn a protocol to follow when you’re stuck on a project.

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Jewelry Workshop: Open Studio 

Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Are you unsure of how to start your next jewelry project? This workshop will help to build your confidence in your jewelry-making skills.

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Wirework Workshop: The Abacus Pendant 

Sunday, November 20, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Creating a unique bead-and-wire pendant is as easy as 1-2-3! The workshop is recommended for wire-workers of all levels.

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Orchids for the Holidays

Sunday, November 20, 2022 - 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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Studies in Textiles: The Fold

Monday, November 28, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Take your textile practice to the next level. Explore 3D-fabric techniques including pleating, smocking, and origami—then, create your own innovative and experimental samples.

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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.

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Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch in Watercolors 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Inspired by images of the desert landscape immortalized by painter Georgia O'Keeffe, students capture the colors and shapes of this magical place in their own watercolor painting.

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Modern Evergreen Wreath

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Just in time for the holidays, create a modern wreath design with fresh evergreens on a metal hoop.  Using a method similar to floral arrangement, combine local textures, shapes, and colors in your design.

Studio Arts Course

Neuroscience and Art: A Creative Connection

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

Merge recent findings on visual perception with familiar elements of art to discover how your paintings can take on new and fresh creative edges.

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Macro Photography

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Take a much closer look at your photographic subjects through the art of macro photography. Get an introduction to the technique’s aesthetics and design, as well technical tips on lenses, close-up focusing distance, depth of field, tripod use, lighting, and other key elements.

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Natural Milkweed Floss Ornament

Friday, December 2, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 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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Introduction to Lightroom

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Adobe Lightroom is the most useful (and user friendly) software for organizing and editing images, usable for both RAW and JPEG image files. This two-session workshop offers users an overview of the program, with a focus on working with the essential Library and Develop modules for organizing and editing your files.

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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.

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Introduction to iPhone Videography

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Learn the basics of filmmaking from pre-production to shooting to post-production, working with your iPhone. Each participant creates a short video to share with the class.

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Felted Jewelry - In Person

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

Explore the creative possibilities of combining wool with other decorative elements such as metal, beads, and stones to make distinctive necklaces, rings, pendants, earrings, and other jewelry.

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Embroidered Patch Workshop - In Person

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Use basic stitches to create an embroidered rainbow-watermelon patch to embellish a favorite jacket or pair of jeans. Learn how to prepare fabric with a simple design, then ready a hoop and begin stitching.

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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.

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Modern Evergreen Wreath

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Just in time for the holidays, create a modern wreath design with fresh evergreens on a metal hoop.  Using a method similar to floral arrangement, combine local textures, shapes, and colors in your design.

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Mini Watercolor Painting Workshop

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Students work in miniature—3 in. x 5 in. or smaller—to paint watercolors perfect for framing, or to give as a special card to a friend or loved one.

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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.

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Drawing on Toned Paper: Winter Botanicals

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Feel free to draw on your personal style in this sketching workshop. The class is for students of all levels who would like to try a new way of recording winter botanicals.