adult courses | spring 2015

20150129_152741clay hand building
instructor: paula buist
tuesdays | april 7-28 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100

This class will introduce methods of handbuilding that are foundational to working with clay. We will be using molds, pinch and coiled methods, along with utilizing the slab roller and extruder to form clay into desired shapes for use in final work. You will learn methods of surface decoration and glazing that bring life and dimension to your pieces.

Week 1: Studio Tour, equipment and tool demos. We will also cover methods of preparing clay for use in making and assembling projects. Students will choose from project examples, and are encouraged to look at images of other artists’ work for ideas to implement in their pieces.
Week 2: We will cover various ways of decorating the surface of your work and devote time to working on your projects.
Week 3: Time will be spent on finishing projects in preparation for the first firing.
Week 4: We will spend our last week discussing and applying glazes. Work will then have a second glaze firing, and be available the following week for pickup.

A basic tool kit is needed and can be purchased at Meininger, and an $18 materials fee is payable to the instructor on the the first night of class.

register now: clay hand building | april 7-28 ($100)

mickeystained glass for beginners
instructor: mickey mclauthlin
tuesdays | april 7-28 | 6 pm to 8:30 pm | $100

Learn the basics of stained glass using the copper foil method by completing your own 8×10 stained glass panel. Get to know the types of glass, proper use of tools, and materials as you construct your project. Hazardous materials and equipment will be in use and requires acknowledgment from the student by signature.

The class fee includes all materials and supplies, with the possible exception of some of the project glass, which may need to be purchased separately by the student.

register now: stained glass for beginners | april 7-28 ($100)

webbookhow to publish your own children’s book
instructor: kenneth guentert
tuesdays | april 7-28 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100

Do you have a children’s book inside you, just waiting to get out? This course will take you through the process of inventing, planning, writing, and mapping out your own children’s story—with publication in mind from the beginning. You’ll visit with illustrators and other children’s book authors. You’ll finish with a completed “storyboard” – a page-by-page mockup of your children’s story. This course includes a free copy of How to Publish Your Own Children’s Book.

Writing materials.

register now: how to publish your own children’s book | april 7-28 ($100)

dfguitar workshop for beginners
instructor: doug fudge
wednesdays | april 8-29 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100
thursdays | april 9-30 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100
wednesdays | may 6-27 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100
thursdays | may 7-28 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100

Would you like to play guitar? Now you can. In this workshop you will learn all the basics you need to get started, including: basic chording, strumming and picking, music fundamentals, how to tune a guitar, all seven major chords, and practical steps that will have you rocking in no time.

Bring your own guitar or one can be provided at no charge. New guitar kits are available for $150.00 and have everything you need to get a jump start on your musical journey. When registering, please let us know if you plan to bring your own guitar, buy a kit, or need one for class use only.

register now: guitar workshop for beginners | april 8-29 ($100)
register now: guitar workshop for beginners | april 9-30 ($100)
register now: guitar workshop for beginners | may 6-27 ($100)
register now: guitar workshop for beginners | may 7-28 ($100)

webportraitsiconic portraits in oil
instructor: erin gillespie
wednesdays | april 8-29 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100

This class will be based on completing an oil painting of your favorite icon! Whether it be an influential artist, musician, writer, or your greatest mentor, this class will take you from start to finish through a painting of one of your favorite people. Using a photograph for inspiration, we will paint our iconic portraits. Experience in oil painting is preferred but beginners with strong drawing skills are welcome in a small class environment. Self-expressionism is key!

Small variety paintbrush set, small paint set (at least five colors), small palette knife, paint palette (any kind), small glass jar with lid, canvas boards (5×7 to 9×12) or canvas notepads (8×10 or 9×12) to get started – you can decide on your final canvas size after the first class. Don’t forget to bring a photo of your icon to work from!

register now: iconic portraits in oil | april 8-29 ($100)

jessewilsonlessons from the stage: acting for non-actors
instructor: jesse wilson
wednesdays | april 8-29 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100

Have you ever felt an urge to act? Do you have a feeling that acting classes will increase your confidence and creative expression? Do you desire to radiate presence in your professional life? Do you feel that fear is holding you back from living at your greatest potential? Juilliard-trained Jesse Wilson’s “Lessons From The Stage” program is designed to produce powerful results in your life through the power of theater.

Whether you’re a visual artist, dancer, author, teacher, lawyer, athlete, chef or CEO, “Lessons From The Stage” is a workshop for people of all ages who desire to enhance their presentation, expression, and communication skills as well as strengthen their inner peace and balance with the world.

In this 4 week workshop you will learn how to: Trust your creativity and refine your instincts to deliver a fully realized and deeply convincing performance on stage; Increase your ability to express yourself dynamically onstage, at the podium, in presentations, in group meetings and in everyday situations; Utilize simple step-by-step acting techniques that allow you to experience your natural acting abilities and reveal your greatest potential in your profession and passion; Respond genuinely and authentically “in the moment” in all your personal and professional relationships; Overcome fears about making constructive changes in your personal and professional life; Transform your stage fright into stage presence; Embrace your authentic voice
; Laugh often and dive deeper into your wild, spontaneous self through “creatively liberating” monologue, scene study, and improvisation situations; Awaken and sustain your creative passion

A tablet or notebook for notes and exercises.

register now: lessons from the stage: acting for non-actors | april 8-29 ($100)

installationwebinstallation art: beginning concepts and practice
instructor: karen khoury
wednesdays | april 8-29 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100

This course will be a four week exploration of installation art concepts and practice. Covering the core fundamentals of what installation art is through the exploration of architecture: space, surface, light, form, shelter and structure. Site specific spaces will be transformed through a diverse range of mediums.

Materials will be determined by the student.

register now: installation art: beginning concepts and practice | april 8-29 ($100)

jimfrom clay to kiln
instructor: jim lummel
closed | wednesdays | april 8 – may 27 | 6 pm to 8:30 pm | $200
thursdays | april 9 – may 28 | 10 am to 12:30 pm | $200
thursdays | april 9 – may 28 | 6 pm to 8:30 pm | $200
*Class sessions can be paid in two four-week sessions for $100 each by calling 719-520-1899 or in person.

Do you want to get your hands dirty and learn how to make beautiful functional pieces you can use every day? Bowls, cups, and simple vases are great projects for beginners but students with more experience are just as welcome! Starting with preparing the clay to throwing on the wheel this class is full of hands-on experience. Learn the properties of firing and finishing, the importance of temperature control, and basic glazing techniques. Your first 25 pounds of clay are included in the class price, but make sure to pick up the Pottery Toolkit from Meininger’s before your first class session.

Pottery Toolkit from Meininger’s.

register now: from clay to kiln | april 9 – may 28 | 10 am to 12:30 pm ($200)
register now: from clay to kiln | april 9 – may 28 | 6 pm to 8:30 pm ($200)

IMG_2972webbeginning abstract expressionism in acrylic
instructor: al b johnson
thursdays | april 9-30 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100

This class will introduce the student to elements of abstract expressionism through the use of acrylic mediums. Together we will explore the world of this non-objective art form from start to finish by discussing the artists who championed the Abstract Expressionist movement, stretching your own canvas, and creating pieces that exhibit elements of rhythm, movement, mood, color, value, line, and overall composition.

While all needed materials will be provided, students may bring any additional supplies they wish to include in their compositions. $25 materials fee payable to instructor on the first day of class.

register now: beginning abstract expressionism in acrylic | april 9-30 ($100)

webmemoirwriting your own story
instructors: kenneth guentert + molly wingate
tuesdays | may 5-26 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100

You have a story to tell. Everyone does, but maybe you’ve wanted to write yours down and can’t get anywhere. Or maybe you’ve been told, “You should write a book.” Now is your chance. You’ll work with a publishing professional to invent a publishable memoir and understand the mechanics of publishing. It’s easier than you think. Then there is the writing part. You’ll start on that too, working with a writing coach to find your story – and your voice. You’ll also get a chance to trade ideas with other published authors.

Writing materials.

register now: writing your own story | may 5-26 ($100)

albadvanced abstract expressionism in acrylic
instructor: al b johnson
thursdays | may 7-28 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100

This class is for students interested in advanced techniques in abstract expressionism who have experience with the use of acrylic mediums. Additional texture mediums will be used (fiber paste, pumice, etc.) and more time will be spent working toward a developed piece rather than playing and experimenting. Focus will be on presentation of your finished piece, rules of thirds, and composition.

While all needed materials will be provided, students may bring any additional supplies they wish to include in their compositions. $25 materials fee payable to instructor on the first day of class.

register now: advanced abstract expressionism in acrylic | may 7-28 ($100)


pop-up classes

the art of stretching canvas
instructor: al b johnson
closed | saturday | march 7 | 10 am to 1 pm | $50

This class is designed to teach students how to stretch their own canvases. These techniques can seem intimidating but before you know it you’ll be able to select stretcher bars, use stretching tools, gallery wrap, make your own custom frames, and attach hardware or hanging mechanisms like a pro. Learning to stretch and design your own canvas is cheaper and more versatile than purchasing from an art supply store and will allow you to vary your sizes and even shapes in your canvases.

All materials included.

creativity anchor
instructor: jamie samulenok
closed | saturday | march 7 | 2 pm to 4 pm | $30

Being in the creative “zone” is effortless. Time stands still as you produce your most communicative and evocative work. It’s possible to have access that state any time you like! Using Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), you’ll use your mind/body connection to uncover what that zone means to you, and build an anchor that will let you recall that state in seconds.

We’ll explore the distractions that call you away from your work, positive and negative, and uncover what those disruptions are doing for you. With a few simple tools, you will learn how to put those distractions to bed and get on with the work you’re passionate about.

All materials included.

mixed media kitchen sink
instructor: terza ekholm
closedtuesday | march 10 | 6 pm to 8:30 pm | $40

Learn to combine common household items like baking soda, sand, and vinegar with acrylic paint, ink, and more to create textured mixed media pieces you will love. Start with 5×7 foam core board and layer materials as you learn to see everyday items in new ways. Students are encouraged to explore the natural tendencies of these items, as well as different ways to manipulate the media with paintbrushes, feathers, and other tools to get a finished piece. Once you master these techniques you’ll be able to take them into your own kitchen to create more works and continue to broaden your view of artistic materials.

All materials included.

drop spindle spinning
instructor: nichole fetterhoff
closed | sunday | march 15 | 1 pm to 3 pm | $40

Make your own drop spindle to keep, and learn how to spin yarn from your choice of wool, alpaca, hemp, and llama fiber! Instruction will cover a light history of the spindle, as well as the spindle and its parts, spinning s and z twist, single and double plies, storing plies, and what goes on your yarn label.

Learn the skill that empowered so many of our female ancestors with wealth, wisdom, and industry.

All materials included.