adult courses | winter 2015

potterywebfrom clay to kiln
instructor: jim lummel
wednesdays | january 14 – march 4 | 6 pm to 8:30 pm | $200
full | thursdays | january 15 – march 5 | 10 am to 12:30 pm | $200
thursdays | january 15 – march 5 | 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 | january 14 – march 4 ($200)
register now: from clay to kiln | january 15 – march 5 | 6 pm to 8:30 pm ($200)

webdrawingyes! you can draw!
instructor: lizz driscoll
wednesdays | january 14 – february 4 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100

ADULTS 18-100! Have you harbored a secret, unrequited, desire to DRAW but have been afraid to try? Did your 3rd grade teacher (parent, sibling, “friend”) criticize your drawing and you shut down? Join Lizz Driscoll for 4 weeks of drawing exploration! We will unlock the barrier between the left and right sides of your wonderful brain!  You can release your intuitive, creative abilities, and develop the ability to confidently draw what you see! Exercises are designed to progressively exercise Right Brain strengths… you can expect shifts in perception… discover the Zone! All materials are provided, but it is suggested that you purchase a small sketchbook for ongoing practice between classes. A second session will be available for those who wish to refine their skills.

All materials included.

register now: yes! you can draw! | january 14 – february 4 ($100)

jessewilsonlessons from the stage: “write, tell, live your new story”
instructor: jesse wilson
wednesdays | january 14 – february 4 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100

What would the play of your life look like? What obstacles are preventing you from taking center stage in your life? How would you use those obstacles to make your life amazing? Through game-changing writing exercises, improvisation, powerful reflection and group interaction, you will gain the confidence to write, tell, and live your new story. This is a workshop for those interested in developing their peak performance in life, no matter their profession.

Working with Jesse Wilson will empower you to

  • Discover what’s really holding you back from “showing up” in your personal and professional life
  • Bust through self-limiting patterns, beliefs and ideas to tell your greater story
  • Discover and embrace your authentic voice
  • Increase awareness of yourself and others around you
  • Creatively cope with stress and increase your motivation
  • Overcome performance anxiety – take creative risks and experience the thrill of stepping outside your comfort zone
  • Release yourself of “the inner critic”
  • Boldly face adversity – celebrate your own uniqueness
  • “Collapse your old story” and discover your new story in the world

A notebook or tablet for notes and writing exercises.

register now: lessons from the stage | january 14 – february 4 ($100)

dfguitar workshop for beginners
instructor: doug fudge
thursdays | january 15 – february 5 | 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 | january 15 – february 5 ($100)

albabstract expressionism in acrylic 
instructor: al b johnson
thursdays | january 15 – february 5 | 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: acrylic expressionism | january 15 – february 5 ($100)

capecodamerican scene painting | regional
instructor: karen khoury
wednesdays | february 11 – march 4 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100

This four week class will be an art history course covering American Scene Painting/Regionalism. This period from the 1920′s-1940′s was paramount in establishing an American style of painting independent of European influence. This course will provide an in depth exploration of the artists responsible for creating works that for the first time were uniquely American. Artists covered will be, John Steuart Curry, Isabel Bishop, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Georgia O’Keefe, and Edward Hopper.

A notebook or tablet for notes and exercises.

register now: american scene painting | february 11 – march 4 ($100)

bookbook binding bonanza 
instructors: cass mullane and liz kettle
wednesdays | march 11 – april 1 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100

A Book Binding Bonanza! Have you ever wanted to create your own book, personal journal or sketchbook? Have you given up because you think book binding is too complicated? Or is it something you have never considered? Join Liz and Cass to discover how simple and fun bookbinding can be! Over the course of 4 weeks you will learn 8 Book Binding techniques in this super fun class of snowballing, skill building, book binding bliss. We will supply all the tools you need to create these beautiful books including hand painted papers. You are welcome to bring special papers you have to work with as well.

Week 1: Folded books (X Book with pockets, Accordion with tunnel, Piano Hinge)
Week 2: Simple stitch and glue books (Pamphlet stitch, Miniature tied binding)
Week 3: Fun binding books (Side bound/Japanese stab stitch, Crossed structure binding)
Week 4: Bead bound book (Exposed stitch book with beads)

All materials included. $18 materials fee payable to instructor on the first day of class.

register now: book binding bonanza | march 11 – april 1 ($100)

glasspainting2fused glass painting with light 
instructor: lizz driscoll
wednesdays | march 11 – april 1 | 6 pm to 8 pm | $100

Learn the materials and techniques used in creating your own dimensional fused glass painting with frit and powders. Often called “painting with light”, the class will focus on employing your painterly skills in creating textural, light transmitting paintings of your design with compatible stained glass powders and frit (ground glass) resulting after firing in a painting that sparkles and changes with the shifts in available light. We will create line effects with powder, mix paints with glass powder, create washes, layering, texture and to expand on the 3 dimensional effects possible in this technique, we will also fabricate molded elements to include in our paintings.

All materials included. $10 materials fee payable to instructor on the first day of class.

register now: fused glass painting with light | march 11 – april 1 ($100)