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This class is for students who are interested in learning about the potter's wheel and developing the skills required in wheel throwing. Functional pottery projects will be emphasized. Students are encouraged to complete at least two sessions of Dynamic Ceramics before participating in this class. Exceptions for older students can be made.
This introduction to ceramics will emphasize creative expression through the use of clay. Participants will explore the basic approaches to clay including coil, pinch, and slab drape methods. Great seasonal projects will be made. Students are recommended to have two sessions of Ceramics before moving on to Young Potters.
Be the next Picasso! Join this class and spend time enjoying drawing and painting. The media will include pencil, pastels, charcoal, watercolor, and tempera paints. Now is the time to develop your artistic style.
Young artists will have opportunities to enjoy and explore the creative process with a wide variety of art materials. Students will papier-mache, paint, print, collage, draw, and more while creating open-ended, positive art experiences. Imaginations will be sparked when we use common materials in uncommon ways.
Hurray for Springtime. This workshop gives the students the chance to make their own terra cotta flower pots and a planter box. Easy, fun instruction will have the young gardeners creating their own flower pots for use this summer. Painting with a rainbow of colorful glazes will also be used to decorate their garden pots. we love flowers! All pieces will be fired and ready for pick up 10 days after the workshop.
Do you like to get your hands dirty now and then? Come join us for a weekly session of creativity and exploration as we learn to create basic pottery shapes such as the bowl, cup and vase using both the pottery wheel and handbuilding techniques. Experiment with color and texture using glazes, slips, stains and more. Create at your own pace, regardless of skill level or experience. Students choose to have their artwork fired in our high-fire gas kiln, our Soda kiln or various low-fire methods including Raku and pit-fire (weather and student interest permitting). Included in the class fee are 25 lbs. of clay, firings, high-fire glazes and ample open studio time. Students need to supply their own personal hand tools available for purchase at Stirling.
You have skills! Refine, expand and personalize the basic skills you have learned so far. Intermediate through advanced forming and decorating techniques will be demonstrated in this class. Group and individualized instruction will help guide you as you progress at your own pace. Students choose to have their artwork fired in our high-fire gas kiln, our Soda kiln or various low-fire methods including Raku and pit-fire (weather and student interest permitting). Included in the class fee are 25 lbs. of clay, firings, high-fire glazes & ample open studio time. Students need to supply their own personal hand tools & brushes.
This introduction to ceramics class offers everything you need to know about handbuilding. Students will learn the basic approaches of clay by creating projects based on coil, slab and drape methods. Low fire and high fire glazes will both be used in this program. Come explore your creative side and make new friends. This class is great for all ability levels. Included in the class fee are 25 lbs.of clay, firings, high-fire glazes & ample open studio time. Students need to supply their own personal hand tools & brushes.
Fulfill your mosaic dreams and discover new dimensions for the art form. Learn how to create and undulated substrate for your mosaic. Learn how to create a sculpture form especially for mosaic and create great pieces of art for your home and garden. All the basic and advance techniques are covered including choosing correct substrates, tile design layout, cutting, adhesion and grouting. As well as the opportunity to work in glass and other materials, at Stirling Hall you have access to a full ceramic facility so you will learn to make low relief ceramic tiles to customize your work. 25 lbs. of clay, high-fire glazes, and open studio time are included in the class fee. Most tools provided. Additional tools are available for purchase at Stirling Hall. Beginner and experienced mosaic artists are welcome.
Art tiles are a great accent to any home and are a popular gift item as well. During this class you will learn a variety of techniques in tile making and mold making. Your goal will be to create a beautiful piece of functional art to adorn your home or as a wonderful gift for someone you care about. Included in the class fee are 25 lbs. of clay, firings, high-fire glazes and ample open studio time. Students need to supply their own personal hand tools available for purchase at Stirling.
Do you have the desire to try throwing on the wheel, but want a class tailored to those adults that would be new on the wheel? Whether you are a hand builder or never touched clay, if you want to try spinning the wheel to make simple forms, this class is for you! Students choose to have their work fired in our high-fire gas kiln, our soda kiln or various low-fire methods including Raku and pit-fire (weather and student interest permitting). Included in the class fee are 12.5 lbs of clay, high-fire glazes and ample open studio time. Students need to supply their own personal hand tools, available for purchase.
Take your mosaics to another dimension! In this 10 week course students will work on creating three dimensional mosaics using beautiful materials. Students will begin learning the fundamentals of creating three dimensional substrates and carving their substrates to be used for their final mosaic. This course will culminate in the creation of a one of a kind three dimensional mosaic atop your custom carved substrate. Included in your class fee is 25 lbs. of clay, firings, high fire glazes, and open studio time. Most tools are provided. Additional tools are available for sale at Stirling Hall.
Working from a nude model, students will take a methodical and anatomical approach to sculpting a realistic figure. Students may choose a head, torso,or full figure. Focus will be given to anatomy, skeletal structure, body portions, pose gesture. Building techniques, problem solving, observational skills, internal armature, will be emphasized. Special attention will be given to traditional and nontraditional finishing techniques for sculpture. Students are encouraged to creatively finish their sculpture. Included in the class fee are 25 lbs. Of clay, firings, high-fire glazes, and ample open studio time. Students need to supply their own personal hand tools, available for purchase.
Watercolor is a wonderfully versatile medium. In this class, you will learn the various methods of watercolor including direct and indirect (glazing), wet into wet while exploring still life, landscape, abstraction and other subject matter. Learn how to layer the transparent paint for singing colors, and find your own style. Use of materials will be covered, as well as a color theory for watercolor. A list of recommended materials will be sent via email after registration.
Do you have a favorite backyard bird or do you watch the migration? Learn to sculpt as bird out of clay. You may choose to create a realistic bird or let your imagination take flight with a fantasy bird creation. Clay, tools glaze, and firing included.
"I think that I will never see a poem as lovely as a tree..." Filled with organic shapes and rich with surface texture, trees have always been a source for creative expression. Working in high fire clay, let your imagination branch and flow during this workshop. All experience levels are welcome. Come celebrate Earth Day at Stirling Hall by joining this outstanding workshop!
Pit Firing is a primitive form of low temperature firing that uses various combustibles as fuel. In this two day workshop students will learn the different firing methods and materials, explore surface treatments that enhance marks made during the firing, and construct and fire a bonfire kiln using sawdust as our fuel. Pit fired work is not functional. Included in the workshop fee are 25 lbs. of clay.
This is a parent and child pottery class. Come sit side by side at the potter's wheel and both of you will learn to throw simple shapes of cups and bowls. In later weeks you will learn trimming and glazing your precious pieces. Included in the class fee are 25 lbs. of clay, firings, and high-fire glazes. Students need to supply their own personal hand tools available for purchase at Stirling. Both parent and child must register to participate in the class.
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