Our hands on education series will teach new techniques, refresh your skills, and build a solid foundation at any level. We offer core workshops taught by staff and area artists at a subsidized rate and process specific workshops taught by our resident artists free of charge. See the list below for class location, student ages, and applicable fees.
Check out these great summertime workshops hosted at the beautiful James J Braddock Park!
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This workshop will focus primarily on watercolor monoprints from prepared plexi-plates. Attendees will learn how to prep their own plate and experiment with the printing process. This process is all hand done and the work can be transferred without a press (just a spoon is needed). Instructor: Jeremy Coleman Smith
This free class covers the art of simple clay molds. Students will create unique bas reliefs using objects they've brought from home or found in the studio. Instructor: Joseph Martin Gabriel
This free class instructed students how to create a beautiful still life using a limited palette of oil colors! Instructor: Ryan Schroeder
This class showed students their is no limit to what you can build with paper. Participants created light weight paper sculptures using a variety of paper stock and adhesive materials. Instructor: Milcah Bassel
Adventure into the abstract with Rafael Corzo as he works with participants on one large collaborative ceramic sculpture. Using clay as the medium we will create physical manifestations of life and everything in the universe. The more unpredictable the outcome the better!
In this workshop, participants will be creating a series of ink drawings based on objects they find at the studio, which will ultimately become inspiration for an abstract collage using a range of colorful and textured paper. This projects’ aim is to explore the poeticism implicit in our individual drawing hand, while exploring the relationship between observation and abstraction—between our surroundings and art.
This workshop aims to to teach the art of sketching the human figure. Gesture drawings are fun and simple to do. Participants do not need to have prior life drawing experience, just an open mind! Participants will take turns drawing and posing for short periods of time (30 seconds, 1 minute and 2 minute poses). Participants will learn how to quickly sketch while exploring different gestures of the (fully clothed) human body.
Create your own handmade paper using recycled materials such as your old university notebooks or junk mails. Natural items such as seeds and dry leaves can be added into handmade paper. Scrap of words are embedded to reflect family's story and memory. Have fun with discovering how to make a simple paper-making frame from a tin can or cookie cutters. At home, the handmade paper can be incorporated into diverse family projects including invitations, scrap books and ornaments. Taught by Resident Artist Tai Hwa Goh at Guttenberg Arts on Saturday July 23rd 2016 from 12pm - 4pm. Sign up for free before we fill up!
Letterpress is one of the oldest forms of printmaking and helped transform society through the printed word. Get a hands-on introduction to the use of moveable type, and investigate the unique possibilities offered by combining text and image as visual language. Students will hand set metal type, lock up, and proof collaborate prints over the course of an afternoon.
Block Printing is one of the oldest types of printmaking, it has been around for thousands of years. It is essentially using a carved material covered with ink to transfer an image on to a flat surface. There are many different techniques and applications: it can be done with wood, linoleum, rubber and many other materials, mainly onto paper and fabric and other flat surfaces. In this workshop we will learn the basics of block printing based on linoleum plates and fabric, while also learning about the history of pattern design and some of the principles to create the structures for repetition.
Monoprinting is an incredibly immediate, playful, and multi-faceted type of printmaking, which could be described as a printed painting. Through learning and practicing a variety of transfer techniques, students will establish an understanding of the properties of ink, paper, pressure, and how they interact to create a broad range of aesthetic possibilities. Once the class has explored a variety of approaches, including additive and reductive ways to develop an image, and ink-mixing skills, each student will develop a series of prints exploring a process, a theme, or a narrative.
Participants will learn how to build functional and sculptural ceramic objects using a variety of hand building techniques such as slab, coil, pinch, and slump molds. The first half of the workshop will consist of demos outlining each technique. During the second half participants will make their own piece(s) with assistance from the instructor.
Roberto Visani instructs this introduction to body-safe materials using primarily alginates. This class is designed for adults who are new to life casting and will cover step-by-step instruction and demonstration from set-up to clean up. During the class students will cast their own hand and will be introduced to various casting material options.
Participants will draw a number of abstract compositions and record audio, both separately and in collaboration. These components will then be photographed and edited to create one communal artwork.
Students will brainstorm with Pavel about how to translate images of an existing artwork into a one-color collage. They will focus on how to treat volumes, shadows and lights. Teacher will demonstrate how to arrange the pre-cut shapes into a piece of cardboard, employing this technique.
Suminagashi or "floating ink" is the process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful. It originated in Japan as early as the 12th century. Students will create colorful sheets of marbled paper that can be used for all sorts of paper crafts, including note cards and simple bookbinding and more.
Join us for this introductory cyanotype workshop, recommended for those interested in printmaking and photography. Process images on paper with jpg images and found objects that you can bring the day of the workshop.