Tuesday Evening Clay

Tuesday evenings in June – August
Zac Spates

Come explore the endless possibilities in clay! Although this course is self-guided, each class will start with a short demonstration or show-and-tell followed by time to work on individual projects: throwing techniques, hand-building, surface decoration and form resolution, etc. Zac will work with students one-on-one to discuss projects and troubleshoot conceptual and construction issues. Over the course of the quarter, you will build your ceramics vocabulary and develop work that is unique to you. All levels are welcome. Materials are included.

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Pen & Ink Drawing

Tuesday evenings in June – August
Doug Garder

Do you like fine line work, like Albrecht Durer’s engravings or Rembrandt’s etchings? Explore the nuances of drawing with a variety of steel pen nibs on white paper to create graphically concise images, using stippling & cross-hatching to build your tonal variations. Perhaps add a light wash of watercolor afterwards to perk things up! Bring in some landscape or lizard photos to work from and see what you can do. Many demonstrations will be offered.

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Plein Air Pastel

Wednesday afternoons in June – August
Christopher Copeland

To the plein air painter, the immediate application of pastels lends itself to capturing the changing light effects of the outdoors. Observe and study nature firsthand. Make quick and direct decisions to produce spontaneous, fresh, and colorful light-filled paintings. Demos, one-on-one guidance, and group critiques are a part of this class. This class will meet at WBCA.

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Clay Studio for All Skill Levels

Thursday evenings in June – August
Adama Sow

Senegalese teaching artist Adama Sow will assist potters with wheel throwing, hand-building, and glazing techniques. Demonstrations will cover hand-building and basic wheel-throwing techniques as well as more advanced concepts upon request. Work at your own pace with both individualized and group instruction. No clay experience necessary; all levels are welcome. Materials are included.

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All Ages Clay Class

Friday afternoons in June – August
Adama Sow

This all-ages class with teaching artist Adama Sow is the perfect class for kids, teens, and adults, or for parents to take with their children! Demonstrations will cover basic wheel throwing, hand-building, sculpture, and glazing techniques as well as more advanced concepts upon request. Work at your own pace with both individualized and group instruction. No clay experience necessary; all levels are welcome. Materials are included.

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Moving Beyond the Basics

Monday mornings in June – August
Lisa Fertig

Moving on from a beginning watercolor class, explore a little more challenging subject matter as you start to develop your own individual style of painting. This class is designed to create a sound foundation from which to build, with lesson plans to help enforce the principles and elements of design. Demonstrations with a wide range of subject matter will help you gain self-confidence.

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Beginning Watercolor

Monday afternoons in June – August
Lisa Fertig

Come and explore the wonder of watercolor by learning the fundamentals and techniques of this exciting medium. Basic class lessons will help you feel comfortable as you discover your journey using watercolors. Pay the instructor an optional material fee of $1 if you wish to keep the lesson plans.

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Improving Photographic Skills

Tuesdays – June 13, July 11, August 8, 7:00-9:00 PM
Robert Cuerden & David Parker

This course will be an open discussion and critique of photographic skills and technology. Join Robert and David, along with an invited professional photographer, for a session of critique and review of their compositions. Time permitting, there will be an opportunity to do a photo walkabout at the art center and a critique of those images. Be prepared to complete assignments for following sessions. You are encouraged to bring a selection of up to 3 images (digital or prints), which will be reviewed by the instructors and class members in an open critique. Please email questions and/or requests to the instructors at rcuerden@mac.com and dave@davidaparker.com.

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Ballet Barre for All (Seniors Welcome)

5 Thursdays, June 15-July 20, 9:30-10:30 AM (New!)
Jan Chamberlin
This class is designed to allow anyone the chance to experience the benefits and joy of ballet. Most of class we will be at the barre performing basic exercises meant to increase strength, endurance, coordination, flexibility, and balance. For the last few minutes of class we will move to the centre and work on simple ballet combinations.  Whether you want to try ballet for the first time, return to class after many years off, learn proper technique to apply at your Pilates Barre class, or want to exercise and need something to hold onto for balance or arm support; this is the class for you! Jan has developed multiple classes to meet the needs for older adults and personally manages lymphedema through regular ballet classes.

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From Sketch to Print; Plein Air to Studio

3 Thursdays, June 15-29, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Robyn L. Smith

Class will meet at a Conservatory, Arboretum, or local garden (location TBA) for the first class to sketch the plants, birds, and insects directly from life. Allow the buzzing biosystem with the butterflies, the flowers, the bees, and the birds to inhabit your drawings. We will have a short introduction to block printing during the first class as well. For the second class, we will meet at WBCA and create a woodblock print from your sketches, which you will already have drawn directly onto the wood. In this class you will learn to carve your block and to prepare it for printing. For the third class, we will complete any unfinished carving at WBCA and then make several prints of your selected image.

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