CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Middle School (ages 11-14)

Class fee: $35 per class

Ceramic Handbuilding and Raku Fire

Instructor: Joe Summer

Students will create 1 to 3 pots using a variety of hand-building processes that include pinch-pot, coil pots, and slab pots. Students will learn how to create a three-dimensional form, the different hand-building processes, the ceramics process - wedging clay, making pottery, letting it dry, bisque firing, glazing and glaze firing, and the raku firing process. This class will require an additional meeting time (TBA) for raku firing.

June 11-14

9-11am

Photo Fun

Instructor: Abby Crawford

Learn how to use various techniques to manipulate images and create your own unique artwork. Students will work with photoshop, photocopiers, and learn other techniques to digitally or manually turn photos from home or magazines into something new.

June 18-21

9-11am

Eyes On the Prize: Training Your Eye Through Grid Drawing

Instructor: Noah Wellbrook-Talley

Students will use grid drawings to train their "eye," or their ability to translate what they see into an artistic representation. By mapping a reference photo and their surface to proportional grids, students will be able to break down the otherwise overwhelming task ahead of them into smaller, more abstract sections. Each individual will be assigned a handful of areas from the reference to translate into drawings, coming together in the end to assemble our pieces and create a larger, cohesive image.

June 18-21

1-3pm

Catalyst Collage: Using Photo Collage to Create a Surreal Reference

Instructor: Noah Wellbrook-Talley

Learn how to use mixed media sources to create your own inspiration and photo reference for projects. Students will sift through a variety of reference materials and create cut-paper photo collages from the images they find. The goal will be to create a space or idea that would not otherwise be found in the natural world. The remaining class time will be dedicated to recreating these original references as new pieces of art, through a variety of media at the student's discretion (watercolor, pencil, colored pencil, markers, etc.).

June 25-28

9-11 am

Art Bikes on Parade! (Parade!)

Instructor: Tammy Jarvis

During this week, we turn our bikes into rolling art projects! We’ll use all kinds of materials, from cardboard, foam, paper, wire, to garland, balloons, paint and MORE to make large 3-dimensional pedal-powered pieces! Participants may bring their own bike or decorate one of the Art Center’s parade bikes. Participants will be invited to join us in the Tri-Rivers Parade on Tuesday, August 6, to show off their creations!

June 25-28

1-3pm

Giant Masks on Parade (Parade!)

Instructor: Tammy Jarvis

Join us for a crazy cardboard construction carnival! We’ll create large masks especially to parade down the street with. And we mean LARGE!! As big as you can carry! Taking our influences from traditional mask making cultures, we’ll add bits from African Festima Masks, Venetian Carnival Masks, Mexican Day of the Dead Masks, Chinese New Year Masks, and MORE! We’ll learn techniques to attach and build up for a amazing 3 dimensional projects. And of course we’ll be referencing every cool Pinterest cardboard mask you’ve ever seen. Participants will be invited to join us in unveiling their masks in the Tri-Rivers parade on Tuesday, August 6.

July 16-19

9-11am

Costume Creations (Parade!)

Instructor: Shawn Delker

Express yourself while learning how to create wearable art! Combine found objects and textiles to create fun and unique costumes. Students will design and construct their own costumes from a variety of materials like pillowcases, fabric scraps, yarn, beads, and other embellishments. Participants will be invited to join us in the Tri-Rivers Parade on Tuesday, August 6, to show off their creations.

July 23-26

9-11am

Now and Then (TAIR)

Instructor: Rebecca Spruill

This class is an exploration of student's personalities, goals, and dreams through mixed media collages. Students will collect images, produce drawings, and bring in photographs that remind them of their past, their present, and their future. They will take these images and create a silhouette of themselves in the past, present, and the future. Students will develop drawing and design skills while learning how to express their individual personalities and ideas through art.

July 23-26

9-11am

Guerilla Art

Instructor: Kim Vega

Work as a team to execute several guerilla art installations! Students will use painted rocks or shells, googly eye bombing, chalking, yarn bombing, and a balloon animal installation to use humor to lift spirits, spark conversations, and create extraordinary environments.

July 23-26

1-3pm